Department of Art and Art History Exhibition

Laura Brown: COMING SOON! at the Soap Factory

Thu. June 29, 2017

signage that references construction signs with bright and varied colored strewn

Alumna (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2017) Laura Brown presents new exhibition of work at the Soap Factory, titled COMING SOON!, on view from July 1 – August 23, 2017. An outdoor installation, COMING SOON! will see Brown build upon her UT Austin thesis work utilizing screen printed, faux “construction signs” around the perimeter of the Soap Factory. In addition to the exhibition, Brown will also host two screen printing workshops.

From exhibition materials: “The prints’ shapes and placement will allude to common safety signs found in construction zones. In this way the pieces will act as artworks hidden in plain sight to activate the exterior and build anticipation for the soon-to-be renovated Soap Factory building.” 

three square diamond shapes orange green and yellow ish on a wall

In their latest Soapcast episode, Brown spoke with Soap Factory staff about the genesis of this work and her continued interest in "signs, singage and how text lives in the world." Navigating UT Austin construction zones and the disorienting U.S. political climate, became points of reference to reflect upon a sense of upheavel in COMING SOON!

To hear more about the upcoming installation and Brown’s thought process, listen to Soap Factory’s latest Soapcast episode, here

Jonas Criscoe featured in International Print Center New York's exhibition Just Under 100

Wed. June 21, 2017

black and white print of a small machine maybe safe or microwave deconstructed
The Nuclear Option , 22"x18"x3", silkscreen, paper & encaustic on panel, 2017

Work by alumnus Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2006) is featured in this summer's International Print Center New York (IPCNY) exhibition, Just Under100. A biannual, juried exhibition of prints, this year's exhibition was curated by artist Katherine Bradford and featured 98 artists from both the United States and abroad. 

Exhibition on view at International Print Center New York from June 17 – September 16, 2017. 

Alumnus Raul De Lara opens new exhibition in Austin

Tue. June 20, 2017

walnut wood sculpture of a large carved plant and leaf standing on its own
When is a plant no longer invasive? , Raul De Lara, 2017, walnut, lacquer, alcohol and oil-based finish. (Collection of David Matt

Alumnus Raul De Lara opens new exhibition of works at Austin's Big Ass Canvas with Miami-based artist Leonardo Moliero on Friday, June 23, 2017. The opening reception will be held at the downtown 2nd street gallery from 6-9pm. 

Graduating from UT Austin in 2015 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art, De Lara's undergraduate successes in the Art and Art History Department paved the way to his time in Chicago post-graduation. De Lara has spent the past few years working on the production team at Nick Cave's studio, exhibiting his own work and being awarded the Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in visual arts in Chicago. In the Fall of 2017, De Lara will attend Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue his master's of fine arts degree in the VCU Sculpture Program. 


Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler’s latest exhibition debuts at Cork Printmaker’s FIRST EDITION Print Symposium

Fri. June 16, 2017

illuminated pink neon in abstract shape

On June 16, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban will open their exhibition, Babel Unbound, in association with the Cork Printmakers’ FIRST EDITION Print Symposium. Mutchler and Urban have been serving as artists in residence in Cork, Ireland during the month of June and will discuss their creative methodologies and approach to an expanded field of print at the symposium on June 23-24, 2017. 

Their new body of work, Babel Unboundfocuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated, collaborative and performed space.

A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect, by thread, by memory, by mark, pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end; a confused noise made by a number of voices- babel unbound.

image of a cave wall with a single channel video on capture of person turning pg
Performing the Book, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban, 2017

Performing the Book, a single-channel video, explores both the tactile handling of Babel Unbound, while bound, and references the magenta-fingered scanning process at Google Books Library Project. With the book in motion, relationships emerge and disapate within seconds, making the magic of browsing visible and highly aesthetic.

gallery wall and pillars with exhibition and booklets lining wall

Mutchler and Urban’s work will be on view at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from June 16 – July 8, 2017. 


Art and Art History Staff: New Work and Accolades

Thu. June 8, 2017

Faculty and students at the Department of Art and Art History are not the only ones changing the world with the work they do. The department's staff is equally active in the arts, both locally and nationally. Here is a sampling of some of their most recent work and acclaim:

image of an old woman stretching out a sweater while sitting on a park bench
"World's Greatest", Amber Shields

Amber Shields, photography lab manager, has been named one of the 2017's recipients of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Award for her work, Visions of Johanne. "Visions of Johanne is a meditation on mortality told through photographing the aging process of my grandmother over the last 15 years of her life," writes Shields. "I documented the fear and isolation of aging along with the love and familial connection of a life well lived." The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project. 

promotional poster image of eyes peeking out of headdress with red lettering

By day, kt Shorb is the Art and Art History Department's graduate coordinator, but also by day (and night) she creates work that enriches the life of theater in Austin with her collaborators at Generic Ensemble Company. Their most recent show, Scheherazade delves into Islamophobia and detention and will run from June 2-17, 2017 at The Vortex theater. KUT Austin's Arts Ecletic program did a feature on the work and The Austin American-Statesman has called it, "timely, necessary piece of political theater." 

image of two channel video projection of two dancers dancing without partner
A Routine in Parts, Eric McMaster, two-channel video projection. (Previous work. Not a preview of TEMPO project)

Come the Fall semester, students and the Austin community will have the opportunity to see the work of Fabrication Lab manager and Studio Art Lecturer Eric McMaster in the 2017 TEMPO public art program. TEMPO is a part of the City of Austin's public art repertoire, allowing artists or artist teams to explore a range of themes suitable for the outdoor environment and provide the opportunity to create innovative, thought-provoking artworks that impact the way people experience their environment. District ten will host an exhibition of all TEMPO works during November's East Austin Studio Tour.

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