Dennis Bayuzick Retrospective Exhibition | Celebrating a Legacy of Artistry and Education

Dennis Bayuzic
June 04, 2024 - August 02, 2024
All Day
The Rita, The Emile H. Mathis Gallery

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is proud to present a retrospective exhibition of the late Dennis Bayuzick’s artwork at the Mathis Gallery within The Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities (RITA). The exhibition will run from June 4 through August 2, 2024, with an opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 4-6 pm. This special event is an opportunity for the community to honor Bayuzick’s enduring impact as an artist and educator. Dennis

Bayuzick, a cherished member of the UW-Parkside Art Department, devoted over 35 years to teaching painting, 2-D design, and drawing. His legacy extends beyond the classroom, where he mentored numerous students, guiding them toward personal and disciplined creativity. Bayuzick's profound influence is evident in the many successful artists and art educators he helped cultivate. As the longtime coordinator of Art Education at UW-Parkside, Bayuzick supervised student teachers in local public schools, aiding over 70 students in achieving K-12 certification in Art. His dedication to art education has resulted in a new generation of talented educators who continue to inspire students across the United States.

Bayuzick’s contributions to the arts were not confined to teaching. He was instrumental in organizing and hosting biennial high school art invitational shows and local art teacher exhibits at UW-Parkside, fostering community-university relations and enhancing the visibility of young artists. His efforts brought high school students to campus, giving them the unique opportunity to see their work displayed in a professional gallery setting. The retrospective exhibition will showcase Bayuzick's unique artistic vision, characterized by the symbolic potential of still-life arrangements and a preference for the purple side of the color spectrum. His airbrush paintings, which have garnered national recognition and numerous awards, are included in the exhibit. Bayuzick’s works have been featured in Airbrush Action magazine and displayed at the Joy Horwitz Gallery in Chicago.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to purchase available artwork by donation, with payments accepted online or by check. All proceeds will support the UW-Parkside Art Department, ensuring that Bayuzick’s legacy continues to inspire future generations of artists.

Bayuzick, who passed away on December 8, 2022, at the age of 76, left an indelible mark on the UW-Parkside community and the broader world of art education. His life and work will be celebrated through this retrospective, offering a chance for reflection and appreciation of his immense contributions. We invite the community to join us at the Mathis Gallery from June 4 to August 2 to experience the rich legacy of Dennis Bayuzick. The opening reception on June 7 will be a moment to gather, reflect, and celebrate the life of a beloved artist, teacher, and friend.

For more information, please visit the Mathis Gallery website or contact the UW-Parkside Art Department.

Contact: Mathis Gallery at the RITA University of Wisconsin-Parkside Phone: (262) 595-2188

Colin Matthes
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