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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
Experimental Typography Pieces Bring Messages of Performance to the TAMUC Performing Arts Center
Students in Typography II were tasked to create experimental typographic messages that represent “Performance” at the TAMUCC Performing Arts Center. The mediums used to create these pieces range from mirrors and lipstick to cut-up theater tickets.
These messages will be on display in the lobby of the PAC October 19 – November 5.
Wood and steel sculptures by Sculpture I & II students are inhabiting the TAMU-CC Performing Arts Center for the rest of the week. Made in response to the Russian Renaissance performance and the architecture of the PAC, students were given the opportunity to create life-sized wood or steel sculptures to be displayed in the lobby to compliment the performance, and will be moved to the Weil Gallery Friday, October 19th for further display through the end of the month.
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.
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.