Graduate Student spotlight

Joshua Dancause

Joshua Dancause is an artist and photographer born and raised in Laredo, TX. He currently resides in Corpus Christi, TX where he received a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in photography in 2013 from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. His work explores themes of identity and gender with great emphasis in alternative photographic processes and has been shown nationally in several public galleries from Colorado, Brooklyn to Vermont. Dancause is currently completing his MFA in photography at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and will be graduating Spring 2019.

Artist Statement: 
Within my artwork, I seek out subtle moments of sexuality through found archive. I challenge the masculinity of the figures and redirect the original narrative of the photograph. Queer tensions linger as I create my own narrative of the past using isolation, negative space, distortion and disfigurement. I celebrate the deviance and otherness that accompanies these figures in hopes to challenge the binaries that exist within our society.


The Weil Gallery presents

Drawing from Life

A solo exhibition by Chin-Cheng Hung

The Weil Gallery at TAMU-CC welcomes Drawing from Life, an exhibition of works by Atlanta-based artist Chin-Cheng Hung. The exhibition will feature portrait works rendered in pastel as examples of Hung’s interest in thepainterly qualities of the medium, its traditional resonances, coupled with the contemporary sensibility of his subjects. The exhibition will be complemented by alive demonstration conducted by Hung as part of theclosing reception celebration.

Exhibition Dates: January 31–March 20, 2019
Live Portrait Drawing Demonstration and Closing reception: Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00-8:00pm, Weil Gallery

The Islander Gallery presents

Land Report Collective: West 1
This group of six artists in Wyoming, Tennessee, and Texas create and exhibit artworks together as they deal with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point. 

Leticia Bajuyo’s work is fueled by compassion and a critique of capitalism, as she explores perceptions of value in order to foster an awareness of the role of social amnesia on consumer behavior. (Texas)

Jason Brown considers the politics of mountaintop removal in his construction of objects and installations while also creating playful formal assemblages. (Tennessee)

Brian Jobe typically creates schemes for public interaction through the delineation of pathways or through site-specific focal points. (Tennessee)

David Jones responds to desert environments with experimental interactions, model scale sculpture, and large scale outdoor works. (Wyoming)

Patrick Kikut incorporates a lifelong interest in the horizon line in a series of paintings with flat Midwestern landscapes as his muse. (Wyoming)

Shelby Shadwell views the landscape from a non-traditional lens, responding to ephemeral images from highway road cameras, monumental mining operations and the optical nature of the salt flats through drawing, sculpture and video installation. (Wyoming)

Opening reception:
Friday, February 28, 5:00-7:00pm, Islander Gallery
5pm Panel Discussion
6pm Performance

Show open:
February 28 – April 7, 2019

image: Shelby Shadwell, image still from “PLAYA ACTION”, video

Exhibition – TAMUCC Graduate Students

The Islander Gallery at TAMU-CC begins 2019 with a group exhibition of current graduate students in the MFA Studio Art program. The exhibition will display a range of experience, exploration, and investigation including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and interdisciplinary installations.

The exhibition will feature works in progress by Maclovio Cantú IV, Josh Dancause, Clarissa Gonzalez, Kylie Justus, Rob Neal, Jamie Speck, Trent Thigpen, Carlos Israel Villarreal.

Opening reception:
Friday, January 25, 6:00-7:30pm, Islander Gallery

Show open:
January 25– February 8, 2019

Article – Leticia R. Bajuyo

New Sculpture Professor Quick to Make Mark on Texas Art Scene

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Artificial grass and compact discs – hundreds, if not thousands of them – play a large role in the installations created by Leticia Bajuyo, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Assistant Professor of Art. A sculpture artist in her third semester at the Island University, Bajuyo’s work is already popping up around Corpus Christi and beyond.

(read more…)
Full article published: November 29, 2018

New Sculpture Professor Quick to Make Mark on Texas Art Scene

Publication – Laura Petican, Ph.D

Laura Petican, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of University Galleries, upcoming publication titled Fashion and Contemporaneity: Realms of the Visible will be available February 2019.

This book represents the voices of scholars, fashion designers, bloggers and artists, who speak to the pervasive nature of fashion in matters of politics, history, economics, sociology, religion, culture, art and identity. Dialogically open, the volume offers a broad apprehension of visual matter in the global contemporary context with fashion at its core, exploring its metamorphosing, media-oriented and ‘disordered’ modes of being in the early twenty-first century.

The book’s contributors consider topics of universal import stemming from the realm of fashion, its dissemination and impact, from institutional, corporate, collective and individual perspectives, reflecting on the morphing, interchanging and revolutionary quality of the visual realm as the basis for continued research in fashion studies. Contributors are Shari Tamar Akal, Jess Berry, Naomi Braithwaite, Claire Eldred, Sarah Heaton, Hilde Heim, Demetra Kolakis, Sarah Mole, Lynn S. Neal, Laura Petican, Cecilia Winterhalter, Manrutt Wongkaew.

Article – Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Photography Professor Explores New Creative Approaches at Residency in Florida

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Famed artist Robert Rauschenberg’s works are revered for his bold sense of adventure, so it stands to reason that an artist-in-residence would experience that same creative spirit at the prestigious Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi assistant professor of art, knows firsthand the extraordinary nature of such an experience:  She completed a six-week residency at the late artist’s creative center this month as a program awardee for Portland, Oregon arts nonprofit Photolucida’s Critical Mass initiative.

(read more…)
Full article published: December 18, 2018

Solo Exhibition – Manami Ishimura

Graduate Student Manami Ishimura’s  MFA thesis exhibition titled Sublimation -昇華-, will be on exhibit at K Space Contemporary in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ishimura was born in Tokyo, Japan. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture at Tama University in Japan, and will graduate from Master of Fine Art degree in sculpture and ceramics at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in December 2018.

Her works have been included in various important exhibitions including recent sculptural drawings at Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana; Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Texas; Biwako Binnale, Shiga, Japan; and Gallery C at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Her commitment to this activity has led her to serve as a curator and as a resident artist for an interactive exhibition between Japan and the United States in 2019 in Okayama, Japan.

Exhibition Dates: December 1-15, 2018
Reception: Friday, December 7, 5:30 to 9 pm

K Space Contemporary
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

K Space Contemporary
415 D Starr Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401 78401


The Weil Gallery presents

Line of Sight II

A solo exhibition by Martha Whittington
Professor of Foundations Studies, Savannah College of Art and Design
MFA in sculpture from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia
BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute

Exhibition Dates: November 5-December 7, 2019
Public artist’s lecture: Monday, November 5, 5:00-6:00pm, Bay Hall 103
Opening reception: Monday, November 5, 6:00-7:30pm, Weil Gallery

Weil Gallery

Since 1978 the Weil Gallery has hosted exhibitions of local, national, and international artists.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Center for the Arts, 1st fl.
Corpus Christi, TX  78412

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Laura Petican, Director of University Galleries

Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

Sculpture Month Houston (SMH) is a citywide biennial event that showcases sculpture throughout over 40 venues in the City of Houston, directing attention to the diverse creative energies of sculptors. While participating venues coordinate their own programming of three-dimensional art, Sculpture Month Houston also presents their own curated exhibitions—featuring a select number of artists from a wide variety of styles—to highlight a cross-section of international sculpture. Participation in the month is by invitation.

TAMUCC Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Leticia R. Bajuyo, was invited to participate in the signature exhibition of the 2018 Sculpture Month Houston is located inside re-purposed physical structure of the old Success Rice Silos near downtown Houston.  The sculptural installation that Bajuyo created titled “Event Horizon” combines three silos and the artwork is comprised of curving a curving wood structure that is 15 feet high, 60 feet wide, and is covered in approximately 15,000 donated CDs and DVDs. Bajuyo traveled regularly from Corpus Christi to Houston for two months to build her installation.

This year’s festival and main show at SITE Gallery Houston was titled, Peak Shift, and was on exhibit October 13 – December 1, 2018.