The “Passion and Profession” series recently brought sculptor Bart Walter to campus to speak about his work and how he followed his passion into a career.
Walter uses a biologist’s eye to capture wildlife, and his depictions are life-like and based on animals he has studied in the field.
A Maryland native, he has sculpted throughout North America and Africa, in places such as Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, Uganda Manitoba, Canada, Montana and Wyoming. His sculptures reside in public and private collections including the Ugandan Wildlife Authority Headquarters in Kampala, the collection of King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Walter’s sculptures help to continue the tradition of previous animaliers—artists who specialize in the realistic portrayal of animals. His holistic view toward his inspiration and creation of his work has gained admiration worldwide.
The “Passion and Profession” series, created by the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning and the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, brings to campus speakers whose careers are based in a particular set of personal values that connect to a current social justice issue. The mission of the series is to introduce students to a variety of professions, to hear the stories of successful individuals and their preparation for and practice of a profession, as well as to understand how a liberal arts education has contributed to their personal and professional development.
Watch an interview with Bart Walter here.