Helen Schmidt is interested in the power art has to effect personal and social transformation. It is her belief that change comes about not just from one’s work in the world, but from turning one’s gaze inward, and she strives to evoke this internal awareness in her work as an artist and a teacher.
Helen worked in the South Bronx in New York as a housing advocate for homeless women and children. Upon moving to Vermont, she taught art as a means of personal empowerment to at risk teenaged girls, and later to incarcerated women. She has taught art to adults, teens and children in Southern Vermont for over twenty years. She currently teaches studio art and printmaking at The River Gallery School, and Printmaking at the Community College of Vermont and at The Putney School. Helen studied at The Lacoste School for the Arts in Lacoste, France and in Boston at The Museum School. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her artwork widely, and has artwork in private collections in the United States and Europe. She lives in Westminster West, Vermont with her husband Finn Campman and her daughters Maeve and Tula.