The GROW Gallery presents…

An exhibition by the graduate students in Photography which will be on display April 1st – September 20th, 2019.

The Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace (G.R.O.W) is located on the second floor of the Mary and Jeff Library in room 220. The GROW is part of the College of Graduate Studies and it offers graduate students exclusive space and resources tailored specifically to academic needs and professional development. GROW provides services including professional workshops, student support events, networking activities, and community service opportunities.

The entryway of the GROW has started a new series of exhibitions featuring the MFA program in the Department of Art and Design. This was launched during the 2019 Student Appreciation Week activities at the GROW. For next six months, April 1st – September 20th, the GROW gallery will feature the graduate students in the Photography area: Kylie Justus, Carlos Israel Villarreal, and Joshua Dancause.

Following this featured exhibition of graduate students in Photography, the next six months will feature another area of the MFA program. Check back to both this blog and the GROW for more information and to see the featured shows as they grow.

Conference – 2019 Society of Photographic Education Conference, Cleveland, Ohio

In early March, Professor Garza-Cuen and all three photography graduate students (Josh Dancause, Carlos Villarreal, and Kylie Justus) travelled to the National SPE Conference.

SPE is the leading forum for fostering understanding of photography in all its forms and related media. SPE engages its worldwide membership and affiliated communities through a range of supportive platforms including conferences, events, and publications.

For more information visit the SPE site at:

Don Stover at Home, Billerica, MA, 1972 from Henry Horenstein’s book ‘Honky Tonk’

“It was such a pleasure to have the chance to introduce my graduate students to one of my mentors Henry Horenstein, as well as colleagues and friends such as Odette England, Pedro Letria, and Brian Ulrich among others.” ~ J. Garza-Cuen

Below the Photography Grads give us a little taste of their experiences at the SPE Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kylie Justus, extending her reach!
Carlos Villarreal at the Downtown Hilton watering hole where much of the real conference work took place. Look at that view!!
Kylie Justus at an impromptu portfolio review with a group from the Woman’s Caucus.
‘Fake News & Truth in Photography’ panel discussion with Matt Each, Louie Palu and Barbara Tannenbaum was definitely one of the conference highlights!
Ya gotta eat right Carlos!?!
Both Kylie and Carlos worked as Volunteers at the Conference!!

All of us at TAMU-CC Photo would also like to congratulate Josh Dancause for his selection as regional representative for the Society’s LGBTQ caucus. Congratulations Josh!! And thank you for the work you do to push us further towards understanding, love, and inclusion!

“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus within SPE exists to provide a safe and progressive environment for LGBTQ image makers and educators. The caucus strives to strengthen the position of all LGBTQ people and to help create, develop, and support the current and next generations of LGBTQ artists and art educators.” ~ SPE website

Personal Pronoun Stickers provided by the LGBTQ caucus

As part of his role as an LGBTQ caucus representative, Josh also helped install the “Combined Caucus Exhibition.”

Combined Caucus Exhibition Installation

Graduate Student spotlight

Joshua Dancause is an artist and photographer born and raised in Laredo, TX. He currently resides in Corpus Christi where he received a BFA in studio art ( photography) in 2013. His work explores themes of identity and gender with an emphasis in alternative photographic processes. Dancause has been exhibited nationally at gallery shows in Colorado, Brooklyn, and Vermont. He is currently completing his MFA in photography at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and will be graduating in Spring of 2019.

Artist Statement: 

My work consists of identifying subtle implications of sexuality in archival images, challenging the masculinity of the subjects, and redirecting the original content in order to allow Queer tensions to arise and linger. Aiming to challenge existing binaries by celebrating deviance and otherness, I recreate a narrative of the past using isolation, negative space, distortion and disfigurement.



Image credit: Robert Neal

Article – Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Photography Professor Explores New Creative Approaches at Residency in Florida

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Famed artist Robert Rauschenberg’s works are revered for his bold sense of adventure, so it stands to reason that an artist-in-residence would experience that same creative spirit at the prestigious Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi assistant professor of art, knows firsthand the extraordinary nature of such an experience:  She completed a six-week residency at the late artist’s creative center this month as a program awardee for Portland, Oregon arts nonprofit Photolucida’s Critical Mass initiative.

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Full article published: December 18, 2018

The Weil Gallery presents

Odette England: The Outskirts/Exposed

The Weil Gallery at TAMU-CC welcomes The Outskirts/Exposed, an exhibition of photographic works by Rhode Island-based artist Odette England. Exploring the relationships between autobiography and vernacular photography, England uses objects of photography as subject matter to manipulate content and to reveal what the act of photography itself has made.

Exhibition Dates: September 6-October 12, 2019

Public artist’s lecture: Thursday, September 6, 5:00-6:00pm, OCNR 117

Opening reception: Thursday, September 6, 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

Exhibition – Jennifer Garza-Cuen

New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from Light Work Collection, Syracuse, NY
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – December 14, 2017

Assistant Professor of Photography Jennifer Garza-Cuen was an Artists-in-Residence in June 2017 at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. This curated exhibition features recent acquisitions of the Light Work Collection.


Light Work is pleased to present New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from the Light Work Collection. New Voices brings together photographs by former Light Work Artists-in-Residence. Selected from over 4,000 photographs donated to the Light Work Collection by former Artists-in-Residence, the exhibition highlights Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Takahiro Kaneyama, Sara Macel, John Mann, Zanele Muholi, Flurina Rothenberger, Hrvoje Slovenc, Pacifico Silano, Maija Tammi, and Mila Teshaieva.

The curated works of New Voices explore a wide variety of approaches to the medium, both conceptually and technically.  The exhibition will be on view in the Hallway Gallery at Light Work from November 1 – December 14, 2017, with an opening reception, Thursday, November 30, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Light Work’s collection is an extensive and diverse archive for the mapping of trends and developments in contemporary photography. This noteworthy collection includes all genres of expression found in contemporary photography, including documentary, abstract, experimental, and conceptual work. The collection also serves as an important document of Light Work’s history of support for emerging artists and their creative process.

New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from Light Work Collection artists are also featured in Light Work Annual: Contact Sheet 187, 192. The Light Work  2017 Annual is available for purchase via the Light Work Subscription Program.