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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 27, 2009
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Erin Bode Group to perform free concert

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Erin Bode Group will perform a free concert of folk music and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at McKibbin Recital Hall on the Baldwin City campus.

The group features Erin Bode, vocals; Adam Maness, piano and acoustic guitar; Sydney Rodway, bass; and Derrek Phillips, drums.

Bode, a singer and songwriter, has been critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Jazz Times, and the Chicago Tribune. The group has performed at such jazz venues as Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., Zanzibar Blue and World Café Live in Philadelphia, and at Sweet Rhythm and Joe’s Pub in New York.

Having released four major CDs in recent years, Erin Bode has been featured on “A Prairie Home Companion” and will soon be seen on “Fox and Friends Weekend” and the “Saturday Early Show” on CBS. On tour with her group through Missouri and Kansas, she and her quartet will also conduct song-writing and jazz clinics for students at Baker during their two-day “residency” in Baldwin City.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 23, 2009
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University receives Mid-America Arts Alliance Performing Arts Grant

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has announced that it was among a select group of Midwest presenters chosen to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance grant. This award will support an upcoming Baker Artist and Lecture Series performance of Step Afrika! at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Rice Auditorium. The stomp troupe will also be involved in community and outreach activities at 11 a.m. at the auditorium.


This presentation is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Arts Commission, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.


Mid-America Arts Alliance enriches communities through cultural experiences throughout America’s heartland to share in and to enjoy the arts and cultures of the region and world.


“Baker University is to be commended for their commitment to serving their community with this distinctive event,” said Mary Kennedy McCabe, Mid-America Arts Alliance Executive Director. “Audiences in Baldwin City will have the opportunity to see the exciting work of Step Afrika!, many for the first time, and Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to help support this work and Baker.”


During the Mid-America Arts Alliance project, students from Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center and Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center will learn more about the stomp troupe’s intricate kicks and rhythms with an emphasis on teamwork, discipline and commitment.


“It will expose the local students to a unique art form that they might not otherwise experience,” said Ron Holden, multicultural affairs coordinator.


For more information about the event, contact Susan Buehler, director of the Artist and Lecture Series, at 785.594.8421. For more information on MidAmerica Arts Alliance, call Mid-America Arts Alliance staff at 816.421.1388.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 16, 2009
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Students, professor to attend presidential inauguration

Baldwin City, Kan. — Sixteen Baker University students and their professor will be a part of history on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

As part of a travel interterm titled “Our Nation’s Capital,” Lee Green, professor of business and economics, coordinated a 12-day trip to Washington, D.C. Besides visiting the Capitol Building, the White House, the Supreme Court Building and museums, the students will join millions of people for the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

The students who attended the inauguration were Briana Bever, Prairie Village; Eris Blaser, Baldwin City; Stephanie Brockmann, Washington, Mo.; Dana Hacker, Roeland Park; Kendra Hanson, Salina;  Melissa Hasty, Oberlin; Jordann Johnson, Hoxie; Adam Kenne, Shawnee; Andrew Linenberger, Carbondale; Sarah Luecke, Kansas City, Mo.; Caitlin McGowan, Topeka; Adam O’Trimble, Perry; Jessica Porter, Osawatomie; Shannon Pulkabrek, Tonganoxie; Emily Stephens, Freeman, Mo.; and Lena Sweyko, Fort Scott.

“They all have different majors, but the one goal these students all have is that they all aspire to careers in public service,” Green said.

Green has been taking Baker students to presidential inaugurations since George H.W. Bush’s term began in 1989.

The class was popular with students. Green had to turn some students away because of space limitations.

“I think it’s just the sense of hope that’s been engendered by president-elect Obama,” Green said

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NEWS RELEASE

Jan. 16, 2009

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Longtime artists to showcase works at Baker University exhibit

Baldwin City, Kan. — Three longtime artists whose works have spanned more than a half century will showcase selected paintings together for the first time in a February exhibit at Holt-Russell Gallery on Baker University’s Baldwin City campus.

The exhibit, “60 Years! Three Dedicated Artists, Teachers and Friends,” will showcase the paintings of Tom Russell, Baldwin City; Will Niewald, Kansas City, Mo.; and Bob Sudlow, Lawrence. The opening reception for the exhibit will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the gallery in Parmenter Hall.

The three well-known regional artists have been friends since the 1940s.

“There’s a driving force in each of these men that is truly inspiring,” said Walt Bailey, special assistant to the president for the development of the arts. “Even in their 80s and 90s they continue to take supplies out on location to work. They work as plein-air painters, seeing light and color directly and making visual discovery central in what they do.

“Their careers as teachers have spanned four decades in which, collectively, they taught thousands of students,” Bailey added. “Today they teach as examples, demonstrating daily what is accomplished through commitment and discipline.”

The gallery hours for the February exhibit are 1-4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Lee Mann, professor and chair of the art department, at (785) 594-4588 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here is a brief look at the three artists’ careers:

Will Niewald

Born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1925, Will Niewald, 83, began attending art classes at age 10 at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Nelson Gallery. In 1943, after his freshman year at the Kansas City Art Institute, he served three years in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. In 1947 he returned to the Art Institute, where he joined the faculty two years later before receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree.

His paintings are now in countless public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He received in 2006 a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, one of most prestigious honors. He also had prestigious guest-teaching residencies at institutions such as the New York Studio School and Yale University.

In 1988 he received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association of America.

Comment: “One of my earliest childhood memories is drawing in pencil and crayon while sitting on the floor in front of the fireplace of the family home. It gave me great pleasure and I was encouraged by family and friends.”

Tom Russell

Born in 1917 in Parsons, Kan., Tom Russell, 91, graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1939 where he studied under Thomas Hart Benton and John DeMartelli. During 1939-1940, he studied in New York City with the Art Students League. His degrees include the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bethany College in 1947 and the Master of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute in 1948. Russell joined the Baker University faculty in 1963 and continued to work there until his retirement in 1982. His paintings and murals have been shown throughout the Midwest, including the Nelson Gallery, Museum of Modern Art and the Vincent Price Gallery of Chicago. After Russell’s retirement from Baker, his name was added to the art gallery on the Baldwin City campus.

Comment: “I try hard to probe into emotions beyond explicit definition. I purposefully attempt to use simple shapes with organic origins or manmade shapes and try to return them to organic sensations.”

Bob Sudlow

Born in Holton, Kan., in 1920, Bob Sudlow, 88, has long been considered one of the most important landscape painters to emerge from the Midwest. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas, where he studied under Albert Bloch. That same year he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, trained as a pilot, flying sea planes. He earned the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in the Western Pacific Theater, World War II. After his war service, he spent a year in art academies in Paris. Later, he attended California College of Arts and Crafts, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1956. In 1971, he was granted full professorship at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, where he continued to teach painting before retiring in 1987. In 1974, Sudlow was the first artist to be named Kansas Governor’s Artist. He was also named Kansan of the Year in 1997 by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. His paintings are included in countless exhibitions as well as numerous public and private collections across the nation and abroad.

Comment: “When I return with a painting, I have air in my lungs and have traveled a distance.”


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