Department of Art and Art History News

Xochi Solis presents work in three person exhibition at MASS Gallery

Sat. June 4, 2016

collage of pink, gray, and yellow circular shapes
Image courtesy of the artist and Pele Prints.

Xochi Solis (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2005) presents work in a three-person exhibition, Extended Technique, at MASS Gallery. The exhibition will be on view April 29 – June 4, 2016.

Jamie Panzer presents solo exhibition at Big Medium

Fri. May 20, 2016

image of dentures with writing on teeth
Image courtesy of the artist.

Jamie Panzer (M.F.A. Studio Art, 1993) present a solo exhibition at Big Medium. The exhibition, If Love is The Answer, What Is The Question?: A Science Fair, will be on view April 22 – May 20, 2016.

Visual Arts Center to Receive Grant from National Endowment for the Arts to Support Exhibition

Tue. May 17, 2016

abstract image
"Crystal 4" by Victor Pérez-Rul

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $45,000 grant to support a multi-part exhibition by Mexico City-based artist Victor Pérez-Rul curated by Leslie Moody Castro (M.A., Art Education, 2010). This grant is part of more than $82 million approved by NEA Chairman Jane Chu to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The VAC has partnered with UT’s Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) and Energy Institute, as well as the Mexican American Cultural Center for a project that will explore the human consciousness of energy systems. Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 22, Pérez-Rul will collaborate with participants in art, physics, engineering, architecture and design to create an installation that recycles solar power into kinetic and sonic energy to power an immersive and interactive environment within the VAC. In addition to the installation at the VAC, maquettes of the artist's related work with solar-powered pods that emit sound and light at night will be exhibited on the outdoor plaza of the Mexican American Cultural Center. Both installations will be on view from Sept. 23 through Dec. 10. Moody Castro will document the exhibition's open lab and inventions with a catalog and a website.

“With the gracious support from the NEA, the Visual Arts Center will provide a unique learning platform for both collaborators and audiences that is tightly linked to our mission to educate through process,” said VAC Director Jade Walker. “Having an artist and curator in residence for such a long period of time allows for important relations to be built and true experimentation to happen throughout the course of the project.”

Leah Dyjak present solo exhibition at pump project

Sat. May 14, 2016

photograph of rocks tinted white
Image courtesy of the artist.

Coastliners: Leah Dyjak (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2015) will be on view at pump project April 29 – May 14, 2016.

Zack Ingram (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art) presents work at grayDUCK gallery

Sat. May 7, 2016

print of flower pattered cloth one clothes line
Image courtesy.

Zach Ingram (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art) presents work in a two person exhibition at grayDUCK gallery. The exhibition will be on view May 7 – June 5, 2016. An opening reception will be held May 7, 7–10 p.m.

Current Affairs explores the dichotomy of looking to the future and exploring your past. Rachel Bury is investigating the future with her unconventional paintings and science fiction attractions. Ingram’s work touches on how his past and ancestors affect him and his process. Both artists are dexterous, inventive sculptors that use material and paint in innovative ways.

Ingram states:

This body of work uses symbols of masculinity and power to examine my upbringing in the Deep South, as well as the relationship between labor and the men in my family. Born into a lineage of truck drivers, carpenters, and farmers, I think about where I see myself in that history, as both an artist and the last carrier of the family name.

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