Department of Art and Art History News

Jules Buck Jones exhibits in Houston and Dallas

Mon. October 15, 2012

Jules Buck Jones
Primordial #2, 2012, 30x22 inches

Alum Jules Buck Jones (MFA in Studio Art, 2009) is showing a new series of mix-media drawings in an exhibit titled The Hundred-Handed Ones at Conduit Gallery in Dallas through November 24.

And for those attending the Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston, be on the lookout for Jones' installation Vulpecula in one of the main corridors. A kinetic piece that includes video and sound components, it "evokes sentient force in nature, myths of forest gods, apocalyptic fantasies, and fear of a vengeful natural world."

CLAVIS Hosts Three-Day Global Symposium

Fri. October 12, 2012

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Contacts and Divergences in Latin American and U.S. Latino Art,
19th Century to the Present
3rd International Forum for Emerging Scholars
October 25-27, 2012



The Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) in the Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce the third annual International Forum for Emerging Scholars this October. Throughout the three-day global symposium, 14 panel discussions with 68 international scholars from over 29 research institutions will gather to investigate the multitude of perspectives that inform the artistic production and discourse of Latin American and U.S. Latino art from the 19th century to the present. Laura Malosetti Costa of Universidad Nacional de San Martin will act as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

The topic for this year’s forum is centered around the idea of synchronicity, an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar events that are causally unrelated. The forum seeks to present multiple, if sometimes dissonant, voices in order to call into question existing national and international historical narratives. Participants will present alternate modes of historiography that break down causality and homogeneity in favor of more critically comparative methods that better facilitate an understanding of artistic production at disparate moments and locations. This approach encourages scholars to think in wider terms, beyond established topics, in relation to other geographical and historical developments.

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The Department of Art and Art History Remembers Donna Bruton, 1954-2012

Thu. October 11, 2012


Donna Bruton

It is with great sadness that the Department of Art and Art History reports the passing of former faculty member Donna Bruton. A thoughtful friend and amazingly patient educator, Donna taught in the department from July 1991 – August 1993 before taking a position at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she remained for the rest of career. A nationally recognized artist, Donna had paintings presented in group exhibitions and 15 solo shows. Her work is included in private collections in London, Germany, Holland, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, as well as in private collections at the RISD Museum and the Gwanjiu Museum in Korea. Although her time in our department was relatively short, in the words of John D. Murchison Professor in Art John Yancey, “she had a profound and lasting impact on those who worked with her.”

Professor Susan Rather Named the Inaugural Senior Scholar in the Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Tue. October 9, 2012

Susan Rather
Susan Rather with Crystal Bridges founder Alice Walton
Photo courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum

Associate Professor of Art History Susan Rather has been named as the inaugural senior scholar in the Tyson Scholars of American Art program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges, in Bentonville, Arkansas, was founded in 2005 by philanthropist Alice Walton and opened to the public in November 2011. 2011-12 is the pilot year for the scholars’ program, which has been funded by a $5 million commitment from the Tyson Family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Rather will serve in an advisory capacity as the program is developed, both during the fall semester when she is in residence, and in the spring for fellowship deliberations. At Crystal Bridges, Rather will complete her manuscript for a book titled The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era. This study offers nuanced examination of a variety of artifacts and texts in considering the shifting image of "artist" during the defining period in our nation’s history.

Video Game by Design MFA Wins IndieCade 2012 Official Selection

Mon. October 8, 2012


The experimental 8-bit video game TRACK+FEEL II by Rachel Weil (MFA student in Design) was recently named an IndieCade 2012 Official Selection. IndieCade has been called "the video game industry's Sundance," and each year it recognizes independent video games from around the world at its annual festival in Los Angeles, CA. Weil's TRACK+FEEL II was shown on October 6 as part of the festival's open-air Night Games event.TRACK+FEEL II, which runs on a 1980s video game console called the NES, allows players to dance and create music while exploring the intersections of pixelated retro gaming, femininity, cooperative gameplay, and generative program glitching.