W. Lowell Baker
I am a native Oklahoman who has returned to the State after being away for over thirty years. I grew up in Enid and my wife grew up in Fayetteville so we feel we have returned home.
My undergraduate degree is from a small liberal arts university, however I had not taught at a liberal arts institution until coming to TU. I feel very much at home here and enjoy the culture of private, liberal arts universities. My teaching career, beyond TU, includes two community colleges and two large capstone institutions. This is the third department I have chaired in my academic career.
I am very please to say that I am currently working with the best faculty I have had the pleasure of being associated with in my academic career. The opportunities in the visual arts at TU and in the City of Tulsa were also a selling point in bringing me to TU. The new Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, which houses some of our graduate studios and the Smith Family Gallery allows for unique opportunities for not only our students but also for the community. Our direct association with the Gilcrease Museum through the Zarrow Center also supports my life long interest in primitive aesthetics. First Friday in the Brady Arts District, the Art Crawl and the gallery openings offer a wonderful opportunity to participate in the arts in Tulsa.
Education and Degrees Earned
- BFA, Sculpture and Ceramics, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma
- MFA, Ceramics and Sculpture, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Areas of Academic Specialty
Areas of Research Focus
Currently I am working in landscape based, mixed media sculpture
Previous Teaching Experience
- Professor of Ceramics, University of Alabama 2002-2012
- Associate Professor of Ceramics, University of Alabama 1999-2002
- Associate Professor and Chair Department of Art and Art History, the University of Alabama, 1991-1999
- Chair Department of Art, Itawamba Community College 1986-1991
- Visiting Assistant Professor, The University of Arkansas 1983-1986
- North Arkansas Community College 1982-1983
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Co-Owner, White Oak Pottery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 1971-1984
- National Association of Schools of Art and design
- National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts