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.
Rusteberg Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition by Alexandria Canchola, TAMU-CC Assistant Professor of Art, Area of emphasis: Graphic Design. In this solo show titled Typecast, she will debut a newly completed series of work consisting of gouache paintings, hand lettering, 3D printing, and installations connecting narrative and emotion. The show will feature a selection of works devoted to the odd joy of voyeurism. Studying the roles we cast on others so that they are of a “type of person” a “type of character”.
The artwork created by Alexandria Canchola was made as part of her continuing quest to document the everyday. The work seen in Typecast, is inspired by and draws from narrative, blurring the distinctions between our perceptions of reality and our creations within it. She believes there is a strange satisfaction one experiences in their voyeuristic tendencies; watching others and forming stories about people that one never truly knows. “A person will never have all the facts. Because the facts are still a form of fiction. The facts can still steer us wrong because they are seen through our own cloudy, foggy, scratched, colored lens.”
She has investigated narrative through the combination of word and image, studying their relationship as they simultaneously merge together and break apart. This work showcases the significance that typographical forms possess using letters as formal design elements as well as basic symbols of communication. In contrast to the illustration work, which is based in narrative; a personal form of storytelling that helps us to make sense of the everyday, of the societal patterns we see and the relationships we experience.Thecolor palettes used subvert the viewer’s idea of emotion; centering on themes such as loneliness, solitude, and voyeurismand showcasing these emotions in the bright powerful hues in which we feel them.
Alexandria Canchola is a designer and illustrator, currently based in Corpus Christi, Texas, who loves drawing and painting as much as dragging and dropping. Her career in the arts was not quite a straight-line path, but instead included detours in the fields of journalism and filmmaking. She has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in 2D Design from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2018, she completed residencies at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California and Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. She is now an Assistant Professor for the Graphic Design program at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi eagerly working to assist her students in their quest for knowledge so that they may feel inspired not only through the attainment of skills and methods of design but in becoming critical thinkers.
In Fundamental Facets, Reuter returns to his roots in ceramics and coastal subject matter. His solo exhibition presents fundamental facets of Reuter’s artistic career, in terms of medium and subject matter, and introduces new work from the convergence of these foundations. During four decades as a professor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), his artistic mediums broadened from ceramics to include sculptural design, metal casting, and 3D printing. The subject matter of his work also cycled from nature’s forces to religious imagery, found objects, and abstraction.
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.
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.”
When Art Professor Greg Reuter arrived from California to teach ceramics and sculpture at Corpus Christi State University in 1978, the University stationery still had the name Texas A&I University-Corpus Christi. In the ensuing 40 years, Reuter has taught thousands of students, lectured in Mexico, Germany, and Japan as well as in the United States, and shown his artwork across the globe. Reuter’s work also appeared in the 1988 film, “D.O.A.,” which starred Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Reuter retired in December 2018.
New York Gallery Klompching has recently announced their selections for the ‘FRESH 2019 Summer Exhibition’ in which Assistant Professor of Photography, Jennifer Garza-Cuen received an Honorable Mention.
Exhibition Dates: July 17–August 10, 2019 Opening Reception: July 18, 6:00–8:00pm
The Klompching Gallery was established in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September 2007. Owned and operated by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the gallery quickly established itself as a gallery with an extraordinary roster of artists from which to purchase some of the best examples of contemporary photography—with exhibition reviews in publications such as The New Yorker, Art Review, Modern Painters, New York magazine and the Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous notable cultural websites.
Since its inception, the gallery has earned a solid reputation for providing informed guidance on the acquisition of contemporary fine art photography.
PSYCH OUT!!! Curator Alan Baer is an architect with exhibition design experience and served on the exhibition committee of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild from 2006 to 2014. The PSYCH OUT!!! outdoor group exhibition will take place on the grounds of Byrdcliffe, founded in 1902 and the site of the original Woodstock art colony. The exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival: “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” which was held August 15 to August 18, 1969.
Bajuyo’s addition to PSYCH OUT!!! is an installation titled Lift, 2019 A 7ft x 21ft sculpture suspended by cable, this installation hovers above the stone wall as if a ceiling to a room in the woods. The colors of CDs and DVDs curve and spiral above head, but the mosaic ceiling almost disappears when viewed from the side.
This project was supported by a grant from the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Division of Research and Innovation.
CCU40 “honored 26 outstanding Coastal Bend professionals under the age of 40, highlighting their contributions to the community. For the first time in the program’s history, this group was composed almost entirely of millennials, ranging in age from 23 to 38.”
“Nancy Miller, Assistant Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Graphic Design program, received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University and her MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University. Miller built her repertoire designing for brands like Nike and creating solutions for a multitude of clients as a Creative Director at a local advertising agency before joining the Island University Department of Art & Design. At A&M-Corpus Christi, she uses her 15 years of real-world experience to enrich the minds of the students. To Miller, the link between education and community work is clear.”
“Involvement in the community informs my perspective as an educator,” said Miller. “It helps me understand the issues that affect my students and allows me to develop meaningful service-learning opportunities for them that dually serve our community.”
MEMBERS ONLY is a non-thematic, juried art exhibition of new works of art by current members of K Space Contemporary. Entries were juried by the K Space Contemporary Exhibition Committee to determine what would be exhibited in MEMBERS ONLY and selected awards. The Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi represented well at the exhibition and the top three awards went to Islanders!
Silas Breaux was awarded Best of Show for his artwork Best of Show – “Construct #2.” This award includes getting to have a solo exhibition at K Space Contemporary in the Corner Spot in 2020.
TAMU-CC graduate students Carlos Israel Villarreal and Kylie Justus were awarded Second and Third Place in the MEMBERS ONLY exhibition and they will have a two-person show in the Corner Spot in 2020.
Exhibition Dates: May 3 – 30, 2019 in the main gallery