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

Public Art – Students’ Sculptures Take Over the PAC, 2019

For the second year in a row, in collaboration with Jim Moore, director of PAC, Leticia Bajuyo’s sculpture students have created freestanding artworks for the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Annual Furgason Bravo Series.

Thank you to TAMU-CC Communications Specialist Richard Guerrero for creating this video and web photo story about the student artworks.

Displayed in the PAC lobby for patrons to enjoy before the shows, each piece was influenced and inspired by the unique music of Las Cafateras, this year’s first BRAVO performance, with the architecture of the PAC, and/or the idea of performance. Bajuyo is a strong supporter of interdisciplinary opportunities and encouraged the students to use their work in steel to be complimented by additional materials as they planned, designed, and created these unique sculptures.

These sculptures will be on display October 2019-January 2020.

To see more images of the 2019 sculptures, please visit https://photos.tamucc.edu/Web-Stories/Fall-2019-Webstories/110819-PAC-Sculptures/

Visiting Artist – Eric Fuertes

Eric Fuertes works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is the Manager of the Columbus Digital Fabrication Studio. He creates complex artistic devices that mechanize the process of art making utilizing interdisciplinary, traditional, and digital techniques. His artwork explores socio-political commentary and ideas about production, democratization, and fallacies in contemporary culture.

2011 MFA Northern Illinois University
2007 BFA TexasA&M University – Corpus Christi
2004 AA Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas 

Eric Fuertes will be presenting
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 4:00-4:50 pm in the Sculpture Studio 116 in the TAMUCC Center for Art. This artist talk if free and open to the public.

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/.

Solo Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

Leticia R. Bajuyo, TAMU-CC Assistant Sculpture Professor, is exhibiting a solo exhibition titled Keystones at the Beeville Art Museum.

Exhibition Dates: September 21 – December 14, 2019
Opening Reception: September 21, 2019

Extending through all the galleries in the Beeville Art Museum, Keystones features a large-scale installation connecting three of the museum’s galleries along with smaller sculptures, drawings, glass pieces, and works made of grass and turf through the museum.

The exhibition title, Keystones, refers both to conceptual connections across the entire exhibition and to the archways in Bajuyo’s installation one can enter.  As with almost all of her large-scale pieces, swirling vortexes accentuate the art, suggesting infinite space, black holes, and celestial light.  Bajuyo describes how influences such as outer space, black holes, and the edges or borders of transition manifest in her studio practice, and how the thin line of an event horizon on the edge of a vortex, a point of no return, an excellent visual for examining value allotment and changes in perception.

The Beeville Art Museum is located at 401 E. Fannin, Beeville, Texas
It is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday
and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. 
To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.      

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 Bell Library features sculpture students

During the 2019 Spring semester, Assistant Professor of Art Leticia Bajuyo and her Advanced Sculpture students collaborated with Dr. Catherine Rudowsky, Dean of Libraries, and the staff of the TAMU-CC Bell Library yielding unique responses to sites throughout the first and second floors of the library.

“It became more than just me working on my art. I had to rely on others and practice good communication – whether it was with my professor, other artists, or people at the installation site. You work as a team,” said Sarah Spaulding, recent Islander graduate and sculpture student.

Beyond Books: Bell Library Features Islander Student Art Sculptures,
by Richard Guerrero, Sydney Spangler, and Joshua Esparza
July 9, 2019
Kudzu by Sarah Spaulding

Following a sequence of smaller assignments, the students refined their work into proposal packets and presentations for the selection committee. The students had to respond to a variety of questions and continue to update the committee as installation time neared.

“I was given the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions that helped shape the students’ sculptural designs and installation process,” said Anjanette Jones, Bell Library staff and a member of the committee. “The collaborative process of public art installation was fascinating to be a part of. At Bell Library, we always welcome collaboration with other departments and organizations. We’re honored to be able to showcase and support the artistic talent of our Island community.”

Beyond Books: Bell Library Features Islander Student Art Sculptures,
by Richard Guerrero, Sydney Spangler, and Joshua Esparza
July 9, 2019

The final eight installations and artworks will be on exhibit for one-year when they will be deinstalled at the end of Spring Semester 2020.

Article – Art Professor Greg Reuter

When Art Professor Greg Reuter arrived from California to teach ceramics and sculpture at Corpus Christi State University in 1978, the University stationery still had the name Texas A&I University-Corpus Christi. In the ensuing 40 years, Reuter has taught thousands of students, lectured in Mexico, Germany, and Japan as well as in the United States, and shown his artwork across the globe. Reuter’s work also appeared in the 1988 film, “D.O.A.,” which starred Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Reuter retired in December 2018.

Art Professor Greg Reuter Looks Back on 40 Years of Teaching
By Richard Guerrero | Published: June 19, 2019

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