Department of Art and Art History Studio Art

Melissa Murray presents work at Not Gallery

Sat. May 2, 2015

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Alumna Melissa Murray (BFA in Studio Art, 2012) presents new work in a solo exhibition, Sub, at Not Gallery. The exhibition opens May 2, 2015.

Sandra Fernandez presents work at Arte Giappone

Fri. April 24, 2015

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Assistant Professor Sandra Fernandez presents work in an exhibition, Integrations, at Arte Giappone in Milan, Italy. The exhibition will be on view April 23 – May 8, 2015.

Natalie Anciso participates in group exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Mon. May 4, 2015

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Natalie Anciso (BA in Studio Art, 2008) exhibits work in The House on Mango Street: Artists Interpret Community at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The exhibition will be on view  April 17 – August 23, 2015.

Rachel Stuckey presents work in solo exhibition at Hello Project Gallery

Mon. May 4, 2015

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Rachel Stuckey (MFA candidate in Studio Art) presents her first solo exhibition at Hello Project Gallery. The exhibition, It Takes All Sorts, will be on view April 24 – May 23, 2015.

Students showcase products, art, and arguments during Research Week

Thu. April 30, 2015

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The 2015 Longhorn Research Bazaar took place on April 22 in the Texas Union Ballroom.

From community-based social design to art exhibitions, symposia, and ethics in art education, department undergraduate students demonstrate the importance of research in Art Education, Art History, Design, and Studio Art.

Students presented projects and artwork during Research Week alongside colleagues across campus. Events included an exhibition of visual art for the duration of the week, presentations at the Longhorn Research Bazaar, and the Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium.

Third year Design students Alexandra Mann and Cassidy Reynolds presented sparkbuddy, a website that enables children to set health goals and connect with other children with similar goals.

“We probably spent around 75% of the semester researching and 25% of the semester formally designing,” described Alexandra Mann. “Good design is well informed within the context of each project. Its not possible to go through the full design process without gaining an in depth understanding of the ‘who, what, where, when, and how’ of your project.”

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Students present projects at the Longhorn Research Bazaar. From left to right: Jacky Cardenas, Natalie Gomez, and Chelsea Chang

Natalie Gomez, Visual Art Studies undergraduate, presented a group research project entitled, Speak up! Should artistic expression in art education receive the same degree of legal protection as other types of freedom of expression?

When asked about the impetus for the research topic, Natalie Gomez explained, “It was an issue that we felt would be extremely beneficial to us and our peers as artists and future art educators.”

On Friday, April 24, seven Art History seniors presented their honors theses papers at the third annual Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium. The event celebrated the end of an intense semester spent writing a thesis paper alongside the students’ normal coursework. Art History senior Tracey Borders presented a paper entitled, Urbi et Orbi: Politics and Patronage in the Papacy of Boniface VIII.

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Tracey Borders presents in front of full room.

“This process has helped me grow as an art historian and as a person,” said Tracey Borders. “It has been one of the most challenging experiences but entirely worth it. I hope to get involved in government after graduation, and the tools I have acquired through the research and writing of my thesis will be extremely useful for the career path I hope to pursue in Texas politics.”

The university’s Office of Undergraduate Research organizes Research Week every year with the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Senate of College Councils. Each year, Department of Art and Art History students participate in this university event and proudly present work resulting from hours spent in the studio, library, and in the community.

“There is no ‘education’ without research,” Natalie Gomez remarked. “Research is essentially a thorough inquiry and that skill is required of all students entering any profession.”

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