OSO BAY BIENNIAL XXI: A 2020 VISION – Symposium

Please note changes in programming due to COVID-19 protocols. For more information, please visit TAMU-CC updated frequently asked questions.

RESCHEDULED Symposium Dates: September 25-26, 2020

Each and Every, Beili Liu
photo credit Amos Morgan

Beginning 42 years ago, the faculty of the Department of Art + Design at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have coordinated the Oso Bay Biennial, representing the various disciplines practiced in the department.

For 2020, Oso Bay Biennial XXI will focus on artworks and techniques that connect and contribute to the interdisciplinary nexus of Sculpture and three-dimensional artmaking, including installation and ceramics. 

On Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, the Oso Bay Biennial XXI: A 2020 Vision – Symposium will include a closing reception, three panel discussions, several art bursts featuring the creative community of Corpus Christi, a talk by Houston-based curator and Oso Bay Biennial XXI exhibition juror Dr. Volker Eisele, and a keynote address by artist and UT Austin Professor Beili Liu. 

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Friday, September 25, 6:30-7:30pm  
at the Weil Art Gallery on campus at TAMU-CC    
PANEL SESSION: FOUNDATION MATTERS
A panel presentation and discussion about 3D teaching philosophies, approaches, and goals emphasizing teaching experience at community colleges in South Texas.
Austin Community College, Austin – Jill Bedgood
Del Mar College – Amorette Garza
Houston Community College – Jessica F. Kreutter

Saturday, September 26, 9:30-10:30am
at the Art Museum of South Texas
9:30-10:30am    PANEL SESSION: NETWORK MATTERS
A panel presentation and discussion about opportunities for connecting, exhibiting, and developing by seeking communities and collaboration locally, regionally, and nationally. 
Matt Manalo, Founder at Filipinx Artists of Houston and Community Organizer at Alief Art House
Sabine Senft, president of Texas Sculpture Group 
Kristen Tordella-Williams, vice president of Midsouth Sculpture Alliance 

Saturday, September 26, 11am-noon
at the Art Museum of South Texas
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – BEILI LIU

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas, USA. Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material-and-process-driven, site-responsive installations. Oftentimes embodying transience, fragility, and the passage of time, Liu’s immersive installations are engaged with multifaceted dichotomies: lightness contrasted with heft; fierceness countered by resilience; and chaos balanced by quiet order. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, fire, and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. Janet Koplos spoke of Liu’s works as “materially simple but metaphorically rich” (Art in America Review, April 2009). 

Saturday, September 26, 2:30-3:30pm 
at the Islander Art Gallery on Doddridge Street
2:30-3:30pm      PANEL SESSION: MATTER MATTERS
a panel of artists who explore an interdisciplinary approach to media, craft, and engagement.
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Liss Lafleur
Josephine Durkin 

Saturday, September 26, 4:30-5:30pm 
at the Islander Art Gallery on Doddridge Street
4:20-5:30pm      CLOSING PRESENTATION FROM THE VIEW AS A CURATOR, DIRECTOR, AND JUROR
Dr. Eisele is the director and founder of ArtScan and directs the Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ArtScan Gallery at 1836 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas.  In 2016, Dr. Eisele co-founded the city-wide festival Sculpture Month Houston.
http://sculpturemonthhouston.org  
https://www.rudolphblume.com

Saturday, September 26, 5:30-7pm   
at the Islander Art Gallery on Doddridge Street       
CLOSING RECEPTION FOR JURIED EXHIBITION


The symposium and all related events are open to the public. 

For more information, please visit the Department of Art + Design website at: http://cla.tamucc.edu/art/Events.html