Dusty Lynn Baker (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’s most recent accolades include receiving a 2022 Creative Arts Fellowship with the Indiana Arts Commission following graduation from the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Course. She is the current Resident Artist (Painting) at Beck’s Grist Mill National Historic Site, and exhibited in Creative Writing at the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities at Indiana University in Bloomington (2021). Dusty has also presented writing workshops with the IU Center for Rural Engagement (2022) in Washington County, and appeared as a panelist at the 2022 IU Rural Conference held at the French Lick Resort in Orange County.
She 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
EXHIBITIONS, PRESENTATIONS & GALLERY SALE LOCATIONS
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, 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, 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
NOTABLE HONORS AND AWARDS
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