AU Presents Department of Communication and Design Arts Faculty Exhibit

Painting by Tai Lipan

Anderson University presents an exhibition of current professional work by the faculty of Anderson University’s Department of Communication and Design Arts. The exhibit will be held in the Jessie C. Wilson Gallery of the Krannert Fine Arts Center from Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.

This faculty brings excellence to the classroom while actively maintaining professional practices and have been widely exhibited, published, and commissioned for their work. This group exhibition represents the breadth of professionals who teach in this department exhibiting published books, paintings, photographs, woodturned vessels, and design work.

David Baird joined the Department of Communication Arts in 1990. He is a professor of communication and is the academic advisor for journalism students as well as faculty advisor for the student newspaper, the Andersonian. Special interests include political communication and media history. Baird was associate producer for the department’s A Ripple of Hope documentary, and his articles have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Quill, American Journalism, and other publications. For this exhibit Baird has relied on his knowledge of photojournalism and his skill as a photographer to develop a powerful portrait series.

Jason Higgs joined the Department of Communication and Design Arts in 2015. His teaching draws on his experience in all aspects of design, television, cinema and animation. His versatility in materials extends also to woodworking, specifically woodturning. Higgs uses his design background in his recent body of turned vessels titled Summer of 17.

Tai Lipan is the director of the university galleries and instructor of art, teaching drawing, painting, and 2-D Design since 2002. As a working studio artist, Lipan has exhibited her work nationally. Her recent paintings use hand cut and painted layered shapes of wood to create complex compositions that symbolically depict the dramatic collisions of weather, light and the landscape.

Jack Lugar joined the full-time faculty at Anderson in the fall of 2016. He worked for more than a decade in Los Angeles as a television writer and producer. Jack’s writing credits include the Warner Bros./FOX sitcom “Wanda At Large,” “From the Top” for Family Theater Productions, and several projects for comedian Louie Anderson’s company, Louzell Productions.

In addition, he is the author of the humor book The Starving Artist’s Diet and co-author of Hollywood Break-In: Launch your Entertainment Career. Jack also holds the distinction of being selected as a writer for the Warner Bros. Comedy Workshop and has received recognition from the Disney/ABC Writer’s Program, Slamdance, Scriptapalooza and The Page Awards.

Samantha Myungsoo Yoo joined the Department of Communication and Design Arts in 2015. Yoo has worked in an NYC-based Shoe Company and Graphic Design firm for more than 13 years, and her projects have spanned disciplines from Corporate Identity and Branding Systems to Packaging Graphics, Website Design, Advertising Campaigns and Information Graphics for major events including UGG, Nike, Timberland, Wonderful Shoes and various other Christian nonprofits and churches. With her undergraduate background in painting, Yoo will exhibit both paintings and designs in the upcoming exhibit.

This exhibit is free and open to the public weekly in the Jessie C. Wilson Gallery of the Krannert Fine Arts Center Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by appointment from Sept. 8 to Oct. 20. For more information, additional hours, or to arrange a group visit, call (765) 641-4320 or email Tai Lipan at

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and theology.

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