2014 Art Department Alumni Exhibition – Mulvane Art Museum

Washburn University Art Department Alumni

August 22 – October 19, 2014
Reception, September 5, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Mulvane Art Museum
17th & Jewell Streets
Topeka, KS

© Deedra Baker 2014

Deedra Baker
Lazy Bench Virtue, 2014
Archival Inkjet Print, 12″x18″

Participating artists include:
 Avery Ayers-Berry, Deedra Baker, Timothy Baller, Jason Berryman, Daniel Coburn, Cassandra Cohen, June Melody Duncan, Carol Emert, Laura Engelhardt, Randall Exon, Erika Kjorlie Geery, Carrie Jo Gros, Maria Guzman, Michael Hager, Robert Chester Haggard III, Eleanor Heimbaugh, Kymm Hughes, Robin Hutchinson, Joseph Keehn, Cally Krallman, Ashley Jane Laird, Garrett M. Larson, Jennifer Lutz-Michael, Jake Marshall, Gweneth McClain, Alissa Menke, Michael Mize, Maria Raquel Morales, Beth Neuer, Patricia Nobo, KyoungHwa Oh, Sara O’Keeffe, Tom Parker, Larry Peters, Beverly Dodge Radefeld, Kristopher Roberts, Judith Sabatini, Jennifer Somers, Joyce Cowan Shupe, Katerina Strakhova, Andrew Valdivia, Barbara Waterman-Peters, Lynn Wilson, Carol Yoho, Kathleen O’Toole Zimmerman.

Contact the Mulvane Art Museum Directly:
Mulvane Art Museum
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS  66621


Introspection: BFA Senior Exhibition


Art is a powerful means of self-expression. I have always felt a strong connection with photography in its ability to serve as a vehicle for visual communication. I am interested in employing self-portraiture as a device to explore my own physicality and psychology. Through my art I intend to examine myself, women’s roles, and how others view women and their position in society. I continually question what it means to be a female in today’s society, and I address similar issues as they relate to my own personal existence. I strive to create work that challenges the boundaries of myself as the artist, as well as the viewer, whether that is because of visual or psychological reasons.

I documented my BFA senior exhibition, Introspection, and I am finally posting select images from the show. I had a great time creating the work for this exhibit.

Deedra Baker 2011

Washburn University Student Exhibition and Awards

The Washburn University Student Art Exhibit will close Sunday, May 15th, 2011. It is not too late to still visit the Mulvane Art Museum to see the exhibition filled with artwork created by talented student artists.

I was honored with the Charles and Margaret Pollak award, which is presented to one art student each year at the student exhibition. The photograph that was chosen for this purchase award will become a part of the Washburn Art Department’s permanent collection. I am extremely honored to have received this award.

However, other students were recognized for their talent during the opening reception,  as well. Sami Sallaway received an award presented by the Topeka Branch of the National League of American Pen Women for her live sculpture “Carmen” and Jessica Wilson was the first student to receive the  Joan Foth Award for her charcoal piece “Hay Bales.”

Below is my photograph, “Self-Portrait #03” that was chosen for the Pollak.

Deedra Baker 2009

Press Release for Introspection: BFA Senior Exhibition

Senior art student to exhibit work in Washburn University art building gallery
TOPEKA — “Introspection,” a senior exhibition by Washburn University student Deedra Baker, will be shown March 14 – April 1 at the John R. Adams Gallery of the Washburn University art building. No admission is charged and the galleries are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.  An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 18.
The exhibition contains photographic- and installation-based artwork employing self-portraiture as a device to explore Baker’s own physicality and psychology. Through the art she examines herself, the roles of women and how others view women and their position in society. The pieces continually question what it means to be a female in today’s society and address similar issues in relation to Baker’s own personal existence.
Baker, of El Dorado, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Top Hat Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies and is named in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In 2010, her work was included in the student art show at the Mulvane Art Museum and she participated in a summer art and theatre study abroad program in London. She is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Designated as a capstone requirement, each senior is responsible for all aspects of his or her one-person show: publicity, framing, labels, hanging and reception, if one is desired. The exhibition must feature more than one art medium, since Washburn grants a general bachelor of fine arts degree. All BFA majors are required to present a senior show as the capstone experience of their degree.

Faculty evaluate the senior shows based not only on the quality of artwork, but also on the presentation within the gallery setting.  The seniors may also submit their works for the student exhibition which is juried by an outside artist and staged each year at the Mulvane Art Museum,
According to Glenda Taylor, chairwoman of the art department, the individual senior show is a unique opportunity available to Washburn students. “Many schools offer only group shows or only have individual shows at the graduate level.  We are fortunate to have gallery space and faculty who help our seniors prepare work to standards for exhibition.  The senior show provides our BFA students with a significant capstone experience to their degree,” she said.

Introspection—BFA Senior Exhibition


My BFA Senior Exhibition—Introspection—opens Monday, March 14th and runs through Friday, April 1st in the Washburn University Art Building. The exhibition will incorporate photographic and installation-based two and three dimensional artwork. The opening reception is Friday, March 18th, 6-8 pm.

Deedra Baker 2011