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An outstanding record of teaching, course development, and contributions to the Department of Art and Design that contributed to national accreditation of department programs are just a few of the many highlights of John Haydu’s 45-year career at UCM.
The professor emeritus of art retired in August 2012. Before joining the university, Haydu served as a public school teacher in Barberton, Ohio. He came to UCM in 1967, and over the years taught many classes related to drawing, design and painting; art history; commercial art; and printmaking. He also got involved in the Honors Project 4000, teaching a continuing education Art Education Workshop, and teaching a senior-level class on papermaking. Haydu developed a number of courses related to papermaking under the course title of Creative Crafts Studio or Special Problems in Art.
His concern for a more sustainable environment was evident through his work which led to UCM being listed as a “Green” school with the website, NonToxicPrintmaking.com. Haydu employed non-toxic methods used in producing intaglio and lithographic prints to reduce hazards in the studio and enhance student safety.
Throughout his teaching career, Haydu attended conferences and workshops to remain current with trends in teaching printmaking and papermaking. He presented workshops and spoke to groups such as the Mid-Missouri Artists Association, Missouri Fiber Artists Association, Warrensburg Public Schools, Raytown Public Schools, Western Social Sciences Association, and more. He attended international conferences, displayed his work in exhibitions and art shows in the U.S. and overseas, and won awards for his art. His special interests include exploring use of non-traditional plant fibers for printmaking and producing prints using various non-toxic printmaking techniques.
Haydu studied in Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Kent State University in Kent.