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IAN F THOMAS Collaborative Installation Exhibited in Dubai


Autonomous Player Simulation v1.0

Ian F. Thomas, in collaboration with Byron Rich and Alex Derwick, has an artwork installation currently on display in Dubai in conjunction with the 2014 ISEA Symposium (20th Annual International Symposium on Electronic Art). Their installation is included in a group show at Lobo Listone Gallery located in the heart of Dubai’s art district – Al Quoz.

Autonomous Player Simulation v1.0 uses a gaming-based sensing environment by which viewers activate the movement of a near-future approximation of a military weapon.  The “aesthetic of the work asks viewers questions regarding the indiscernability between war and play as gaming technology.” Read more about the installation (here).

ian-thomas-pic-2Ian Thomas is a 2006 graduate of the MFA program in Studio Art.  Although his specialization was in ceramics, Thomas has worked primarily as an installation and conceptual artist, most often collaboratively.  In 2009, Thomas founded the Culture Laboratory Collective, a group of twelve artists from across the country who all work with ideas of social cohesion without conforming their own personal aesthetics. The Culture Laboratory Collective has worked with contemporary art critics such as Ben Lewis and Noah Simblist. It has conducted exhibitions at locations such as The Nave Museum, in Victoria, Texas as well as in Jingdezhen, Beijing, and Shanghai, China. Thomas has exhibited work internationally and appeared in numerous publications. In 2010, Thomas exhibited a performative installation entitled “The Ergonomics of Futility” with photographer, Shreepad Joglekar, at RO2 Gallery in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, he exhibited a collaborative piece, created with artist Ryder Richards, at the 2012 NCECA Invitational Exhibition, located at The Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington.

For more information about Thomas, go (here).

COREY ESCOTO Solo Show at Halsey McKay in East Hampton, NY


Corey Escoto (2004 BFA in painting, MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, now living and working in Pittsburgh, PA) will have a solo exhibition at Halsey McKay in East Hampton, NY beginning October 25th.

“Using a large format camera, a layered multiple exposure process, hand-cut stencils and Polaroid film, the artist constructs images within photography’s flattened surface plane. His Polaroids are compilations of texture, light and surface, hand-manipulated into enigmatic landscapes, geometric forms and other worldly spaces.” Read more at Halsey McKay.


School of Art Alumni Reception in New York – October 23rd

Microsoft Outlook - Memo Style

LIBBY KAY HICKS Has Solo Exhibition in San Angelo


LIBBY HICKS, a senior in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing, will have a solo exhibition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Coop Gallery on October 10th and 11th.

artist photoEntitled Fabrications, the exhibition is an exploration of visual scenes from memories of places and experiences from the past and present. A mental manufacturing recreates a pull between reflection and invention. The works in the exhibition have a symbolic dialogue between “home” and the relationships that inhabit each environment. They also relate to social issues regarding gender roles and the lives of women.  Says Hicks about the work that will be exhibited, “All of the surfaces used in Fabrications are those that you could find in a home. Pillow shams, curtains, bed sheets, table clothes, baby blankets and ribbon, all to assemble visual memoir created with a hesitant intent.”

Hicks grew up in Floydada, TX and graduated from Floydada High School in 2011. This year she is serving as Art Editor for the 2015 Harbinger: TTU Journal of Literature and Art.



ZACH NADER Selected for Art and Science Residency in Brooklyn


ZACH NADER has been selected to be a visiting resident at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Nader is currently one of nine “residents” at Pioneer Works, working in photography, mixed media, writing, but also as institutions working on social justice and alternative art projects. Nader will be working with the wonderful people at Nanotronics Imaging and using some of their microscopic equipment to generate new images.

Also, in October, his video public viewing/04 will be included in an expansive exhibition of contemporary photographic work (see excerpt from public viewing/06 below).  The exhibition is entitled, Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary. The exhibition will be up from October 15th – 30th at Andrews Hall, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Check it out if you’re in the area!

SCOTT DADICH Leads WIRED Team Meeting with Edward Snowden in Moscow

Wired cover

The cover to the September issue of Wired shows an arresting image of Edward Snowden, billed in the magazine as “the most wanted man in the world,” clutching the American flag. Snowden is both reviled and applauded in the United States for revealing details of classified US government surveillance programs. The exclusive interview with Snowden was spearheaded by SCOTT DADICH, Editor-in-Chief at Wired.  

In his editor’s essay, Dadich says that it took nearly a year of work and many months of negotiation to win Snowden’s cooperation.  When the meetings were finally agreed to, Dadich, travelling to Moscow with photographer Platon, writer James Bamford, and Wired director of photography Patrick Witty. They worked in total secrecy, without mobile phones or other means of being tracked.  “I’ve led a lot of cover shoots in my 20 years in magazines…, wrote Dadich of the experience, “But I’d never felt pressure like this.”  Read Bamford’s article and view Platon’s photos online at Wired (here) or pick up a copy of the issue at the local newsstand.

Snowden + Dadich

Edward Snowden on the left and Scott Dadich on the right. Photo by Platon.

Scott_DadichScott Dadich is a 1999 alumnus of the Communication Design program.  He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Wired since November 2012.  Prior to that he served as Vice President of Editorial Platforms & Design for Condé Nast, the parent company of Wired. Dadich’s work has been recognized with eight National Magazine Awards, including three General Excellence Ellies (Texas Monthly, 2003; Wired, 2007 & 2009). He is the only creative director ever to win both the National Magazine Award for Design and the Society of Publication Designers Magazine of the Year award three consecutive years: 2008, 2009, and 2010. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Scott was creative director of Texas Monthly, which was nominated for 14 National Magazine Awards during his tenure and won for General Excellence in 2003.

TOM TURNER Has Solo Exhibition at Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene

Installation View

Tom Turner, a 2013 graduate of the MFA program in Photography, has a solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene through September 27th.  The exhibition consists of 38 photographic prints and six videos. Titled, Sublime Gestures, the artwork in the exhibition investigates the relationship between man and the environment, examining the traces and marks that humans leave on their environments and the marks that the environment leaves upon man-made structures and intentions.

Tom has been adjunct insturctor at the Art Institute of San Antonio and is a Co-director and resident artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio along with other School of Art alumni, Carol Cunningham, Sara Roberts, Jessica Sailors, and Chris Adams.

In November he will have work included in Being Here and There at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, CA.



KATY HEINLEIN in 2-Person Show at Art Palace

Exhibit installation view: Left: "Fob" polyester, wood, aluminum. 36" x 36" x 45". Right: "Habit" polyester, silk, wood. 42" x 35" x 46"

Exhibit installation view: Left: “Fob” polyester, wood, aluminum. 36″ x 36″ x 45″.
Right: “Habit” polyester, silk, wood. 42″ x 35″ x 46″

Katy Heinlein, 1999 MFA alumna of the sculpture program, will be in a two-person exhibition with painter Alika Herreshoff  at Art Palace in Houston opening this Friday, September 5th and continuing through October 18th.

Heinlein has received several awards, participated in residency programs, and been in several notable group and solo exhibitions. In the year 2000, She was selected to participate in an international juried competition, Women in the Visual Arts, which was held at the Erector Square Gallery in New Haven Connecticut and juried by Guggenheim Deputy Director Lisa Dennison.  Heinlein was one of three to receive a juror’s award. In 2001, She had a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center in the main gallery. That year, she was also chosen to participate in New American Talent at the Texas Fine Arts Association in Austin, Texas.

In 2005, Heinlein was awarded the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. In that same year, she traveled to Montauk, NY to be an artist in residence at the Albee Foundation, and had a solo exhibition of her work at the Commerce Street Artists Warehouse in Houston, Texas. She was an artist in residence in 2006 at DiverseWorks Art Space in Houston, Texas. In 2007, Heinlein won the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck National Young Sculptors Purchase Award, and participated in a group exhibition at Miami University in conjunction with the award. Heinlein was recently awarded an Artadia grant in the spring of 2008.

For more information about the exhibition at Art Palace, click here.


SARAH JAMISON Curator of “New Landscapes” To Moderate Artist Conversation

SARAH JAMISON, co-curator with Christian Arrecis of New Landscapes currently on view in Chicago at Gallery 19 through August 31st, will moderate a community conversation with two of the exhibition’s three artists, Allison Grant and Anastasia Samoylova, on August 20th at LATITUDE – for details about this event visit their Facebook page (here).

Sarah Jamison, a 2011 graduate of the MFA program in photography, joined four Chicago artist-colleagues in  April 2013 to form The Exhibition ProjectThe Exhibition Project grew out of an exhibition committee at the Chicago Photography Center. The original members built upon the mission of the committee to establish an independent curatorial collective with the purpose of challenging and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium.

Artist: Anastasia Samoylova

Artist: Anastasia Samoylova

The conversation for New Landscapes will focus on the interdependent role of photography and technology through the evolution of landscape photography into contemporary concepts, creating dynamic ways in which we perceive and understand the landscape around us.

New Landscapes, which also includes work by Mark Dorf, explores contemporary experience, the role of technology, and how availability of resources have changed our sense of place within the world and how we understand it. Photography as a tool of navigation and interpretation is nothing new, however; technological inroads have inexorably altered how we consume the landscape and images of it.

Artist Allison Grant

Artist: Allison Grant

Their first Project,  Expanding the Frame, questioned the role of photography as a device of straight documentation, or even manipulation, by reevaluating the nature of the photograph as a still image and object on the wall. New Landscapes is the group’s second project/exhibition.