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Spring 2013 Exhibitions

Gallery [1] & [2]: Faculty Exhibition

January 16th – February 2nd, 2013
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 16 | 5 – 7 p.m.

abstract painting of building exterior in blue hues
Tommy Fitzpatrick, Nest, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 122 inches

Each year, the faculty in the School of Art and Design takes the opportunity to share their creative work with the university and surrounding community. A survey of artistic styles and disciplines, this exhibition is reflective of each faculty member’s current direction of work and is a chance for students and others to share in the creative lives of the Art and Design Faculty at Texas State.

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Gallery [1]: Beili Liu: Amass, a site specific installation

February 11th – March 8th, 2013
Opening Reception: Monday, February 11 | 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist’s Lecture: Monday, February 11 | 2 p.m., JCM 2121

large horizontal rod hanging in a gallery, many thin, white strings attached, stretching towards the wood-planked floor
Beili Liu, Stalemate/ 针锋相对, 2012, maple, graphite, string, mixed media, each element 6”x6”x18’

Beili Liu’s time and process based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, water, these simple materials and compounds are the vehicles by which Beili Liu hand crafts microcosms of fragility and poignancy. By working on these everyday materials, Liu manipulates their intrinsic and bare qualities to extrapolate much more complex cultural narratives. Art in America Review has commended her works for being “materially simple but metaphorically rich” (Janet Koplos, April 2009).

Beili Liu is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has held solo exhibitions at venues such as the Hå Gamle Prestegard, Norwegian National Art and Culture Center, Galerie An Der Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, Hua Gallery, London, UK, Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Brusand, Norway, and the Chinese Culture Foundation, San Francisco. Liu has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, the Austin Museum of Art, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Alexandra Museum of Art, Louisiana, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Granary Gallery, Fiskars, Finland, the Kaunas Biennale—a survey of international contemporary fiber art, hosted by the National Gallery in Lithuania, and Hamburg Art Week, Germany.

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin.

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Gallery [2]: New Century Modern

February 11th – March 8th, 2013
Opening Reception: Monday, February 11 | 5 – 7 p.m.

Two blue, round vases attached to each other at the hip.
Peter Beasecker, Double Vase, 2009, porcelain, 16 x 8 x 15 inches. Photo: Harrison Evans.

New Century Modern, co-curated by School of Art and Design Professor Michel Conroy and Gallery Director Mary Mikel Stump, brings together the ceramic art of 10 North American artists whose work brings a contemporary vitality and validity to modernism, proving it to have persistent longevity and cultural currency.

New Century Modern features the ceramic works of:
Peter Beasecker
Sally Brogden
Sam Chung
Heather Mae Erickson
Steven Heinemann
Maren Kloppmann
Jim Lawton
Mark Pharis
Tim Rowan
Munemitsu Taguchi

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Gallery [1]: Temporary Services: Socialized Media – Designated Drivers, Interactive Records and a Booklet Cloud

March 19th – April 12th, 2013
Artists’ Lecture: Monday, March 18 | 2 p.m.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 19 | 5 – 7 p.m.

Man standing with a laptop, plugged into one of the many colorful USB outlets
Temporary Services, Designated Drivers, installation photograph

Now based in Chicago,Copenhagen, and Philadelphia – Temporary Services is comprised of Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. They are known for their production of exhibitions, events, projects, and publications and inherent in their work is the blurred line between art practice and other creative human endeavor. Started in 1998 as an experimental exhibition space in a working class neighborhood of Chicago, their name directly reflects the desire to provide art not as a sellable object, but as a service to others. The focus of Temporary Services was – and still is – the social context in which art is produced and received.

For their exhibition at The University Galleries, Temporary Services presents three works: Designated Drivers, Interactive Records, and a Booklet Cloud. For Designated Drivers, Temporary Services invited an international selection of twenty people and groups to each fill one four-gigabyte USB flash drive with material of their choosing. The invited participants for Designated Drivers have included mountains of material, much of which cannot be found duplicated online. During the exhibition, visitors will be able to load their own drives or laptops (or use a host computer and CDrs or DVDrs) with any of the material they would like from each of the flash drives mounted on the wall. File types include: MP3, JPEG, PNG, AIFF, TIFF, PSD, WORD DOCs, PPT, MPEG, PDF, AVI, and more.

Interactive Records is collection of vinyl LPs that are designed in ways that champion participation, action, and a level of involvement beyond listening. Some of the records are packaged like portable exhibitions. This exhibition will mark the first showing of this collection that Temporary Services has been assembling for several years.

Self-publishing is a central component of Temporary Services’ work and Booklet Cloud is a survey of some of the over 90 publications that the group has made in the past 14 years. As is the practice of the group, a new free booklet will be produced for this exhibition. For more on the work of Temporary Services, visit [www.temporaryservices.org]

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Gallery [2]: Gifts to the Permanent Collection

March 19th – April 2nd, 2013
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 19 | 5 – 7 p.m.

didactic painting of two figures staring at each other, behind a windowframe
Julie Speed, Thornboxes, 1992, mixed media, 32 x 19 x 5 inches: Gift of the Barrett Collection

This exhibition celebrates some of the most recent additions to the University Galleries’ Permanent Collection and is the second exhibition to highlight gifts to the collection. Not only does it recognize the donors who have helped the University Galleries develop and expand its Permanent Collection, but this exhibition also introduces and presents the gifts to the university and local community.

Within the last few years, The University Galleries’ Permanent Collection has grown considerably, due to the ongoing generosity of donors. These recent gifts represent a passion for collecting and a dedication to stewardship in the visual arts. The variety of the artists whose work is represented reflects the varied interests of donors Richard and Nona Barrett (Dallas) and Dr. Timothy Dwight Woolsey (Austin). The exhibition, comprised of over 20 new gifts, includes works by David Bates, Julie Speed, Richard Tuttle, Annabel Daou, and Terry Winters, to name a few.

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Gallery [2]: 2013 All-Student Juried Exhibition

April 8th – April 12th, 2013
Opening Reception: Monday, April 08 | 5 – 7 p.m.                   Awards announced at 5:45 p.m.

Juror: Elizabeth Dunbar, Executive Director, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Houston, Texas.

This annual competition for students who have been enrolled in classes within the School of Art and Design is a celebration of works generated within our curriculum– selected from over 300 entries by curator and guest juror, Elizabeth Dunbar, who serves as the Executive Director for DiverseWorks ArtSpace in Houston, Texas. (more…)

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Gallery [1] & [2]: Spring BFA Thesis Exhibitions I, II, III & IV

April 15th – May 10th, 2013

I: April 15 – April 19
Opening Reception: Monday, April 15 | 5–7 pm

II: April 22 – April 26
Opening Reception: Monday, April 22 | 5–7 pm

III: April 29 – May 03
Opening Reception: Monday, April 29 | 5–7 pm

IV: May 06 – May 10
Closing Reception: May 10 | time tba

Two hands holding two white orbs
Julie Rendon, Time Enough At Last, 2011, oil on canvas

Each student who earns a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art and Design Studio curriculum is required to exhibit artworks that are generated in their Thesis semesters. Entirely conceived, designed and installed by the Thesis students, themselves, this exhibition highlights selections from those bodies of work.

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