Charles Peer Endowed Chair Video

Hear about the new Charles Peer Endowed Chair in Visual Arts.

Transcript

Dr. Chip Pollard
It looks a lot like the field in the back of my house and it has hay bales and it's at the setting of the sun and it has some of the deep rich colors that always Charles has in his artwork.

Terri Wubbena:
We looked at each other and we said, 'we want to get a Charles Peer painting.'

Dr. Chip Pollard:
It has a resonance of color that gives evidence of God's glory.

Dave Andrus:
There are a lot of blessings about working at John Brown University but for me, none of them have been more important than everyday for 25 years I come to work with Charles.

John Brown III::
And just everything you would want in a JBU faculty member: the character, the professionalism.

Terri Wubbena:
He's not content to just do it the way it's always been done.

Alyssa Duckworth:
He has so much talent obviously, and this capacity to create amazing things and to inspire people.

John Brown III:
Charles came in 1987. The Art Department was quite small, primarily a service program for Education and other majors.

David Andrus:
And we started talking about whether there could be a permanent program here.

Terri Wubbena:
And the seeds have grown. And we've got two gorgeous buildings. We've got a thriving program.

David Andrus:
It's now the largest department at this university, one of the largest in the country among Christian colleges.

Charles Peer:
And no one else has had a greater hand in building the quality and the reputation of our program than Charles.

Terri Wubbena:
He wants to, as best as possible, prepare his students to make a difference in the world.

Alyssa Duckworth:
"I bet you a donut."

Caylie Foley:
He did bribe students with donuts all the time. Oh my gosh, they were good.

David Andrus:
We talk about scholarship among professors. Well, in Charles' world, scholarship is producing paintings. He's prolific.

Caylie Foley:
It's awesome to see the gallery with all of the professor's artwork. And you're like, 'oh my gosh. This is why we're learning from them.'

John Brown III:
Some collectors I know of value his work.

David Andrus:
He sees something valuable in a scene that lots of people would just drive by and he pulls over and stops and pulls out a camera. And then finds a way to make something really remarkably beautiful.

Alyssa Duckworth:
You can look at all the different strokes and the colors he has used. And you're like, 'oh my gosh. It's beautiful!'

David Andrus:
He's trying to express a worldview that shows a real deep appreciation for God's creation.

John Brown III:
Just so many qualities that make him a deserving recipient of this Endowed Chair.

Terri Wubbena:
He is the epitome of a Southern gentlemen.

David Andrus:
I'm just thrilled that he's gonna get this honor.

Caylie Foley:
I honestly say that if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today as an artist.

Terri Wubbena:
I'm a better person because I know Charles Peer.

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