The University of Texas at Tyler is presenting online art exhibitions featuring works by students graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. The exhibits are published online due to public health precautions, and can be viewed on the Meadows Gallery web page.
“We are incredibly proud of the students featured," said Merry Wright, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. "They have remained steadfast in their commitment to creating and have approached the unfolding events with the highest caliber of professionalism.’’
The MFA exhibitions include works by Jessica Sanders and Nora Schreiber of Tyler; John Miranda of Del Rio; and Laminda Miller of Gladewater.
Sanders makes delicate-looking ceramic sculpture. Her exhibition is titled “Attach | Manipulate | Respond.” “This body of work deals with form, space, and visual accessibility,’’ Sanders said. “The pieces are made up of small, individual ceramic pieces that are attached together with wire, making flexible ceramic sheets.”
Miranda’s exhibition, "Pan Dulce in the Sauce," features sculpture and paintings inspired by his hometown. “My work is a visceral response to a lived reality, an abstraction of space and memory,’’ he said. ”Inanimate entities become communities within space as I try to find a balance between cultural history and personal experiences.”
Miller makes animal sculptures of epoxy clay and mixed media. Her exhibition, “Intentions,’’ features deceptively whimsical works that are allegorical representations of the social, psychological and literal constructs of identity.
Schreiber explores a curiosity of the world around her in her exhibition titled “ALL IT CAN BE IS WHAT IT WAS NAMED.” She asks her audience to step into a visual exploration of the mundane in their daily lives, with a theatrical twist.
The BFA exhibition, titled “Nascent,’’ includes works by eight graduates.
Lidia Alvidrez of Dallas is a ceramic artist whose work is influenced by life experiences and dealing with a mental disorder.
Katherine Emmel of Overton focuses primarily in painting and reflects several dystopian and emotional narratives found within everyday society.
Willow Lanchester of Tyler works primarily in clay and metal sculpture. Her art pieces are focused permutations of form that explore themes of concealed information.
Maggie Pierce of Tyler uses photo-based printmaking techniques to create highly altered versions of desert landscape. Her work examines the landscape and our relationship to it as something that is mediated by various technologies.
Payton Poole of Tyler works with multimedia, three-dimensional sculptures, both interactive and wearable, that open conversations about mental illness and the stigma against it.
Grace Richardson of Troup uses screen-printing methods to create nonobjective forms that render familiarity through their interactions and emphasis on color. A vocabulary of shape and color is established through these arrangements, creating a relationship and language between form and viewer.
Justin Witherspoon of Kilgore is a printmaker who works in both relief and mono-type. His current body of work is focused on contrasting hard lines and stark objects with nebulous color, inviting exploration.
Teresa Young of Marshall is a sculptor whose works incorporate disposed items such as shipping material and objects from nature. The items signify abandonment and reincarnation.
For more information about the exhibitions, contact Michelle Taff, UT Tyler gallery coordinator, at (903) 566-7237 or email@example.com.