Bellman Brown Bag Series: Michael Baum

Geographic Reach: Explorations on the Taku Glacier


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Join us Wednesday, September 14 at noon as BHSU’s Michael Baum presents Geographic Reach: Explorations on the Taku Glacier. Baum will be highlighting his recent interdisciplinary research entitled Geographic Reach. This project focuses on a two-week ski expedition on a remote portion of the Juneau Icefield, the fifth largest expansion of ice in North America. Please join us as he explores ideas about landscape and the intersections between art and the remote experience.

About the Presenter…

Michael Baum is a South Dakota native, whom over the last twenty years has focused much of his time exploring the mountain ranges of California, Wyoming, Montana, Washington and Alaska. His interactions with nature and the wilderness became the impetus for his graduate studies in fine art, which he completed at Washington State University with an emphasis in drawing and printmaking. Michael is currently an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Michael’s work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions. His drawings have been exhibited at Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, The Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville and featured in INDA 9, International DRAWING Annual. His work has been selected for the South Dakota Governor’s 6th, 7th and 8th Biennial Art Exhibitions. Michael is a past recipient of a career development grant from the South Dakota Arts Council, funded by The National Endowment for the Arts. Recently his print-based work has been selected for exhibition at The Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, MO and Light Art Space in Silver City, NM.

Regionally his drawing and print-based work has been featured at The Plains Art Museum, the South Dakota Art Museum, the John A. Day Gallery at University of South Dakota, and The Dahl Arts Center. His work has also been accepted into multiple public collections, which include the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon, the Museum of Art/WSU in Washington, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho, the Missoula Art Museum in Montana, University of Colorado Special Collections, Boulder, CO and Artist Printmaker Research Collections, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

About the Bellman Brown Bag Series

The Bellman Brown Bag series is a humanities program designed to explore ideas, history, literature, art and culture. The Brown Bag program was developed by Dr. Stewart Bellman in the 1990’s. Recognizing the Matthews Opera House as an ideal venue for the exploration of humanities topics, he engaged a line-up of speakers to present programs on a range of humanities topics each month.

Dr. Bellman was a professor of English at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. His teaching career spanned thirty years. Bellman retired from BHSU and passed away in November 2002.

Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, noon to 1pm. Designed to begin and end within the lunch hour, patrons are invited to bring their lunch, if desired, or simply enjoy an hour of learning and entertainment.  This is an opportunity to gain insight into themes that touch our daily lives.

Coffee for the Bellman Brown Bag Series is generously provided by Common Grounds in Spearfish, SD.




Date and Time:


Wednesday, September 14, 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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Spearfish, 57783 United States
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