Samantha Burns


(813) 257-3368



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

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Meet Samantha Burns

Visiting Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Education: 2011 University of Tampa, BFA
2014 Florida State University, MFA

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Courses Taught: 3D Foundations
Experimental Sculpture

Career Specialties: Samantha Burns is an artist specializing in interdisciplinary sculpture and installations that mine traditional and new media strategies. Her interests are in the spatial and contextual relationship of objects together with time-based and interactive processes.

Professional and Community Activities: Samantha Burns has exhibited her sculptures, prints and installations nationally as well as in Germany, Canada, France and Andorra. Her works explore topics of traumatic recovery, neuropsychology and identity through non-linear narratives and metaphorical imagery. Within her work she subtly reveals these histories by composing fragile, delicately balanced environments, which over time change dramatically or get destroyed by the spaces within which they reside.

Burns also explores social practice through partnering with local zoos and organizations to facilitate community collaborations between the visual arts and biology. In 2016, she designed and fabricated a station to more accurately weigh 6-foot-to-12-foot alligators. Recently, she collaborated with the Naples Zoo and the Giant Armadillo Project based in Brazil to lead a workshop on safe life-casting techniques for biologists of these two groups. The techniques taught will create artifacts of giant armadillos in Brazil to be used as educational materials and promote conservational support.

Honors and Awards: Some highlights of Burns' recent scholarship include: The Art Council of Martin Country’s 27th Annual All Florida Juried Arts, Stuart, FL; St. Louis Art Guild’s Word + Text + Numbers Exhibition, Clayton, MO; and Southeastern Louisiana University Visiting Artist with solo exhibition, Hammond, LA.

In addition to exhibiting nationally and internationally, Burns has been awarded research residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT; Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC; UNESCO Art Residency, Ordino, Andorra; Roundtable, Toronto, Canada, and Kunsthalle Am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany. She has been featured in ISC Sculpture Magazine and published in HISS magazine.