College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking College Baseball Art with Robert Hurst

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by artist Robert Hurst to talk about his art and how he got involved as the official portrait artist of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. 

From players and coaches of yesteryear like George Sisler of Michigan and Bibb Falk of Texas to more contemporary names like Georgia Tech’s Nomar Garciaparra, University of Tampa’s Tino Martinez, and Rice’s Lance Berkman, if a person has been inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame since the inaugural class was named in 2006, Hurst has painted that person’s portrait.

In addition to his work in college baseball, he is also the official portrait artist of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and he has done extensive work in music art, western art, and nature art.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • How Robert became interested in art and his journey to becoming a professional artist
  • How his relationship with the College Baseball Hall of Fame came to be
  • The process of putting together a portrait for a Hall of Famer
  • The type of feedback he typically receives from portrait subjects
  • Robert’s favorite portraits among his college baseball work
  • Where Robert’s passions lie in the world of art
  • Austin food recommendations

Thanks for listening, everyone!

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.