(Nov. 4, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present two M.F.A. thesis exhibitions Nov. 5-22 at the UTSA Satellite Space. The exhibits are free and open to the public. M.F.A candidate Casey Arguelles will present large-scale, colorful oil paintings in the exhibit, "Rupture in the Quiet Foyer." The thesis exhibition by Mira Hnatyshyn, "Happiness is Easy," is an installation of painting and sculpture based on clowns she photographed at a parade.
>> An opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5. The exhibit also will be open 6-9 p.m., Nov. 6 for First Friday, the monthly gallery open house in San Antonio's Southtown district.
The paintings by Casey Arguelles are representational, atmospheric and gestural styles in vivid Technicolor strokes that question the nature of the painted image. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. This exhibition marks the culmination of her UTSA academic work toward a master of fine arts degree.
Mira Hnatyshyn "hacks" the banality of the parade theme in her installation by addressing the irony of the painted smile, while lamenting the clown's traditional role as a bearer of happiness. The clowns' faces painted in abstract and surreal forms, expose the process of painting in a calculated display of crudeness with accents of sculpted fabric and cord. Painted panels of geometric shapes amplify the psychological aspects of color and perspective, creating a visual tension between the finished and the unfinished, provoking a range of conflicting emotions.
Hnatyshyn (Ha-nah-ti-shin) is a Maryland native born to Eastern European emigres. She has relied on art to preserve and transform her identity amid a flood of competing cultural influences. She received a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland in 1986, and worked as an art director until moving to San Antonio in 1999. Hnatyshyn has exhibited her work locally and nationally, and has taught classes at the Southwest School of Art and Craft and Artpace. Her work is included in the Saatchi collection in London and other private collections.
The UTSA Satellite Space is in Blue Star Arts Complex Suite 115 at S. Alamo and Probandt streets. Gallery hours are 6-8 p.m., Thursday, and noon-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, or by appointment. For an appointment, contact Diana Roberts at (210) 212-7146 (gallery) or (210) 458-4391 (Department of Art and Art History).
About the UTSA Satellite Space
The UTSA Satellite Space is the off-campus gallery of the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. Monthly exhibitions feature works by UTSA graduate students, as well as nationally recognized professional artists. Since its first exhibition in 1993, the gallery has become one of San Antonio's most respected venues for challenging contemporary art.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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