Audra's Bones,  acrylic on canvas, copyright Amanda Bastien 2013

Audra's Bones, acrylic on canvas, copyright Amanda Bastien 2013

Bio

Amanda Bastien is an artist and visual arts teacher from central MA. She graduated with a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and an MAT from Salem State College. She has taught at Georgetown Middle/High and Auburn High School for a combined 15 years. Her artwork ranges from abstractions of natural subjects to visual interpretations of life experiences. Amanda is a naturalist at heart and loves helping people realize their creative potential.

Exhibition and Grant History

2019

  • The Canvas Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY

  • Art in the City, Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA

  • 3 Penny Artraiser, Sprinkler Factory, Worcester MA

2018

  • A Matter of Perspective, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

  • Paper Chasis, Hallspace Gallery, Dorchester MA

  • From/To, Montserrat’s 301 Gallery, Beverly MA

  • ArtsWorcester grant awarded: Material Needs

2017

  • One!, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

  • 17th Juried Biennial, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

  • Terra Firma, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

2016

  • Now! New Works, New Artists, Krikorian Gallery, Worcester, MA

2015

  • The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library Tour, Nationwide tour then compiled at the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY

  • Now What?, 301 Gallery, Beverly MA

2014

  • Art on the Line, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

  • Like It’s 1979, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

  • Artrageous, 301 Gallery, Beverly MA

2013

  • Bones, Seed to Stem, Worcester MA

  • Art on the Line, Aurora Gallery, Worcester MA

2012

  • Auburn Cultural Council grant awarded:  Worcester’s Art in the Community at AHS

  • Fire Dancer, Jay’s Twisted Fork, Leicester MA

2011

  • Auburn Cultural Council grant awarded: Visiting Artist, Towanda Brown, at AHS

  • Faculty Recital and Art Show, Auburn High School, Auburn MA

2010

  • Little Works, Spirit Gallery, New London CT

  • Auburn Education Association grant awarded: AHS Charity Prints

2006

  • Bones (Solo Show), Spirit Gallery, Franklin CT

2005

  • Art and Design Exhibit, Enterprise Center at Salem State College, Salem MA

  • Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Paul Scott Library, Beverly MA

2004

  • Salem and North Shore Scenes, Old Town Hall, Salem MA

  • Mastering Paint, Winter Street Gallery, Salem MA

2001

  • Graduate Exhibit, Montserrat Gallery, Beverly MA

  • Senior Thesis, 301 Gallery, Beverly MA

2000

  • Juried Student Exhibition, 301 Gallery, Beverly MA

Employment and Volunteer History

  • Committee Chair Volunteer: NAEA Regional Youth Art Month Exhibit at Worcester Art Museum, 2018-present

  • Exhibition Volunteer and Member: ArtsWorcester, 2014-present

  • Interview Panel Volunteer: Art All-State, 2014-2018

  • Visual Arts Teacher: Auburn High School, Auburn MA, 2008-present

  • Visual Arts Teacher: Georgetown Middle High School, Georgetown MA, 2001-2008

  • Assistant Director / Interim Director: Young Artists Program at Montserrat College of Art, 2002 - 2006

  • Arts Instructor Ages 5-12: Young Artists Program at Montserrat College of Art 2001

  • Head Instructional Assistant: Young Artists Program at Montserrat College of Art 2000

  • Instructional Assistant: Young Artists Program at Montserrat College of Art 1998-1999

Education and Certifications

  • MA Teacher Certification in Visual Arts grades 6-12, and CollegeBoard approved AP Studio Art Teacher

  • Masters of the Arts in Teaching Art, Salem State College, 2007

  • Bachelor of Fine Art, Montserrat College of Art, 2001