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Building: Selections from the University Art Collection

September 8 – October 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 18 from 5:30 – 8 PM
Brief remarks by organizers and donors in attendance at 6:30 PM.

Jesse Barnett, To Accident and Abandon Such Customary Writings, Ultrachrome pigment print, 2011.

Arlington - The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present Building: Selections from the University Art Collection featuring works chosen from several art and artifact collections of the University of Texas at Arlington. With media ranging from contemporary prints, photographs, and paintings, to early/mid 20th century prints by Masters, modern and contemporary glass works, as well as fascinating wood, ceramic, and bronze pieces from the African Art Collections that demonstrate several hundred years of creative process, this exhibition has been organized to illuminate some of the hidden treasures not widely seen by the general public.

Cooperatively organized by Gallery at UTA Curator and Director, Benito Huerta, Art & Art History Department Chair, Robert Hower, Collections Specialist, Cheryl Mitchell, and Glass Area Coordinator, Justin Ginsberg, this selection of works illustrates the department's goal to expand the collection and make it more accessible as a cultural resource for the community and internationally. Chair Hower states, "This exhibition is the start of a meaningful commitment to provide a richer, more expansive view of the art forms of our time. We will continue to build our modest, but dynamic collection of over 400 works, which provides a critical context for all interested in the artists' process of creating. These first gifts-from longtime friends and new patrons-represent a perfect start to expand and strengthen the art experiences we provide our communities, the people of Texas, and visitors from around the world."

According to Cheryl Mitchell, Art & Art History Department Collections Specialist, "These Collections speak to the same breadth of diversity that can be found here at the University of Texas at Arlington. Brought together to create a unique aesthetic of both traditional and modern forms of art, these collections include the Jonathan A. Campbell & Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection, the Brodie African Art Collection, the Mac Stiles Glass Collection, the Master of Fine Arts Program Collection, the Faculty Works Collection, and the Orphan Works. Recently, the Department has taken over the care and stewardship of the Allan Saxe Masterworks Collection, including one of a kind works on paper by master artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Leonard Baskin. Each of these collections carries its own unique qualities and opportunities of educational knowledge and discovery to share with the university campus and local, surrounding communities."

There will be a reception on Friday, September 18 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm with brief remarks by organizers and donors in attendance at 6:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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

The 2015 - 2016 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin.



The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10A.M. - 5 P.M., Saturday 12 - 5P.M.

Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658.



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