Loading Events

« All Events

Looking to See: Appreciating 20th and 21st Century Fine Art with David Bailin

September 6 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

< Back to Workshops

Wednesdays, August 30-September 13, 5-6pm

3 sessions | $25 per lecture for members, $30 per lecture for non-members, $10 discount when you attend all three

You know what art is when you see it, but what are you actually seeing?

When you think about it, art is a strange contrivance. Since the 20th century, artists have explored what a work of art is and in the 21st century that ‘is’ encompasses mostly everything. So, what are we seeing when we look at a work of art?   

In this series of lectures we remove the ‘aura’ behind works of art and give a name to all the parts. We start with the great master-works as well as PAAM’s extraordinary permanent collection to examine the building blocks–materials and structures–in creating traditional works of art. If time remains, we’ll investigate how contemporary practice seems to make art “disappear.”


David Bailin is an artist working primarily in drawing and has over 35 years experience in teaching studio art. He was the director of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (formally the Arkansas Arts Center) Museum school from 1986-1996. There he taught art to children through adults of all experience levels. After leaving the center, he was an adjunct at the University of Central Arkansas where he taught basic and figure drawing, design, art appreciation, art criticism and history until moving to Wellfleet full time in 2021. He has received painting fellowships from the NEA, the Mid-America Arts Alliance-NEA and Arkansas Arts Council.  He was named an Arkansas Visionary in 2014. His work is highlighted in Rockman’s Drawing Essentials, fourth edition published by the Oxford University press, 2020 (and the updated version to be published early next year) and Steinbeck’s Creative Practices for Visual Artists, published by Focal press, 2018. His critical reviews appear in Artnews, LA Times and Weekly, and on numerous art blogs. Bailin is represented by Koplin Del Rio, Seattle, WA (formerly Los Angeles, 1982-2015) and M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR. 

Website: bailinstudio.com

Image: Will Barnet, Introspection, 1972, serigraph, 29 1/2 × 35 in., PAAM Collection Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Fogelman