Visual Arts Center Announces Spring 2013 Season

Jan. 31, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — The Visual Arts Center (VAC) in the Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce its spring 2013 season. Exhibitions this spring inspire distinct interpretations of the VAC's versatile and sweeping galleries through the creation of spaces within spaces and the use of repurposed materials. Drawing on a diverse set of disciplines and art practices — including architecture, performance and the use of found objects — this spring's artists invite viewers to engage with these disparate environments, both controlled and chaotic, that are created throughout the VAC.

Highlights of the season include “Diffuse Reflection Lab” by Lead Pencil Studio and “New Prints 2012.” Known for projects that traverse the territories of architecture and art, Lead Pencil Studio will be the spring 2013 Vaulted Gallery Artist-in-Residence. In “Diffuse Reflection Lab,” partners Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo will address the topic of reflection and create a two-story structure within the gallery using nooks, dioramas and corridors that may be viewed through the use of various reflective materials. “Diffuse Reflection Lab” encourages viewers to contemplate the topic of reflection, while also considering the influences of architecture and art on the behavior, emotions, and politics of people.

“New Prints 2012” is the 43rd presentation of the International Print Center New York’s (IPNYC) New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions featuring recent prints by artists at all stages of their careers. Presented in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History’s Printmaking Convergence Program, “New Prints 2012” includes etchings, lithographs and monoprints, as well as sculptural prints, video animation and a wall installation. Each work demonstrates outstanding craftsmanship and pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking to ask the questions: What is a print, and into what new territories can printmaking expand?

The spring season also includes the Visual Arts Center’s signature public program series and collaborations with faculty members, students and alumni from the Department of Art and Art History.

Fall exhibitions include:

Lead Pencil Studio: “Diffuse Reflection Lab,” Feb. 1-May 11

Diego Bianchi: “Into The Wild Meaning, Feb. 1-March 9

“New Prints 2012,” Feb. 1-March 9

“Overlapping Impressions: A Study in Contrasting Cognition,” Feb. 1-March 9

Zoe Berg: “Til sjøs (At Sea),” Feb. 1-March 9

“Masters of Fine Arts Design Exhibition,” March 29-April 19

“Senior Design Exhibition,” March 29-April 19

“Senior Art Exhibition,” March 29-April 13

“Masters of Fine Arts Studio Art Exhibition,” April 26-May 11

When: Opening reception: Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Where: The Visual Arts Center is located at 23rd and Trinity streets in the Department of Art and Art History on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Background: The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a place where art exhibition and education intersect, drawing together a uniquely diverse community of students, faculty members, guest artists and creative voices from around the world. Situated in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, it provides pivotal exhibition and research space through five distinct galleries and serves as a creative hub in the university’s dynamic arts community.

For more information, contact: You You Xia, 512-471-1749.