Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

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.

July 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had work selected for an exhibition titled “Small Works” at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition was juried by Bill Carroll, Director of the Studio Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. Small Works features over 60 local, national, and international artists in all different areas of contemporary art who focus on the significance of intimately scaled works of art.  The exhibition will be on view to the public July 6–27, 2017.

  • Professor of Art Mary Visser presented a paper titled “Think, Connect and Create” at the 2017 annual meetings of the AEFA/Service of Art and Education in Paris, France. This paper presents how liberal arts universities use 3D printing as an educational tool that helps students make connections across disciplines.

June 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel had two sculptures selected for an exhibition titled “Sweet ‘n Low: An International show of Cute” at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Calif.  The exhibition was juried by Evan Pricco, editor of Juxtapoz Magazine, and Susannah Kelly and Neil Perry of Antler Gallery in Portland, Ore. Sweet ‘n Low features artwork from over 130 local, national, and international artists who extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. The exhibition will be on view June 22–Aug. 27, 2017.

May 2017

  • Professor of Art Victoria Star Varner had two prints selected for the 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2017 at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, by Fredya Spira, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The juror reviewed 632 prints from 294 artists from 24 countries and 32 U.S. states. Varner’s prints, “Crossed Paths: Short Version” and “Path Over Tienanmen” will be on view from June 4—Aug. 27 at the Center.