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Introductions: Seiji Ikeda, Ya'Ke Smith & Tore Terrasi
October 25 – November 20, 2010

Reception: Friday, October 29, 6 – 8:30 PM with a brief gallery talk by the artists beginning at 6:30

ARLINGTON–The Gallery at The University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to present Introductions: Seiji Ikeda, Ya'Ke Smith & Tore Terrasi, as part of an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring recent additions to the UT Arlington Art & Art History Department Faculty. This exhibition introduces the work of three tenure-track assistant professors who are also active exhibiting artists, designers and filmmakers.

Seiji Ikeda was raised in Manhattan, KS where "Growing up as a Japanese-American in mid-Kansas offered interesting life experiences and perspectives to say the least." He spent a good portion of his education studying to be a medical doctor, enrolling in art classes to fulfill his electives; but he eventually decided to pursue the arts full-time. Ikeda received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications from Kansas State University in 2008. His work centers around the concept of the web as a mini-cosmos that is reflective of our real world culture. He works both in digital prints and the emerging field of web art and continues to research new technologies and the digital age as related to the web, digital ethnography, gaming and world cultures.

Robyn O'Neil

Seiji Ikeda

The Kayan Song, 2008
digital print, 12" x 18"



Ya’Ke Smith received his MFA in film production and direction from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. The founder and CEO of Exodus Filmworks, he has received worldwide acclaim for his films, screening and winning awards at more than 40 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. They have also been screened on HBO, Showtime and BET J. Smith states, "In my work, I find those characters that are constantly marginalized in Hollywood cinema and flesh them out – creating vivid images of the people I know… People who are just trying to make it from day to day and better themselves, even if their way of going about it is sometimes flawed."

Robyn O'Neil

Ya’Ke Smith

Katrina’s Son, 2010
movie poster for Canon 7D short film


Tore Terrasi likens his approach to the creative process to that of a benign mad scientist. He explores the evolutionary nature of meaning through typography, and personal identity through self portraiture. He draws from a wide range of disciplines including motion graphics, digital art, typography, graphic design, photography, sound and music, creative writing, interactive media, and 3D animation, as well as the traditional fine art disciplines. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Design in 2005 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his work and performances have been nationally and internationally exhibited.

Robyn O'Neil

Tore Terrasi

Grid study 3 detail , 2010
Graphite on paper, 32" X 40"


In association with the exhibition, the artists will discuss their work in hour-long presentations. Terrasi will speak on Thursday, October 28 at 12 pm in The Gallery at UTA; Smith will also speak in The Gallery on Wednesday, November 10 beginning at 12 pm; and Ikeda will present on Thursday, November 18 at 12:30 pm in Fine Arts Bldg. 148.



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

The 2010-2011 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Services.



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