Archive for January, 2011

Guests at 3rd Annual 5×7 Art Scholarship Fundraiser Surprised by “Howdy Doody”

About 168 persons gathered on Saturday, January 22nd for an evening of great fun, food, wine, dancing and art grabbing during the 3rd Annual Medici Circle – School of Art Scholarship Fundraiser.  The Frazier Alumni Center offered a warm glow with its large fireplace accentuated by the floral and table decor that was provided by College Flowers.


Heather Henry and Blair Isom, two of the event co-chairs, preview the 5x7 artworks.

The evening began with a champagne preview of over 200 artworks donated by artists from all over the USA, including works by art faculty and students, alumni, local artists, and artists who have previously exhibited in Landmark Arts.  Artists donated one to three artworks, each 5 x7 inches in size to be sold at a fixed price of $75.  At one point during the preview, Chad Plunket, alumnus of the Art and Architecture programs and currently adjunct instructor in Art Foundations, came up to me and asked in awe, “Are those really works by Ken Little? And are they really going for only $75.”  I affirmed that San Antonio based art alumnus, Ken Little had generously submitted three of his “dollar” artworks for the evening, and that, yes, they would be the same price as all the rest of Art Grab works. Plunket, Art office administrator Sue Yager, and Medici Board President Elisabeth Burrows each made off, like bandits, with their own Ken Little that evening.

Sue Yager, thrilled to have snagged one of the Ken Little 5x7s.


Art student staff Ryan De la Garza (left) and Linda Tien (right) previewed James W. Johnson's acrylic on paper painting "Howdy Doody dodged a bullet" and William Cannings' inflated aluminum piece titled "Reflect" before the live auction.

Alumni Collaborative to Exhibit at Richland College, Dallas

Seven School of Art alumni are the founding members of a 12 artist collaborative called The Culture Laboratory Collective.  They include Piotr Chizinski (2007 MFA Sculpture, Ithica, NY), Shreepad Joglekar (2006 MFA Photography, Victoria, TX), Ryder Richards (2001 BFA Painting + Drawing, MFA from TCU, Princeton, TX), Sue Anne Rische (1994 BFA Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing, MFA from Univ. of Washington, Princeton, TX), Ian F. Thomas (2006 MFA Ceramics, Slippery Rock, PA), Dryden Wells (2008 MFA Ceramics, Jingdezher, China), and Jonathan Whitfill (2006 MFA Sculpture, Lubbock, TX) – click here to see their resumes.   The Collective, in collaboration with Ben Lewis, will present Response at the Brazos Gallery at Richland College, Dallas from February 3 – March 2, 2011.  A closing reception will be held March 3rd from 4-7 PM.

Ian F. Thomas, "4 of 8"

Ben Lewis, of “Art Safari,” London, has offered a statement to the members of the Collective:  “Nowadays we must distinguish between the superficially deep and the superficially superficial.” In Response, the artists have taken a word from the statement and developed art, interpreting and elaborating on their piece of the sentence.  Ben Lewis is an award winning film maker, writer and director. His BBC series, “Art Safari”, offers witty investigations and interviews with contemporary artists and dealers which provide a glimpse into the complex, and baffling, world of contemporary art. For Response, Lewis offers a paradoxical statement, embraced and dissected by a group of twelve contemporary artists.

Dryden Wells, "Superficial"

The exhibition pinpoints the individuality of the participating artists and their localized attempts to remain part of the larger group discussion, while inversely opening the artist community to influence from an outside source.  The exhibit allows multiple interpretations and relational aesthetics, favoring the complexity of individuation and community vitality over homogenization.