(Nov. 12, 2010)--The UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Lecture Series will feature Gregory Elliott, UTSA professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the University Center Ballroom (1.106) on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Elliott's presentation, "Cultural Constructions: Toys and Machines" will include 70 slides of his work over the last 20 years and a discussion of how it has developed and evolved over his career.
He will describe how sculpture reflects the various ways we experience contemporary society in fact and in fantasy. Additionally, he will speak about the multiple roles he balances as an administrator, faculty member and artist.
"I have not shown my work very much in San Antonio, so those who attend will have the chance to see preview slides of my first major exhibit which will open at the Blue Star Art Complex in March," said Elliott. "I like to work in wood, steel, leather and all kinds of materials. My work usually takes anywhere from six months to two years to complete."
Elliott joined UTSA in 2008 and leads a department that includes 539 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each semester, between 2,300 and 2,600 students enroll in its art courses.
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History offers bachelor's and master's degrees in studio art and art history. Students can study in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, art history, ceramics, sculpture and new media.
"We are pulling in an international student body in both the undergraduate and graduate programs," said Elliot. "We have students enrolled in our programs from England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Africa and other countries."
Elliott and Ken Little, a longtime UTSA professor and well-known sculptor, both provide sculpting instruction each semester to classes ranging in size from 15 to 30 students.
In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UTSA sculpture program No. 13 in the nation among 250 schools offering similar programs. Elliott credits Little with leading the sculpture program over the years to its distinction of being ranked among the top programs in the country.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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