Breaking Boundaries with
By Brittnie Curtis
“This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas.” – Naomi Faltin
Each year, Common Experience at Texas State chooses a different theme to get students, faculty and staff to think outside of themselves. The themes are meant to cultivate intellectual conversation across campus and build a sense community that spans across campus and beyond.
This year’s Common Experience theme was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Texas State University. The theme, From Segregation to Integration, is spread across campus through various events. One of those events is Campus Canvas, which is hosted and sponsored by the Gallery of Common Experience and the Honors College at Texas State, and is in affiliation with the The Honors Learning Community in Laurel Hall.
“It’s just a way to get a bunch of people’s ideas together and create community artwork,” Naomi Faltin, Laurel Hall resident assistant, says. “So we set out these two blank canvases and art supplies. There are no rules; we’re just asking people in the Quad to contribute. It’s a way for everyone to participate even if they’re not artists.”
Along with Faltin, a few residents of Laurel Hall were there helping and supporting the cause. Electrical engineering major Logan Young said being creative plays a big part in people’s daily lives.
2014 Campus Canvas
“I think everyone has a basic need for expression, and with some majors and careers, you don’t really get that sort of give-and-take or room to play,” Young says. “They can come up no matter what gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Anyone can come up and put whatever they want on there. It’s really cool to see that combination of different mindsets and expressions.”
The 2013 Campus Canvases can be found in the Honors College in Lampasas. They’ve been hanging up since last year and soon will be replaced with the 2014 Campus Canvases.
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Tagged art, Campus Canvas, Common Experience, community, creativity, Different, Honors College, integration, students, Texas State
Texas State RRC hosts 5th annual
Round Rock Arts ‘Imagine’ event
Imagine 2013 signature artwork: Agave Movement by Michael Hammons
Developing a city into an arts and culture hub takes vision — and a lot of effort. With plenty of both, the Round Rock Area Arts Council is transforming Round Rock into a nexus of support for the visual and performing arts. And Texas State University is helping by hosting the city’s marquis arts event this year.
Imagine 2013: An Evening of Art and Music will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 7-9 p.m. at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus. A celebration of visual and performing art and music from Round Rock and surrounding areas, the evening will feature an expansive art exhibit (including works by more than 75 local artists), live music, theatre performances and a silent auction. Continue reading
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Tagged art, Ballet Folklorico, community arts event, culture, Imagine 2013, Magnificent 7, Michael Hammons, Penfold Theater, Round Rock Area Arts Council, Round Rock Arts, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Texas, Texas State Round Rock Campus, Texas State University, theater, WILCO Symphony
Campus art galleries showcase wide variety of local, national talent
The exhibition “Homegrown” will feature works by artists from Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos.
By Callie Gordon ’12
At Texas State, you don’t have to walk far to see changes on campus. Look inside the Joann Cole Mitte Building, where Texas State’s School of Art and Design is housed, and you’ll see even more — the University Galleries at Texas State undergo a makeover each month when new art arrives to be shared with art lovers and students alike.
Mary Mikel Stump, the gallery director, wants a variety and breadth of work available to viewers. “If someone comes for one show, I want them to not have to wait long before they can come back and see something different,” she says.
The galleries, which are free and open to the public, feature art by students, alumni, local artists, and creators from around the country and the world. On Saturday, June 23, the University Galleries will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. for their newest exhibitions, Homegrown and Swarm. Continue reading
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Tagged art, Austin, Beili Liu, Callie Gordon, Colby Bird, Eye of the Dog Art Center, Garth Walker, local artists, Mary Mikel Stump, museum, Naomi Schlinke, San Marcos, Texas State, Texas State University, University Galleries
From flea market to fine art:
Professor gives new life to relics
By Billi London-Gray
Randall Reid is an alchemist. His ability to turn base metals into gold has been showcased in galleries, museums, offices and embassies stretching across the globe from San Marcos to Kuwait.
The Texas State University art professor specializes in deconstructing antique found objects — like oil cans, rulers, rakes and signs — to create new works of art. Collecting objects from flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and junk shops, Reid transforms them into minimalist masterpieces.
“My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay,” Reid says. “By combining raw and well-worn materials, I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past.”
Currently on faculty development leave, Reid is working in his on-campus studio creating pieces for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Evidence of a Society,” which will be held on campus in the fall 2012 semester. In the more immediate future, his work will be on display in two upcoming events in San Marcos’ neighboring metropolises. Continue reading
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Tagged art, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Davis Gallery Austin, Faculty development, found objects art, McNay Museum, Randall Reid, School of Art and Design, Texas State, Texas State University