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University Galleries spring preview

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Photo by: Madison Morriss | Staff Photographer
The University Galleries Dec. 1.

The University Galleries will be showcasing many student works along with pieces from a few local and international artists during the spring semester.

Chad Dawkins, gallery director, said time to plan what will be on display each semester is essential to running the gallery smoothly.

Dawkins said he already has the flyers for next semester’s exhibitions made in an effort to give students a preview of what artists they can expect to see.

The flyers are also meant to inform students of opportunities to showcase their own work, he said.

There will be two featured artists during the spring semester and Jaye Rhee, Seoul, South Korea native, is one of them.

She said her work has been displayed at many different galleries across the world and will soon be displayed at the University Galleries.

Rhee’s exhibit, Shaping the Presence, Forming the Absence, features a four-channel video installation. In the videos, dancers resemble musical notes on a staff, while dancing within five thick rubber bands suspended at different heights.

Jade Walker, Austin resident and sculptor, will be the second featured artist.

Walker said the human body and its interaction with itself and the foreign objects that surround it inspired his exhibit, Four Cornered.

“I am very interested in traditional hats and the Peruvian four-cornered hat in particular,” Walker said.

Walker said she has been too comfortable using the same trapezoid shape in past works, so this exhibit was created in hopes of expanding her perimeter.

“Color is another factor I have dictated to a single presence in the exhibition,” Walker said. “But I’ll leave this detail to be discovered in February.”

Walker said students can view both of these exhibits Feb. 4 through March 10.

Following each of the artist’s exhibitions, Dawkins said the University Galleries will hold its annual All Student Juried Exhibition.

Dawkins said he generally puts the call out for entries at the beginning of the semester.

“It’s all students, period, who have taken a class in the School of Art and Design and who have made work in the class they can submit to be juried in,” Dawkins said.

Every year a guest juror is chosen to select final works in addition to designating three Merit Awards and the award for Best in Show, Dawkins said. This year, Anjali Gupta, director of Sala Diaz in San Antonio, will be the guest juror.

Dawkins said the final exhibition of the spring semester is the Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, which takes place April 18 through May 13. The exhibition will showcase students’ work as a requirement upon graduation.

Dawkins said the exhibition will be divided into four shows over a four-week period. During these four weeks, the School of Art and Design displays work that reflect nine studio disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, metals, ceramics, photography, new media, and art education.

Aside from the planned exhibitions, Dawkins said the University Galleries has been hosting music performances once a month on Mondays with the hope to continue into the spring semester.

Dawkins said the best way for students to stay up-to-date on what is happening at the University Galleries is to follow them on Facebook for upcoming events.