Christie Hawkins has been in the St. Olaf Department of Art and Art History since 1994. She serves both as Studio Art Technician and, since 2015, as Visuals Designer and Set Production Chief for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Christie is also the advisor for the student-run sloyd club.
Christie received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota and a BFA in glass and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Her solo shows include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Catherine G. Murphy Galleries, College of St. Catherine; Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis; and the Northfield Arts Guild.
Commissions and collaborations include a sculpture for Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, MN, a baptismal font for Holden Village in Washington, and a glass window-wall for the Northwest Area Foundation’s office in St. Paul, MN. Among her fabrication jobs, Christie was the glassworker for Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish (Walker Art Center) in 1986 and for its move in 1988.
Christie has been awarded the Bush Artist Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, and the Largest Jury in the World (MAEP). In support of her folk school programming at St. Olaf, Christie has received grants from the Nygaard Foundation, the Dreyfus Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Reviews of Christie’s work have appeared in American Craft, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Art Paper, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Vinyl.
Among her other roles, Christie has also been a guest artist, lecturer, building consultant, project manager, camp director, fabricator, and teacher. Christie volunteers regularly in her church and her community, and as always, approaches every home improvement as an art project.