UT Austin / RISD MFA Sculpture and Studio Art exchange exhibition
Mon. March 30, 2015
MFA candidates in UT Austin's graduate Studio Art program and Rhode Island School of Design's graduate Sculpture program exchanged work in the two-part exhibition Parallels. The one-night exhibitions were on view March 21 and March 28, 2015.
Eric Zimmerman presents solo exhibition art Art Palace
Fri. March 27, 2015
New work by Eric Zimmerman (MFA in Studio Art, 2005) is featured in a solo exhibition, Elegy for Left Hand Alone, at Art Palace in Houston, Texas. The exhibition will be on view April 10 – May 9, 2015. From the press release:
Zimmerman’s new drawings, sculpture, zine, and sound piece contained in the exhibition are references to the human place within the world and our effect upon it. Present in this new work is an oblique questioning of the way in which we construct knowledge and a direct interrogation of our need for explanation, quantification, and understanding. A subversion of these needs is sought by placing a range of images and objects within context and proximity of one another in order to establish a series of open-ended and leading propositions.
Alumni Spotlight: Meet Lucy Parker, BFA in Studio Art, 2012
Thu. March 26, 2015
Associate Professor John Stoney posed alumna Lucy Parker (BFA in Studio Art, 2012) a few questions over email.
John Stoney: When, in your undergraduate career, did you begin to think about where you wanted to be after school? How and why did you choose New York and what were your other options?
Lucy Parker: It has always been important to me that I try and live in new places, so I knew that sometime after graduating I'd want to go somewhere, as early as freshman year, and it could have been anywhere. Some friends and I applied for the Undergraduate Professional Development Travel Grant and organized a trip to NYC senior year, and the subsequent trip was the first time I visited the city. Upon graduating I still had no definite idea of where I would go, but throughout undergrad, I made contacts — through professors, other undergraduate students, grads, and visiting artists — with people in New York. Those relationships made NY feel like a viable (and less intimidating) place to move and start a career.
JS: What was the best and worst of your first year in New York?
LP: The best thing was exploring and being exposed to so many great things in one place. Going to the Metropolitan Museum for a dollar, seeing amazing gallery shows for free and comedy shows for almost nothing, Central Park, cheap dumplings, meeting a diverse group of truly impressive people, and interacting with other artists.
The worst is just figuring out how to put your life together! I was poor, lonely, totally overwhelmed, and didn't feel like myself for longer than I expected. Slowly things have come together; it has just been told a matter of being very patient.
JS: You are currently working at Diana al-Hadid's studio. How did that happen and what do you do?
LP: Diana was a visiting artist in the Vaulted Gallery at the VAC when I was a senior, and we met when I volunteered to help install her work over a month-long period. We met again when some fellow students and I visited her at her studio while in New York, on the travel grant trip. I got to know her and some of her assistants and heard about the job through them!
I have been there for a year now, first being trained by Diana and a more experienced assistant. I'm now mostly working on and overseeing the fabrication of her panels, as well as assisting in sculptures. I also train new assistants.
JS: Outside of your job do you have time (and space!) to peruse your interests? In a place where everything is happening all the time, how do you balance your time?
LP: I'm not going to lie, it's a struggle! I don't currently have a studio space, for both a lack of time and money, but I do what I can at my desk space at home. The greatest New York challenge is definitely finding a balance between work, personal life, and art practice — I am still working it out.
But constraints can be generative too! While looking for ways to work in my small space, I've been saving for a faceting machine, to cut gemstones for both my sculptures and also as a means of income. I see it as practical and aesthetically interesting solution to making work.
I am still trying to do and see as much as I can! I try to keep a schedule of going to the galleries in Chelsea and the Lower East Side once a month. The openings in Bushwick are also a priority and easy to walk to right after work.
JS: Now that you have had several years perspective, what are your thoughts about your time at UT Austin? What advice would you give to graduating students?
LP: Be ambitious. Try to be open and really absorb everything you see and hear. I feel like I got everything I wanted out of undergrad (being part of an energetic art community, a show in the VAC, the travel grant, working and meeting artists and critics, learning the ins and outs of how the art world works) by trying to follow that advice. And read the things that are given to you in class!! I can't tell you how much I miss smart people giving me a curated reading list and then dedicated time for having a conversation about it...
Also, I'm still kicking myself for not taking performance, so do that if you are curious and still haven't done it!
Student Spotlight: Meet some of our newest BA in Art History graduates
Student Spotlight: Meet some of our our newest BFA and BA Studio Art graduates
Student Spotlight: Meet Caleigh Taylor, BFA in Visual Art Studies
Alumni Spotlight: Meet Karen Cervantes, BFA in Visual Art Studies, 2013
Alumni Spotlight: Meet Terah Walkup, BA in Art History, 2007