The Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University is located in the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the exhibition dates.


B.F.A and B.A. Senior Exhibitions

 MARCH 23 – 28, 2017

Georgetown, Texas – The Art and Art History Department at Southwestern University presents three senior art exhibitions for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees by Anne Brown (BA), Avery Elkins (BA), and Sophie Gilliam (BFA).

Anne Brown, "Deidra McCall", Graphite on paper, 2017, 36" x 63.5"Anne Brown, "Deidra McCall", Graphite on paper, 2017, 36" x 63.5"


Through drawn portraiture, Anne Brown’s exhibit Combed Through explores and challenges societal perceptions of hair in relation to identity. In her work, conformity is questioned and diversity is celebrated by using different mediums to express each person’s personality and identity.   

Avery Elkins, "90's/Styro", Digital print on paper, 2016, 24" x 36"Avery Elkins, "90's/Styro", Digital print on paper, 2016, 24" x 36"


In his art exhibit Prescription Presence, Avery Elkins uses thousands of pills to create striking two- and three-dimensional works that recontextualize the viewer’s relationship with the saturated presence of the North American pharmaceutical industry.

Sophie H. S. Gilliam, "You Saw Nothing", Oil on canvas, 2016, 84" x 65"Sophie H. S. Gilliam, "You Saw Nothing", Oil on canvas, 2016, 84" x 65"


Visually stimulating color palettes and delicately handled paint evoke emotional vulnerability in Sophie Gilliam’s painting exhibit, Emotion In Chroma.  Her large oil self-portraits comment on insecurity and the effects of societal pressures on women’s bodies, while her watercolors bring out the intimate emotional depth of the individual.

The reception is on Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 




Luis Camnitzer: Unbound

JANUARY 30 – MARCH 6, 2017

Luis Camnitzer, The touch reclaimed spent tenderness, plate 23 from Uruguayan Torture Series, Four-color photo etching on chine collé, 1983
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1992
Photo credit: George Helms

Southwestern University’s Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery presents Luis Camnitzer: Unbound featuring The Uruguayan Torture Series and Last Words, which pose ethical dilemmas and challenge us to ask difficult questions about social injustices, political repression, and reevaluate the institutions that support them. 

Camnitzer’s work in printmaking, sculpture and installations is unbound by art traditions, his thinking unbound by the strictures of institutional norms, and the meaning of his work unbound from the moorings of time and place. An early proponent of conceptual art, Camnitzer is influential internationally, particularly in Latin America, exhibiting at the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and several international biennials: the Bienal de la Habana, Cuba four times; 43 Biennale di Venezia, Italy;  Whitney Biennial; and Documenta 11. Camnitzer is a respected author and critic with many articles and books to his credit, including Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (published in Spanish and English) and New Art of Cuba

This exhibition is part of Brown Symposium XXXVIII: Art and Revolution to be held on Southwestern University’s campus in Georgetown, Texas, from March 1 - 3, 2017.  It features speakers and public salon discussants, including Camnitzer, who explore how the arts have given voice to the issues and themes that have spurred revolutions fueled by contributions from visual artists, musicians, playwrights, and authors. More information is available at

All symposium and related events are free.  For more information about the exhibit call: (512) 863-1378 or visit  


Allow Me: facing identity

OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 14, 2016

East to West

Beth Lo, East to West, porcelain

Allow Me: facing identity
, explores the complexities surrounding personal and social identity. This exhibition explores the ways artists investigate challenges of identity through attributes such as gender, sexuality, nationality, race and heritage. Whether through satirical possession of an individual’s culture or a sober examination of cultural stereotypes, generating conversation around an ever changing, fluid concept is not without difficulties. The way we perceive others and ourselves is persuaded by elements outside of our control (i.e. the information we are fed through media, technology, politics etc). This exhibition aims to celebrate the individual, accept the company, and take ownership of all the noise that makes us who we are.

So if you don’t mind… please, allow me.

– Ron Geibel, Curator


Solo mía, Featuring the work of Paloma Mayorga ’10

JULY 6 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Gallery features the solo work of artist Paloma Mayorga ’10. Solo mía (Only Mine) is a series of photographic self-portraits that deconstruct the rhetoric used to censor, consume and criticize the female body. Carefully arranged seeds, flowers, salt, hair and other discarded objects found in nature, interact with fragments of the artist’s body. Ms. Mayorga utilizes lipstick stains as war paint against gender-specific roles, and saliva and water as metaphors for rebirth. She aims to find a deeper connection between body and earth as a means to empower women to feel liberated and relish in their own forms of self-expression.


Sarofim School of Fine Arts Gallery

Open Tuesday - Sunday,  Noon - 5 p.m.

FREE and Open to the Public 


Annual Student Art Exhibition

APRIL 12 – 27, 2016


Representing beginning through advanced art classes, the annual student art exhibition comprises work in the various approaches to art practice and all the mediums taught in the studio art department, including: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, digital arts, photography, design and architecture and intermedia work.   There are works by art majors, art minors and non-majors in the exhibition, and the department celebrates their achievements with this comprehensive exhibition.  

 Juried by the studio art and architecture faculty, this exhibit privileges works by first-year through junior students, since the most advanced work represented in the senior art exhibitions has already been shown publicly in two-person exhibitions in the fine arts gallery. 

Midwest Matrix: Texas

An exhibition of innovative contemporary fine art prints

JANUARY 30 - FEBUARY 25, 2016


This exhibition of contemporary prints by over 20 artists celebrates the individual artist-professors who contributed significantly to the now-celebrated post-WWII printmaking revival in America, and their students who have spread the rigorous Midwest print traditions throughout the United States. The exhibition also includes the work of Texas artist/professors who studied in the major Midwest graduate programs and are developing print programs in universities and colleges throughout Texas. 

As part of the exhibition reception, Southwestern will screen Midwest Matrix®, a film documentary by Susan Goldman, which explores the rich tradition of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest.  The screening will be from 6 – 7 p.m., January 30 (during the exhibition reception) at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas.  Ms. Goldman will be present to answer questions about the film.


 Susan Goldman, Flower Power III

Shore: Works by Brian Molanphy






2015 International Sculpture Exhibition: What Things May Come




Featuring the sculptures of Bruce Beasley USA, Keith Brown UK, Jeremie Brunet FR, Brit Bunkley NZ, Dan Collins ASU, B. Grossman USA, Ian Gwilt UK, Mary Visser USA, Joshua Harker USA, Paul HIgham NY, James Hutchinson UK, C. Lavigne FR, Charles Morris USA, Salvatore Musumeci Italy, Mary Neubauer ASU, Rinus Roelofs, Neth., Patrick Saint-Jean FR, Alvin Sher NY, Robert Michael Smith NY, Kim Thoman CA, David Van Ness, Ariz., Patrick Visentin, Canada, Alexandre Vitkine, FR,  Andrew Werby, CA. Laura West CA, Corinne Whitaker CA, Derrick Woodham, Ohio.  

CONTINGENT OBJECTS: Works by Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence


Nina Katchadourian
Dont Forget - from the Family Gathering series
digital c-print
12 x 19 in


Annette Lawrence 
Free Paper 1/06 - from the 13 piece series
paper and glue
1 29.75 x 25.75 x 2 in


The Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibition “Contingent Objects: works by Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence” which celebrates the centennial of Marcel Duchamp’s landmark artwork “Bottle Rack”, 1914. By recontextualizing found objects, these two artists’ works make reference to the challenging ideas inherent in Duchamp’s oeuvre.  
Nina Katchadourian’s “Family Gatherings” is a suite of photographs of book groupings from a family’s personal library.  After studying the character of the library collection, Katchadourian arranged selected books in horizontal stacks so their titles form clever sentences or ideas not necessarily related to the books’ contents.  Katchadourian’s work uses humor to reveal serious contemporaneous issues.
Annette Lawrence exhibits twelve dramatic wall sculptures titled “Free Paper”, which she constructed from catalogs received in her mail.  Working from her career-long engagement with art as idea, Lawrence dissects and displays the catalogs in stacks on shelves, with each sculpture presenting that month’s collection.  The sculptures illuminate many topics both intellectual and social, including environmental and commercial mass marketing problems.

The exhibition opens October 8 with a gallery talk by Ms. Lawrence at 4:30 p.m.  and continues through November 16.  All events in the Fine Arts Gallery are free and open to the public.


Prints by Tom Druecker

This exhibition was in connection with Brown Symposium XXXVI, HEALING, The Art and Science of Medicine, and will be on display in the AlmaThomas Courtyard Gallery March 6.

Tom Druecker is the co-director of Slugfest Printmaking Workshop, an independent printmaking studio that offers printmaking classes and space for cooperative and contract printing located in Austin,TX. He has recently retired from the University of Texas where he was a lecturer in Lithography at for 16 years.


Patricia Olynyk: Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) Spring 2014

Sensing Terrains Orb 1

February 6 - March 6 2014


The art exhibition Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) by Patricia Olynyk presents selections from three distinct groupings of work, which explore medical, scientific, technological, and symbolic representations of both human and non-human life.  These photographs, prints, and lightboxes investigate an array of themes that include: The Posthuman; Elective Biohancement and Cyborg Identity; The Gendering of Medical Knowledge; and The Body as Code. The exhibition is curated by Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and will be presented in the Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University. The opening reception is February 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and the exhibition continues through March 6, 2014.