Art

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

July 2019

  • Julia O’Bryan  ’19 received an Award of Excellence in the prestigious VSA Emerging Young Artists Program for her work “Beautiful Brokenness,” part of her Southwestern capstone exhibition. VSA Emerging Young Artists is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., that recognizes and showcases the work of emerging young artists with disabilities. O’Bryan’s work, along with that of 15 other award recipients, will travel in a 1–2 year national exhibition.





  • Professor of Art Mary Visser and Charles Morris ’15 had their 3-D sculptural work selected by the European Symposium on Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing) to be presented at their Paris conference in June at the Ecole CentraleSupélec.





June 2019

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton  is exhibiting his work in “Art of the South 2019,” which is presented by Number Magazine  at Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN. The exhibition features work produced in the last two years by artists residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, or West Virginia. The exhibition is curated by Bethany Springer and is on view June 7–July 14, 2019.





May 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel  is one of 15 artists selected to participate in the exhibition Inspired: Contemporary Responses to a Legacy of Courage  at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA, May 10 through Aug. 18. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City—a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history.  The Susquehanna Art Museum partnered with the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania and Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to include artifacts from the History Project collection in the exhibition. The History Project documents the stories and history of LGBTQ+ life and activism in Central Pennsylvania. From there, the show travels to the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, PA, through Nov. 2019.





April 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had two sculptures selected for Clay Houston’s Biennial exhibition titled “Future Artifacts,” on view at Central Visual Arts Gallery at Houston Community College.  “Future Artifacts” features contemporary ceramic works by artists from Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The exhibition runs March 4–April 6.





March 2019

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton exhibited his artwork in the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Member’s Traveling Exhibition during the SGCI conference in Dallas, TX. His work will travel with this exhibition for two years across the country to various venues. Daulton’s work was also accepted and is currently on view in the 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition at the Bradley University Gallery in Peoria, IL.





  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton served as a visiting artist at Louisiana Tech (Ruston, LA) in the School of Design on March 18. Daulton conducted lithography printing demonstrations and shared his artwork with individual students and with a lithography class. He also presented an artist lecture in the evening to School of Design students and faculty, and the general public.





February 2019

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel was a visiting artist in the Ceramics Department at the University of North Texas on Feb. 13 and 14 as part of their 2019 Dual Visiting Artist Workshop Series. He worked alongside potter Chris Pickett, an assistant professor of art at Idaho State University. The dual visiting series pairs one potter and one sculptor for a two-day workshop that includes demonstrations, critiques, and a public artist talk.





  • Professor of Art Mary Visser’s artwork Mandala was selected—along with the work of five other artists—to represent the organization Ars Mathematica in the journal Tangente. Tangente is a French bimonthly scientific journal devoted to mathematics and its relationship to the arts.  The works were all created using 3-D printing processes from digital files created by the artists.





January 2019

  • Studio Art Technical Assistant Thomas Cornell had a work accepted in the show Roze Hokjes / Pink Pigeonholing, an exhibition taking place at Galerie Tuur in the Netherlands. This show features art by more than 100 international artists and runs Feb. 3 through June 2, 2019.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel participated in Pentaculum, a one-week artist residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Jan. 612. The invitational residency brings together nearly 50 artists working in various media, including fibers or textiles, ceramics, metals, 2D arts, wood or sculpture, and writing. The opportunity provides an intimate atmosphere for meaningful dialogue and offers space for individual artistic growth alongside the opportunity to strengthen and build meaningful relationships within the arts-and-crafts field.





  • Visiting Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work from his “Lick” ice cream series, currently on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, is being published in the January 2019 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine to highlight the 2018 CraftTexas exhibition. The biennial juried exhibition showcases the best in Texas-made contemporary craft.





November 2018

  • President Edward Burgerand Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner presented an invited joint lecture in the Bridges Lecture Series at the University of Waterloo, Canada, on the connections between their original research in math and art on Nov. 21. The Bridges Lecture Series “aims to rediscover points of affinity among academic disciplines…and to bring them back into productive dialogue; to raise questions that are essential to scholars in Arts, Science, and Mathematics; and to provide specialists and non-specialists alike with compelling and enriching information that uncovers the possibilities and opportunities that exist on the bridge between disciplines. Our guiding goal is to coax audiences out of their intellectual comfort zones, and to transcend narrow discipline-specific avenues of academic inquiry.”





  • Artworks by 12 Southwestern students were selected by juror Mark Anderson, chair of the Art Department at Baylor University, for inclusion in the 39th annual Central Texas Art Competition at Temple College.

    • Ana Olvera , class of 2021, received an award of excellence ribbon and a cash prize for her painting.
    • The other artists were Miriam Arzoumanian, class of 2021, painting; Julia Canfield, class of 2020, painting; Ila Dannelley, class of 2022, drawing; Summer Elliott, class of 2021, painting; Lauren Muskara, class of 2020, painting; Dani Oskam, class of 2020, painting; Aiden Steinle, class of 2020, ceramics; Lauren Valentine, class of 2019, painting; Hal Webster, class of 2021, paintings (3); Aris Wells, class of 2020, ceramics; and Mattie Wesoloski, class of 2021, painting.
    • Of the 581 works submitted for the competition, 205 were selected and will be on display in the gallery of the Temple College Visual Arts Complex at 2105 South 5th St. in Temple, TX, through Dec. 3. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday–Thursday.




  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s artwork was selected for the 7e Internationale Exposition Estampes Bisannuelle Miniature (the 7th International Miniature Print Biennial Exhibition) organized by the Ottawa School of Art, Ontario, Canada. The exhibition brought together 260 works by over 100 artists from 20 countries. In addition, she and Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton were invited to participate in Our Indiana: M.F.A. Selections, curated by Professor Gail Panske, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Professor Ellen Price, Miami University, Ohio, for the Mid-America Print Council’s biennial conference held at the University of Wyoming.





October 2018

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton exhibited his work in a group exhibition titled “Our Indiana: M.F.A. Selections” during the Mid-America Printmaking Conference in Laramie, WY, Oct. 3–6. “Our Indiana, M.F.A. Selections” showcases recent work by Indiana University M.F.A. Printmaking alumni. The exhibition features prints and print-related artwork by graduates of the program spanning multiple years from the 1970s to the present.





September 2018

  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner presented four works from her Crossed Paths series in the 38th Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques in Spain, which exhibited selected artists from 53 countries June 30Sept. 30 at Taller Galleria Fort in Cadaques. The exhibition is traveling to Galeri L’Etange d’Art in Bages, France, next.





  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s engraving from her Crossed Paths series was selected for the 2018 International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak exhibition at the Kazanlak Art Gallery in Bulgaria, Europe. There were 450 works from 152 artists representing 40 countries. The international jury comprised Kouki Tsuritani (Japan), Renee Chevalier (Canada), and Peter Boyadjieff (Bulgaria).