Chuck Baird was born February 22, 1947 in Kansas City, where he attended Kansas School for the Deaf and later attended Gallaudet College for two years. After Gallaudet college he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio painting in 1974, from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Baird began his future in art by painting sets for the National Theater of the Deaf, as well as producing his own artwork. Baird furthered his career by joining Spectrum, a deaf art colony, in Austin, Texas. He later returned to National Theater for the Deaf for ten more years where he was a set designer and an actor. His art work really took off after being the lead in three different plays.
People really started to recognize his art because he produced many eye-catching and interesting paintings that made everyone look at life through the lens of ASL. Baird’s work was known for the genre called De’VIA, which stands for Deaf View Image Arts. Baird was one of the founders of this art organization that still exist today. The genre displayed the v...
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...y 70’s was one of the huge turning points for the deaf community. It was becoming more and more common to use and see sign in the world. This is all help from different people and Chuck Baird is one of them. In all of Baird’s art pieces there is some kind of ASL sign incorporated in them. If there wasn’t a sign, then there was a meaning behind the picture like “Left and Right”. He brought the signs to life with a picture not only a Deaf person can understand but also a hearing person could look at and understand. Baird created a piece that was called “America”, it was a picture of hands signing America and the hands were red, white, and blue. This is something that a deaf person or hearing person could relate to here in America. I think that it was really awesome that Baird made such a huge impact in the Deaf community and culture incorporating sign into his art work.
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