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Gary Baxter

Professor of Art

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Gary grew up surrounded by the mountains, vineyards and orange groves of California. Those things are mostly gone or covered with houses now, but memories of dramatic light, vast space and desert color continue to shape his work.

Eventually Gary settled in New York State, earning an AS in architecture from Onondaga Community College, a BA in art from SUNY Geneseo in 1983 and an MFA in ceramics and furniture design from the School for American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985. Gary also operated a successful pottery business for seven years before starting to teach ceramics, 3D design, furniture design, sculpture and ancient art history at Houghton College.

Gary enjoys travelling and interacting with other cultures, especially when this includes activities such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, swimming in the Amazon river, spelunking in West Virginia and exploring European cathedrals. The visual forms that emerge from these experiences spend years seeping into his art.

One of Gary’s recent works titled ‘Medusa”, composed of a pair of figurative terracotta portrait busts which explore issues of environmental degradation, was included in the Local Color exhibition in Perry, NY. ‘Medusa’ received the 2012 artist’s choice award, selected by the 44 participating artists.