Bio & Artist Statement
Bonnie is a lifelong artist, teacher, arts activist, and resident of northwest Indiana. She has lived in Rensselaer, Indiana for over three decades with her husband Bill and now grown, three children.
Over the years she has taught art in the public schools at all levels. Now Professor Emeritus of Art, she retired from Saint Joseph's College in May of 2016 where she was an Associate Professor of Art and chair of the Art Department at Saint Joseph’s College. Also a committed artist, she has made art “whenever she could”, exhibiting nationally. She has also lived up to her commitment to service and the importance of having "art" in her rural community by taking a strong leadership role.
While loving a rural life but wanting a community rich in arts, she helped form the Prairie Arts Council in 1992. She is a board member and has coordinated decades of art workshops, exhibitions, and local art related events through Prairie Arts Council and SJC.
In discussing her work, Bonnie states, “Nearly all of my work is created with natural and found materials “harvested” from the fields, woods and roadsides near my rural home. By limiting myself to local objects and materials to which I have a deep connection, I’ve discovered my ideal media for exploring my sense of place and finding meaning. My work is informed by a number of influences including my background in textiles and Native American Basket makers with their exquisite baskets and reverence for nature. My work also references our material culture and our attitudes about nature and our resources and invites viewers to take a closer look at what we (over) consume and carelessly discard”.