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Our Roles in the Quest for Knowledge

Zane Baerenodt-Haypsell has worked with AGBS for the last two and a half years as Installations Coordinator. He has a degree in Communication Studies and is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but has made his home in Austin for the last five years. In his own words, Zane describes the importance of learning, and hope.


Giving, sharing, educating and expanding thought. These are the words which come to mind each and every time I step onto campus—in the hope my work can spark creativity, or create a newfound quest for knowledge.


Preparing and installing artwork within the AGBS spaces has given me an appreciation for all the steps, and hard work from our team, required to transform an emotionless environment into a vibrant canvas—one which can draw in curious visitors, to share opinions, and trigger conversations.


Preparing and installing artwork within the AGBS spaces has given me an appreciation for all the steps, and hard work from our team, required to transform an emotionless environment into a vibrant canvas—one which can draw in curious visitors, to share opinions, and trigger conversations.


Working within the galleries—among staff, students, and visitors—provides endless opportunities to share educational experiences with those who want to learn something new. AGBS spaces give gallery-guests an opportunity to view an artist’s work, and sense it’s depth or texture, while being enveloped by how the work of art makes them feel.

Looking to the future, I hope we will continue to seek new ways to share, educate, and expand our thinking.

These days, the distance from the spaces in which the gratification of artwork is so observable, has created a longing—for the excitement of being involved in the vibrant exchanges of knowledge and ideas. And I miss face-to-face communication, where emotion helps convey a message. In our current situation, where most conversation happens through means of technology, perhaps the romanticism is lost? Looking to the future, I hope we will continue to seek new ways to share, educate, and expand our thinking. And I hope we will bring new positive meanings to our day to day routine, with all that has changed. In a sense, this time has taught me to evolve— to think outside of the day-to-day work routines and find newer pathways to self, and affirm the value of community. As we transition to a different tomorrow, I’m glad to know we are all in this together.

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