UW-Parkside’s Mathis Gallery to host Dennis Bayuzick Retrospective Exhibition

Published: May 23, 2024

Gallery Celebrates a Legacy of Artistry and Education

Dennis BayuzickKenosha, WI– The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is proud to present a retrospective exhibition of the late Dennis Bayuzick’s artwork in the Mathis Gallery in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. The exhibition will run from June 4 through Aug. 2, with an opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 4-6 p.m. This special event is an opportunity for the community to honor Bayuzick’s enduring impact as an artist and educator.

Dennis Bayuzick devoted over 35 years to teaching painting, 2-D design, and drawing at UW-Parkside. His legacy extends beyond the classroom, where he mentored numerous students, guiding them toward personal and disciplined creativity. 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.

Bayuzick was also instrumental in organizing and hosting biennial high school art invitational shows and local art teacher exhibits at UW-Parkside, fostering community relationships 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. 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: https://www.uwp.edu/giving/bayuzick.cfm 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 passed away on December 8, 2022, at the age of 76. He left an indelible mark on the community and the 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.

For more information, please visit https://www.uwp.edu/therita/artgalleries.cfm or contact the UW-Parkside Art Department at (262) 595-2188.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress. 

Media Contact:

Colin Matthes
Gallery Director
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Phone: (262) 595-2188
Email: matthes@uwp.edu

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