Presented by Mr. Patrick Veerkamp, Professor of Art

Every year, the family of the late Bob Lancaster, former Chair of the Art Department, provides the university with an annual award to be given to the outstanding seniors who meet the highest standards in art and art history. This year, we are pleased to award Ms. Morgan Bailey the Lancaster Award in Studio Art.  


Morgan is a double major in art and biology. She combines her two passions by exploring delivery systems such as veins and arteries traced from her own body and uses the tracings in artworks as abstract metaphors for the geologic delivery systems of rivers and streams. For her upcoming senior exhibition, she is creating a body of paintings that use diseases and their effect on skin as the subject for her paintings.  Through them, she allows us to ponder the complexities of humans as biological entities while she transforms the subject matter into beautiful form.


Her artwork has been exhibited in juried exhibitions such as the 31st Annual Central Texas Art Competition at Temple College and an exhibit of exceptional student prints at the Southern Graphics Council meeting in St. Louis, Missouri 2011and in the 2012 meeting in New Orleans. 


Morgan is also President of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honors society, volunteers with the Dell Children’s Medical Center and Ride On Center for Kids, a therapeutic horseback riding center, and she plays on the women’s lacrosse team.  She has a good heart as well as mind.


This fall, Morgan will be attending the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to become a physician. Professor Star Varner, who has worked with her for four years in painting and drawing classes, says “Morgan is highly deserving of this award.  Her facile intelligence combined with her prodigious creative talent have led her to an extraordinary body of work. I wish I could be there to celebrate her achievement, clever contributions, and leadership in our classes and hope that her studies in medical science will lead her to a successful career not only as a doctor, but as a practicing artist as well. It’s been a great privilege to work with her, and I wish her the very best.” 


Morgan: the studio art faculty are proud to present you with a book that’s perfect for a liberal arts student, “Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge,” a catalog of an exhibit that opened at Harvard and is currently at Northwestern, which investigates how art and science intertwined in the Renaissance to advance new ideas.  In addition, the Lancaster and Faulk families have provided a generous donation to honor your achievements.



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