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.
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.
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.”
Joshua Dancause is an artist and photographer born and raised in Laredo, TX. He currently resides in Corpus Christi where he received a BFA in studio art ( photography) in 2013. His work explores themes of identity and gender with an emphasis in alternative photographic processes. Dancause has been exhibited nationally at gallery shows in Colorado, Brooklyn, and Vermont. He is currently completing his MFA in photography at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and will be graduating in Spring of 2019.
My work consists of identifying subtle implications of sexuality in archival images, challenging the masculinity of the subjects, and redirecting the original content in order to allow Queer tensions to arise and linger. Aiming to challenge existing binaries by celebrating deviance and otherness, I recreate a narrative of the past using isolation, negative space, distortion and disfigurement.