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environmental artist , art educator

Sara Ann Kontoff Baker, American environmental artist, art educator. Recipient President's prize in sculpture Cambridge (Massachusetts) Art Association, 1972; finalist Westland Avenue Sculpture competition.


Baker, Sara Ann Kontoff was born on October 2, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Julian and Rose (Kutnick) Kontoff.


Bachelor in English Literature, Boston University, 1954. Master of Science in Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986.


Teacher English, social studies, high school, Havre de Grace, Pt. Perry, Maryland., 1954-1955;director recreation & art therapy, Washingtonian Hospital, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 1968-1969;founder, co-director, Center for Creative Living & Tuftonboro (N.H.) Playhouse, 1970-1975;teacher art, Wellesley (Massachusetts) Junior High School, 1973;assistant professor art history, The Art Institute of Chicago Boston, 1984, 85-;senior lecturer art, Northeastern U., Boston, since 1986. Lecturer art history Mount Ida College, Newton, Massachusetts & Boston Architectural Center, 1988, '89.

Consultant in field.


  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Painting, Galleria Sistina D'ArTe, Rome, Italy, 1978, Environmental Art, Gallery 355, Boston, 1981, Commission for Neon Installation, Children's Museum, Boston, 1992, Matrix Gallery, Provincetown, 1993, Dean's Gallery, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995, Villa delle Palme, Italy. Exhibited in shows at Art Institute Boston, Kyoto, Japan, 1973, Holographic Museum New York, Attleboro (Massachusetts) Museum, 1985, 93, Newport (Rhode Island) Art Museum, 1986, Courtland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, 1990, Boston Society Architects, 1996, Artists' Gallery, Wickford, Rhode Island, 1997-1998, Northeastern University, 1997, Federal Reserve Bank, 1997.


Appointed by mayor to Planning & Advisory Committee, Kenmore-Fenway, Boston, 1988. Co-chair Kenmore Residents Association, Boston, since 1988. Member American Association of University Professors, American Association College professors, Boston Visual Artists Union (fair practice committee 1973-1985), Women Artists Boston (co-chair 1974-1975), Boston Society Architecture (art & architecture committee 1988-1996), College Art Association, The Art Institute of Chicago Boston (officer).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, travel, photography.


Married Elliot Baker, June 13, 1954. Children: Andrea, Melanie, Jonathan.

Julian Kontoff

Rose (Kutnick) Kontoff

Elliot Baker

Andrea Baker

Melanie Baker

Jonathan Baker