“Visual Poems” by Nancy Baur Dillen
For most of my professional career, I was Program Coordinator and Art Professor at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) in Melbourne, FL. I graduated from Florida State University with a MA in Art Education and Constructive Design in 1971. After graduation, I moved to Melbourne where I became an art instructor at Brevard Community College (BCC), now EFSC. With an excellent background in art, I had a head start toward establishing myself in the community. As an educator, I had an opportunity to work with and influence the art programs on all levels. While at the college, I expanded the art program and taught a variety of courses that included drawing, figure drawing, painting, advanced painting, watercolor, acrylics, two dimensional design, three- dimensional design, art history 1 and 2, and business of art. I have been an exchange instructor, guest lecturer, juror, and art consultant both nationally and internationally.
After 35 years of teaching, I retired. I am now painting and drawing on a full time basis, creating art for public places, exhibiting and conducting painting and drawing workshops locally and nationally. My paintings and drawings are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. They are also owned by private collectors and in the permanent collections of the City of Melbourne, (Mosaic monument at the Eau Gallie Pier… the City’s first Public Art), Eau Gallie Art District Main Street’s Outdoor Museum Program (Exterior mural on the MelD Studio Architecture building, 1542 Guava Ave.), City of Orlando, (Orlando, FL), Marriott HOST International (Orlando International Airport), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), Orlando Utilities (Orlando, FL), Price Waterhouse, DuPont Center (Orlando, FL), Southeast Bank (Miami, FL), Administrative Arts (Orlando, FL), Maitland Art Center (Maitland, FL), Vero Art Museum (Vero, FL) and Hubbard Construction Co (Orlando, FL)
Throughout the evolution of my work I have created predominately oil paintings based on reality and fantasy flipping from one to the other as the spirit hits. My focus has been on developing a series of drawings using graphite or charcoal working with objects found in nature. Each drawing reveals a magical world changing the once recognizable object into something new that invites the viewer to “take a closer look.” In all of my work, the natural world connects with the imagined merging reality and fantasy into visual poems. As Marcel Proust’s said, “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” What will come next? We can’t wait to see!
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