Loren Baker: artist, educator, and mentor. An accomplished sculptor and assemblage artist he devoted much of his life to faith-based higher education in the visual arts.
Loren Thomas Baker was born August 13, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois to William L. Baker and Ethel V. Baker. In May of 1959 the Baker family moved to Escondido, CA where Loren graduated in 1967 from Escondido High School. He spent 2 years at Palomar College and finished at Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 1973 with a degree in Fine Art; Ceramics. He received his MFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1978. His first full-time teaching position was at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. From Asbury, he moved to Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY where he taught and chaired the art department for 24 years. In 2004 he returned to the west coast to the art department at Biola University where he served as professor and department chair.
His leadership was relentless as he advocated for his faculty and his students. From a place of loving trust and respect he created a learning environment that was dynamic and thriving: simultaneously rigorous and full of delight and laughter. He was a deep feeling man with a compassionate heart: generous with his time, with his prayers, and with his love for beauty. Loren had a vision for the role of the arts within the human experience, a vision that was capacious and deeply Christian. He loved and yearned for God’s heart, the Spirit’s leading, and Christ’s compassion.
Loren is survived by his beloved son, Jonathan and his sister, Cheryl.