Words are evolving concepts of human language, where their meanings are interwoven to create our perception of the fabric of history and culture. This fabric is a veil that reveals and conceals meaning. Language, by rote, becomes flat, rigid, and predictable when it stays within the boundaries of established ideologies. It follows, we must then disrupt the fabric to sustain the inherent value in words: to unsettle them is to make room for meaning to change.

I write to convey desires, pain, observations, and reflections in personal journals. As my perception transforms, I sense that my words do not express my actual thoughts: the words are a fabric of conventions in which the meaning has vanished. To disrupt the language, I draw, write with flammable liquid, burn, print, and then sew the fragments back together. The resultant objects are created in destruction, and contain the history of what they were within the actuality of what they are.

A new, tactile vocabulary with decorative forms and organic motifs emerges. To me, the motifs reflect the principles of design that govern natural growth, and movement towards an intuitive, bodily understanding that aligns with the passage of time, decay, regeneration, and the perpetual cycles of these processes.


Contact Camille via email at Hawbakerc(at)gmail(dot)com

Instagram @Camilamahi




2014      MFA University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2009      BFA Baylor University, Waco, TX


Solo + Two-Person Exhibitions

2017      Labyrinth, Bear Hug Art Event, The Law Building, Omaha, NE

Veils of Voids, Lied Art Gallery, Omaha, NE

2016      Memoirs, Michael Phipps Gallery, Omaha, NE

The Murmuring Constellation, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

Microcosms, 402 Arts Collective, Omaha, NE

2014      Unraveling, Robert-Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, NE

A Language In Becoming, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2012      Interior Spaces, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, NE


Group Exhibitions

2016      Lingua Franca, Marxhausen Gallery, Seward, NE

Expressions in Fiber Art V, Connect Gallery, Omaha, NE

Bi-Annual Faculty Exhibition, UNO Art Gallery, Omaha, NE

Bi-Annual Faculty Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Kearney, NE

Member Made, Cooper Foundation Maker’s Gallery, Lincoln, NE

F + W 15 Social Practice Fellows Group show, Wanda D. Ewing Gallery, Omaha, NE

Flatlanders, Darger HQ, Omaha, NE

2015      Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

July Invitational, Gallery 9, Lincoln, NE

Nebraska, Prescott Gallery, Lincoln, NE (juror: Teliza Rodriguez)

Constellation Members Show, Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE

2014      Art That Binds: A Selection of Works from the Blue Heron Press Collection of Artist’s Books, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

2013      MAPC Juried Members Exhibition, Banshee Press, Denver, CO

Parallel Visions: UNL Printmaking Students & Faculty, Norfolk Art Center, Norfolk, NE

Printed Impressions, Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Hearts and Hands National Juried Book Art Student Exhibition, (juror: Barbara Tetenbaum), Lincoln, NE

2012      The Exquisite Uterus Project: Art of Resistance, Steinhilber Art Gallery, Oshkosh, WI

Poetry & Art: In Remembrance of…,, Nebraska Union, Lincoln, NE

Student International Print Show, Faculty of Fine Arts, El Minia University, El Minia, Egypt

2010      Nature-Inspired Print Exhibition, Silverwood Park, New Brighton, MN

2009      Georgetown Juried Art Hop, Georgetown, TX

Happy Trails Banner Project, Georgetown, TX

Texas Arts & Crafts Festival, Kerrville, TX

BFA Senior Exhibition, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University

Student/Faculty Juried Exhibition, Baylor University


Collaborative Projects

2017     Woven: grounding feminist thoughts and practices in Omaha, Omaha, NE

2012      UNL Womanhouse: The House that Feminism Built, Parallax Space, Lincoln, NE

Little Waves, Rotunda Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Residencies & Fellowships

2015      Social Practice Fellowship, The Union for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

2013      Residency, Safiuddin Printmaking Studio, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2012 – 14 Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Awards, Grants & Scholarships

2017      Omaha Creative Institute Individual Artist Grant

2014      Graduate Vreeland Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Coleman Purchase Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2013      Experiential Engagement of the Viewer Award, Heart & Hands National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Purchase Award, Heart & Hands National Juried Book Art Exhibition for Students, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2012      Hixson-Lied Graduate Student Presentation of Creative Activity Grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2009      Emerging Texas Artist, second place, Kerrville Arts & Crafts Festival, Kerrville, TX

Best of Show, Georgetown Juried Art Hop, Georgetown, TX

Juror’s Choice Award, Student/Faculty Exhibition, Baylor University

2008      G. Goodrich International Studies Scholarship, Baylor University

2007      Patricia Johnston Art Scholarship, Faculty-nominated, Baylor University

2006 – 08 Baylor University Achievement Scholarship, Baylor University

2006      Greater Metro Auto Dealer’s Association Scholarship, Minneapolis, MN

2005      Presidential Scholarship, Baylor University


Selected Collections

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

El Minia University, El Minia, Egypt

Ibrahim Müteferrika Paper Museum, Yalova, Turkey

Love Library Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Sheldon Museum of Art, Coleman Collection, Lincoln, NE

Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA


Press & Publications

2016      Wolgamott, L. Kent, “Hawbaker Turns Words into Visual Language,” Lincoln Journal Star, Feb. 20, 2016. Print.

Mahoney, Robert, “Camille Hawbaker,” Art Files of the Flatlanders, Feb. 5, 2016. Online

Krainak, Michael J., “Memoir,” The Reader, November 17, 2016. Online.

2015      McDill, Kent, “Nebraska Grad and Guest Lecturer Pushes Boundaries of Art,” Big Ten Network, January 7, 2015. Print.

Mahoney, Robert, “Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition,” Art Files of the Flatlanders, November 8, 2015. Online.

2014      Wolgamott, L. Kent, “Camille Hawbaker’s ‘Unraveling’ One of Best Lincoln Art Shows of 2014,” Lincoln Journal Star, November 29, 2014. Print.

2013      Andersen, Kathe, “Kunc, Hawbaker Teach Printmaking Workshops in Bangladesh,” Arts Magazine, Fall 2013.

Dunn, Conor, “’Heart & Hands’ exhibition showcases handmade books from across the country,” The Daily Nebraskan, April 17, 2013. Print.

2012      Nelson, Kate, “Jewels of the Nile: UNL students work on display in Egypt,” The Daily Nebraskan, March 26, 2012. Print.

2010       ed. Michael Kleen, “Rumination,” Black Oak Media Presents, spring edition. Print.

2009      Cullar, Meg, “For Art’s Sake,” The Baylor Line, April 17, 2009. Print.

Marchell, Danielle, “Recent grads represent Baylor at Texas Arts Fair,” Baylor Lariat, Aug. 24, 2009. Print.

Samuel Mathis, “At The Window” The Phoenix Fine Arts Annual, Spring 2009. Print.


Professional Experience

2016 – 17 Adjunct Instructor, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Department of Art & Art History

2016      Adjunct Instructor, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

2014 – 15  Visiting Lecturer,University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design

2012 – 14 Instructor of Record, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Art & Art History

2012      Studio Renovation Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2012 – 13 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2006 – 08 Printmaking Studio Assistant, Department of Art, Baylor University


Professional Activities

2016     Panelist, “Voices and Perspectives in Textiles,” Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Introduction to Karen Backstrap Weaving, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Weaving Destruction with Devore, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Nebraska Fiber Arts Initiative Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Artful Destruction with Devore, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

Beginning Weaving, Nebraska Innovation Studio, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2015      Visiting Artist, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE

Shibori Intensive Weekend, Student/Community Workshop, Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation & Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Bound, Dyed, Stitched: Taking Inspiration from A Touch of Kismet by Jan Meyers- Newbery, Upward Bound Workshop, Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, NE

2014      Paper Circuits, Artful Learning Educator Night, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln NE

Binding Art for the Classroom, Artful Learning Educator Night, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln NE

2013      Workshop in Artist’s Books, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Block Printing for Children, Rana Plaza Fundraiser, BAGHA Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh

                  Artist Talk, Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2012      Visiting Artist, Doane College, Crete, NE

Panelist, The Art of Feminist Collaboration in UNL Womanhouse, No Limits! Women and Gender Studies Student Conference, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Monotype Workshop Assistant, Nebraska Teacher’s Association, Omaha, NE

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