The Art Department at the University of Dallas ended the fall semester on a high note with the “Poets, Painters and Paper: Post World War II Art Exhibit” last December featuring nearly 70 different artists, and with its array of events scheduled for the current semester, it seems poised to do just as well in the coming months. If you want to see the best of what the department, its students and professors offer, check out these five events either on campus in the Art Village or featuring UD alumni.
1. 2017 University of Dallas Regional Juried Ceramics Competition: Works submitted to this competition are currently on display in the Haggerty Gallery in the Art History Building. This competition offers an opportunity to commemorate the achievements of art professor Dan Hammett, who is in his last semester at the university. Acclaimed UD ceramics professor Virginia Marsh serves as this year’s juror for the competition, which features the works of 43 artists from around the Southwest. Be sure to attend the opening reception Feb. 13, at which Marsh will give a lecture and present “Best of Show” awards.
2. View from the Art Village: As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Braniff Graduate School, this exhibition will showcase the works of notable UD alumni. Juried by Nancy Cohen Israel, an art historian and art educator who has taught at Southern Methodist University, the exhibition will include a variety of different media, as well as a timeline showing the evolution of UD’s art program. The showcase will open Mar. 24, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m., and remain on display in the Haggerty Gallery until Apr. 29.
3. Senior solo exhibitions: The always anticipated exhibits will begin popping up around campus beginning Apr. 24, with shows closing May 5. Don’t just glance at them on your way to class, but try to spend at least a few minutes admiring the work of your fellow undergraduates, as well as the graduate students whose work will also be featured on campus. A little bit of encouragement written in their guest books can go far, as will a few kind words in person, especially since many of these students will have been developing these ideas and these pieces for over a year by the time their shows open.
4. Fractured Sanctum: although it is not on campus, this exhibition is still at the nearby Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Open until Friday, UD art alumna Kathleen Ramirez’s works exhibited at this solo show use iridescent paints to explore experiences that break and disrupt an individual’s solitude and safety, according to the Irving Art Association’s website. Be sure to check out her excellent work and support a UD grad before the show closes.
5. Finally, in case you’re still in the area this summer, the final event before the new academic year will be a graduate show featuring UD’s new and emerging artists. The juxtaposition of new and mature will undoubtedly offer another opportunity to showcase the continued evolution of the university’s art students.