“Jennifer (Baker) has been an amazing faculty mentor. She challenged me artistically and served as a model for the kind of teacher I want to be.”
Carlie Guinane, of East Schodack, N.Y., ticks off the long list of art and education faculty members who influenced her education in important ways at Green Mountain College. When she comes to Jennifer Baker’s name, she pauses for a moment and takes a deep breath.
“Jennifer has been an amazing faculty mentor. She challenged me artistically and served as a model for the kind of teacher I want to be.”
Carlie remembers a particular moment in her sophomore year when Jen gave the class an assignment to reconstruct a drawing they’d done in an entirely different medium. “She wanted us to go outside our comfort zone. So, I took some jeweler’s wire and duck tape and recreated my drawing that way. This creation, which Jen loved, was the beginning of my exploration to wire, which has since become my preferred medium.”
In the fall of 2013 she joined Jen and 13 other GMC students for a semester of study at Brunnenburg Castle in the Italian Alps. The 16-credit Bunnenburg program, which explored politics, religion, art and the environment, included a seminar on the poetry of Ezra Pound, taught by Pound’s daughter. “We also traveled around northern Italy, seeing in person some of the most amazing art that we had only seen in images in art history courses. I’ll never have an experience similar to that again and I am very thankful for that opportunity.”