Department of Art and Art History Alumni

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. 

 

Karen Woodward Garcia exhibiting at Dougherty Arts Center in Austin

Fri. June 2, 2017

image of six abstracted figures holding tools
 

Alumna Karen Woodward Garcia (B.A. in Art History, 1993) opens a new exhibition of work in June at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin. The exhibition, Work, Play, and Somewhere In Between, includes sculpture in neon, glass and clay, as well as painting, that explores the comical absurdity of everyday life.

Woodward Garcia studied Ancient and Near Eastern art as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin and especially loved her courses with professor emerita Denise Schmandt-Besserat. "I will always remember her lectures on her book and discussions of the intersecrion and interface between writing and art," Woodward Garcia said in response to recollecting her undergradute experience.

However, it was an unexpected decision to take a 3D Design course during her last semester that changed the trajectory of her work in the arts. The course eventually influenced her pursuit of her master's of fine arts degree in Sculpture, which she earned from Washington University. "Since [graduate school] I served as an educator for 10 years and as the chair of the Glass Department at the Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design in St. Louis, MO," said Woodward Garcia. "In 2010 I returned to Austin and now I'm a full time practicing artist. I always wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn't taken that one course."

Work, Play, and Somewhere In Between will be on view from June 1 - July 8, 2017 at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin. 

New works by alumnus Miguel A. Aragón featured in new book and special exhibition in Peenemünd

Mon. March 20, 2017

a man maneuvering pipes across sheets of print paper


In 2015, Gregorio Iglesias Mayo and Miguel A. Aragón (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2014) spent the entire summer at the Historical-Technical Museum Peenemünd. They would contribute to a historical exhibition at the site, Wunder mit Kalkül:Die Peenemünder Fernwaffenprojekte als Teil des deutschen Rüstungssystems (loosely translated as Miracle with calculus: The Peenemünde missile weapons projects as part of the German defense system) and are currently exhibiting together in a contemporary exhibition of their own works titled Imprinting History.

It is worthy of note that the Historical-Technical Museum Peenemünd is not technically an art museum, but a museum born of the historical significance of the site of Peenemünd. The site served as a power plant back in the WWII era and later was used during Soviet occupation of East Germany. In recent years, parts of facilities have been re-configured as gallery spaces for permanent historical and rotating contemporary exhibitions that speak to the historical, cultural and human aspects of the site. It was at Peenemünd that early rocket technology was developed by one of Germany’s leading scientists, Wernher von Braun, who would later secretly move to the United States and work with NASA to put man on the moon.

“The Historisch-Technisches Museum Peenemünde is a place charged with history, which altered human existence,” writes Aragón on the Till Richter Museum website. “It is a place that was built solely on the fact of its potential, which would never be fully reached until after the end of the Second World War. I am attracted to this relentless drive to realize the impossible despite the constant failures.”

What began as just the inclusion of a few pieces that Aragón and Mayo produced on site during their residency in a historical exhibition for the museum’s permanent galleries has turned into Imprinting History, a group exhibition of work from the two resident artists. Covering the museum grounds, Aragón would utilize the dust, earth and rust in his cyanotype process to imprint the land itself onto each print sheet.

Reflecting on the work in the exhibition, Aragón writes, “This body of work [created for the Historical-Technical Museum Peenemünd] is connected to my research as an artist, research that explores attempts to capture and freeze a specific moment, the marks of time, conveying the transitory nature of memory, reflecting on the process of recollection, fading memory and alluding to the transitory nature of human existence.”

A courtyard-length painting by Mayo, a large installation by Aragón as well as the documentation by the Catalan photographer Gala Oró will be exhibited in the Turbine Hall of the power plant Peenemünde from May 2016 to August 2017.

See more from the exhibition and Aragón at work in the video from the Till Richter Museum.
 

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