About: ‘Grids & Glyphs’

Works from “NEA & Windows in the Sky” Chronology

Celebrating the life and work of Matthew Baumgardner (1955 –2018), this exhibition explores his creative process and inner spirit. It focuses on how he synthesized rigid grids and gestural glyphs to contemplate the four elements of nature in a highly personal way. In 1991 Baumgardner invented his signature medium called “mud,” a thick paint-like paste, created with gypsum and powered pigments that he applied to the surface in multiple layers of grids and glyphs.

Now in its second year of collaborating with Furman University, Baumgardner’s estate has generously lent all of the objects displayed: Seventeen paintings, cube sculptures, his notes and journals, and material from his studio. Spanning Baumgardner’s entire career, this exhibition is organized into four chronological sections.

This exhibition was organized by Dr. Diane P. Fischer’s students from Art 274: Curatorial Issues and Practices: Brandon Barney, Mercy Fisher, Rebecca Fulford, Gracey Greco, Micaela Hogan, Lily Russell, Sophia Scheibeler, and Adare Taylor. It will be on display from January 19th – February 19th, 2021 in Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building. Current Furman students and staff are encouraged to view the exhibition, with the gallery open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Grids & Glyphs”
Cube #9
Works from “Early Life” Chronology