Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

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CGT Faculty Member Selected for Illustration Exhibition in NYC

December 11, 2017

"I'm Glad I Was a Teacher" by Dan Baldwin, MFA

"I'm Glad I Was a Teacher" by Dan Baldwin, MFA

A series of digital paintings entitled “I’m Glad I was a Teacher” by Dan Baldwin, Director of Computer Graphics Technology, has been selected for the Society of Illustrators Illustrators 60 annual book and exhibition. The month long exhibition opens at the Society of Illustrators Museum in Manhattan on January 5, 2018.

“Celebrating its 60th anniversary of publication, the Society of Illustrators is pleased to present the premier showcase for illustrators, featuring over 400 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout each year. Open to artists worldwide, thousands of entries are considered by a jury of professionals, which include renowned illustrators, art directors and designers.”

Baldwin’s series of paintings, based upon Indiana native John Wooden, was chosen to be included in the Surface / Product Design category.

Earlier this year, Baldwin was a recipient of a public art grant whose goal was to commemorate the wisdom of John Wooden. The art is currently on display in Martinsville, Indiana – Wooden’s hometown, and it is this series that was chosen by the Society of Illustrators for publication and exhibition. Baldwin’s client was Rediscover Martinsville, with additional funding through Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Brown County Community Foundation, and Visit Morgan County.

The concept for the digital paintings, centered upon a John Wooden quote “I’m glad I was a teacher,” resonated with Baldwin as a teacher and a father. Therefore, Baldwin worked on this series with his five-year-old son.

“Initially I hoped that working on this series with my son would allow me to share with him general techniques on painting and drawing, something that he loves. However I quickly realized this was an opportunity for Sam to show his dad how he sees and interprets the world around him. During these painting sessions we would often talk about John Wooden and his life, but most often we would just talk. We talked and laughed about anything and everything, as we quickly forgot about painting chalkboards, glasses, or shoes.”  

Baldwin plans on taking his son, and collaborator, Sam to the opening at the museum in January. “I think he’s more excited to see the T-Rex at the American Museum of Natural History, then he is to see his paintings hanging on a wall.”