UT Arlington assistant art professor wins national grant

News Release — 25 January 2011


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ARLINGTON - Darryl Lauster, an assistant professor of art at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for painters and sculptors, one of 25 artists to receive the honor this year.

Darryl Lauster

Darryl Lauster

The $25,000 award is to assist individual artists who are under-recognized for their artistic achievements and whose career would benefit from the grant. The Joan Mitchell Foundation is named for an acclaimed second-generation, abstract expressionist painter who died in 1992.

“Joan Mitchell was one of the best of contemporary American artist; this is quite an honor,” said Lauster, who joined UT Arlington’s Art and Art History faculty in 2008.

Lauster plans to use the grant for various art projects, including interviews for a film he began at a summer 2010 residency at the Wassaic Project in New York’s Hudson Valley near his hometown of Wawayand, N.Y.

“Clearly his exceptional talent and his inspiring teaching are having a direct impact on the education of our students at UT Arlington,” Provost Donald R. Bobbitt said.

Beth Wright, dean of UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts, noted that Lauster’s sculptural work Reliquary for Mount Pleasant (2007-2010) has entered the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Lauster’s work incorporates digital media, printmaking, sculpture and installation, and it often reflects his interest in American history and mythology. His depiction of the runners-up for president on ceramic plates will debut in March at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He created an artificial archeological dig highlighting local history for the Wassaic Project.

Lauster has exhibited nationally at the Louise Wells Cameron Museum of Art, Appalachian State University and the John Michael Kohler Foundation.

In Texas, Lauster has exhibited at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and of the University of Central Arkansas, and McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.

Lauster earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston.

For more about UT Arlington's College of Liberal Arts, visit uta.edu/libarts/.

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