Carrie Ann Baade, MFA03, is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing and the BFA Program Director at the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. She has been a member of the external committee for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement since 2010. Baade received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and earned her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware in 2003.
Baade is a contemporary painter whose work quotes from, interacts with, and deeply relates to art history. She paints in dialogue with relevant masterpieces from Modern period to antiquity, in order to reclaim them in a surreal narrative that is simultaneously biographical. Her work has been described by Delaware Art Museum's Curator of Contemporary Art Margaret Winslow as “autobiographical parables combining fragments of Renaissance and Baroque religious paintings, resulting in surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures.” The context and the compositional building blocks of her work are fragments of historical masterpieces, which Baade reinterprets using her original feminist and autobiographical perspective.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries coast to coast nationally, and internationally including Paris, Mexico City, Warsaw, Berlin, and Vienna. Baade was awarded the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010, the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in 2005, and was nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Grant in 2012.