The A&M-Commerce Department of Art utilizes The University Gallery, A SPACE, and gallery space in downtown Dallas for visiting artist and student exhibitions.
The University Gallery features exhibitions by nationally and internationally recognized artists and designers. The current schedule can be seen here.
Such artists have included Andy Holtin, Max Kazemzadeh, Tadd Meyers, Danielle Aubert, Amos Kennedy, Anne Eastman and John Frost. It is also used for graduate critiques, thesis reviews and the annual student show and holiday fundraiser. Although the gallery director and art faculty are active in curating exhibitions, the Department of Art welcomes applications from artists who wish to utilize this space.
To apply for an exhibition opportunity at the University Gallery, please email your application to both Christine Blackhurst, Gallery Coordinator and Patti Doster, Departmental Secretary. In this application, please include your CV, exhibition proposal (with images and image descriptions), a link to your professional website, and artist statement. Please put “University Gallery Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line of the email. The Gallery Coordinator will contact you should your proposal be selected by the Department.
A Space is an alternative art space in the historic, downtown square. It is for A&M-Commerce art student exhibitions, and can house both group and solo shows. Should a student want to exhibit in this space, he or she should email a proposal to both Christine Blackhurst, Gallery Coordinator, and Patti Doster, Departmental Secretary. In this application, please include your exhibition proposal (with images and image descriptions), a list of your current art professors and instructors, and the requested dates for the exhibition. Please put “A Space Student Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line of the email. The Gallery Coordinator will contact you should your proposal be selected for an exhibition.
David Freeman October 15th - November 15th
Solo exhibition (photography, painting and installation)Opening Reception Tuesday; October 15th from 5:00-7:00pm
“David Freeman’s work displays separate aesthetics, rituals and culture from South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico,” said Jesus De La Rosa, assistant art professor at A&M-Kingsville.
“He gracefully blends Catholic icons, divine religious adoration, with street photography, installation and the act of collecting as art. This one-man group show has a beautiful domestic carnival feel to it. David is attracted to the wonderment and faith, spiritually and the fondness that people can bestow upon these images,”[/toggle_item][/toggle_box]
Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
A renowned letterpress printer based in Alabama and proprietor of Kennedy Prints! Mr. Kennedy, known for his dynamic and challenging broadsides often exuding sharp political and racial commentary, was featured in the documentary film Proceed and Be Bold! by Laura Zinger.
Zinger states, “Proceed and Be Bold! join Amos for a titillating retelling of his story, while examining the pretensions and provisions of the art world. The work of this self-proclaimed ‘Humble Negro Printer’ raises emotionally charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print. By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Amos redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: “exhilarating and subversive”.
Remnant (photography and installation)
February 18th – March 7th
Opening Reception on Tuesday; February 18th from 5:00-7:00 pm
Elizabeth Mellott holds an M.F.A. in photography with studies in book arts. Currently, she is a professor of photography at Collin College in Plano, Texas, teaching traditional and alternative photography.
As an artist, Mellott crosses boundaries constantly. The majority of her work is alternative and/or sculptural, with an emphasis on photography. The art is emotionally charged, addressing personal concerns and social issues around specific moments. The works recreate scenes with photography and other processes, capturing a personal and constructed view of the world that also engages with issues of common concern.
For Mellott, art is a means of expression and documentation, a way to communicate with others about pressing issues of contemporary life.
Brushstrokes (Watercolor and Mixed Media)
June 16th – July 7th
Opening Reception on Tuesday; June 17th from 5:00-7:00 pm
Chas McGough’s interest in watercolor began in 1968 as he investigated the contours of the brushstroke. Today, through the magic of computer technology, he investigates the single stroke of a brush on the microscopic level. The dynamic work in this exhibition gives us a peek inside the brushstroke, the spaces between, and the beauty that surrounds us.