BIO Abigail Woods Anderson is a Minneapolis-based artist and informal educator. She received her BA from St. Olaf College where she studied fine art and biology. Whether working as a printmaker, painter, or amateur naturalist, she combines direct observation of the natural world with speculative undertakings in the studio. Anderson's work has been exhibited internationally and she is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.
EDUCATION M.S. Candidate, University of Minnesota, Conservation Biology Graduate Program, anticipated completion spring 2017 B.A. magna cum laude, Fine Art and Biology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1999
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge: Biological Program Volunteer, March–August 2015
Southern Illinois University Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab: Field Technician, November, 2014–February, 2015
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN): Administrative Assistant, Education & Community Programs, 2008–2014
Bankers Life & Casualty Company (Edina, MN): Branch Office Administrator, 2004–2008
The Frame Gallery (Bloomington, MN): Art & Framing Consultant, Artist, 2000–2004
Guest artist for Augsburg College "Environmental Connections" class, spring 2013
Co-facilitator for numerous ArtsConnectEd training workshops for tour guides, docents, and teachers, 2009–present
Faculty Member at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 2009–present
Artist-in-Residence at Wayzata High School, Lea Anne Jasper’s Digital Arts Class, spring 2011
Produced World Listening Day at the Walker Art Center, July 18, 2013 A free public program featuring ways for visitors to celebrate the practice of listening. Activities tuned into the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s soundscape using acoustic ecology, imagination, and mindfulness. (*World Listening Day is an initiative of the World Listening Project, worldlisteningproject.org.)
Artist of the Day, presented as part of 12x12x12, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, 2012 For this marathon (12-hour) engagement, I occupied the gallery corner as a studio, providing the Fair-going public conversational engagement with an artist at work.
Phenologist-in-Residence for Walker Open Field 2012, Twitter handle @openphenology I chronicled natural phenomena as they unfolded on the Walker Art Center campus, June 2–September 1, 2012. Observations were broadcast using Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, the Walker blogs, and handwritten nature notes on the Open Field Tool Shed’s chalkboard.
Program planning for Open Laboratory (http://bit.ly/TG2QVN), Walker Art Center, June 2, 2012 Working with Walker Family Programs staff, I was the guest curator for June’s Free First Saturday, a family event with multidisciplinary activities designed to celebrate the act observation and inspire inquiry into the natural sciences.
Open Phenology weekly nature walks, May 13–September 2, 2011 Responding to Walker Open Field’s call for public activities, I took up the mantle of amateur naturalist, initiating routine observations of natural phenomena on the Walker campus. I invited the public to join my weekly walks. (More info: http://bit.ly/VKIFWb)
Printer of the Realm, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, 2011 and 2012 This volunteer opportunity entailed demonstrating Renaissance period book arts to the Festival-going public using a replica Gutenberg press, responding to visitors’ questions and offering information about historical printing technologies.
“Scratch Negs from Scratch,” Mid-America Print Council Conference, October 2010 Conference-goers were my audience as I demonstrated and guided a hands-on trial of my techniques. I also gave away a pro bono broadside with a recipe for my scratch negative method.
CITIZEN SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
Carver Park Reserve: Volunteer at passerine-banding program
Audubon Minnesota: Project BirdSafe volunteer, fall migration season 2014
Museum of the Rockies Paleontology Field Program: Fossil excavation at Two Medicine Formation near Choteau MT, June 2014
eBird (a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology): Participating eBirder since 2009
National Audubon Society: Christmas Bird Count (since 1994) and Great Backyard Bird Count (since 2012)
Dragonfly Surveys: Led by Kurt Mead (2013) and Vanessa Strong (2014)
AFFILIATIONS AND SERVICE
Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State (art.state.gov): Art selected for exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, 2008–2011
ArtsConnectEd (artsconnected.org): Site administrator; Member of the Museum Education Committee; and author of original resources
Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA): Member since 2012
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA, mnbookarts.org): Member of the Artist Cooperative, 2008–2012; Charter Member of the Collectors Forum, 2010–present; Volunteer Winter Book printing apprentice, 2008 and 2011; Volunteer assistant to studio technician Sara Parr, four month duration, 2008; Artist creating original work (pro bono) for Studio Fundraiser Calendars, 2011, 2012, 2013; Volunteer at special events (exhibition openings, fundraising events, etc.), 2008–2012
Walker Art Center (walkerart.org): Staff member and volunteer tour guide, 2010–2014
JURY AND CURATOR ACTIVITIES
Juror: Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ Artist-in-Residence series, winter 2012