Blanton Museum of Art and Department of Art and Art History Announce New Residencies for Emerging Latin American Artists

Jan. 13, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — The Creative Research Laboratory (CRL) in the Department of Art and Art History, in collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, announce a new series of artist residencies intended to forge interdisciplinary learning and cultural exchange between the university community and emerging international artists.

Mapping Exchange: Artists Residencies Programs at The University of Texas at Austin is a series of three annual artists residencies. The Blanton's interim curator of Latin American Art, Ursula Davila-Villa, and CRL Director Jade Walker lead this new program, which includes collaborative exhibitions, artist talks and cultural events organized with other university departments.

The program seeks to stimulate intellectual and cultural dialogue across campus, providing unique opportunities for students, faculty and the community to learn and to engage and collaborate with visiting international artists from around the world.

Iberê Camargo Residency

The program, organized in conjunction with the Iberê Camargo Foundation (Porto Alegre, Brazil), provides an opportunity for a selected emerging artist (who must be living in Brazil) to spend two months at The University of Texas at Austin and the Blanton Museum of Art. An international jury selects the artist, who is invited to come to Austin for two months (October-November) to engage with students, faculty and the local art community.

Austin-Argentina Residency

This residency culminates with an exhibition of works by the visiting artist and selected university-affiliated artists. Titled "A Strange Land," this year's exhibition will investigate citizenship, urbanization and borders. It is an exploration of cultural modifications of diverse societies and geography, with a focus on issues of displacement and the blend of ethos, landscapes and personal histories in a foreign land.

Erica Bohm is this year's Austin-Argentinian residency artist. Bohm graduated from the School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón in 2001 with a specialization in painting. Her work deals with landscape and the different ways in which emotions are conveyed through the idea of landscape. Her work was exhibited at the 2006 Festival de Luz, Centro Cultural Parque Espana, Rosario, Argentina where she won the 1st prize Lebensohn Foundation Photography Award.

Mexico-Austin Artistic Exchange

This program is led by the Blanton Museum of Art and structured as a partnership between two units within The University of Texas at Austin—the Mexican Center at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the CRL in the Department of Art and Art History—and the Museo Carrillo Gill in Mexico City. It provides a one-month residency (March) for a selected emerging artist living in Mexico. The artist engages with the campus and larger Austin community, and in the fall following the artist's visit to Austin, the Museo Carrillo organizes a second program, which culminates in a fall 2009 exhibition.

This year's artist is Diego Perez García, who started his career as a photojournalist before turning to other artistic practices. In his work, García reconstructs myths and legends through a Mexican sociocultural context where myths are valued as a tradition of private and collective events, memories and utopias.

Mapping Exchange: Artists Residency Programs at The University of Texas at Austin is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art with support from and in collaboration with the CRL in the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, and the Brazil Center and the Mexican Center at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Additional funding is provided by the Barbara Duncan Centennial Endowed Lectureship, the Iberê Camargo Foundation, the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil and Proyecto NEXAR.

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033; Jade Walker, 512-322-2099.