Known around the world for his luminous paintings, Cincinnati artist Tom Bacher spent two weeks at Springer School and Center as the 2012-13 Maureen Wenker Artist in Residence.
Bacher developed his unique process for creating luminous paintings in the 1970s, and his artwork is now featured in galleries in New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. A selection of Bacher's work is currently on display in Paris, and six of his luminous paintings of Cincinnati adorn the double staircase outside the entrance to the Hall of Mirrors at Cincinnati's Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel.
The artist gave a presentation on his work to each class at Springer, and then spent extended time working with a group of 24 Upper School students, who created their own luminous paintings under his direction.
“It was a privilege for me to have spent two weeks with the students at Springer,” said Bacher. “I learned more from the kids than they did from me, I’m sure. The time went by way too fast!”
On November 9, the final day of Bacher's stay, the artist and students presented their paintings at a reception for parents and staff. The reception was attended by Paul Wenker, who established the program in memory of his late wife Maureen, who was a Springer supporter and volunteer, and mother of three Springer graduates. This is the program's 21st year.