Vertigo, by Michael Baum

Michael Baum, a Black Hills State University senior art major from Harrisburg, recently received a national award for his artwork.

Baum earned a special recognition award from the Upstream People Gallery’s Ninth Annual Collage, Digital, and Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition for his artwork entitled, Vertigo.

Vertigo was created using acrylic paints and other mixed media. It is the first piece in a series of three which makes direct or metaphorical use of aspirations, fears, and values. According to Dave Wilson, assistant art professor at BHSU, Baum pulls his motivation for his artwork from everyday life and interests. Baum uses collage and mixed media as means for creating his pieces.

"I seek to explore the bond between family and personal identity by recreating parades placing the self, including family members, as characters within each scene. These scenes may play out a theme based on a persona and the theatrics developing a production responding to everyday popular culture," stated Baum.

Baum’s work was chosen from over 300 entries. The show is currently online at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and will remain in the archive section for one year.

Upstream People Gallery was created in order to serve artists throughout the world by hosting international juried online art exhibitions. Artists from almost every country have exhibited with the gallery. Guest jurors and critics are important contributors to the aesthetic and critical dimension of the selected works in the gallery.

Baum has spent the last two summers working as a climbing ranger at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. He will be returning to BHSU in the fall to finish his art education degree.