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Brian Baugh opens art exhibit in library

October 1, 2010

Assistant professor Brian Baugh’s art pieces will be shown on exhibit in the Hewes Library’s Len G. Everett Gallery for the month of October. From 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, Baugh will present his opening reception by talking about his different pieces and answering questions from the audience.

Baugh said the exhibit features a wide variety of art, ranging from black and white photos to wood workings to musical instruments.

“During the school year, the kind of art I make reflects what I’m teaching at the time,” Baugh said. “I tend to do more black and white photos when I’m teaching dark room photography.”

Baugh said the majority of his paintings are spontaneous and that his main motivation is the way light strikes objects.

“The leaf in this picture was just out in the sidewalk when I was walking to school and the red-green combination just caught my eye,” Baugh said. “So I picked it up, brought it home and stuck it in a vase and painted it.”

According to Baugh, he has been interested in art ever since he was a child, but never considered art as a career until he found a job as a layout designer after high school.

“That’s what really gave me the confidence to pursue art as a career,” Baugh said. “I grew up in the South and there was pretty much no artists who made art for a living.”

Baugh said he attended college with the goal of working as a graphic designer, but soon realized he wanted to teach art. He said this was a result of really inspiring teachers.

“They really modeled for me what an artist was,” Baugh said. “They were in the studios working all the time and were really passionate about their work.”

Baugh said he enjoyed the idea of working and creating different forms of art with his hands and that the idea of sitting in front of a computer just did not cut it for him.

Baugh also said he liked the idea of teaching art versus being a professional artist who sold art for money because professional artists tend to focus on one form of art.

“Being a teacher gives you an excuse to be really curious,” Baugh said. “It pushes you to find out as much as you can about different media and different artists. It makes you a real life-long learner.”

Baugh continued to emphasize that being a teacher allows him to surround himself with the things he loves instead of focusing on creating art that may sell for more.

Baugh also said he enjoys taking advantage of the work study programs at Monmouth College because it allows him to see art in other parts of the world. According to Baugh, he has been to London, Rome, Florence and Scotland.

Baugh said he enjoys seeing art in Rome because it’s such an old civilization.

“They’ve had a long time to make art,” Baugh said. “And you’re at the place it was created. It’s different seeing it there versus American because you can see it where it was actually painted. You’re standing exactly where the artist stood when he painted it.”

According to Baugh, he is often asked by students what kind of work they can find involving art. In response, Baugh said he tried to emphasize that there are jobs for people willing to work hard.

Baugh said he worked in museums, taught in community ar centers and even worked at a graphic design shop where he helped create bill boards.

“If you’re willing to work hard, you’ll be able to make a living,” Baugh said.

Baugh also said he believes it is important for people to find a job involving something they love to do.

“If you can find something to do that makes you want to get up in the morning, and be excited about getting up and going to work, that’s the way to go,” Baugh said. “I’ve had enough bad jobs to know that life’s no fun if you spend all your time doing things that you have no interest doing, other than just for money.”

DEREK KEIST
Features Editor

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