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BHSU faculty to inspire with personal artwork

BHSU fine arts faculty will present on past and current projects outside of the classroom and their inspirations behind them during the next Geek Speak lecture Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 110 on the Black Hills University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

BHSU fine arts faculty will present on past and current projects outside of the classroom and their inspirations behind them during the next Geek Speak lecture Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 110 on the Black Hills University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

SPEARFISH – Art students often want to know more about faculty member’s own personal work outside of the classroom; this is their chance. Black Hills State University fine arts faculty will present “Beyond the Classroom” Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 110. At no cost to the public, this event is open to the community as an ongoing continuation of the Geek Speak lecture series.

Photography, studio art, and graphic design faculty in the Fine Arts Department at BHSU will present an evening of their current work in rapid-fire succession during the Geek Speak.

In his presentation, Michael Baum, assistant professor of art at BHSU, will talk about how he incorporates interactions with activities and spaces into his artwork. Currently focused on print-based works, Baum has worked with many mediums including pencil and ink drawings, print making, painting, “non-traditional” drawings, and more.

Baum says, “I made a number of works focusing on human movement as human expression… I was trying to interact with the landscape and through that interaction, making a series of works that didn’t necessarily represent the space, but represented that movement through that space, and I’ve always been really interested in that with my extracurricular activities.”

Baum hopes to inspire the community and students to see art differently. He hopes to inspire them to become more aware of the process behind the art.

“We don’t often think about these mundane things like walking, bicycling, skiing…we don’t think about human movement as an expression,” adds Baum.

Sometimes artworks are taken too literally and not appreciated enough because the audience doesn’t have the opportunity to learn directly from the artist about the work that goes into it, Baum says. Through this Geek Speak, he and other BHSU arts faculty hope to change that.

A diverse range of artwork is expected to be displayed at the Geek Speak from faculty across the disciplines.

Faculty planning to present will include:

Altman Studeny, instructor of art,

Michael Baum, assistant professor of art,

Quintin Owens, assistant professor of art,

Desy Schoenewies, associate professor of art,

Seth Harwood, instructor of art,

Jerry Rawlings, associate professor of mass communication,

Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication,

Skott Chandler, assistant professor of mass communication,

Gina Gibson, associate professor of digital communication,

Tennille Paden, assistant professor of graphic design.

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