Each year, the New Hampshire Business Committee for the arts presents awards to recognize and honor businesses and individuals who are outstanding supporters of the arts. This year’s winners each received a framed pastel drawing of an abstract landscape by Plymouth State University Professor Bill Haust.
The drawings were purchased by the McGowan Gallery in Concord with the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts.
Lincoln Financial Group, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Sanborn Head & Associates and Tumbledown Farms were announced as the winners of the 2007 Business in the Arts awards. Scott Rice was the recipient of the Leadership Award. The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts with sponsorships, staff involvement, project assistance and donated services to the arts in their towns and throughout the state.
“My drawings explore the inter-relationship between art and nature, between the material and the spiritual worlds that exists beyond the surface,” Haust said. “ I draw when I travel and often work quickly and spontaneously in soft pastel on paper. This medium and the techniques I use allow me to develop a rich surface with a depth and translucency of light and color often found in life. This is the essence of life beyond the surface that I attempt to capture.”
Bill Haust is professor of art and art education at Plymouth State University where he serves as the coordinator of the art education program and has taught for over 20 years.
Haust is a former Fulbright Fellow to Belgium and The Netherlands and recipient of numerous state, regional and national grants for the development of arts education and pre-service art teacher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from SUNY Buffalo, Master of Fine Arts in drawing from Goddard College and a Doctor of Education in curriculum studies from Nova University.
Haust is a producing artist in pastel drawing, and exhibits on campus and throughout the region. He is also a contributor to publications of the National Art Education Association and presenter at regional and national arts education conferences.