Art & Art History

Student Art Association

The Student Art Association promotes interest in the visual arts and provides artistic growth for students of the arts.

You do not have to major in the arts to be a member of this association. This group meets to show art films, plan for trips to exhibitions, discuss theories of art, and hold events that promote the visual arts. In the past they have organized bus trips to see major exhibitions in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Houston, Texas.

Contact

2013 president:   Carly Dennis dennisc@southwestern.edu

Faculty advisor:   Patrick Hajovsky hajovskp@southwestern.edu

Recent Activity

Day With(out) Art ? World AIDS Day:
‘Day Without Art’ began in 1989 in the U.S. as a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Many galleries and museums closed for the day and sent workers to volunteer with organizations helping those affected by AIDS or held special exhibitions of work about AIDS. This national day of action and reflection gradually developed into a time for the international arts community to respond to the AIDS crisis and its impact on artists. In 1997, the new name ‘Day With Art (or Day With(out) Art)’ was proposed to promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention and offer perspectives on AIDS.

To take part in this day focused on increasing knowledge and fighting prejudice about AIDS, the Scientifically Informed Arts Alliance, EBONY, and Art Association teamed up to host three events on campus, Saturday, December 1st.

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- Silent Auction - art donated by students and professors was sold to benefit FACE AIDS, a national organization which focuses on fighting AIDS and promoting global health equity.

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-  Performance by the Scientifically Informed Arts Alliance - “HIV Through Music”
- Unveiling of installation piece designed and constructed by members of Art Association

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Night Visions: Art Association recently held a student art show open to all submissions at Korouva Milk Bar. Works were accepted on a first-come, first-hung basis, resulting in a wonderfully eclectic collection that was exhibited October 26th through November 7th, happily coinciding with both Halloween and the visits of alumni for Homecoming Weekend.

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Homecoming Parade: Art Association also participated in the “Be Southwestern” Homecoming Parade, representing the art community of the university by marching along in colorful costumes with a be-flowered bike and a big group collage!

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In the Spring of 2012, the Student Art Association helped organize a charitable event in association with the 2012 Brown Symposium: Back to the Foodture- Sustainable Strategies to Reverse a Global Crisis. They staged an Empty Bowls project, where vessels made by SU students and faculty were sold (filled with soup courtesy of local Georgetown restaurants such as Monument Cafe and Tony and Luigi’s) to raise money to help fight hunger. The event was a resounding success.

 

Art & Art History

  • Contact

    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History
    512-863-1376
    email

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art
    512-863-1355
    email

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