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Memoir

Kenneth W. Baird
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Kenneth W. Baird, professor of art in the School of Art and Design, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1996, after a productive career as an artist/teacher/ researcher.

A citizen of the United Kingdom, Professor Baird received his B.A. degree from the Burnley College of Art, Burnley, UK, in 1951; his teaching diploma from the Leeds College of Arts, Leeds, United Kingdom, in 1952; and his M.A. and M.F.A. degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977 and 1981, respectively. Between 1954 and 1981, he held a number of positions at educational institutions in the United Kingdom and several visiting positions in the United States. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1982 as assistant professor of art and was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and professor in 1993.

In the School of Art and Design, Professor Baird taught photography, history of photography and criticism, aerial photography, and lens derived digital imaging. His photographic research has earned him many prestigious commissions and awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Cross Channels Photographic Mission, 1989-94, and Multilevel Photography of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands, for which he was awarded a Rackham Research Grant in 1986. In 1983, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for photography, the first fellowship awarded to a British photographer.

Professor Baird exhibited extensively. His work is included in the collections of the University of New Mexico, the Arts Council of Great Britain the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, the ANSVAR Corporation in England and Sweden, and the Whitby Museum in the United Kingdom.

Over the years, Professor Baird achieved marked success in recruiting outstanding graduate students, particularly from the United Kingdom. Several of his former students have obtained leadership positions in institutions of higher education, both nationally and internationally. During his tenure, Professor Baird served on numerous committees in the School of Art and Design and the University at large. He also was an associate fellow at the Institute for Humanities from 1992-95.

The Regents now acknowledge the contributions of this distinguished artist/ designer/teacher by naming Kenneth W. Baird professor emeritus of art.