Arts instructor, Artist,
MFA, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN SAINT LOUIS, SAM FOX SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN, St. Louis,
BFA, TUFTS UNIVERSITY, THE SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, MA.
Raleigh Gardiner is a practicing visual artist and educator, currently living in Durham, North Carolina. She earned her BFA from Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and her MFA from Washington University in Saint Louis. Gardiner's work incorporates images from nature, mythology, and "dream logic", to explore the psychological spaces between our perceptions of reality and our subconscious. Her practice includes painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture, and she actively utilizes many different techniques and processes to arrive at a finished piece. Gardiner has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and has a suite of science exhibits on permanent display at the Saint Louis Science Center. Gardiner is an enthusiastic educator and works to develop a love of art and craft in her students. Her teaching style balances formal, technical art instruction with exercises in creative play, experimentation and the development of a personal voice. She feels that all successful artwork, no matter what the medium, stems from a fundamental foundation in drawing.