Department of Art and Art History Alumni

Robert Pruitt lectures at the Tamarind Institute

Thu. August 28, 2014


Steeped, 2011, conte and charcoal on hand-dyed paper, 50 x 38 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Robert Pruitt (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2003) will speak at the Tamarind Institute where he is currently completing a residency. For details, visit the Tamarind Institute.

Jarrod Beck receives 2014 Clare Weiss Award

Wed. August 27, 2014

NYC Parks logo with oak leaf in circle
 

Jarrod Beck (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2007) received the 2014 Claire Weiss Award. The award recognizes emerging artists and allows their work to be installed in a NYC park. Beck will install his work in the Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Lower Eastside.

Iva Kinnaird performance at the Texas Contemporary Fair

Mon. August 25, 2014

woman sits on floor surround by collage, art, scrap paper
Image courtesy of the artist.

Iva Kinnaird (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2014) will perform You are Here during the Texas Contemporary art fair. The performance is presented by Art League Houston.

Miguel Aragon receives Kala Fellowship

Thu. August 21, 2014

Kala art institute logo
 

Miguel Aragon (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2012) was awarded a 2014-2015 Kala Art Institute Fellowship. Nine fellows were chosen out of an applicant pool of 330. The award includes access to Kala's facilities, courses, funding, and an exhibition.

Alumna Adair Ewin receives internship at Aperture

Wed. August 27, 2014

Alumna headshot with field in background
 

Before Adair Ewin (B.F.A. Visual Art Studies, 2014) heads to New York City for an internship with Aperture, a prestigious photography foundation, we interviewed her over email to discuss her upcoming move and goals.

Please describe the Aperture Work Scholar internship you were selected for.

As the Education Work Scholar I will assist the Education Director with planning, promoting, and managing all of Aperture’s education programs. It is also the responsibility of our department to give tours of the gallery space and educate groups on the history of Aperture, which is an added bonus because we have visitors from all over the world.

It is truly a blessing that I will have the opportunity to be a part of this team because their vision for the education program is innovative and inspiring and the work environment is both challenging and creative.

You applied for this internship after attending the Texas Exes NYC Seminar. What was the most eye-opening thing you learned on the trip?

The seminar was absolutely amazing. I was exhausted at the beginning of my spring semester, so thank goodness Ann Paterra, who organizes the Arts Administration-Visual portion of the seminar, was so organized. She reviewed and revised our résumés, organized meeting with arts administrators in the city, and made sure we were all completely prepared for these meetings.

The meetings were like informational interviews with visual art administrators working in NYC. It was amazing to meet with such extraordinary people working in a variety of different fields and learn about how wholeheartedly dedicated they are to promoting the visual and performing arts.

Why did you choose to apply and how will the internship help you reach your long-term goals?

I chose to apply because Aperture’s mission to promote visual literacy is directly aligned with my own goals as an art educator. Aperture’s education programs are designed to provide students with the skills to visually communicate and understand the role that visual imagery plays in their daily lives while simultaneously learning about photography as an art form.

Also, I am certain that some day I will end up teaching in a classroom where I will inevitably have conversations with students about following their fears. A move to New York was never a part of my life plan, but I knew that I could not pass up the opportunity to work at Aperture Foundation

How did the Art Education / Visual Art Studies program prepare you for this challenge?

The program is exceptional because it is so progressive. The professors are conscious of how modern art education has evolved, which allows for its graduates to go out into the working world with a clear understanding of how to better the education system rather than simply follow the norm.

Moving to NYC usually means downsizing a bit – what items could you simply not leave in Texas?

My cowboy boots! Kidding, I only have one pair of cowboy boots and I wore them when I was six-years-old. Ha!

I could not leave my dad’s old Minolta. It’s a 35mm and I adore it because he used it when traveling abroad. I can make lovely pictures with it, but I’ll have to prepare for the cost of film and printing...sigh. I also plan on bringing with me a collection of articles I was made to read for my VAS classes. Even though I won’t be in the classroom, it is important to me that I stay current about changes in art education. Those are the main things, really. I have never been one to collect and hold on to a lot of stuff, so the downsizing shouldn’t be too difficult, thank goodness!

About the Aperture Work-Scholar Program:
The Stevan A. Baron Work-Scholar Program welcomes individuals to engage in Aperture’s programs and contribute to the editing, design, production, circulation, sales, and marketing of photography’s most significant publications; the development of major traveling exhibitions; the creation of web content; and all other business operations essential to a non-profit organization.
 

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