Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Type Hike: Exhibition Trek across the US

Fri. October 7, 2016

Centennial poster design by James Louis Walker

Type Hike, a collaborative design project organized by David Rygiol and Design lecturer James Louis Walker, will be publicly exhibited starting this December in Poler stores across the U.S. The project involves 60 designers and typographers, including University of Texas alumni Jolie Durand (B.F.A. in Design, 2016), Zachary Weiland (B.S. in Advertising, 2016) and Lauren Dickens (B.F.A. in Design, 2011).

Centennial poster design by Jolie Durand
Centennial poster design by Jolie Durand

Each designer has created a unique design for a park they love in celebration of the National Parks Service centennial this year. Exhibitions of the 60 works will begin in Laguna Beach, California and Portland, Oregon before appearing in other cities such as Charleston, Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, and Austin during 2017.

To see more designs and read more about the project, visit or follow along on instagram @typehike.

Art and Art History Faculty Invited to Guest Lecture around the World

Thu. October 13, 2016

Design program Assistant Chair Carma Gorman
Design program Assistant Chair Carma Gorman

Design associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of Art and Art History’s Design Division Carma Gorman, Studio Art professor Michael Smith and Art History associate professor Dr. Penelope Davies have each been invited to give lectures in their specialty areas this fall.

In early October, Gorman gave a lecture called "What's American About American Design?" at the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, and the University of Richmond. Gorman proposes a new way of defining "American design," identifying some of its distinctive traits, and argues that the national peculiarities of U.S. design are in many cases direct responses to the globally anomalous characteristics of U.S. laws and standards.

Associate Professor Penelope Davies
Associate Professor Penelope Davies

Associate professor Davies gave a paper at The Alternative Age of Augustus conference in Cuma, Italy. Her paper, titled “Augustus’ Urban Renewal: Visionary or Derivative?”, challenges the characterization of Augustus as a visionary (e.g Favro 1998). Davies argues for the role of Republican government in preventing a unified building urban ‘program’, and the reluctance of those magistrates charged with construction to commit themselves to far-reaching public building policies. The change of urbanistic approach, she contends, came not with Augustus but with Julius Caesar.

Transmedia Professor Michael Smith
Transmedia Professor Michael Smith

Transmedia Professor Michael Smith will be speaking alongside Brandon Zech, Assistant Editor at Glasstire, at Artpace in San Antonio about the changing role of the artists and the artist as curator. As the two identities have become increasingly linked, there is a fluidity in a what role you take in the art world. The discussion hopes to parse out how this came to be.

Professor Emeritus Paul P. Hatgil Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Sun. October 9, 2016

Professor Emeritus Paul P Hatgil

As a testament to his lifelong dedication to the fine arts, the Massachusetts College of Art is awarding Professor Emeritus Paul P. Hatgil (1950-1985) with the honor of Distinguished Alumnus. The ceremony will take place on November 4, 2016 at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.





Home, Memory, and Future, a three-part exhibition features work from Studio Art professor Nicole Awai

Fri. October 7, 2016


portait photo of Nicole Awai
Nicole Awai

Home, Memory, and Future is a three-part exhibition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute in New York. The exhibition will explore the notion of home in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. This inaugural exhibition at the Center’s new location at 120 East 125TH Street between Lexington and Park Avenues is curated by Lowery Stokes Sims, Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa. Home, Memory, and Future will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality.

Awai’s work will be featured in part two of the exhibition titled “Harlem and home in the Global Context” and installed on the second floor of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. From the exhibition website, “[This floor] will feature work by painters, sculptors and installation artist that demonstrates how the concept of ‘home’ represents a universal and universally experienced concept for artists of color from diverse origins. The selected work will demonstrate how memory can be relied upon to recreate, imagine and reconstruct cultural traditions in varied efforts to establish ‘home’ in distant environments.”

The exhibition will be on view from October 15 – March 2017.

Michael Smith's Latest Show Opens September 17, 2016 at Dan Gunn in Berlin

Sat. September 17, 2016

Image stll from "Timeline" exhibition

Transmedia professor Michael Smith exhibits "Timeline" at Dann Gunn in Berlin. The exhibition will be on view from Sept 17 - Nov 12, 2016. It was recently mentioned in Artforum's "Must See: Berlin" art guide listings. 

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