Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Students

Students volunteer with The Contemporary Austin, work with Do Ho Suh

Wed. October 29, 2014

six people posing in front of installation
Photo by Jiwon Park.

The Department of Art and Art History encourages students to go beyond their coursework by taking advantage of opportunities that expand their knowledge and potential career paths.

This fall, a group of our students took such an opportunity by volunteering as Korean-English translators The Contemporary Austin for Do Ho Suh and his installation team in preparation for his solo exhibition.

Current undergraduate students who volunteered include: Yeun Jae Chang (Visual Art Studies), Eunji Jeong (Studio Art), Joomi Lee (Art History), Moses Lee (Design), and Soo Min Lee (Design). Alumna Amy Choi (B.A. Studio Art, 2014) was also part of the team. All the students are of Korean descent and some have lived in Korea.

“During my freshman year, I took a 3D Foundations class with Beili Liu. Beili gave us a presentation of contemporary installation artists and one of artists was Do Ho Suh,” recalled Soo Min Lee. “I could not miss this chance. I was so pleased and honored to assist Do Ho.”

photograph of apartment sewn out of transparent fabric of different colors
Do Ho Suh, Apartment A, Unit 2, Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (detail), 2011–2014. Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

The exhibition struck a personal chord with the students. “Most of his works are informed by his personal experiences, his move from Korea to United States. I also moved to United States when I was 17 to study abroad. The house reminds me of my family in South Korea,” Soo Min Lee explained.

Working with Suh and his assistants gave the students a behind-the-scenes look at the installation process and exhibition design.

“I was blown away about the level of detail that was in Suh’s work and the precision with which it was executed,” described Moses Lee. “When I saw Apartment A, Unit 2, Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, I couldn’t wrap my head around how patient you would have to be to recreate an entire home. I loved how the work literally created a space of its own, affecting how people interacted with the space in and around it.”

Soo Min Lee continued, “Before I volunteered to help with the exhibition, I thought designing and curating exhibitions was simple — just choose an artist and set up. When I volunteered, it became obvious that there are many people from many different areas that contribute to the exhibition.”

An influential artist operating within a distinctly twenty-first century global mode, Do Ho Suh crafts evocative and visually stunning works that reflect ideas of home, identity, and personal space. The exhibition Do Ho Suh at The Contemporary Austin encompasses the museum’s two distinct sites and includes both existing works and newly fabricated pieces from several of the artist’s discrete but related bodies of work.

Large-scale sculptures, installations, and works on paper will be on view at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center at 700 Congress Avenue and at the museum’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street in Austin, Texas through January 11, 2015. More information can be found at

Learning Tuscany students featured in The Daily Texan

Fri. October 24, 2014

green department cube logo

Studio Art undergraduates Brigitte Cara Butler and Kristyn Coster, along with European Studies major Brigitte Chapman, discuss their experiences in Italy with The Daily Texan.

Faculty and alumni present work in exhibition at Senaspace

Wed. October 15, 2014

drawing of abstract geometric forms on paper
Dan Sutherland, Burstree, 2014, graphite on paper, 9.5” x 6”

Professor Dan Sutherland and alumni have been included in group exhibition Prime Matter at Senaspace. The exhibition will be on display October 16–December 6.

Alumni include:

Michael Berryhill (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1994)
Grant Huang (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1996)
Charles Irvin (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1994)
Christopher Schade (B.A. Studio Art, 1995)

Katrina Jane Perry participates in residency at Banff Centre

Tue. October 14, 2014

photograph of snow on rock and grassy landscape
Image courtesy of the artist.

Katrina Jane Perry (B.A. Studio Art, 2008) received a six week residency at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Perry is there currently investigating the relationship between Nature and the Human Condition through the documentation of the Banff National Park. Perry works in both photographic and sculptural mediums.

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