Iain Baxter&Artist Iain Baxter& will explain the origins of his ampersand signifier in a seminar Friday.

Seminar to explain artist’s inclusive conceptualism

Conceptual artist, officer of the Order of Canada and UWindsor visual arts professor emeritus Iain Baxter& will deliver a seminar entitled “How I Became the & Man” in the Biology Building on Friday, January 15.

Baxter& started his academic career as a zoologist, then earned graduate degrees in education and painting, as well as honorary doctorate degrees at several institutions. While teaching at UWindsor, he served as a professor as well as head of visual arts.

“Iain Baxter& is a world-renowned conceptual artist with roots in the biological sciences and much of his work is based on ecological themes,” says Barbara Zielinski, professor of biology and the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. “We are pleased he’s coming to talk to staff and students about art, biology and everything in between.”

Baxter& holds an honorary doctorate in humanities from the University of Windsor and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; his works are exhibited around the world and grace collections including the National Gallery of Canada; New York’s Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Modern in London, England; and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

Friday’s free public seminar starts at 1:30 p.m. in room 113, Biology Building.