Caroline A. Kahler
Department Chair; Professor of Art
- MFA Ceramics, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
- MA Creative Arts/Textiles, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
- BS Art Education, Kutztown State College, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Caroline Kahler is the new chair of the SEMO Art Department. She comes to the Earl & Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, with 20 years of experience as chair of the Bethany College Art Department in Lindsborg, Kansas. While at Bethany College, she received in 2000 the Mortvedt Distinguished Teaching and Campus Leadership Award and the Mary J. Mingenback Distinguished Professorship of Art, which she held until coming to SEMO. In 2010-2011, she received the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
During her time in Kansas, she served as an executive board member for 20 years for the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery and Museum; as a juror, panelist, program reviewer for the Kansas Department of Education, the Kansas Arts Commission, Salina Arts and Humanities Commission; and as a guest artist for numerous regional exhibits and events. Her ceramic and fiber works are located in several museums and many private collections, and she is constantly making and exhibiting new work.
She is an active and founding member of the Circle of 7, a group of talented Kansas women artists who exhibit their works of art together. Their artwork can be viewed on the web site circleof7.org.
"As an artist and maker, I don’t think a day has gone by in my life when I was not viewing the world with the eye of an artist. Learning to see beauty and the subtle nuances in the smallest and greatest of objects; the flow of a movement; the curve of a leaf; the responsiveness of my touch to the clay. All of these images and sensations have influenced the creation of my ceramic and fiber sculpture. I combine my interest of the natural world with a personal narrative, connecting my sense of place with the object. A day without making, thinking or expressing a feeling would be like a day without air."
Caroline also constructs one-of-a kind handmade books and jewelry.
She and her husband, Dr. Bruce Kahler, raised two wonderful college educated children, Lauren and Andrew who have left the nest and started nests of their own.