Exhibition and Awards: K Space Contemporary

MEMBERS ONLY is a non-thematic, juried art exhibition of new works of art by current members of K Space Contemporary. Entries were juried by the K Space Contemporary Exhibition Committee to determine what would be exhibited in MEMBERS ONLY and selected awards. The Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi represented well at the exhibition and the top three awards went to Islanders!

Silas Breaux was awarded Best of Show for his artwork Best of Show – “Construct #2.” This award includes getting to have a solo exhibition at K Space Contemporary in the Corner Spot in 2020.

TAMU-CC graduate students Carlos Israel Villarreal and Kylie Justus were awarded Second and Third Place in the MEMBERS ONLY exhibition and they will have a two-person show in the Corner Spot in 2020.

Exhibition Dates: May 3 – 30, 2019 in the main gallery

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Confluence: TAMU-CC Art Faculty Biennial 2019

In the fifth incarnation of this exhibition series, Confluence, AMST emphasizes the caliber of art expertise located here in South Texas. Works include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, graphics, and design work by contributing artists: Meg Aubrey, Leticia Bajuyo, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Rich Gere, Andrea Hempstead, David Hill, Louis Katz, Nancy Miller, Ryan O’Malley, Joe Peña, Laura Petican, Barbra Riley, Greg Reuter, and Lars Roeder. Guest lecture by Carey Rote, Ph.D.

Exhibition Dates: April 18th – August 11th 2019

Art Museum of South Texas
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Below are installation images courtesy of Jennifer Garza-Cuen

A New Islander – Richard W. James

Ceramicist and Sculptor, Richard W. James will be moving to Texas and joining the faculty of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi as an Assistant Professor of Art beginning Fall 2019. He will be teaching in both Sculpture and Ceramics ranging from introductory levels to graduate courses.

Richard W. James is currently a long-term artist–in-residence at The Archie Bray Foundation. He constructs his figurative sculptures by combining his ceramic background with objects, materials and processes that closely relate to his rural upbringing. Richard received his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001. After graduating, he worked as a production potter, built wood kilns, and ran his own studio until returning to academia in 2010 as a special student at Indiana University for two years.

Richard received his MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2016, where his thesis work received the 2016 Sculpture Magazine Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. He has been a summer artist-in-residence at Zhenrutang in Jingdezhen, China, and a long-term resident at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He has also written for Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics: Technical and Ceramics Monthly. His work is featured in numerous private collections and exhibited across the country, as well as China and Italy.


Guggenheim Fellow – Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Assistant Professor of Photography, was named a 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.

The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications annually and this year only awarded 168 fellows. This highly prestigious award provides up to 12 months of support for professor Garza-Cuen’s work in photography. The Fellowship has been in existence since 1925. 

Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation said “It’s exceptionally satisfying to name 168 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best” 

The Guggenheim’s web page of professor Garza-Cuen that includes her TAMU-CC affiliation: https://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/jennifer-garza-cuen/ https://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/jennifer-garza-cuen/

Untitled – Coal Mine, Buffalo, WY by Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $360 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, National Book Award, and other significant, internationally recognized honors. 

Congratulations Jennifer Garza-Cuen on such a great achievement! 

Also, Texas Monthly just did an expose about her work and award entitled “Corpus Christi Photographer to Use Guggenheim Grant on El Paso/Alaska Project”: https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/corpus-christi-photographer-to-use-guggenheim-grant-on-el-paso-alaska-project/

Jennifer Garza-Cuen by Asa Gilmore

Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

TAMUCC Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Leticia R. Bajuyo, was selected to participate a group exhibition titled – Interwoven at 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky
March 20 – October 6, 2019
Reception, March 31, 4-6pm

In 2019-20, cultural and civic organizations throughout Louisville will be honoring the contributions of female artists to the community through participation in Enid Yandell: A Life of Art and Activism, a series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enid Yandell, the first female sculptor from Kentucky to achieve international success and one of the first women inducted into the National Sculpture Society.

Recognizing Enid Yandell’s artistic achievements and her legacy of social activism, Interwoven highlights works by ENID member artists Leticia Bajuyo, Linda Erzinger, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs, Bette Levy, and Joyce Ogden that reflect or respond to social issues through material and visual creativity.

About 21C Museum Hotel
21c Museum Hotel was founded by preservationists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple wanted to take an active role in the preservation and revitalization of downtown Louisville motivated by changes happening in and around their hometown.

With the belief that art can be a vital part of daily life and a spark to ignite new energy and ideas, they created 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. Their innovative idea developed into a center for culture, community, genuine hospitality, and artistic expression.

Conference Speaker – Alexandria Canchola

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Alexandria Canchola will be presenting at TypeCon2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Typecon features dozens of the brightest names in type and design who share their experience, knowledge, skills and stories at the conference for type lovers and aficionados.

Professor Canchola will be presenting, As Type Becomes Image, as part of Typecon’s main programming. She will talk about her work in typography, exploring both traditional and emerging technologies and practices such as letterpress printing with polymer plates, laser cutting with physical material, polyester plate lithography, 3D printing, and CNC milling. Canchola is excited to share her thoughts on how typography can go beyond giving a voice to the text but through its expressiveness can become the whole picture.

For more information on Typecon, take a look here: http://www.typecon.com/archives/6928

Published Book – Dr. Laura Petican

Fashion and Contemporaneity: Realms of the Visible

Editor: Dr. Laura Petican, Associate Professor of Art History

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

Published January, 2019, by Brill | Rodopi

Cover illustration: Pink and Red, 2017. By Laura Petican. Oil on canvas, 18″ x 20″. 

Exhibition and Award – Jennifer Garza-Cuen

25th Texas National Competition and Exhibition, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas

Exhibition Dates: April 13th until June 9th, 2019

Assistant Professor of Photography Jennifer Garza-Cuen‘s artwork Untitled – Ranch Hand won first prize at the 25th Annual Texas National, 2019. The 2019 exhibition juror was by Michelle White, senior curator at the Menil Collection in Houston, and on view at The Cole Center @ The Old Opera House.

Texas National features an assortment of art, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes 50 pieces of art from across the nation. Among the pieces are works by four current or former students in the SFA School of Art, including works by Sarah Jentsch, Santiago Escobido, Mason Cullen and Sara Gray.

The School of Art’s annual juried competition and exhibition attracts entrants from across the United States, providing artists an opportunity to have their work juried by highly acclaimed curators and critics, such as White, Handley said.

Graduate Student spotlight

Trent Thigpen is an MFA candidate in painting at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he is also Program Manager for the Pollution Prevention Partnership, and an adjunct instructor of art. He has an MAIS degree from the University of Houston-Victoria with concentrations in bioinformatics, communications and computer science. He was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Victoria College and an adjunct professor for the digital gaming program at the University of Houston-Victoria. His interdisciplinary background also includes six years of working with mentally ill children, adolescents and adults as a special education teacher and psychiatric technician. 

Artist Statement:  

Growing up and living on the Texas Gulf Coast, my identity as a naturalist has been heavily shaped by birdwatching, aquarium keeping, camping, hiking, and fishing. I learned about the world and found solace by observing animal behavior and exploring nature. I also remember washing tar from my feet at the beach, and witnessing a colossal fireball from a refinery explosion. The oil, gas and plastics industries supported my family, my wife’s family, and most of our aunts, uncles, and cousins.  It also causes illness, death, ecological destruction, war, and political turmoil.

Career experience in science, education, psychology, and environmentalism emerge conceptually and visually in my work. My current body of work explores the cognitive dissonance created by conflicting needs, desires, and consequences. I paint from news footage of actual fires and combine this energy and turmoil with nostalgic images found in vintage photographs and 35 mm slides of road trips, special events, vacations and everyday life. Much as the Surrealists used the psychology of dreams, I hope to merge art and contemporary psychological theory to reveal and provoke questions about the way people subconsciously react to and reconcile mental contradictions and turmoil. 

Image credit: Robert Neal



The GROW Gallery presents…

An exhibition by the graduate students in Photography which will be on display April 1st – September 20th, 2019.

The Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace (G.R.O.W) is located on the second floor of the Mary and Jeff Library in room 220. The GROW is part of the College of Graduate Studies and it offers graduate students exclusive space and resources tailored specifically to academic needs and professional development. GROW provides services including professional workshops, student support events, networking activities, and community service opportunities.

The entryway of the GROW has started a new series of exhibitions featuring the MFA program in the Department of Art and Design. This was launched during the 2019 Student Appreciation Week activities at the GROW. For next six months, April 1st – September 20th, the GROW gallery will feature the graduate students in the Photography area: Kylie Justus, Carlos Israel Villarreal, and Joshua Dancause.


Following this featured exhibition of graduate students in Photography, the next six months will feature another area of the MFA program. Check back to both this blog and the GROW for more information and to see the featured shows as they grow.