Department of Art and Art History News

Alumnus Ender Martos exhibits temporary, site-specific installation in pop-up exhibition/designer showcase

Wed. March 8, 2017

monofilament wires in yellow, red, pink, blue and green are used within a square
Ganzania-Rebirth, Ender Martos, 2017

East Side Collective and Atmosphere Coworking will showcase a temporary, site-specific installation and new works from Department of Art and Art History alumnus Ender Martos (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2008) on March 9, 2017. The opening reception for the event is on Thursday, March 9 from 7 – 11 p.m. and will be on view until March 23.

four columns of wire in various colors displayed in a maquette of installation
Graceful Sanctuary of Minimal Presence II, Ender Martos, 2017

Martos specializes in creating colorful experiences of optical movement, shifting the viewer’s perception of the space and materials as they move around the work. “When light interacts with the translucent material, light travels in, through and out creating a sense of movement,” he writes. For this site-specific installation, Martos will be using commercial monofilament wire, aluminum and concrete to activate the space with the intent of initiating an immediate, joyful visual impact. 

East Side Collective is a studio space shared by creative minds cofounded by Jared Hass, Tim Derrington, and Javier Martin. This entity helps lead Austin into thoughtful, innovative design while offering an authentic piece of Austin's creative culture. Atmosphere Coworking builds strong connections with others in the Austin digital creative and design community.

Work by MFA candidate Ingrid Tremblay featured in exhibition Tumble

Tue. March 7, 2017

woven strands of yarn-like paper strewn together and tumbled to resemble foam

M.F.A. candidate in Sculpture Ingrid Tremblay featured alongside Allison Wade in the exhibition titled Tumble at Slow gallery in Chicago. 

MFA candidate Kat Kohl contributes to panel on art and science of spatial perception at SXSW

Thu. March 2, 2017

four persons doused in a reddish light, speaking on a panel together
Kat Kohl speaking at KUTX's Views & Brews programming at Cactus Cafe
Photo credit: Stephanie Ramirez 

M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art Kat Kohl presented together with Associate Professor of Architecture Matt Fajkus and Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Dr. Laura Colgin on a South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu) panel moderated by Rebecca McInroy, Senior Producer and Host of The panel session, "The Art & Science of Spatial Perception," discussed how memory, form and light influence internal and external representations of our experiences.

We sat down with Kohl to get a glimpse into the discussion that would transpire during SXSWedu and learn more about Kohl's work. 

To learn more about the session, visit here.  

Kohl, Fajkus and Colgin also joined KUT's Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe on February 28 to share there efforts and collaborative discussion with the University of Texas and greater Austin community. 

Alumnus Jonas Criscoe selected to participate in The Contemporary Austin's Crit Group

Thu. March 2, 2017

image of eight frames of print and collage of figure trying to put on life vest
The Passenger, 14" x 14" x 3", Silkscreen, collage and encaustic on panel

Jonas Criscoe
(B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2006) is a participant in this years Crit Group program at The Contemporary Austin. The program aims to build a network of critical support for artists dedicated to growing their artistic practices and culminates in a satellite group exhibition at Austin's grayDUCK gallery in August 2017. 

Art educators Pam G. Taylor and Christine Ballengee-Morris visit UT Austin to discuss how to make an impact through arts learning

Thu. March 2, 2017

Part call to action, part heart-to-heart and part brass-tacks lesson-planning, the seminar and lecture by art educators and close colleagues Dr. Pam G. Taylor and Dr. Christine Ballengee-Morris at the UT Austin Department of Art and Art History delivered on the promise of sharing how to make a difference as visual arts educators.

two students crafting hybrid stuffed animals look to the right

During the seminar with upper level undergraduate Visual Art Studies students Taylor and Ballengee-Morris came ready to work—or to put the students to work. Believers in kinetic learning, the visiting scholars had students create “Franken-Pets” by assembling new, hybrid creatures from the parts of other stuffed animals they brought into the classroom. As students created their creatures, Taylor and Ballengee-Morris unpacked the art historical, cultural sensitivity and curriculum goals that could be interwoven into the lesson. 

“It’s not always recognized, but we have power in the art world,” said Taylor during the seminar as she made the case for teaching students how to become critical thinkers who can deconstruct our increasingly visually-oriented world. Later in the day, Taylor and Ballengee-Morris’ lecture would stress the same, while also unfolding a long history of friendship and academic collaboration that has sustained their practice as educators. Taylor is Professor of Art Education in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and her research interests include data visualization, hypermediation theory, and curriculum and assessment in art education. Ballengee-Morris is a professor in the Arts Administration, Education, and Policy Department and the American Indian Studies Coordinator for The Ohio State University, and the founding director of The Multicultural Center at OSU. Ballengee-Morris’ research interests include self-determination, identity development, Indigenous arts, and service-learning. Having known each other for 23 years, Taylor and Ballengee-Morris emphasized how their unique professional and personal experiences as researchers have influenced their collaborative endeavors.

student in profile with burnt orange shirt sews stuffed animal together

The two researchers encouraged students to develop their own networks to achieve the kind of change they want to see in the world. “We hope to create change agents that will spread these ideas in the community,” echoed both Taylor and Ballengee-Morris when talking about the goals of inclusivity, multiculturalism and interdisciplinary learning that are organic outcomes of a pedagogy based upon listening, challenging and changing together.