Summer Art Institute Wraps Up with Aluminum Sculptures and Art Display

Published: June 30, 2015

Summer Art Institute Wraps Up with Aluminum Sculptures and Art Display

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Fifteen local junior and high school students were able to try their hands at ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and painting during the 2105 Summer Art Institute, an art camp hosted by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The camp, which ran from June 23-26, was geared towards fostering artistic interest in young people.

“The camp can be a life changing moment for these kids because they get a glimpse of what’s possible in terms of being able to express themselves in a wide variety of media,” stated Jack Gron, Professor of Art and former Art Department Chair. “Providing these young students with a positive experience on a college campus at such an early age makes them more likely to attend college and possibly enroll here at the Island University.”

“I love creating art, but my favorite thing so far has been talking to some of the graduate students and professors in this program,” said 17-year-old Elise Hinojosa, a student at Tuloso-Midway High School, who attended Summer Art Institute. “I plan to come back to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi get an art history degree, and eventually get a higher degree in museum studies.”

Other campers, like 17-year-old Isabella McCabe of Incarnate Word Academy, weren’t as certain about their future.

“Everyone keeps telling me to hurry up and figure it out,” said McCabe.  “I think this camp is definitely helping me come to a decision, because before I came here, I really had no idea what I wanted to do, and now I know I want to do something artistic with my career.”

The camp wrapped up with a gallery art display of everything created during the students’ time on campus. On the final day of camp, students also watched on, as their uniquely carved sand blocks were filled with molten aluminum to create cast sculptures.