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This is beyond insane. This is Babel. ALAS

August 22 – September 9

Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 30 | 5 – 7 p.m.

composite image of artists performingALAS, documentation of performances. From top: Escape Plan B, 2008; Essentials, 2008; Papas Soup, 2008; Dollar Draws / half the fun exhibition performance, 2009.

This is beyond insane.

This is Babel

   Conjoined Histories of ALAS

   Commemorating Ten Years of Interruptions 

ALAS is the collaborative of sculptors Rae Culbert and Randy Wallace. Continue reading →

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And Introducing…

August 29 – September 15

Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 30 | 5 – 7 p.m.

sign post by molly sherman
Molly Sherman Signage from the Collective Museum, 2016. Institute of the Arts and Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz.

This exhibition is an opportunity to welcome five new faculty members to the School of Art & Design: Margo Handwerker, Sean Justice, MiHyun Kim, Molly Sherman, and Holly Veselka. Continue reading →

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Suzanne Opton: Many Wars

September 19 – October 20

Opening Reception: Monday, September 19 | 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist’s Lecture: Tuesday, September 20 | 11 a.m., JCM 2121

Andrew wrapped in fabricSuzanne Opton, Andrew Cotrel, Iraq, 2010. Archival pigment print.

The Trauma of Many Wars
Because photographic meaning varies according to context, many theorize photography as inherently “polysemous.” The harnessing of word to image is one way to overcome this plurality of meaning. But, do words necessarily limit or restrict photographic meaning? Can they also serve to open up that meaning in all its visual excess and uncertainty? Continue reading →

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SURVEY: Texas Sculpture Group

September 19 – October 20

Opening Reception: Monday, September 19 | 5 – 7 p.m.
Visiting Lecture: Tony Jones, President of Kansas City Art Institute
Thursday, September 22 | 5pm in JCM 2121

alicia conway sculptureAlicia Conway, Unusual Pair, 2015. Felt, Resin

The purpose of this survey is to examine and record the features of contemporary sculpture so as to generate a description of the potential of that mode of art making in Texas today. This exhibition attempts to affirm the trajectory of artists working primarily to produce three-dimensional artwork in the state of Texas as represented by selections from an open call to members of the Texas Sculpture Group. Continue reading →

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16th Annual Alumni Invitational

October 31 – November 18

Opening Reception: Monday, October 31 | 5 – 7 p.m.

bronze horse sculptureVincent Villafranca, Dark Day for the Metal-Heads, 2015, Bronze.

This annual exhibition is a chance for the School of Art and Design at Texas State University to extend an invitation to selected alumni to exhibit works reflective of their current creative practice. The survey exhibition is comprised of a variety of media and approaches, and provides an opportunity to see how these artists’ practices have developed in the years following their time at Texas State. Continue reading →

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Monica Haller: Object for Deployment / Veterans Book Project

October 31 – November 18

Opening Reception: Monday, October 31 | 5 – 7 p.m.

stack of booksImage courtesy of Monica Haller.

The Veterans Book Project is a collection of 50 books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and individuals with firsthand experience of war. Many of the authors are veterans of the recent US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some are family members of soldiers, and others are Iraqi or Afghan civilians living in the United States. The books were all made in the United States, where the wars were launched but rarely collectively seen and discussed. Continue reading →

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BFA Thesis Exhibitions

Exhibition 1 | November 28 – December 2
Opening Reception: Monday, November 28 | 5 – 7 pm

Exhibition 2 | December 5 – December 9
Opening Reception: Monday, December 5 | 5 – 7 pm

Exhibition 3 | December 12 – December 16
Opening Reception: TBD

art show large ceramic cactusPhotos: Installation views of Spring 2016 BFA Exhibitions.
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MFA Showcase & Thesis Exhibitions

January 19 – 24

Reception: Tuesday, January 19, 6 – 8 PM
Awards announced at 7PM

two students view artwork on computer screensPhotos courtesy Claudia Roeschmann.

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

These exhibitions provide an opportunity for the MFA program in Communication Design to showcase work by award-winning students who are part of a new generation of design education and also the most current work in the thesis research of the program’s MFA candidates.

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Jaye Rhee: Shaping the Presence, Forming the Absence

February 4 – March 10

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 5-7 PM
ARTIST’S TALK: February 4, 12:30pm in JCM 2121

dancers dancing on white background acting like musical notesphoto: Still from The Flesh and the Book, 2014. Four-channel video.

For this exhibition, Jaye Rhee shows her four-channel video installation, The Flesh and the Book, which addresses the intersections between performance, video, and sound. Casting original dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rhee renders the human body as minimalist shapes that convey an improvisational selection of ‘notes’ within a musical composition co-created with Elliott Sharp. As in many of Rheeʼs works, at the heart of The Flesh and the Book lies an irreconcilable tension; here it exists between physical dance and musical notes. The dancers perform within a “musical staff” made of five thick rubber bands that are suspended at different heights yet are equidistant from each other. A visual loss occurs when the two-dimensional music notes transition into the three-dimensional dance, and vice versa. As more notes are gained, more dancers are lost; the two must maintain a balanced yet opposed existence. Continue reading →

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Jade Walker Four Cornered

February 4 – March 10

RECEPTION: Thursday, February 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
ARTISTS’ TALK: Wednesday, February 3, 12:30 p.m. JCM 2121

Multi-colored orange and blue yarn and ribbons tied in an arrangement
Top Photo:  Jade Walker. Detail from Four Cornered, 2016. Mixed media, dimensions variable.

Jade Walker’s work consists of her personal struggle with spectatorship, binaries within gender, abstraction, narrative, found objects, desire, and human anatomy as temporal. Her work focuses on the ideology of American society in respect to the image of the figure and its translation into a tangible object. The macro of the body and the micro of each organ or skin feature are evident in small stitches and massive stuffed bulbous forms presented throughout the work. Empathy, fear, longing, and rage all find viable moments in the work with an underlying feeling of familiarity and oftentimes nostalgia. Continue reading →

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