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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Art Meg Aubry’s 2019 Summer Semester Life Drawing class will be featured at K Space Contemporary in downtown Corpus Christi on Friday August 2, 2019 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm as part of First Friday’s Art Walk.
The Exhibition: A STUDY OF LIFE, is a curated selection of figure drawings from the TAMUCC summer students.
Please stop by the gallery during the August Art Walk to celebrate and support these students.