Bachelor of Arts, Art, Briar Cliff University, 1990
Master of Fine Arts, sculpture emphasis, University of South Dakota (Vermillion, S.D.), 2012
An assistant professor of art at Briar Cliff University, Baldus is also a studio potter and sculptor, owner of Baldus Pottery, and chair of the Sioux City Art Center Board of Trustees. He has exhibited his art in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. His work won best in show at the first juried exhibition at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and in the sixth annual juried exhibition at the Norfolk Arts Center in Norfolk, Neb.
My father was a gardener and one of his greatest gifts to me was the gift of faith that a seed planted will sprout and grow. Nature, seeds and seed pods have a metaphoric presence in my work, speaking of my father, of life, of potential, and of rebirth.
The works quietly speak about relationships – relationships with materials, nature, family and friends and especially with my father. Most of the wood that I use comes from places that I have a personal connection with and from trees that have already died or been damaged by storms. Oftentimes they are used in their found or slightly altered state.
I also enlarge nature and/or manipulate the natural elements encouraging the viewer to see the beauty that is present all around them. My process involves manipulating the materials to enhance their beauty and integrity. I combine materials in unexpected and subtle ways while discovering the joy of following the materials and the work as they reveal where they need to go.