Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

April 2024

  • Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth mentored two students who presented their research projects at the 13th Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies, organized by Moravian and Lafayette Colleges in Pennsylvania on April 6, 2024. This national conference brought together young scholars and their mentors for presentations and discussions of a range of interdisciplinary topics representative of German Studies. Isabella Moore ’25, double major in German and Environmental Studies, presented her comparative study on developments in the use of solar energy in Germany and the United States. Kendyl Feuerbacher ’27, double major in German and Studio Art with a minor in Design Thinking, presented her research on the increase of motivation for learning new languages through the use of video games.

July 2023

  • Two chapters published by Professor of Art and Architecture Thomas Noble Howe in Jan. 2020 for the 21st Edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture (see Jan. 2020, by Royal Institute of British Architects, Bloomsbury Press, Jan. 2020): “Hellenistic Architecture” (17,000 words) and “The Christian Roman Empire, A.D. 306-c. A.D. 500,” (11,000 words), pp. 284-331; 409-43 was awarded the prestigious Colvin Prize for 2020 by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. It was recently awarded the Special Prize in the 2023 Architectural Book of the Year Awards at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which was open to all books published over the last three years. Bloomsbury tells us that the book’s online version is currently licensed by 253 institutions worldwide. Altogether, this amounts to an astonishingly high level of online readership for the new Banister Fletcher, which far surpasses the previous book-based editions. The 21st Edition seems easily to exceed the readership figures for any previous global architectural history survey. Altogether, this amounts to an astonishingly high level of online readership for the new Banister Fletcher, which far surpasses the book-based previous editions (for comparison’s sake, the print-only 20th Edition managed to sell 25,000 hard copies over the 25-year period following its 1996 publication).

May 2023

  • The following individuals were recently recognized as award recipients for the 2022-23 academic year. Teaching awards: Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chelsea Massaro, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jorge Lizarzaburu, and Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu. Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel won the Jesse E. Purdy Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Works Award. The Advising Award went to Associate Professor of Chemistry Michael Gesinski.

Feburary 2023

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Howe was invited to attend the opening of a major new exhibition of Roman painting at the San Antonio Museum of Art, “Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii,” on February 23. Howe was part of the technical advisory committee for the exhibit, and several frescoes from his archaeological site of the Roman villas of Stabiae were included in the exhibit. The exhibit will be open until May 21, 2023. Howe will be lecturing in San Antonio on recent discoveries from his site in April.

  • On February 8-10, Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Howe was invited to do a department review of an undergraduate interdisciplinary architecture major at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL, of a program introduced five years ago largely based on the Architecture Minor which Howe introduced at Southwestern in 1985.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ana Esteve Llorens presented an exhibition of new work at Set Espai d’Art Gallery in Valencia, Spain (on view through March 11). The project, titled Paisaje, extends my research on what I define as “Spatial Weavings.” Through this new series of works, Esteve Llorens proposes alternative ways of approaching artistic creation and the revision of classic art genres, such as landscape representation. Using textile production techniques that have been historically relegated to a second plane, Esteve Llorens claims space: the physical space generated by the pieces themselves and the space offered by the titles where Esteve Llorens quote and include sentences extracted from texts by feminist writers and thinkers. Only natural materials allow her to continue to research the sculptural possibilities of fibers, approaching an abstraction that she envisions as a space for action, inclusion, and freedom.

December 2022

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ana Esteve Llorens was awarded the Grupo Radio Gandia Prize, in its XII Edition, in the category of Art. This annual event recognizes the work and contributions of people, entities, groups, or companies from Valencia, Spain, from different professional fields. An interview and online publication of the news can be found here.

October 2022

  • Assistant Professor of Art Ana Esteve Llorens’ work was included in an exhibition at the international art fair Estampa 2022, held October 13–16 in Madrid, Spain. Organized by Set Espaid’ Art Gallery, the exhibition was a reflection on contemporary geometry and abstraction and it featured the work of five women artists. The gallery was awarded with the prize for the best stand. A large piece of Esteve Llorens was included. This work was produced over the summer partially thanks to the Faculty Competitive Award Esteve Llorens received for this academic year.

September 2022

  • The work of Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ana Esteve Llorens was included in an exhibition at the international art fair BAD+ 2022, held July 7–10 in Bordeaux, France. Organized by Set Espai d’Art Gallery, the exhibition featured the work of three artists. Two of Esteven Lloren’s sculptures and one installation were included.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ana Esteve Llorens presented a new sculptural installation at Women & Their Work in Austin, Texas, from June 4 to August 4. The piece, titled “Measuring Device,” is a structure fabricated mainly of steel combined with other materials, including cotton, rope, and wood. Designed by introducing and relating measurements taken from inhabited spaces, body proportions, and scaled dimensions of Esteve Llorens’s studio, the abstract sculpture defines an objective reference to connect body and space.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ana Esteve Llorens presented an exhibition of new work at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, Texas, from May 21 to August 6. The exhibition, titled Possibility of Line, featured woven textiles created over the past two years. In 2015, Esteve Llorens began working with yarns and weaving techniques encountered while living and traveling throughout Mexico and combining them with those of her native Spain. Since then, she has continued to research and enact the sculptural possibilities of fibers.

July 2021

  • Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Noble Howe  was invited to be a reviewer for the Oxford Classical Dictionary  (Oxford University Press) and to be a member of the advisory board of Architectural History , the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Architectural History has been published annually by Cambridge University Press since the journal’s founding in 1958.

January 2021

  • Paloma Mayorga  10 is among the artists selected by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, former curator of contemporary art at the Blanton Art Museum and one of the directors of the Austin Contemporary’s Crit Group, for an exhibition at Artpace San Antonio. The exhibit, After Carolee: Tender and Fierce , was conceived for Artpace’s 25th anniversary to give tribute to one of its most iconic former residents, Carolee Schneemann, and to welcome to Artpace more than a dozen women artists with Texas ties whose works can be seen in dialog with Schneemann’s artistic legacy in striking and dynamic ways. The exhibit will be on view virtually on the Artpace website and on site sporadically through April 25 (before visiting, see their website for COVID-19 accommodations and hours). Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator based in Austin, Texas. She received the Emerging Artist Award from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in 2015, earned Best Visual Artist recognition in the Austin Chronicle  2017 Reader’s Poll, and is among Southwestern University’s 18 under 40 for 2020. As a former participant in The Contemporary Austin’s 2019 Crit Group, Mayorga was subsequently selected for the #BBATX 2020 Residency. Paloma’s work is also being exhibited virtually on through grayDUCK Gallery. 

October 2020

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser and Charles Morris ’15 have had their digital sculptures accepted into the international Digital Sculpture Exhibition, which will be held at the Galerie Maître Albert in Paris, France, in December 2020. View their digital sculptures: Visser and Morris.

June 2020

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton  is currently exhibiting seven mixed-media monoprints in the lobby of Georgetown City Hall. The exhibition, titled Seth Daulton: Sites (Revisited) , features some of Daulton’s works from his Site  series and follows his successful exhibit last fall at Houston’s Dillon Kyle Architects. The exhibition at City Hall is on view June 1–July 31, with a closing reception to be announced. Georgetown City Hall is currently open to the public Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; however, please wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the space. More information and images of the exhibition can be found below:

April 2020

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser ’s 3D digital sculpture Circle of Life  is now installed in the 2020 International Digital Sculpture Exhibition in the online sculpture park maintained by the DAAP, the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at  the University of Cincinnati. This exhibition accompanies the Sixième Concours International de Sculpture Numérique sponsored by the Paris, France–based nonprofit Ars Mathematica. The 3D digitally printed artworks will be on exhibit from April 10, 2020, to the end of June. Selected entries will then be 3D color printed by international sponsor Mimaki Global, and exhibited in late June at the Galerie Maître Albert, in Paris, June 1–15, 2020, where the theme is polychrome digital sculpture. The main partner, Mimaki recently launched a new 3D color printer, the 3DUJ-553, which will be used to 3D print these juried sculptures in full color and pattern for Intersculpt 2020. The International Digital Sculpture Exhibition is online now in the 3D virtual-reality art gallery at the DAAP coordinates 32s 20w 145.  

Feburary 2020

  • Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel ’s sculpture from his Untitled (decoy)  series was selected for the 33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition at the Patterson–Appleton Arts Center in Denton, TX. The exhibition was curated by Beth McLaughlin, chief curator of exhibitions and collections at Fuller Craft Museum, in Brockton, MA. McLaughlin selected 72 works from over 1,300 submissions from 16 countries. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, the Materials: Hard and Soft  exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and is on view through May 9, 2020.

  • Technical Assistant and Exhibitions Coordinator Seth Daulton  currently has a solo show titled Seth Daulton: Sites  at Dillon Kyle Architects in Houston, TX. The exhibition features 10 new mixed-media works that focus on ideas of space, place, the built environment, and psychological geography. The show is up February 7, 2020–March 8, 2020.