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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.