Texarkana, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana will host Dallas artist and professor Willie Baronet for two presentations and an exhibit of his work titled “We Are All Homeless” March 8-10 in the University Center on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.
On Wednesday, March 9, there will be a “Create Your Own Art” workshop from 4-6 p.m. in University Center 229. On Thursday, March 10, Baronet will present “We Are All Homeless” from 7-8:30 p.m. in Eagle Hall of the University Center.
Baronet is the Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is the former owner and creative director of GroupBaronet (now MasonBaronet). His advertising and design works have been featured in “Communication Arts,” “Graphis,” “AIGA Graphic Design Annual,” “New York Art Directors Annual,” “The One Show” (publication and exhibit), “Print Casebooks,” “Annual Report Trends” and “The Type Directors Club Annual.” Baronet also combined for the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design an exhibit with a publication entitled the “Annual Report Design: A Historical Retrospective 1510-1990.” His print and broadcast works have received numerous medals from the Dallas Advertising League’s Tops Show, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the Houston Art Directors Club. In 1999, he was one of the jurors for the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.
In 2013, Baronet was named an AIGA Fellow for making a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the design community. This is the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its senior-level members.
In his advertising career, Baronet has worked with clients in just about every industry. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the Advisory Board of the DFW AIGA. In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors for TITAS, Despair, Inc., the North Texas ManKind Project and MergeMedia. In 2006, Baronet sold the company to long-time employee Holly Mason, and the company was renamed MasonBaronet.
Baronet is a 1982 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He has taught advertising design at Texas Christian University, Brookhaven Community College in Dallas, Texas, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. He also taught as visiting faculty for the Master of Arts program at Syracuse University. Baronet was the technical editor for the premier issue of “Advertising for Dummies,” though reluctant to admit it. In May 2011, Baronet graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Fine Arts in Arts and Technology.
His art has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including the 15th Annual “No Dead Artists” at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, “INVASIONEN/INVASIONS” at the Galerie Carolyn Heinz in Hamburg, Germany, and “500XPO 2012” at 500X in Dallas. Baronet also had a solo show called “HOME?” at the Hal Samples Gallery. He is currently a member of the art collectives “In Cooperation With Muscle Nation” and “CircleWerk.”
Baronet’s work will be on display in the University Center Tuesday, March 8, through Thursday, March 10.
A&M-Texarkana’s Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) is hosting Baronet’s exhibit and presentations. PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
The events are free and open to the public.