Art & Art History

Art & Art History:

Fall 2014

  • imageAlumnus Paloma Mayorga (B.A., ’10) is exhibiting a series of photographic portraits titled “Cruelty Free” at the gallery in the Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, Austin, Texas, September 12 - November 21, 2014.  Paloma graduated from Southwestern’s Art and Art History department in studio art with a focus in painting and has since had a solo exhibition at the Emma Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center.  She is currently Assistant Director of the Serie Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fine art serigraphy and cultural diversity in the art world.

Spring 2014

  • Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, was selected to exhibit three 2013 engravings at New Grounds Gallery’s International Juried Exhibition 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from December 7 – January 31, 2014. New Grounds Gallery is described as having “one of the largest selections of works on paper available in New Mexico…and offers oils, drawings, and limited edition prints by outstanding artists from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Japan.”

  • imageKristen Van Patten, studio technician, was selected to exhibit his painting as a finalist for the 2014 Hunting Art Prize in Houston.  The Hunting Art Prize is the largest award of it’s kind in North America.

Fall 2013

  • Mary Visser, Brown Chair, will be exhibiting her artwork at at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art  in conjunction with the annual Texas Sculpture Network symposium/conference that will be taking place at Midwestern State University at the Fain Fine Arts Center. Opening reception: Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 7-9 pm. Exhibition Dates: Nov. 1, 2013 through Feb. 22, 2014  ‬

  • imageVictoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, exhibited a print in the “One Foot Show” at Lone Star Gallery at Kingswood College, Texas as part of the Texas Association of Schools of Art (TASA) conference in Houston in October. Her work was awarded “Best of Show” in the professional category of the exhibition by Mr. Wade Wilson of Wade Wilson Gallery, Houston.

  • imageVictoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, is exhibiting an engraving at the Awagami International Print Exhibition at the Hall of Aiwa Japanese Paper, in Tokushima, Japan. The exhibition comprises work from fifty-seven countries and will be on view from October 12 – November 10.

  • imageVictoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, is exhibiting an engraving from her ongoing Crossed Paths series of paintings, drawing and prints in a national juried exhibition Printmaking 2013 at the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, at SUNY Geneseo in New York, from September 20 – October 19.

  • Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, is exhibiting a mixed media artwork at Marks: A National Juried Drawing Exhibition at Madelon Powers Art Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, October 9 – November 15.  Her circular drawing on paper, Tienanmen Square: Between, is a 62” diameter floor piece containing a central circle of photolithographic rubbings, which she made on the pavement in Tienanmen Square in Beijing.  It is part of her ongoing  “Centripetal Forces” series of paintings, drawings and prints.

  • Kate Nelson, studio arts technician, has had a piece accepted for the 4th annual Visions In Clay Exhibition, which will be on display Aug. 29-Sept. 19 at the LH Horton Jr Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. Visions In Clay is one of the largest ceramic exhibitions in Northern California.This years juror was Peter Held,Curator of Ceramics ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

  • imageProfessor Mary Visser, Brown Chair holder and Vice President of Ars Mathmatica of Paris, France was invited to exhibit her artwork “Hera’s Women in Movement” in the ‘Rapid2013 Sculpture” exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa. this past June. The SME or Society of Manufacturing Engineers introduced the Contemporary Art Gallery in 2010 and dedicated it to creativity and design in 3D printing. Internationally known artists familiar with 3D modeling software and additive 3D printing processes are selected to display their work.

  • imageIn the summer of 2013, Professor of Art Mary Visser exhibited her sculptural work in the HAND, EYE, and MIND, an exhibition of 3D printed artworks focusing on Sensory and Tactile Models for Holistic Learning at the Experimental Arts Gallery at The India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India.

  • imageMary Visser, Professor of Art, participated in INTERSCULPT 2013, the 20th Year exhibition and celebration of digital sculpture in Paris, France sponsored by the Association of French Rapid Prototyping and the European Forum on Additive Manufacturing.

Spring 2013

  • Kate Nelson, studio arts technician, has had work accepted into America’s Clayfest at BlueLine Arts Gallery in Roseville, Calif., and an exhibit titled Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space at the Mitchell Gallery at St. Johns College in Annapolis, Md. She also has a solo exhibition and lecture planned for next year at Pittsburg State University. 

  • imagePatrick Veerkamp, Professor of Art, was invited to exhibit “Cordial Bottle with Cups” in “From Yellow Clay to Black Gumbo: Earth Movers in the Lone Star State,” which opened at Southern Methodist University, Pollock Gallery (through February 16) and will travel to Houston for the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts annual conference in March. Veerkamp’s work is essentially functional, informed by concepts pertaining to domesticity, intimacy, ritual and celebration, which reinterprets traditional forms in a personal and contemporary visual language.

  • imageVictoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, was selected to exhibit a print in the 34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition at the Heuser Art Gallery,  Bradley University, Illinois.  Their website states, “The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. All accepted artwork is featured in a full-color exhibition catalogue and on the exhibition website.”  The exhibit was juried by Stephen Goddard, Senior Curator and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.

Fall 2012

  • imageVictoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art,  exhibited Crossed Paths: Arrangement #3 in Pressing Matters: A National Print Competition and Exhibition at the Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, California in November.  The selected print is part of an ongoing series of Varner’s paintings, drawings and prints that function as indexical documents and respond to topics of American identity.  The engraving is part of her series of engravings printed on translucent silk tissue from ten copper plates and presented in two superimposed layers.  The layered presentations from ten matrices would, if carried to their numerical conclusion, number 6,400. The juror for the exhibition was Valerie Wade, Director of Crown Point Press, San Francisco, California.

  • imageVictoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art, was invited to present a 96” x 48” megalographic figure drawing in charcoal in the National Drawing Invitational Exhibition at Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. The drawing is a study for her painting “American Ancestor,” which questions matters of taste by borrowing the elegant forms of iconic Chinese ancestor portraits and their ornate, decorative designs and applies them to American design. She combines decorative forms (tattoos, decorative stockings from, a Pottery-Barn-inspired rug) to seek an integrated beauty from the eclectic design combinations that characterize American popular culture.  The exhibition was curated by Gerry Wubben, Professor of Art, McNeese State University.

  • Mary Hale Visser, professor of art and holder of the Herman Brown Chair, presented a paper on “Cybersculpture: materials, processes and the history of sculpture in the digital age” at the European Forum on Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing symposium held in Paris in June.

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art

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