An acrylic painting by Heath Montgomery '99 titled "A World's Durability" won the Juried Member Show at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) this past summer.
Baylor students not only have an expansive selection of more than 40 courses taught by people who are experts in their fields, many of the instructors continue to showcase their works in local and regional exhibits, perform and direct in community theater, and contribute to the landscape of Chattanooga's vibrant arts community.
"Actively engaging in the arts beyond Baylor’s campus keeps our faculty informed of the latest trends, newest research, and innovative practices in their disciplines, said Vincent Oakes, Baylor's choir director and chair of the fine arts department. "Moreover, it allows these teaching artists to bring those remarkable experiences – new techniques, sources of inspiration and influence, and ways to showcase their work - into the classroom in impactful and invaluable ways."
Here are some recent examples of Baylor fine arts faculty who practice what they teach!
Keelah Jackson was an artist-in-residence at Baylor in 2020-21, and now serves as a community service assistant and Middle School Learning Center instructor -- she is also an award-winning educator, writer, singer/songwriter, and visual artist.
Jackson is co-owner and curator of Keeody Gallery, and recently curated the Visuals for the Voiceless art exhibit as part of the city-wide Ed Johnson Memorial dedication on Sept. 18. Funded by ArtsBuild, the event encompassed history, art, storytelling and remembrance. Jackson's art was also featured in the exhibit. (You can learn more about the Keeody Gallery here.)
She was also one of nine artists who were selected to create panels for a 12x17 mural titled “The Soul of MLK—How Artists Visualize the Heartbeat and Soul of MLK in Arts, Music and Culture." The huge mural on the corner of East 10th Street and Foster Street was created to highlight the history, heritage, and significance of the MLK area and was completed as part of the city's Juneteenth 2021 commemoration. Jackson's mural is titled “Dr. King’s 9th Street Reverie.”