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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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B.F. A. Thesis Exhibitions

November 16 – December 11

NOVEMBER 16th – 20th
Reception: Monday, November 16, 5 – 7 p.m.

Reception: Monday, November 30, 5 – 7 p.m.

Reception: Monday, December 7, 5 – 7 p.m.

white powder-coated frame holding lenses
Malek Lazri. View-Masters, 2015. Brass, silver, powdercoat, slide film. 11 x 5 inches.

In the fall semester, thesis students will exhibit their works in three shows over a three-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.

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Billi London-Gray & Daniel Gray: DISPLACEMENT

May 30 – July 26

plastic cowboy and native american toys arranged as if they are having a conversation

Billi London-Gray and Daniel Bernard Gray frequently collaborate on projects that connect contemporary political and social issues with historic narratives. As part of a larger body of work dealing with revisionism, this exhibition will probe displacement as both a social reality and a psychological concept. Their videos and installations reference global military history, the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, mass migration, popular mythology and public memory, challenging viewers to reconsider definitions of truth.


Image credit: Billi London-Gray & Daniel Gray, Displacement (still), 2015, video
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Gifts to the Permanent Collection

May 30 – July 26

black and white illustration of a woman reading a letter by lantern-light

This exhibition celebrates some of the most recent additions to the University Galleries’ Permanent Collection and is the third exhibition to highlight gifts to the collection. The variety of artists whose work is exhibited reflects the varied interests of Dr. Timothy Dwight Woolsey (Austin), whose gifts have helped the University Galleries develop and expand its Permanent Collection. Meant to introduce and present these newest gifts to the university and surrounding community, this exhibition also acts as a point of recognition for Dr. Woolsey. Additionally, the exhibition represents Dr. Woolsey’s passion for collecting and his true dedication to stewardship in the visual arts.

Image credit: Thomas Hart Benton, Letter From Overseas (1943), 25 x 33 cm, lithograph
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Faculty Exhibition

January 20th – February 10
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 20 | 5 – 7 pm

Tommy Fitzpatrick Ancient Practice of Painting
Tommy Fitzpatrick, Ancient Practice of Painting, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 69 x 69 inches

This biennial exhibition is always a treat—an opportunity for the School of Art and Design faculty to share their creative work with the university staff, faculty, students, and surrounding communities. A survey of artistic styles and disciplines, this exhibition is reflective of each individual faculty member’s current direction of work and is a chance for students and others to share in the creative practices of the tenured, tenure-track, and adjunct Art and Design faculty at Texas State University.

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Tell Me What You Think of Me

curated by Leslie Moody Castro

February 16th – March 13th
Opening Reception: Monday, February 16 | 5 – 7 pm
Curator’s Lecture: Tuesday, February 17 | 2 pm in Gallery [3]

Categories and definitions are tricky things, especially when they are used to define cultures. While this complex system is often used to identify and generalize cultures outside of the United States, it is also common for North Americans to experience the same type of categorization and definitions abroad. Organized by independent curator Leslie Moody Castro, who divides her time between the United States and Mexico City, Tell Me What You Think of Me explores the humor of these definitions and categorizations placed onto the North American identity. Featuring the works of Donna Conlon, Jonathan Harker, Maximo Gonzalez, Artemio, Ricardo Cuevas, and Emilio Chapela, this exhibition looks at culture, stereotypes, and cultural classification with a lens of humor and irony, inviting the viewer to laugh while rethinking identity.

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Hills Snyder: Steam

February 16th – March 13th

Artist’s Lecture: Monday, February 16 | 2pm in JCM 2121
Opening Reception: Monday, February 16 | 5-7pm

Steam is an ongoing project finding a fourth expression—its first in San Marcos this semester—in which participants are invited take 72-minute shifts in an anti-gravity recliner, blindfolded and headphoned while attending to two trips through a 36-minute aural landscape as visitors move in and around the space.

The project began with an Artpace (San Antonio) funded visit to Amsterdam in June of 2001 and followed twin pursuits—the purposeful gathering of bicycle parts found along a systematized search grid and the accidental collection of ambient sounds occurring along the same line. Continue reading →

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