For newly arrived Assistant Professor of Art Richard W. James, crafting sculpture usually begins with a found object and an idea. It could be a pair of boxing gloves or a boat motor or a lap harp, but each project has its own evolution as it develops. For his intricately detailed mixed media oeuvre, James has been named the 2019 Chrysalis Award recipient.
Established in 2016 by the James Renwick Alliance, the Chrysalis Award is meant support emerging artists who demonstrate excellence and a commitment to artistic innovation. Winners receive an unrestricted $5,000 award to be used for future works of art. James was named the sole recipient of this 2019 award due to his unique vision and voice.
James will accept the Chrysalis Award and give a speech at the JRA Distinguished Artist Series event on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C. Across the country, James’ work can be found in various private collections. Here, at the Island University, interested students can register for any one of his classes.
Exhibition Dates: September 21 – December 14, 2019 Opening Reception: September 21, 2019
Extending through all the galleries in the Beeville Art Museum, Keystones features a large-scale installation connecting three of the museum’s galleries along with smaller sculptures, drawings, glass pieces, and works made of grass and turf through the museum.
The exhibition title, Keystones, refers both to conceptual connections across the entire exhibition and to the archways in Bajuyo’s installation one can enter. As with almost all of her large-scale pieces, swirling vortexes accentuate the art, suggesting infinite space, black holes, and celestial light. Bajuyo describes how influences such as outer space, black holes, and the edges or borders of transition manifest in her studio practice, and how the thin line of an event horizon on the edge of a vortex, a point of no return, an excellent visual for examining value allotment and changes in perception.
The Beeville Art Museum is located at 401 E. Fannin, Beeville, Texas It is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.
Rusteberg Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition by Alexandria Canchola, TAMU-CC Assistant Professor of Art, Area of emphasis: Graphic Design. In this solo show titled Typecast, she will debut a newly completed series of work consisting of gouache paintings, hand lettering, 3D printing, and installations connecting narrative and emotion. The show will feature a selection of works devoted to the odd joy of voyeurism. Studying the roles we cast on others so that they are of a “type of person” a “type of character”.
The artwork created by Alexandria Canchola was made as part of her continuing quest to document the everyday. The work seen in Typecast, is inspired by and draws from narrative, blurring the distinctions between our perceptions of reality and our creations within it. She believes there is a strange satisfaction one experiences in their voyeuristic tendencies; watching others and forming stories about people that one never truly knows. “A person will never have all the facts. Because the facts are still a form of fiction. The facts can still steer us wrong because they are seen through our own cloudy, foggy, scratched, colored lens.”
She has investigated narrative through the combination of word and image, studying their relationship as they simultaneously merge together and break apart. This work showcases the significance that typographical forms possess using letters as formal design elements as well as basic symbols of communication. In contrast to the illustration work, which is based in narrative; a personal form of storytelling that helps us to make sense of the everyday, of the societal patterns we see and the relationships we experience.Thecolor palettes used subvert the viewer’s idea of emotion; centering on themes such as loneliness, solitude, and voyeurismand showcasing these emotions in the bright powerful hues in which we feel them.
Alexandria Canchola is a designer and illustrator, currently based in Corpus Christi, Texas, who loves drawing and painting as much as dragging and dropping. Her career in the arts was not quite a straight-line path, but instead included detours in the fields of journalism and filmmaking. She has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in 2D Design from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2018, she completed residencies at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California and Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. She is now an Assistant Professor for the Graphic Design program at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi eagerly working to assist her students in their quest for knowledge so that they may feel inspired not only through the attainment of skills and methods of design but in becoming critical thinkers.
In Fundamental Facets, Reuter returns to his roots in ceramics and coastal subject matter. His solo exhibition presents fundamental facets of Reuter’s artistic career, in terms of medium and subject matter, and introduces new work from the convergence of these foundations. During four decades as a professor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), his artistic mediums broadened from ceramics to include sculptural design, metal casting, and 3D printing. The subject matter of his work also cycled from nature’s forces to religious imagery, found objects, and abstraction.
When Art Professor Greg Reuter arrived from California to teach ceramics and sculpture at Corpus Christi State University in 1978, the University stationery still had the name Texas A&I University-Corpus Christi. In the ensuing 40 years, Reuter has taught thousands of students, lectured in Mexico, Germany, and Japan as well as in the United States, and shown his artwork across the globe. Reuter’s work also appeared in the 1988 film, “D.O.A.,” which starred Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Reuter retired in December 2018.
New York Gallery Klompching has recently announced their selections for the ‘FRESH 2019 Summer Exhibition’ in which Assistant Professor of Photography, Jennifer Garza-Cuen received an Honorable Mention.
Exhibition Dates: July 17–August 10, 2019 Opening Reception: July 18, 6:00–8:00pm
The Klompching Gallery was established in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September 2007. Owned and operated by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the gallery quickly established itself as a gallery with an extraordinary roster of artists from which to purchase some of the best examples of contemporary photography—with exhibition reviews in publications such as The New Yorker, Art Review, Modern Painters, New York magazine and the Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous notable cultural websites.
Since its inception, the gallery has earned a solid reputation for providing informed guidance on the acquisition of contemporary fine art photography.
CCU40 “honored 26 outstanding Coastal Bend professionals under the age of 40, highlighting their contributions to the community. For the first time in the program’s history, this group was composed almost entirely of millennials, ranging in age from 23 to 38.”
“Nancy Miller, Assistant Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Graphic Design program, received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University and her MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University. Miller built her repertoire designing for brands like Nike and creating solutions for a multitude of clients as a Creative Director at a local advertising agency before joining the Island University Department of Art & Design. At A&M-Corpus Christi, she uses her 15 years of real-world experience to enrich the minds of the students. To Miller, the link between education and community work is clear.”
“Involvement in the community informs my perspective as an educator,” said Miller. “It helps me understand the issues that affect my students and allows me to develop meaningful service-learning opportunities for them that dually serve our community.”
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
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.
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.