OSO BAY BIENNIAL XXI: TAPPED – Student Invitational Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: March 30-July 1, 2020
Due to COVID-19 protocols and university guidelines, this exhibition was installed in the Weil Gallery but was not open to the public. It is available online below.

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Special Thanks to all the faculty and academic institutions who TAPPED recent students and these specific artworks to be included in this exhibition.

Austin Community College – Jill Bedgood
Baba Yaga, Kaylixan McAuley
Sodom, Paul Schuster
Interconnected, Sienna Stolte

Houston Community College – Jessica F. Kreutter
Los Diablos de Teloloapan, Bryan Lagunas
An Empty Seat and Lost Traditions, Mellany Medina
I’m Not Allowed To, Yolanda Osagie
You Want Some Drugs?, Janell Pesquera

Del Mar College – Amorette V. Garza
Sweet Tooth, Rianna Kirkham
Succulent, Rianna Kirkham
Masterstudy of Cellini’s Head of Medusa, Kyana Gallaher
Mastersudy of Chinard’s Jeanne de L’Orrne de L’Isle, Victoria Gibbons

Texas A&M University – Commerce – Josephine Durkin
Lib, Jane Cornish Smith
Hive, Jareth Arcane
Modified, Katie H. Ritche
TBA, David Namaksy

Texas State University – Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Serpent, God of Wind (Serpiente, Dios Del Viento), Joel Nieto
Everyday Joys, Theresa Sawczyn
Lucy, Karly Schlievert
I am Broken Down Again , Hentan Stevenson

University of North Texas – Liss Lafluer
Sirens of Memory, Sean Lopez
Ni la Vida, Ni la Muerte, Diana Rojas-Ponce
Broken and Bruised #2, Stephanie Gerhart

University of Texas at San Antonio – Buster Graybill
Lineage, Omar Gonzales
Santa Sebastiana, Gabi Magaly 
Nocturnal Observation #1, Chris Moncivias
22 ways to wear a belt, Eric Ryberg

Nocturnal Observation #1, Chris Moncivias

Victoria College – Debra Chronister
Holy Nature, Erica Estrada
Windows of Perception, Renee Raven
Crocheted Fossils, Renee Raven
Pent, Ben Sartor
POP Art, Ben Sartor, Natalie Brown, and Design II students 

Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

TAMUCC Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Leticia R. Bajuyo and fellow Land Report Collective artist Jason Brown, Associate Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville were selected for a two-person exhibition at Jacksonville University at the Alexander Brest Art Gallery in Jacksonville, Florida.

Exhibition Dates: February 6-28, 2020
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 6, 5-7pm

Titled Exurb, this exhibition focuses on the subject of landscape in which Bajuyo and Brown extend their investigations beyond formal aesthetic elements to include questions of historical context, politics of ownership, and environmental impact.

Leticia Bajuyo transforms suburban stereotypes into symbols and visual markers that delight and at the same time spur a critical stance as she crafts an irony inflected dystopian vision of the suburban fantasy.

Jason Brown creates artwork that engages viewers in a conversation about the environmental cost of energy extraction from the earth as it relates to wants and needs in a consumer culture.

In addition to exhibiting their individual artworks, in response to the Jacksonville area, Bajuyo and Brown created collaborative, site-sensitive installations to facilitate a conversation about landscape in suburban/exurban developments.

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

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.

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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.