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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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All-Student Juried Exhibition

Juror: Anjali Gupta
Director of Sala Diaz, San Antonio

March 28 – April 14

Opening Reception: Monday, March 28, 5 – 7pm
Awards Announced at 5:45pm

ikea catalog cover
Photos: Winner of Best In Show for Spring 2015 All-Student Juried Exhibition Jennifer Woznitzky, IKEA catalog, 2014. Printed booklet.

This annual competition features the works of students who have taken part in the curriculum within the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. By highlighting works made in each area of discipline and in classes from the foundations level through the final thesis classes, it is a means of celebrating the art works generated within our own curriculum.

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BFA Thesis Exhibitions

April 18 – May 13

bright lights on plants placed on the floor

These exhibitions highlight the depth and range of School of Art and Design students and their creative practices. Each student who earns a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the School of Art and Design Studio curriculum is required to exhibit artworks that are generated in their thesis semesters. In the spring semester, thesis students will exhibit their works in four shows over a four-week period, featuring a survey of works from all of the School of Art and Design’s Studio disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, metals, ceramics, photography, new media, and art education. Continue reading →

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Window I National: Claudia Weber

Claudia Weber
January 8, 2016 – May 9, 2016

white shapes on a green glass background
Image: Claudia Weber, Oyster Perpetual, 2015/2016

Window I National
A one-year project of Window (Re/production I Re/presentation)

Conceived of as a site-specific minimalist exhibition space, Window is a long-term public art project that aims to stimulate thoughtful discussion around timely issues of re-production and re-presentation within contemporary art in the local community and beyond. The primary focus is upon works that repurpose found or archival source materials; challenge notions of originality and authenticity; stimulate perceptual phenomena through reiteration or duplication; implement re-photography as a critical component; or embrace re-production as essential to the work. Window | National is a special, one-year project of Window (Re/production | Re/presentation). Continue reading →

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And Introducing . . .

August 24 – September 3
Reception: Thursday, August 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

This exhibition serves as a means of introduction of four new tenure-track faculty within the School of Art and Design’s studio and communication design areas. It features the works of Sterling Allen, Mark Menjivar, Hyuna (Hannah) Park, and Alessandro Segalini.

Sterling Allen holds a B.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin (2003) and an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College (2013). He is currently co-director of Okay Mountain, an artist collective founded in 2006. As a solo artist and in collaboration with Okay Mountain, he has exhibited and created numerous projects at venues throughout the United States and received several residencies including the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program in San Antonio among others. He joins the faculty of the School of Art and Design as an assistant professor.

White box with black painting on the corners
Sterling Allen. Untitled, 2015. MDF, acrylic, ink. 10 x 13 x 16 inches.

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De La Tierra

Curated by Michael Anthony García

September 9 – October 7
Reception: Wednesday, September 9, 5 – 7 p.m.

Back of a delivery truck with the works De La Tierra written on it

As a component of the university’s 2015 – 16 Common Experience —a yearlong initiative that cultivates conversation on a selected theme —Texas State University alumnus Tomás Rivera’s seminal Chicano novel, Y No Se Lo Tragó La Tierra (And the Earth Did Not Devour Him), centers around the migrant worker experience through childhood memories, presented as a series of vignettes. For this exhibition, guest curator Michael Anthony García assembled a varied group of artists to create works within a similar structure. The resulting exhibition explores the vibrant imagery of Rivera’s novel and the issues at the heart of it. Continue reading →

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15th Annual Alumni Invitational

September 9 – October 7
Reception: Wednesday, September 9, 5 – 7 p.m.

Man picking melons in a field
Hope Mora. What You Know / What You Told Us / What We Know, 2015. Image from 10 x 13 inches, 12-page newspaper.

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 that reflect their current creative practice. While the exhibited works are diverse, they have a common thread: Each represents an intersection of concept and process, resulting in compelling works of art. This survey exhibition consists of works across the disciplines of painting, ceramics, metals, photography, printmaking, sculpture, performance, and video. It seeks to celebrate the creativity of School of Art and Design alumni across disciplines and provide an opportunity to see how these artists and their practices have continued to mature during the years following their time at Texas State. Continue reading →

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The Past is a Stranger, The Future is a Guest: New Work by Sonnenzimmer

October 12 – November 12

Reception: Monday, October 12, 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist’s Lecture: Monday, October 12, 12:30 p.m., JCM 2121

drawing of a person holding up an hour glass with the letters G A F over it
Sonnenzimmer. Graphic Arts Future, 2015.

In this exhibition by the Chicago studio, Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), the duo permutate their hybrid practice of art and design into its most singular form to date. Featuring upholstered paintings, sculptural records of original music, quilted textiles and printed matter, The Past is a Stranger, the Future is a Guest ushers in a new era for the studio and finds Butcher and Nakanishi at the elastic edge of a contemporary graphic arts practice. To commemorate the exhibit, Sonnenzimmer will release a new publication titled Graphic Arts Future, featuring original music and acts of fiction. Continue reading →

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