Oso Bay XXI: Matter Matters


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 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. 



A primary component of this year’s biennial will be a national juried exhibition at the Islander Art Gallery, co-sponsored by TAMU-CC, Texas Sculpture Group and Midsouth Sculpture Alliance, and juried and curated by Sculpture Month Houston founder, Dr. Volker Eisele.

Oso Bay XXI is centered in the notions of process, invention, and adaptation in conjunction with tradition, refinement, and commitment, to foster ongoing connections within the interdisciplinary nexus of Three-Dimensional Artmaking.

Open to all artists 18 years and older, the Islander Gallery invites artwork that utilizes traditional and/or contemporary methods of creating objects. In recognition of the title of Oso Bay XXI – Matter Matters, entries should visibly consider a third dimension (even if a narrow or variable one) and be created in a manner that the matter, materials, and techniques used matter to the concept, experience, and outcome of the artwork.

The exhibition will conclude with a symposium on April 24-25 and will include closing receptions, 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. 

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


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.



– Entry Deadline:  February 15th, 2020
– Entry Fee:  The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three artworks. 
OR Artists who are active and paying members of Texas Sculpture Group and Midsouth Sculpture Alliance at the time of entry and throughout the exhibition (if selected) are exempt from paying the entry fee.  
– Notification:  March 1st, 2020
– Delivery or Shipping Deadline: Friday, March 27th, 2020
– Exhibition Dates: Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 25th 
– Pick-up or Return Shipping Deadline: April 25th (following the closing reception) – May 2, 2020

– All mediums accepted: 2D, 3D and video work
– The works must be of original design and execution. 
– Work must be original; no reproductions.
– All work submitted must be available for exhibition dates and must be gallery ready.
– Artists are welcome to include an optional brief statement with details about material, process, and concept. 
– Recent works are preferred, but there is no restriction for the creation date.  

– The size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door with no dimension longer than 72 inches.
– Total weight of work must not exceed 150 lbs unless the artist is on site to personally deliver, assist the gallery staff with installation, and pick-up artwork.
– Floor-based works must be firmly stable.
– Large-scale and multi-piece installations must be installed by the artist.
– The gallery has a limited number of pedestals. Pedestals can be reserved with gallery staff upon acceptance. If artwork requires a pedestal with unique dimensions, the pedestal must be provided by the artist.

– All wall-mounted work must be equipped with wire, D-rings, or French cleat(s) for hanging (or note method of presentation upon entry).
– Wall-mounted 3D work should be ready for hanging and artists must supply all appropriate installation materials (including instructions, templates, or guides).
– Total weight of wall-mounted work must not exceed 50lbs.

– For accepted video work, the artist is responsible for providing all necessary display and viewing equipment, including, but not limited to: display monitor, screens and screen supports, DVD player, USB drive, mounting hardware, remote controls, batteries. 


The Islander Gallery does not take a commission and any interest in purchases will be directed to the artist.

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

The Islander Gallery – Steve Prince

Steve Prince, Salt of the Earth, lithograph, 2017.

The Islander Gallery at TAMU-CC is pleased to welcome Kitchen Talk, an exhibition of works by Virginia-based artist Steve Prince. The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works based in drawing and printmaking. As a native of New Orleans, LA, Prince ‘s work highlights his interests in art, music, and religion, and addresses issues of social injustice through a metaphorical language of faith, hope, and creativity.

Please join us for the public artist’s lecture an opening reception Friday, October 18th, from 6:00-8:00pm, at the Islander Gallery. The Islander Gallery is located at 4024 Weber Rd.

Steve Prince: https://artcld.com/artist/steve-prince

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The Weil Gallery – Suzy González and Eliseo Casiano

Suzy Gonzáles, Float, 2019
Eliseo Casiano, Horse Breaker, Graphite and watercolor pencil on toned paper, 2017

The Weil Gallery at TAMU-CC welcomes Collective Likeness, an exhibition of works by San Antonio artist Suzy González and Tucson-based artist Eliseo Casiano. The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works across a variety of media, addressing a broad spectrum of socio-political subject matter related to cultural identity, race, familial histories, and the hierarchies of materials. The show dates are from Friday, September 27th to Friday, November 27th.



Directions to the TAMUCC Campus: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Texas+A%26M+University+Corpus+Christi/@27.7127448,-97.326332,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8668f6396bb2f853:0x5d8c2c4e12efc0cb!8m2!3d27.7127448!4d-97.3241433

Center for the Arts, Weil Gallery, First floor:

The Islander Gallery – Big Mood

Closing this Friday, October 4th, at TAMU-CC’s Islander Art Gallery is undergraduate show Big Mood. Sponsored by graduate student, Clarissa Gonzalez, Big Mood features artwork created by TAMU-CC’s undergraduate art students and stands as an expression of life experiences and what it means to be a contemporary artist.

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The Islander Gallery presents…

4th Annual FINE ARTS STUDENT SYMPOSIUM, Friday, April 12th from 1:00 – 5:15pm. Students presented on topics in the field of contemporary art.

Symposium keynote speaker: Dr. Jarred Wiehe, Assistant Professor of English

Symposium moderators
Clarissa Gonzalez, MFA Candidate
Maclovio Cantú IV, MFA Candidate

Symposium presenters:
Carlos Israel Villareal, MFA Candidate
Jamie Speck, MFA Candidate
Kayla Massey, BA Candidate
Kylie Justus, MFA Candidate
Caroline Wilson, BFA Candidate

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. 

TAMUCC News Article Land Report Collective, featuring Sculpture Professor Leticia Bajuyo, Makes Corpus Christi Debut
By Richard Guerrero.  Published: February 26, 2019

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

This exhibit was featured in a TAMU-CC news publication on January 30th in an articled titled: New MFA Group Exhibition on Display through February 8

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