Adjunct InstructorElective Arts
Carolyn Springer is an associate professor at Herron School of Art + Design, teaching color and design foundational courses and an intensive encaustic course in the summers. She maintains a studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts downtown Indianapolis.
Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University with an emphasis in metalsmithing and drawing and her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University where she began encaustic painting. Springer’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at sites ranging from Sushi Performance and Visual Art Gallery in San Diego, Japan’s Citizen’s Gallery in Yokohama, and The Mexican Cultural Center in Tijuana. She has won numerous awards including a Creative Renewal Grant to explore Japan and research grant to study in Italy. Her work is in public and private collections and is represented by Editions Limited Gallery in Broad Ripple, Indiana.
Encaustic painting is the process of working with pigmented beeswax. The word “encaustic” or “burning in” in Greek, refers to the process of fusing wax after it is painted in order for the wax to remain stable. This process is considered one of the oldest methods of painting in history, dating back to early Egypt. Carolyn’s ultimate goal when creating artworks is capturing a unique beauty and translating a deeper spiritual meaning to the observer. As she paints, she opens herself to the flow of passing thoughts and feelings in order to capture something more true and greater than herself, a universal feeling or experience that many people can relate to.