As 2021 nears, CONGRATULATIONS to all the students minoring and majoring in Art who graduated in 2020! Thank you for sharing your energy, creativity, and enthusiasm with us @islanduniversity ! We continue to miss seeing you and your art in the studios.
Special shout-outs to Spring 2020 BFA students who worked so hard on their Thesis Group Exhibition which was scheduled to be on display at the TAMU-CC Islander Art Gallery at the beginning of May 2020. Unfortunately, these artists were only able to exhibit their artwork online as the university respected the Stay at Home Emergency Declaration issued by the City of Corpus Christi. Their exhibitions continue to be available to audiences digitally at http://cla.tamucc.edu/art/Events.html
In the next posts, anticipate features on the sculptors who graduated last Spring with updates about life as Islander Alumni in the year of Covid.
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.
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.
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. http://sculpturemonthhouston.org https://www.rudolphblume.com 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.
Co-Moderators: 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.
A primary component of this year’s biennial was a national juried exhibition at the TAMU-CC Weil Art Gallery, co-sponsored by TAMU-CC, Texas Sculpture Group and Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. This show was juried and curated by Sculpture Month Houston founder, Dr. Volker Eisele. In addition to his work with SMH, he was the director and founder of ArtScan and directs the Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ArtScan Gallery at 1836 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas.
During his Curator’s Talk on Saturday, September 26 at 2pm, 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.
When I was first asked to jury this competition, I was excited, but when I saw the ambition and the energy of the works that were submitted, I was thrilled. As a juror, this experience had one advantage over other open-call competitions – it had a stated focus on three-dimensional arts, specifically sculpture. This way, one could compare apples to apples.
The variety, the sometimes-brazen inventiveness, the re-purposing of materials of so many works gives this exhibition the feeling of a validating survey of what is going on in sculpture in Texas and across the country in response to this national call for submission. It certainly is not encyclopedic, but the visitor is treated to a lively platform of artistic ideas that is percolating not only through this particular locus, but throughout a vast, instantaneously connected art world. Art again proves to be an important communication medium, one that informs emotional states or social connectivity.
My own bias veers towards sculptural art that is unapologetically progressive, exuberant, and ambitious in scale. Being influenced by my curatorial experiences with installation art at the “Silos” for Sculpture Month Houston, I am partial to three-dimensional art that uses space itself as just another material like clay in order to create palpable structures and textures. These structures can then build a framework that supports a vast universe of ideas or even entire visions.
There are so many creative positions in this show that I can highlight just a few of them. Right away I was struck, in a positive way, by how many accomplished artists, some of them I knew, chose to enter the competition and how well the younger artists at the beginning of their careers were measuring up and holding their own. They, no doubt, brought a measure of freshness and quirkiness to the table.
Art that is environmentally sensitive and stimulates awareness of this looming environmental threat is represented in surprising numbers. The sculpture/installation Despeciation Study about the commercial habitat destruction of the Kemp Ridley sea turtles is a truly engaging piece that reflects on the fate and possible extinction of this species. It is a work that transforms the cold scientific facts into images of a new symbolism that can engage the visitors’ and the public’s long-term emotions rather than effect a burst of short-lived activism.
Another great feature of this exhibition is the almost endless variety of materials that has been used. That in itself can send complex messages about the nature of objects and how we experience and memorize them. I cherish the tactile qualities of the many individual pieces that are enhanced by their juxtaposition of classical and non-traditional materials.
So many works stood out as they were crafted with great finesse; some were outright funny or subtly ironic, some forged new aesthetic paths or created structures with delicate equilibrium and fluidity. I was also glad to see that a few interesting figurative pieces were submitted among the many conceptual works and made it into the final selection.
All of the works in this exhibition were created with great zeal and often come from deeply personal places. They seem to ask the viewer to engage in an existential discourse in our times of cultural upheaval and social volatility.
Congratulations to recent TAMU-CC Islander BFA alum Nichole Schiller for being selected to participate in the upcoming exhibition titled One, Together at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan. The exhibition will be on display in Traverse City’s Carnegie Galleries, September 28 – November 13, 2020
Though the act of making art is often thought of as individual and solitary, many artists rely on a regular exchange of ideas with fellow artists and mentors in order to keep their creative practice going. Many more artists even work collaboratively to create th eir work. Beyond human relationships, some artists even consider the materials as collaborators. This exhibition aims to explore collaboration, collectivity, and togetherness through creative practice.
Artists were encouraged to consider the theme broadly and creatively. Possible approaches to the theme include: Artwork created collectively by more than one artist Artwork that encourages participation Artwork exploring concepts of togetherness or collaboration A creative practice that relies on assistance by or collaboration with multiple participants
One, Together, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
For this exhibition, Nichole Schiller will be installing her ongoing archive and BFA thesis exhibition titled The Open Door Project. For more information about this archive and installation, please visit https://nicholewschiller.wixsite.com/opendoor2020
Nichole Schiller’s Artist Statement
Opportunity: “A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something”. What does it mean for something to be an opportunity? Is it a job promotion? Getting an education? A friendship? Being alive? Are they precious or mundane? Are they given to us or do we give them to others?
These are all questions that this body of work seeks to address. These books made of cast resin give a permanence and archival quality to the documentations of opportunities that are stored within. The small size of each book relates a preciousness about the experiences that are housed inside each set of doors. This archive addressed the opportunities that participants feel that they have been given throughout their life and those that they have given others. This collection aims to display a range of reflections coming from local and non-local communities with diverse backgrounds and ages.
“The doors of opportunity are always unlocked, but you’ll never know unless you try and open them first”- Anonymous. Doors, like opportunities, are things that require action in order to be fully utilized, just like this body of work needs the action of others to display a diverse array of opportunities. Socially engaged artist Joseph Beuys states that “Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping” the world we live in. My work reflects this by creating art in a non-traditional way by inviting audience members and outside participants to be co-creators of the work rather than being created by one individual. I invite audience members to share their own experiences with opportunity through this continual body of work.
“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 BFA art major Juleanna Fuller has been selected as one of the recipients of The New Normal Rockport grants!
As Juleanna wrote in her proposal:
Because these comforts have been stripped away, I couldn’t help but search for something familiar and comforting. I have quilted since I was a small child observing the careful act of stitch work and repetition of pattern modeled by my grandmother, and I have found myself returning to this activity as a means of self-care and artistic expression. Through my years of schooling, I have learned so many vital things that have molded me into the artist I am today. I hadn’t thought to apply these learnings to this treasured craft of quilting with my own artistic style.
Much has been taken from artists during this time, but there is always a light in the darkness. I found that light in my rediscovery of a childhood passion through the lens of my journey as an artist. With the blessing of this grant, I would be equipped to continue my current work with textiles and quilting while using the quilts as a narrative for the memories and experiences we have faced during these uncertain times.
Throughout history, art has been used to freeze moments in time, often so that we don’t forget the impact of events that have occurred. I would like to share my work with the community of Rockport and beyond with the hope that others can experience some of the same warmth and comfort I have found. As we learn to cope with this unexpected season of life, I look forward to contributing to the larger goal of recovery-because, as we, know art heals.
During the TAMU-CC Summer II term (meeting in a hybrid approach with students both online and in person with synchronous meeting during class time), Sculpture students focused on Environmental Art as they explored a variety of concepts and approaches related to resources, waste, and environmental consciousness with an emphasis on the idea of “No Waste – Plastic and Paper.” Artistic responses to environmental sustainability and related social issues yielded artworks including representational bugs, kinetic movement, and almost invisible pathogens.
Selected works from the Summer II Environmental Art Sculpture class are on display August 8 – October 2, 2020, in in the second floor gallery of the TAMU-CC Mary and Jeff Bell Library. This exhibition is titled No Waste: Paper and Plastic, 2020.
These artworks were created during a multi-level sculpture class of Environmental Art, Summer II 2020: ARTS 3304 Intermediate Sculpture and ARTS 4304 Advanced Sculpture with Associate Professor Leticia R. Bajuyo.
RESCHEDULED Juried Exhibition: Weil Art Gallery August 28-September 26, 2020
Originally, this exhibition was scheduled to be on display in April of 2020 leading up to a symposium and closing reception on April 25, 2020.
In respect of TAMU-CC COVID 19 guidelines, the exhibition was rescheduled. Additionally, for in-person viewing, the gallery is open to members of the TAMU-CC community (faculty, staff, and students) and is only available by appointment Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. To schedule a visit, contact the SAMC Events Coordinator, Wes Jones via email James.Jones@tamucc.edu, or phone (361) 825-3756.
A primary component of this year’s biennial will be a national juried exhibition at the Weil 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.
The Weil Gallery invited artwork that utilizes traditional and/or contemporary methods of creating objects. Entries considered a third dimension (even if a narrow or variable one) and were created in a manner that the matter, materials, and techniques used matter to the concept, experience, and outcome of the artwork. Artwork selected by juror Dr. Volker Eisele will be on exhibit in the Islander Gallery August 28-September 26, 2020.
Below are the artists’ names and images of their artworks that were selected by juror Dr. Volker Eisele to be included in this juried exhibition. Several of these artworks will be on display during the upcoming rescheduled exhibition in the TAMU-CC Islander Art Gallery.
Congratulations to Nichole Schiller who has been named one of the 10 recipients of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance 2020 Dianne Komminsk Scholarship!
The 2020 Dianne Komminsk Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from Ohio Art patron and philanthropist, Dianne Komminsk. MSA is honored to continue her legacy of giving though this scholarship award. This year’s competition received applications from twenty-nine institutions nationwide. The work submitted was strong, diverse, and compelling. MSA is excited to announce this year’s winners! We look forward to sharing more about these talented sculptors in the coming months.
This is a national competition and students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs are eligible. The award includes a $1,500 scholarship and during the next MSA Conference which is in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2021, the 10 scholarship recipients will participate in a group exhibition and present about their work in a formal panel session.
BFA Thesis Exhibition – online May 4 – May 17, 2020 Celebrate the culmination of these graduating seniors! Victoria Morales, Nichole Schiller, Elizabeth Smith, and Caroline Wilson
This exhibition was scheduled to be on display at the TAMU-CC Islander Art Gallery. Unfortunately, the BFA Exhibitions will not be opened to the public as Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi is complying with the Stay at Home Emergency Declaration issued by the City of Corpus Christi.
Continuing to work remotely, the seniors adjusted their exhibitions and have made their exhibitions available to audiences digitally.
To visit the online shows, check out in the links below:
TAMUCC Assistant Professor Richard W. James traveled to University of Tennessee Knoxville during Spring term 2020 to teach a workshop on figure sculpture in clay and present a public lecture Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the School of Art. While on the UTK campus, he met with undergraduate and graduate students for studio visits to discuss their work in ceramics.