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

2019 Chrysalis Award – Richard W. James

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.

To read full TAMUCC News Article, go to Sculpture Professor Richard W. James Wins 2019 Chrysalis Award

For more information on James’ works, go to http://richardwjames.com/.

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.

Directions to The Islander Art Gallery:


Solo Exhibition- Greg Reuter

Greg Reuter, TAMU-CC Emeritus Sculpture Professor, is exhibiting a solo exhibition titled Fundamental Facets at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas.

Rockport Center for the Arts
106 South Austin Street, Rockport, TX, 78382

Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7, 2019

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. 


Exhibition – 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.


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



Exhibition – Manami Ishimura

Graduate Student Manami Ishimura’s sculptural ceramics Origami Cranes 2017 was selected to for inclusion in Vitreous at the Clay Center of New Orleans, Louisiana.  This exhibition juried by ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy, and features ceramic work celebrates the timeless beauty and creative potential of porcelain clay. This exhibition will be on display September 7-29, 2018.

the group exhibition’s website https://www.nolaclay.org/current-and-upcoming-exhibitions.html

The juror’s website http://jennifermccurdy.com/index.shtml

NCECA Lecture – Louis Katz

Professor of Ceramics Louis Katz will presented FORM, VOLUME, STRUCTURE, CLAY at The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The 2018 NCECA conference is the organization’s 52ndAnnual Conference.  The theme for 2018 is CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture and will be held March 14-17, 2018.  Louis Katz’s lecture will describe and discuss characteristics of historic and contemporary ceramic form compared with that of other sculpture. The lecture will cover volumetric form, structure, mass, breath and bones and the characteristics seemingly imposed by clay.