Art

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

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.





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).





August 2018

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser and Studio Art majors Marissa Shipp, class of 2019, and Angelina Palacio, class of 2019, created animated artworks that were selected for an international art exhibition that opened the 19th convention of the Salon Culture et Jeux Mathématiques (Culture and Math Games Exposition), which took place at the Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris the week of May 24, 2018. The exhibition was sponsored by the International Committee of Mathematical Games, and the theme was “Mathematics and Movement.” Shipp’s Sneak Peakand Palacios’s Radarwere selected to be shown along with Professor Visser’s animated film A Different Way to Be. Also selected for this exhibition was the animated artwork Enter, Engage, and Eject, created by Alex Essex-Carmona’12.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work is featured in the summer issue of ArtMaze Magazine. Based in London, ArtMaze Magazine is an international artist-run publication dedicated to showcasing and promoting experimental and progressive contemporary art. Sara Maria Salamone and Tyler Lafreniere, founders and head curators of Mrs. Gallery in New York City, curated issue no. 8/





  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner’s engraving from the “Crossed Paths” series of prints was selected for the Awagami Prize in the Footprint International Competition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, by juror Susan Tallman from 319 prints by 166 artists representing 22 states and 18 countries. Tallman has written extensively on the history and culture of the print, as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction and multiplicity. Her books include The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson) and The Collections of Barbara Bloom(Steidl). Most recently she coauthored the catalogue for the British Museum exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present, and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal and website Art in Print. Tallman’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine and numerous books and museum catalogues. She currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.





  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel’s work was selected to be part of a group exhibition titled “Defining Form” at The Untitled Space in New York, N.Y. The exhibition explores how sculpture has evolved with the impact of contemporary culture: The art form has transcended from the conventional portrait to works that challenge the status quo; that address gender identity, racial stereotypes, LGBTQ ideologies, and queer constructs; and that explore themes of the resistance movement as well as progressive feminist narratives and activism. The exhibition was on view July 11 through Aug. 8, 2018.





July 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel is featured in the 2018 Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group Exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin. The exhibition features the work of eight local artists selected to participate in The Contemporary Austin’s nine-month program, which aims to build a network for artists and their practice. The opening reception is Saturday, August 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at grayDUCK Gallery located on East Cesar Chavez in Austin. Artist talks will be on Saturday, August 25 at 2 p.m.





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.