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Alumni: Scott Biram

Biram brings musical influences
to a boil with ‘Bad Ingredients’

By Catherine Harper

Scott Biram

Scott Biram

For musicians, influential artists and genres can  simmer together to form a satisfying musical brew. For Texas State University alumnus and musical fusionist Scott Biram, the pot comes to a boil with his new album, Bad Ingredients, released Oct. 11.

Since his graduation from Texas State in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in art, Biram has released six solo albums mixing blues, country, folk, hard rock and punk genres for a style all his own.
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Faculty: Randall Reid

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

Alumni: Lauren McMurray

Helping with tsunami cleanup
strengthens resolve to serve

Lauren McMurray joined tsunami cleanup efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan.

By Lauren McMurray, ’07

I just arrived back from my work in Japan. I am exhausted. There is still so much work left to be done in Ishinomaki, and that was only one of the several coastal areas destroyed by the tsunami. I wanted to share a little bit of my experience. Thank you to everyone who supported me in my efforts. It was something I had to do and I hope to do again soon.

Every morning from 7:30 a.m. we began our work. Each team of six to seven people was assigned a house or area for the day. The foreign teams were mostly assigned the grunt cleaning work at the disaster sites. It was easy to point us in the direction we needed to go: the job was relatively self-explanatory, and little language was needed. Continue reading

Faculty: Jean Laman

After 37 years, retrospective celebrates work of retiring art professor

Jean Laman

Jean B. Laman’s artistic career is woven across nearly half a century of experience. From her first group exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1966 to her 37-year tenure on the faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos, Laman has created a lasting legacy both through her work and through her students.

“Jean B. Laman: Points of Departure,” a retrospective of her work, will open Thursday at Gallery II in the Joann Cole Mitte Building on campus. The show will examine Laman’s work and explorations in celebration of her upcoming retirement from the Texas State faculty in May. Mitte Gallery director Mary Mikel Stump will curate the show. Continue reading

Holidays: District 45 Ornament

Metals Guild students create ornament for state capitol using native inspiration

Joined by faculty from the School of Art and Design and members of the Metals Guild, President Denise Trauth displays the District 45 ornament.

The Texas State University Metals Guild, comprised of students from the School of Art and Design, was selected to create the 2010 Christmas ornament for Texas House of Representatives District 45. The ornament was presented to President Denise Trauth on Nov. 8 and is now hanging on the Christmas tree at the Capitol in Austin.

“It feels amazing to be able to represent our district, and especially to be able to represent Texas State University,” says Hannah Wilson, a communication design major from San Marcos who worked on the ornament.

The form of the ornament is a tiered sphere created in sterling silver and brass. In the spirit of representing the character of the district, the students used the colorful wildflowers and blossoms of the Texas Hill Country as inspiration for this unique artwork.

District 45 includes the majority of Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties. In the ornament, a different flower represents each county. Hays County is represented by the vibrant maroon and gold Indian Blanket (gaillardia pulchlla), which is the official flower of Texas State University. Caldwell County is represented by the watermelon plant’s (Citrullus lanatus) bright yellow blossom. Watermelons are a local favorite and part of the annual Luling Watermelon Thump, now entering its 58th year. Blanco County, represented by the lavender bloom (lavandula spica), is home to the annual Blanco Lavender Festival.

“It was very intense but also very fun to collaborate with everyone in the Metals Guild,” says Sonia Elisa Martinez, president of the Metals Guild and a studio art major from San Antonio. “We had many different concepts and ideas to go off of, and we just went from there.”

According to Austin Roach, a communication design and fine art major from Katy, the project took two weeks to complete.

“It would have taken longer but we broke up the projects,” he says, with multiple students working on the piece at the same time. “It was a complete group effort.”

Other students who worked on the ornament include: Mary Ann Dix, Jason Polasek, Michael O’Neill, Anthony Villanacci, Alyssa Wilson, Adam Grant, Stephanie Leung, Paige Wright, Jennifer Rivas, David Davis, Robert Clawson and Trey Dresner.