Department of Art and Art History News

Tatiana Reinoza and Luis Vargas-Santiago present curatorial project at Snite Museum of Art

Tue. September 15, 2015

ashes spread on floor of gallery
Image courtesy of the artist and the Visual Arts Center.

Tatiana Reinoza (M.A. in Art History, 2009; Ph.D. candidate in Art History) and Luis Vargas-Santiago present curatorial project Counter-Archives to the Narco-City at the Snite Museum of Art. The two-person exhibition features work by Adriana Corral (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2013) and will be on view August 16 – December 13, 2015.

Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence selected for UMLAUF Prize

Tue. September 15, 2015

photo of sky in circular shape of hand
Image courtesy of Gracelee Lawrence

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum (UMLAUF) is proud to announce the 2015 UMLAUF Prize winners, multi-media artists Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence. The UMLAUF Prize honors an outstanding MFA candidate in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin with an exhibition, lecture and cash award. Although the Prize traditionally has been offered to a single student, after touring graduate studios in April 2015, Juror Suzanne Deal Booth selected two young artists.

Booth notes, “Being a juror for the UMLAUF Prize is daunting because it requires distinguishing something in the work of a group of peers that is noteworthy, unique, fresh — and yet has the potential to stand the test of time. The graduate students of UT Austin do not make this choice easy. This year both Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence were awarded the Prize because their work exhibits a passion that is deeply personal and intellectually universal.”

image of person hold black plastic floppy forms
Ryan Hawk, Untitled, drip performance for the camera 2014

“Ryan’s visceral courage and his deep commitment to how art is experienced by the viewer as well as his connection to history and identity issues is both immensely appealing and challenging. Gracelee tackles her subject matter with a richness and yes, grace, that underscores the complexity of the societal pressures of gender and sexuality, nourishment and ritual. Their work is inspiring, and though completely different is connected by the exploration of `identity issues’. As such it made complete sense to award the UMLAUF Prize to both of them.” Both students are working with UMLAUF Curator Katie Robinson Edwards this summer to develop new work for their exhibitions. The UMLAUF Prize opening, Thursday, September 10, 6-8 p.m., will be free and open to the public.

Charles Umlauf (1910-1994) taught at UT Austin for forty years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1981. The UMLAUF opened in 1991 with the mission of exhibiting work by Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting and providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. In 2005, UT Austin alumnus and UMLAUF Board Member Damian Priour (1949–2011) and his wife Paula founded the UMLAUF Prize to support emerging artists from UT Austin. Umlauf’s own work acknowledged his artistic forbears while presenting new approaches that looked toward the future. Previous Prize winners are: Adam Crosson (2014), Stephanie Wagner (2007), Katalin Hausel (2006), Mark Schatz (2005) and Holly Fischer (2004).

About the UMLAUF:
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded around a vast collection of work by American sculptor Charles Umlauf. The UMLAUF provides educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture, and exhibits the work of Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting.

About Ryan Hawk:
Ryan Hawk holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University. In 2012 he attended the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program in New York, New York. Ryan Hawk is currently a MFA candidate in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

About Gracelee Lawrence:
Gracelee Lawrence received a BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. and is pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at UT Austin. She is a contributing writer for the International Sculpture Center Blog and Catapult Magazine. Lawrence has exhibited at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin, Texas; BLUEorange Contemporary in Houston, Texas; Saint Cloud University in Saint Cloud, Minnesota; Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina; The Carrack Modern Art in Durham, North Carolina; Rancho Paradiso in Joshua Tree, California; and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received the David Womack Memorial Fiber Arts Scholarship (2014), Eyes Got It! Grand Prize Winner (2013), and the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant (2011–12). She has also held several national residencies.

About Suzanne Deal Booth:
Suzanne Deal Booth is an art and preservation advocate. She co-founded The Friends of Heritage Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical preservation causes worldwide. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou Foundation, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Contemporary Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art, and Marfa Ballroom. Suzanne Deal Booth also serves on the Art Committee of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. She served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for the State of California where she was responsible for the disbursement of $125 million. In 2001, she and her family established the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship for Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome. She was the patron of the James Turrell Skyspace, Twilight Epiphany, on the Rice University Campus and in turn it was named the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. Suzanne is a noteworthy collector and supporter of contemporary art.

For more information, contact Noemi Szyller at the UMLAUF.

Hawk and Lawrence were featured in The Daily Texan.

Leslie Mutcher and Jason Urban present at IMPACT 9: Printmaking in the Post-Print Age

Mon. September 14, 2015

white overlapping hexagon and cube forms on green background

Leslie Mutcher and Jason Urban present at IMPACT 9: Printmaking in the Post-Print Age. This year's conference will be held in Hangzhou, China in September.

Michael Smith presents exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery

Sat. September 12, 2015

painting of figures around water fountain and one separated by wall
Michael Smith, More than enough water for everyone!!!, 2015, ink and watercolor on paper, 13-3/4 x 17-3/4 inches

Michael Smith presents Excuse me!?!...I'm looking for the "Fountain of Youth" at the Lora Reynolds Gallery project room. The exhibition includes video and related drawings by Smith. Opening September 12 (6–8 p.m.), the exhibition runs through November 7, 2015.

The exhibition was reviewed by the Austin American-Statesman and listed Art Forum's Critic's Picks.

Erin Curtis presents solo exhibition, A Narrow Escape from History

Fri. September 11, 2015

Image courtesy of the artist.

Erin Curtis (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2007) presents new work in her solo exhibition A Narrow Escape from History. The exhibition will be on view at Big Medium September 4–26, 2015.