UT Dallas’ 2007–2008 Visual Arts Season Announced

July 25, 2007

The School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas today announced its 2007–2008 Visual Arts Season exhibitions, which will occupy the Main Gallery in the UT Dallas Visual Arts Building beginning Aug. 17 through May 3 of next year. 

All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to   10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.  The gallery is closed on Sundays and on University holidays. 

About the Exhibitions

Graduate Student Exhibition (Aug. 17–Sept. 27)  Three graduate students from UT Dallas, Eric Baze, Christi Nielsen and Diane McGurren, will present three concurrent solo exhibitions in the Main and Mezzanine galleries.  The opening reception will take place on Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The works on view will be varied, but all artists rely on photography and digital technology.  Baze uses digital photography in the context of his installation emphasizing the human form.  Nielsen combines both digital photography and video to create her performance-based imagery.  McGurren’s documentary projectincorporates book arts, digital photography and installation.

local/e (Oct. 5–Nov. 10)  The exhibition local/e, featuring photography and video, presents the work of artists who document a local area or who emphasize a sense of place.  The opening reception will take place on Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The selected works in this exhibition will reveal complex spaces, social interactions and cultural and historical perspectives.  Artists represented in this exhibition will include Danielle Avram, Diane McGurren, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Luther Smith, Dylan Vitone and Byrd Williams.  The exhibition coincides with the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) South Central Regional Conference and also includes work by several SPE members.

Pix2 (Jan. 11–Feb. 22)  Art writers and critics from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been invited to pick an up-and-coming young artist who shows promise and merit, but has not been prominently showcased in area galleries.  The opening reception will take place on Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  This exhibition is an opportunity for the public to view artists “under the radar” in the North Texas art scene.  The first critics’ choice exhibition, Pix, was held at UT Dallas in 1999.  Several of the artists featured later exhibited works at Barry Whistler Gallery, Marty Walker Gallery, Eugene Binder Gallery, Kidder Smith Gallery, Dallas Museum of Art, Angstrom Gallery and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary.

The Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) High School Art Competition (Feb. 29–March 22) is an annual competition and exhibition to promote excellence in the visual arts among high school students.  Scholarships and prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony and closing reception on March 22 at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to the professional exhibitions in the Main Gallery, UT Dallas also hosts a student festival at the end of the fall and spring semesters that highlights the work of visual arts students from all areas of the graduate and undergraduate programs.  The Fall Arts Festival will run Nov. 29–Dec. 1 and the Spring Arts Festival, a juried exhibition with an awards ceremony, will run May 1–3. 

A special exhibition celebrating the donation of the Comer Collection to The University of Texas at Dallas will run Feb. 1–March 7 in the Green Center.  A selection of works from the collection, an archive of modern and contemporary photography, comprises the exhibition titled Identities. The selected artists examine the relationship between photography and concepts of identity.  Images range from a display of hybrid identities to a critique of socially constructed stereotypes.

The Mezzanine Gallery will house student exhibitions by graduate students in partial fulfillment of their Masters Theses, undergraduate students for Senior Honors Projects and for advanced class exhibitions to be opened in conjunction with the exhibitions in the 2007–2008 season.  These exhibitions will be announced later.  All programs are subject to change.

Additional information on each event is available on the UT Dallas Arts & Humanities website: http://ah.utdallas.edu.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UT Dallas, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787) or e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu.  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About the School of Arts & Humanities

The School of Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas offers a dynamic and integrated approach to education that fosters the critical, creative and communicative skills necessary for success in the culturally diverse, technologically rich and change-intensive environment of the 21st Century.  For additional information about the School of Arts & Humanities, please visit the website at http://ah.utdallas.edu

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.


Contact Kristi Barrus, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2972, kristi.barrus@utdallas.edu

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