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/

Critical Mass 2019, Photo Lucida ~ Portland, OR

Assistant Professor of Photography Jennifer Garza-Cuen’s ‘Buffalo, WY’ series has been included in this year’s Critical Mass Top 50!

View Jennifer’s ‘Buffalo, WY’ series entry HERE

View full gallery of the 2019 Top 50 Photographers HERE

Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon whose mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

CRITICAL MASS

Critical Mass is an annual online program that makes connections within the photography community. Photographers at any level, from anywhere in the world, submit a portfolio of 10 images.

Through a pre-screening process, the field is narrowed to a group of 200 finalists who go on to have their work viewed and voted on by over 200 esteemed international photography professionals.

From the finalist group, the Top 50 are named and a series of awards are given. In the past, awards have included a monograph award, residency awards, solo show awards, and group show inclusion. Critical Mass 2020 will open in May, and remain open for submissions for about four weeks.

Visiting Artist – Eric Fuertes

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.



2019 Chrysalis Award – Richard W. James

For newly arrived Assistant Professor of Art Richard W. James, crafting sculpture usually begins with a found object and an idea. It could be a pair of boxing gloves or a boat motor or a lap harp, but each project has its own evolution as it develops. For his intricately detailed mixed media oeuvre, James has been named the 2019 Chrysalis Award recipient.

Established in 2016 by the James Renwick Alliance, the Chrysalis Award is meant support emerging artists who demonstrate excellence and a commitment to artistic innovation. Winners receive an unrestricted $5,000 award to be used for future works of art. James was named the sole recipient of this 2019 award due to his unique vision and voice.

 James will accept the Chrysalis Award and give a speech at the JRA Distinguished Artist Series event on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C. Across the country, James’ work can be found in various private collections. Here, at the Island University, interested students can register for any one of his classes.

To read full TAMUCC News Article, go to Sculpture Professor Richard W. James Wins 2019 Chrysalis Award

For more information on James’ works, go to http://richardwjames.com/.

Solo Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

Leticia R. Bajuyo, TAMU-CC Assistant Sculpture Professor, is exhibiting a solo exhibition titled Keystones at the Beeville Art Museum.

Exhibition Dates: September 21 – December 14, 2019
Opening Reception: September 21, 2019

Extending through all the galleries in the Beeville Art Museum, Keystones features a large-scale installation connecting three of the museum’s galleries along with smaller sculptures, drawings, glass pieces, and works made of grass and turf through the museum.

The exhibition title, Keystones, refers both to conceptual connections across the entire exhibition and to the archways in Bajuyo’s installation one can enter.  As with almost all of her large-scale pieces, swirling vortexes accentuate the art, suggesting infinite space, black holes, and celestial light.  Bajuyo describes how influences such as outer space, black holes, and the edges or borders of transition manifest in her studio practice, and how the thin line of an event horizon on the edge of a vortex, a point of no return, an excellent visual for examining value allotment and changes in perception.

The Beeville Art Museum is located at 401 E. Fannin, Beeville, Texas
It is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday
and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. 
To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.      

The Islander Gallery – Steve Prince

Steve Prince, Salt of the Earth, lithograph, 2017.

The Islander Gallery at TAMU-CC is pleased to welcome Kitchen Talk, an exhibition of works by Virginia-based artist Steve Prince. The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works based in drawing and printmaking. As a native of New Orleans, LA, Prince ‘s work highlights his interests in art, music, and religion, and addresses issues of social injustice through a metaphorical language of faith, hope, and creativity.

Please join us for the public artist’s lecture an opening reception Friday, October 18th, from 6:00-8:00pm, at the Islander Gallery. The Islander Gallery is located at 4024 Weber Rd.

Steve Prince: https://artcld.com/artist/steve-prince

Directions to The Islander Art Gallery:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Islander+Art+Gallery/@27.7377305,-97.390106,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86685f7a12afb137:0xce4b9436d9e706e8!8m2!3d27.7377258!4d-97.3879173

The Weil Gallery – Suzy González and Eliseo Casiano

Suzy Gonzáles, Float, 2019
Eliseo Casiano, Horse Breaker, Graphite and watercolor pencil on toned paper, 2017

The Weil Gallery at TAMU-CC welcomes Collective Likeness, an exhibition of works by San Antonio artist Suzy González and Tucson-based artist Eliseo Casiano. The exhibition will feature two-dimensional works across a variety of media, addressing a broad spectrum of socio-political subject matter related to cultural identity, race, familial histories, and the hierarchies of materials. The show dates are from Friday, September 27th to Friday, November 27th.

http://eliseocasiano.com/

https://suzygonzalez.com/home.html

Directions to the TAMUCC Campus: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Texas+A%26M+University+Corpus+Christi/@27.7127448,-97.326332,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8668f6396bb2f853:0x5d8c2c4e12efc0cb!8m2!3d27.7127448!4d-97.3241433

Center for the Arts, Weil Gallery, First floor:

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:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Islander+Art+Gallery/@27.7377258,-97.390106,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86685f7a12afb137:0xce4b9436d9e706e8!8m2!3d27.7377258!4d-97.3879173

Solo Exhibition – Alexandria Canchola

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”. 

Rusteberg Gallery, Brownsville, Texas
Exhibition Dates: October 1 – 25, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m.

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.

For more information about the exhibition, you can reach Alexandria Canchola by email at alexandriacanchola@gmail.com.