"My work is the physical expression of the beauty and order I perceive in the world around me."— Bryan Springer
Additional Faculty Information for Bryan C. Springer
B.A., Hillsdale College, 1994
My work is the physical expression of the beauty and order I perceive in the world around me. I seek to balance form and function in my work, attempting to engage the viewer on an emotional level as well as communicate a story I wish to tell. Just as the visual world informs my mind and delights my soul, I seek to inform and delight an audience in my own visual language.
I work in two very different media which serve me in my pursuit of what is real and beautiful. Both are very much rooted in traditional artistic philosophy. In my graphic design work, the computer enables me to meet the demands of the fast-paced business world, reach a specific audience, and express meaning through contemporary methods of image and word.
Conversely, working with the pastel medium provides me with a sensual, direct connection to my work. The imagery and subject matter are subtler and invite the viewer to engage with it from a personal perspective. There is a level of mystery and subjectivity. With pastels, my hands are my primary tools. I enjoy laboring lovingly in the physical connection to the medium as I explore color, contour, layering, and sculptural form.
Bryan Springer is an MFA graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where he studied illustration with a concentration in the pastel medium. Springer received his bachelor of art degree from Hillsdale College, and credits his time in the Hillsdale Art Department for shaping his traditional approach to art and appreciation of classic beauty that remains the underlying current in his work today.
His professional career began in the corporate environment where he eventually rose to the level of Senior Designer/Art Director, leading an in-house marketing/creative team and contributing to the development of visual branding.
Over the past 15 years, he has built a successful freelance business in graphic design. He continues to wish for more hours in the day as he creates print and web marketing materials, shaping the overall brand identity for his clients. Along with his freelance design work, Springer has produced many commissioned pastel paintings and several personal pieces, as well.
He is committed to art in education and has taught courses at the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan. In 2008, he returned to the Hillsdale College Art Department where he teaches computer graphics, color theory, web design, and pastel painting, while overseeing the graphic design minor and managing the Daughtrey Gallery.