Art & Art History

Art & Art History:

Fall 2017

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton spoke at Baylor University as a visiting artist on Oct. 9. Daulton presented demonstrations in lithography and intaglio printing, shared his work, spoke about the conceptual ideas in his work and process, and discussed his career path as an artist and educator.  

  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s artwork from her “Crossed Paths” series was selected for the exhibition “Small Format 2017” in Dublin, Ireland. Organized by Black Church Print Studio, the exhibition is being held at Library Project, a “cultural hub at the heart of Temple Bar, multidisciplinary in approach. The space offers visitors an open door to discover local and international contemporary art practices through a collection of publications and a variety of exhibitions and events.” Earlier this year, she exhibited three large drawings in her “Centripetal Forces” series at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in “Drawing Perspectives,” an invitational exhibition of five artists curated by Professor Barbara Fontaine White, who described her curatorial intent in the catalogue as follows, “’Drawing Perspectives’ celebrates a variety of approaches to drawing and demonstrates the complexity of content and media utilized today.”  Varner also exhibited five of her engravings at the VAM Gallery in Austin in “Eight from Texas,” curated by Professor Tim High, University of Texas. Lily Press in Washington, D.C., a fine art press, is currently publishing two editions of large prints, created by Varner at the press this summer with Master Printer Susan Goldman, owner and operator.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel will have an installation in ”Fountain: sculptural musings on the readymade” at St. Edward’s University in Austin. The artists in the exhibit investigate reconfigured, found, mass-produced, or functional objects to elicit sculptures that are familiar yet absurd, compelling yet irreverent, perplexing yet seductive. Opening Reception will be Friday, Sept. 22, from 6–8 p.m. at St. Edward’s  Fine Arts Gallery. The installation will be on view through Oct. 12, 2017.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel was invited to participate in “In-Cahoots: Mischievously Playful Craft” at Signature Gallery in Atlanta, Ga. The exhibition features artists who push the boundary of craft, technique, and concept. The gallery is on view Sept. 16–Oct. 7.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had work selected for the fourth annual Juried National exhibition at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mont. The exhibition highlights the diverse scope of ideas and techniques artists are exploring in contemporary ceramics.  The exhibition will be on view to the public September 1–22, 2017.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had work selected for an exhibition titled “Small Works” at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition was juried by Bill Carroll, Director of the Studio Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. Small Works features over 60 local, national, and international artists in all different areas of contemporary art who focus on the significance of intimately scaled works of art.  The exhibition will be on view to the public July 6–27, 2017.

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser presented a paper titled “Think, Connect and Create” at the 2017 annual meetings of the AEFA/Service of Art and Education in Paris, France. This paper presents how liberal arts universities use 3D printing as an educational tool that helps students make connections across disciplines.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had two sculptures selected for an exhibition titled “Sweet ‘n Low: An International show of Cute” at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Calif.  The exhibition was juried by Evan Pricco, editor of Juxtapoz Magazine, and Susannah Kelly and Neil Perry of Antler Gallery in Portland, Ore. Sweet ‘n Low features artwork from over 130 local, national, and international artists who extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. The exhibition will be on view June 22–Aug. 27, 2017.

Spring 2017

  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner had two prints selected for the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2017 at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, by Fredya Spira, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The juror reviewed 632 prints from 294 artists from 24 countries and 32 U.S. states. Varner’s prints, “Crossed Paths: Short Version” and “Path Over Tienanmen” will be on view from June 4—Aug. 27 at the Center.

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton exhibited a conference-sponsored themed exchange portfolio titled “Those Who Arrive Survive” during the Southern Graphics Conference International in Atlanta, Ga., March 15–19. The portfolio featured small books produced by artists from across the country. This conference, the largest of its kind, brings together national and international printmakers for panels, portfolios, demonstrations, exhibitions, and discourse on contemporary printmaking practices.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel is featured in an exhibition titled “Mixed Feelings: The Irreverent Object” at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore. The exhibition examines how ceramic art, rooted in the domestic, plays an active role in reflecting and shaping identities. The exhibition is part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference, March 22–25 in Portland, Ore.

  • Southwestern’s Studio Art Department in the Department of Art and Art History has been listed as among the “25 Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Art and Design” in The Fiske Guide to Colleges. The department has received this recognition annually since 2006. Edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times, The Fiske Guide serves as a respected, authoritative sourcebook comprising 320+ four-year schools, and is fully updated and expanded annually.

  • Studio Arts Technician Daniel Gardner presented a wheel-thrown ceramics workshop at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on Feb. 27.

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser has new artwork in The International Group exhibition 3D Glitch, curated by James Hutchinson. The exhibit runs Jan. 19–Feb. 10, 2017 at the Filodrammatica Gallery in Korzo, Croatia.

  • Visiting Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work was selected to be part of the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Feb. 3–May 6, 2017. The exhibition was curated by JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.

Fall 2016

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel took part in a visiting artist lecture series hosted by the School of Art at Louisiana State University Sept. 29-30, 2016. He presented a lecture concerning his artwork titled “Craft, Intimacy and Queer Theory,” and met with graduate students in the School of Art for Individual Critics.

  • Professor of Art and Herman Brown Chair Mary Visser will present “What Things May Come in 3D Printing for the Fine Arts, and Sciences” for the  “Fête de la Science 2016 : les modèles numériques dans l’art et la nature” in Verdun, France. Her artwork is being shown in the International 3D Printed Sculpture exhibition, also in Verdun. Additionally, Visser’s artwork was selected for the following art exhibitions: “3D Glitch at Ny Space” in Manchester, England from Nov. 28–Dec. 13, 2015, and “Virtually SOLID: Digital Fabrication as Sculpture” at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla. from Jan. 6–28, 2016.

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser has been invited to give a presentation for the “Fête de la Science 2016 : les modèles numériques dans l’art et la nature” sponsored by the French Government to be held in Verdun, France Oct. 8-16. Visser will present “What Things May Come” and highlight the 37th Brown Symposium at Southwestern held in 2015. Her artwork will also be featured in an international exhibition of 3D printed sculpture.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel will have his installation “Strike” featured in the exhibition CraftTexas at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The exhibition runs from Sept. 23, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017.

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was one of six international scholars invited by the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., to present current research at their 23rd Annual Symposium, themed “Divine Kingship: The Political Ideology of Pre-Columbian Rulers,” on Sept. 17. His paper, “The Fifth Sun Also Rises: Hieroglyphs and Narratives in Aztec Tenochtitlan,” will explore the development of sacred iconography within changing environmental and political conditions under Moteuczoma.

  • Professor of Art and Herman Brown Chair Mary Visser was invited to deliver the keynote address at the 27th International Solid Freeform Fabrication Association Symposium on August 8th, 2016 at the University of Texas at Austin. The title of her presentation was “Cybersculpture and Its Pioneers.” Visser also created artwork that has been selected for the 3D Glitch exhibition taking place Sept. 7—Nov. 12, 2016 at the Arts Centre Washington in Sunderland, United Kingdom. This exhibition looks at imperfection in the digital world, in an age when “photoshopped perfection” is all too common. Lastly, Visser is featured in a blog titled “Meet Mary Visser: Artist, Academic and Feminist 3D Designer.” The blog focuses on Visser being one of the first to pioneer the use of 3D Printing in art and sculpture.

Spring 2016

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky has been selected as a 2016–17 Residential Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, for its annual theme, “Art and Anthropology.” His project titled Currencies of Wealth and Fame: The Social Lives of Luxury Objects in Aztec Mexico will consider the social lives of Aztec personal luxury adornments (from production to exchange, display, and final interment) in relation to Aztec cultural values and economies of human and material sacrifice.

  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller presented the paper, “Synthetic Purple in Early Han Royal Court Painting,” on a panel entitled, “Colors in East Asian Civilizations: Concept, Materiality, and Art,” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington on April 2, 2016.

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser exhibited work in the invitational exhibition Virtually Solid Digital Fabrication as Sculpture at the South Gallery in the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts sponsored by Florida State College. The exhibit ran from Jan. 6–28, 2016. She was also interviewed for the online journal Women In 3D Printing by Nora Toure. The Interview also appears in the online print journal Fabbaloo that covers all things 3D.

  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller published the article, “Jade, Imperial Identity, and Sumptuary Reform in Jia Yi’s Xin Shu” in Dao: a Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky presented a paper, “Moteuczoma’s Sculptures: Absence and Presence in Tenochtitlan,” at the Association for Latin American Art’s 4th Triennial Conference at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco.

Fall 2015

  • Assistant Professor of Art History Allison Miller’s article, “Emperor Wen’s ‘Baling’ Mountain Tomb: Innovation in Political Rhetoric and Necropolis Design in Early China,” was published in Asia Major, an international journal of Chinese Studies.

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was invited by the Université de Toulouse–Le Mirail to give a talk for a special congress on the sixteenth-century French royal cosmographer André Thevet on December 2-4. Hajovsky will discuss Thevet’s idea of truth as a traveler and eyewitness of the wonders of the New World, his construction of the engraved portrait of Moctezuma, and what this and other portraits reveal about the incorporation of Amerindians into European history.

  • Professor and Brown Chair Mary Visser of the Art Department was honored by the selection of five artworks for the The Art Center of Corpus Christi’s new exhibit, “Celebrating Women in Art Education,” recognizing distinguished women in higher education across Texas. The exhibit showcased artwork of 20 women educators from 11 universities and colleges in the Meadows Fine Art Gallery, Corpus Christi Texas.

    Visser’s 3D printed sculptures are featured in the books 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling, by Bridgette Mongeon, Additive Manufacturing by Prof. A. Bernard and C. Barlier of France, and 3D Printing for Artists, Designers, and Makers by Stephen Hoskins Bloomsbury 2015.

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky released a new book through University of Texas Press, “On the Lips of Others: Moteuczoma’s Fame in Aztec Monuments and Rituals.” A review excerpt: “Dr. Hajovsky’s scholarship is careful and rigorous, and it deftly balances detailed analysis of evidence, physical and textual, with interpretation and speculation.”

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser was selected to exhibit her sculptural works in “Celebrating Women in Art Education” at the Art Center of Corpus Christi in July, featuring 21 female educators from 11 Texas universities who teach as well as pursue personal art careers. Visser’s art work is also featured in the book “3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning,” published 2015 by Bridgette Mongeon.

Spring 2015

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky’s first book on Aztec sculpture and the concept of fame in Montezuma’s world will be published in June with the University of Texas Press. 

  • Dr. Patrick Hajovsky co-hosted a panel with Dr. Kimberly Jones, Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas, at the College Art Association in New York on February 13. The title of the panel was “Divine Impersonators: Substance and Presence of Pre-Columbian Embodiment.” Read more.

  • Associate Professor of Art History Patrick Hajovsky was selected to be on the editorial board for the Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture, which will be part of the Oxford Art Online project and will appear as finished print 3-volume printed set with approximately 1350 entries.

  • Kimberly Smith, professor of art history, edited a critical anthology titled, “The Expressionist Turn in Art History,” published by Ashgate in December 2014. Smith’s anthology includes a cross-section of art history texts from the early 20th century that have been described as expressionist, along with critical commentaries by an international group of scholars. Translated here from the German for the first time, these examples of an expressionist turn in art history, along with their secondary analyses and Smith’s substantial introduction, offer a productive lens through which to re-examine the practice and theory of art history in the early 20th century.

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art

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