Exhibition – Manami Ishimura

Graduate Student Manami Ishimura’s sculptures Untitled 2016 and Breath were selected to for inclusion in the 55th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana.  This Juried Competition has served as a venue for innovation in contemporary art for over half a century and features the best of both local and national talent.

This year’s juror Joel Parsons is a curator, artist, and teacher based in Memphis, Tennessee where he is the Director of Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College and Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Art History.

The 55th Annual Juried Competition
Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana
July 12 – October 13, 2018


Exhibition – Leticia R. Bajuyo

Assistant Professor of Sculpture Leticia R. Bajuyo’s sculpture Extreme America was selected by juror Brian Jobe to be part of the fifth annual Art of the South exhibition, presented by Number magazine.

This was the fifth annual Art of the South exhibition, presented by Number. This exhibition featured work by artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC.

The exhibition was be juried by Brian Jobe, artist, educator, independent curator, and non-profit co-director of Locate Arts based in Nashville, TN.

Number: Presents Art of the South 2018
Exhibition Dates: July 27 – September 2, 2018

Crosstown Arts Galleries
1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
Memphis, TN 38104 United States



NCECA Lecture – Louis Katz

Professor of Ceramics Louis Katz will presented FORM, VOLUME, STRUCTURE, CLAY at The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The 2018 NCECA conference is the organization’s 52ndAnnual Conference.  The theme for 2018 is CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture and will be held March 14-17, 2018.  Louis Katz’s lecture will describe and discuss characteristics of historic and contemporary ceramic form compared with that of other sculpture. The lecture will cover volumetric form, structure, mass, breath and bones and the characteristics seemingly imposed by clay.


Exhibition – Joe Pena

Associate Professor of Painting Joe Pena’s artworks were selected for the 2017 Texas Biennial in Austin, Texas, a group survey exhibition curated from a statewide open call. Exhibition Dates: September 30 – November 11, 2017

The sixth iteration of Big Medium’s Texas Biennial. The show features works by 33 artists and is curated by Leslie Moody Castro. “The exhibition will focus on three elements, all of which are relevant to our present cultural climate and shape of contemporary art: 1) exploring current art making across the state, 2) deconstructing the Texas identity, and 3) examining the state as a border zone.”

Moody Castro has a history of making artistic voices and the communities they work within central to her practice, all of which oscillate around the importance of place. Moody Castro toggles between Mexico City and Austin as her primary locations, but has an identity in itinerancy. Moody Castro is also a regular contributor for Artforum, Flash Art International, Frieze Magazine, ArtNews, and ArtCritical. Moody Castro earned her Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education with a portfolio supplement in Museum Studies in 2010, and her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at DePaul University in Chicago in 2004.

CAA Presentation – Laura Petican, Ph.D

Laura Petican, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of University Galleries, presented a paper titled “Process and mani sapienti: Arte Povera and the Default to Order,” on a panel hosted by the Italian Art Society at the College Art Association’s 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California. The paper will also appear in 2018 in an interdisciplinary, edited volume to be published by Brill, Netherlands.

Dr. Petican has also edited an interdisciplinary volume titled Fashion and Contemporaneity: Realms of the Visible, which includes scholarly essays written by eleven international experts in the fields of history, art history, and fashion studies, to which she has also contributed a chapter titled “The Hybrid Muse: 2Fik or Not 2Fik,” to be published in 2018 by Brill.

Solo Exhibition – Meg Aubrey

Meg Aubrey: Solo Exhibition – Surface at Women and Their Work in Austin, Texas, 2018

Assistant Professor of Painting Meg Aubrey will have a solo exhibition at Women and Their Work in Austin Texas August 4 – September 6, 2018. Woman and their Work is a visual and performing arts organization located on Austin that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art created women living and working in Texas and beyond.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4th, 7-9 pm

Solo Exhibition – Silas Breaux

Silas Breaux: Solo Exhibition – Misremembrance,2018

Silas Breaux, Center for Arts Building Supervisor, will be exhibiting a solo exhibition of recent artworks at Slugfest Printmaking Workshop & Gallery in Austin, Texas.

Exhibition Dates: January 20th – February 17, 2018

Silas Breaux’s work stems from his observations of the relationship between natural and built environments. Whether making intaglio plates with common construction supplies or using  prints as building materials in sculptural forms, he abstracts and distills the relationship to its visual essence.

PrintAustin’s mission to the Austin art community and galleries is to share our enthusiasm for printmaking by helping galleries curate, exhibit, and promote works on paper, and to engage a wider audience through in-house artist talks, signings, panels, printmaking demonstrations, and print focused art happenings.


Travel Grant – Manami Ishimura

Manami Ishimura: TAMUCC Parents Council awarded travel funding grant, 2017

Second-year MFA student in Sculpture, Manami Ishimura was awarded TAMUCC Parents Council funding for travel to Franconia Sculpture Park, Shaffer, Minnesota. Residency dates: Residency Dates: September 27th – October 2nd, 2017

Manami Ishimura joined Assistant Professor of Sculpture Leticia R. Bajuyo on a residency in Minnesota at Franconia Sculpture Park.  Franconia is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. This active artist residency program that serves 40 artists each year and has arts learning programming that serves over 100,000 annual visitors.

One of the TAMUCC Parents Council funding requirements is that recipients are to deliver public presentations.  Manami Ishimura was one of three speakers on Thursday, September 28, 2017


Exhibition – Jennifer Garza-Cuen

New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from Light Work Collection, Syracuse, NY
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – December 14, 2017

Assistant Professor of Photography Jennifer Garza-Cuen was an Artists-in-Residence in June 2017 at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. This curated exhibition features recent acquisitions of the Light Work Collection.


Light Work is pleased to present New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from the Light Work Collection. New Voices brings together photographs by former Light Work Artists-in-Residence. Selected from over 4,000 photographs donated to the Light Work Collection by former Artists-in-Residence, the exhibition highlights Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Takahiro Kaneyama, Sara Macel, John Mann, Zanele Muholi, Flurina Rothenberger, Hrvoje Slovenc, Pacifico Silano, Maija Tammi, and Mila Teshaieva.

The curated works of New Voices explore a wide variety of approaches to the medium, both conceptually and technically.  The exhibition will be on view in the Hallway Gallery at Light Work from November 1 – December 14, 2017, with an opening reception, Thursday, November 30, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Light Work’s collection is an extensive and diverse archive for the mapping of trends and developments in contemporary photography. This noteworthy collection includes all genres of expression found in contemporary photography, including documentary, abstract, experimental, and conceptual work. The collection also serves as an important document of Light Work’s history of support for emerging artists and their creative process.

New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from Light Work Collection artists are also featured in Light Work Annual: Contact Sheet 187, 192. The Light Work  2017 Annual is available for purchase via the Light Work Subscription Program.