Noted deaf artist Charles "Chuck" Baird passed away at age 64 on Friday, February 10, in Austin, Tex., after a four-year battle with cancer.
Baird attended Gallaudet University in 1972 and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), in 1974. He gained renown as one of the founders of the De'VIA (Deaf View/Image Art) movement, which expresses the values of the deaf experience. Baird also worked as an actor and designed sets with The National Theatre of the Deaf for many years.
During the Deaf Way II International Arts Festival in 2002, Baird was an artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University and served as a consultant for the festival's Cultural Arts Committee. He also was artist-in-residence at the Clerc Center in 2010. A moment of silence for Baird will be observed at MSSD during homeroom on Tuesday, February 14. He will be honored by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association by being awarded posthumously the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund's Edward Miner Gallaudet Award at Charter Day on April 14. The award is presented annually to a deaf or hearing individual who is working to promote the well-being of deaf people worldwide.
A celebration of Chuck's life, entitled "Chuck Baird Celebration: Pre-Oscars Style," was held on February 26.
Posted: 14 Mar 2012