Annual Conference - Abilene
March 26-28, 2009
Conference Theme: ART AND SOUL
Keynote Speaker - Mary McCleary
Regent's Professor of Art Emeritus at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she taught from 1975 to 2005. Born in Houston, Texas in 1951, she received her B.F.A., cum laude in printmaking/drawing at Texas Christian University and her M.F.A. in graphics from the University of Oklahoma. Since 1970 she has participated in over 250 one- person and group exhibits in museums and galleries
in 24 states, Mexico, and Russia. These venues include the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Boston Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. She is also a recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance/ National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. Her work has been regularly reviewed or featured in the Houston Post, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, and other Texas newspapers, as well as in national publications: Art in
America, Art News, Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, Art Papers, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art Week, Artspace, Texas Homes, New American Paintings, and Contemporanea International
Arts Magazine. McCleary is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston and Flatbed Press in Austin, TX.
Paul Hannah Lecture: Barbra Riley & Dr. Pam Brouillard
Travel and Creativity -The Soul of My Art
Taking a group to Florence to Study Photography incited some soul searching on the relationship between travel to foreign countries and Barbra Riley’s personal creativity. Most of the artwork she has produced over the past 30 years have involved her travels abroad. One might say it’s the SOUL, essence, of her artwork. Barbra proposes to illustrate the relationship of her work to the creative stimulus ignited by travel to Europe, North Africa, Asia and Mexico including some
of her students work from last summer in Florence.
What is the link between travel and exposure to new and unfamiliar situations and creativity? The ability of human neuroscience to explore the creative process has exploded in recent years and Dr. Pam Brouillard, clinical
neuropsychologist, will explore current theories of brain function that underlie creative process. She will also discuss how exposure to novel environments as well as personal variables such as openness to experience may contribute to the "soul" of the creative process through the creation of artistic states such as "flow."
One Cube Foot Exhibition
One Cube Foot exhibition was held at the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery, McMurry University in Abilene, Texas on March 5 - March 28, 2009. The awards juror was Francine Carraro, Executive Director, The Grace Museum, Abilene.
Best of Show:
Spiritus Sanctus #13
Midwestern State University
1st Place: Brian Row
2nd Place: Vincent Burke
Third Place: Steve Neves
Honorable Mentions: Neal Wilson and Ben Sum
"Think outside the box" is an expression often heard in creative circles to encourage independent thinking.
This month, a number of creative talents will be thinking inside the box to show the world their various creative executions in a new exhibition called "One Cube Foot" at the Ryan Fine Arts Gallery at McMurry University (14th and Sayles).
It is in association with TASA -- the Texas Association of Schools of Art -- and features work from a variety of university art instructors from Texas who are also TASA members. Since 1994, TASA has invited its individual artist members to submit work to an annual exhibition held in conjunction with the organization's annual conference, itself held in a different Texas city every year with Abilene being the host city for the 2009 event...
By Suzanne McKeon Special to the Reporter-News
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 (excerpt)
SOLELY ART: JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION
This show at the Gypsy Ted Gallery, Abilene, Texas was open to students at a Texas 2 or 4 year institution and a TASA Student Member (Texas Association of Schools of Art).
2009 Envision Newsletter - Pre-conference (PDF)
Abilene Christian University
Old Jail Art Center, Albany
Center For Contemporary Arts, Abilene
The Grace Museum, Abilene
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council
National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature