Online Symposium Dates: September 23-26, 2020
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 Wednesday – Saturday, September 23-26, the Oso Bay Biennial XXI: A 2020 Vision – Symposium will feature an online series of three panel discussions, gallery talks, 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.
online via Facebook Live at TAMU-CC College of Liberal Arts FB page
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-8:00pm
PANEL SESSION: MATTER MATTERS
A panel presentation and discussion with artists who explore an interdisciplinary approach to media, craft, and engagement.
Moderator: Richard W. James, Assistant Professor of Sculpture/Ceramics, TAMU-CC
Thursday, September 24th – 6:30-8:00pm
ONLINE RECEPTION with gallery talks and tours
This evening will include:
- A presentation by, Joshua Duttweiler, the newest addition to the TAMU-CC Art and Design Faculty.
- A discussion about the history of the Oso Bay Biennial between Louis Katz, Professor of Ceramics and Greg Reuter, Professor Emeritus of Sculpture.
- Gallery talk videos by artists exhibiting in the Oso Bay Biennial Juried Exhibition in TAMU-CC’s Weil Gallery. Beginning Sculpture students selected these artists to respond to their inquiries about works in the exhibition.
- Art bursts and gallery talks from arts institutions in Corpus Christi and Rockport as we visit exhibitions and learn more about their programming in our art community.
Friday, September 25, 4-5:30pm
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – BEILI LIU
Beili Liu, Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin
MFA in Mixed Media/Sculpture/Installation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Assoc. B.A. in Chinese Literature and Communication from Shenzhen University, China
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).
Moderator: Dr. Laura Petican, Associate Professor and Director of University Galleries
Friday, September 25, 6:00-7:30pm
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.
Saturday, September 26, noon-1:30pm
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
Sabine Senft, president of Texas Sculpture Group
Kristen Tordella-Williams, vice president of Midsouth Sculpture Alliance
Moderator: Leticia R. Bajuyo, Associate Professor of Sculpture, TAMU-CC
Saturday, September 26, 2:00-3:30pm
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.
During this presentation, Dr Eisele will be presenting and sharing about his experience with Sculpture Month Houston and then about his work jurying the exhibition Oso Bay Biennial XXI: Matter Matters. In this presentation, he will be announcing awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards along with three honorable mentions). Additionally, he will be sharing curatorial responses about these recipients’ work and about seven additional selected artists’ artworks.
Leticia R. Bajuyo, Associate Professor of Sculpture, TAMU-CC
Dr. Laura Petican, Associate Professor and Director of University Galleries, TAMU-CC
Plus, some special guests during the last 30 minutes of the event!
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