Department of Art and Art History News

Beili Liu included in group exhibition at Vessel Gallery

Fri. August 29, 2014

Installation of wire in gallery
Image courtesy of the artist.

Beili Liu presents work as part of M&M: Materials and Meditation at Vessel Gallery in Oakland, California. Liu will present an installation entitled Taken/Vessel. The exhibition will on display October 3 through November 1. Liu will also be present for an artist lecture October 4 at 1 pm.

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.

Adam Crosson receives 2014 Umlauf Prize

Thu. August 28, 2014

Umlauf logo
 

Adam Crosson (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art) received the 2014 Umlauf Prize. Crosson was selected by Juror Suzanne Deal Booth and was awarded an exhibition at the Umlauf. Intermodal will be on display September 5 through October 19 alongside Reflect, an exhibition of works by Professor Margo Sawyer.

Join Crosson for an Insights Artist talk September 10, 7 pm, at the Umlauf.

Linda Dalrymple Henderson and Margo Sawyer speak at ATX Laser

Thu. August 28, 2014

Umlauf logo

Professors Henderson and Sawyer will speak at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum on September 16 as a part of ATX Laser. This program is inspired by a growing interest in the intersection of art, science and technology.

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.