Department of Art and Art History News

Richard Shiff Delivers Three International Lectures in Fall 2016

Sat. December 16, 2017

Dr. Richard Shiff gave three international lectures during fall semester. In September, he spoke in Beijing at the opening of the retrospective of the painting and sculpture of Zeng Fanzhi, who is generally regarded as the most significant artist of his generation in China. In November, he gave the keynote lecture for the annual Munch symposium sponsored by the Munch Museum in Oslo. And in December, he gave two lectures in Kyoto, one on Cézanne for the University and one on Emile Zola for a conference of Japanese scholars who study this writer.  


Alumna Ariana Vincent Invited to Participate in Multiple Exhibitions

Mon. December 11, 2017


Ariana Vincent, “Golden Chalice”, photograph

Latest work from Ariana Vincent (B.A. in Studio Art, 1977) was exhibited in Houston-based 8th Annual Chinese Brush Painting show in November 2016.

Vincent’s work will also be shown at Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees along with the work of fellow artist Gail Threinen at the Old Bakery Emporium in Austin on February 3, 2016. Vincent will exhibit her Flowers of Heaven series and Threinen will exhibit her Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy.

The opening reception for Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Moody Gallery in Houston to Feature Work of Dan Sutherland in ‘peat’

Thu. January 5, 2017

new abstract painting by sutherland in greens
Emerald Heart, 2016 oil on aluminum 58 1/2" x 45 1/2"

Painting and Drawing Associate Professor Dan Sutherland will exhibit new work in peat at Moody Gallery in Houston on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Directly prior to the opening reception at 6 p.m. will be an artist talk with Sutherland at 5:30 p.m.

peat will be on view from Jan 14 – Feb 18, 2017.

Art History Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Tue. January 3, 2017

President Eisenhower examining the diplomatic gifts presented to him during a formal visit of Greek officials in 1953

Photo courtesy of Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Texas. Not to be reproduced without permission.


Dr. Nassos Papalexandrou, associate professor of art history, is the recipient of an NEH grant for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, where he will work as senior associate member during the Spring 2017 semester.  Nassos will conduct research on antiquities sent from Greece as diplomatic gifts for United States presidents or other high ranking officials from the late forties to the present. These antiquities reside in Presidential Libraries and Museums here in the US (under the aegis of NARA-National Archives and Records Administration) but Papalexandrou will search for further clues about their selection and presentation in numerous archives in Greece. The project was instigated by what is perhaps the chronologically most ancient artifact on display at the Blanton Museum: this is the so-called Bonham Amphora, a Greek Geometric style funereal amphora of ca 770 BCE, an Athenian product sent to Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House during the Truman Administration, as a token of thanks for Rayburn's support for economic and military assistance to Greece after WW II under the Marshall plan. The amphora is on permanent loan from the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Bonham TX, and will be featured in the new gallery dedicated to Greek, Roman and Near Eastern Antiquities at the Blanton Museum to Art (scheduled to open again February 2017).

Professor Beili Liu Named a Recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Program

Tue. January 3, 2017

Studio Art Professor Beili Liu will receive $25,000 in unrestricted career support through the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. Established in 1993, the Painters and Sculptors Grant Program recognizes the exceptional creative achievements of painters and sculptors working today.