2020 Grant Recipient – Jamie Speck, MFA candidate

“THE NEW NORMAL,” for Rockport, Texas Artists, in partnership with The Alice L. Walton Foundation and Tatagliano Foundation.

“Aiming to jumpstart the creative economy by helping Rockport artists get back to work while the galleries, shops, and museums that drive their careers remain closed, “THE NEW NORMAL” grant initiative is the first of its kind in the United States. The intention of this program is to foster healing, and begin to bring a community back together, through the connections we all make with each other during and after the creations of art.”

TAMU-CC MFA candidate Jamie Speck has been selected as one of the recipients of The New Normal Rockport grants!

As Jamie wrote in her proposal:

For this project I propose creating 16 miniature ink and encaustic landscape paintings with hand-stitching, on raw canvas. The miniatures will measure approximately 4 x 4 inches and will be hand sewn with black thread to white artist grade non-acid paper.

These images will represent my diverse memories of Rockport; albeit not perfect and abstracted, and even with some fragmentation (like the challenges we continue to face), but the landscapes are “repaired” with needle and thread. As an artist, the simple repetitive motions of each ritualistic and restorative stitch—the sutures for the wounds of life—continues to propel me forward when facing personal obstacles. 

The needle and thread element in the paintings symbolize the mending that must be made to the place we call home, to discover and perpetuate community healing.

– Jamie Speck

The Weil Gallery presents – TAMUCC graduate students

Work in Progress is an exhibition of work by current graduate students enrolled in the TAMUCC MFA Studio Art program. The exhibition will display work in progress across a range of disciplines spanning painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, and installation by MFA candidates Maclovio Cantu IV, Clarissa Gonzalez, Payton Koranek, Laura Monahan, Robert Neal, Jacqueline Negreros, Emmanuel Sanchez, Jamie Speck, and Carlos Israel Villarreal.

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – February 21
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

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 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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Exhibition – KSpace features drawing students

drawing by Glen Powell 

Assistant Professor of Art Meg Aubry’s 2019 Summer Semester Life Drawing class will be featured at K Space Contemporary in downtown Corpus Christi on Friday August 2, 2019 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm as part of First Friday’s Art Walk.

The Exhibition: A STUDY OF LIFEis a curated selection of figure drawings from the TAMUCC summer students.

Please stop by the gallery during the August Art Walk to celebrate and support these students. 

K Space Contemporary
415 D Starr Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401 78401

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

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 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

Solo exhibition – David Fuentes

David Fuentes, who teaches courses in Foundations at TAMUCC, has two upcoming solo exhibitions titled Just Not in it for the Parking.  Fuentes earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2005 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In the fall of 2010, he earned his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Dallas.

David was influenced by toys and comics from the 80’s and 90’s, and knew he had an aptitude for drawing that has stayed with him throughout his life. His artwork visualizes the emotional and physical journey of a man reflecting upon and confronting his own life, limitations, and abilities because of and beyond his Cerebral Palsy, as expressed through a series of watercolor paintings.

Just Not in it for the Parking will be on display:

Dec. 2018
424 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, Tx 78401

March 2019
Hallet Oak Gallery, Historic Kahn & Stanzel Bldg.
115 N. Main Street, Hallettsville, Tx 77964