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Selections from The Bearden Project

August 25th – September 19th, 2014

Curator’s Lecture: Monday, September 15 | 2 PM, JCM 2121
Lauren Haynes, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem

“I am a man…who shares a dual culture…unwilling to deny the Harlem where I grew up or the Haarlem of the Dutch Masters that contribute its element to my understanding of art.” – Romare Bearden, 1963

Portrait of a young Girl, dimensionalElia Alba, Portrait of a Young Girl, 2011

1963 was an important year. It was the year that artist Romare Bearden, along with fellow artist Hale Woodruff, founded the Harlem-based art group known as the Spiral Group—formed to discuss the responsibility of the African-American artist in the struggle for civil rights. This led to an art practice that defined how the group could contribute both to the civil rights movement and also to what author Ralph Ellison called a “new visual order.” 1963 was also important in the life of Texas State University, as it was the year that [then] Southwest Texas State College was integrated, paving the way for the education of all qualified students, regardless of race. We celebrate the intersection of these significant events through this exhibition of artworks, which recall the legacy of Romare Bearden while also bringing his influence into a contemporary context.

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Katrina Moorhead: Some Objects About Some Thoughts

September 23rd – October 19th

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 23 | 5 – 7 pm

Installation of a black, wood platform with black plastic flags stretching across the room

Katrina Moorhead’s installations, objects, and drawings are frequently informed by her interest in sourcing or creating instances in which human sentiments are seemingly conflated with scientific facts—places where our mutable emotions overlay onto ‘fixed’ science. The works employ a wide variety of materials and objects, which, when brought together, continue to refer to known forms while simultaneously offering new, often poetic, associations.

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Francesca Fuchs: Again Once More

September 23rd – October 19th

Artist’s Lecture: Tuesday, September 23 | 2 pm, Gallery [3]
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 23 | 5 – 7 pm

For her exhibition at The University Galleries, Francesca Fuchs shows paintings that sublimate the ordinary and regulate the sublime. These works—paintings of paintings, drawing, prints, and photos from her personal collection—result in a unique ode to the things that line the artist’s own walls, or those of her loved ones. The sources for these paintings call to mind the love affair that we all have with the objects in our lives. Continue reading →

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Roger Colombik: 29th Street Serenade (& Other Love Songs)

October 14th – November 14th

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 14 | 5 – 7 pm

29th Street Serenade (& Other Love Songs) is a social practice based collaborative endeavor that combines oral history interviews/conversations and documentary photographic practices to explore the historical tales and cultural identity amongst the denizens of one extended neighborhood in Yangon, Burma.

With the goal of exploring the nuanced mores of a highly diverse and multicultural community that is often portrayed in the state media as a fractious and divisive, School of Art and Design sculpture professor Roger Colombik discovered a group of citizens that speak and partake of unity and the optimism of that notion that life will change soon and for everyone.

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14th Annual Alumni Invitational

October 23rd – November 14th

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 23 | 5 – 7 pm

Janel Jefferson, Girl in blue dress with red hatJanel Jefferson

Each year, the School of Art and Design at Texas State University extends an invitation to selected alumni to exhibit works that reflect their current creative practice. While these exhibited works are diverse, they have one thing in common: Each represent an intersection of concept and process, resulting in compelling works that we are proud to exhibit in The University Galleries. This survey exhibition celebrates the creativity of School of Art and Design alumni across disciplines. The exhibition also provides an opportunity to see how the artists and their practices have continued to mature after leaving our hallowed halls. Continue reading →

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Jonathan Faber, Dana Frankfort, Jessica Mallios: …And Introducing

October 23 – November 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 23 | 5 – 7 pm

Dana Frankfort, LIKE, 2009, purple abstract strokes on a white canvasDana Frankfort, LIKE, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96 inches. Courtesy of Inman Gallery, Houston.

The School of Art and Design at Texas State University is pleased to welcome three new tenure-track faculty within its studio areas. As a means of introduction to university and surrounding communities, this exhibition features the works of Jonathan Faber, Dana Frankfort, and Jessica Mallios.

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Fall BFA Thesis Exhibitions

November 17th – December 12th

The BFA Thesis exhibitions are exciting for our students, as they signal at once both the completion of a major life’s accomplishment, while prompting the start of an independent creative practice. As students in the School of Art and Design at Texas State prepare to graduate, their BFA Thesis Exhibitions act as a fulcrum of sorts—a point of transition. Continue reading →

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DElux | REdux

Part 1: June 2nd – June 29th, 2014
Part 2: July 2nd – July 30th, 2014

The rules were there were no rules. Actually, there was one rule: no orphans.

 Alison Whitworth paint and paper mixed media
Alison Whitworth

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Sebastian J. Stoddart : case studies

June 2nd – June 29th, 2014

Each year, The University Galleries at Texas State University take the opportunity to focus on the local artists who live and work right here in our own backyard. This year, in our 10th Annual HOMEGROWN exhibition, we welcome the works of Sebastian J. Stoddart, whose exhibition, case studies, invites us to think about our need to organize the world around us and how our relationship to objects satisfies an innate interest in classification and deductive reasoning. Continue reading →

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Gallery [1]: MFA Showcase 2014

January 13th – January 17th, 2014
Reception: Monday, January 13 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Awards Announced: 7 p.m.

Connect. Collaborate. Create.
This exhibition provides 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.

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