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Mark Collop in “Moving Pictures” at brand 10/and X art spaces, Fort Worth

"Dog Fetch" video still

“Dog Fetch” video still

Mark Collop, 2004 studio art alumnus now living and making art in New York City, is one of twelve artists included in Moving Pictures, an exhibition of contemporary film and video which will be presented simultaneously at brand 10 Art Space and their second venue, and X Art Space, both venues in Fort Worth.

The opening at both locations is on September 7th  from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. and the with the exhibit continuing through October 26th.

Collop’s Dog Fetch video will be presented.  Among the other artists presented are notables Frances Bagley, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

Zach Nader work profiled in Arts & Science Journal online

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Art & Science Journal, an online blog, has profiled alumnus ZACH NADER and his Counterweight series of photographic works in an essay by Erin Saunders.  Click here to read the essay.

Nader is presenter of The New West Texas Sky Project currently on view in the Folio Gallery of the Texas Tech School of Art through September 22nd.  The exhibition is presented by Landmark Arts, participating organization of the 2013 Texas Biennial.

Zach Nader received an MFA in Studio Art – Photography in 2011.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

In the In-Between Interviews Two SOA Alumni in May

Quite by accident, it would seem, In the In-Between: journal of digital imaging artists, an online blog run by Greg Jones, has interviewed two School of Art alumni this month.

"Mountain (W….f$)," from the series, Bit Rot. © Kalee Appleton

“Mountain (W….f$),” from the series, Bit Rot. © Kalee Appleton

Kalee Appleton, who has a 2005 BFA in photography and is currently working on an MFA at Texas Women’s University in Denton, had an interview about her current work posted on May 15th.  Click to read “Kalee Appleton and the Digital Synthetic.”

 

"Counterweight/03," from the series, Counterweight. © Zach Nader

“Counterweight/03,” from the series, Counterweight. © Zach Nader

Zach Nader, who has a 2011 MFA in photography and is currently living and working as an artist in Brooklyn, had his interview posted yesterday.  Click to read “Zach Nader and the Hacked Vernacular.”

Congratulations to both of them on their continued art practices.

Randall Reid Opens Solo Show at William Campbell Contemporary

Painting alumnus RANDALL REID, of San Marcos, will open a solo show of his recent work at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth this Friday, May 10th during an Opening Reception from 6:00-8:00 PM.  The exhibition is titled Resurrected Dreams: Cowboys, Aliens & Espionage.

Largely informed by personal interest in old television series, movies, and 1960s sci-fi, the new pieces explore our collective pop-cultural history Resurrected Dreams is the first body of Reid’s work so tightly focused on specific themes. He has cropped, painted, and otherwise manipulated found graphics to highlight theme and pictorial quality, along with structural elements, color balance, and texture. Of the new work, Reid comments, “I feel I am arranging layers, passages, ambiguous realities, and figurative elements, which can become narrative anthologies.”

This exhibition continues through June 15th. Works in the exhibition can be previewed at William Campbell Contemporary Art.

Reid also has a solo show which opened in Santa Fe last Friday. Randall Reid: Full Circle is currently on view at Nuart Gallery through May 19th.  A review of the exhibition by Tor Travis can be found at the Santa Fe Reporter.

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Clamp Light Art Studios Alumni Exhibition – May 10th

Clamp Light Studio logo imageCurrent and former Clamp Light Art Studios resident artists, including Texas Tech alumni, Brianna Burnett, Zane Carroll, Wesley Harvey, Erin Hernsberger, Jimena Marin, Sarah T. Roberts, and Kim Rumfelt will present new works in a Studios Alumni Exhibition and special early sale to support studio renovations.

This event will take place May 10th from 5-10 pm at Clamp Light Gallery located at 706 Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio.

KEN LITTLE RECEIVES TEXAS STATE ARTIST HONOR

Ken LittleOn Monday night Ken Little was honored as the 2014 TEXAS STATE VISUAL ARTIST – 3D in a public ceremony sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin.

You can go to the TCA page to read more about Ken and his accomplishments.

Ken, a 1970 alumnus of the studio art program, has been a longtime supporter of School of Art.  In 2007, he teamed up with the Medici Circle School of Art support group to create a new scholarship endowment to benefit Studio Art students.

Joel Kiser In First Iron Pour at Collin College

On Saturday April 20th, Collin College Sculpture faculty and students successfully poured cast iron for the first time in the history of the Collin College Art Department under the direction of Sculpture Professor Luke Sides and Art Labs Coordinator Joel Kiser (2007 BFA in Sculpture from Texas Tech).  This epic feat was made possible by a dedicated group of sculpture students who worked together to safely pour over 800 lbs. of cast iron.

Joel Kiser feeding the cupola.

Joel Kiser feeding the cupola.

In the weeks leading up to the iron pour, sculpture students diligently collected scrap bathtubs and assisted in the welding of sand pits, while at the same time working on their own molds to be cast. All of the iron poured was actually collected by hand breaking cast iron bathtubs and sinks into small potato chip size pieces to be collected and poured into a homemade cupola furnace, constructed by Kiser.

JOELCommented Kiser, “I have never seen such excitement and dedication from our sculpture students. Usually, we teach techniques and processes that follow the students into their four-year art-making futures. Today, however, we were able to give them a unique life experience, in terms of teamwork and camaraderie, that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. For me, that is what teaching is all about.”

Texas Monthly gets a redesign by TJ Tucker

spd-portraitTJ Tucker is a Communication Design alumnus who has been Creative Director of Texas Monthly for a while now.

He recently redesigned the entire look of the publication and was interviewed about it in a 2-part series of interviews with Neil Jamieson.  Below find links to the two interviews.

Tour of the Redesign, Part 1.

Tour of the Redesign, Part 2.

Randall Reid to Deliver Texas State Presidental Seminar Lecture

Randall Reid, Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University (1981 MFA in Drawing & Painting) has been recognized with a Presidential Seminar Award at Texas State.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, he will deliver a Presidential Seminar titled “Full Circle” from 3:30 – 5:00 PM at the Joann Cole Mitte Building (Rm 2121) on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.  He will discuss the evolution of his creative process and talk about the roles of materiality, chance, and time in his work.

“Passage of Time” steel, wood, paint, 10.5 x 9.5 x 2 inches.

PBS Presents Scott Thurman’s “The Revisionaries”

Scott Thurman (2007 BFA in Studio Art; MFA from University of North Texas) who currently resides in Austin,  was back in the media spotlight this week as PBS announced that they would be airing The Revisionaries this week, an independent film he directed.  In Lubbock the film aired on Monday evening, January 28th.

If you missed it, you can stream the film online via PBS-Independent Lens, for free, through February 28th.

The film premiered last April at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received a “Special Jury Award” which was presented by Michael Moore at the awards ceremony.  Since then the film has been selected by and screened at various national and international independent film festivals.

You can read more about the film and all the folks who worked with Scott to get it done at The Revisionaries – Official Movie Site.