Art

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

May 2018

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser and senior studio art majors Marissa Shipp ’19 and Angelina Palacios ’19 had animated artworks accepted for the International Mathematical Games Committee’s 19th Salon Culture et Jeux Mathématiques (Culture and Math Games Exhibition)  which took place at Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France, May 2427, 2018. This year’s exhibition, “Mathematics and Movement,” was organized by Jean-Philippe Uzan, CNRS Research Director at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics. Shipp’s work “Sneak Peak,” Palacios’ work “Radar,” and Visser’s animated film “A Different Way to Be” were shown.





  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner was invited by the Texas Commission of the Arts to serve on the jury panel for the Texas Young Masters Awards in Austin this past December.  In April 2018, she attended the Awards Ceremony at the Zachary Scott Theatre. The Texas Young Masters is a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) and the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). The Young Masters program was established to support talented young people and advance the creative economy by investing the future of the arts. The ceremony was attended by Texas’ First Lady Cecilia Abbott who serves as honorary chair. Since the program’s inception in 2002, the TCT and TCA have given 313 grants to 139 Young Masters and awarded $857,500 to aspiring artists from across the state.  

    Varner was also a juror for the Imagine exhibition at Texas State University’s Round Rock campus held March–May 2018.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s artwork is featured in Issue IX of Create! Magazine, an independent, contemporary art magazine highlighting the work of artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs from around the world. He also has artwork published in A Ceramic Guide: The Art of Creating and Teaching Wheel-Thrown Ceramics by Trent Berning. The book offers a detailed approach to the ceramic medium and highlights the use of the potter’s wheel as a mode of artistic expression.





April 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work was chosen for The 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition. The juror for the exhibition, Peter Held, is an award winning artist, academic, writer and former curator at the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University. The exhibition celebrates both functional and sculptural ceramics from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The exhibition is on view April 20–June 24 at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, Texas.





  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton participated in a conference-sponsored, themed printmaking portfolio, “PLACE: Meaningful Space,” at the annual Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) conference in Las Vegas, Nev., April 4–7. The portfolio included prints from 20 national and international artists that speak to how places are meaningful to us. An excerpt from the portfolio abstract: “There are places where we achieve epiphany, a maximum synchronization of a place and our heartbeat — a meaningful space. This experience is defined as ‘Topophilia’ — a strong perception of place, the affective bond with environment, mental, emotional, and cognitive ties to a place.”





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel served on a panel titled “New Queers Eve: LGBT Clay” at the 52nd annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 14–17. The panel featured four LGBT artists who make choices about the legibility of their queer experience in overt and coded ways in their work. For Queer Theorist José Esteban Muñoz, living a queer experience in or out of the public eye is an act of artwork and activism, filled with poignancy, pleasure, beauty, and urgent work. Panelists discussed ways in which they navigate issues of exposure and vulnerability by making this aspect of their experience public through depictions, metaphors, and objects.





February 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel is one of eight local artists selected to take part in The Contemporary Austin’s 2018 Crit Group. The program helps build a network for artists by providing monthly group critiques and one-on-one studio visits with the co-leaders and gallerists.  Participating artists were selected by Annette Carlozzi, former Curator at Large at the Blanton Museum of Art, Sterling Allen, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Texas State University, and Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement for The Contemporary Austin. The program culminates in a group exhibition at grayDuck Gallery in Austin in August 2018.





January 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor or Art Ron Geibel currently has sculptures featured in two exhibitions. The first exhibition, “By Hand,” an international craft competition at Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, Calif., will be on view Jan. 19 March 3, 2018. The second, “Contemporary South,” will open Feb. 2 at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. “Contemporary South” showcases some of the most ambitious and timely works by artists from across the regional south. The exhibition is on view through March 24, 2018.





December 2017

  • Artworks by eleven students from Southwestern’s Studio Art department were selected for the 38th Annual Central Texas Art Competition at Temple College from four area colleges and five high schools.  Sophia Anthony, class of 2018, was awarded the Best of Show Award for her self-portrait. Lauren Valentine (painting), class of 2019, and Sonja Lea (painting), class of 2018, were two artists among the six given Awards of Excellence in the College Division. Paintings by Huakai (Sebastian) Chen, class of 2018, Danbi Heo, class of 2019, Lauren Muskara, Summer Rodgers, both class of 2020, Jessica Holmberg, Emily Leon, both class of 2021, and drawings by Ana Olvera and Hayley Schultz, both class of 2020, were also selected by the juror, Assistant Professor Jeffie Brewer from the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin University.





  • Professor of Art Mary Visser was invited by teacher of the year Lea Bertsch to speak on 3D Printing and its applications in science at the Lake Travis High School Science Department for the classes in Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Anatomy & Physiology.  





September 2017

  • 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.





August 2017

  • 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.





  • Professor of Art and Art History and chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe published Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 2007-2010 (Quaderni  di Studi Pompeiani, VII, [Associazione Internazionale di Amici di Pompei/Editrice Longobardi, Castellammare di Pompei/Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae, 2016 (2017)]. Howe is lead author/editor and excavation director of the project, 2007–13 and along with Kathryn Gleason (Cornell), Michele Palmer, and Ian Sutherland (Middlebury). The publication is supported by subventions from the von Bothmer Fund of the Archaeological Institute of America, Associazione Internationale Amici di Pompei, School of Architecture Preservation and Planning, University of Maryland, Joyce and Erik Young. The major significance of this excavation of this enormous excellently preserved garden (c. 108 x 35 m.) is that it is the first actual archaeological evidence of the existence of the type of garden seen in the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the empress Livia at Prima Porta, formerly thought to be a “fantasy” painting. Howe and Gleason have since developed and published further theses on how this discovery clarifies exactly how elite inhabitants and guests used this garden and ambient architecture to move through spaces and interact in an intensely political environment. At one point Howe lead field seasons of as many as 110 people from twelve institutions and seven countries.