About Dusty

Dusty Lynn Baker, MLSt, (she/her) is a professional artist, business owner, and military veteran. She works in multiple disciplines including writing, painting, photography, and as a classically trained chef.

Dusty received a Creative Arts Fellowship with the Indiana Arts Commission in 2022. She has led creative writing workshops with the IU Center for Rural Engagement, and presented as a guest panel member at the 2022 annual conference. She is the current Resident Artist (Painting) at Beck’s Grist Mill National Historic Site, and has led both painting workshops and exhibits at the Mill since 2021. Dusty exhibited in Creative Writing at the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2021.

Dusty is the owner and creative for the Austy’s brand based in Salem (Washington County) in Southern Indiana, her home for the last nine years. She is also an active volunteer in her community, serving on multiple boards, and is a trained Purdue Master Gardener & Master Naturalist.

Dusty is available for writing workshops, painting classes, and private culinary classes and events.


Master of Liberal Studies, Arizona State University

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Maryland UC

Diploma, Professional Pastry Arts, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Diploma, Culinary Arts & Operations, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Certificate, On-Ramp 2.0, Indiana Arts Commission

Certificate, On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Course, Indiana Arts Commission

Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani, University of Hawaii – 18 hours

Diploma, Early Childhood Education, North American Montessori Center



IU Center for Rural Engagement Women’s Writing Workshops, Washington County, Indiana, 2022

— Lead Presenter: Writing to Channel Our Pioneer Spirit, November Workshop

— Co-Presenter: Writing Our Pasts to Imagine Our Futures, October Workshop

IU Rural Conference, French Lick, Indiana, Panel Presenter: Creative Writing, 2022

Beck’s Grist Mill (National Historic Site), Salem, Indiana, Resident Artist: 2021 to Present

Gayle Karch Cook Center, Maxwell Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Creative Writing: Historical Fiction, 2021

Washington County Arts Council, Indiana, Acrylics at the First Baptist Church of Salem, Community Center, 2021

Lost River Market & Deli, Paoli, Indiana, Acrylics available for sale (July 2021 – Present)



Awareness Washington County, Board Member

Washington County Farmers Market, Former Market Master/President

Purdue Extension Master Gardeners, Washington County, Indiana, Former Board Member/President

Purdue Extension Washington County Board of Agriculture, Board Member

United Service Organizations (USO), Former Volunteer Shift Supervisor

SHAPE Community Theatre, Belgium, Writer/Actor/Director



NATO Medal, Camp Monteith, Kosovo

The Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership, American National Red Cross

Volunteer of the Quarter/Year, American Red Cross, SHAPE, Belgium

80th ASG Volunteer of the Quarter, SHAPE, Belgium

Exceptional Volunteer Leadership Award, Multiple Awards, American Red Cross