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Stephen Lapthisophon mentioned on Art Forum

Coffee, seasonal fruit, spaghetti and rope”—this seemingly random list of items, which constituted the title of Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon’s first solo exhibition in Houston, flagged just some of the matter suggested by the heavily worked surfaces of the twelve recent abstract compositions on paper and canvas included in the show. There was evidence...Read More

MFA Alumnus Michael Mazurek Named Director of Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas

Michael Mazurek

Dallas’ Goss-Michael Foundation (GMF) recently announced the appointment of Michael Mazurek as its new director. Mazurek is an active Dallas artist and co-founder of the DB/Dallas Biennial series, and was originally appointed curator at GMF in January 2015. His new role as director will involve, via the foundation: “…contributing to the non-profit’s overall strategy while continuing to oversee curation and the care of the Goss-Michael Collection.”

Mazurek has also been an essential part of the GMF’s upcoming relocation within the Design District; in addition to coordinating the move, Mazurek has designed the foundation’s new space.


H Schenck speaking on education at CentralTrak Artist Residency and Gallery

From left to right:Erica Stephens, H Schenck, Thomas Riccio

Alumnus H Schenck will be speaking on a panel about the role of higher education and residency programs in the career path of an artist. The discussion will be a first in a series of discussions that will take place at CentralTrak Artist Residency and Gallery. This panel will be moderated by Dallas artist Erica Stephens and will feature artist and adjunct educator H Schenck and Thomas Riccio, performance artist and Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. CentralTrak is located in Expo Park neighborhood, at 800 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75226. All of our programming is free and open to the public.

When: Friday, May 6th at 7 p.m.
Where: 800 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75226

For more information please visit:

Christian Vasquez’s Documentaries Highlight the Promise of Dallas

Roger Boykin

Read the article here: Dallas Morning Views

UTA Students Win Awards for “Outside the Box” Package Designs

UTAVCD - Mav Pack Overview

UTA’s Visual Communication Design program, part of the Art + Art History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, was recently ranked among the top public graphic art design schools and colleges in the nation by Career Animation Review.

UTA is the only university in Texas partnering with the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF). In the unique packaging lab on campus, UTA's Visual Communication Design program offers curriculum in the structural design of corrugated materials.

Students gain real-world experience in the packaging design industry thanks to Jana Harris, a UTA graduate and co-owner of Harris Packaging Corporation and American Carton Company. Harris and her sister Jenise Cox work closely with the Visual Communication Design program to provide scholarships and internships to students. Two UTA graduates are also now full-time employees.

During the Spring 2016 semester, Visual Communication Design seniors Elena Chudoba, Andrea Ortega, and Andrew Czap won first place in a national ICPF design contest.

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Carlos Donjuán Feat. in Huffington Post, “13 Emerging Urban Artists Who Are Making Their Mark…”

Drawing professor Carlos Donjuán features, along with many other talented artists, in the new Thames & Hudson art book titled "Make Your Mark." Huffington Post Arts & Culture features the book and artists in their article "13 Emerging Urban Artists Who Are Making Their Mark Around The World" discussing each of the artists' work.

“Having long been aware of his cultural heritage and immigrant status, Mexico-born artist Carlos Donjuán’s experience of being a Mexican living in America has not always been easy. As a child he would hear the term ‘illegal alien’ frequently, without ever fully understanding its meaning ... He interprets such childhood memories within his imagery, creating masked figures, hybrid identities and strange beasts.”



You can purchase the book on Amazon.

Art + Art History Visual Communication Award Announcement

Students at the National Student Show Conference

Art + Art History Visual Communications Department would like to congratulate the following students on being accepted to the 12th Annual National Student Show; Elena Chudoba for Adelbert’s Brewery Packaging, Pentatonix website, Journey to Mars website, Patriot Paddles packaging, Airbnb ad campaign, and for her senior portfolio entry, Susan Nguyen for BackTrack YoYo, Ellis and Hayden Wedding website, Andrew Czap for Levitt Pavilion webstie, and Patriot Paddles packaging, Lizzethe Barcenas for Sadler stationary set, and Kim Inthirath for her senior portfolio entry. This competition recognizes excellence on a national scale featuring winners in the National Student Show exhibition.

In addition to being shown in the exhibition Andrew Czap won best in category and $125 for the Levitt Pavilion website, Lizzethe Barcenas won best in category and $125 for the Sadler stationary set, and Elena Chudoba won a special judges award and $500 in copywriting for the Airbnb campaign.

Spring 2016 Barnett Foundation Photography Awards

Image (left to right): Joy Regalado, Alex Kang, Ivan Lopez

Jurors Heyd Fontenot and Deborah Hunter met on campus to look at portfolios submitted by UT Arlington Photography students for the Spring 2016 Barnett Foundation Photography Awards. Heyd is Director of CentralTrak, an artist residency and gallery in Dallas. Deborah is Associate Professor of Photography at SMU. Both jurors are artists whose work is widely exhibited. They selected Alex Kang, Ivan Lopez, and Joy Regalado to receive the award. Each student will receive $650 and an exhibition at Gallery West, May 2-6.
The reception is May 4th, 5-6:30, with artist talks beginning at 5:45.

The Barnett Foundation generously funds multiple award programs in the Studio, Media Arts & Art History Department at UT Arlington. We thank the Foundation for the continuing support of our students.

UTA Glass Accomplishments

AACG Spring 2016- Glass shot of UTA glass department students with Barbara and Dennis DuBois after touring the couple's home.

Over the past three years, the glass area has implemented many changes to the curriculum which 
assists and requires students to develop their skills in documenting their work professionally, writing
proposals, and learning how to apply for support, to further their artistic goals. It is imperative that these 
skills be developed simultaneously with their studio practice. This summer, more than ever, we are 
beginning to see the benefits to this new approach.
With a strong group of Faculty and Graduate students leading this change, undergraduate students
have sought out opportunities, to continue their education outside of UTA to further 
develop their technical knowledge, artistic development, and network. Students are taking their 
education seriously, and playing a more proactive and significant role in their own development.

UTA Glass
- 2100 Club has received $2000 from the University to help assist in travel to the International Glass Art Society Conference in New York this summer.

Justin Ginsberg Assistant Professor and Head of Glass area
- Group Exhibition: Faculty Creative works Exhibition, Arlington, TX
- Group Exhibition: Dallas Art Fair – represented by Ro2
- Group Exhibition: 500x Gallery, Dallas, TX
- Group Exhibition: Corning Historical District, curated by Yuka Otani (Presented during the International Glass art Society Conference)
- Solo Exhibition: Traver Gallery, Seattle WA (during the Seattle Art Fair)(August)
- Visiting Artists and Teaching Workshop: Toyama Institute of Glass and the Toyama Museum of Glass, Japan (September)
- Exhibition/Performance: The Chrysler Museum, Virginia (December)

Jean Fernandes - Adjunct Professor
- Artist in Residence – Pittsburgh Glass Center
- Received ½ scholarship from Urban Glass to attend an intensive workshop.
- Partner Scholarships from Urban Glass, to take a Neon workshop this summer

Neal PaustianAdjunct Professor – Studio Technician
- Solo Exhibition: Denton Arts Council
- Artist in Residence: Jyderup, Denmark
- Partner Scholarships from Urban Glass, to take a Neon workshop this summer

Michelle Pennington - Graduate
- Received a $1000 grant from the International Glass Art Society to attend the Annual Conference
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Eric HessGraduate
- Received a ½ Scholarship from the Pilchuck Glass School to attend an intensive workshop ($2000)

Nathalie Houghton Undergraduate
- Received a $1000 grant from the International Glass Art Society to attend the Annual Conference
- Exhibition – Online International Student Exhibition of Glass Art Society
- Received a Full Scholarship from the Corning Museum of Glass to attend an intensive workshop ($2000)
- Received a ½ Scholarship from the Pittsburgh Glass Center to attend a workshop ($500)
- Received a ½ Scholarship from Urban Glass to attend a workshop NYC ($500)

Aubrey Barnett - Undergraduate

- Received a work-study scholarship from the Penland School of Crafts to attend an intensive workshop ($1000)
- Exhibition – Online International Student Exhibition of Glass Art Society
- Received a Full Scholarship from the Corning Museum of Glass to attend a workshop ($2000)
- Received a ½ scholarship from the Pittsburgh Glass Center to attend an intensive workshop

Steve Pecha - Undergraduate
- $500 award from Arlington Arts League: The benefactor awards were for 3rd year student or higher

Ray QueenUndergraduate
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Lindsey LavenderUndergraduate
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Austin FieldsUndergraduate
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Ethan BarnesUndergraduate
- Group Exhibition: Undergraduate and Graduate Juried Exhibition, 500x Gallery, Dallas, TX

Madeline AlmeidaUndergraduate
- 3 Month funded internship at Wheaton Arts, one of the most prestigious and oldest institutions in the US for Glass and ceramics.

Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee Book Lunch

Portrait ofDr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee

UTA is proud to host:

Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee

Presenting “Into that Heaven of Freedom:The impact of apartheid on an Indian family’s diasporic history”
In this book, the author, a second-generation South African, captures the history of his extended family, beginning 1894, when Jivan Keshavjee arrived as a "passenger" Indian and established his family in Marabastad, a settlement close to Pretoria, to which they were relegated by the racist legislation of the country

Temporary Collectives Exhibition

Temporary Collectives

April 16th-17th | 10 AM to 5 PM
Warehouse at 500 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75212

This collaborative exhibition features the work of 32 current graduate students from a consortium of North Texas universities: University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Christian University and Texas A&M Commerce. This exhibition serves to strengthen dialogue and rapport within universities and the fine arts community in the North Texas area. In conjunction with the Dallas Art Fair, a panel will discuss the nature of temporary collectives and the state of Master of Fine Arts programs in the metroplex. Lead by Susanne Weaver on April 17th at the Nasher Sculpture Center at 1pm, the panel will consist of five sponsoring faculty from the contributing universities: Josephine Durkin (A&M Commerce), Stephen Lapthisophon (UTD), Darryl Lauster (UTA), John Pomara (UTD), and Cam Schoepp (TCU)

The Artist’s Eye, Kimbell Art Museum

The Artist's Eye
Stephen Lapthisophon
Saturday, April 2nd, 11AM

Please join artist Stephen Lapthisophon and Nancy E.Edwards, Curator of European art / head of academic services at the Kimbell Art Museum, for a gallery talk. Lapthisophon's for Mimmo Rotella will be on display at the Kimbell during the talk, and he will discuss his own artwork in relation to works in the Kimbell collection, including Francisco de Goya's Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero. Learn more

Admission is free, No reservations required.
Kahn Building Galleries

Left: Stephen Lapthisophon, For Mimmo Rotella, 2014, house paint, coffee, oil stick, spray paint, and ink. courtesy of the artist.
Right: Francisco de Goya, portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero (detail), 1795-98, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum.

UTA Glass on KDFW

Justin Ginsberg and Glass student on KDFW

Professor Justin Ginsberg and glass student, Austin Fields, discuss some of the glass pieces created by the program as well as the Annual Glass Sale on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. For more the information visit:
Watch the full clip here:

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta


The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at UTA Arlington Presents:


by  John Vlaladez, award winning filmmaker

Tuesday March 29th, 2016 | Fine Arts Building | Room 148 | 3:00 PM
Reception to follow

Co-sponsored with Art & Art History Department, for more information please contact (817) 217-2933 or visit us at

Annual Glass Sale 2016

UTA Annual Glass Sale 2016

Saturday April 2nd, 8am - 5pm (or until sell out)

About the Annual Glass Sale:
The Department of Art + Art History’s Annual Glass Art Sale was initiated on loading dock behind the art building in the mid 1990’s by founder David Keens, in order to raise money to buy raw materials, equipment, tools, and development scholarships.Over the past 20 years, the annual event has grown into a World-class showcase of glass created by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Nearly a thousand works will be available for purchase, ranging from $5 paperweights to multi-thousand dollar collector artworks. There will be a raffle, live glassblowing demonstrations, and a silent auction, which will go LIVE at 2pm. We will remain open until 5pm or until we sell out! Come early to find the best deals!

Thanks to the extraordinary support of the glass sale by members of the civic and university communities, the facility and program has expanded into one of the premier academic glass art programs in the country. The studio facility continues to operate on a modest yearly academic budget, supplemented by the funds raised during this important one day a year sale.  Sale funds are divided equally between the contributing student, and the glass studio.  The studio’s half is still used for all of our major equipment purchases, as well as buying raw materials with which we continue to repair and build our own equipment. It also provides scholarships and research support to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

We look forward to seeing you at this year's sale, and continued support of our program and the University.

Best Wishes
Justin Ginsberg
Assistant Professor/ Glass Area head
The University of Texas at Arlington

Prince V. Thomas Lecture

Prince Thomas

"How to survive as a relational, aesthetic, DIY, multi-media, interactive, installation, event happening artist"

UTA Art+Art History department is proud to host multi-media artist Prince V.Thomas for a lecture on March 28th at 12PM in the Fine Arts Building, Room 148.

Prince Varughese Thomas is a multi-media artist who is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. Being Indian by birth, born in Kuwait, naturalized in the US, and raised primarily between India and the United States, he has always felt outside the dominant culture in which he exists. This sense of being the ‘Other’ has influenced how he views the world, approaches his conceptual concerns, and creates art. With an educational background and degrees in both Psychology and Art, he investigates and deconstructs complex sociopolitical issues from the interstices in personally expressive ways that humanize his subjects by incorporating a variety of photographic, video, drawing, and installation techniques into his artwork...
Read more on artist's website.

Amanda Alexander 2016 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

Amanda Alexander

Alexandria, VA— The National Art Education Association has named Amanda Alexander, of Mansfield, TX, to receive the 2016 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the Regional level within their division. The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention in Chicago, IL, March 17-19, 2016.

NAEA President Patricia Franklin states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Amanda Alexander exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

For more information about the association and its awards program visit the NAEA website at

Huckaby Among Winners of Prestigious Smithsonian Portrait Competition

Professor Sedrick Huckaby

A University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of art has been named among seven award winners of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016 hosted by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Huckaby, an assistant professor of painting in the Department of Art and Art History, joined UTA in 2009. Sedrick Huckaby earned a commendation for “Sedrick, Sed, Daddy,” a self-portrait painting. A cash prize will be given to each of the winners announced on Friday, March 11 in Washington, D.C.

“It is definitely a great honor to be one of the artists recognized in a competition that is so highly selective,” said Huckaby, who will return to the National Portrait Gallery this summer to lead a discussion about his work. “I’m simply humbled by the experience and look forward to sharing my work with people across the nation.”

Huckaby’s painting and 42 works by the six other winning artists will be in the museum’s exhibition, “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” now through Jan. 8, 2017. The competition and exhibition will then travel to three additional museums, including the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi from June 8 through May 14, 2017.

In addition, one exhibiting artist will win the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced Sept. 20. In this part of the competition, visitors to the exhibition, both online and in the gallery, will be able to cast a vote for their favorite.

“We could not be more proud of Sedrick and his very powerful and moving artistry," said Elisabeth Cawthon, Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Of course, we will encourage our UTA students, faculty and staff to vote for him in this phase of the competition. This is simply a magnificent accomplishment and well-deserved honor.”

Cawthon noted that Huckaby’s work is representative of the University's commitment under the Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact to strengthening sustainable, urban communities through a focus on cultural and social environments.

Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today,” showcases our national conversations from the past three years.

“These works not only are geographically diverse, they also reflect discussions around gender, race, poverty, healthcare, at-risk youth, migration and the power of family. These pieces are powerful in this regard because each displays an intimate connection between the artists and their sitters.”

Huckaby joined the UTA Department of Art and Art History in 2009. He is the winner of numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Recently, his work was added to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine arts, Boston and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. A native of Fort Worth, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

Huckaby’s next local exhibition, “Three Forbidden F Words: Faith, Family and Fathers” will be held at the Valley House Gallery, 6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, beginning April 2. Visit for more information.

Competition fosters philanthropy, artistry and diversity

Held every three years, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is made possible by a gift from volunteer and benefactor Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920–2005). The competition invites artists all over America to investigate the art of contemporary portraiture. The resulting exhibition celebrates excellence and innovation, with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today.

In all, more than 2,500 entries in a variety of visual-arts media were entered into the national competition this year. Submissions included digital animation and video, large-scale drawings, prints, photographs and textiles, as well as painted and sculpted portraits.

The 43 selected finalists mark a turning point in advancing American contemporary portraiture, according to a statement from the National Portrait Gallery. The jurors considered this exhibition a synopsis of historical and cultural events that have unfolded in the past three rounds, particularly in terms of race, sexual identity, gender and concerns about protecting childhood in an age of technology and gun violence.

External jurors for the competition were Dawoud Bey, professor of art and a Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College in Chicago; Helen Molesworth, chief curator at LA MOCA; Jerry Saltz, senior art critic at New York magazine; and John Valadez, a Los Angeles–based realist painter and muralist. National Portrait Gallery staff on the jury were Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, and Dorothy Moss, associate curator of painting and sculpture and competition director.

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2016 Awards + Recognition

A+AH Awards and Recognition

Creative Quarterly Publication (US, Canada and the United Kingdom)
Elena Chudoba & Andrew Czap, Patriot Paddles PackagingWinner
Elena Chudobe, Adelberts brewery packagingRunner Up
Eric Ramirez, Purell ad campaignRunner Up
Andrea Norcross, Chef Logan websiteRunner Up
Austin Ryan, Child abuse poster campaignRunner Up

Published in HOW International Magazine
Elena Chudoba—Merit Award
Andrea Ortega—Merit Award

International Visual Identity (United Kingdom)
Andrea Faye Ortega—Gold
Susan Nguyen—Silver

2016 American Package National Design Awards
Andrew Czap & Elena Chudoba, Patriot Paddles
Elena Chudoba, Adelbert's Brewery
Susan Nguyen, Coord Candles

ICPF's National Best of the Best Student Design Presentation Competition
Elena Chudoba, Andrew Czap & Andrea Ortega, Find Your Way Home Alumni Welcome Pack—First Place

Fort Worth ADDY (The American Advertising Awards)
Elena Chudoba & Andrew Czap, Patriot Paddles Packaging—Best of Show, Gold (National Submission)
Chad Ryals and Major Hoffman, Melody Pop Print AdGold (National Submission)
Arvel Perry and Gabriel Guerrero, American Shredding Print Ad CampaignGold (National Submission)
Austin Ryan, Child Abuse Awareness CampaignGold (National Submission)
Hamid Hesami, Neenah Paper Annual ReportSilver (National Submission)
Susan Nguyen, Genesses Alvarez & Allison Herbst, Greenpeace Ad CampaignSilver (National Submission)
Lizzethe Barcenas, Sadler Stationary SetSilver (National Submission)
Andrew Czap, Levitt Pavilion WebsiteSilver (National Submission)
Susan Nguyen, Green’s Produce Logo DesignSilver (National Submission)
Elena Chudoba, Adelbert’s Brewery PackagingBronze
Austin Ryan, Baseline Magazine SpreadBronze
Elena Chudoba, Air BnB Ad CampaignBronze
Olamilekan Mabayoje, School Bullying Awareness CampaignBronze
Susan Nguyen, Ellie and Hayden Wedding WebsiteBronze
Andrea Ortega, Chef Logan WebsiteBronze
Sharon Tran, UTA Visual Communication WebsiteBronze
Julia Cooper, Taiheiyo Kensha Branding CampaignBronze
Lizzethe Barcenas, Kim Inthirath, Karen Nguyen & Tom Huynh, Banh De Vie Branding CampaignBronze

Efraim Franco Awarded 2016 Annual Joe Harris Packaging Scholarship

Visual Communication Design undergraduate student Efraim Franco was recently awarded the 2016 Annual Joe Harris Scholarship. Franco is a Senior in the Art + Art History Department who plans to graduate at the completion of the Spring 2016 semester. He was selected for the scholarship award based on his outstanding design portfolio, his interest in packaging design, and his potential for success in a career path related to the packaging industry.

The Joe Harris Scholarship is a $2500 award that is presented annually during the Spring Semester to one student in the Visual Communication Design area who demonstrates professional potential and exhibits outstanding work in the field of packaging design. This is the second year that the Scholarship has been awarded. This opportunity was first introduced to the A+AH Department in January 2015 by Joe, Jana and Jenise Harris, owners of DFW based Harris Packaging Corporation and American Carton Company. It is anticipated that this generous award will contribute to the success of the packaging design students at UTA and develop a strong connection between the A+AH Department and the local packaging industry for many years to come.

Dr. Mary Vaccaro’s feature article on the cover of “The Burlington Magazine”

Cover of The Burlington Magazine

In the course of her research on drawings in the Uffizi (Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe), Dr. Mary Vaccaro recently identified a double-sided drawing that has long been ascribed to the Bolognese draftsman Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), but that is demonstrably by Denys Calvaert (ca. 1540-1619), an Antwerp-born artist who settled and worked in Bologna for most of his career. It has gone unremarked, until now, that Calvaert appears to have signed and dated this drawing, and that the sketch on its verso corresponds to a documented altarpiece by him. The article, entitled “A Newly Identified Drawing by Denys Calvaert in the Uffizi,” graces the cover of the March 2016 issue of The Burlington Magazine.

Based in London, The Burlington Magazine is the world's leading monthly publication devoted to the fine and decorative arts. It publishes concise, well-written articles based on original research, presenting new works, art-historical discoveries and fresh interpretations.

“Carlos Donjuan & Marilyn Jolly: Akin” at grayDUCK Gallery

"This "Akin" is a two-person exhibition of work by Marilyn Jolly and Carlos Donjuan. There's a connection between the artists, and there's a connection between their art. The artists: Donjuan is a former student of Jolly's at the University of Texas at Arlington, and now both are part of UTA's visual-art faculty. The art: Well, yes, let's consider this.

Jolly has a variety of things displayed on the walls and on a pedestal or two and even set to roll across the planks of grayDUCK Gallery's beautiful wooden floor. You'll recognize them instantly as art. They're not imbued with the precision, the built-to-please slickness of graphic design; nor are they recontextualized readymades whose success relies on displacement and a collusion of cleverness between artist and audience.

Jolly's creations don't exist to facilitate anything but their creator's impulse to express herself via their making, and they strike your reviewer that way – as representations of nothing so much as themselves: objects composed of various surfaces marked with paint, with fabric, with swatches or blots of various media. Abstrac­tions with subjects implied but unlikely to be accurately inferred. "This probably means something," a viewer might think. "Damned if I know what, right off the bat, but it sure inspires conjecture due to its oblique yet compelling symbology." The work also inspires appreciation on a purely visual level, with jarring arrangements and textures and hues to engage the eyes, as note Jolly's pocket-enhanced Soft Steel Trap.

Donjuan, on the other hand, he's working more obvious illustration-based tactics, with his bright watercolors and acrylics serving up phantasmagorical portraits of people othered by surreal additions to (and outright transfigurations of) their physiognomy. This is in reference to the artist being "a product of illegal immigration," the show notes explain, leading him to "reflect on his upbringing and the consequences associated with illegal immigration." It's damned effective in conveying a sense of what it's like to be regarded as alien and other than legitimate in a given environment. And I'll suggest that this is where Donjuan's work is most "Akin" to, and most resonant with, Jolly's.

Because, you know how certain sectors of our society regard immigrants – especially illegal immigrants, but also just any immigrants? How swiftly the descendants of earlier immigrants can turn their distrust and disdain on the newest wave of people to reach this country? As if the original immigrants hadn't murdered their way into eventual possession of the land in the first place?

I'm suggesting that that's a version – certainly a much harsher, more virulent version – of the way certain sectors of our society also regard artists. Or, at least, artists whose works aren't easily parsed by a majority of the populace. Artists whose works might challenge the eye and provoke thoughts that are unsettling because they can't be easily defined. Artists whose success lies in creating the sort of personal, enigmatic pieces that Marilyn Jolly does.

Artists, it's been noted elsewhere, are immigrants from another country – a country of the mind. And if that country doesn't have enough in common with whatever mental territory is inhabited by a region's hoi polloi, whoa, better watch the fuck out, artists: Your odd customs and ways of expression will have little if any currency there. You'll be branded as "special," but in a way that carries a whiff of indulgence, maybe even of embarrassment, with it. If you're lucky, the worst you'll be is commercially undervalued.

Austin's grayDUCK Gallery is, so often, a whole 'nother country: a country of unique visions and diverse methods of communicating those visions. That's one of the reasons its shows – including this "Akin" one – are so worthy of your valuable time."

Review by Alan Brenner of The Austin Chronicle. You can read the review on The Austin Chronicle site here.

Documentation of the work from Ideas in Art

Ideas in Art

Michelle Pennington pieces for Ideas In Art Exhibition


see on Vimeo.


Not in Sight

see on Vimeo.


Artist Statement:


Through the process of making and viewing art, I have discovered that I do not feel connected to the traditional ways of experiencing art within galleries and museums. I am a very tactile and sensual person and because of this, I want to make work with the intention of being interacted with and to degrade overtime. The work gives the viewer the right to manipulate and change my artwork through this interaction, providing new experiences each time one views the piece. I often use motion, creating movement powered by machine or manually powered by the viewer, to incorporate and encourage a slow decay and deterioration, which becomes part of the work. It challenges perceived fears of materials, such as broken glass, creating a conflict and potentially an internal struggle for the viewer. It questions notions of how one should act in the presence of art, while inviting the viewer to act traditionally inappropriately. Although I give some directions or guidelines for each piece, I allow the viewer to set up their own boundaries as I push them outside of their comfort zone and ask them to interact with art in a more invasive way.


James S Barnett Jr. Foundation

In support of this project, the James S Barnett Jr. Foundation provides funds annually for scholarship and program event support. The amounts awarded are allocated as follows: one award of $500 for Undergraduate students Two awards of $2,000 each for Graduate students.


2016 Competition Requirements

‘Ideas in Art’ provides students with the freedom to use any appropriate media to realize their project. Candidates are required to complete an ‘Ideas in Art’ Application Packet, including a 500 word Written Proposal, along with one image with a recent work of art) by the designated deadline in the “Important Dates” above.

Kate Bingaman-Burt Lecture on March 3rd, 2016

Kate Bingaman-Burt Illustration

Illustrator and Educator, Kate Bingaman-Burt, will be giving a lecture to students this coming Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. The talk will be given at the architecture auditorium (ARCH 204) at 2:15pm. 

Check out Kate's work at

Justin Ginsberg Featured in New Glass Review 37

Justin Ginsberg Glass Piece, Alternating Entropy

One of my works was selected for New Glass Review 37 - an international annual 
juried Publication which surveys the top works of art (working with glass) of 2015. 
A total of 1122 artists from 46 countries sent 3352 images of their work for consideration, 
and 100 are selected. New Glass review is published by the Corning Museum of Glass and 
Neus Glas, a European based International art publication.
This is the 5th time in 6 years in which I have been selected.

The jurors in this years edition were 
Geoff Isles, Artist, New York; 
Silvia Levenson, Artist, Italy; 
Tina Oldknow, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass; 
Charolette Potter, Glass Studio Manager and Program Director, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Find Your Space at UTA Art

Find Your Space at UTA Art

FIND YOUR SPACE at UTA Art is a day of High School Students Art Workshops.

UTA Art Saturday - Schedule
April 9, 2016

Session 1

Fun Self-Portrait Watercolor/Gouache Paintingwith Sedrick Huckaby + Marilyn Jolly
Studio Arts Center/Room 122

Morning Session:Participants will make contour drawings of their faces from selfie photographs taken on their phone and from observation from looking in a mirror. The drawings will be layered to create an abstract image that will be used for the afternoon painting session. We will discuss contemporary portraiture in the process.

Afternoon Session:Participants will use watercolor, gouache (opaque watercolor) and mixed media drawing materials to paint the drawing made in the morning session. Creative color and texture will be encouraged. We will discuss some watermedia techniques and the use of mixed media. Participants will need to bring a cell phone. Optional materials would be drawing materials such as crayons, pastel pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal, oil pastels and inexpensive pan watercolors. Materials will also be provided.

Session 2

The Art of Glassblowing/Kiln Formed Glass—Imagery on glasswith Justin Ginsberg
Studio Arts Center – Glass Studio

An hour demonstration of glass blowing techniques in our world class facility followed by a tour of our mold and kiln areas with examples of student/faculty work. KILN FORMED GLASS – IMAGERY ON GLASSParticipants will learn a variety of techniques to form imagery on glass panels, producing a unique glass painting/drawing/photograph.

Materials: Students should bring a jump drive with 5 - 10 black and white, high contrast images. Students are required to bring closed toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops). *Pieces will be fired in ovens overnight, and can be picked up the following week.

Session 3

Shirt-O-Rammawith Nancy Palmeri + David Diaz
Studio Arts Center – Printmaking Studio

This fast paced workshops covers everything about the garment printing process including T-Shirt printing from A-Z. Participants are asked to send a black and white design that they would like to turn into wearable art. The workshop will take students through the process of screen printing on shirts and a discussion about how to set up a shirt making studio at home. Each participant will be given one shirt to print on, but are welcome to bring shirts from home if they want to print more—trading images with others is a must. Great way to expand on your wardrobe and be the talk of the town. Images must be scanned and saved as PDF files and need to be highly graphic, so draw or design away!

Session 4

3d CARDBOARD CREATIONS with Shaban Al-Refai
Fine Arts Building/Gallery at UTA

Makers unite! Come and create 3D cardboard models with our cutting edge software and machinery. Each participant will leave this workshop with a finished product that can be treated with paint or collage.

Session 5

MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO with Bart Weiss and Mark Clive
Fine Arts Building 166

Learn how to shoot a music video with live musicians on our green screen (chromakey) stage. Students will learn the basics of lighting for chromakey with multiple cameras in the morning session. In the afternoon session, students will work in our kinetic imaging lab and learn the challenges and solutions of keying and editing in Adobe After Effects and Final Cut. Materials: A USB drive (at least 12 gb) to store your footage.

Session 6

Human Powered Kinetic Sculpture With Darryl Lauster
Studio Arts Center Courtyard

Using simple hand tools, wood, metal and plastics, students will collectively design a large-scale motion-based outdoor object that is powered by human muscle. The workshop will introduce students to many examples of mobile sculpture, and explain gear, pulley and various mechanical systems necessary to operate moving objects using a transmission drive.

Session 7

Gaming Exploration: Virtual Worlds with Josh Wilson
FA 368B

Take a peak inside the game developer decision making process and how it applies to your favorite games. Explore the game engine Unity to see how art and programming come together to create virtual worlds.

**The following four photography workshops can be combined
and do one in the morning and one in the afternoon!**

Session 8

Digital COMIC BOOK ART with Andrew Ortiz
Fine Arts Building 368C

Use Adobe Photoshop to create amazing works of art. Learn experimental image blending, alternative methods of making filter/textures, the exciting new method of scaling, duplicating layers and basic masking. Handouts provided.

Materials: 3-4 comic books, USB drive

Session 9

Fine Arts Building 350

Learn the basics of darkroom printing making photograms. Students should bring interesting objects that would make shadow imprints; all paper and chemicals provided.

Session 10

Fine Arts Building 349

A workshop on making tintypes, a Civil War era hand made photographic process. Each tintype is a unique photograph, made on a metal surface and no two are ever alike. Learn how photography was done in the decades before film was ever invented. Each participant will get a 4x5” portrait of themselves that they will have helped to make.

Session 11

Fine Arts Building 376A

Learn how to prepare a digital file for printing and explore the many different materials now available for printing an image. Participants should bring an USB drive with 8 to 10 jpeg or RAW files. This workshop will begin in the morning and continue through the afternoon, students from any of the photography workshops can participate.

For Parents or Guardians


Bring your digital camera and we can review settings, lighting, and composition




Grad Students Selected for ‘Rising Eyes of Texas’

Work of Cor Fahringer, Josh Dryk and Billi London-Gray

Three graduate students in the MFA Intermedia Studio program at The University of Texas at Arlington – Josh Dryk, Cor Faringer and Billi London-Gray – will share their work in the upcoming exhibition "Rising Eyes of Texas" at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas.

This annual juried student exhibition, now in its ninth year, will feature work by 33 artists representing 16 colleges and universities in Texas. This year's juror, who will select three prize winners, is Anna Stothart, the Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rockport Center for the Arts, located at 902 Navigation Circle, in Rockport, Texas. The exhibition will be on view through April 2. For more information, visit

Billi London-Gray To Be Artist-in-Residence in Argentina

Billi London-Gray, a student in the MFA Intermedia Studio program at The University of Texas at Arlington, will be the Artist-in-Residence for the month of June at Residencia Corazón in La Plata, Argentina. During her stay she will create a body of work culminating in her first international solo exhibition, to be held in the Residencia Corazón Gallery in late June.  

London-Gray's creative practice incorporates video, photography, poetry, sculpture, drawing, public interactions, and installations. Her work utilizes systems of rules to explore the space between control and abandon, where knowledge and self-restraint grapple with wonder and self-indulgence.

Residencia Corazón has hosted a broad range of international artists since its inception in 2006.The residency's affiliated exhibition space, in operation since 2002, shares exhibitions and interdisciplinary cultural events open to the general public. It receives institutional support from the Office of the National Culture Secretary of Argentina, the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires, the Town Council of La Plata, and the National University of La Plata.

For additional information, contact Billi London-Gray at

Toccare (Non) Toccare featuring Stephen Lapthisophon

Stephen Lapthisophon

February 20, 2016, 2 - 3 pm

In celebration of the launch of a book documenting his Nasher installation, Laphthisophon will speak about the project and auxiliary subjects such as European-American culture, the artwork-as-archive, and the boundary between art and its trace.

Video Exhibition

Video exhibition

Darryl Lauster will participate in an international group exhibition of video art curated by Traverse Video and showing at the Institut Superieur des Arts de Toulouse, France, on March 18. His 2012 work “When I See the Black Hills I Will remember You” will be screened along with 19 other international works by acclaimed artists such as French filmmaker Julie Bourges and award winning German artist Bjorn Melhus.

John Hernandez’s Maximal Style

John Hernandez

With his second retrospective on view through March 30 at the Gallery at UTA, Arlington, 64-year-old John Hernandez continues to remind us, in full-blown color, that we’re never too old to be young. Since the early 1980s, the San Antonio native has surfaced now and again with exhibitions of highly eccentric painted reliefs, sculptures, and installations featuring loony, childlike imagery that’s often cleverly encoded with biting social commentary. A fan of Ed “Big Daddy Roth” and a collector of thousands of toys, vinyl records, psychedelic posters, old comic books, and original copies of Mad Magazine, Hernandez surrounds himself with pop-culture artifacts that inspire him on a daily basis.


Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition

Established in 2001, and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Each year, a distinguished female curator serves as juror for the exhibition and selects images from entries submitted by photographers throughout the United States. The exhibition is on view to the public at the Texas Woman’s University East | West Galleries every spring. The juror also awards one artist a solo exhibition scheduled the following year in the TWU East | West Galleries.

The exhibition and endowment were established by alumna Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of the mother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibition proceeds fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment, which supports photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.

Texas Woman's University
East | West Galleries
Department of Visual Arts
Fine Arts Building
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm
Weekends by Appointment
940 / 898 - 2530

Exhibition Dates:
February 15 - March 9, 2016

Ya’Ke Smith, The Second Coming airing on Comcast XFINITY On Demand for the month of February

For the month of February, film professor Ya'Ke Smith's, "The Second Coming" will be airing on Comcast XFINITY On Demand. Make sure to check out the film as well as other works by Ya'Ki Smith: Facebook.

Talk at the Kimbell Art Museum

Detective Work and the Connoisseurship of Old Master Drawings
Mary Vaccaro, professor of art history, University of Texas at Arlington
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Kimbell Art Museum

About this lecture: The so-called "scientific" method of connoisseurship
was developed by the nineteenth-century writer Giovanni Morelli, who 
based his attribution of works of art on the study of minute details, or 
morphologies, favoring a close inspection of the object over theoretical 
approaches. In this lecture, Professor Vaccaro will discuss her 
long-standing interest in the connoisseurship of Old Master drawings as 
a foundation upon which to undertake other kinds of scholarly inquiry. She will 
describe the careful detective work involved in her research of sixteenth-century
 works on paper and her resulting "discoveries."

UTA’s Scott Hilton showing at Terminal 136 Gallery in San Antonio

Senior Lecturer Scott Hilton will be showing in "Woven", a two-person exhibition with sculptor Nicole Pietrantoni, in the Terminal 136 Gallery in San Antonio, TX. Scott's work, from a series titled "De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)," began with his realization that the words "text" and "texture" share a common Latin root- TEXO- to weave; to braid together; to construct with elaborate care. This surprising yet intuitively clear bond of meaning serves as the central metaphor for this suite of photographs. Language and sensation- the textual and the textural- are processes of perception. Meanings are woven from words just as lived experience is interlaced with bodily feeling. Hilton works with 19th century hand-made, physical photographic images as the ideal way to express how concepts have a tactile presence because they are woven, because they are stitched together from what Roland Barthes calls a “tissue of signs.”

The exhibition opens on Thursday Feb 4 at Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star St. San Antonio TX and runs through Feb 20. See the work at

Art Education Mélange Exhibition

Art Education Mélange brings together art educators as artists through various artistic media. Mélange, from the French language meaning a mixture, medley, or assortment, provides an intermingling of artwork, art education participants, and visitors.

Art education students are exhibiting their studio artwork in Gallery West from February 8-11 with a reception on February 9th from 5-7pm. Please join us for great artwork, refreshments, and fun.

NYT Quote: Fostering a Respectful Clash of Ideas

Amit Singh, President of Google for Work

What advice do you give new college grads? 

"They grow up learning a few things about how to approach problems. The piece that they possibly miss is that, once you’re in the real world, it’s all about other people. Giving is more important than your point of view. And learning how to get along and work together, work in a team, is the difference between frontline managers and leaders. Leaders find a way to work together. They find a solution. There’s always a way, and you’ve got to find what that way is."

Amit Singh, President of Google for Work 

Fostering a Respectful Clash of Ideas by Adam Bryant

The New York Times, Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dallas’ Great Gallery Migration Continues

Bouquet by Kenda North

Professor Kenda North was feature in the Dallas Morning News.  

Longtime Dallas artist and educator North is giving us more underwater photographs in “Flora Aquatilis.” North says the latest show is inspired by “still-life paintings. The French term for still life is nature morte [dead nature], which has a rather sad inference, yet my bouquets are indeed dying. The flowers had been made into elaborate arrangements, carefully placed to provide a splash of color at an event and then returned to the florist who created them. I rescued them for one last hurrah, suspended in a pool and bathed in summer sunlight.”

To read more about Professor Kenda North, visit

Creative Director in Residence UTA Wild Pony Editions

UTA Wild Pony Editions

UTA Wild Pony Editions to host open studio hours


With the addition of three new interns, UTA Wild Pony Editions will host it's first first regular open studio hours.
Come visit the shop starting Friday January 29th from 9am to 2pm and every Friday after that for the spring semester.Check out WP's collection of artist editions and hand-printed posters, watch the interns set-type and if you're lucky see them crank out prints on the Vandercook letterpress! WP is located in the small architecture annex, Room 102A, facing the main architecture building.

Find out more about UTA Wild Pony here

Former ice cream scooper now influential artist

Few people expected Jeff Gibbons to get where he is today.


“I worked at a Ben & Jerry’s for a while at one point in Key West,” he said. “I went from doing that to having a 4.0 and a master’s degree.”
This January, D Magazine listed the UTA alumnus as one of the biggest artists to have an impact on Dallas culture in 2016. At this time last year, Gibbons received a Dallas Observer’s Mastermind Award. Two years before that, he won the Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball prize for graduate students.
Gibbons graduated from UTA with a master’s in studio intermedia in 2013. The Dallas-based artist specializes in sculpture, although he uses various forms of art. Gibbons’ art utilizes audio, video or even motion... Read More on The Shorthorn

The art of Carlos Donjuan

Everything means nothing by Carlos Donjuan

From Outside to Inside

At the time, Javier knew more about the graffiti collective’s story than I, and informed me that the oldest Donjuan brother, Carlos, was also a professor of art at the University of Texas at Arlington, where both Javier and I had studied. I immediately began researching the Donjuans to find out more: I tracked down all of the group’s murals, visited their open studios, and eventually invited them to collaborate on a THRWD event at the former Gin Mill, where they created a painting outside during one of our monthly parties.

To a young Latino like myself, interested in the Dallas art scene but existing mostly outside of it, the work of Carlos Donjuan was embedded with the signifiers that composed my emotional identity: Love of family, honor, loyalty, heritage, along with vibrant color palettes and a unique perspective on representation in painting.

See the full article here.

The Rising Value of a UTA Art Degree


Upgraded facilities, bigger faculty translate into the school finding a spot among nation’s elite • By Bill Lace

A ribbon of blue weaves along the ceiling in UTA’s University Club. An aluminum spiral swirls skyward from the campus research quadrangle. Multicolored terrazzo airplanes stretch along the floors of 300-foot walkways in DFW Airport’s Terminal D as if queued for takeoff.   These are very different works – but with a common thread. All were done by members of UTA’s art faculty – River of Glass by David Keens, Reach by Darrel Lauster and Wings by Benito Huerta. These and several others dot the university, city and county landscapes as signs of increased visibility for the Art+Art History Department (the official name), not only among educators and art aficionados, but throughout the community...

download the full PDF Magazine here. (See pages 62-64)

H. Schenck Exhibition

H. Schenck

H. Schenck
Artist, Dallas, TX

January 12 & 13, 2016 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wriston Art Center #105 | Free and open to the public
Public Lecture at 4:30pm on Wednesday, January 13 in Wriston Auditorium

Come and experience H. Schenck develop a multi-process image as a limited edition print. All ages are welcome.

H. Schenck explores systems of social navigation by creating environments that inspire understanding, sympathy, and acceptance. H. Schenck uses a methodological aesthetic in conjunction with everyday objects/video recordings/images to explore the normalcy and struggle of navigating social structures.

Sponsored by The Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop, Dyrud Family Collaboration Grant, and the Art & Art History Department


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UTA Visual Communication Design Ranked #19 Nationally

UTA Graphic Design Ranking Visual Communication Design

The online animation, graphic design and game art school rating resource Animation Career Review [ACR] released its 2015 rankings on December 3rd and 4th. ACR receives more than 225,000 online visitors per year; 90% of these hail from the U.S. and Canada.

Of the top 25 public graphic design schools and colleges in the nation, UTA ranked #19, in a list along with Arizona State, Kansas, Kent State, Oregon State, Wisconsin, North Carolina, LSU, Purdue, Georgia and Miami University.

The criteria we used in making this list consists, in no particular order, of the following:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness

Congratulations to our Visual Communication Design faculty and students and thank you for all of your hard work!

Alumnus Jeff Gibbons Named One of Dallas’ Artists to Impact in 2016

Jeff Gibbons

"Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe

In an art scene that seems to have lost a bit of energy and urgency over the past year or so, Gibbons and Ruppe have remained unflappable. In 2015, the two artists staged a series of collaborative exhibitions featuring sound-based performative sculpture that took place in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. Working separately, Ruppe collaborated in group shows in Switzerland and Japan, while Gibbons enjoyed shows at Conduit Gallery and Goss-Michael Foundation. Whether they continue to collaborate or decide to break off on their own, Gibbons and Ruppe used 2015 to establish themselves as two of the area’s most important working artists. —P.S."

Read the rest of the article at Dmagazine.

Professor Beth Wright Delacroix Exhibition Review on ‘The Art Newspaper’

Eugène Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus (detail of reduced replica, 1846). © Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Eugène Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus (detail of reduced replica, 1846). © Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” the French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) noted in a journal the year of his death. The second merit, perhaps, was for the painting to be influential—which Delacroix's work was, enormously. Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, a stunning exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, shows how and why he was a catalyst for the art that followed in his wake.

Delacroix liberated painting fr om the requirement that it replicate colour, form and light as we see in the real world. He used these elements expressively, with prismatic color and open brushwork, to communicate his comprehension of the great subjects of religion, literature and history, as well as to record his responses to the beautiful forms of nature. Paul Cézanne’s comment to his patron Joachim Gasquet that “we all paint in his language” is borne out here. Leading artists in every style—from Orientalism, Impressionism and post-Impressionism to Neo-Impressionism, Symbolism and Fauvism—demonstrate Delacroix’s influence on their themes, colour palettes and paint application. Paul Signac claimed Delacroix's work as the foundation of Divisionism and Pointillism. Henri Matisse throughout his career maintained an interest in Delacroix’s subject matter and vivid colour choices and travelled to Morocco in 1912, just as Delacroix had done in 1832. Pierre-Auguste Renoir took the trip himself in 1881.

In the galleries, Delacroix’s expressive representation of subjects from literature and religion appear with works by Gustave Moreau, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Odilon Redon praised Delacroix’s ability to evoke the subjective essence of meaning through colour. Delacroix’s delicate skein of brushstrokes and use of complementary colours are similarly found in works by Renoir and Claude Monet, which celebrate the shimmering movement of light on golden embroidery or tumbling seas."

Read the rest of the review on The Art Newspaper.

Syd Webb, Creative Director in Residence | Wild Pony Editions

Syd Webb graduated with a BFA in printmaking from Herron School of Art and Design in 2010. In the midst of her final semester at Herron Syd secured and opened a studio space in one of Indianapolis up and coming arts districts. Wake Press & Gallery was her first endeavor at a custom print shop where she also hosted monthly gallery openings. During this time she worked as a studio assistant to Walter Knabe. With Knabe she learned to screen print for fine art and commercial production. Deciding to return to academia for her graduate degree, Syd was accepted into UTA during the fall of 2011. In 2012 she interned at the infamous Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. It was this experience that became the catalyst for Syd’s current entrepreneurial endeavor on the UTA campus.

UTA Wild Pony Editions first coined, Mavs Letterpress+, was the brainchild of Nancy Palmeri. Syd’s goal for the UTA Wild Pony initiative is “Student Entrepreneurship through Print.” By bringing in visiting artists from across the country, producing custom prints, and running vendor booths, students who work with UTA WP will experience a commercial application for their print skills beyond campus. The current UTA WP crew consists of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Starting in the Spring 2016 semester UTA WP will host it’s first official interns who will work with Syd during open studio hours in the UTA WP letterpress studio. As the shop gains momentum it is Syd’s hope that students remain the benefactors of its success.

HOW International Design Awards

How Competition

The Art + Art History Department's Visual Communication Design program would like to congratulate Andrea Norcross Ortega and Elena Chudoba on receiving Merit Awards from HOW Internation Design Awards. This competition recognizes excellence on a global scale featuring winners that span the globe and give readers of HOW magazine a taste of design innovation on an international design scale. HOW International Design Awards will publish the winning work in the Spring issue of HOW.

  • Best of Show, Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners will see their work in How's Spring 2016 issue.
  • The winners will be announced in a feature article on and featured in its online gallery.
  • There will be a formal announcement in the HOW eNewsletter.
  • The winners will be announced via social media.
  • Winners will be featured onPinterest throughout the year.
  • Winenrs will receive an exclusive Digital Seal to be used to promote their win.
  • Winners will receive a press release template for use in promoting their win.

Context Exhibition Juror’s Award

Darryl Lauster was awarded the Juror's Prize for his entry into the "Context" Exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles Missouri.  The juror, award winning artist and writer Buzz Spector, selected Lauster for an upcoming solo exhibtion in 2017. The exhibition's theme combines written and visual language and showcases the work of 56 national and international artists, including Tore Terrasi.

UTA Ranked in Top 25 Public Graphic Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

2015 Graphic Design School Rankings Criteria by The Animation Career Review.

The criteria based on:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness

The 2015 Graphic Design School Rankings for The University of Texas - Arlington:

#46 nationally
#19 among public schools and colleges
#7 in the Southwest

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Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition 2015

Fall 2015 Barnett Award Winners

Image (left to right): Alex Kang, Tania Vitela, Ivan Lopez

The Barnett Foundation Photography Awards exhibition reception is Wednesday, December 9, 5-6:30 at Gallery West, Studio Arts Center. Jurors Richard Doherty, Professor of Art, TCC NorthEast and Rachel Rogerson, Director of The MAC in Dallas, selected Alex Kang, Ivan Lopez, and Tania Vitela to exhibit their work. Each student receives a $650 scholarship award. The students will talk about their work at 5:45 during the reception. The exhibition runs December 7-11.

UTA Entrepreneurship in the Arts Presents: Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals is a visual response to the ever-changing channels of communication and the way we share information. This is the conversation on conversation and ideas on how we connect.

Friday, December 4th, 2015
at Trinity Groves
3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas, Texas

Ya’Ke Smith featured on FD Magazine’s Ones to Watch List

Portrait by MEI-CHUN JAU

Dwain Ya’Ke Smith is a grinder. He’s a popular film professor at UTA, where he teaches students the rigors of production — but that’s just the day job. He’s also a filmmaker whose films tackle taboo subjects of modern African-American life, from his killer feature Wolf, about a predatory preacher, to his recent short One Hitta Quitta, about the vicious cycle of addictive Internet violence. His movies make people angry. They also make people think about things they’d rather ignore. Like other true artists, he holds a mirror up to the world at an angle that isn’t always flattering. But his images are always worth the effort. — Chris Vognar


Do You Have a Golden Eye for Design?

Eye on Design (AIGA DESIGN EXPO 3)

Do You Have a Golden Eye for Design?

This Fall 2015, AIGA UTA presents the 3rd Annual Design Expo on Tuesday, November 24 from 2:30pm-8:00pm in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activity Center (MAC).

Design Expo is an event that welcomes local and non-local professional creatives to share work, experiences, and advice with UT-Arlington students. Five designers will show you what it means to have an eye for design. There will be a chance to ask questions during Q&A sessions.

Don't let this golden opportunity pass you by! Come be inspired.


Doors open at 2:20pm. Reception with refreshments & live music will follow. This event is open to all students, faculty, & public.
See website for more details:
Frances Yllana (Dallas) Imaginuity + President AIGADFW
Charlie Howlett (Fort Worth) Schaefer Advertising
Chad Michael (Dallas) Chad Michael Studio
Nathan Walker (Austin) All The Pretty Colors (ATPC)
Arthur Eisenberg (Dallas) Eisenberg snd Associates

“Declaration” Performance

Darryl Lauster, as his alter-ego Josh Court, will debut the performance "Declaration" on the opening night of the Itinerant Performance Art Festival in Queens New York on Thursday November 11. The festival is curated by internationally recognized intermedia artist Hector Canonge and produced by Queens Media Arts Development. Itinerant 2015 takes places at multiple venues across the borough including the Queens Art Museum and P.S. 69 and runs from November 11 to 21. More than 30 artists from across the world will perform in the event.

Find Your Space at UTA Art

Find Your Space at UTA Art

A day of workshops for community college students.
Friday, November 13th, 2015

Due to limited space in many of our studios, you must RSVP for all workshops to
You can take one all-day workshop. Specify which session you are interested in. First come, first served. Details and directions will be sent in reply. Lunch will be provided. 

View the full schedule here:
Find Your Space Schedule

Exhibition Opening: John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs

Exhibition Opening: John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs
the first in a two-part installation, curated by Sarah Kozlowski and Benjamin Lima

Saturday, November 7

The Wilcox Space,
824 Exposition Boulevard, no. 9,
Dallas, Texas 75226

This exhibition explores John Wilcox’s engagement with the formal principles and expressive potential of the diptych and polyptych formats in work that spans the painter’s career and ranges across materials, techniques, and subject matter. The first in the two-part installation, opening on November 7, 2015, is framed by Wilcox’s earliest experiments with narrative diptychs in the 1980s and sketches for a late portrait diptych left unfinished at his death in 2012. It focuses on a period between 1990 and 1993 during which Wilcox pushed the polyptych format to its visual and conceptual limits. The second installation, which will open in April 2016, presents work from a period between 1986 and 1989 to reveal how Wilcox’s diptychs and polyptychs are related to his word drawings, both bodies of work engaging with repetition, seriality, and modularity.

John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs is curated by Sarah Kozlowski, Assistant Director, Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas and Benjamin Lima, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Texas at Arlington in collaboration with The Wilcox Space. The works are installed at the Wilcox Space and will be on view to the general public during this opening. Viewings at other times will be by appointment only through Barry Whistler Gallery.

Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition

Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition Poster

October 19 – November 21, 2015

Reception: Friday, October 30
The Gallery at UTA, 6 – 8 PM

The Gallery at UTA, The University of Texas at Arlington, is pleased to present its fifteenth “Faculty Biennial,” a showcase of recent work created by the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Scheduled every two years, this exhibition presents a sampling of what the art professors accomplish in their creative endeavors outside the classroom. This year, to honor and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the College of Liberal Art, the exhibition also includes alumni selected by each faculty member to exhibit alongside their former teachers. This special reunion show will take place in two venues: The Gallery at UTA in the Fine Arts Building, and Gallery West in the Davis Street Studio Art Center. The concurrent exhibitions feature 35 faculty members and 26 invited art graduates showing diverse work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, printmaking, film/video, digital imaging and visual communication. In addition, the department's art historians and their invitees have examples of recent publications on display.

"The Faculty Biennial is always an opportunity for our talented faculty to experiment with new ideas and creatively investigate new modes of expression. This unique exhibition this year marks the first time invited alumni are exhibiting alongside their professors as practicing artists, and it gives us a glimpse of what our alumni are doing in the professional world." said gallery curator and director, Benito Huerta.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in both locations, and additional hours for The Gallery at UTA site from noon until 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Gallery at UTA is in the Fine Arts Building, room 169, 502 S. Cooper Street, and Gallery West is in The Studio Art Center, 810 S. Davis, Arlington, TX. For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or visit

“Gathered Leaves” by Alec Soth

The Department of Art + Art History at The University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to announce the First Annual Arlington Camera Lecture Series sponsored by Arlington Camera. The series launches at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in room 148 of the Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive.

The event features Alec Soth, a Minneapolis-based photographer known for his photographs and many publications.  He will discuss his newest project, “Gathered Leaves”, in conversation with his friend and colleague Anne Wilkes Tucker.

Soth’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. Soth’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007) Dog Days, Bogotá (2007) The Last Days of W (2008), and Broken Manual (2010). In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. The Walker Art Center produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There in 2010 and since that time Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). 

Tucker recently retired from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where she served as founding curator of the photography department. It was for her work there that Tucker was named America’s Best Curator by TIMEmagazine in 2001. Over the course of her career at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tucker organized or co-organized more than 40 exhibitions, including landmark presentations that helped define scholarship of underexplored areas of the medium. These include Czech Modernism: 1900–1945 (1989), The History of Japanese Photography (2003), and the currently touring WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath (2012), an unprecedented exploration of war through the eyes of photographers. She has also authored dozens of publications, including the WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition catalogue, which received the prestigious 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for best photography book. 

There will be a reception for the speakers in the Gallery at UTA beginning at 6 p.m., with the artist’s lecture immediately following at 7 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.   For more information, please go to or call 817-272-2891.

Spencer Evans is a finalist for the CADD Fund

UTA Intermedia MFA student, Spencer Evans, is one of the six finalists for the CADD Fund, sponsored by the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas. The jurors were Justine Ludwig of the Dallas Contemporary, Jed Morse of the Nasher Sculpture Center and Michael Mazurek from the Goss Michael Foundation.

Spencer will present his proposal at a special dinner on Sunday, October 18th, along with the other finalists. The audience will have a chance to ask questions and then vote on the winner. A cash award will be given as a grand prize to assist the winning artist in implementing their project.

AICC 2015 Designers’ Lab Winners

View original article here: AICC Press Room

The AICC 2015 Designers’ Lab was held September 28-30 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Attendance was strong this year with twenty designers participating from AICC’s member companies and fourteen students from the University of Texas at Arlington’s packaging program. This two-day event gave designers the chance to learn new techniques—in both structural and graphic design—from experts in the field, to network with their peers, and to show off their skills!

The event kicked off with a lunch and presentations from the sponsoring companies, which included Arden Software North America, Esko, Gerber Innovations, HP, and Prisco Digital. Next, Ellie Damashek, Client Services Director of TrendWatching, discussed “Global Consumer Trends” in the marketplace. The lunch wrapped up with a presentation by Jeff Klitgaard of Orbit Sprinkler Systems, who presented this year’s “real world” challenge, only there was a twist this year as Orbit had TWO problems for the designers to tackle in their “design challenge.” The designers were split into teams and assigned a problem to address: to create a quarter pallet sidestack using both corrugated and/or folding carton for either the Clear Comfort Pro Thermostat or the Yard Enforcer Pest Deterrent Sprinkler. Set up in the room for all teams were two functioning CAD tables provided by Esko and Gerber Innovations, a digital printer provided by PriscoDigital & HP, and software and computers sponsored by Arden Software and Esko.

The designers presented their entries on Tuesday afternoon to an expert panel of judges. As there were two challenges, there were two winning teams. The full list of winners is below.


Clear Comfort Pro Thermostat challenge

1st Place – Team 4

(from L to R)
-Efraim Franco from University of Texas Arlington
-Michele Sickles from American Box Company
-Eric Gray from Utah Paperbox Company
-Cynthia De La Torre from University of Texas Arlington
-David Strickland from Coastal Corrugated (not pictured)

2nd Place – Team 3
-Jamie Allen from Chief Container
-David Nguyen from Empire Packaging & Displays
-Adeo Cisneros from University of Texas Arlington
-Andrew Vo from University of Texas Arlington
-Brandon Hokanson from University of Wisconsin-Stout

3rd place – Team 2
-Devin Bennet from American Carton Co.
-Todd Pope from Bana Box
-Shaban Al-Refai from the University of Texas Arlington
-Jordan Conger from Tilsner Carton Company

Yard Enforcer challenge

1st Place – Team 5
(from L to R)
-Eric Rolf from Empire Packaging and Displays
-Brandon Garcia from Harris Packaging Corp.
-Fredy Arriaga from Heritage Paper
-Susan Nguyen from University of Texas Arlington
-Karen Aranha from Rochester Institute of Technology
-Deanna Scheunemann from Great Lakes Packaging

2nd Place – Team 8
-Brock Merritt from Tilsner Carton Company
-Andy Lober from Great Lakes Packaging
-James Richards from Wasatch Container
-Jonathan Jaggers from University of Texas Arlington
-Benjamin Kim from University of Texas Arlington

3rd place – Team 6
-Steven Kramer from Jamestown Container Corporation
-Chase Whittington from American Carton Company
-Brenda Vitela from University of Texas Arlington
-Shane Felix from Michigan State University

Honorable Mention – Team 7
-Scott Gulick from Mid-Atlantic Packaging
-Matthew Meehan from Mid-Atlantic Packaging
-Kelli Hoffert from The Box Maker, Inc
-Kayla Roland from University of Texas Arlington

All of the participants will receive an engraved award to commemorate the event. Special thanks to the companies that sponsored and contributed to the success of the 2015 Designers’ Lab!

For more information on the AICC 2015 Designers’ Lab, please contact Laura Mihalick at or by calling 877-836-2422. 

Visiting Artist: Ian Weaver

Ian Weaver

Join us on October 15th & 16th for an open studio with visiting artist Ian Weaver - Assistant Professor, Painting, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. The open studio will be located at the Printmaking Studio - SAC B124 from 9am-5pm. Event is free.

"My work, interdisciplinary in nature, utilizes a variety of media (such as drawing/collage, assemblage, sculpture, installation and film) which act as metaphors for "fracture". I am interested in how we—as individuals and communities—construct our own identities and memories; we do this through our commemorations and the objects we construct and archive.

Overall, the work speaks to the concept that Memory is fractured, non-linear, and disparate in nature; the experience of "recall" is a dissociative one. I want the viewer to question the constructions we routinely undertake throughout our lives."

For any more information contact Syd Webb at

Nasher Project by Stephen Lapthisophon: Toccare (Non) Toccare

Shed, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist

Image: Shed, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist

Press Release: Nasher Sculpture

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces a Project by Stephen Lapthisophon: Toccare (Non) Toccare

Presentation of work by Dallas artist to coincide with Being the River, Repeating the Forest will explore themes in work of Giuseppe Penone

DALLAS, Texas (September 25, 2015) – Nasher Sculpture Center announces a presentation of work by Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon called Toccare (Non) Toccare, a project which will act in conversation with the current exhibition Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest. Taking place in and around the Nasher Sculpture Center via four installments¬ beginning in October 2015 and lasting through January 2016, Toccare (Non) Toccare will include sculpture, found objects, drawing, poetry, sound, photography and video. These various elements will interweave in Lapthisophon’s actions, events and installations, extending and paying tribute to many of the central ideas in Penone’s work: body, nature, duration and the importance of place. With each monthly installment, Lapthisophon will examine the influence of Penone and the Arte Povera movement, as well as the idea of influence itself by addressing notions of impression, touch, ephemerality and legacy.

Mirroring Penone’s early action works in the Maritime Alps in the late 1960s, which are only known through photographic documentation, Lapthisophon’s Toccare (Non) Toccare works will likewise not be exhibited publicly, but will be experienced primarily through various forms of documentation, including photography, video, and print. All components of the project will be shared through a variety of platforms: Lapthisophon’s website (, the Nasher Sculpture Center website (, social media channels and a printed book published by the artist in January 2016.

The accompanying book will be titled Notebook 1967-68, taken from American poet Robert Lowell’s text of the same name. 1967 marks the year of the first Arte Povera exhibitions in Italy, and Lowell’s book chronicles the poet’s life that year, interweaving the personal and public with attention to history, as well as the presence of literary and cultural figures. Lowell’s Notebook 1967-68 serves as an influence on Lapthisophon’s project and also as a model for the mixing of historic, public and private narratives. The book will become a document of the multi-stage project at the Nasher and a space for Lapthisophon to explore auxiliary subjects such as European-American culture, the artwork-as-archive, and the boundary between art and its trace.

About Stephen Lapthisophon:
Stephen Lapthisophon received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979 and was based in the Chicago area until 2007 when he relocated to Dallas. Recent exhibitions include the Dallas Biennial (2014), the Dallas Museum of Art (2013) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2006). He was the recipient of the 2012 Moss/Chumley Artist Award for North Texas artists and the 2008 Wynn Newhouse Award for artists with disabilities. Lapthisophon has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently teaches art and art history at the University of Texas at Arlington.

About Giuseppe Penone:
Giuseppe Penone was born in 1947 in Garessio, Italy, and currently lives and works in Turin and Paris. He was one of the younger founding members of the influential Italian art movement Arte Povera in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Turin, Italy. Giuseppe Penone's earliest exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970), Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne (1977); Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (1978); and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1980). More recently he has exhibited at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2013), the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012), the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (2008) and had a retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004). Short listed for the Turner Prize in 1989, Penone has exhibited in Documenta V (1972), VII (1982), VIII (1987) and XIII (2012) and at the Venice Biennale (2007, 1995, 1986, 1980, and 1978). His work is currently featured at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest, the first U.S. museum exhibition of the artist’s work in over 30 years.

Sedrick Huckaby Smithsonian Finalist

Sedrick Huckaby

Source: Smithsonian Press Release

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Finalists Announced
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has selected the finalists for the exhibition resulting from the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The juried exhibition’s 43 pieces include sculptures, mixed-media pieces, photographs, paintings and drawings. The works will be exhibited at the museum from March 12, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017.

Seven artworks were shortlisted for this fourth occasion of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The first prize winner receives $25,000, as well as a commission to create a portrait of a living individual for the museum’s permanent collection. Other cash prizes will be awarded for selected works. Winners are announced at the press preview slated for March 10. A list of artists whose works were selected for the exhibition follows at the end of this release.

The selected finalists mark a turning point in advancing American contemporary portraiture. The jurors considered this exhibition a synopsis of historical and cultural events that have unfolded in the past three rounds, particularly in terms of race, sexual identity, gender and concerns about protecting childhood in an age of technology and gun violence.

“I was very impressed with the social-impact choices made this year,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “This year’s competition finalists are truly remarkable and reflect the rigor with which they were chosen by the judges. Each judge came with a definite and strong point of view about what he or she considered a portrait to be and how today’s artists are part of the national dialogue around issues of race, identity, family and community. I defy anyone coming to the exhibition not to be fundamentally moved by this year’s interpretation of the human condition.”

The competition received more than 2,500 entries in a variety of visual-arts media. Submissions included digital animation and video, large-scale drawings, prints, photographs and textiles, as well as painted and sculpted portraits. It was open to artists working in the United States who had created portraits after Jan. 1, 2014, in any visual art form. External jurors for the competition are Dawoud Bey, professor of art and a Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College in Chicago; Helen Molesworth, chief curator at MOCA LA; Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York magazine; and John Valadez, a LA based realist painter and muralist. National Portrait Gallery staff on the jury are Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, and Dorothy Moss, associate curator of painting and sculpture and competition director. Held every three years, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition was made possible by benefactor Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920–2005), a former Portrait Gallery docent who volunteered at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for 19 years. Boochever also shared the museum’s increasing interest in the important role that contemporary portraiture could play in the life of the gallery, as well as in heralding the museum’s engagement with figurative art and portraiture in today’s world. The exhibition reveals that in this media age—where the “selfie” is part of the visual landscape—the art of portraiture is not only universal, it is thriving and evolving. The dazzling variety of media and diverse approaches to the exploration of “self” and “other” challenge the preconceived notions of portraiture and expand the limits of the imagination. In addition, one exhibiting artist will win the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced Sept. 20, 2016. In this part of the competition, visitors to the exhibition, both online and in the gallery, will be able to cast a vote for their favorite of the finalists.

The competition has accelerated the careers of participants. The winner of the first competition (2006), David Lenz, created a portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver for the museum’s collection. Dave Woody, who was awarded the top prize for the second competition (2009), was commissioned to create a portrait of Alice Waters and Bo Gehring, whose video portrait won the third installation (2013), was commissioned to create a video portrait of Esperanza Spalding.

After the exhibition closes in Washington, D.C., for the first time it will travel to three host museums across the country from February 2017 through June 2018.

National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Website: Connect with the museum at @NPG, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr.

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Finalists and Short-listed Artists
John Ahearn, New York City
Dean Allison, Penland, N.C.
Wendy Arbeit, Emeryville, Calif.
Rick Ashley, Marblehead, Mass.
Evan Baden, Albany, Ore.
Claire Beckett, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Claudia Biçen, San Francisco
Kelly Carmody, Waltham, Mass.
Marti Corn, Houston
Paul D’Amato, Riverside, Ill.
Ray DiCapua, Storrs, Conn.
Tim Doud, Washington, D.C.
Maureen Drennan, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jess T. Dugan, St. Louis *
Gaspar Enriquez, San Elizario, Texas
Lucy Fradkin, Staten Island, N.Y.
Jona Frank, Santa Monica, Calif.
Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Harlingen, Texas
Allison Janae Hamilton, New York City
Jessica Todd Harper, Merion Station, Pa. *
Anne Harris, Riverside, Ill.
Clarity Haynes, Brooklyn, N.Y
Cynthia Henebry, Richmond, Va. *
Sedrick Huckaby, Fort Worth, Texas *
Dave Jordano, Chicago
Riva Lehrer, Chicago
Jarod Lew, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Daniel McInnis, Perrysburg, Ohio *
Michael Meadors, Clayton, N.C.
Dean Mitchell, Tampa, Fla.
Thu Nguyen, Honokaa, Hawaii
Tim Okamura, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Christine Osinski, Ridgefield, Conn.
Paul Oxborough, Excelsior, Minn.
Louie Palu, Washington, D.C.
Joel Phillips, Oakland, Calif. *
Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Amy Sherald, Baltimore *
Carolyn Sherer, Birmingham, Ala.
Donita Simpson, Royal Oak, Mich.
Mike Smith, Johnson City, Tenn.
Naoko Wowsugi, Washington, D.C.
Brenda Zlamany, Brooklyn, N.Y.

*Denotes artists who were selected for the short list.

Visiting Artist: lauren woods

Visiting artist, lauren woods will be giving a lecture tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd at 1pm in FAB 148.

lauren woods (1975, Saint Louis, MO) is a multimedia artist whose hybrid media projects—film, video and sound installations, interventions and site-specific work—engage history while contemplating the socio-politics of the present. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Miami as well as Puerto Rico, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Mali and France.

AICC 2015 Student Design Competition Winner Announcement

Maverick Adventure Pack; Czap, Chudoba, Norcross, Stewart

AICC 2015 Annual Student Design Winners:

Design to an Opportunity – Structural Challenge: Students design a structure that accomplishes a given task while accounting for converting challenges.

  • First Place Winners – “Party Pack”
    University of Texas Arlington: Andrew Vo, Allison Herbst, Benjamin Kim and Kiersten Heflin
  • Second Place Winners – “Maverick Adventure Pack”
    University of Texas Arlington: Elena Chudoba, Andrea Norcross, Andrew Czap, Cali Stewart
  • Third Place Winners – “Countless Mavericks; One Spirit”
    University of Texas Arlington: Amanda Turnage, Samantha Clarke, Marissa Rogers and Karen Juarez

Design to an Opportunity – Graphics Challenge: Students design graphics for the challenge using one of the following processes; line or screen art, screened images, process or modified process color or digital printing

  • First Place Winners – “Party Pack”
    University of Texas Arlington: Andrew Vo, Allison Herbst, Benjamin Kim and Kiersten Heflin
  • Second Place Winners – “When in Doubt – Luau at Stout”
    University of Wisconsin-Stout: Brandon Hokanson
  • Third Place Winners – “Maverick Adventure Pack”
    University of Texas Arlington: Elena Chudoba, Andrea Norcross, Andrew Czap, Cali Stewart

This Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) student packaging competition occurs annually. It is a national competition that we participate in each summer. This year, the project requirement was to develop a shipping box that was themed to an event (Homecoming) and could safely transport salsa, bottled drinks and chips. We had three groups of 4 students from the packaging course at UTA compete. All three groups won an award. First, second, and third place in the packaging structure design category. They won first and third in the packaging graphics category. At least two of our teams will now move on to compete in the ICPF "best of the best" packaging competition in February. In addition, our students packaging solutions will be on display at the AICC National Conference in Fort Worth this October. This will be a great way to network and show a national audience the high quality of creative work our students are capable of producing.

Image: "Maverick Adventure Pack" by Andrew Czap, Elena Chudoba, Andrea Norcross, Cali Stewart

Fronts: Steven Foutch + Kathleen Janvier - Exhibition


Exhibition - Fronts: Steven Foutch + Kathleen Janvier

Opening - Friday, October 9th
Show runs October 1-28, 6-8pm

Brookhaven College - Studio Gallery
3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244

Free and open to the public.

This is the second collaborative exhibition for artist couple Steven Foutch and Kathleen Janvier and the first time they will be showing together in Texas. The artists' backgrounds merge to create atmospheres of line and weather in works ranging from printmaking and metalwork to installation. Foutch is the professor or Printmaking at the University of Dallas, while Janvier splits her time teaching between Brookhaven College and the University of Texas at Arlington.

For more information contact Kathleen Janvier at

Painting Alumni Exhibit at Artspace111

Fabiola Valenzuela

Artwork by Fabiola Valenzuela

View article here: Artspace111

Exhibitionists Fort Worth | Studio B
Opening Reception | Friday, October 16, 2015 | 5 – 8:30 pm

Exhibition on Display | October 16 – November 27, 2015 | Studio B

Presented by Exhibitionists Fort Worth, in partnership with Artspace111, this exciting new exhibition features selected works from the first Exhibitionists Fort Worth pop up art event.

After the debut pop up of Exhibitionists at Shipping & Receiving, select art work will be on display at Artspace111 from October 16 – November 27, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, October 16, from 5 to 8:30pm.

Selected Artists for the Artspace111 exhibition include:

Jessica Beatty, Aimee Cardoso, Celia Cortez, Erika Duque, Michelle Garrison, Michelle Gonzales, Shane Green, Shasta Haubrich, Alyssa Hawkins Heeter, Marilyn Ivy, Clinton Johnson, Dee Lara, James Lassen, Layla Luna, Doug Pike, Rachel Scott, Fabiola Valenzuela, Jerry Wenninger, Philip Wilson, and Tiffany Wolf Smith

About Exhibitionists Fort Worth:

Exhibitionists Fort Worth is a creative community of which most members are employees of Fort Worth’s celebrated art museums. These institutions have cultivated a creative hub where artists, curators, intellectuals, music makers, writers, trendsetters, and other expressive and enterprising thinkers converge. The employees of these organizations, ranging from gallery attendants to administrators, are surrounded by one of the best free art educations the city has to offer, a setting in which one can be inspired by the masterpieces that grace its walls and the individuals that traverse its spaces.

We hope to provide an opportunity for the academic exploration of how publicly available art informs Fort Worth’s artistic and creative community; to create an alternative avenue for artists to collaborate and display their work; and to establish new, as well as strengthen existing networks among Fort Worth’s burgeoning creative community. We also seek to spotlight Fort Worth as a destination for all creatives to live, work, and play. A portion of proceeds will be gifted to Fort Worth’s Art Station, North Texas’ only non-profit agency solely dedicated to providing art therapy services to children and adults.

Exhibitionists Fort Worth Website

Check back in for more information as we get closer to this unique event.

Seven State Biennial Exhibition

Professor Nicholas Wood from the Department of Art & Art History, will have his artwork on exhibition at the Charles B. Goddard Arts Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma in the Seven State Biennial Exhibition. He was one of 35 artists selected from the six contiguous states to Oklahoma.

This exhibit will travel to two additional exhibit venues at the Nesbitt Gallery at The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and to the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma. A catalogue documenting the exhibit will be published and travel with the exhibit.

Salt Redaction at AHA Festival of Progressive Arts in Santa Fe, NM

Billi London-Gray, an MFA Intermedia Studio student, and Dallas-based artist Daniel Bernard Gray will perform "Salt Redaction," a day-long art intervention, at the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

The artists will collect memory symbols, in the form of handwritten names, from members of the public who volunteer to participate in the project. Each participant will be given a small square of paper, donated by Peace Paper Project and made from U.S. military uniforms pulped by U.S. prisoners, and asked to write a name associated with a memory that he or she wishes to either preserve or curse. The artists will then retrace the name in permanent ink and paint over the name in clear medium with salt or white paint with salt to correspondingly preserve or curse the associated memory. The memory squares will subsequently be sewn onto canvas at a second art intervention, a quilting bee, to be performed in the fall.

For additional information, visit

MFA Alumnus Jesse England rewarded Artist Trust Grant + Exhibition in August

Jesse England,

MFA Glass Alumnus, Jesse England, was awarded a 2015 Fellowship from Artist Trust back in August. Fellowships provide $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability.

The Fellowship is a merit-based award. Recipients present a Meet the Artist event to a community in Washington State that has little or no access to art or the artist’s work. In addition to 14 Fellowship recipients, one artist each in the Craft, Literary, Media and Music Arts (for 2016) will receive a one-month residency at The Millay Colony of the Arts in upstate New York and a $1,000 stipend.

You can view Jesse's award profile here.

Next Topic at CentralTrak with Peter Bo Rappmund

Next Topic / CentralTrak Peter Bo Rappmund September 10, 7pm

As part of its NEXT TOPIC series, CentralTrak is pleased to host an evening conversation with artists from its current exhibition, It Came From CalArts. Danielle Dean, Ariane Roesch, and UT Arlington faculty member, Peter Bo Rappmund, will each discuss their contributed artworks for the show, as well as their experiences as dual citizens of CalArts and Texas, and the ways in which they continue to imagine this blended territory. The panel will also explore the notion and status of "interdisciplinary" work and the term itself as a label- whether it functions as a descriptive trope or signifies a living concept of experimentation and exchange. Moderated by exhibition curator Robin Myrick.

NEXT TOPIC is a monthly lecture series at CentralTrak Artists’ Residency and Gallery which aims to foster critical discussions on contemporary art issue among Dallas artists, thinkers, critics, educators, theorists, and shapers across the DFW area. These events are free and open to the public.

Event details here.

Billi London-Gray Recent Works

Billi London-Gray

Billi London-Gray and Daniel Gray, City of God, Native-wood charcoal and gunpowder on concrete block, ashe juniper, sound and digital video, 136 x 109 x 62 inches, 2015.
  • Two-person exhibition with Daniel Bernard Gray at the Texas State University Galleries this summer, curated by Mary Mikel Stump. It was titled "Displacement" and was on view from May 30-July 26.
    The show was reviewed by Arts + Culture:
  • Three pieces in the Biennial-600: Sculpture exhibition, juried by Leigh Arnold, at the Amarillo Museum of Art. The show runs August 14-October 9.
  • A collaborative art intervention held on September 20, titled,"Salt Redaction," with Daniel Bernard Gray at the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts in Santa Fe, NM.
  • Survey exhibition of work by former Petrified Forest National Park Artists-in-Residence, held on September 24. The show will be on display at La Posada (a historic landmark hotel and site of the Tina Mion Museum) in Winslow, AZ.
  • Group show opening September 26 at Northern-Southern in Austin, called "Almost Nothing", curated by Shawn Camp.

MFA Candidate Gabe Duran’s Peor Es Nada and Translation

Graduate filmmaker Gabe Duran took home the top honors from the Forth Worth Indie Film Festival on July 19. His film "Translation" won the best student film and his other short film "Peor Es Nada" was nominated for best short.

Over the summer "Translation" and "Peor Es Nada" screened at the following events.
Granatun Film Showcase 1- Denton,Texas (Peor Es Nada)
Granatun Film Showcase 2- Denton,Texas (Translation)
Endeavor Cinema Group Film Showcase- Fort Worth, Texas (Peor Es Nada)
Latino Short Film Festival- Harlem, New York (Translation)
Texas Motion Picture Alliance Film Makers Showcase- Austin, Texas (Peor Es Nada)

Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Visiting Professor, Dr. Mary Vaccaro, Research Report

In addition to a year-long Faculty Development Leave from the University at Texas-Arlington, Dr. Mary Vaccaro held a research appointment as the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence during Spring 2015. This period of study allowed her to deepen her first-hand knowledge of drawings by Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619) and his younger cousins Agostino (1557-1602) and Annibale (1560-1609). Towards the end of the 16th century, the trio established an influential art academy in their native town of Bologna and famously took pride in working together, declaring “ella è de' Carracci: l'abbiamo fatta tutti noi” [“it’s by the Carracci, we all made it”] when asked about their authorship of frescoes in a local palace (Palazzo Magnani, ca. 1590). The task of separating their respective styles remains one of the most difficult and contentious problems in art history.

Dr. Vaccaro spent the majority of her research time in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi, where she first undertook a survey of 16th- and early 17th- century Bolognese draftsmen—from Pelligrino Tibaldi (1527-1596) to Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665)—to familiarize herself with the regional and individual styles. (The majority of her research to date involves 16th-century draftsmen in nearby Parma, whose works she similarly began to study in the GDSU during my year-long junior fellowship at Villa I Tatti in 1998-99.) Then, she systematically examined all of the drawings that are catalogued under each of the three Carracci. The sustained approach led to exciting discoveries. Using transmitted light (i.e., a portable light-table), she discerned previously undetected studies on the back of several drawings that were glued down onto mounts, which Maurizio Boni (GDSU paper conservator) subsequently detached to reveal the “new” drawings. As she developed a better sense of how each of the Carracci draws, she was able to re-attribute and/or understand better their works on paper: for example, a sheet identified nearly 50 years ago by Donald Posner as a preparatory study made by Annibale for Agostino to paint is instead, as she demonstrates, more likely to be by Agostino.

Dr. Vaccaro was invited to present this preliminary research at a symposium on Drawing and Invention at the Morgan Library, in April 2015, and a seminar at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, in June 2015. She has already written one related article (submitted to/accepted by Master Drawings) and intends to explore the material in other essays for publication. Moreover, on the basis of her expertise of Old Master drawings, Marzia Faietti (GDSU director) has asked her to co-curate an exhibition with her and Samuel Vitali (a Swiss scholar and Carracci expert at the Kunsthistorisches Institut) on the Carracci holdings in the GDSU, scheduled to take place at the Uffizi in 2018.

‘CITY HEARTS’ Documentary by Patty Newton

This summer Film/Video lecturer, Patty Newton, completed CITY HEARTS: a documentary about an arts-based, anti-recidivism project with the installation of a 230-foot long glass tile mosaic along the Interstate 30 corridor in Grand Prairie, Texas by artist Pamela Summers. Written, directed, and produced by Newton, the National Endowment for the Arts-funded documentary focuses on how the preparation and installation helped change the lives of recently paroled ex-offenders. The ex-offenders were given new, marketable skills that would serve them professionally in finding work beyond a prison system fraught with revolving doors, while also cultivating the self esteem and confidence necessary to make a new life, contributing back to society. UTA's music professor Micah Hayes composed original music for the film as well as current UTA Film/Video students and alumni.

The film is currently in submission to numerous film festivals domestically and internationally. The Kimbell and Amon Carter Museums both have shown interest in the films as Newton continues to reach out to other museums. This is just the beginning of CITY HEARTS's exhibition life.

Kathleen Janvier featured in Metalsmith magazine’s annual Exhibition in Print

UTA Lecturer and Art Jeweler, Kathleen Janvier, will have two pieces from her series "We Carry Volumes - All These Empty Pages" included in Metalsmith magazine's annual Exhibition in Print. This year's exhibition, "Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction," has been guest curated by Wendy Steiner, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition includes a diverse range of works that invite interaction or empathy, and help viewers to discover beauty in the process of engagement. The Exhibition in Print issue of Metalsmith will be available in print and digital format late-August/early September.

Alternate pieces of Janvier's work will also be on view until the end of August at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. This exhibition is provided by Metalsmith magazine¹s annual Exhibition in Print and sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), a non-profit arts organization that supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers and metalsmiths by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community.

Corning Museum of Glass, Artist in Residence: Justin Ginsberg

"With a material as fragile and unpredictable as glass, artists need to be flexible—and it’s exactly that flexibility that intrigues Justin Ginsberg. A visual artist, Ginsberg investigates the “unusual properties” of glass, and its “extraordinary ability to flex and bend when made very thin.” His work exploits the aesthetic qualities of the material while investigating new ways to think about glass as sculpture. Ginsberg received an MFA in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he now teaches.

During his residency at The Studio, Ginsberg explored how polarized film and light can assist in revealing hidden stresses in glass, which appear as color, light distortions, and patterns. “Rather than viewing the stress as a negative attribute in the material, I will begin to use this property as means to explore new works,” he says, “gaining further understanding of this hidden visual language.” For Ginsberg, glass is all about pushing the limits. “I challenge the perceived boundaries of material and the presumed nature of things,” he says, “often relying on metaphor and gesture, to express my interest into my own fragile existence.”"

Source: Corning Museum of Glass

Alumni Marc Chartrand of Lucky 21 Directing Duo The Chartrands Finds “The Missing 9 Percent”

UTArlington A + AH Alumni Marc Chartrand teams up with his wife Melanie as the Lucky 21 directing duo to create "The Missing 9 percent". The 31 second spot showcases how Frost never stops moving forward for its clients.

Article: creativecow

"McGarrah Jessee teamed with Lucky 21 directing duo The Chartrands to create a spot that would showcase how Frost never stops moving forward for its clients. The Chartrands helped the agency create “The Missing 9 Percent,” a commercial that highlights this fundamental ethos with verve and originality.

“When we started our director search we had a visual aesthetic and editorial style in mind and wanted to find the right people who could bring it life,” says McGarrah Jessee Creative Director Brian Jordan. “The Chartrands had a couple of pieces on their reel that truly impressed us. We then took a collective sigh of relief after our initial call because we knew we had a pair of smart directors who would really make these spots beautiful and impactful. Marc and Mel brought a level of care to our project that made it better on every front. And having Marc serve as editor added an efficiency and layer of comfort that was certainly a plus.”

“We loved the agency concept and were eager to illustrate the script with a touch of whimsy and inviting visual style,” comments Melanie Chartrand. In advance of the shoot, Melanie and her directing partner Marc Chartrand spent time at Frost with the McGarrah Jessee creative team. “We saw, firsthand, the concept was a genuine reflection of the Frost culture,” recalls Marc. “It’s a unique message and approach – being bold enough to welcome feedback on how they can evolve with a tone that is equally sincere and playful.”

To present Frost’s near obsessive drive to keep customers happy, The Chartrands filmed at Frost locations with real employees at the fore. The directing duo also filmed macro shots of in-office details that would accent Frost’s fervent spirit and never-ending focus on improvement. Marc and Melanie filmed simultaneously for the coverage needed for the many shots that would ultimately layer to create the heartfelt Frost message.

Marc Chartrand created a whimsical rhythm in the edit, uniting lively match cuts with lingering moments to show the ebbs and flows of life and the paradoxes of experience, youthful perspective, and growth. Marc and Lucky Post audio engineer Scottie Richardson created a quirky cadence with a focus on the ambient sounds of each moment.

"Marc developed a pallet of organic sound bites that pushed my approach to the story,” explains Richardson. “The agency and I worked to pair these nuanced sounds with the music track, playing with levels of subtlety within this energetic flow.”

Agency: McGarrah Jessee CD/Writer: Brian Jordan CD/Art Director: Michael Anderson Producer: Meredith Roach
Production Company: Lucky 21 Directors: The Chartrands EP: John Gilliland Producer: Brandon Tapp
Postproduction: Lucky Post Freelance Editor: Marc Chartrand Assistant Editor: Neil Anderson Audio Engineer: Scottie Richardson EP: Jessica Berry

Abstract Presence

June 17th – August 29th
UC Art Gallery 

pre • sence: the state or fact of existing or being present.

The term presence is often used to describe the physical, tangible existence of someone or something. For many viewers, it can also represent a feeling of the sight unseen, a sensation of the energy and atmosphere that a work of art maintains.

In this exhibition, Abstract Presence, these works have been gathered together from select student and faculty artists whose works support this concept of the visible and invisible presence of art through light, color, and symbolism.

Ornament & Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks

The design and style of the decorations found on African masks are as uniquely varied as the people who create them. The materials - iron nails and tin appliques, cowrie shells and mother of pearl, glass and stone beads, vegetable and plant fibers, hair and leather, pigments and resins held special cultural and ritual significance. Pinned and stamped, tied and woven, painted and carved - these embellishments were meant to accentuate movement, replicate human characteristics, and evoke meaning as they heighten the viewer¹s experience of performance and ceremony.

This exhibition is an invitation to examine these decorative processes and to look closely at the detail of the work and its skilled application. These works, selections from both the Dowdey-Campbell and Brodie African Art Collections, offer an invitation to examine these decorative aesthetic in close detail. Ornament & Adornment is on view in the Department of Art & Art History.

Please join us in celebrating these works throughout the summer:
Date: June 19 ­ August 31, 2015
Time: Monday - Friday, 8:30am ­ 5:00pm.
Location: Visual Resource Commons & Gallery, FA2109

For further information please call, 817-272-2797.

MFA Alumna: Maryam Rezaei’s ‘Air Pollution’ Poster accepted for ICOGRADA

MFA Alumna: Maryam Rezaei's 'Air Pollution' poster was accepted for a juried international competition by the Graphic Design Associations ICOGRADA in Slovakia. This gallery is in cooperation with the Trnava Museum of Slovakia and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. The accepted work will be published in an accompanying catalog for the competition. Over 3567 international submissions, only 370 posters were selected.

'Air Pollution' exhibited in St. Louis

Film & Video Professional Practices Class Industry Event

Twelve Film & Video graduating students planned and produced a successful evening of food, drink and conversation for area Film & Video industry professionals. Representatives from leading companies such as Mary Kay, Inc, Distillery Media and award-winning filmmakers spent the evening with these learning more about who they are and what they now have to offer the local industry.

Jonathon Matamoros and Brady Tulk at UTA Film/Video Industry Night


Jorand Brown and Alex Rosales talk with Randy Peterson of Distillery Media

WildPony Offers Dad’s Day Cards

Dad's day cards for sale through the 21st!


For more information contact Syd Webb at

Hand printed on campus by our very own wild pony, Janet Aguirre.

Justin Ginsberg Featured by Corning Museum of Glass

Fleeting Beauty: Justin Ginsberg and Yuka Otani Explore Unexpected Properties of Glass by Kim Thompsom, Corning Museum of Glass

"Both Justin Ginsberg and Yuka Otani love to push the boundaries of what’s possible in glass. They question the word “no,” and love to explore the versatility of glass—the way it surprises us again and again. During their May residency at The Studio, neither artist is focused on making work to stand the test of time, but rather work that showcases the impermanence of the material.

“In the glass world, you’re taught all these rules—don’t mix these glasses together,” said Justin. “They won’t survive. You’re taught these things, but that’s the realm in which I like to play, and I’m constantly surprised by how it works.

An installation by Justin Ginsberg: Thousands of hand pulled, clear glass strands, suspended, bent cold, and held under tension. An installation by Justin Ginsberg: Thousands of hand pulled, clear glass strands, suspended, bent cold, and held under tension. “None of this glass is annealed,” he said, pointing at some of his work laid out on the table. “All of it is mixed glasses that shouldn’t be mixed together. They’re totally incompatible, but here they are. What else do I think that’s impossible is actually possible?”

For Justin, who runs the glass program at the University of Texas at Arlington, it’s a profound respect for the material that drives his process of discovery. After ten years of working with glass, he draws inspiration from how “totally limitless” the material seems. During his residency, Justin is looking at the stress patterns in glass, viewed through a polariscope. He works to manipulate light through polarizers, revealing inconsistencies in the atomic structure of glass, which comes across as patterns, colors, and other visual effects in the glass."

Read the rest of the article here.

Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition

Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition

Each Fall and Spring semester, the Barnett Foundation awards $650 scholarships to three UT Arlington photography students. The recipients for Spring 2015 are Lindsey Barker, Alex Kang, and Ivan Lopez. Each student was also honored with an exhibition of their work at Gallery West, which was May 4-8, with a reception and artist talks on May 6.

Jurors this semester were Dornith Doherty and Sara-Jayne Parsons, who met on campus in April to review the work. Dornith is Distinguished Research Professor at UNT and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. She is represented by Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas and exhibits her work internationally. Sara-Jayne has recently returned to the U.S. after working seven years in the international arts community in her native England. She is currently Curator at the Galleries at TCU.

Alex Kang


Lindsey Barker


Ivan Lopez

Stephen Lapthisophon Awarded Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant

Stephen Lapthisophon

The Dallas Museum of Art announced its 2015 Awards to Artists and, this year, ten awards were given out. Congratulations to all!

The 2015 Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant recipients (open to artists at least 30 years of age who reside in Texas) are:

Stephen Lapthisophon
Lorraine Tady

The four 2015 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award recipients (open to artists between 15-25 years of age who reside in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, or Colorado) are:

Zoe Berg
Sagar Ramesh
Cat Rigdon
Narongsukchai Tintamusik

The four 2015 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award recipients (open to residents of Texas under the age of 30) are:

James Canales
Kelly Kroener
Brandon Nichols
Austin Quee

Alumni Sai Selevarajan Featured on Lucky Post Special Edition

Sai Selevarajan featured in Lucky Post

"In this special edition, Sai Selevarajan tells us what moves him, how design influences his craft, and how he started his vinyl collection before the millennials embraced the turntable.

Driven to make a connection with audiences, be it with branded, commissioned worked or the projects he crafts on his own, Sai chose filmmaking as his medium to combine his design acumen and impelling force to tell a story."

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Spring 2015 BFA Senior Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: May 4 – 16, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 8, 5-7PM

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition is a showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the University of Texas Arlington's Department of Art and Art History. The Spring 2015 exhibition features the work of 43 students demonstrating a wide variety of skills in concentrations including painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging and visual communication.

  • Rodrigo Agudelo
  • Jyoti Ahmed
  • Selene Alba
  • Zachariah Ammons
  • Cindy Breslauer
  • Christopher Chadwick
  • Malana Choi
  • David Cooper
  • Julia Cooper
  • Karah Denney
  • Ambar Garcia de Camps
  • Dalton Grayson
  • Christian Greene
  • Joanna Haddad
  • Westley Harwart
  • Jamie Hearn
  • Elizabeth F. Jones
  • John Jordan
  • Tyler Mann
  • Ethan Moon
  • Barbara Niblo
  • Amber O’Dell
  • Fabian Olvera
  • Maria Orrostieta
  • Saul Parra
  • Chris Perry
  • Ian Priddy
  • Ivan Puga
  • David Rosales
  • Sarah Schuetz
  • Ashley Smith
  • Christine Smith
  • Deysi Anali Soto
  • Carly Stephens
  • Cali Stewart
  • Kathryn Swilling
  • Kalle Tiihonen
  • Sharon Tran
  • Amanda Turnage
  • Midori Uribe
  • Fabiola Valenzuela
  • John Wenzel
  • Thor Xaykaothao

Spring 2015 Barnett Photography Awards

Jurors Dornith Doherty and Sara-Jayne Parsons met on campus to review the work of UT Arlington Photography students. Dornith, whose work is exhibited internationally, is Distinguished Professor at UNT and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. She is represented by Holly Johnson Gallery. Sara-Jayne has recently returned to the U.S. after working seven years in the international arts community in her native Liverpool. She is currently Curator at the Galleries at TCU.
The Barnett Award recipients are Lindsey Barker, Alex Kang, and Ivan Lopez. Each will each receive a $650 award and an exhibition at Gallery West.
The exhibition is May 4-8, with a reception and artist talks on May 6, 4:30-6. 

Pixar - Behind The Scenes of “Inside Out”

Join us for a special presentation of animation behind the scenes of the new Disney Pixar feature "Inside Out," with Technical Director, Fran Kalal. The event will be held in the Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive, Arlington, Texas.
Fran Kalal joined Pixar Animation Studios in July 2007.  She began working as a prop and sets shading artist for the short film, “Presto” and then moved on to work as a character shading artist for some of the background robots in the Academy Award®-winning feature “WALL•E.”  For another Oscar® winner, “Up,” Kalal worked as a shot simulation artist and also tailored all of the costumes and outfits for Ellie’s character, and tailored the dress for Merida in the Academy Award®-winning “Brave.” Most recently, Kalal worked on Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature film, “Inside Out,” set to release on June 19, 2015. 
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Janine Antoni lecture and workshop at UT Arlington

Janine Antoni lecture and workshop at UT Arlington April 27

The internationally renowned artist Janine Antoni will visit the University of Texas at Arlington, presenting a public lecture as well as leading a graduate workshop for Master of Fine Arts students in UTA’s department of Studio, Media Arts and Art History.

The lecture will take place at 7:00pm on Monday, April 27th in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building, 502 South Cooper Street, with reception preceding at 6:00pm.


Learn more 

Antoni’s work was featured in “Loss and Desire” on the second season of the Art:21 documentary series (2003), including interviews about her works “Lick and Lather,” “Touch” and “Moor.” Her many honors and awards include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (1998), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011),  an Anonymous Was A Woman Grant  (2014), and A Project Grant from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage to collaborate with choreographers Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia for a 2016 exhibition. Among the numerous museums and institutions to have acquired her work are the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Fundación “La Caixa” BarcelonaA gallery is currently devoted to Antoni’s work as part of the current exhibition at The Warehouse in Dallas, while Luhring Augustine, New Yorkis currently exhibiting “From the Vow Made.”

Janine Antoni employs an amalgam of mediums including performance, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. She carefully articulates her relationship to the world, giving rise to emotional states that are felt in and through the body. In each piece, no matter the medium or image, a conveyed physicality speaks directly to the viewer’s body.

Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989.


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Mirko Illić and Marshall Arisman of School of Visual Arts visit

The Art and Art History department is presenting Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present at the Architecture Gallery from April 6th to 27th. On April 13, two of the artists from School of Visual Arts gave lectures. Mirko IIić talked about his recent book, Lettering Large:The Art and Design of Monumental Typography (written with Steven Heller) and Marshall Arisman talked about his work, followed by a public reception.

Ya’Ke Smith’s “One Hitta Quitta” wins a Special Jury Award for Best Short Film

UTA Film Professor Ya'Ke Smith's Film "One Hitta Quitta" wins a Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Dallas International Film Festival.

For it's "community engagement & collaboration which elevated the viral-video-film genre," ONE HITTA QUITTA was awarded the Special Jury Award for exceptional Short Filmmaking at the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival. The jury consisted of award-winning film directors Frances Bodomo, Soham Metha and Jeanette Bonds.

MFA Candidates Gabe Duran’s Peor Es Nada and Translation

Graduate filmmaker Gabe Duran took home the two top honors from the Tarrant County Film Festival on April 17. His films "Translation" won the panel award as "Peor Es Nada" took home the audience award for the night. Both films will be automatically submitted to the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase on July 17-19 in Fort Worth. 


Arlington Arts League Winners

The Arts League's programs and community service projects are funded by an annual fundraiser and individual gifts. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the Fine Arts Programs at UTA, TCC Southeast Campus, and graduating seniors from Arlington High Schools entering into a Fine Arts Program. In the visual arts category, winners are chosen through a panel of impartial judges each spring by the League. All scholarships are funded by the League's annual fundraiser and memorial scholarships presented by benefactors.

Please join the Art + Art History department in congratulating this year's Arlington Arts League Award recipients:

3rd Place - $200.00 – Cor Fahringer

2nd Place - $300.00 Nathalie Houghton

1st Place – $400.00 - Suzie Salazar

Carolyn Kennerly Sculptural Award - $500.00 – David Diaz

Carolyn Kennerly Sculptural Award - $500.00 – Megan Wood

UTA Visual Arts Award, Best of Show, Dorothy Aderholt Memorial Scholarship Award - $500.00 – John Miranda

Ya’ke Smith featured on City of Arlington Website

This week, filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith’s short “One Hitta Quitta” will screen at the Dallas International Film Festival, which continues the filmmakers’s hot streak. Just last month, “One Hitta Quitta” was seen by thousands at South by Southwest in Austin.

Ya’Ke, who teaches film at UT Arlington, is a rising voice in independent cinema. Over the years, his films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards awards at more than 80 film festivals. His films have also screened on HBO, Showtime, BET and PBS.

The young filmmaker says his dream is to impact people in everything that he does. Earlier this month, Ya’Ke spoke about presenting social issues through film during a TEDx event held on UT Arlington’s campus.

Check out Ya’Ke Smith’s American Dream story to learn how he’s helping to create a new generation of socially-conscious filmmakers.  

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Ya’Ke Smith’s “One Hitta Quitta” to screen at the Dallas International Film Festival

"One Hitta Quitta" – A boy, who has never had to suffer the consequences for his actions, becomes severely addicted to internet violence, leading him to act out in violent ways himself.

Date: April, 14th at 10pm & April, 15th at 7pm
Location: Angelika Film Center Dallas
Cost: $12.00

For more information contact Ya'Ke at id/23871675209902255

UTA Wild Pony Custom Graduation Announcements

WILDPONY - Graduation Announcements

Wild Pony, the UT Arlington letterpress, is offering graduation announcements for the first time ever! For a limited time, students graduating at the Spring 2015 Commencement are invited to place orders! Send beautiful, hand-printed announcements to your family and friends as a memento and celebration of this important milestone in your life.

Each order set by hand using lead and wood type, printed in the UTA letterpress studio. There are two options for ordering. The customized version includes your name and degree uniquely printed within the invitation text or a blank version where these items can be written in. All custom orders need to be placed by the April 20th.

The Maverick Film Festival

Each spring for over thirty years, the annual Maverick Film Festival has showcased the short films of the talented students of the film program in the UTA Department of Art+Art History. This juried exhibition celebrates the skills of students in the areas of directing, cinematography, art direction, animation, visual effects, and more. 
This year's festival will showcase our new film theater in room 148 of the Fine Arts Building, with it's state-of-the-art 4K projector with 7/1 sound. The lobby will feature a red carpet walk for photo opportunities and chances to meet and speak with filmmakers. An awards ceremony on the second night will preceed a brief question and answer session with the filmmakers.
The Maverick Film Festival will be held May 1st and 2nd, 7 - 10pm, Room FA148.
Please contact Mark Clive at for more information.