Department of Art and Art History Alumni

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. 


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. 

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