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Nicholas Wood Recent Works on display at William Campbell Contemporary Art

Nicholas Wood,

"Nicholas Wood – Recent Works: Drawings/Sculptural Objects will be on display March 28–April 25, at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on Spring Gallery Night, Saturday, March 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The show will feature Wood's colorful, abstract works on paper interspersed with his expressive, precisely rendered wall sculptures. 

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art."

Read more about the exhibit at http://www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com/.

Stephen Lapthisophon featured in UTArlington Magazine


Senior lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon was recently featured on the UTArlington Magazine website, the article can be found here

"Art doesn’t have to be slowly and carefully crafted. For Stephen Lapthisophon, it can spring from ordinary experiences, accidents even, like spilling coffee. “The idea is to make someone think about the things that happen in everyday life,” says the senior lecturer in the Art and Art History Department. Born in Houston, Lapthisophon earned his BFA from UT Austin in 1977 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began teaching at UT Arlington in 2007 and is a featured artist at Dallas’ Conduit Gallery. In 2013 he presented a major solo exhibition, “coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables and ‘Selected Poems,’ ” at the Dallas Museum of Art. Constructed with food materials such as coffee and ground spices, his works emphasize the importance of senses other than sight. For the last 20 years, Lapthisophon has suffered from vision impairment. He says his condition has impacted his art but not his artistic vision. “When you go back and look at what I’ve done over a long period of time,” he says, “it pretty much looks the same.” '

 

Annual Glass Sale 2015


Annual Glass Sale 
March 28, 2015
8 am - 5 pm (or sell out)
Free and open to the public
Live demonstrations, silent and live acutions, raffles and more
UT Arlington Studio Arts Center
810 S. Davis Rd Arlington, Tx 76016

 

Nearly 1,000 exquisitely crafted works of glass art go on sale to the public Saturday, March 28, at The University of Texas at Arlington’s annual Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis St.

"Immersion" created by Jean Fernandes, alumna and adjunct professor in the UT Arlington Glass Art program. The work, designed by students, faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts Glass Art program, will range from paperweights and vases to sculptures and other collector items.

Prices range from $5 into the thousands. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A silent auction takes place at 2 p.m., with silent auction bids taken from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at the Studio Arts Center.

This year marks the first time that the public sale has ever been held on a Saturday, an event that draws art enthusiasts from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and cities across Texas.

“Due to increasing requests from campus and community supporters, we decided to move the sale in order to accommodate work schedules and those people traveling from across North Texas and neighboring states,” said Justin Ginsberg, artist, glass program coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History.

“Each year, crowds come early to find wonderful bargains and timely treasures. We are especially excited to showcase designs from our very creative and talented artists who have been nationally and internationally recognized in recent months,” Ginsberg said.

Among that group is Jean Fernandes ’14, an adjunct professor of glass art, who was selected as the winner of the 2015 Niche Student Awards in the sculptural glass category. The winning work is now part of the permanent collection of the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass in the Czech Republic.

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.

Ginsberg ’11, a noted and highly respected glass artist, also will have work on display. In 2014, he received critical acclaim for curating work at Berlin’s Glas e.V. In January, the Dallas Observer named him a winner of its Masterminds 2015 Art Award. Ginsberg began directing the UT Arlington program following the retirement in 2013 of mentor, program founder and world-renowned glass artist David Keens.

Robert Hower, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, said Ginsberg’s art and skill cultivating student talent, and leading staff and faculty, continue the legacy of excellence that Keens built during his nearly 40 year career with UTA.

“Justin understands the importance of providing enriching glass art experiences for the University, the DFW region, the state, national and global audiences,” Hower said. “UT Arlington continues to lead the way in delivering a world-class education and innovative experiences for students interested in this distinctive form of art.”

He added: “I think that people attending the sale this year will see some of the best work ever presented in the history of the art show and sale.”

Keens, 2011, founded the Glass Art program in the College of Liberal Arts. The annual event was started on a loading dock behind the art building in the mid 1990s by Keens in order to raise money to buy raw materials, equipment, tools and development scholarships. The studio facility continues to operate on a modest yearly academic budget, supplemented by the funds raised during the one-day a year sale. Proceeds are divided equally between the contributing student and the glass studio. The studio’s half is still used for all major equipment purchases and for buying raw materials.

The process of developing glass art involves manipulating glass with a variety of hand tools and fire. A raffle and live glassblowing demonstrations will be part of the event.

Call the Studio Arts Center at 817-272-2891 for more information about the March 28 show and sale. Ample free parking is available near the building. View a campus map here. - See more at: http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2015/03/Glass-art-show.php

Article written by UT Arlington News Center

Winning Website at the National Student Show 11


The National Student Show and Conference attracts college-level designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, motion designers and art directors from across the country to submit their work in a juried competition and attend a three-day Conference held annually.

Five entries from UTA were shown at the NSSC11 this past weekend with Karen Nguyen, junior, taking away the award for best website design. The award included a $125 scholarship and trophy.

Alumni Michael Mazurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett Featured in Dallas Observer 100 Dallas Creatives


Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.
Over the span of four months at the beginning of 2014, the Dallas Biennial hosted 12 exhibitions, showing 50 artists. The art of DB14 was all over the city's map, and artists were both local and international. In just two years since its founding, this event grew from a mostly online event into one of the more ambitious and interesting visual art projects in Dallas. But DB14's success should come as no surprise if you're familiar with the event's co-founders and curators, who happen to be two of the more intriguing artists turned curators around.

The work of both Jesse Morgan Barnett and Michael Mazurek tends to be rich in concept and abstraction. They're both incredibly smart artists who give the viewers avenues for thought and conversation. Which is what DB14 did as well. We chatted with them about their work as artists and curators, and whether or not we can expect a DB16.

 

Let's talk DB. Can you give us a brief version of the genesis story?
JMB: Upon finishing our graduate studies at UT Arlington, we moved into a warehouse with C.J. Davis near downtown Dallas. We wanted an elaborate and progressing project to occupy our current and forthcoming activities. The grandiose scope of the title was a starting point, especially in contrast to the modest operators. Sometimes the limitations of a situation provide interesting adjustments.

MM: Jesse approached me with the idea and I was immediately intrigued, but asked why call it a biennial? We debated for some time about the correct format and ultimately agreed the title made sense. For the most part it doesn't matter, as we'll ultimately do with it what we want. Our first biennial lasted for two years online. This set the precedent, denoting that our take on art exhibition and display is just that, our point of view. Despite the name, we're not tied to the convention.


Why did you think Dallas would be the right place for something like this?
JMB: Availability and practicality initially. It's difficult to stand in your own vacant lot and decide to build the first home in another. We have, however, considered having DB in other cities in the future. Imagining the Dallas Biennial elsewhere, such as Seoul, Dijon, or even Marfa, continues to intrigue.

MM: I really didn't think much of a right place. I'm here in Dallas and it's built into my practice to just make the thing. My students would ask me often about their ideas, my response would be the same, make it and then we'll talk.


How do you mark the success of a citywide, non-institutional event like that? 
JMB: I don't have much of a relationship with success. This is a difficult question, Lauren. It happened and its embedded within a cultural archive. That pleases me. If our capability to program what we want advances from iteration to iteration, that will be a significant marker. If we eventually earn the access to any artist we want to work with, that would be remarkable.

MM: Initially, the idea of starting a contemporary art biennial while having no formal experience or money or staff sounded pretty crazy, so I felt successful with each step in the process: building the website, trademarking the name, securing the first artist, then a space, so on and so forth. A big moment for me with DB12 was finding the email address for Artur Barrio, an artist who represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale. I was lucky enough to see his work in person; I wasn't familiar with him, so it was a discovery. I thought he would never consider working with two unknown guys in Texas. But he replied to my email and was kind and genuinely appreciative of our interest. As we couldn't pay to bring him to Dallas, Artur trusted that we would present his work as he would. We collaborated across two languages via email and building this trust with an artist you truly respect meant a great deal. DB has allowed us to expand upon the community within and outside our own and that feels pretty successful.

Both of you work in conceptual art, is there something about your individual practices that has been widely misunderstood by the critics or the public?
JMB : Gaston Bachelard once said that "the characteristics of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know." There is a correlation. I'm not interested in presenting ideas that require clarity in being socialized. Clarity can be over-rated and underwhelming. If there are misunderstandings, they might stem from perceptions attempting to articulate an absolute. At best, I think art stimulates a ongoing relationship with half knowledge, negative capability and agnosticism.

MM: Jesse's quote touches on this, viewers of art tend to believe that they need to understand or that there is something to be understood. This is not always the case and that's okay. Experience is essential.

Michael, you recently became a curator at the Goss-Michael Foundation, what's different about curating for an institution than working on independent projects like Dallas Biennial?
MM:We're a private philanthropic organization and a good deal of our effort goes towards fundraising for charitable causes and other institutions, so the same issues of funding, timing and logistics come into play. However, as I've just begun working on programming for the fall, the most notable difference is opportunity. With DB in the beginning, just finding a way to contact an artist was a pretty big effort. Most galleries didn't care to talk to us. I don't say this to criticize them, as with anything in the onset, you're establishing credibility and this takes time. Coming into Goss-Michael, the many years of effort have been done for me by the foundation. My ideas haven't changed, but the tools to make them happen have become a lot more accessible. Also, I'm honored to be working with Kenny and Joyce. They're very dedicated to the foundation and donate their time, not only to Goss-Michael, but also to causes like UNICEF and The Staying Alive Foundation. Expanding the programming was always on their agenda, so their support in my endeavors was a given.

Who are 2-3 artists other than each other whose work you admire?
JMB: On Kawara, Giovanni Anselmo, Wolfgang Tillmans (minus the abstract photographs) and Paul Graham never cease to stimulate.

Closer to home, I think Stephan Lapthisophon, Ludwig Schwarz, Jeff Gibbons and Michelle Rawlings are notable. There are always more.

MM: I'm drawn to many artists so to name only three is difficult. A short list would have to include, in no particular order: Cady Noland, Jannis Kounellis, Joseph Beuys, Rudolf Stingel, Santiago Sierra, Teresa Margolles, Jason Rhoades, Geletin, Pierre Huyghe, Rosemarie Trockel, Forrest Bess, Thomas Hirschorn, Klara Liden, Jonathan Meese, Johan Freeman & Justin Lowe, Karen Kilimnik and Reena Spaulings.

Will we see a DB16? 
JMB: Yes. I think what we have planned will be a pleasant surprise.

MM: Absolutely. The goal is for DB to become self-sustainable and continue indefinitely.

The article is from the Dallas Observer and can be read at their here

Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present


School of Visual Arts, in association with the Fine Arts Department at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the AIGA, the professional association for design (AIGA DFW), presents “Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present.” The exhibition brings together 62 of the myriad posters created at SVA for display in the vast New York City subway system, offering a glimpse of the history of the College and the collective talent of its acclaimed design and illustration faculty. Curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, who has served as creative director for the posters since 2007, the exhibition will be on view April 6 – 27 at UTA’s Max W. Sullivan Exhibition Gallery in the Architecture building, 601 Nedderman Drive, 2015. Gallery hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Beginning in the mid-1950s, SVA was among the first academic institutions in the U.S. to recognize the need for alternative marketing strategies to attract new students. SVA took to the platforms of New York City’s subway with advertising posters that were both thought-provoking and eye-catching, featuring the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. All practicing professionals on the faculty at SVA, they used the poster commission to explore what it means to be an artist and hone their own artistic voice. Like the College itself, the SVA subway posters have become in some way inseparable from the city as incitements to creativity and risk taking.

The 29 artists in “Underground Images” include past and present members of the SVA faculty: Gail Anderson, Marshall Arisman, Gene Case, Ivan Chermayeff, Paul Davis,
Sal DeVito, Louise Fili, Audrey Flack, Nathan Fox, Bob Gill, Robert Giusti, Milton Glaser
(“I Heart NY”), Phil Hays, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, Viktor Koen, Stephen Kroninger,
Marvin Mattelson, Clay Patrick McBride, James McMullan, Jerry Moriarty, Tony Palladino, Stefan Sagmeister, David Sandlin, Paula Scher, Eve Sonneman, George Tscherny,
James Victore and Robert Weaver.

“Underground Images” is organized by SVA faculty member Mirko Ilić and Francis DiTommaso, director, SVA Galleries, and coordinated by UTA faculty member MiHyun Kim.

On Monday, April 13, two of the artists from SVA will give lectures. Mirko IIićwill talk about his recent book, Lettering Large:The Art and Design of Monumental Typography(written with Steven Heller) and Marshall Arisman will talk about his work, followed by a public reception. Admission is free and open to the public.

1:00 - 2:00pm: Lecture and Q&A with Mirko Ilić, faculty member, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay at SVA, on Lettering Large (auditorium 148 at UTA Fine Arts Department)

2:15 - 4:00pm: Screening, Lecture and Q&A with Marshall Arisman, chair, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay at SVA (auditorium 148 at UTA Fine Arts Department)

4:00 – 4:30pm: Book signing with Mirko Ilić (auditorium 148 at UTA Fine Arts Department)

4:30 – 6:30pm: Public Reception (206 gallery, UTA Architecture Department)

In the fall of 2014 Marshall Arisman created a series of three subway posters for SVA under the title Art is the Space between Angels and Demons. Marshall's grandmother, who was a noted psychic and spiritualist minister, often said "Learn to stand in the space between angels and demons." Arisman will give a presentation on the process of creating the posters, followed by a one-hour documentary film that explores his relationship to his grandmother and her impact on his art. Directed by Arisman and Francesco Portinari, the film had its premiere in New York October 2014.

The paintings, drawings and prints of Marshall Arisman have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, as well as many private and corporate collections. His graphic commentaries have appeared on the covers of Time, Harper’s, The Nation, U.S. News & World Report and other publications. He was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame in 2011.

Mirko Ilić was born in Bosnia. After moving to the U.S., he became the art director of Time magazine’s international edition, and later, the art director of the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. In 1995 he established his firm, Mirko Ilić Corp. He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Designers, the Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Print magazine,Graphis, the Society of Newspaper Design and others. Ilić is the co-author of several books with Steve Heller, including Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design, Handwritten, The Anatomy of Design, Stop Think Go Do and Lettering Large. With Milton Glaser he co-wrote The Design of Dissent. He teaches in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at SVA.

School of Visual Artshas been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

The University of Texas at Arlingtonis a comprehensive research institution of more than 48,000 students around the world and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.eduto learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

UTA FIND YOUR SPACE


FIND YOUR SPACE

UTA Art Saturday

March 21, 2015

Instructors: Email RSVPs to art-arthistory@uta.edu

High School Students Art Workshops

Limited enrollment and no cost!

Contact us for more information

817 272 2891

 

Morning Sessions 10:00-11:30am

GOUACHE PAINTING with Sedrick Huckaby and Marilyn Jolly
Learn to stretch watercolor paper on a canvas stretcher frame. We will discuss various approaches to still life and the use of gouache (opaque watercolor) with mixed media for contemporary watermedia paintings.

Studio Arts Center; Maximum Enrollment 15 


THE ART OF GLASSBLOWING with Justin Ginsberg
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.

Studio Arts Center - Glass Studio; Maximum Enrollment 30


ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES:  CYANOTYPE PRINTS with Josh Dryk
We will use pre-coated cyanotype paper and make photograms with sunlight!  These elegant blue toned images have been popular with photographers since the invention of photography in the 1840’s. No materials needed.

Fine Arts Building 349; Maximum Enrollment 10


LEARNING ABOUT STUDIO LIGHTING with Leighton McWilliams
You will spend the morning working in our fully equipped studio and learn about using strobe lighting and portraiture.  Materials:  USB Drive

Fine Arts Building 350D; Maximum Enrollment 10


WORDS TO IMAGE: THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN FILM DIRECTORS AND CINEMATOGRAPHERS with Ya’ke Smith and Gyorgy Beck
"The director and cinematographer relationship is one of the most important on a film set. Where as the director is the visionary, the cinematographer is the painter, helping to brushstroke the director’s vision onto the screen.  Come hear from award-winning filmmaker and film professor, Ya’Ke Smith and celebrated director of photography and professor Gyorgy Beck on how directors and their cinematographer’s collaborate to create screen magic."

Fine Arts Building/Gallery at UTA; Maximum Enrollment 15

 

Afternoon Sessions 12:45-3:45pm

3D CAD AND PACKAGING WORKSHOP with Ben Dolezal
Participants will work in our advanced packaging and box development studio to experiment with corrugated materials, 3D ArtiosCAD software and a CAD sample cutting table.

Fine Arts Building/Gallery at UTA; Maximum Enrollment 8


GOUACHE PAINTING with Sedrick Huckaby and Marilyn Jolly
Still life painting incorporating some surprise elements. We will work in gouache and a variety of drawing materials as well as collage. (Please bring paper collage materials and various drawing media such as wax crayons, pencils, conte' crayons, colored pencils, charcoal, ink, your favorite watercolor brushes, etc.) We will provide paper, gouache paint and glue for paper collage.

Studio Arts Center – Painting Studio; Maximum Enrollment 15


TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY with Scott Hilton
A workshop/ demonstration 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 exactly alike.  Learn how photography was done in the decades before film was invented. Each participant will get a 4"x5" portrait tintype of themselves that they will have helped make. No materials needed.

Fine Arts Building 349; Maximum Enrollment 10


FINE ART DIGITAL PRINTING with Kenda North
Bring some high quality jpegs and we will print on a range of quality inkjet papers.  See the difference between a metallic or art matte surface!  Students enrolled in the Comic Book or Studio Lighting workshop can print work completed in the morning.Materials: quality jpegs or RAW files on a USB drive

Fine Arts Building 376A; Maximum Enrollment 12


COMIC BOOK ART WITH PHOTOSHOP with Andrew Ortiz
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

Fine Arts Building 368C; Maximum Enrollment 16


KILN FORMED GLASS – IMAGERY ON GLASS with Jean Fernandes
Participants will learn a variety of techniques to form imagery on glass panels, producing a unique glass painting/drawing/photograph. 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.

Studio Arts Center – Glass Studio; Maximum Enrollment 8


AESTHETICS OF EDITING with Bart Weiss
These days anyone record video and make an edit but how can you use editing to be a more effective storyteller? This session isn't so much about which button to push but why. It will cover a brief history of the post-production process and how you can be more effective getting to your point and how to keep your audiences’ attention. What style of editing is right for your project and when are too many effects too much. Learn Sergei Eisenstein's law that editing is the ruthless suppression of the inessential.

Fine Arts Building; Maximum Enrollment 20

 

Morning and Afternoon Sessions

EXPERIENCE DARKROOM MAGIC with Bryan Florentin
You will get to work with black and white film and 35mm cameras to photograph in the morning and print in the darkroom in the afternoon. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the magic of the darkroom while you can! No materials needed

Fine Arts Building 350; Maximum Enrollment 10


SAND CASTING WORKSHOP with Darryl Lauster and Francis Giampietro
Participate in sand casting workshop wherein each participant will cast a small medallion in aluminum.  The first 90-minute session will allow students to create their wax pattern and the afternoon 3-hour session will allow for the mold and casting process.  At the end of the session, each person can take home his or her piece as a memento.

Studio Arts Center – Sculpture Lab; Maximum Enrollment 20


GAME DEVELOPMENT with Josh Wilson

Participants must register for both sessions!

GAME DESIGNS AND PIPELINES - Morning
Participants will be taught the theory of game design, an overview of the game development pipeline, and the mechanisms of game art.

Fine Arts Building/Gallery at UTA; Maximum Enrollment 16

PONG WORKSHOP - Afternoon
After attending the morning workshop, participants will craft their very own version of the arcade classic Pong for PC and MAC.

Fine Arts Building; Maximum Enrollment 16

 

For Parents or Guardians

TIPS FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY with Scott Hilton and Kenda North
Bring your digital camera and we can review settings, lighting, and composition


AN INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING

2015 Dallas Society of Visual Communication Student Competition Results


The National Student Show and Conference attracts college-level designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, motion designers and art directors from across the country to submit their work in a juried competition and attend a three-day Conference held annually. With entries numbering well above 1,000, UTA student work advanced into the show.

  • La Sweet Vida(Group Project): Cosme Olivas, Kim Inthirath, Karen Nguyen
  • Corgan(Dynamic Logo): Susan Nguyen
  • Bark Avenue(Brand Identity): Susan Nguyen
  • Wild Pony(website): Karen Nguyen
  • Runaway Train(website): Samantha Garcia, Patty Gonzalez, Danyel Harris

American Advertising Awards Silver Award Advancement


The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year in local AAA competitions. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Fort Worth competition is the first of a three-tier national competition.

  • Bark Avenue: Susan Nguyen

  • Tough Glove: Andrea Norcross

  • Linguistics: Karolina Bebak

  • Bright–App: Ginnie Hsu

  • Eden’s: Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam

  • Healthy Stealthy Ninja: Stacy Weber, Brianne Wilsford

These 6 works will advance to the national level.

“Help us travel to the Venice Biennale” Fundraiser


UTA students announce an art exhibit/fundraiser at the Arlington Museum of Art on Sunday, April 12th at 5 pm.  “Help us travel to the Venice Biennale” will support graduate and undergraduate students taking a month long course in Florence, Italy in May-June 2015.  All proceeds go directly towards a multi day visit to the Venice Biennale.

Contributing artists include Sedrick Huckaby, Billy Hassell, Benito Huerta, Kenda North, Alison V. Smith, Stephen Lapthisophon, Susan kae Grant and Nancy Palmeri.  Works will include painting, printmaking, glassworks and photography from local and nationally based artists.

Tickets to the event are $100 and available from participating students.  The drawing will take place at 5:30; when your number is drawn, you pick an artwork from the exhibition.

ArtNewsjust released the list of over 100 artists who will be part of the Biennale, “After months and months of speculation, prayers, and rumors, the Venice Biennale has released the artist list for its 56th edition, “All the World’s Futures,” which is being curated by Okwui Enwezor. At a quick glance, it looks like a thrillingly eclectic list, counting among its participants giants like Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, and George Baselitz, young stars like Helen Marten, Walead Beshty, and Oscar Murillo, and deceased masters like Marcel Broodthaers, Walker Evans, and Nancy Holt/Robert Smithson.”  This global contemporary art event is a must see for aspiring artists.

The Arlington Museum of Art is located at 201 West Main Street, Arlington, TX 76010.  For more information and to purchase a ticket, contact Kenda North at kenda@uta.edu.

Ideas in Art Info and Deadline


The intent of the Ideas In Art Awards competition is to encourage student-artists to:

  1. Formulate and present project proposals in written form. (500 words)

  2. Simulate the competitive environment of grant propositio.

  3. Offer strong participants financial support for their creative endeavors.

  4. The Open Studio format promotes an environment of artistic community with an avenue for students to showcase work and artistic vision, as well as their creative process.

James S Barnett Jr. Foundation

In support of this project, the James S Barnett Jr. Foundation provides funds annually forscholarship 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.

More information about the Ideas in Art scholarship can be found here.

Art Advisors Nominated for 2014-15 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award


Five of the Art and Art History Department Advisors were nominated for the 2014-2015 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. The nomination is an honor of which our advisors can be very proud, as it reflects the positive impact they have made on the academic lives of the students. The advisors nominated include, in no specific order:

Jessica Rose
Jessica Betancourt
Mathew Clark
Christine Pierce
Nick Wood

 

MFA Candidate SHUHONG WANG Awarded Gold Prize


The Society of Korea Illusart (Soki) invites original works based on illustration including broad areas of illustration-related various arts and design for expansion and development of illustration culture industry. Shuhong won for his work "Another Side of Shanghai"

"In the 1990's the Shanghai government opened its doors to new ideas (together with old vices and exploitation) and sent out invitations for capitalists to set up shop again in a bid to reinvent and revitalize the city. Since then, the "Big Boom" has changed the city and continues to change the city on a yearly, weekly and even daily basis. Modern Shanghai is a city of contrasts. The view we see most often in news photos is the ultra-modern side of Shanghai, with fancy Shanghai Expo pavilions, giant shopping malls, and the vast new Apple store that opened on July 10. But another aspect of Shanghai exists too, although it is quickly being cleared away: old buildings, poorer residents, and reminders of the city's less telegenic past."

 

 

Senior Bobby Cerda Awarded First Annual Joe Harris Packaging Scholarship


Current Visual Communication Design undergraduate Bobby Cerda was selected to be the recipient of the Joe Harris Annual Packaging Scholarship for 2015. Cerda is a senior in the Art + Art History Department who plans to graduate at the completion of the Fall 2015 semester. He was selected to receive the award based on his outstanding academic performance, the high quality of his design portfolio and his strong desire to graduate and pursue his career.

The Joe Harris Annual Scholarship is a $2500 award that is presented each January to one student in the Visual Communication Design area who exhibits outstanding work and professional potential in packaging design. The scholarship opportunity was first introduced to the A+AH Department in January 2015 by Joe, Jana and Jenise Harris, the 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.

Association of Texas Photography Instructors Winter Conference


UTA Art + art History hosted the 28th Annual Winter Conference for the Association for Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) on February 20, 21 and 22nd. The event brought 300 students and teachers from over 50 high schools in Texas and neighboring states. UTA faculty, graduate and undergraduate students contributed to the hands-on classes and presentations in all types of photography and video. On Sunday, keynote speaker John Issac (photographer for the U.N. and National Geographic) lectured in Lonestar Theater.

Photography program director, Kenda North, commented “It is a privilege to bring this fantastic group of motivated and talented photographers to our campus. I am particularly thankful for the opportunity offered to our grad and undergrad students to present in a professional environment”.

UTA Art + art History hosted the 28th Annual Winter Conference for the Association for Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) on February 20, 21 and 22nd.  The event brought 300 students and teachers from over 50 high schools in Texas and neighboring states.  UTA faculty, graduate and undergraduate students contributed to the hands-on classes and presentations in all types of photography and video.  On Sunday, keynote speaker John Issac (photographer for the U.N. and National Geographic) lectured in Lonestar Theater.

You can find out more about the conference at the ATPI website

Tim McGovern, award winning visual effects director and creator, visits the UTA Film program


Tim McGovern has been developing award-winning, groundbreaking work in the visual effects and computer animation industry for more than twenty years. In addition to an Academy Award in 1990 for Visual Effects in the movie, Total Recall, Tim garnered five Clios, a Hugo and a Mobius, and grew Sony Picture Imagework’s from eight to 250 employees. A testament to Tim’s eye for talent is that among the employees he has hired, 4 went on to win Academy Awards.

Tim McGovern recently visited the Film program within the Art and Art History Department at the University at Texas Arlington. His presentation was highlighted by his analysis of special Visual Effects from the current academy award nominees. In December 2007, Tim was appointed to the Steering Committee for the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards the Oscars.

He provided insight into his highly successful career and inspired all in attendance. It was a memorable event for all students and faculty who attended. We hope to have Tim return to campus.

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http://whisperpictures.com/people-3/tim-mcgovern-2/

"Tim McGovern has been doing award-winning, groundbreaking work in the visual effects and computer animation industry for more than twenty years. In addition to an Academy Award in 1990 for Visual Effects in the movie, Total Recall, Tim garnered five Clios, a Hugo and a Mobius, and grew Sony Picture Imagework’s from eight to 250 employees. A testament to Tim’s eye for talent is that among the employees he has hired, 4 went on to win Academy Awards.

His career began at ABC, where he was recognized for his work in animation and on-air graphic design. He joined the legendary Robert Abel & Associates to work with computer-controlled cameras and computer-generated imagery and within six months, was working with a team of four to create a fifty-five second sequence of computer animation for Walt Disney’s Tron.  During this time, Tim won five Clios, one for a groundbreaking TV commercial called Sexy Robot. It aired during the Super Bowl in 1985. Sexy Robot was the first time human motion had ever been applied to a computer generated character for television or motion pictures and it created a sensation with the Super Bowl TV audience.

In 1987, Tim joined MetroLight Studios as a founding member and Head of Production. He spent five years with MetroLight as a Visual Effects Supervisor where he worked with directors James Cameron, David Lynch and Paul Verhoeven.

In 1989, Tim directed the computer animated Skeleton Sequence for Carolco Pictures’ Total Recall. This work featured fluid and realistic motion of nine humans and one dog. His work won the 1990 Academy Award For Visual Effects. Tim was the first Visual Effects Supervisor with a CG or digital background to have his work recognized with an Academy Award.

In 1992, Tim became a founding member, Senior V.P. of Creative and Technical Affairs, and Senior Visual Effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.  He grew the company from eight employees to over two hundred and fifty, contributing to over fifty successful feature films, including Speed, The Net, Wolf, In The Line Of Fire, James and the Giant Peach and Johnny Mnemonic. Tim personally supervised Last Action Hero, Hideaway, Virtuosity, Money Train, The Ghost And The Darkness and As Good As It Gets. While at Sony, Tim also contributed heavily to the creative development of several pictures including Swat, with producer Joe Caracciolo.

Since leaving Sony, Tim has worked as an independent Visual Effects Supervisor for, among others, directors Peter Hyams, Kurt Wimmer and Rupert Wainwright. He has also developed several live action and animation screenplays as co-writer and/or writer/director, including Johnny Mnemonic 2 with producer Neil Canton at Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In December 2007, Tim was appointed to the Steering Committee for the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards the Oscars. Tim has been an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Visual Effects Society (VES – an honorary society with more than 2200 members worldwide) for nine of the last eleven years. In January 2007, Tim was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the VES. Previously, he was co-chair of the VES Awards Committee for five years. He also produced and hosted the Fourth Annual VES Awards Show, which was televised on HD Net in April 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Chair of the VES Committee for Outreach to Developing Regions. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board to the President of the San Francisco Academy of Art University and serves on the Advisory Board for the Image College of Art, Animation, and Technology (ICAAT). ICAAT is located in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

Tim has given more than forty talks in the US, Japan, Europe, and India on visual effects and animation topics. He has also served as an expert witness in legal proceedings regarding visual effects patent issues."

 

 

 

2014 Ideas in Art Winners


A reception was held for the 2014 Ideas in Art Winners. Christine Heimerman, Brendan Feltrup-Exum and Jose Ruben Melendez.

Each awardee presented work in the exhibition that was completed over the last year. The artists’ also provided insight into the process of how the work evolved as a result of winning the James S. Barnett Foundation Award. Students, please look for the promotion of the 2015 Ideas in Art Competition in March

The intent of the Ideas In Art Awards competition is to encourage student-artists to:

  • Formulate and present project proposals in written form. 
  • Simulate the competitive environment of grant proposition.
  • Offer strong participants financial support for their creative endeavors.
  • The Open Studio format promotes an environment of artistic community with an avenue for students to showcase work and artistic vision, as well as their creative process.

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.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Stephen Cartwright


Since 1999 Stephen Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation every hour of every day. Cartwright uses digital and traditional fabrication techniques to translate his collected data into his sculptural projects. Since the inception of the Latitude and Longitude recording project Stephen Cartwright has completed several grand bicycle journeys through North America, Europe and Asia, totaling more than 20,000 miles. Prolonged observation of his location has led Cartwright to his recent work investigating the use and alteration of the landscape.

Stephen Cartwright will be lecturing on March 4, 2015 at 12:30, in the Fine Arts Building (FAB), room TBA, and will be conducting some demonstrations in the Glass Studio following the lecture. Studio Arts Center C146.

Data Topography - Layered Landscapes, 2014

Peor Es Nada (MFA Short)


Gabe Duran's MFA short "Peor Es Nada" has been selected to screen at the Dallas  International Film Festival (DIFF) in the 2015 North Texas College Shorts Showcase. The event is to take place from April 9-19.
 
Festival Description:
The largest cinematic event in North Texas, the Dallas International Film Festival presents 11 days of independent and studio films each spring. DIFF’s panel discussions, conversations with inventive and award-winning filmmakers, elegant galas and thrilling world premieres bring thousands of people to the event each year.
 
The Dallas Film Society has hosted eight Festivals—three under the AFI Dallas name (2007–2009) and four as the Dallas International Film Festival (2010–2014). Since 2007, the Festival has:
 
    Hosted more than 1,300 filmmakers in Dallas
    Awarded more than $690,000 in cash/pro-bono prizes
    Received more than 10,000 film entries from more than 50 different countries
    Screened 84 world premieres and 27 U.S. premieres
    Shown 726 features and 793 shorts
 
Each year, the Film Society and the Festival present the Dallas Star Award to individuals who have made a significant impact on the art of film

2015 ADDY Alumni Awarded Best of Interactive - Steadfast Creative


The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year in local AAA competitions. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Fort Worth competition is the first of a three-tier national competition. The award ceremony was held on Februaray 6th.

With a design team lead by University of Texas at Arlington Visual Communication alumni Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper, Steadfast Creative were awarded a total of 3 awards. Steadfast Creative is a Digital Agency based out of Keller, TX serving up digital solutions since 2006.

 

Digital advertising - Websites Consumer Outlets for "FNG Eats" – http://fngeats.com/
Best of Interactive
Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper

Digital advertising - Websites Consumer Outlets for "FNG Eats" – http://fngeats.com/
Gold
Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper

Advertising Industry - Self-Promotion Digital Advertising for "Steadfast Creative" – http://steadfastcreative.com/
Bronze
Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper

You can find additional information on Steadfast Creative here: http://steadfastcreative.com/

In The Room February 21st


Curated by Alison Starr

@ BEEFHAUS  2015,  7:00 - 8:30pm

Third weekend in the series In The Room We Discovered An-Other In The Corner, curator Alison Starr includes graduates and current art students from New York and Texas working in a variety of formats referencing identity and the body. Starr includes scripted work involving student participants, live student performance work, video, sound and the ephemera of a performative act. 

Video by NYU Tish MFA graduate Ricardo Gamboa; UTA graduate Lita Bush and UTA art student Zuma Attah perform Action 29b; live performance by UTA art student Abby Castillo-Hernandez; work by UTA art student Wesley Salazar, video performance by UTA graduate Hector Ramirez; and a video performance by SMU graduate candidate Anansi Knowbody. Sharon Turner’s sound work continues throughout the rest of the month.

BEEFHAUS is located at 833 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226

For more information contact Alison Starr 214-202-4468 and visit the Facebook event.

About the entire month:  https://www.facebook.com/events/354608628055798/

February 21st : https://www.facebook.com/events/381623125350812/

500X Student Expo


The show will run from February 14th - March 8th.

Opening reception - February 14th, 7-10 PM.

The 500X Student Expo is a juried exhibition open to any undergraduate or graduate student within Texas. This years jurors are Jordan and Susan Roth.

Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary art gallery in Downtown Dallas. Ro2 Art represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists, many with ties to the North Texas Region.  At present, Ro2 Art focuses on the exhibition and sale of work in all visual media at the gallery in the historic Kirby Building, as well as through exhibition programs in partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc.,The Magnolia Theatre, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and The Town of Addison. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Award by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts.*

http://www.500x.org/

2015 Addy Award Winners


The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year in local AAA competitions. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Fort Worth competition is the first of a three-tier national competition. University of Texas at Arlington Visual Communications students have won 14 awards total out of 31 student awards – 1 Best of Show, 3 Gold, 6 Silver, and 4 Bronze. The award ceremony was held on Februray 6th.

Eden’s
SILVER AWARD
Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam

Healthy Stealthy Ninja
SILVER AWARD
Stacy Weber, Brianne Wilsford

Bark Avenue
SILVER AWARD
Susan Nguyen

Tough Glove
SILVER AWARD
Andrea Norcross

Corgan
BRONZE AWARD
Susan Nguyen

Snapback
BRONZE AWARD
Mason LaHue Alex Reyher

GAP Annual Report
BRONZE AWARD
Kim Inthirath

Linguistics
SILVER AWARD
Karolina Bebak

Depression
GOLD AWARD
BEST OF SHOW AWARD

Elena Chodoba

Baseline
BRONZE AWARD
Elena Chodoba

Wild Pony Website
GOLD AWARD
Karen Nguyen

Runaway Train Website
GOLD AWARD
Samantha Garcia, Patricia Gonzalez, Danyel Harris

Bright–App
SILVER AWARD
Ginnie Hsu

Art Education Students Participated in Statewide Arts Advocacy Day


UTA Art Education students traveled with Dr. Amanda Alexander to the Texas state capitol on January 28th to advocate for arts and education. They participated in a half day training session about policy making in Texas, issues affecting the arts and education in the state, and listening to various speakers who continuously work to keep the arts at the forefront of policy conversations. The second half of the day consisted of visiting and talking with state legislators on capitol hill about their positions and concerns for the arts and education throughout the state of Texas.

Arts Advocacy Day is facilitated by Texans for the Arts, a grass-roots arts advocacy organization made up of individuals and organizations from around Texas. Texans for the Arts advocates for the development and implementation of statewide public policy that supports a strong and vibrant arts and cultural industry and access to arts education for students across Texas.

The Texas Cultural Trust's "2015 State of the Arts: Invest in the Arts. The Arts Perform" report notes, that the arts and culture activities in Texas generate:

  • $5.1 billion in taxable sales per year
  • nearly $318.5 million in sales tax revenue in 2013
  • $32.5 million in local sales tax revenue in 2013 for the five largest metro areas in TX
  • Texas' creative sector currently employs nearly 730,000 innovation workers
  • The 10,000 arts and culture industry businesses located throughout TX emply nearly 120,000 workers
  • Travel and tourism spending in TX surpassed $67.5 billion in 2013 

Also,

  • students who completed more art course credits while in middle or high school had higher attendance rates
  • TX high school students engaged in the arts had a 3.3% greater attendance rate
  • Students who completed more arts courses performed better on state assessments, across all subjects
  • High school students engaged in the arts outperformed their peers on meeting the commended standard by more than 15% across all subjects
  • High school students engaged in the arts had lower dropout rates, greater graduation rates, and greater rates of enrollment in higher education
  • 80% of TX voters support increased funding for the arts in schools

http://texansforthearts.com/tx-arts-advocacy-day/
http://www.txculturaltrust.org 

 

Participating students included: Laura Diaz, Andrea Cronberg, Karla de la Torre, Te'Neal Logan, Sophie Vang, Jasiel Mendez, and Janet Aguirre.

Francisco Moreno’s Installation to be featured in the Soluna Festival

WCD, Francisco Moreno

Francisco Moreno's installation, The WCD (Washington Crossing the Delaware) project, will be a part of the 2015 SOLUNA Festival in the visual arts category.

"The project is a camouflage interpretation of a symbolic American story executed by a German Painter to inspire European revolutionaries that includes a Japanese car from a company that participated in WWI swapped with an American engine that was completely rebuilt by 3 Mexicans."

Image from Nasher Sculpture Center Winter/ Spring 2015 Newsletter

MFA Alumna: Jean Fernandes Winner of 2015 Niche Student Awards For Sculptural Glass


Current glass adjunct and MFA alumni, Jean Fernandes was selected as the winner for the 2015 Niche Student Awards in the sculptural glass category. 

http://www.nicheawards.com/category/2015-winners/students-2015-winners/page/2/

The Niche Award program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian Fine Craft. Sponsored by NICHE Magazine, the winning works are showcased at the “American Made Show” which is the nation’s premier wholesale gift market for handmade American and Canadian fine craft and design.

The winning work was most recently exhibited in the Stanislav Libensky Award Exhibition at the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass (CZ) and is now a part of their permanent collection. This competitive international exhibition was established in 2009 to showcase young graduates of bachelor and masters programs who use glass in their work. During its six year history, the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass has managed to expose 206 artists from 46 schools and has represented 32 nationalities thus far. 

 

Ya’Ke Smith on cover of San Antonio Express News

Photo: Courtesy Don Hopkins

Ya'ke's article, featured in the San Antonio Express News, will be on the cover this Sunday.
You can read the article here.

His latest short, " dawn." will premiere on HBO in February 2015.

MFA Alumni: Jeff Gibbons & Jesse Morgan Barnett

Jeff Gibbons

"It's a rare opportunity to see two of the smartest artists working in Dallas in the same venue. Which is why you'll want to head to the Goss Michael Foundation's exhibition openings from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Jesse Morgan Barnett mines his own life to create abstract sculptural installations. He fills the room with unassuming objects that relate meaningfully. Barnett's exhibition Personal Life will run concurrently with Auto Relativity Kinetotron by Jeff Gibbons — an artist who works in numerous media and creates thoughtful, absorbing work. See both for free at Goss Michael Foundation (1405 Turtle Creek Blvd.) through March 6. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. More information at g-mf.org."

Photographed by Jim Starr

Students, alumns, and faculty attend the Jeff Gibbons & Jesse Morgan Barnett show at The Goss-Michael Foundation.

Location:
The Goss-Michael Foundation
1405 Turtle Creek Blvd. Dallas, TX
214-696-0555

Read more at the Dallas Observer.

Fall 2014 Design Texas designs the FABLAB brand

FABLAB Logo, designed by Susan Nguyen

The students of Fall 2014 Design Texas class are working to implement the brand designed specifically for the newly created UTA FAB LAB.

Susan Nguyen designed the winning logo and is working with Evelyn Barker, Director of Marketing and Communications UT Arlington Libraries. Members of the design team include Elena Chudoba, Bobby Cerda, Julia Cooper, David Rosales, Cali Stewart, Andrew Vo, Chase Whittington. Each contributed working ideas to the final brand solution.

 

 

Shadow Genics : Solo Exhibition : MFA candidate Christine Heimerman


"Shadow Genics" is a one night only Solo exhibition in Arlington, TX within a vacant retail space featuring the work of Christine Heimerman, a 3rd year MFA student at the University of Texas at Arlington. 
 
Christine Heimerman explains:
Can you see me, can you see you?
 Creating a space where one can experience their presence in a silhouette can create an animated or quite reflection of one’s self. However, there is a moment of pause and reflection when an individual see’s himself or herself in a space, and how their presence is being perceived and accepted.  The pause is self-awareness and a shift in the reality of oneself.
 
What: Shadow Genics : Solo Exhibition
Who: Christine Heimerman
When: Friday January 30, 2015, 7pm - 10pm (One Night Only)
Where: 1049 W. Abram St, Arlington TX (Behind the Tin Cup)
 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 

A Vulnerable State: Solo Exhibition: Michelle Pennington


"A Vulnerable State" is a one night only Solo exhibition in Arlington, TX within a vacant retail space featuring the work of Michelle Pennington, a 2nd year MFA student at the University of Texas at Arlington. 
 
Michelle Pennington explains:
Humans often become consumed by banal rhythms and patterns that overwhelm their daily lives and force them to question the choices that they have made along the way. They may realize that some of the choices might actually cause a negative effect on their emotional foundations. My work begins to exploit the stress that builds up and ends up weakening the human spirit, causing a sort of fragility, as the infrastructure of his or her life begins to become brittle, weak, and slowly wear away. 
 
What: A Vulnerable State : Solo Exhibition
Who: Michelle Pennington
When: Friday January 30, 2015 (One Night Only) 7- 10pm
Where: 1035 W. Abram St, Arlington TX (Behind the Tin Cup)
 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 

Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy - Sharing Space

Sylvia Plachy, Homeless in Chelsea, 1985, silver gelatin print, 15² x 15²

The Gallery at UTA The University of Texas at Arlington Presents

Sharing Space: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy
January 20 ­- February 14, 2015
Reception Friday, January 30, 5:30 to 8 pm

Arlington - The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present Sharing Space: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy, featuring two Hungarian-born artists who share space in this exhibition in both the literal and metaphysical sense. Longtime friends, Plachy and Beck are collaborating with a selection of works from their independent careers that demonstrate a shared poetic approach. Both artists create evocative photographic images that convey a similar, often dream-like aesthetic while using very different subjects, mediums and methods. Plachy, an award-winning photographer based in New York, captures humanistic vignettes with her camera, that express her unique viewpoint through subtle choices of subject and focus. Beck, currently a visiting senior lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at UTA, creates films and photo-based works by digitally combining and reworking imagery, and experimenting with printing techniques and surfaces to convey his thoughtful, meditative vision.

Gyorgy Beck, Hood, 2010, mixed media, 9.75² x 9.75² x 2.375²

Gyorgy Beck, Hood, 2010, mixed media, 9.75² x 9.75² x 2.375²

Born in Budapest in 1963, Gyorgy Beck is known internationally as an artist, director, cinematographer and photographer. He graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Theater and Film with a Masters in Cinematography, and he received a Soros Foundation scholarship to attend Miami University of Ohio where he earned his MS in Communication in 1993. A member of the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC) since 1994, he has received numerous awards for his work in film and television, including Best Camera Work at the 2005 Kamera Hungaria Festival and an Award of Merit from the Hungarian Academy of the Arts. He has participated in extensive exhibitions in Hungary, as well as in New York, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Berlin.

Sylvia Plachy, Homeless in Chelsea, 1985, silver gelatin print, 15² x 15²

Sylvia Plachy, Homeless in Chelsea, 1985, silver gelatin print, 15² x 15²

Sylvia Plachy was also born in Budapest, Hungary where she lived until she was thirteen years old. After the Hungarian Revolution, she immigrated to New York with her parents, where she studied at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute, earning her BFA in 1965. World famous, she lives and works in New York where she was a staff photographer for The Village Voice from 1974-2004. Her photo essays have also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune and Art Forum to name just a few. She has published six books, one of which received the International Center for Photography¹s Infinity Award for Best Publication in 1990. She is also the recipient of numerous other important awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in1977, a Lucie Award in 2004 and the Dr. Erich Solomon Prize from the German Photographic Society in 2009. Her work can be found in prestigious collections such as New York¹s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

In association with the exhibition, Sylvia Plachy will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. There will be a reception on Friday, January 30 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks by both artists at 6:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2014 - 2015 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin.

In The Room We Discovered An-Other In The Corner Organized by Alison Starr

Eadweard Muybridge 1880's Locomotion Series

In the spirit of the 2010 Dallas Museum of Art exhibition, "Performance/Art," and New York's "Performa 13," the upcoming exhibition, "In The Room We Discovered An-other In The Corner" draws on dance, fashion, theater, music and technology to capture a snapshot of the current evolving nature of performance art.

Dallas exhibition organizer and artist Alison Starr will bring together more than a dozen local and national artists to make work that references the body and explores the idea of "the other” in a variety of media.

Exhibiting artists are from Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Houston, New York City, and Norman, Oklahoma.

February 7, 2015 (7:15 – 8:30 p.m) Lily Taylor and Sean Miller explore sound and video in collaboration with textile artist Chesley Antoinette of Cantoinette Studios, costume designer Whitney Bracey and dancer Jacqueka Lee of Brown Girls Do Ballet in an immersive installation.

February 14, 2015 (7:00 – 8:30 p.m) video projection by Tim Best; live performance by Lindsey Allgood; live performance by Courtney Brown; and a sound installation by Sharon Turner which will also be exhibited February 21st and 28th.

February 21, 2015 (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.) Student Showcase: Video by NYU Tish MFA graduate Ricardo Gamboa; UTA graduate Lita Bush and UTA art student Zuma Attah perform Action 29b; live performance by UTA art students Abby Castillo-Hernandez and Andrea Alvaredo; video performance by UTA graduate Hector Ramirez; and a video performance by SMU graduate candidate Anansi Knowbody.

February 28, 2015 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) live collaborative and scripted performance by H. Schenck; live performance by Daniel Bertalot; and live scripted work by Autumn Knight performed by two local artists.

BEEFHAUS is located at 833 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226 For more information contact Alison Starr 214-202-4468 and visit the Facebook event.

2014 International student Online Exhibition


Christine Heimerman (MFA), Michelle Pennington (MFA), and Kalle Tiihonen (BFA) each had work selected into the 2014 International Student Online Exhibition. Seventy-eight students, representing 30 schools from 8 different countries, participated this year and are shown alphabetically on the GAS website.

In June of last year, the Glass Art Society launched its first-ever International Student Online Exhibition, a great new opportunity for student members to present their work to glass professionals, enthusiasts and fellow students from across the globe. Due to the success of the 2013 exhibition, GAS once again put out a call for members currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program to submit images of their work. All submissions are original, professionally crafted, contain glass as the main element and designed/created between 2013-2014.

 

More information can be found here.

The Goss-Michael Foundation welcomes MFA Alum Michael Mazurek as their newest member of the staff

The Goss-Michael Foundation Collection

"Michael Mazurek is a Dallas-based curator, artist and teacher. He received an MFA in Intermedia from the University of Texas at Arlington and a BFA in Art History from Southern Methodist University. In 2011 he co-founded the artist run non-profit The Dallas Biennial and co-curated DB14, winner of D Magazine Editor's Choice for Best Exhibition of 2014. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Malmö, Brooklyn, Santa Monica, Chicago, New Mexico and Dallas."

http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=469e0e07a4e06c5b463b2fe91&id=533b9fead2

Alumna of Art and Art History Curates Exhibition on Civil War at Tyler Museum

An ambrotype, circa 1861-64, depicting members of the Douglas’ Texas Battery

Letha Clair Robertson, who majored in art history at UT-Arlington (Class of 1999), earned her PhD in art history at the University of Kansas. She currently serves as an assistant professor of art history at UT Tyler. She specializes in 19th-Century American art. This fall she served as a guest curator for an exhibition that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War at the Tyler Museum of Art, subject of a recent review in the Dallas Morning News:

http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/columnists/michael-granberry/20141226-tyler-exhibition-documents-the-emotional-toll-of-the-civil-war.ece

Sedrick Huckaby in Dallas Morning News


The Dallas Morning News reviewed the year’s top exhibitions at Dallas-Fort Worth museums. Rounding out the top five was “Sedrick Huckaby: Everyday Glory,” an exhibit at Valley House Gallery by Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of painting at UT Arlington. Art critic Rick Brettell described Huckaby’s work as “an unsettling introduction to one of North Texas’ most original artists, who paints men and women in the most traditional of old-master mediums, oil on canvas, with a confidence and painterly élan that evoke European masterpieces.”

http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainment/arts/headlines/20141221-year-in-review-the-top-exhibitions-at-d-fw-museums-in-2015.ece

Ya’ke Smith Participates on Huffpost Live Talk

Professor Ya'ke Smith on HuffPost Live

Assistant Professor Ya'ke Smith participated on a HuffPost Live, a live-streaming network that uses the HuffPost universe --the stories, editors, reporters, bloggers and community -- as its real-time script, to discuss the portrayal of Black roles in Hollywood.

Ya’Ke Smith, known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, is a rising voice in independent cinema.

His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 80 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival, The DC Shorts Film Festival, The Austin Film Festival, The Dallas International Film Festival, The Urbanworld Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. His films have also screened on HBO, Showtime, BET and PBS. He is the recipient of a Director’s Guild of America Student Film Award, a regional Student Academy Award and an HBO Short Film Award. His short, “Katrina’s Son”, screened at over 40-film festivals and won 14 awards. The film was also eligible for the 2012 Academy Award in short filmmaking. His debut feature, “WOLF”, which NPR called “an impressive piece by a young director,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and has gone on to screen and win awards at festivals across North America. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Texas Feature at the Dallas International Film Festival, The Saatchi & Saatchi Nothing is Impossible Producer’s Award at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, an Honorable Mention Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival and Audience Choice Awards at both the Little Rock and Sidewalk Film Festivals. WOLF is currently available for download via iTunes and other digital platforms.

Ya’Ke has been featured on NPR, CNN, HLN, Ebony Online and Shadow&Act.

Ya’Ke graduated with his B.A. from the Communication Arts Department at the University of The Incarnate Word and his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program. He is currently the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Darryl Lauster receives the Moss/Chumley Artist Award

Darryl Lauster receives Moss Chumley Award Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

Darryl Lauster, an associate professor of sculpture at the University of Texas at Arlington, was awarded the Meadows Museum's 2014 Moss/Chumley Artist Award last week.

"In keeping with the spirit, the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University last week announced the winner of its Moss/Chumley Artist Award.

Meadows officials say the award is “given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and has a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts.”

This year’s winner is Darryl Lauster, an associate professor of sculpture at the University of Texas at Arlington and an artist who uses digital media, printmaking, sculpture and installation.

As for Lauster’s community contributions, well, they’re too numerous to mention in their entirety. The highlights: He served on the city of Arlington Sculpture Trail Committee and as a juror for the Henderson Art Project. He donated his art to the MTV Re:Define benefit for AIDS awareness at the Goss-Michael Foundation. I like this one: He’s founder of the Samuel Gray Society, an institute dedicated to 18th-century American Revolution research."

Read more at the Dallas News.

BFA Exhibition

Bachelors of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition

Dec 1 – Dec 13, 2014

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition is a showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the University of Texas Arlington Department of Art and Art History. The Fall 2014 exhibition features the work of 47 students demonstrating a wide variety of skills in concentrations including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film/video, photography and visual communication.

  • Tolu Ajayi
  • Kelsey Armistead
  • Nicholas Bachelder
  • Estevan Barreiro
  • Karolina Bebak
  • Kevin Bradford
  • Heather Break
  • Ken Cao
  • Drew Collins
  • John Crouch
  • Kreshnike Duraku
  • Aaron Gabriel
  • Bradley Gamm
  • Deirdre George
  • Houston Hardaway
  • Evan Hinkelman
  • Kathleen Jenney
  • Jacob Johnstonbaugh
  • Venecia Jones
  • Mason Lahue
  • Thomas Lenning
  • Holly Martinez
  • Trevor McCully
  • Matthew McDaniel
  • Chelsea Medina
  • Jessica Michael
  • Malina Miller
  • Ryan Morgan
  • Kimi Nguyen
  • Jimmy Nguyen
  • Tatyana Novell
  • Hector Ramirez
  • Alexander Reyher
  • Tori Reynolds
  • Trae Rowland
  • Carson Sanders
  • Eugene Sarmiento
  • Jonathan Silverberg
  • Tarlok Singh
  • Rachel Thurman
  • Dinh Vo
  • Tannith Wallis
  • Stacy Weber
  • William Chase Whittington
  • Allison Willoughby
  • Brianne Wilsford
  • Sean Wilson

Fall 2014 Outstanding Seniors


Outstanding Senior

The Department of Art and Art History is proud to announce the Outstanding Senior Award winners for our Fall 2014 graduating class. Each semester the faculty has an opportunity to nominate a graduating senior for the Outstanding Senior Award in each of the areas of concentration.

 

Art Certification

Rachel Herod

Drawing

Kevin Bradford

Film/Video

Malina R. Miller 

Photography

Holly Martinez 

Painting

Jessica Michael

Visual Communication

Karolina Bebak 

Alexander Reyher 

Art History

Haylie Ballentine 

Printmaking

Eugene Sarmiento 

 

 

Photography Faculty Scholarship

The senior photo faculty looks for continuing photography majors who show the most promise or who have realized a significant body of work. 

Lindsay Barker 

 

 

Barnett Foundation Photography Awards

History

The James S. Barnett Jr. Foundation was established in 1998 by Kyong Ju, Jesse and Mia Barnett as a memorial to their late husband and father, James S. Barnett Jr. James S. Barnett Jr. was a helicopter ambulance pilot who lost his life trying to save the victim of a car accident in 1993. The James S Barnett Jr. Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of people through religion, arts, education, science, and collaborative community projects. 

Purpose

In support of The University of Texas at Arlington’s fine arts community, The James S. Barnett Jr. Foundation wishes to support and recognize visual artists and art historians enrolled at UTA through the Ideas in Art Awards annual competition. The intent of the Ideas in Art Awards competition is to encourage students to: Formulate and present project proposals in written and oral form to a panel of jurors Simulate the competitive environment of grant proposition Offer strong participants financial support for their creative endeavors.

 

John Crouch

Westley Harwart 

Ivan Lopez 

Joshua Wilson Gaming Exhibition

Joshua Wilson's Gaming Exhibition at UNCW

Exhibition Blurb used at UNCW - Artist and game designer Joshua Wilson's work will connect to the 2014-15 Synergy Common Reading Ready Player One with his innovative gaming systems and designs. The exhibition features projects that explore the visual nature of storytelling, the shape of music, and redefining classic games. (Wayward Shrine, Sound Fountain, Lazers in Space)

 

 

Bildungsroman


The Deep Ellum real estate company, Deep Ellum 42, has offered its vacant spaces, to host a juried exhibition for undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Arlington. The one night only exhibition will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. titled Bildungsroman.

Bildungsroman is a juried group exhibition, which features 10 students from the University of Texas at Arlington. Jurors Erin Stafford, Francis Giampietro, H. Schneck, and Michelle Pennington, selected 12 works from 80 submissions. The show will include objects, prints, installations, and digital media works, by artists Aubrey Barnett, Lita Bush, Glynis DeMone, Hayley Fowler, Nathalie Houghton, Lindsey Lavender, Amber O’Dell, Hector Ramirez, Kalle, Tiihonen, and Kelley McCabe.

 

This event is free and open to the public
Reception- Saturday December 13, 7pm – 10pm.
2614 Elm St. suite 110 Dallas, TX (Deep Ellum)

CPR Group Exhibition


There is a pop-up group exhibition of undergraduate students after the BFA show just around the corner from UTA (its behind Tin Cup on Abram).

Peor Es Nada (MFA Short)

Gabe Duran MFA Short film Peor Es Nada

Gabe Duran's MFA short "Peor Es Nada" has been selected to screen in the Indie Film Depot Film Festival 2014. The short can be seen on Indiefilmdepot.com starting December 4. 
 
Festival Description:
After two successful years of running LA Film + Music Weekend, our team has gone digital. As filmmakers ourselves, we felt that there were many more opportunities to connect with and help independent filmmakers by utilizing a digital platform. So after several years of work, we are preparing to launch our all new digital distribution platform that will be curated for the independent film community and will launch with a month-long film competition!
 
The Indie Film Depot team bears a combined experience in the film and entertainment industry as producers, directors, writers, actors and more. From our background in the entertainment industry, to our design and implementation of successful brand marketing campaigns, the IFD team possesses the expertise to garner the exposure, attendance, and atmosphere necessary to successfully showcase your film and gain priceless exposure.
 
Our launch competition, along with our platform will accept only high quality film content. Gone are the days of your hard work living in the same space as the cat video that your neighbor just uploaded. Welcome to a new era of quality film content on a respected platform.

Jean Fernandes Selected as Niche Student Awards Finalist


MFA glass alumni, Jean Fernandes was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Niche Student Awards.

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student divisions.

Nearly 2,000 entries are received each year from professional and student craft artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, a prestigious panel of judges is selected by the editors of NICHE magazine, including gallery owners, guild and museum directors, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates.

http://www.nicheawards.com/category/2015-finalists/students-2015-finalists/glass-students-2015-finalists/sculptural-glass-students-2015-finalists/

Paul Windle Featured in UTArlington Magazine


As a sophomore in 2007, Paul Windle decided he’d taken a wrong turn, figuratively, on the way to architecture class. So he changed course—literally—and walked directly to the Fine Arts Building to switch his major to graphic design. “I was thinking about how people get to draw these awesome, exciting graphics, and it’s their adult job. I wanted to do that, too.” As a freelance illustrator in New York City, Windle ’10 had work featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and GQ, among many other publications. He also has illustrated for companies like Adidas, NIKE, and ESPN and was named a 2012 ADC Young Gun, which recognizes outstanding achievement in communication arts for professionals age 30 or younger. These days, he lives in Los Angeles and is developing a career in storyboarding for cartoons. “The art department at UTA was so open that it taught me to follow my interests and develop my ideas,” he says. “I feel like all of my experiences at UTA and in New York have prepared me to push for this next step in my career.”

The article can also be found here.

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500X will host 10 artists in an exhibition showcasing work between mentor/artist pairs. At some point in an emerging artist’s early career, someone comes alongside him or her to give critique, counsel, support, more critique, advice, training, and even to write letters of recommendation for employment or grant opportunities. The mentor-mentee or educator-student relationship is integral to the growth of the artist and mentor, as well as the art community.

For this exhibition, 500X extended 5 invitations to artists/educators/mentors in the DFW area and asked them to choose a student or mentee with whom to exhibit. The educator-student pair will either collaborate on a new work or display individual pieces side-by-side to visually convey the working relationship or influence.

UTA's Darryl Lauster was asked to participate in this exhibition. His collaborator will be Jeff Gibbons, a graduate of the MFA Intermedia program in 2013.

Opening will take place December 6th, 2014 from 7pm-10pm at 500X Gallery, 500 Exposition Dallas, Texas. The show will run until January 4th, 2015. For more information about other exhibitions for the month of December, check out 500X website: http://www.500x.org/exhibitions/

 

Dr. Amanda Alexander Awarded Texas Outstanding Art Educator


In November, the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) awarded Dr. Alexander with their Outstanding Art Educator Higher Education award. The award is given in recognition for providing quality art education, advocating for the arts, and providing evidence of ongoing achievements in art programs throughout Texas. The award was given to Dr. Alexander during the TAEA conference in San Antonio, on November 7, 2014.

TAEA’s mission is to promote visual arts education as an integral part of the curriculum through professional development of knowledge and skills, representation of the art educators of Texas, service and leadership opportunities, and research and development of policies and decisions relative to practices and directions in visual arts education in Texas.

Pictured with Dr. Alexander are Tim Lowke, President of TAEA and Sara Chapman, Executive Director and the National Art Education Association Liaison.

http://www.taea.org/TAEA/default.asp

Juried Art Publication - 434_Glass VOL. 2


This annual juried art publication, 434_Glass Vol 2., is a survey of the most innovative, provocative, and expressive works created by undergraduate students, at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014, who are affiliated with the Glass area either through enrollment, or by material choice. The juried publication will be permanently archived at the Corning Museum of Glass. This year we are excited to include, in addition to the publication, a group exhibition featuring the jurors picks, in Dallas, Texas held during the weekend of December 12-14, 2014.

Eligibility:

  • Works submitted by undergraduate students enrolled in a glass class during 2014 do not necessarily have to incorporate glass
  • Works submitted by undergraduate students enrolled in art classes at UTA in 2014, but not enrolled in glass classes, must incorporate glass into the work
  • All works submitted by undergraduate Glass majors who were enrolled in a glass class in 2014, will be considered.

Jurors:

  • Erin Stafford: Stafford, co-curator and founder of Red Arrow Contemporary in Dallas, TX, engages the human condition though her mixed-media and interactive work. Inspired by her interest in elegant propriety from bygone eras, her work takes her to locations both elegant and vulgar.
  • Francis Giampietro: Francis Giampietro is an artist working in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. His creative output is currently focused around how transportation and educational institutions affect the communities around him. He has exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Blaffer Museum Houston, Open Space Baltimore, Brenda Taylor Gallery New York, Lawndale Art Center Houston, Blue Star Contemporary San Antonio, Beefhaus Dallas, and most recently at Box 13 Art Space Houston. He has worked collaboratively with groups and organizations such as KIPP Explore Academy Houston, Apophenia Underground’s Deep Ellum Windows Project Dallas, The Temporary Space Nagoya, Japan, Meadowbrook Elementary School Fort Worth, and Project Row Houses Houston.
  • H. Schenck : H is a member of Dallas's oldest run co-op 500X, a lecturer at the University of Texas Arlington, and an interdisciplinary artist. H. uses repurposed objects and found images to begin a discussion about societal labels and responsibilities. Her work is both performative in the act of living and situational through site specific installations.
  • Michelle Pennington: Pennington, graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington, using raw materials, reflects upon the feelings and emotions that are experienced within our day-to-day lives, as one can fall into banal rhythms and patterns that can begin to dictate our habitual behavior.

 

* Jurors reserve the right to remove any works ,which were inaccurately or falsely represented by the image. It will be up to the jurors discretion.
* Any communication with jurors about this exhibition in regards to your work will automatically disqualify you from the opportunity.

For more information, guidelines and submission form please download the attached pdf document.

2014 Design Expo

Speaker: Bernardo Romero, UTA VC Alumni

The 2014 Design Expo was held on Thursday afternoon in the Fine Arts building. The event invited three speakers, including UT Arlington's alumni as well as other local creatives. The speakers discussed their journeys as well as the opportunities that students have during and after their studies. The event also displayed various VC area alumni work in the 295 gallery.

Alumni Gallery

AIGA UTA Presents DESIGN EXPO


Design Expo is an annual fall event put on by the UTA chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Design. Thursday November 13th at 1pm in room 358. This expo is an event that focuses on designers and design, but all students of all concentrations are welcome to come and gleam information from professionals in the field. 

This year's schedule is below:

  • 1:00 pm - Greg Lakloufi | Creative Director of Housing Wire
  • 2:00 pm - Bernardo Romero | Free-lance & In-House Designer
  • 2:30 pm - Catered Reception & Alumni Gallery
  • 3:00 pm - Wes Larson & Glenn Potter | Founders of Tocco Creative 

Once again this is a free event and is open to all! Bring your designer caps and we hope to see you there!

 

Find Your Space at UTA Art


FIND YOUR SPACE 

Find Your Space was a day of workshops for community college students on Saturday November 8, 2014. UTA Art hosted community college students from Tarrant, Dallas and Collin County for a range of hands-on workshops throughout the department. Workshops were offered in glass, film/video, painting, photography, printmaking, foundry, gaming and visual communication. Taught by UTA faculty and grad students, these workshops are designed to provide new experiences in art making while showcasing the expansive facilities at UTA. The workshops were free and lunch was provided for participants.  We welcomed over 100 visitors to campus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedrick Huckaby featured in The Black Voice


" I’d like to introduce you to the artist who has been commissioned to design and install the Stop Six Public Art project.  That meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2014 at 10 a.m.  in the chapel of the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church.  Sedrick Huckaby has great presence in the Art community and has a number of prestigious awards for his work.  I am excited about his sharing his concept with us.

When I took office in July 2013, I saw public art going up in several districts throughout the City and always wondered, when would we see public art in Stop Six. We are one step closer to making that happen and with Sedrick’s experience, the Stop Six Public Art project is going to be eye-catching and fabulous.
Huckaby is perhaps best known for two bodies of work. He creates “quilt paintings” as a way to celebrate both his grandmother’s craft as well as the artistic legacy of the African American quilting tradition.  His other works are portraits of family and friends on a monumental scale, painted in the tradition of the European old-masters in oil on canvas from a live sitter.
The Stop Six project will cost more than $100,000 and Huckaby wants to share his concept with the people of Stop Six and others who attend the November 15h meeting.
I was excited about Huckaby being selected and I was thrilled after learning he is a Fort Worth based artist who graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School.
Huckaby is an Assistant Professor of Art at UT Arlington. He was born in Fort Worth, and is inspired by his family, his faith, and his African-American heritage. He earned his BFA from Boston University and his MFA from Yale University in New Haven, CT. He has received a number of prestigious awards for his painting, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, the Anne Giles Kimbrough Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Huckaby’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; and the African American Museum in Dallas, among others.
Please mark your calendars now and plan to join Huckaby, Fort Worth Public Art leaders and myself on Saturday, November 15 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Sweet Home Baptist Church, 5225 Ramey Street, for an informal presentation and conversation with the artist."

The article can also be found here.

UTA Art Saturday


Thank you all for registering for Art Saturday. We are very excited to see you all this weekend!
 
FIND YOUR SPACE AT UTA ART
A day of workshops for community college students
Saturday November 8, 2014
 
Morning sessions: 9:30 – 11:30
Lunch provided in the UTA Art Gallery at noon
Afternoon sessions 1-3 
 
Due to limited space in many of our studios, you must RSVP for all workshops to art@uta.edu.  You can take one or two workshops (morning and afternoon). Specify which sessions you are interested in and if you plan to stay for lunch. First come, first served.  Details and directions will be sent in reply.
 

PRINTMAKING with Nancy Palmeri and Grad Students

Morning:
LETTERPRESS
Participants will learn the essentials of letterpress printing and produce a small poster in the Wild Pony Letterpress studio.  Meet in the UTA Art Gallery.
 
Afternoon:
BOOKARTS 
Participants will learn various book binding techniques.  SAC 124.
 
 

PAINTING with Marilyn Jolly and Sedrick Huckaby

 
Morning:
BUILD A CANVAS
Demonstrations on building a cradled panel and stretched canvas painting  support and archival surface preparations for oils, acrylics and mixed  media. Participants will prepare the surface of a small stretched  canvas for the afternoon portrait painting session.  SAC121
 
Afternoon:
PORTRAIT PAINTING
Working with a live model, learn various approaches to create an expressive portrait on your new canvas. SAC121
 
 

FOUNDRY with Francis Giampietro

 
BRONZE POUR
A demonstration of Lost Wax Casting. A wax version is made of the object to be cast, then a ceramic shell mold is built around the wax. The mold is fired in a kiln to vaproize the wax and leave a negative impression of the object. The bronze is heated until molten and poured into the empty molds. The final step is removing the shell mold from the bronze and clean it.
 
 

GAME DEVELOPMENT with Joshua Wilson

Participants must register for both sessions!
 
Morning:
GAME DESIGNS AND PIPELINES
Participants will be taught the theory of game design, an overview of the game development pipeline, and the mechanisms of game art.  FA 357
 
Afternoon:
PONG WORKSHOP
After attending the morning workshop, participants will craft their very own version of the arcade classic Pong for PC and MAC.  FA 166
 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 
Morning:
TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY Scott Hilton
Hands on demonstration on making a tintype, the photo process used widely in the Civil War era.  Each tintype is a photo on a metal plate that is unique.  FAB 349
 
Morning or Afternoon:
FINE ART DIGITAL PRINTING with Kenda North & Bryan Florentin
Learn about the many different papers that are available for photo ink jet printing, as well as practical tips for image adjustment and color balance.  Participants will be able to make up to 4 16 x 20 prints.  Matt, lustre and gloss papers will be available; students should bring high quality jpegs or RAW files.  FA 376A
 
Morning:
STUDIO LIGHTING/PORTRAITURE with Leighton McWilliams
Learn about strobe lighting applications in the studio.  A hands on demonstration; bring an external hard drive for your new digital file.
FA 350
 

GLASS

 
Morning:
THE ART OF GLASSBLOWING with Justin Ginsberg
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.  SAC Glass Studio  C146
 
Afternoon:
KILN FORMED GLASS – IMAGERY ON GLASS with Jean Fernandes
Participants will learn a variety of techniques to form imagery on glass panels, producing a unique glass painting/drawing/photograph. 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. SAC Glass Studio C145
 
 

VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Morning:
BRANDING WORKSHOP with Ben Dolezal
"Branding" has become an essential part of visual communication and advertising world.  This workshop will allow individuals to create their own 'branding' as a professional.  Topics covered are developing a unique voice in a crowded creative market, targeting a specific audience and strategies for building brand loyalty. Bring a sketchbook or notepad and a USB drive. FA 368
 

FILM/VIDEO

Morning:
DIRECTING WORKSHOP with Ya'ke Smith
Participants will work in our state of the art media arts studio with a script and actors to learn about directing for film and video. FA 156 Media Arts Studio.
 
Afternoon:
AESTHETICS OF EDITING with Bart Weiss
These days anyone record video and make an edit but how can you use editing to be a more effective storyteller?   This session is not so much about which button to push but why. It will cover a brief history of the post-production process and how you can be more effective getting to your point and how to keep your audiences’ attention. What style of editing is right for your project and when are too many effects too much. Learn Sergei Eisenstein's law that editing is the ruthless suppression of the inessential. FA 346
 

ART HISTORY

 
ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH with Ben Lima
Discover the world of knowledge available in studying the history of art.  Learn about the scholarly methods and tools used by students and scholars who seek to understand the meaning of works of art from far-off cultures, and from our own communities. We will discuss the cutting-edge databases and websites used for digital research, as well as age-old methods of connoisseurship and historiography.
 
As part of their work, art history majors spend time in up-close and personal study of individual works of art, and this workshop will introduce us to the unique works in UTA's African art collection, and the contemporary exhibition on view at the Gallery at UTA. We will discuss some of the creative and challenging careers available to art history majors after graduation.  Meet in the UTA Art Gallery
 

ICPF and UTA


"On Oct. 28, ICPF conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication at the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation's (ICPF) most recently established packaging design lab in the graphic design school at the University of Texas - Arlington (UT-A). The UT-A program joins 24 other partner campuses across North America that have been initiated or expanded by the work of ICPF.  The Arlington campus dedication program included a presentation and interactive lunch among ICPF corporate partners, students, faculty, administrators and additional AICC Region 4 participants who conducted their regional meeting on the campus that afternoon. 

The packaging and design lab integrates corrugated and structural curriculum into the graphic design program at UT-A. The new lab includes ICPF’s online corrugated curricula, a Data Tech/Gerber Innovations CAD table earlier donated to ICPF by ICPF corporate partner Vanguard Packaging, and Artios design software donated through ICPF by Esko. Both Gerber Innovations and Esko donated extensive training and support during the start up, and have continued their support whenever needed.

Robert Hower, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, said the new partnership aligns closely with the department’s growth and focus on design.  The lab curriculum, CAD table system and software "already are providing significant packaging experiences and design problem-solving opportunities for real world design and production,” Hower said. “It is a great example of education and industry teaming up to improve employment opportunities for our students.”  Hower's "real world" view of the lab and new program was expanded upon by UT-A's new President, Vistasp Karbhari, who participated throughout the program and addressed the industry crowd during the luncheon. President Karbhari's vision for the 41,000 student university, that is located in the nation's fourth largest metropolitan area, includes the establishment of additional partnerships with industry that are modeled after the ICPF initiated, corrugated industry partnership.

The lab has been in use for a few semesters and already has yielded impressive results. This past February, a

UT-A student team won first place in ICPF’s International Best of the Best Student Design Presentation Competition during ICPF’s 15th annual Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Teleconference. The UT-A student design team qualified for the ICPF Run-Off competition by competing against dozens of teams from universities from across the nation in AICC's 2013 student design competition. AICC - The Independent Packaging Association and the Fibre Box Association (FBA) are co-sponsors and long-time supporters of ICPF.

Assistant Professor Ben Dolezal said the students’ work was enabled by the new design lab. “The lab provides students with the structural design software, materials and a computer-aided design table to produce significant packaging solutions for use in the marketplace,” he said.

Outgoing AICC Region 4 Director, Jana Harris (Harris Packaging), who serves as an ICPF representative on the UT-A packaging advisory board, also announced with her sister Jenise Cox that Harris Packaging would be providing a Joe Harris scholarship for UT-A packaging students in honor of their father who was present for the ceremony. 

New AICC Region 4 Director Eric Elgin (Oklahoma Interpak) summed up the comments of those corrugated manufacturers in attendance. "It is very exciting to have the packaging design lab at a major school in our region. The new program will not only greatly improve the understanding and awareness of our industry among students in the region, but also potentially provide an educational resource from which we can recruit future employees who will grow into managers and executives."

The afternoon's AICC Region 4 Fall meeting that was chaired by Jana Harris, began with an update on AICC's new directions provided by AICC Immediate Past Chair Mark Mathes (Vanguard Packaging). ICPF President Richard Flaherty provided a brief update on ICPF and AICC President, Steve Young, gave an overview of AICC and the AICC rebranding efforts designed to enable the Association to best serve its members. AICC Emerging Leader, Jeff Gilstrap of Harris Packaging also gave a brief overview about the benefits of belonging to the Emerging Leader Group.

Following the AICC leadership was a panel discussion  titled "What's New in Digital Print," featuring representatives from Sun Automation Group, HP and Prisco Digital. The session gave meeting participants the opportunity to ask any and all questions they had about digital print and where the technology is leading the industry. The keynote speakers of the event were Lee and Terry Resnick of Resnick Associates.  Their discussion, "Assuring the Successful Continuation of Your Business," offered attendees understandable tools and techniques to help preserve their businesses, estates and family harmony. The meeting concluded with an optional tour of the UT-A packaging lab by those who were unable to join the earlier ceremony there.

Region 4 participants additionally joined an AICC Region 4 evening outing for an exciting overtime game between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues."

- See more here

Joshua Wilson Featured in Shorthorn For Seed Game


"During the summer, local high school students came to UTA for a two-week workshop called SEED9, where the students collaborated with faculty and college students to bring a mobile video game to life. They called the end product Lazers In Space, a space shooter inspired and designed as an homage of the arcade video game Space Invaders.   

“In the workshop, we make concept art, and they actually model out the characters,” said Joshua Wilson, art graduate teaching assistant. “They got to choose how it actually worked. They dictated what each little enemy would do.” Wilson, who was the assistant on the SEED project in previous summers, was the head instructor and director of this summer’s workshop. Wilson said he specifically chose Lazers In Space as the summer project because of its simplicity."

The rest of the article can be found here along with a video interview with Joshua Wilson.

Wild Pony Holiday Art Sale


Wild Pony Editions is having is annual holiday sale of handmade cards, books, prints and cards on 21 November, 4-7.00pm and 22 November 10-5 in the printstudio at the Studio Art Center, located at 810 South Davis Street, Arlington, TX. Wild Pony Editions brings artists, designers, poets and students together to collaborate in the creating of innovative prints and book works in a wide range of traditional and nontraditional print media and techniques. At its essence, WP Editions seeks to engage students in the language and strategies of contemporary art while fostering an educational experience that both promotes and challenges traditional printmaking. What is unique about WP Editions is that it provides students with a completely interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial experience. For more infomation about the sale or Wild Pony Editions, please contact Syd Webb, Director of WP at wildpony@uta.edu or call the Art Department at 817.272.2891. For more information about Wild Pony, please visit http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/innovations/wild_pony/

Professor Nancy Palmeri Elected MAPC Chairperson


Professor Nancy Palmeri was elected as the MidAmerican Print Council Chairperson for a two-year term. The Mid America Print Council is a national organization whose goal it is to promote awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints, books, hand-made paper, and drawings. The MAPC is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities, and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; through the organization, display, and circulation of exhibitions of original prints, books, hand-made paper, and drawings; through newsletters, and journal articles; through awards given to those deserving special recognition for lifetime contribution to printmaking; and through research, study, and general enjoyment of the arts. For more information please visit, www.midamericaprintcouncil.org

Dinnertime Magazine


Photography and Printmaking alumna Lindsey Brown is the creator and editor of Dinnertime Magazine, scheduled for release in December. Dinnertime is an art publication that brings artist together by featuring content that creates
conversations, highlights process, and provides both a resource and an outlet for creative professionals and artists alike. For more information about the magazine, please visit http://www.dinnertimemag.com/

Peace Piece Exhibition at 500X


PEACE PIECE by Emily Nicastro and Syd Webb is a collaborative print project being held at 500x Gallery in Dallas.  A collection of 15 small images were developed by exchanging imagery and printing back and fourth on the same sheets of paper. Works are installed as complete editions that can literally be torn off the wall and taken away. The intention of this partnership was to share with one another and the public, in an effort to embrace the democratic nature of printmaking.

 

Benito Huerta Featured in Art and Seek

Photo: Christina Ulsh

"What if an artist got to choose the works hung on the walls in museums? At the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, assistant curator Maggie Adler teamed up with artist Benito Huerta for an unusual exhibition. Huerta sifted through the Amon Carter’s collection to choose pieces that spoke to him. Meantime Adler visited Huerta in his studio and home to select works from throughout his career.  Their picks make up the show,  called Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection.

Getting a living artist’s take on the Amon Carter’s historic paintings gives those works a new twist, says Adler. And showing Huerta’s contemporary political work near pieces like a watercolor landscape from the 1800s makes viewers think more deeply about Huerta’s technique."

Read the article here.

ICPF CORRPRO DESIGN LAB RIBBON CUTTING


Members of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF), The University of Texas at Arlington, the Department of Art and Art History, corporate partners and guests will be on-hand Tuesday, Oct. 28, to dedicate the new Corrugated Prototype Design and CAD Production Lab.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, slated for 11 a.m., will be in the Fine Arts Building, Room 155.

The new workspace was made possible through a major, in-kind gift of state-of-the art production equipment and structural design software acquired and provided through ICPF.

The packaging and design lab will integrate corrugated and structural curriculum into the Visual Communication program in the Department of Art and Art History. The lab includes ICPF’s online corrugated curricula, a Data Tech computer-aided design table donated by ICPF corporate partner Vanguard Packaging, and Esko-donated design software.

Robert Hower, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, said the new partnership aligns closely with the Department’s growth and focus on design.

“The materials and digital technology will immediately provide significant packaging experiences and design problem-solving opportunities for real world design and production,” Hower said. “It is a great example of education and industry teaming up to improve employment opportunities for our students.”

The lab has been in use for a few semesters and has already yielded impressive results: a team of students won ICPF’s International Best of the Best Student Design Presentation Competition during ICPF’s 15th annual, live interactive, Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Teleconference earlier this year. The UTA student design team qualified for the ICPF Run-Off competition by competing against dozens of teams from universities from across the nation last year in the AICC student design competition. AICC-The Independent Packaging Association and the Fibre Box Association are co-sponsors and long-time supporters of ICPF.

Assistant Professor Ben Dolezal said the students’ work was enabled by the new design lab. “The lab provides students with the structural design software, materials and a computer-aided design table to produce significant packaging solutions for use in the marketplace,” he said.

ICPF has established similar packaging design programs within graphic design schools at top academic institutions throughout North America. UT Arlington’s lab, CorrPro Design + UTA, is the first institute of higher education in Texas to offer corrugated packaging and displays curriculum and structural design instruction.

ICPF is an independent, non-profit educational foundation, whose mission is “to generate a stream of increasingly qualified students to enter the corrugated packaging and display industry, now and into the future,” according to the group’s website.

 

Robert Hower, ICPF, Richard Flarity
 

Robert Hower, ICPF, Richard Flarity

 

Robert Hower, ICPF, Richard Flarity

 

Robert Hower, ICPF, Richard Flarity

Images by James Dunning

100 Dallas Creatives: No 51 Insightful Artist Stephen Lapthisophon


Faculty Member Stephen Lapthisophon has been featured on the Dallas Observer's 100 Dallas creatives list. Below is an excerpt, the full article can be found here.

"Artist Stephen Lapthisophon has made his mark on Dallas in more ways than one. Born in Houston, he attended undergraduate at UT Austin and went on to get his MFA in Chicago, where he also studied comparative literature at Northwestern. In the early 2000s, he was looking for new opportunities to show work and ended up in Dallas, as an artist in residence at UTD. In 2007, having developed a close working relationship with Nancy Whitenack at Conduit Gallery, he made the decision to move here permanently.


In the seven years since then, he has been a dynamic contributor to the Dallas art world. He regularly shows at Conduit in the Design District and helps to bring up the next generation of artists at UT Arlington, where he teaches. His artistic interests and influences are diverse -- ranging from painting to poetry to film. One influence on his work that is often discussed, including by Lapthisophon himself, is his blindness. For twenty years he has been legally blind. In October of 2013, he presented his first major solo exhibition, entitled "coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables and 'Selected Poems'" at the Dallas Museum of Art. That exhibit featured works made with food materials like coffee, ground spices and herbs, emphasizing the importance of senses other than sight -- a regular theme of his art."

Glass Demonstrations


Undergraduate Kelly McCabe, brings Graduate Student Michelle Pennington a hot gather of colored glass for the spectators at the Ft. Worth Arts Goggle Event. This was one of the 10 demonstrations which were led by UTA students and Faculty for the one day event.

UTA Art Saturday Schedule


FIND YOUR SPACE AT UTA ART
A day of workshops for community college students
Saturday November 8, 2014
 
Morning sessions: 9:30 – 11:30
Lunch provided in the UTA Art Gallery at noon
Afternoon sessions 1-3 
 
Due to limited space in many of our studios, you must RSVP for all workshops to art@uta.edu.  You can take one or two workshops (morning and afternoon). Specify which sessions you are interested in and if you plan to stay for lunch. First come, first served.  Details and directions will be sent in reply.
 

PRINTMAKING with Nancy Palmeri and Grad Students

Morning:
LETTERPRESS
Participants will learn the essentials of letterpress printing and produce a small poster in the Wild Pony Letterpress studio.  Meet in the UTA Art Gallery.
 
Afternoon:
BOOKARTS 
Participants will learn various book binding techniques.  SAC 124.
 
 

PAINTING with Marilyn Jolly and Sedrick Huckaby

 
Morning:
BUILD A CANVAS
Demonstrations on building a cradled panel and stretched canvas painting support and archival surface preparations for oils, acrylics and mixed media. Participants will prepare the surface of a small stretched canvas for the afternoon portrait painting session.  SAC121
 
Afternoon:
PORTRAIT PAINTING
Working with a live model, learn various approaches to create an expressive portrait on your new canvas. SAC121
 
 

FOUNDRY with Francis Giampietro

 
BRONZE POUR
A demonstration of Lost Wax Casting. A wax version is made of the object to be cast, then a ceramic shell mold is built around the wax. The mold is fired in a kiln to vaproize the wax and leave a negative impression of the object. The bronze is heated until molten and poured into the empty molds. The final step is removing the shell mold from the bronze and clean it.
 
 

GAME DEVELOPMENT with Joshua Wilson

Participants must register for both sessions!
 
Morning:
GAME DESIGNS AND PIPELINES
Participants will be taught the theory of game design, an overview of the game development pipeline, and the mechanisms of game art.  FA 357
 
Afternoon:
PONG WORKSHOP
After attending the morning workshop, participants will craft their very own version of the arcade classic Pong for PC and MAC.  FA 166
 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 
Morning:
TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY Scott Hilton
Hands on demonstration on making a tintype, the photo process used widely in the Civil War era.  Each tintype is a photo on a metal plate that is unique.  FAB 349
 
Morning or Afternoon:
FINE ART DIGITAL PRINTING with Kenda North & Bryan Florentin
Learn about the many different papers that are available for photo ink jet printing, as well as practical tips for image adjustment and color balance.  Participants will be able to make up to 4 16 x 20 prints.  Matt, lustre and gloss papers will be available; students should bring high quality jpegs or RAW files.  FA 376A
 
Morning:
STUDIO LIGHTING/PORTRAITURE with Leighton McWilliams
Learn about strobe lighting applications in the studio.  A hands on demonstration; bring an external hard drive for your new digital file.
FA 350
 

GLASS

 
Morning:
THE ART OF GLASSBLOWING with Justin Ginsberg
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.  SAC Glass Studio  C146
 
Afternoon:
KILN FORMED GLASS – IMAGERY ON GLASS with Jean Fernandes
Participants will learn a variety of techniques to form imagery on glass panels, producing a unique glass painting/drawing/photograph. 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. SAC Glass Studio C145
 
 

VISUAL COMMUNICATION

Morning:
BRANDING WORKSHOP with Ben Dolezal
"Branding" has become an essential part of visual communication and advertising world.  This workshop will allow individuals to create their own 'branding' as a professional.  Topics covered are developing a unique voice in a crowded creative market, targeting a specific audience and strategies for building brand loyalty. Bring a sketchbook or notepad and a USB drive. FA 368
 

FILM/VIDEO

Morning:
DIRECTING WORKSHOP with Ya'ke Smith
Participants will work in our state of the art media arts studio with a script and actors to learn about directing for film and video. FA 134 Media Arts Studio.
 
Afternoon:
AESTHETICS OF EDITING with Bart Weiss
These days anyone record video and make an edit but how can you use editing to be a more effective storyteller?   This session is not so much about which button to push but why. It will cover a brief history of the post-production process and how you can be more effective getting to your point and how to keep your audiences’ attention. What style of editing is right for your project and when are too many effects too much. Learn Sergei Eisenstein's law that editing is the ruthless suppression of the inessential. FA 346
 

ART HISTORY

 
ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH with Ben Lima
Discover the world of knowledge available in studying the history of art.  Learn about the scholarly methods and tools used by students and scholars who seek to understand the meaning of works of art from far-off cultures, and from our own communities. We will discuss the cutting-edge databases and websites used for digital research, as well as age-old methods of connoisseurship and historiography.
 
As part of their work, art history majors spend time in up-close and personal study of individual works of art, and this workshop will introduce us to the unique works in UTA's African art collection, and the contemporary exhibition on view at the Gallery at UTA. We will discuss some of the creative and challenging careers available to art history majors after graduation.  Meet in the UTA Art Gallery
 

Morgan Chivers’ Interview Published in Peripheral ARTeries


Morgan Chivers has been interviewed and published in Peripheral ARTeries, the link to the digital publication can be found here. An excerpt about Morgan from the interview:
 
"Morgan Chivers graduated from San Jose State University (2011) after spending a full decade earning four simultaneously conferred degrees and five minors: BA History, BA Global Studies, BFA photography and BFA Spatial Arts, with minors in Anthropology, Music, Religious Studies, German and Environmental Studies. He is a current graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing an MFA in Glass & Intermedia.
Morgan has rapidly built an extensive exhibition record, with shows throughout the United States and internationally. His work has been selected for 32 juried exhibitions in the last 18 months, receiving 1st place honors from the Carnegie Arts Center's "Imagining the Real" exhibition, the ArtBUZZ publication, and the Glass Arts Society's International Student Exhibition Catalogue."
 

Freshman Nicole Meyer Wins Video Contest


UTA freshman Nicole Meyer was announced last Saturday as the grand prize winner of the “My Texas Home” video contest by Voice for Texas – TREPAC. Nicole, an art and film major, won for her video illustrating why Texas is the best place to own a home.

" Voice for Texas-TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) announced the winners of their My Texas Home video contest last weekend at the 2014 Texas REALTOR® Conference in San Antonio. Nichole Meyer of Coppell, Texas won first place and was awarded the grand prize of $5,000 for her entry.

Meyer, 18, is a freshman at the University of Texas at Arlington and is majoring in art and film. “My dad found out about the My Texas Home Contest, and told me about it and I thought, ‘I have an idea for this contest and this is exactly what I need to do.’ I love my home, so this was a perfect fit for me,” Meyer explained.

Voice for Texas-TREPAC Chairman Christine Seidel said, “We were blown away by the creativity and drive of all the contestants this year. The My Texas Home video contest is a testament to Texas pride and the homes, families and communities that inhabitant the Lone Star State. To view the winning entries and all My Texas Home submissions visit MyTexasHome.org."

MFA Funded Research Travel Presentations


MFA Funded Research Travel Presentations
Monday, 15 September 2014, Fine Arts Building, room 148
2.00-3.30
 
The Art+Art History Department will be hosting the first annual MFA Funded Research Travel Presentations. The seven graduate students will be speaking about the importance of travel on their specific creative and academic practices. Following their presentations, there will be an opportunity for students and faculty to ask questions and share professional information. Please join us in supporting these excellent students. 

Alumni Joins 500x, Presents Exhibition “RIPE PRODUCE: A MEMBER SHOW”


Alumni M. Kate Helmes, H. Schenck, Syd Webb, and current graduate student, Laura Garcia, are new members to Dallas's oldest artist run co-op, 500X. The opening show for the season will be a 16 member exhibition showcasing the ripe new group of artists.

RIPE PRODUCE: A MEMBER SHOW

Opening Reception September 13, 2014
7:00-10:00 pm
Show runs till September 21, 2014

A new cast of emerging DFW artists are at 500X, showcasing a range of traditional and contemporary art. Works ranging from photography, printmaking, textile, installation, paintings, video, performance, and conceptual works investigate a variety of content and formal concerns. These 16 active artists have ties to and collaborated with other artist groups such as Art Conspiracy, aphophenia underground, Deep Ellum Windows, Gallery Project in Detroit, Hatch Show Print, Homecoming Committee, Performance SW, The Junior Ward, and Wild Pony Editions, to name a few. They work in the community as educators, coaches, professionals, and mentors across the DFW area. They work and are involved with institutions such as Dallas Museum of Art, UNT, UTD, UTA, Collin College, Dallas Public Library, Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Urban Outfitter, Transit Bike Company, and Tarleton State University.

For more information, visit www.500x.org

Sedrick Huckaby, Benito Huerta and Andrew Ortiz in Ongoing Exhibition


Sedrick Huckaby, Benito Huerta and Andrew Ortiz at the Center for Mexican American Studies and Center for African American Studies Open House on August 27, 2014. The three faculty members from the Department of Art & Art History were asked to participate in an ongoing exhibition of art works in the new Swift Center location.

Stephen Lapthisophon Featured in D Magazine


"Stephen Lapthisophon, a UT Arlington visiting assistant professor of art, made the Dallas 40 list as an artist, D Magazine reported in its annual issue of what's best in Dallas. Over the past decade, Lapthisophon has been one of a number of artists and art professors in Dallas who have helped a younger generation of artists."

From D Magazine: 

"Soon after Stephen Lapthisophon moved from Chicago to Dallas in 2007, he noticed two things. First, there was a society photographer at a museum event. “I thought, ‘This would never happen in Chicago,’ ” Lapthisophon says. Then he went to an artist lecture on a Wednesday night, and it was packed. “And I thought, ‘This would also never happen in Chicago.’ ”

Lapthisophon saw that divide in the city as well. On the one hand, there was the multimillion-dollar Arts District, but just a few miles away, there were vacant lots and odd warehouses. “Dallas has this weird landscape,” he says. “It has this image of all of the flash and glitter, and that is definitely there. But there is also an odd mystery to it. I liked the opportunity that some of those spaces offered. It is good for artists.”

Over the past decade, Lapthisophon, a professor at UTA, has been one of a number of artists and art professors in Dallas who have helped a younger generation of artists exploit that gap. He encourages his students to look to artists in places like Berlin and São Paulo and to use Dallas’ available space to their advantage. Outside the glow of New York, Chicago has always fostered a DIY art culture of pop-up spaces and apartment galleries. Lapthisophon thinks a similar attitude and energy can exist here.

“There’s always going to be a kind of old guard who defines the scene,” he says. “But the other way is to hustle and scrape and do something of substance. You sink or swim based on whether it is good enough.”

In the past few years, Dallas’ underground artist culture has flourished precisely by following this dictate, with some of the best exhibitions staged by artists who take over vacant storefronts and warehouses. It has transformed how this city’s art scene functions. Lapthisophon believes that change is irreversible.

“There are ways in which Dallas is the same scene that happens everywhere,” he says. “But I think that certain channels, once they get opened, they don’t close up. It is not that some things are sustainable. When you change the language of the discussion, it makes thinking different.”

Mary McCleary Artist Talk & Exhibition Reception


You are invited to the gallery talk at 12:30 pm tomorrow (Thursday)  by artist, Mary McCleary. 

The McCleary/Rosenberg Exhibition reception is on Friday from 5:30-8:00 pm. 

UTAG Summer Accomplishments


During the Summer, University of Texas at Arlington Glass students and graduates (UTAG) pursued professional development through internships, residencies, and specialized workshops. It was one of the most active summers in the history of the glass area, illuminating a level of dedication and strength of the program.

Nick Billalba, who recently received his BFA in Glass, is a full time employee for professional artist Lee Ware, who is working in Lubbock. Nick assists the artist on prototyping, production, cold work, while also continuing to develop his own work. Another recent BFA graduate, Randi Kolbe, continues to work on her mobile glass facility, which is fabricated out of a Recreational vehicle. Consulting with some of the top designers and engineers in the world, at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, and the Corning Museum of glass, this fully functional, mobile glass studio will accommodate hot glass working, as well as Neon, giving demonstrations, lectures, and having visiting artists. The vehicle is set to launch in the Summer of 2015.

Current students within the program also had an extremely productive and active summer. Kelley McCabe accepted a summer internship at SiNaCa Glass studios in Ft. Worth, where she assisted with classes and supported the studio tech team. She received a partner scholarship from the Pittsburg glass center, which allowed her to take a 2-week intensive class from professional artist Sam Stang. She was also a studio assistant to local Glass artist Carlyn Ray, at her private studio in Dallas, TX.

Ray Queen, accepted an internship at the Tulsa Glassblowing Studio in Oklahoma. He was able to get experience teaching beginners, announcing demonstrations, as well as hands-on production techniques.

Kalle Tiihonen also received a partner scholarship from the Pittsburg Glass Center, and took a 2-week intensive class from Janusz Pozniak, an English artist. He also accepted a summer internship and work/study position in Denmark, at the Jyderup Hojskole Institute, studying under Erik Meaker. Kalle was not the only undergraduate who received an International Opportunity. Advanced student Aaron Gabriel conducted a two-week residency in Germany.

Also this summer, UTAG had an amazing presence at the World renound Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington, which was started by artist Dale Chihuly, as a way to connect international artists, to exchange ideas, techniques, and to network. Graduate of the BFA Glass program, Hayley Fowler accepted a 6 week internship as a technician and assistant coordinator to the Studios. Neal Paustian, recent MFA graduate, also accepted a 3-week internship position. Another recent graduate of the MFA Glass program, Jean Fernandes, accepted a position as a librarian for one session, and then was a Teaching Assistant to American artist Aimee Sones, and Anjali Srinivasan, an Indian artist who is currently working in Dubai. Shannon Brunskill, graduate of the MFA program in 2011, accepted positions throughout the summer, including Teaching Assistant for South American Artist Silvia Levinson, Program Assistant, and Studio Coordinator. Justin Ginsberg, current head of the glass area, visiting assistant professor, and graduate of the MFA program in 2011, also accepted a position as a teaching assistant to Australian artist Richard Whiteley, and German artist Heike Brachlow. He also accepted a three-week position as the Hot Studio coordinator. Joshua Hargrave accepted a position as the Teaching Assistant for American Artist James Harmon, and Norwegian artist Brynhildur Thorgeirsdottir. Current Graduate student Michelle Pennington received the Dubois grant, a $3000 juried scholarship, which allowed her to take a 3-week intensive course with South American Artist Silvia Levinson. She also received funding from the McDowell center for International research, which supported her travel to undertake research in Istanbul. Christine Heimerman, a 3rd year Graduate student, received support from the Department and the glass studio to take a 3-week intensive with American artist Ben Wright, and Stine Bistrup, who works in Denmark. Colton Scally accepted a position as a Librarian and Christian Greene was accepted into a class, studying under Raven Skyriver.

Jean Fernandes, recent graduate of the MFA program was accepted into a very competitive exhibition in Prague, and is a contender to win the Libensky Glass prize.

Frame of Mind on KERA TV


Frame of Mind, a series of 13 episodes, will air on KERA TV, the station reported. The series is a collection of homegrown documenataries, feature films and video shorts. It premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Bart Weiss, a UT Arlington associate professor of film, will produce the series. Three UT Arlington student films will air on Oct. 16 as an episode in the series. Phone Ghost directed by Jean-Patrick Mahoney, Avocados directed by Julie Gould and Helado directed by Gabriel Duran. 

Peor Es Nada (MFA SHORT)


Gabe Duran's Peor Es Nada will be screening at the Broadway International Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 30.  Peor Es Nada will be one of only 17 films from around the world to screened at BIFF-LA. 
 
The Broadway International Film Festival Los Angeles (BIFF-LA) aims to bring back focus and interest to the Broadway corridor of downtown Los Angeles. As part of the "Bringing back Broadway initiative".
 
The purpose of the festival includes reaching all aspects of our community with the focus of placing Broadway as a cultural center of film diversity and a platform for the exposure of important topics that affect us all, with the opportunity for both emerging and established talent to showcase and publicize their material.
 

Play Testing Opportunity


A play testing session for Ornery, will occur on September 14th for Noon to 6 pm. If you would like to participate please sign up online HERE with the password Tester. Must be a student at The University of Texas in Arlington and over 18 to join. 

Ornery is a casual side scrolling shooter. Hop in your booster tank and help defend your planet. Collect special powers from fallen enemies and see how long you can hold your ground against an never ending onslaught of aliens. Developed for both PCs and Macs by Joshua Wilson.

Dr. Mary Vaccaro Lectures at the Legion of Honor


Dr. Mary Vaccaro will be a guest lecturer at the Legion of Honor/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, in conjunction with a special exhibit of Parmigianino's so-called "Turkish Slave," in September.

https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/calendar/guest-curator-lecture-un-lume-di-grazia-tanto-piacevole-parmigianino-painter-grace-mary

H. Schenck Participates In “inside)(outside”


H. Schenck will be participating in "inside)(outside" a show curated by two UT Arlington alumni, Alison Starr and Courtney Brown co-founders of Perfomance SW. Several other performers are: Laura Garcia-Penn (a current graduate student), Wesley Salazar (a current undergraduate student), Kate Helms, Reuben Melendez, Janet Morrow, and Sharon Turner who are all allumi.

"inside)(outside, curated by Dallas based group PerformanceSW, displays collected ephemera from artists exploring the inbetween in performance. The works included will challenge representations of performance art to the everyday, comparative to the performativity of gender roles. Both displays call for the construction of invisible boundaries.

A physical extension of inside)(outside, in the form of a one-night-only performance showcase curated by PerformanceSW co-founders, Courtney Brown and Alison Starr, will be on view at Oil & Cotton from 7:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Dallas, Texas."

Marilyn Jolly Speaks at The Warehouse


Associate professor and painting area coordinator Marilyn Jolly was invited to speak at The Warehouse, "co-owned by Dallas art collectors Howard Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer, are works that span genres and the globe. Its galleries include paintings by German artist Gerhard Richter, animated films by South Africa’s William Kentridge and a large, blue human-shaped figure once displayed at Dallas Museum of Art." Last Monday professor Jolly gave a lecture on three artists in the collection that are currently installed: Sigmar Polke, Guido van der Werve and Carroll Dunham.

Justin Ginsberg Shares Experience In Germany


Justin Ginsberg, visiting assistant professor and glass area coordinator shares his experiences in Germany during recent exhibitions and a residency.

"This really started with a scholarship I received to attend the Pilchuck Glass school in the summer of 2013. During my time there I was able to connect with Nadania Idriss, founder and director of Berlin Glas e.V., a new non-profit glass studio in Berlin, Germany. After discussing my curatorial experience, she invited me to curate an exhibition, which would be held in December of 2013. Many of the artists had an affiliation with UTA. 

I received support from the university to travel to Berlin, to install the exhibition, and be present during the opening, which included a performance from a Belgium artist, Philipp Weber. During my time there I made a strong connection with this artist. During the opening, I also made a connection with Sébastien Bourdeauducq, a Scientist, and founder of EHSM (Experimental Hardware Software Meeting), a group dedicated to development in science, and DIY processes.

These connections created many opportunities for me in Berlin. With further support from the University (Through the McDowell Center grant, and further support from the Art + Art History Dept.) I was accepted to conduct a 5 week residency with a solo exhibition.

During my first week of my residency, I supported Philipp Weber and his performance titled Estrange symphony for the DMY International Design Fair. I also participated in collaborative demonstrations for the attendees of the conference with Irish artist Jesse Günther. It was a wonderful opportunity for exposure. During that week I also had the pleasure of helping create works for Mona Hatoum, an incredibly well known and influential artist who is represented at the Tate Modern in London, as well as several biennale, including the Venice biennale. It was a wonderful opportunity and I am in discussions with her to come to UTA when she visits the Menil Museum in Houston, for her solo exhibition coming up in 2017.

My residency was an incredible opportunity to work with several international artists, and concluded with a solo exhibition, titled Décadence. It was very well received, and developed more opportunities for me. The Museum Kunstpalast, in Dusseldorf, Germany acquired one of my artworks for their permanent collection. It has one of Europe¹s largest glass collections. I had a very long conversation with the curator who also gave me a private tour of the museum while it was closed, and I was able to spend some significant time with some of the hidden Joseph Beuys works. He taught just down the street at the art academy.

During my exhibition I also met several directors of the Bild-Werk glass studio located in Frauenau, Germany who requested I submit a proposal to teach a one month class in the summer of 2015.

My residency ended with a trip to Hamburg, Germany where I was invited as a speaker to present my artwork, research, and methodology at the EHSM annual conference, which was held at DESY, the 2nd largest particle accelerator in Europe. My presentation was intermixed with science innovations, and DIY developments, and have already been offered an opportunity to return next year to share my latest developments.

Other key notes of time there, include connecting with the Chair of the art department from ANU (the Australian National university) and the head of the glass/ 3d areas from ANU about an exchange program between the two institutions, which we are still discussing and drafting potentials.

I also have begun to develop a type of residency/internship through Berlin Glas e.V. for UTA glass students to get professional and International Experience."

Clay Professor Nicholas Wood’s Exhibitions


Clay professor Nicholas Wood has had works exhibited across the country and internationally, here are some of his recent exhibitions.

National Works on Paper: Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Juror: Louis Grachos, Director of the Contemporary, Austin, Texas (catalogue).
Celebrate Texas Art 2014: Williams Tower Gallery/Assistance Art League of Houston, Texas; Juror: Rock Hushka, Curator of Contemporary Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (catalogue).
Annual International Exhibition: Meadows Gallery, University of Texas Tyler; Juror: Dean Daderko, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas.
Dallas Art Fair: Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, Texas at William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibit space.

Photography: Art/Science/Document


On July 30th there will be a lecture at the Arlington Museum of Art in collaboration with the current exhibtion of Ansel Adams Photography. Bryan Florentin, Scott Hilton and Kenda North of the Art + Art History's photography program will be on the panel for a discussion of how photography has mediated a cultural role as document, art and science from its origins to the present.

The lecture will on July 30 at 6:30pm.

The Arlington Museum of Art 
201 W. Main Street, Arlington, Tx 76010 

Admission is free and open to the public 

Morgan Chivers’ work in Manifest Gallery’s 8th Annual Master Pieces Exhibition


http://www.manifestgallery.org/about/schedule.html

 

"Often the most exceptional work comes out of these artists’ immersion in their culture of study and intellectual pursuit. Manifest’s goal, therefore, is to select and document works that in the truest sense of the word are contemporary masterpieces – works that set the standard of quality that the artist is expected to maintain throughout his or her professional career. The exhibit catalogs for Master Pieces, and now the Manifest Exhibition Annual, will serve as a visual documentation of these artists’ own benchmarks for years to come.

This eighth installment of the Master Pieces project will continue to reveal the intensity and professionalism of students working towards their terminal academic degree in the field of art or design. 148 artists representing 79 different academic graduate programs submitted 402 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. Twenty-eight works by 21 artists from 15 states representing 20 different academic programs were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog."

A Review Of Levitt Pavilion Performing Arts Event


Cheryl Mitchell Lecturer and Collections Specialist for the Art + Art History Department hosted a community outreach event on July 2nd.

Mitchell says "It was held in conjunction with the Lannaya West African Dance & Drum Ensemble and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. I hosted the booth at both the 9:30am and 7:30pm performances and passed out almost 400 coloring book pages representing African masks and cultures, as well as information about the various exhibitions on campus and pamphlets for the Art + Art History Department and the Center for African American Studies.

I had a blast and look forward to hosting again next year!"

 

Jackson Echols, Alumni’s First Solo Show


Jackson Echols graduated with his MFA in Intermedia/Studio Arts in the spring of 2014 from UTA, he currently has a show at the Rachel Nash Gallery in Deep Ellum. This is Jackson's first solo exhibition, he is also teaching Intro to Digital Photography during the summer. The show has been open since June 28th, there also was an opening reception 8pm–10pm. There will be a closing reception on Thursday, July 17th, from 5pm–8pm where the complete installation piece will be unveiled. 

For more information visit: www.rachelnashgallery.com

Alumni Show: Tethered


Tethered is a show put on by UTA painting and photography alumni: Celia Cortez, Joy Ellis, Heather Braman Gaton and Rocky McGee. The works are centered around women's issues. The show is located at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, there will be a reception July 26th 5pm–8pm.

 

UNT Health Science Center
Atrium Gallery
1st floor of Carl E Everett EAD Building
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Forth Worth, TX 76107
Hours: M–F 8am–5pm

Daniel Martinez Presents You’re Doing Great


You’re Doing Great, is an installation by graduating senior Daniel Ray Martinez. The installation is a group of images that Daniel has derived over the past year. The images are documents of everyday life that he finds interesting or aesthetically pleasing. Daniel is interested in creating a dialogue between how we see and read information through photographic imagery and text based media, and how it transcribes to how we see the world visually. Also, he explores the materiality of the photo image and presents them in a free-floating non-hierarchical way for the viewer to move more dynamically within the space.

Daniel’s installation will be on view from July 14th - July 25th at UT Arlington Fine Arts Building Room 343 on the 3rd floor.

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble


Join Cheryl Mitchell, Lecturer and Collections Specialist of the Art + Art History Department, this upcoming Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the City of Arlington, as she hosts a booth for the UT Arlington African Art Collections during the Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble event at 9:30am and again at 7:30pm. She will offer information and pamphlets over the collections, the Art + Art History Department and the Center for African American Studies (CAAS).

At this event Mitchell seeks to build awareness of the collections and their availability for viewing by the public at three current venues on campus, including the Visual Resource Center in the Fine Arts Building, the Swift Center in collaboration with CAAS, and the UC Art Gallery within the University Center at UT Arlington. Each of these venues showcases a variety of artifacts and artistic creations of the African peoples as well as a look into the continuing legacy of contemporary African designs and more.

For more information please visit our website at www.uta.edu/art/africanart

2014 Summer MFA Exhibition


2014 Summer MFA Exhibition
June 9 – August 25, 2014
The Gallery at UTA

The Seventh Annual Summer MFA Exhibition presents the artwork of a diverse group of 21 candidates from UT Arlington’s Graduate Degree Program. The students, at varying stages of the program - from first year, to those who have recently completed the program and have already earned their MFA degree - display a broad range of contemporary art-making practice in terms of concept, media and scale.

The Department of Art & Art History’s MFA Program is organized into four areas: Studio-Intermedia, Visual Communication, Film/Video and Glass and the works in this exhibition reveal the artists’ conceptual investigations of a variety of issues as they realize their visions in these respective mediums.

This year’s exhibition was selected by three jurors who are well-known and respected in their fields: Katrina Moorhead chose the studio-intermedia and glass works, Steven Holland, the Visual Communication pieces and Julia Dyer, the film/video selections on view. After visiting each MFA candidate’s studio and reviewing all the works that had been completed or were currently in progress, the jurors were faced with the daunting task of selecting one or two pieces they felt demonstrated the students’ best accomplishments. Their thoughtful choices reflect the depth and diversity of both the program and the student artists who generously share their intellectual and creative explorations. 

 

 

Participating artists:

Ryan Britton

Morgan Chivers

Gladys Chow

David Diaz

Gabriel Duran

Jackson Echols

Elizabeth English

Brendan Feltrup-Exum

Laura Garcia

Christine Heimerman

Ginnie Shih En Hsu

Jean-Patrick Mahoney

Emily Nicastro

Neal Paustian

Michelle Pennington

Maryam Rezaei

Alison Starr

Seth Victorious

Shuhong Wang

Sydney Webb

Joshua Wilson

Design Texas Class Completes a Branding Project for the HSNT


UTA Visual Communication students Alexander Reyher, Drew Collins, Karolina Bebak, Kimi Nguyen, Samuel McKinnie and Nike Duraku from the Design Texas class have created a new identity for Humane Society of North Texas, a non profit located in Ft. Worth. The students will be work throughout the summer to help Ann Barnes Executive Director and Whitney Hanson Marketing Director of HSNT implement the brand on social media, an ad campaign, environmental signage, and their website.

MFA Candidate Morgan Chivers featured at Ontario Science Center


"Art is the elimination of the unnecessary." - Pablo Picasso

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

These entwined ideas – which underlie Occam’s Razor – form a thread that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam’s Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal, are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and experiments.

With reference to Occam’s Razor, the interdisciplinary discourse presented in this exhibition by Propeller and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre, seeks to narrow the cultural divide between art and science.

http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/ScienceNow/IdeaGallery/OccamsRazor/#Chivers 

M.A.C.H.I.N.E.: Consciousness


In celebration of re­awakening, the M.A.C.H.I.N.E. (Master of Arts Collective in Higher Idea Navigation and Exploration) sought artist submissions from emerging and established artists for a juried show about consciousness. The work of over a dozen artists from California, New York, and Texas (and some places in-between) are on display in Gallery West (located at the Studio Arts Center). Please join us for the reception: May 22 from 5 - 8 pm.

Art Education Students Teach at the Kimbell Art Museum


UTA Art Education students met four times during the Spring 2014 semester at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth. During these class sessions, students prepared, planned, and learned about teaching art through an inquiry-based museum method working directly with the objects and artwork in the space. After working with the Kimbell Museum Educators for the first three sessions, UTA students were able to teach their own art lessons to middle schoolers from Kirkpatrick Middle School. 
 
Through the experience, art education students learned valuable tools and ideas about teaching art in different spaces, how to connect students to artwork, engage with student's interests, and think about how to develop art making lessons that connect all of these aspects.    
 

Todd Russell Wins the Carolyn A. Barros Service-Learning Award


"Service Learning is a teaching method that promotes student learning through active participation in meaningful and planned service experiences in the community that are directly related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, general knowledge, sense of civic responsibility, self-awareness, and commitment" (Crews, 1995). The Carolyn A. Barros Service-Learning Award celebrates the commitment UT Arlington students have made to the betterment of their communities and the enrichment of their learning experience inside and outside the classroom. This award recognizes initiative, achievement, and excellence of students involved in service learning at UT Arlington.
 
Two honorees are awarded for UT-Arlington each year, and one of this year's recipients is Todd Russell. Todd is an Art Education student in the Art + Art History Department. His dedication to service learning makes him very deserving of this award. He has been working with the Evergreen Cultural Arts Center for the Spring 2014 semester and plans to continue his work with the Center over the summer as an independent study.    

Evergreen Cultural Arts Center Exhibition—Hosted by Art Education Students


During the 2014 Spring semester, Art Education students participated in a service-learning opportunity with the Evergreen Cultural Arts Center (CAC) in Ft. Worth. Evergreen runs homes and work facilities in the DFW area for people with special needs. Their CAC was established as a way for the people working in the facilities to be able to create artwork and sell it to make an income.

Students prepared to teach art at the facility by learning about art therapy as well as methods and strategies of teaching. Students visited the CAC three times during the semester to teach art to Evergreen's special needs population and also spent ten hours of outside class time volunteering at the Center.

After creating and making many art pieces with the people at the CAC, students wanted to do something special for the them, so they decided to hold an exhibition of the artwork at the Studio Arts Center at UTA. The exhibition was "bigger than Evergreen's holiday party," stated Karen Towery, Area Supervisor of the CAC. It was a great success. This opportunity allowed Art Education students to build relationships, empower an underserved population, learn about their selves, and better understand what it takes to teach art.  

By Perla E. Cabrera, The Shorthorn staff

Senior Lecturer Scott Hilton awarded Summer Institute residency in NYC


Scott Hilton, a photography instructor and specialist in 19th century photographic processes, was awarded an NEH Scholar Residency at, The American Social History Project, part of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This two-week institute supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will focus on the Visual Culture of the Civil War—including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography—to assess how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans’ understanding on both sides of the conflict.

Scott's expertise as a contemporary practitioner of antiquated techniques affords him a unique perspective on the visual materials from the archives of CUNY, the New York Public Library, the Cooper Union, and NYU that will be made available to the NEH Scholars.

http://ashp.cuny.edu/civil-war-150/nehinstitute/

Elixir by Alison Starr


Through the absurd action of honoring the cabbage, Elixir, addresses the human conditions of longing, desire, unfulfilled passions and the unique ways in which humans over time place belief, hope and love. Written by MFA Candidate Alison Starr, this performance script includes UTA faculty, students and local DFW artists to convey ideas that confound and inspire human kind.

2014 DSVC Winners


The final results from Creative Quarterly 35 are in; there are a total of 8 winners. Our student’s work has competed with the top art schools such as RISD, Mass College of Art, School of Visual Arts and many others. The winner’s work will be posted on their online gallery in Summer 2014.http://cqjournal.com/winners

 

UTA Art + Art History Winners

Elena Chudoba(Annual Report): University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Gibson, University of Texas at Arlington

Ayla Haynes, University of Texas at Arlington

Brand’ee Milton(Web Mockup), University of Texas at Arlington

Alexander Reyher(Poster), University of Texas at Arlington

Kevin Bradford(Two Illustrations), University of Texas at Arlington

Cindy Breslauer(Illustration), University of Texas at Arlington

By The Pen: The Art of Writing in Islamic Art


By the Pen: The Art of Writing in Islamic Art

From the earliest times to the present, artists and craftsmen across the Muslim lands have used writing to decorate all types of buildings and objects, from the most expensive works of art to the humblest everyday vessels.  This lecture illustrates some of the many ways they did so, raising the art of writing to its most sublime and transforming it into one of the most distinctive features of Islamic visual culture.  The lecture will discuss the different subjects that artists chose to inscribe for different purposes on different types of buildings and objects, from mosques and minbars to dishes and dress.  It will also consider the different styles of writing and the ways that artists and craftsmen went to great pains to add inscriptions, even in media such as textiles in which it is very difficult to do so.  In sum, the lecture will show why writing in Arabic script is a hallmark of Islamic art and architecture, a feature that differentiates the arts produced in the Islamic lands from those produced elsewhere.

Professor Blair teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the seventh century to modern times. She offers surveys on Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism, as well as research seminars on the Silk Road, the Islamic book, and the arts of the object. Her research is equally broad: she has written or co-written 17 books, including several international award winners, and more than 200 articles in journals, encyclopedias, colloquia, and festschriften. Several of her books were written with her husband and co-holder of the Calderwood Chair, Jonathan Bloom, with whom she served as artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS.

 

11:00am - 12:00pm

Room 148, Fine Arts Building

502 South Cooper St.

Arlington, TX

University of Texas at Arlington