Monday, February 2, 2009
Bruce Bobick, professor and chair emeritus of art, will present an exhibit of his works Feb. 2 - 9, at the University of West Georgia. A prolific painter, Bobick will be honored with a dedication and renaming of the Main Gallery to the Bruce Bobick Gallery.
The dedication and reception is scheduled in the Humanities Building on Friday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and the community is invited to attend.
Bobick taught art at West Georgia from 1976 to 2005 and chaired the department for 26 years. He was responsible in acquiring more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships for the Department of Art, achieved NASAD accreditation for the department while chair in 1998 and developed many degree programs.
Dozens of recognitions and awards for his paintings have been presented throughout Bobick's career and many of his paintings can be found on campus.
“All those grants and awards for my paintings are nice but not that important,” said Bobick. “And I really mean that. The work that I did to develop programs and build scholarships helped our art students to advance their careers and become productive citizens; now that's important.”
One of those students is Clint Samples, now an assistant professor of art at UWG.
“Bruce taught me how to think,” said Samples. “Bruce was compassionate, tough and honest. He pushed and challenged me to work harder and to take art seriously. Most importantly, he took a personal interest in who I was. I have had many great teachers but Bruce is the one I owe my success to.”
Bobick's work has been included in 210 juried exhibitions including Watercolor, U.S.A., ten times with the most recent in 2006; the National Watercolor Society's juried exhibitions eight times; the National Academy of Design in New York twice; and the 164th Annual American Watercolor, Prints and Drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
The artist's medium is watercolor and in retirement he works in his studio four to five hours a day. The Bobick exhibit features 11 new paintings completed this year titled “Listening to Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'”
Bobick's works are hung throughout the campus including a set of four paintings titled “Syncopatic Leaf Formation” at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts, “Magnolia” at the Alumni House, “Tulip Magnolias” at the office of Admissions and two framed university catalog covers at the office of Publications and Printing.
As far as having his name on the gallery door, Bobick accepts the distinction.
“It is a very good honor,” said Bobick. “Especially because it is by my colleagues. I'm very appreciative.”