Department of Art and Art History Alumni

In Memorium: Adam Boley

Thu. October 13, 2016

woman swimming in water

On Sunday, September 4, 2016, our community suffered the loss of a faculty member and alumnus, Adam Boley (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2016).

Boley graduated from our M.F.A. program in Studio Art the spring of 2016 and came to the Department of Art and Art History staff in the Fall semester as a lecturer in photography. During his time with the department, Boley assisted artist Ann Hamilton in the execution of her work for the Dell Medical Center, O N E E V E R Y O N E. “I have many very beautiful photographs of Adam from the photography sessions for Dell,” writes Hamilton. “I think they capture—something in him, a lightness and weight, reflectivity, a humor. I watched him work with everyone we photographed, how he put everyone at ease and made the air lighter with his empathy. I will never watch a duck land down in water without thinking of him.”

two ducks

Boley earned his undergraduate degree in Photography at St. Edwards University in Austin. His work has been in numerous exhibitions, including those at Time Waste Management in Orlando, Florida (2016); The Mom Gallery, Austin; 60 Orange St, Providence, Rhode Island (2015); Locker 95, Austin (2015); and Pump Project Art Complex in Austin (2014).

He was born and raised on a ranch outside of Georgetown, TX, and his work reflects a connection to the landscape and history of the state. “Texas was a central character in his work,” said Department of Art and Art History Chair Jack Risley. “He was able to channel the friction between its historic myth and its suburban present in work that captured both the serenity and violence of the rural landscape.”

Service for Boley took place in early September in Georgetown, TX.

Alumna Iva Kinnaird and Shelby Meier Exhibit in Make Time

Fri. October 7, 2016

log and a fruit cake
Iva Kinnaird (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2014) is exhibiting new work this October at Texas Woman’s University galleries. The exhibition, Make Time, will be on view October 8 – November 6, 2016. 

This exhibition brings together Kinnaird and M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU Shelby David Meier who are exploring the murkiness of time, particularly the manner in which it can be “made” into a physical record of a set of actions. These actions can be purposeful or wasteful, or purposefully wasteful – embodiments of the manner in which we simultaneously work for, against, or in conjunction with time.

Katherine Bash Debuts New Work at Museum of the Southwest

Tue. October 4, 2016

three photographs from Bash

The Light of Consciousness: Part I, by Katherine E. Bash (M.F.A. in Design, 2004) is a multi-layered installation of photography, and poetry drawn from three years of investigatory travel into different landscapes—both interior and exterior—with a focus on ephemeral phenomena. The exhibition includes 57 unique photographs, a publication Companion Guide and a recording of the accompanying Polylogue (a multi-sourced poetic form). Public programs included a one-time collaborative performance with violinist John Madura, concertmaster of the Midland Symphony Orchestra, on August 20, 2016.

According to co-curator Pujan Gandhi, Bash's installation reminds the viewer that “objective cognitions are also subjective, and that our mind’s eye is constantly revealing, concealing, and again revealing our observed reality.” Gandhi explains that “[e]ach photograph captures a sensory semi-stasis, one that the artist then acts upon with a ‘chance reading’ of a selected text. Image, language, and performance coalesce into a cohesive whole. Her aim: to generate an alternate space to discover ‘new meanings, and new poetries.’”

Katherine E. Bash lives and works in London, UK and Midland, TX. She earned her B.A. in Biology and an M.F.A. in Design at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1998 Bash received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct a visual anthropology of indigenous rainforest cultures of Ecuador. Bash was an awarded a Ph.D. from the Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London in 2011 for her dissertation: Spatial Poetics: Heuristics for Experimental Poisesis. Her most recent exhibition, De Speculum Oraculum, was held at the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen Germany.

Laurel Shear Presents Work at Solo Show in Los Angeles

Fri. September 9, 2016

painting inspired by flora of Los Angeles

Laurel Shear (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2015) presents work in show entitled Where Dreams Come True and Go To Die at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Los Angeles. The exhibition will be on view from September 10 - October 1, 2016. 

Elizabeth McClellan honored with this year’s UMLAUF Prize and exhibition

Wed. September 7, 2016

EchindaLabs woman with skin modifications

EchindaLabs, performance-based installation work of Elizabeth McClellan (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2016) will be featured with previous UMLAUF prizewinners in the UMLAUF 25th anniversary retrospective exhibition November 4, 2016 – January 29, 2017.

Don Bacigalupi, founding president of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and juror of the 2016 UMLAUF Prize, selected M.F.A. graduate Elizabeth McClellan as this year’s winner. In Bacigalupi’s statement, he remarked, EchindaLabs is a complex, multi-faceted Gesamtkunstwerk by Elizabeth McClellan that reflects the extraordinary boundary-breaking creativity seen in some of today’s most advanced and cross-disciplinary art practices.” He adds, “the work operates in the nexus of art and medical science, a fertile territory staked out previously by artists as diverse as ORLAN and Virgil Wong. Complex ethical issues abound in the real world of rapidly advancing genome-editing technologies, and McClellan capably invites us in for consideration.”

When museum visitors walk onto the set of EchindaLabs, they will learn about genetic skin modifications and explore the possibilities of using viral biomes to decorate the skin through a series of videos, brochures, photographs and human interaction with the “EchindaLabs receptionist”. McClellan created the experience based on the recent innovations in gene editing technology and her fascination with its implications on politics, science and the future of our bodies.

Exhibition Opening is Friday, November 4 from 5–7pm.

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