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Exhibit features faculty art, books

Oct. 11, 2000



Baylor faculty and staff have been doing a lot more than just teaching classes lately.

The artwork of 53 faculty and staff members is featured in the fifth annual 'Baylor Authors and Artists at Work' exhibit that opened Tuesday in the Moody Memorial Library foyer. The exhibit, which will remain open through Nov. 17, was scheduled to open Monday but opened a day late.

The exhibit includes works by faculty and staff members who have written and edited books from October 1999 through September 2000. The exhibit also includes art by fine arts faculty and staff members who have exhibited works in a juried show of commercially-recorded works, said Nancy Pederson, special projects assistant of libraries and an exhibit committee member. In a juried show, experts decide whether the work is good enough to be displayed.

The exhibit is sponsored by the university libraries.

'The Baylor authors and artists exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for the Baylor libraries to showcase successful scholarship created by faculty and staff,' said Beth Tice, fine arts catalog librarian and chair of the authors and artists committee. 'The library is often the backbone for research and scholarship, and this exhibit offers the chance for students and faculty to view the products of a great partnership.'

The books, music and art, along with photographs of the author or artist and personal comments, are on display.

One book on display, Devotions from the World of Women's Sports by Kathy Hillman, the acquisitions and collections development librarian, and her husband, John, is used by the U.S. Olympic Softball Team, Hillman said.

Hillman and her husband wrote the book as a follow their first book, Devotions from the World of Sports, which was on the youth and teen best seller list of the Christian Booksellers Association.

Hillman wrote the book with her husband 'in response to everything happening in our lives,' she said.

The Hillmans have worked often with youth, teaching Sunday school classes, volunteering at boys' camps and raising their own children. They saw the need for devotional works and came up with the idea of the first book.

Eighty-five percent of the stories were about males, and it seemed an obvious next step to write for women, Kathy Hillman said.

'Baylor has always been very supportive of any faculty member wanting to write a book,' she added.

Another book displayed in the exhibit is MomSense: For Clueless Parents Everywhere, by Vicki Marsh Kabat, the associate director of publications at Baylor.

'This book is a compilation of about 50 columns I have run in the Waco Tribune-Herald over the last 10 years,' Kabat said. The book is a humorous look at parenting and family life and is 'for anyone who has been a parent or had a parent,' she said.

All of the proceeds from Kabat's book benefit Compassion Ministries, a homeless shelter for women and children.

Kabat is on the board of directors for Compassion and said it 'seemed appropriate' to write about her experiences and be able to help other families in the process.

A private reception honoring the authors and artists featured in the exhibit and honoring the new faculty will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the foyer of the Moody Library.