University Art Gallery

Exhibitions - Fall 2017

Resa Blatman – Deep
August 24 – September 22, 2017
Second Floor Gallery
Reception: Thursday, August 24, 4:30-6:00

"I work with various media to make installations, paintings, and drawings that consider the issues surrounding climate change, such as, a warming planet, invasive plant and animal species, rising tides, and their effect on and transformation of our landscape and natural resources, melting glaciers, etc. To reflect this concept visually, some of the artworks' subjects and surfaces are layered with cut forms that mimic coral, invasive plants, seaweed, and flora. In the paintings, there are cold weather animals trying to survive in hot, swampy environments, and walls of ocean water swallowing the landscape. The rectangular shaped paintings reflect this tragic reality through their dramatic skies, and anxious, yet lovingly painting birds. There's a physicality to the installation work in the way it just forth from the wall, creating a metaphorical sound like the rapturous violence of giant waves crashing into a calving glacier. We are living in uncertain times — a growing water world, with more droughts and dwindling fresh drinking water, as our need for it arises. My work inhabits the terrain between the poetry of art and nature, and the future of climate dystopia."


Shalya Marsh – Between the Surface and the Light
August 21 – September 28, 2017
First Floor Galleries
Reception: Thursday, September 28, 4:30-6:00

"In my work I strive to elicit a visual exploration of form and structure. Initial inspections lead to discoveries as the layering creates the opportunity to reveal what is hidden or induces frustration at not being able to access every aspect of the work. Faint impressions created by the physical impact of one surface on another heighten feelings of distance and tension. Physical manifestations of cast shadows serve to give substance to both objects and their voids but also raise questions as to what is real and what is not. Multiples and abstraction aid in reflecting or obfuscating what is seen, creating interactions that mimic our own inner and interpersonal relationships, interactions that are filled with tension and complexity."


Biennial Faculty Exhibition
October 9 – December 8, 2017
First Floor Galleries
Reception: Thursday, October 12, 4:30-6:00

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Anna Campbell – Etiquette Kit
October 2 – November 2, 2017
Second Floor Gallery
Reception: Thursday, November 2, 4:30-6:00

"For Etiquette Kit, Anna Campbell places in conversation a series of found and fabricated structures whose reference to absent bodies is amplified by silhouettes of hands and arms.  These laser-cut, singed silhouettes preserve the gestures of the women whose lives and culture constitute the Lesbian Herstory Archives, while underscoring the loss, erasure and invisibility of queer life.  Framed by body language signaling care, eroticism, celebration, and labor, the scale model scaffold that supports a sash, the model chair that cradles a mirror ball, and the further accumulation of queered domestic forms and trusses work intimately to orient viewers to space that is as personal as it is political."


BA Group Exhibition
November 16 – December 8, 2017
Second Floor Gallery
Reception: Thursday, November 16, 4:30-6:00


Exhibitions - Spring 2018

Laken Bridges – an | other
January 16 - February 16, 2018
Second Floor Gallery
Reception: Tuesday, January 30, 4:30-6:00

"Bridges' work includes prints, drawings, installation, and found objects, or "readymades". It is driven by an exploration of labor, economic class, and social stigmas in the working class or blue collar sector. She is particularly interested in where the personal and the political intersect and seeks to address these interests through works that are at times sobering, celebratory, or satirical. Everyday objects act as metaphors for people, creating symbolic portraits sometimes intimate, sometimes monumental. Bridges' goal in this work is to encourage a questioning of assumptions, to examine deep-seated biases, and to establish a critique of who and what society values." 


Dustin London - Inside Out
January 16 – February 22, 2018
First Floor Galleries
Reception: Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6:00

"I think of pictorial space as something malleable, something that is shifting and subversive. In my paintings I am looking for a finely calibrated balance of idiosyncratic elements that creates a new, oftentimes paradoxical, spatial proposition. Space is not the stage for an event; it is the event itself.

"Compositions begin as digital drawings where long periods of time in front of a monitor induces a disembodied state; a total immersion where a sense of the tangible world is lost in a digital space that is weightless, without surface, consisting only of light. This world is then translated into the tactile reality of painting. Multiple underlayers of contrasting color amplify and complicate chromatic relationships on the surface, and create an internal luminosity reminiscent of the screen, as painting chases the digital aura of the original image."


Eun-Kyung Suh - Yearning for Lost Heritage  
February 26 – April 5, 2018
Second Floor Gallery
Reception: Tuesday, March 6, 4:30-6:00

"I have investigated the experiences of Korean adoptees in the United States. I focused on their transracial adoption experiences to examine the complex identities of race, ethnicity and culture through a diasporic lens. Particularly, being adopted from Asia unveils the transracial adoption paradox; the contradictory experiences of being raised by Caucasian adoptive parents and perceived by family and friends as a Caucasian and later being viewed by society as an Asian. Their involuntary displacement from their birth country creates a disconnection from their birth family and a yearning for lost heritage. As a result, they often confront identity conflicts in their adoptive society by facing stereotypes and feelings of alienation."


Annual Juried Student Exhibition
March 1 – April 6, 2018
First Floor Galleries
Reception: Thursday, March 1, 4:30-6:00


Ian Shelly and Jacob Salazar – High Plains Jamboree
April 16 – April 27, 2018
First Floor Galleries
Reception: Tuesday, April 17, 4:30-6:00

"Singer/songwriter and sculptor, Terry Allen's seminal album from 1979, Lubbock on Everything, paints a vivid picture of a place and time that is at the heart of any Lubbockite's ancestry and culture. While in it's 38th year of print, this music's reverent and irreverent spirit is something that Salazar and Shelly have sought to emulate in their upcoming exhibition, High Plains Jamboree.

"This work is both serious and playful, sarcastic and sincere, and a dutiful nod to a bygone era of West Texas strength, prestige, and southern hospitality. All of which fell into noticeable decay during the late 80's through today. This exhibition will serve to reflect the duality seen in West Texas landscapes and landmarks. It is an account by two artists raised in a Lubbock, TX miasma - two artists raised in a culture and landscape of both recessive austerity and expansive beauty."

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High School Invitational
April 23 - May 11, 2018
Second Floor Gallery
Reception: Tuesday, April 24, 5:00-7:00

Featuring artwork by students from: Abingdon-Avon, Monmouth-Roseville, Spoon River Valley, Illini West, Astoria, West Central

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BFA Exhibition: Jake Miller
May 1 - May 11, 2018
First Floor Galleries
Reception: Tuesday, May 1, 4:30-6:00

BFA Exhibition: Jake Miller