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Student Research & Accomplishments – Summer 2015

VICTOR BECKMANN, MFA student with an emphasis in jewelry design and metalsmithing, had an artwork titled Diatomic Compound (2014, porcelain and embroidery string) accepted into the Society of North American Goldsmiths sponsored Annual Juried Student Exhibition: Momentum. There were 240 entries and they chose 30 pieces for the exhibition, presented in late May during the conference in Boston, MA.

VICTORIA MARIE BEE, MFA student with specializations in photography and letterpress printing, was recipient of the Penland Partners Program award, allowing her to participate in summer residence programs at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC this summer. Between July 19th and August 4th she participated in the workshop called “Digital Fabrications & Letterpress Printing” taught by residency artists Ashley John Pigford, associate professor of graphic and interaction design at University of Delaware, and Tricia Treacy, assistant professor of design at Appalachian State University, North Carolina.

ALBERTO CAREAGA, MFA candidate in studio art, had an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings at 107 Gallery on July 11th. The exhibition was curated by The Lullwood Group, an artist collective in San Antonio, TX.

ALBERTO CAREAGA, MFA candidate in studio art, and NICOLLE LAMERE, MFA candidate with a specialization in ceramics, were both recipients of Studio Assistantships from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN for the summer residency program May 25th – July 11th.

JORDANN DAVIS, MFA candidate in Art History, had a review of the Patent Pending exhibition published on July 15th by The Bowerbird blogsite. Read the review (here).

JASON DEROUIN, student in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program, spearheaded a publication which included an essay by him and an essay by colleague, Tara McDowell, from Australia. Both essays are about Lawrence Jordan. The booklet was used for an exhibition of Jordan’s work at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, CA in June.

BRANDY GONZÁLEZ, MFA candidate with a specialization in printmaking, had artwork selected into the PrintTX 2015 exhibition presented at the Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX June 3 – July 3. Brandy was the recipient of the TTU School of Art’s Arrowmont Scholarship award, which allowed her to perform a summer residency in Gatlinburg, TN this summer. Her print titled Made With Love was selected into the exhibition titled Printers of Tomorrow and received “Best of Show” award. Juror, Suzanne Manns, department head of the Works on Paper department in the MFAH-Glassell School of Art reviewed 150 submitted artworks to select twenty-four. The exhibition at BLUEorange Contemporary, Houston ran from July 10 – August 1st.

AMY KIM, incoming MFA student in photography, had two of her still-life photographs selected into the exhibition titled FEAST: Pleasure + Hunger + Ritual at the Lexington Art League in Lexington, Kentucky, on display until the end the August.

DAVID MESPLÉ, doctoral student in the Fine Arts – Art program, presented a paper titled "Connecting the Dots: Fischinger, McLaren, and Levin" at the 27th International Conference of the Society for Animation Studies: Beyond the Frame. It was held in Canterbury, England from July 13-17.

YASAMAN MOUSSAVI, recent graduate of the MFA program in painting and currently an MFA candidate in printmaking, has her multi-media artwork installation titled Shadow Facing the Light published by Paint Pulse Magazine, Issue #3 (print copy available in August). New York based art historian Rosa JH Berland was the juror.

MAX UPP and NIKKI GHOLSON, seniors in communication design, had their poster designs from last spring's Public and Social Service Design class, taught by Carol Fowler, adjunct instructor in communication design, selected into the exhibition titled, The Right to Decide: International Poster Invitational. The exhibition was presented at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts in Birmingham, Alabama, August 6th – November 14th. The exhibition was organized by the group Posters Without Borders (Eric Boelts, Antonio Castro H., and Erin Wright) in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Acts, signed into law August 6, 1965. The Right to Decide, which showcased 62 artists from 25 countries, including some of the most respected poster artists in the world, included student posters from university design programs in Russia, Finland, Colombia, Taiwan as well as five universities in the United States.

BRYAN E. WHEELER, Fine Arts – Art doctoral candidate who entered the program in fall 2010, passed his defense and successfully submitted his dissertation in July. He will graduate in August. The dissertation is titled “Painting Section” or Painting Texas?: Negotiating Modernity and Identity in the Texas New Deal Post Office Murals. Wheeler compiled an informational data base that covered all 90 murals, 58 artists in terms of the artists’ backgrounds, training, letters, other art works, as well as the paintings, their contexts, the local and state histories. Using this, he compared trends in Texas to those in the greater southwest and the nation in terms of art, the economy, social conditions, and even philosophy. His command of the historical information allowed him to make some new claims about the relationships among the artists, the communities, and the Section of Fine Arts (a New Deal agency) and about the imagery of the murals vis-a-vis a previously posited development of Texas “exceptionalist” identity. He also made a contribution to the history of American art by finding evidence for the inter-relationships among artists interacting with seven art colonies in the southwestern US in the late 1930’s. Many of these artists championed a communicative function for art and thought art work should be grounded in local landscapes and issues. They tended to resist the encroachment of a universalizing modernist subject matter and style. His committee was co-chaired by Drs. Jorgelina Orfila and Carolyn Tate from Art History. Other members of the committee were Dr. Francisco Ortega, associate professor in communication design, Dr. Robert Peaslee (Media and Communication) and Dr. Miguel Levario (Department of History). .

ANTHONEY WISE, MFA candidate with a specialization in ceramics, conducted a Pizza Oven Building and Bakeware Construction workshop at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, July 6-10. The workshop, including a lecture to 20 attendees, was for a summer ceramics class.