Anthony Baus : The window and the mirror


Apr 25, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Smith library


Salmagundi Library Committee


Open to the public
RSVP required

$50 | General admission
$25 | Salmagundi members
FREE | Collectors Circle members with discount code
+ $50 | prix-fixe dinner
+ $8 | glass of wine with admission
Collectors Circle members can use their discount code for free admission. Lost the code? It can be requested by emailing
A print depicting a pack of hyenas under an ornate wall relief.

About the Event

Artist Anthony Baus will be discussing the science of composition. This concept comprises the infinite moments at which decisions are made during the creative process. These moments are infused with meaning, then covertly connected to reveal a passage leading to the mind of the creator.

To illustrate this concept Baus will be sharing a unique series of pen and ink drawings, titled The Window and the Mirror. These drawings will be on hand in the Smith library to view before and after the talk. Process images will also be shared, detailing the precise evolution of how Baus creates various types of compositions.

About the Speaker

Born in the midwest, Baus cultivated his taste for all things old while salvaging soon to be demolished buildings as an employee at an urban salvage company in Chicago. He was exposed to various design styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The designs of Louis Sullivan and George Grant Elmslie had a lasting impression on him.

Baus later moved to New York to study classical painting at the Grand Central Atelier, where he became an instructor and master of perspective. During this time his penchant for architecture led him to hit the streets of Manhattan with his sketchbook, drawing many of the city’s ornamented buildings and architectural details over the course of a decade.

Under warm lighting indoors, a bearded man takes his paintbrush out of a cup and looks at the viewer.

In 2015 he won an Affiliate Fellowship to reside at the American Academy in Rome, spending his time copying in museums and churches throughout Italy. In 2019 Baus won the Arthur Ross Award given by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for excellence in the Classical tradition. Baus’ drawing Chicago was recently acquired by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


Salmagundi members are welcome to reserve for dinner in the dining room via our Reservations page.

Salmagundi Collectors Circle

This lecture is part of the Salmagundi Collectors Circle: an annual program for art lovers to unite for enrichment in the arts. There is access to a series of lectures per year, tours, dinners, meeting with artists, and the opportunity to share information with other enthusiasts. Find out more!

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