Carol Padberg is an artist and the director of the Interdisciplinary MFA at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. For the last twenty-five years Carol Padberg’s art has been exhibited in a variety of settings, from museums to community centers in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

She is currently serving as the KNOX Community Gardens’ Artist in Residence in Hartford.  In this role, she facilitates community involvement, and brings art into the garden and the garden into art. Her most recent works use textiles and community engagement to address ecology and public space.

Her collaborative, intergenerational art collective, The Garden Redux, has produced a mobile studio road trip to honor small scale farmers; a letterpress familyfesto; clothing for climate change marches; patchwork patio umbrellas for community brainstorming sessions; a silkscreened map of community gardens in Hartford; and cyclical harvests of food, herbs, and dyestuff. Her work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Carol Padberg’s projects have been featured as part of the programming at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (1999), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2012), and the Creative Time Summit at the Venice Biennale (2015).

Image: Mend and Amend (detail), dress for Climate Action March in New York City, 2014, recycled textiles