Department of Art and Art History News

Article by Hannah Wong published in Fall 2015 issue of American Art Journal

Thu. January 7, 2016

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Hannah Wong, Ph.D. candidate in Art History, published her article, "Powering Portraiture: Francis Picabia's 291 Mechanomorphs Revived," in the fall 2015 issue of American Art Journal.

Alumna Honoria Starbuck presents work at Spellerberg Projects

Thu. January 7, 2016

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Honoria Starbuck (B.A. in Studio Art, 1995; M.A. in Education, 1997; Ph.D. in Education 2003) presents work in an exhibition entitled Flaneuse at Spellerberg Projects. The exhibition will be on view January 16 – March 12, 2016.

Bogdan P. K. Perzyński presents solo exhibition at Liliana Bloch Gallery

Mon. January 4, 2016

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Bogdan P. K. Perzyński presents a solo exhibition, TABLE | 32° 47' 56.6678'' N 96° 50' 9.5598" W, at Liliana Bloch Gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, January 9, and the exhibition will be on view through February 13, 2016.

Charlie Morris presents exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary

Mon. January 4, 2016

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Charlie Morris (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 1993) exhibits work in a two-person exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary. Turn Your Face Toward the Sun is on view December 3 – February 7, 2016 and was featured in the San Antonio Express-News.

Undergraduate students in Friends Collective build community

Tue. December 22, 2015

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Friends Collective members with Rachel Parnell of Amity House and Chris Omenihu of Human Influence. From left to right, top to bottom: Kendall Hanna, Henry Smith, Rachel Parnell, Michael Colaianni, Nicholas Osella, Chris Omenihu.

At its core, Friends Collective is pretty much what it sounds like: a group of close friends collaborating on their passion—art. But the group has wider goals of fostering friendship within and outside of the collective.

Members Michael Colaianni, Kendall Hannah, Nicholas Osella, and Henry Smith founded the group as a way to experience each other’s methods. Michael Colaianni and Henry Smith are Studio Art majors, while Kendall Hannah and Nicholas Osella are Design majors.

Although coming from different majors, the members met in their Foundations courses which mixes students from all Department of Art and Art History majors. “By the beginning of sophomore year we were a tight-knit, strange little family,” remembers Kendall Hannah. Once out of Foundations, the friends formed Friends Collective as a way to stay involved in each others’ work.

“We were all curious with what each of us were making and the projects we had going on in different classes,” said Osella. “We wanted to be a part of each other’s art making and collaborate as a way of seeing the process behind work.”

The collective has organized group shows featuring their individual and collaborative work, as well as inviting other art students into the exhibitions. By doing this, Friends Collective fosters a better-connected community inside and outside the art building.

“It is important to build up a community with my peers,” said Michael Colaianni. “Our exhibitions are an opportunity to show work that doesn’t feel like it was made as an ‘assignment.’”

Nicholas Osella recalls the group’s first collaborative project—a series of paintings that passed between the artists until they felt it was done. “After we finished, we took a step back and realized that we made work that we were proud of.”

The collective’s first show was held at Amity Arts House, a project run out of the living room of friend and fellow Studio Art undergraduate Rachel Greene. The members exhibited their collaborative paintings as well as individual works.

“Placing my work directly alongside that of another artist, who's style and approach may be entirely different from my own, forces me to be much more aware of my choices,” describes Henry Smith.

Friends Collective shared their second show with Humans of Influence, a creative group with hands in everything from fashion to house parties. As part of the exhibition, the two groups asked for donations of toiletries for the local non-profit Austin Shelter for Women and Children.

The collective hopes to expand its connections and collaborate with a wide range of people, not just those of a creative walk, that share their appreciation of good attitude, friendliness and community outreach.

“Our message is to be inspired by and collaborate with anyone and everyone in our community to make and support projects that matter,” says Nicholas Osella.

Kayla Jones lives in Austin, Texas where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Studio Art and B.A. in English at The University of Texas at Austin.