Housed in historic Parmenter Hall on the Baldwin City campus, the Holt-Russell Art Gallery features art by students, faculty, and local, national, and international artists.
Students exhibit their work in an annual juried student art show. In addition, students work as preparers, curators and organizers of their senior exhibitions.
The Holt-Russell Gallery is located on the second floor of Parmenter Hall at 706 Dearborn St.
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Major Holidays
Assistant Professor of Art
Director Holt-Russell Gallery
Spring 2018 Schedule
Studio Art & Art History Faculty Biennial | February 1 – 24
Artist Reception | February 1 | 5 – 7 p.m.
This exhibition highlights the creative research produced by the faculty teaching in the studio art program at Baker University. The Biennial Faculty Exhibition is a celebration of the art of the making process with the opportunity to view new and original works produced by the outstanding art faculty of Baker University.
Inge Balch’s continued research of the saints has added Saint Sebastian and Saint Lawrence to the list of previously constructed pull toys such as Saint Nick, Saint Francis, and Saint Barbara. Balch’s exploration of the lives of the saints, their accomplishments, and often, gruesome deaths, are combined with her own interpretation and sense of humor.
Russell Horton’s most recent work examines the landscape of the prairie and the impact of human activity in these spaces. Pump jacks, holding tanks, water towers, and other structures gain exaggerated prominence in the stark openness. The unspoiled vista of American landscape tradition no longer exists here. This is not a criticism of how the land is being used but rather a critique of nostalgic rhetoric of the pristine. The honest representation of the subject has allowed him to be honest with himself and establish empathetic connections with structures isolated in the world around them.
Carla Tilghman has been weaving off and on since the age of 12. In 2004, she decided to turn a hobby into her profession and earned an MFA from Kent State University. Weaving is a subtle three-dimensional process in which threads pass over and under each other to create patterns and images. Sometimes, this process is a bit too subtle. By using a combination of digitally assisted looms and traditional hand-weaving processes, she has been exploring both the illusion of texture and also creating pieces that are more obviously three dimensional. Tilghman’s work varies from landscape-inspired pieces to complete abstractions, but all take advantage of contemporary technologies in order to push the process of weaving into new directions.
Top: Saint-inspired pull toys
Middle: Edgerton Road Crossing Signal Shed
Bottom: My Blue Heaven
Artist Reception & Talk
March 9 | 5 – 7 p.m.
Baker Wetlands Discovery Center
1365 N. 1250 ROAD, LAWRENCE, KS 66046
Carsten Meier | March 1 – 31
Winner of Wetlands 2017 National Juried Show
Carsten Meier is most fascinated by photography’s relationship to authenticity, and his creative process employs the medium to make landscapes virtually tangible. Many years back, he researched the historical development of the environmental movement in the United States and learned that the building of dams and flooding of picturesque landscapes, essentially driven by the progress of civilization, was a catalyst for the environmental movement itself. With the hope that the collected photographs of dams and their resulting reservoirs would make this connection visible, he started to photograph these structures in the United States and Europe.
Since 2010, his work has included photographing concrete arch dams, which he selected for their universality in the landscape and for their direct connections to architecture. He has further experimented to create new works using his own photographs and images from public sources including Google Earth and United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps. Research of dam sites and reservoirs also led him to expand his focus to sediment deposits on canyon walls, that are visible when the water level is exceedingly low, as it has been for several years in many parts of the American West.
As the dam itself is both an object of beauty and of contention, the images of sediment deposits document the consequences of establishing reservoirs by revealing what was lost, while their broad strokes of shade and line simultaneously appear like enormous and unconscious paintings of our own actions. Collectively, these photographs magnify the impact of human intervention on the landscape, just as a dam is a literal interruption to the landscape.
Ultimately, his photographic work seeks to both connect and disrupt conventions of photography, particularly the way it has been historically used to document the progress of industry. This project is a response to the relevance and ever-increasing attention pointed at water management, particularly important in the West. One need only look to headlines concerning drought, decommission, and the recent evacuation at Oroville to more fully appreciate the significance of these long overlooked structures that are capable of balancing architectural allure with the strength to stop rivers just as they visually represent the dichotomy between water ecology and water management.
Don Gauthier & Gale Carter | April 5 – 28
Artist Reception | April 5 | 5 – 7 p.m.
For the past 30 years, Don Gauthier and Gale Carter have lived in Baldwin City and participated in clay and woodcraft. The first 15 years, they explored a wide range of styles in clay. While pursuing separate rewarding careers, they continued to produce and exhibit clay work through craft fairs, gallery exhibitions, and wholesale shows.
The year 2000 prompted changes to their craft. Deciding to take a break from clay, Don started to work with wood, producing custom-designed furniture. Gale started translating clay forms into turned wood forms. This redirection helped to refocus and reinvigorate their approach to craft.
While continuing with the woodworking and furniture studio, they have returned to working in clay with fresh ideas to explore. This show presents some of these ideas. For Gale Carter, this body of work is an exploration of textures, motion, and color. The compositions bring to mind geological, geographical, and natural references. Don Gauthier’s body of work makes references to furniture and designs in wood developed over the last 12 years. These ideas are adapted into new techniques designed for clay.