A native of Indianapolis, he attended the Herron Art School under J. Otis Adams and William Forsyth as well as Otto Stark. Charter Member of the Indiana Artists Club, Member of the Indianapolis Art Association and Portfolio Club. Mr. Baus was best known for his portraiture but also produced beautiful still-lifes and landscapes.
He received numerous awards: The First Wanamaker Prize, 1909; J. I. Holcomb Prize, 1919; Indianapolis Art Association Award, 1921; Foulke Prize, Richmond; Studebaker Prize, Hoosier Salon; Griffith and Kittle Prize; Reynolds Prize, Summer Hoosier Salon; many other awards at the Indiana State Fair. His work was/is represented in the Herron Art Museum; Richmond Art Gallery; Stat
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