Art

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

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.





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.