A New Year brings a new class of Carter community artists to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


The Amon Carter Museum of American Art (the Carter) ushers in the new year with a new class of Carter Community Artists: Dan Jian, Calder Kamin, Dr. Mary Nangah and Rachel Nash.

The Fort Worth Museum launched the Carter Community Artists Initiative in 2018. The program helps local artists create opportunities for the North Texas community to connect with the Carter Collection. During the year-long engagement, the Carter Community Artists will work with the museum’s educational staff to create, plan, and direct experiences for adults, families, and student groups on-site and off-site.

The Carter will draw on the diverse skills and perspectives of these four artists, while the museum aims to engage with its clients through more personal events and experiences.

“As the pandemic progressed, we had to adapt to virtually connect visitors to art,” said Amanda Blake, director of education, library and visitor experience at Carter. “Our current class of Carter Community Artists has been instrumental in planning and implementing ways to securely connect people to art both in person and online. As we move back to more in-person events at The Carter, our Carter community artists will play an important role in helping our audiences connect creatively to artwork in our collection in a safe and meaningful way. We look forward to seeing this new class of artists deepen and expand our initiative to bring local artists together and create new ways of connecting with the DFW community. “

Meet the 2022 Class of Carter Community Artists

Dan Jian is a visual artist who works in the fields of painting, drawing, and animation. Originally from the mountainous region of Hubei, China, Jian came to the United States at the age of nineteen and began her education as a math student at a community college. She received a BFA from Temple University in 2012 and an MFA from Ohio State University in 2016. Jian currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas Christian University while she has an ongoing studio practice.

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Dian Jian, 2022 Carter Community Artist

Jian’s solo and group shows have been exhibited nationally in the United States and internationally in China, Italy, and Korea. Her awards and endorsements have recently included an RCAF project grant from Texas Christian University, a Certificate of Merit from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, and an Arts and Humanities Research Grant from Ohio State University. She is also a residency alumnus of the Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and was a finalist of the Don Bachardy Fellowship in London.

As an artist, educator, and advocate, Calder Kamin transforms trash into beautifully designed creatures and provides opportunities to change the cultural perception of trash. She has engaged thousands of museum visitors through her public workshops and art projects, including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, American Museum of Natural History, Women & Their Work, DoSeum, idea Museum, Utah MOCA, and Contemporary Austin.

Calder Fireplace Carter Community Artist

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Calder Fireplace, 2022 Carter Community Artist

Kamin starred in an episode of the PBS series Art in context and she shares inspiring messages about creative reuse in two Disney Channel commercials, and she serves on the board of Austin Creative Reuse. She lives with her puppy Pixel in Fort Worth, Texas in her current position as Artist in Residence for American Landmark Apartments. Kamin holds a double BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Dr. Mary Nangah is a senior lecturer at Texas Christian University, School of Art, Art Education Department. Born in Cameroon, she earned an MFA from Parsons, New School for Design in New York, in 2009. Mary received her PhD in Art Education from the University of North Texas, Denton in 2015. Her pedagogy is based on post-colonial studies and critical multiculturalism in order to promote a critically conscious, integrative and equal art education. In her work at TCU, Nangah is a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) attorney for the College of Fine Arts, working to help students, faculty, and staff promote DEI initiatives.

Mary Nangah Carter Community Artist

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Mary Nangah, 2022 Carter Community Artist

As an artist, Nangah’s painting critically questions concepts of authenticity, mimicry, ambivalence and otherness in African aesthetics. Her work has been featured in local exhibitions including the Madeley Gallery in Conroe, Texas, the TCU School of Art Faculty’s exhibition at the Moudy Art Gallery, the Moncrief Cancer Institute, and the Refresh Exhibition and Mansfield Public Library. When she’s not teaching or doing art, she enjoys cooking delicious West African dishes.

Originally from Oklahoma City, Rachel Nash came to Dallas to study studio arts, art history, and psychology at Southern Methodist University. After graduating from SMU, Nash moved to Chicago to do an MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She returned to Dallas in 2010 and became a licensed professional counselor and art therapist.

Rachel Nash Carter Community Artist

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Rachel Nash, 2022 Carter Community Artist

Nash has worked at The Art Station, a non-profit art therapy clinic in Fort Worth, and has experience working in both group and individual settings with children and adults. She lives in Dallas and is currently focusing on her own art. She is interested in the process of making art, writing as a way to advance her own art, and the stories that emerge from that process. She mainly uses oil paint, but is always exploring new materials. When she’s not in her studio, Nash is likely out somewhere, hanging out with her three young boys and her husband.

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