CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The artwork of talented students and alumni was the highlight of the evening during the Student Drawing Exhibition opening reception held on April 3 at the K Space Contemporary in downtown Corpus Christi. The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, May 1, for the public to enjoy.
The event was hosted by the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The students presenting their drawings are fulfilling requirements for their Master of Fine Art exhibition, Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition, independent projects, and advanced classes.
“The drawings in this exhibition are incredibly beautiful, cared for, well thought out experiments in the processes of drawing,” said Dr. Amber Scoon, Associate Professor of Art and exhibition organizer.
The students and alumni who showed their artwork were Jeremiah Ibarra, Jen Olvera, Loring Baker, Alex Ferrante, Miranda Martinez, Hope Martinez, Ann Miller, Allyssa Juarez, Adrian Garcia, Javier Flores, and Laramie Fain.
Many of the students in this exhibition have incorporated handmade paper, which they have created at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s new paper making studio. Examples include Ann Miller, who cast an entire human body in paper, but decided the human hand was the most influential piece. Her cast paper hand was featured in the exhibition.
Scoon says the exhibition was a unique opportunity for artists to show their work without traditional barriers.
“Drawing represents a unique challenge in that framing is sometimes, but not always, the best answer for presentation,” said Scoon. “Besides its cost, glass removes you from the texture of the paper and the mark. The frame can distract the viewer from the edge of the paper. Each of these students has come up with his or her own way to present their drawings.”
Artist Hope Martinez chose charcoal because of the malleability to create a portrait of her daughter.
“The breaking down and the building up of the facial features helped me understand the various forms that made up her face,” said Martinez. “There is an intimacy involved in portraiture and getting to understand why an individual's face looks the way it does.”