Bob Naujoks is now a professor emeritus of art at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after 30 years of college teaching. He still teaches drawing and design fundamentals as an adjunct at Kirkwood Community College. Bob came to college teaching following a career in broadcasting which included being a television art director at Channel 2 in Cedar Rapids for a dozen years. His field is graphic design and computer arts, but he also taught design, drawing, sculpture, photography, watercolor, and calligraphy.
As an artist, Bob calls himself a “generalist” because he does artwork in a wide variety of media. In recent years, he has worked in several areas: pen and ink line, calligraphy, watercolor, stained glass panels, along with graphic design work. Common subjects are based on his love for jazz music and his Christian faith. In the mid-1990’s, while on sabbatical, he spent time exploring and creating sculpture in media which included polyethylene plastic, welded steel, wood, and ceramic.
Bob’s work has appeared in many regional exhibitions, both solo and group. He has illustrated several books, had drawings published in national magazines, and created program art for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and other stage productions. Three large stained glass panels are on permanent display at Wartburg College, Waverly, and another at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. One of his passions is jazz music and he produces a live weekly program on KCCK88.3 and the daily Short List programs on jazz artists.
Next Friday… “JAZZ: Part II