Department of Art and Art History
College of Arts and Sciences
2nd Edition
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Associate Professor: Painting/Drawing
Coordinator of Painting and Drawing Programs
Personal Website:
MFA (Painting), University of Houston, 1979

Brian joined the department in the fall of 1985. He currently serves as the coordinator for both the painting and drawing programs.

In September Brian will exhibit 19 of his Stonehenge Series paintings at Indiana Weslyan University. He will be visiting their campus to lecture at his opening as well as to work with the art students in the IWU program.

In the fall of 2016 Brian was a Visiting Artist at the University of North Texas. In the summer of 2015 Brian gave a public lecture and taught a five-day drawing workshop at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. In the summer of 2014 he taught a five day perceptual drawing workshop the Art Students League in NYC.

Throughout most of Brian's career his paintings have focused on psycho-mythological narratives that explore the transitional, tentative moments occuring between times of purposeful activity. In an age that is often categorized as being in a perpetual state of crisis he seeks, by monumentalizing the ordinary, to encourage the viewer concentrate on the richness and importance of direct human experience.

More recently, however, Brian has been working on a substantially different body of work which was exhibited at the Daughtrey Gallery in the Sage Center for the Arts at Hillsdale College (Stonehenge Series I, II and III) where he also gave a lecture and participated as a visting artist. The Hillsdale show included seven new works along with thirty-eight completed in the last three years. His Stonehenge Series I & II (15 large and 30 small oil paintings) were on exhibit April 6 through June 2 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum. The small works from this series (Stonehenge I) had been previously exhibited in 2012 at the Apex Gallery of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City South Dakota and in 2011 at the Vandiver Gallery, The South Carolina School for the Arts at Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina from February 22 through March 24.

In January of 2010 McGraw-Hill released a second edition of Brian's introductory perceptual drawing text, Drawing from Observation that was first published in 2001. The second edition containes a new chapter on pictorial composition, 100 new student drawings, 93 new technical illustrations, and 25 new master work images. Brian wrote, illustrated, designed and produced the production ready manuscript for both editions of this book. It is generously illustrated with UM student drawings from UM's ART 101 course. In early 2015 his book was translated into Portuguese and published out of Sao Paolo, Brazil. In 2006 this book was translated into Short-Form Chinese and published out of Singapore. All together the book has sold nearly 50,000 new copies in addition to sales in both the used book and textbook rental market.

Over the past fifteen years Brian has also been an active participant at national art conferences chairing five panels and presenting nineteen panel papers on a variety of art topics.

In May of 2015 Brian was nominated for a second time for the FATE Master Educator Award after having previously been nominated in 2011. In 1999 Brian was awarded the Arts and Sciences Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award. Brian was also nominated for the University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, 2000, and 2003.

1st Edition Look Inside
Short-form Chinese
May 2003
Portuguese translation, Sao Paolo, Brasil