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Talk at the Kimbell Art Museum

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

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

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

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

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

Art Education Mélange Exhibition

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

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

NYT Quote: Fostering a Respectful Clash of Ideas

Amit Singh, President of Google for Work

What advice do you give new college grads? 

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

Amit Singh, President of Google for Work 

Fostering a Respectful Clash of Ideas by Adam Bryant

The New York Times, Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dallas’ Great Gallery Migration Continues

Bouquet by Kenda North

Professor Kenda North was feature in the Dallas Morning News.  

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

To read more about Professor Kenda North, visit

Creative Director in Residence UTA Wild Pony Editions

UTA Wild Pony Editions

UTA Wild Pony Editions to host open studio hours


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

Find out more about UTA Wild Pony here

Former ice cream scooper now influential artist

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


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

The art of Carlos Donjuan

Everything means nothing by Carlos Donjuan

From Outside to Inside

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

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

See the full article here.

The Rising Value of a UTA Art Degree


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

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

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

H. Schenck Exhibition

H. Schenck

H. Schenck
Artist, Dallas, TX

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

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

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

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


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UTA Visual Communication Design Ranked #19 Nationally

UTA Graphic Design Ranking Visual Communication Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Gibbons

"Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe

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

Read the rest of the article at Dmagazine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the rest of the review on The Art Newspaper.

Syd Webb, Creative Director in Residence | Wild Pony Editions

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

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

HOW International Design Awards

How Competition

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

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

Context Exhibition Juror’s Award

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

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

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

The criteria based on:

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

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

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

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Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition 2015

Fall 2015 Barnett Award Winners

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

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

UTA Entrepreneurship in the Arts Presents: Smoke Signals

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

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

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

Portrait by MEI-CHUN JAU

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


Do You Have a Golden Eye for Design?

Eye on Design (AIGA DESIGN EXPO 3)

Do You Have a Golden Eye for Design?

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

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

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


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

“Declaration” Performance

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

Find Your Space at UTA Art

Find Your Space at UTA Art

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

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

View the full schedule here:
Find Your Space Schedule

Exhibition Opening: John Wilcox: Diptychs and Polyptychs

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

Saturday, November 7

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

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

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

Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition

Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition Poster

October 19 – November 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

“Gathered Leaves” by Alec Soth

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

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

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

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

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

Spencer Evans is a finalist for the CADD Fund

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

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

AICC 2015 Designers’ Lab Winners

View original article here: AICC Press Room

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

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

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


Clear Comfort Pro Thermostat challenge

1st Place – Team 4

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

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

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

Yard Enforcer challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting Artist: Ian Weaver

Ian Weaver

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

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

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

For any more information contact Syd Webb at

Nasher Project by Stephen Lapthisophon: Toccare (Non) Toccare

Shed, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist

Image: Shed, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist

Press Release: Nasher Sculpture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sedrick Huckaby Smithsonian Finalist

Sedrick Huckaby

Source: Smithsonian Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Denotes artists who were selected for the short list.

Visiting Artist: lauren woods

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

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

AICC 2015 Student Design Competition Winner Announcement

Maverick Adventure Pack; Czap, Chudoba, Norcross, Stewart

AICC 2015 Annual Student Design Winners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fronts: Steven Foutch + Kathleen Janvier - Exhibition


Exhibition - Fronts: Steven Foutch + Kathleen Janvier

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

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

Free and open to the public.

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

For more information contact Kathleen Janvier at

Painting Alumni Exhibit at Artspace111

Fabiola Valenzuela

Artwork by Fabiola Valenzuela

View article here: Artspace111

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

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

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

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

Selected Artists for the Artspace111 exhibition include:

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

About Exhibitionists Fort Worth:

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

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

Exhibitionists Fort Worth Website

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

Seven State Biennial Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesse England,

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

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

You can view Jesse's award profile here.

Next Topic at CentralTrak with Peter Bo Rappmund

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

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

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

Event details here.

Billi London-Gray Recent Works

Billi London-Gray

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

MFA Candidate Gabe Duran’s Peor Es Nada and Translation

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘CITY HEARTS’ Documentary by Patty Newton

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

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

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

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

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

Corning Museum of Glass, Artist in Residence: Justin Ginsberg

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

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

Source: Corning Museum of Glass

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

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

Article: creativecow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract Presence

June 17th – August 29th
UC Art Gallery 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Air Pollution' exhibited in St. Louis

Film & Video Professional Practices Class Industry Event

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

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


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

WildPony Offers Dad’s Day Cards

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


For more information contact Syd Webb at

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

Justin Ginsberg Featured by Corning Museum of Glass

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

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

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

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

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

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Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition

Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition

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

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

Alex Kang


Lindsey Barker


Ivan Lopez

Stephen Lapthisophon Awarded Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant

Stephen Lapthisophon

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

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

Stephen Lapthisophon
Lorraine Tady

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

Zoe Berg
Sagar Ramesh
Cat Rigdon
Narongsukchai Tintamusik

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

James Canales
Kelly Kroener
Brandon Nichols
Austin Quee

Alumni Sai Selevarajan Featured on Lucky Post Special Edition

Sai Selevarajan featured in Lucky Post

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

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

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Spring 2015 BFA Senior Exhibition

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

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

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

Spring 2015 Barnett Photography Awards

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

Pixar - Behind The Scenes of “Inside Out”

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

Janine Antoni lecture and workshop at UT Arlington

Janine Antoni lecture and workshop at UT Arlington April 27

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

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


Learn more 

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

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

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


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Mirko Illić and Marshall Arisman of School of Visual Arts visit

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

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

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

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

MFA Candidates Gabe Duran’s Peor Es Nada and Translation

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


Arlington Arts League Winners

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

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

3rd Place - $200.00 – Cor Fahringer

2nd Place - $300.00 Nathalie Houghton

1st Place – $400.00 - Suzie Salazar

Carolyn Kennerly Sculptural Award - $500.00 – David Diaz

Carolyn Kennerly Sculptural Award - $500.00 – Megan Wood

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

Ya’ke Smith featured on City of Arlington Website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information contact Ya'Ke at id/23871675209902255

UTA Wild Pony Custom Graduation Announcements

WILDPONY - Graduation Announcements

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

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

The Maverick Film Festival

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

Maryam Rezaei ‘Mourning’ Accepted into International Juried Video Art Festival

Maryam Rezaei's video art piece was selected for the international video festival in Madrid, Spain. The title of this piece is 'Mourning', and it is connected to how sound and actions can present different cultures and their traditional ways of expressing emotions such as mourning. This piece is represents one part of Persian traditional culture through new techniques.

IVAHM is an encounter between countries through new audiovisual languages. IVAHM reinforces the intent of converting the sample into an opportunity for expansion and maximum dissemination of works and the participating artists. The IVAHM held in Madrid to host set to make an itinerant show after taking a selection of participating pieces. With the First Edition of 2012 we were in A Coruña, Toro (Colombia) and soon in Argentina. The 2012 edition featured Colombia and Israel as guests in 2013 were Finland and Sweden and in 2014 we Mexico and South Korea as guest countries.

IVAHM proposal is a firm commitment to formalize physical encounters between artists and cultural projects in their respective countries.

Maryam Rezaei ‘Air Pollution’ Poster accepted into juried Graduate Student Symposium

This piece is an emotional poster about humanity's situation in polluted areas of the world. Maryam Rezaei has created 27 posters in her series about 'Air Pollution.' The goal of this series was to raise awareness of the importance of clean air. This piece is inspired by her time living in Tehran, Iran where she dealt with air pollution and different problems for others from air pollution.

The Graduate Art Organization and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis present Failure and the Artist, taking place March 20-21 in Steinberg Auditorium. The Graduate School of Art's inaugural symposium will consider failure as both a condition of working and as a subject for critical dialogue.


UTA Alumna, Jaclyn Le, Visits Illustration Students

Jaclyn Le hand-lettering

UTA alumni, Jaclyn Le, gives back to her alma mater, literally! Jaclyn Le is currently an associate design director at Coeval Studio and is the creator of Lettering Lyrics. On April 1, Jaclyn visited campus to present her journey as a graphic designer/ illustrator/ entrepreneur to students studying illustration. She gave an in-depth lecture on navigating the post college graduate experience, worked with the students demonstrating her process for Lettering Lyrics, and donated an original illustration piece to everyone in the class.

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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."

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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:

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 Art and Art History 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 Building)

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 Building)

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

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

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



UTA Art Saturday

March 21, 2015

Instructors: Email RSVPs to

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Participants must register for both sessions!

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

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


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 *Best Website Award*
  • 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

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.


"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" –
Best of Interactive
Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper

Digital advertising - Websites Consumer Outlets for "FNG Eats" –
Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper

Advertising Industry - Self-Promotion Digital Advertising for "Steadfast Creative" –
Philip Thepkaysone & Kristi Cooper

You can find additional information on Steadfast Creative here:

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:

February 21st :

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.*

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.

Jesse Estanes, Candice Anglin, Jane Lam

Healthy Stealthy Ninja
Stacy Weber, Brianne Wilsford

Bark Avenue
Susan Nguyen

Tough Glove
Andrea Norcross

Susan Nguyen

Mason LaHue Alex Reyher

GAP Annual Report
Kim Inthirath

Karolina Bebak


Elena Chodoba

Elena Chodoba

Wild Pony Website
Karen Nguyen

Runaway Train Website
Samantha Garcia, Patricia Gonzalez, Danyel Harris

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 


  • 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 


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.

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"

Photographed by Jim Starr

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

The Goss-Michael Foundation
1405 Turtle Creek Blvd. Dallas, TX

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)