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New guy in town....

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Being new to a town isn't always easy. But for Noel Carmack, he is finally doing what he has wanted to do for many years; to teach art and to practice art.

Carmack, born on the central California coast, but spending most of his childhood in Mesa, Ariz. is now in the place he always wanted to be professionally.

As the new director of Gallery East on the College of Eastern Utah and an art instructor at the school, he is fulfilling a purpose in life that he had seen for himself.

Not that he hasn't been on college campus' working since he got his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 1993.

"When I went there I enrolled in the illustration program," he said as he sat in his office in the McDonald Career Center at CEU. "I love to draw."

For the years preceding the award of his undergraduate degree he continued on with work he had been doing at Utah State; running the special collections at the Merrill Cazier Library on the Logan campus.

"I had worked in the library during my time as an undergraduate and I love that place," he stated. "Libraries have always been one of my favorite places."

In his work at the library he helped to develop some ways to take care of the materials in special collections, usually the depository for items that are one-of-a-kind, fragile, valuable or all three combined. But he also was on the faculty so he did get to teach some art classes as he earned his Masters of Fine Arts from the school as well. But that was usually one class per semester, and that wasn't enough for him.

"My MFA came in drawing, a program they don't offer anymore," he said.

Having attended a community college in Arizona for the early part of his post high school education, he looked forward to going to a school where he could teach fledgling students the art of art. And then the job at CEU opened up when long time professor Cliff Bergera retired last year. That was last year and Carmack saw and opportunity.

Now he gets to do what he loves; teaching painting and drawing, two and three dimensional design. And he gets to operate the art gallery at the college as well.

Gallery East presents a number of shows throughout the year. At present the gallery is featuring Ike Bushman's paintings and prints. A Provo artist, his work has gotten good reviews from many who have seen the exhibit.

Carmack is very excited about the coming attraction too; the annual student art show which begins April 10.

"I hope we get a lot of entries in that show," he said. "It will be fun."

As an artist Carmack likes to work with the human form.

"I love to draw people," he said. "This job gives me time to focus on the art I want to do, to put the energy into it."

When he worked at the library at USU he was a 12 month employee, whereas at CEU, as a faculty member, he is on a nine month contract. He sees that as a real benefit to his art.

Not to say that he hasn't had time to do some great art in the past though. Recently he won a drawing competition held by Drawing Magazine, and had his art featured on the front cover of that publication.

He also has done a number of successful shows during his art career.

But now he wants to concentrate on this local area for his art.

"I like the idea of incorporating the local landscape in with the human form," he commented. "I want to have the community reflected in my work."

Carmack has some ideas on how to do this. For many years art in the area has reflected the miners and railroad workers; now he is thinking of the families and the wives of the men who worked in those mines and on those rail lines.

"Maybe we could do something with those that supported these men as well as the descendents of those people who built this area," he stated.

Today the heritage of Carbon County is alive in its people and Carmack wants that heritage to be reflected in his art.

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