Happenings: University Galleries Summer Exhibitions

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.

For the past 10 years, the Homegrown annual summer exhibition has featured exceptional talent from the surrounding area. Stump states, “It is one of my favorite exhibitions of the year because we are able to celebrate the amazing artists who are right here in our own backyard.” Homegrown will feature artists from the Eye of the Dog Art Center, a San Marcos establishment offering art classes and workshops to the public.

Abstract painting by Naomi Schlinke

“Torque” by Naomi Schlinke

Swarm is a collection of works by Austin artist, Naomi Schlinke. The exhibition will feature 11 paintings and three works on paper. The Austin Chronicle claims, “Schlinke’s work is a striking and stirring shrine to event and materials oriented imagery.” Schlinke is a Texas native who spent years in San Francisco as a dancer and artist. She now lives and works as an artist in Austin.

Jess Wade's sculpture "Representative" featuring a caricature of a U.S. president in a stroller

“Representative” by Jess Wade

Following Homegrown and Swarm, the University Galleries have an exciting fall season planned with exhibitions featuring work by Garth Walker, a South African graphic artist; Colby Bird, a Texas native turned New Yorker; and Beili Liu, a sculptor and installation artist, among others.

As the woman behind the scenes for each exhibition, Stump is proud of recent critical acclaim and industry acknowledgments, but what she likes best about the galleries is the interaction with students via gallery talks and informal chats. “When the love of art transfers to the visitor, it makes all the work worthwhile,” she says.

Stop by the University Galleries any time Monday through Sunday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. For driving directions and parking information, click here. For more information about exhibitions or other events, call 512-245-5555.

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