Dr. Eileen Hutton

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

Dr. Eileen Hutton

Art & Ecology Lecturer


Eileen recently received her PhD from the Burren College of Art and National University of Ireland, Galway.  She also holds a Post-Baccalaureate Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2008) and Bachelors in Fine Art from Flagler College (2007). Selected Group exhibitions include Lost and Found at the Hal Bromm Gallery in NYC, SRAM pART Project: Parts into Art into Aid, in NYC, Out of a Box at 126 and Sculpture in Context at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. She has also contributed sculptures to Jan-Erik Andersson’s Gesamtkunstwerk, Life on a Leaf in Turku Finland. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Siamsa Tire in Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Research Interests

Environmental and ecoart; landscape theory; socially engaged practices; ecology; collaborative practices; sustainability; cradle to cradle design; engaged and informed interaction with the environment and beekeeping.

Teaching Philosophy

My role as a teacher is to facilitate students’ growth as artists, through the development of their critical thinking capabilities in formal analysis as well as contextual analysis. I strongly believe that critical thinking works in conjunction with commitment to one’s practice and the continual refinement of technique in the creation of an artwork or an essay. Central to the students’ experience is learning the importance of process through experimentation, risk taking, enquiry, creative problem solving, active engagement and, not least of all, seeing. I aim to establish an environment that is simultaneously challenging, stimulating and supportive as students learn to negotiate the ways in which they construct meaning.