Brandon Bauer is an Artist, Educator, Curator, and Associate Professor of Art at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. He uses art as a space for ethical inquiry, exploring issues relating to democracy, nuclear abolition, terrorism, and the climate crisis by examining critical histories embedded in cultural ephemera. His work utilizes photography, video, graphics, and installation. Brandon’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including at the Aces(s) electronic media festival, Pau, France; the European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany; the Carnival of e-Creativity, Shillong, India. He has published in journals such as Media-N, Hz, and Arts & International Affairs. His work can be found in several collections, including the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago).
As an educator, Brandon has been focused on the intersection of art and democracy and has developed several iterations of an arts-based, civics-focused service-learning course. Students in these courses study artists creatively and critically, engaging with notions of democracy. They participate in campus get-out-the-vote efforts, engage in election-related civic service projects in the community, and research and discuss theories of democracy. These courses were developed with the belief that creative and experiential civics-focused education is an essential foundation for the cultivation, maintenance, and flourishing of a just multicultural democracy.
As a curator, Brandon has presented works by Aram Han Sifuentes, Sky Hopinka, the Justseeds Artist Cooperative, Chto Delat?, and was the lead curator and catalog editor for the multi-site exhibition Oliver Ressler – Catastrophe Bonds, the first survey of the Austrian artist’s work in the United States which focused on the themes of grassroots democracy, emergency migration, the climate crisis, as well as economic and political alternatives to the existing state of global affairs found in his work.