Solo Exhibition – Manami Ishimura

Graduate Student Manami Ishimura’s  MFA thesis exhibition titled Sublimation -昇華-, will be on exhibit at K Space Contemporary in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ishimura was born in Tokyo, Japan. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture at Tama University in Japan, and will graduate from Master of Fine Art degree in sculpture and ceramics at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in December 2018.

Her works have been included in various important exhibitions including recent sculptural drawings at Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana; Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Texas; Biwako Binnale, Shiga, Japan; and Gallery C at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Her commitment to this activity has led her to serve as a curator and as a resident artist for an interactive exhibition between Japan and the United States in 2019 in Okayama, Japan.

Exhibition Dates: December 1-15, 2018
Reception: Friday, December 7, 5:30 to 9 pm

K Space Contemporary
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

K Space Contemporary
415 D Starr Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401 78401


Conference – MidSouth Sculpture Alliance in Knoxville, Tennessee

TAMUCC’s newest member of the sculpture department, Professor Leticia Bajuyo, accompanied with an all-female group of sculpture students, traveled 18+ hours to attend the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Conference: Knoxville 2018. The conference was held at The University of Tennessee- Knoxville campus, where Bajuyo received her MFA. She was invited to join the board for the MSA the previous year and is making efforts to connect sculptors of Texas to the group.

This year’s conference featured sculptors Chakaia Booker, Elizabeth Turk, and Mary Bates Neubauer, held numerous artist panel lectures, presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and also ventured off-campus to various art galleries. The 3-day conference explored both indoor and outdoor sculptures and installations, inspiring students and working artists alike.

Packing Up & Heading Out: Printmaking & Sculpture Conferences

This week two of our departments will be embarking on their separate journeys to conferences across the nation.

Printmaking Professor Ryan O’Malley‘s printmaking crew, Full Court Press, will be traveling to his hometown of Laramie, Wyoming to the Mid American Printmakers Council Conference. There, they will attend panels, demonstrations, and open portfolio sessions.

Sculpture Professor Leticia Bajuyo and her team of women sculptors will be making their way to Knoxville, Tennessee to attend the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Sculpture Conference: Knoxville 2018. Professor Bajuyo is one of the board members of the MSA and received her MFA at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where the conference will be hosted this year. The conference will host a number of artist panels and presentations, workshops,  demonstrations, and exhibitions both on campus and at various local galleries.

The Islander Gallery presents

TAMU-CC Undergraduate Exhibition: Are We There Yet?

Curated by TAMU-CC MFA Candidates Trent Thigpen and Clarissa Gonzalez, Are We There Yet?, is an exhibition of undergraduate student artwork addressing the human journey in all its form.

Juried by guest artist Jimmy Peña of the Shaudies Gallery, the exhibition asks questions and proposes answers about where we came from and where we are going as artists, individuals, and social beings.

And in Gallery 3 – Carol Koutnik: The Al Baja Drawings: A Visual Journal in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Exhibition Dates: September 14 – October 19, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, September 14, 6:00-8:00pm, Islander Gallery

Islander Gallery

The Islander Gallery, which opened in 2005, provides a space for the Department of Art and Design to host the community with exhibitions, symposia, and screenings.

4024 Weber Road
Hamlin Shopping Center

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00pm

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Laura Petican, Director of University Galleries

Exhibition – Clarissa Gonzalez

Graduate Student Clarissa Gonzalez prints were included in an exhibition titled SOLAR at the Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, Texas.

SOLAR featured artwork in the printmaking medium about the sun, made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping, or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (about sun- or star-related cultural and natural history). The exhibit was the featured exhibit for the 2018 PrintAustin -the annual printmaking festival.

January 15 – February 15, 2018

Exhibition – Manami Ishimura

Graduate Student Manami Ishimura’s sculptural ceramics Origami Cranes 2017 was selected to for inclusion in Vitreous at the Clay Center of New Orleans, Louisiana.  This exhibition juried by ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy, and features ceramic work celebrates the timeless beauty and creative potential of porcelain clay. This exhibition will be on display September 7-29, 2018.

the group exhibition’s website

The juror’s website

Exhibition – Manami Ishimura

Graduate Student Manami Ishimura’s sculptures Untitled 2016 and Breath were selected to for inclusion in the 55th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana.  This Juried Competition has served as a venue for innovation in contemporary art for over half a century and features the best of both local and national talent.

This year’s juror Joel Parsons is a curator, artist, and teacher based in Memphis, Tennessee where he is the Director of Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College and Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Art History.

The 55th Annual Juried Competition
Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana
July 12 – October 13, 2018


Travel Grant – Manami Ishimura

Manami Ishimura: TAMUCC Parents Council awarded travel funding grant, 2017

Second-year MFA student in Sculpture, Manami Ishimura was awarded TAMUCC Parents Council funding for travel to Franconia Sculpture Park, Shaffer, Minnesota. Residency dates: Residency Dates: September 27th – October 2nd, 2017

Manami Ishimura joined Assistant Professor of Sculpture Leticia R. Bajuyo on a residency in Minnesota at Franconia Sculpture Park.  Franconia is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. This active artist residency program that serves 40 artists each year and has arts learning programming that serves over 100,000 annual visitors.

One of the TAMUCC Parents Council funding requirements is that recipients are to deliver public presentations.  Manami Ishimura was one of three speakers on Thursday, September 28, 2017