"Demerit Badges," "Bison Jam," and "Overcrowded"
Amy Felder is an ecological artist concerned with the loss of wilderness. Creating art in different mediums and forms, she explores how to enjoy the wilderness while also preserving it for future generations. Amy Felder grew up in the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina. In 2006, she graduated magna cum laude from the Honor’s Program at the College of Charleston with a BA in Studio Art with grades K-12 certification and a BA in English with Secondary Education certification. During college, Amy completed a concentration in painting and studied art in Amsterdam and Paris through a study abroad program. Since graduating, Amy has taught elementary art in Charleston, South Carolina and Los Altos, California. In 2012, she earned her National Board Teaching Certificate with Art/Early and Middle Childhood certification. Currently, Amy is teaching art at Union Colony Elementary School in Evans, Colorado and is pursuing her Master of Arts in Art & Design at the University of Northern Colorado. While Amy is a very committed and dedicated teacher, she is also an artist. In South Carolina, she exhibited in Converse College’s Sidewalk of the Arts (2003) and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s Heads (2004) and Young Contemporaries (2004 and 2006). In 2009, the South Carolina Art Education Association Art Show awarded Amy third place. In 2010, she also exhibited in two Teachers as Artists shows and in the North Charleston Arts Festival Judged Fine Art Exhibition. While in California, Amy exhibited in the 1st Annual Statewide CAEA Artisan Members’ Faire (2017) in San Francisco. Most recently, the University of Northern Colorado awarded Amy with the Carole Anderson Art Scholarship, the UCHealth Scholarship and an invitation to exhibit her work. From March 10 through March 17, 2020, Amy’s exhibition Happy Trails was on view in the Mariani Gallery.
Examining the dichotomies between the human desire to preserve the wilderness and to enjoy it, I create merit badges for following the “Leave No Trace” principles. I also create demerit badges, marking how we fail to protect the places we intend to preserve. Corresponding to these demerit badges, the maps illustrate the topography of the landscape and the human impact on the natural world. My installation work and paintings portray the natural landscape hidden behind layers of human activity.
Felder, Amy, ""Demerit Badges," "Bison Jam," and "Overcrowded"" (2020). 2020 Annual Student Exhibition. 11.