Summer & Fall 2022
Graduate Students Present Summer Research Experiences
School of Art hosted a mini-symposium to hear from students who participated in summer residency programs or engaged in research travel. Presentations were made by five graduate students.
Hannah Bahlman, a candidate in the Master of Art History program, presented on her research trip to London to view a Rapheal exhibition presented at the National Gallery. Hannah reported that the exhibition is first ever to explore Raphael's complete career, looking at his celebrated paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, and design for sculpture, tapestry and prints. Bahlman said that for her thesis she will be focusing on representations and expressions of gender through color and saturation in his work. "Seeing the various works first hand," she continued, "helps draw subtle contrasts between the pieces. This exhibit was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so thankful the department supported me through funding in order to enrich my thesis process."
In addition to her time in the National Gallery, she was delighted to be in London to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubille and tour Windsor Castle. She also took at day trip out to Stonehenge.
Studio Art MFA candidates Kathryn Sutter (ceramics) and Madeline Castillo (jewelry design & metalsmithing) both participated in summer workshops at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Stutter received support through the Penland Partners Program with TTU School of Art and Castillo applied for and received a scholarship directly from Penland, and then received additional support from Texas Tech University to attend.
Sutter partipated in a glass blowing workship with Kim Harty as instructor. Sutter's goal was to try to figure out ways to integrate goo, a material she used in her ceramic work, with hot glass. Castillo took a metals workshop with Lydia Martin because of the movement exhibited by her hollow ware. "They reminded me of my fabric wearables," said Castillo, "that fluidity was something I had been struggling to translate to my metalwork."
Gabríel Peralta, a Studio Art MFA candidate in sculpture, presented on their summer residency at the Tablelands Center for Bioregional Art in Shallowwater, TX. Coordinated by alumnus J. Eric Simpson and associate professor of photography Aaron Hegert, the residency had Peralta focus on the bioregional ecosystem and to respond to the place with an art practice and installation. Peralta presented the installation at a reception on September 10th in the Pivot Gallery at Tablelands. The exhibition continues through the fall.
Brook Tuma, a Studio Art MFA candidate, whose residency at Elsewhere Studio in Colorado has previously been posted (see below) also talked about the work she did picking up trash along her hikes, which she then turned into pulp to make paper to create books.
Brooke Tuma attends Elsewhere Studios Residency in Colorado
Brooke Tuma, an MFA candidate in Photography, and is participating in the collaborative Arts, Environment & Sustainability program at the Elsewhere Studios Summer Residency Program in Paonia, Colorado this summer. She is a photographic artist who works primarily with analog and alternative photographic processes.
Elsewhere Studios partners with universities from the greater region for the collaborative summer program. This program was designed to engage artists with scientists in the global dialogue around climate change. A large feature of this project is how Universities are joining community, in this case a small rural town in Colorado to impact awareness around climate change. This program was inspired by Inspired: Art at Work that brought together artists, scientists, geologists, policy-makers and local organizations to make work about socio / economic issues especially those dealing with climate change.
Other residents include (from left to right in the image below): Demian DinéYazhi´ a Portland-based Indigenous Diné (Navajo) transdisciplinary artist. Their work is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology, landscape, gender, sexuality, & decolonization, Natalie Pivoney, a painter from Illinois whose work centers on connections between place, memory, and their influence on her identity, and Brenda Lanphear, who is currently graduating from Western Colorado University with an MFA in Creative Writing and the other half of our Arts, Enviroment & Sustainability program with Brooke. Brenda is finishing the second half of her book while at Elsewhere.