Department of Art and Art History Exhibition

Hyperallergic reviews Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler work at Venice Biennale

Wed. June 7, 2017

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, “Flora” (2017), film still, synchronized double-sided film installation with sound, 30 mins, loop (courtesy the artists, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin)


Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler's latest work Flora (2017) was featured in a review from Gregory Volk of Hyperallergic. Housed within the Swiss pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale, Hubbard and Birchler's film installation was a response to renowned Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti's historical absence within the history of the Swiss pavilion and his exhibition at the French pavilion in 1956 titled Women of Venice

Karen Woodward Garcia exhibiting at Dougherty Arts Center in Austin

Fri. June 2, 2017

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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. 

Nicole Awai presents at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York

Tue. May 16, 2017

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Vista 7.2: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t, Nicole Awai, nail polish, acrylic paint, reflective paper, polyester mesh, horticultural charcoal, construction foam, molded plastic forms and synthetic paper, 2015, 7" x10" x 5"

Assistant Professor of Studio Art Nicole Awai is presenting her exhibition Vistas at Lesley Heller Workspace in May. Vistas is comprised of a series Awai has been creating since the mid 2000s where she has been in part, exploring characteristics of oozing in her work. The exhibition will be on view from May 17 – June 30, 2017.

Michelle Stephens recently wrote about Awai’s work for the journal small axe in the article, “Oozing between Dimensions: Multiple Perspectives on the Real in the Works of Nicole Awai.
 

Type Hike launches new series SHORES

Tue. April 25, 2017

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Type Hike, a collaborative design project organized by David Rygiol and Design lecturer James Louis Walker, launched its first series to commemorate the National Parks centennial. The series was exhibited across the U.S. and met with wide acclaim from Co.Design, Communications Art Magazine and more. 

On May 1, Type Hike will launch its second series, SHORES, featuring Aaron Draplin and Gail Anderson. SHORES will begin its exhibition tour in L.A. (at Poler Stuff Laguna Beach) and NYC (at the Brooklyn Art Library). 

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