2020 Award – Nichole Schiller, BFA

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.

Visit the MSA website to see all 10 scholarship winners and learn more about opportunities with this organization. https://www.midsouthsculpture.org/2020-Scholarship-Competition

Below are a few images of Nichole Schiller’s work. For more information, please visit: https://nicholewschiller.wixsite.com/portfolio

Spring 2020 – BFA Thesis Exhibition

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:

Victoria Morales

Nichole Schiller

Elizabeth Smith

Caroline WIlson

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/

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:


Exhibition – KSpace features drawing students

drawing by Glen Powell 

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 LIFEis 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. 

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

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.

The Islander Gallery presents…

4th Annual FINE ARTS STUDENT SYMPOSIUM, Friday, April 12th from 1:00 – 5:15pm. Students presented on topics in the field of contemporary art.

Symposium keynote speaker: Dr. Jarred Wiehe, Assistant Professor of English

Symposium moderators
Clarissa Gonzalez, MFA Candidate
Maclovio Cantú IV, MFA Candidate

Symposium presenters:
Carlos Israel Villareal, MFA Candidate
Jamie Speck, MFA Candidate
Kayla Massey, BA Candidate
Kylie Justus, MFA Candidate
Caroline Wilson, BFA Candidate

Conference – National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices 2019

The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (NCCCIAP) is a biennial convergence of students, educators, academics, and professionals dedicated to exploring and advancing cast iron as an art medium. April 3-7, 2019, Assistant Professor of Sculpture Leticia R. Bajuyo and six undergraduate students traveled to the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama for the biennial conference of NCCCIAP.

For more information visit the NCCCIAP site at: https://www.spenational.org

In addition to attending panels, workshops, and demos, the TAMU-CC sculpture crew participated in an all female iron pour performance on Thursday, April 4th titled Victory Garden II led by performance artist Emily Baker.

On Friday, April 5th, the TAMU-CC crew teamed up with Abeline Christian University and Baylor University for a Texas iron pour. Faculty and students from the three universities carried molds, gear, and furnace from Texas to be one of the onsite Guest Furnaces during the conference.

During the conference, iron art was celebrated in onsite exhibitions. Leticia R. Bajuyo had three sculptures featured in two of the conference exhibitions.

The TAMU-CC crew returned to Corpus Christi inspired with ideas for artworks to make, with plans for future pours, and with an increased network of sculpture buddies.

ONE DAY with the American Advertising Federation-Corpus Christi

On October 13, 2018 #TAMUCCDESIGN and industry professionals from American Advertising Federation-Corpus Christi came together to create a new brand identity and a multi-media advertising campaign for local non-profit, Family Counseling Service in ONE DAY, 7am to 7pm. Program students nailed it, overdelivering and exceeding expectations! Shout out to all students that donated their time and talents, we couldn’t have done it without you!