(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 UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.