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Art Exhibit Showcases Creative Side of Island University Faculty and Staff

May 05, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – For the first time ever, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting an art exhibit to showcase pieces created exclusively by University faculty and staff. The Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition consists of 43 works of art – including photography, oil paintings, porcelain and prints – by 24 faculty and staff. The works will be displayed on the first floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library from Thursday, May 5, through Wednesday, June 29, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 12, from 6-8 p.m. The display and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Some of the participants include:

  • Teresa Alaniz, Adjunct Professor in the Core Curriculum Program – Submitted a photograph titled, “Sleeping Beauty.” The photograph is of her granddaughter who fell asleep after a day of preparing for her aunt’s wedding.                                   
  • Dr. Patrick Ayarzagoitia, Assistant Professor of Nursing – Submitted two photographs titled, “Boys of Summer,” and “Butterfly.” Ayarzagoitia has been taking pictures since he was eight years old.

  • Dr. Pamela Brouillard, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology – Submitted two photographs titled, “Santa Elena Canyon,” and “Bayfront Sunrise.” Brouillard has been an avid photographer since she took her first photography course in college.

  • Gracie T. Canales, Accounting Assistant III – Submitted an acrylic painting titled, “Trotting Free.” Canales has worked for the University for 10 years and has loved art since kindergarten.

  • Sheri Emerick, Director of Development at the Art Museum of South Texas – Submitted two photographs titled, “Bloom Drops,” and “Washington Waterfall.” Emerick enjoys photographing nature – particularly flowers – and beautiful places while traveling.

  • Javier Flores, Master of Fine Arts candidate – Submitted two prints titled, “Dragon,” and “Ad Astra Per Aspera.” Both prints were created to extend Flores’ visual vocabulary and express his fascination with symbolism and its strength as iconography.

  • Diana Gaona, Library Associate II – Collections & Acquisitions – Submitted two photographs titled, “Fishing before Sunrise at Padre Island National Seashore,” and “Sand Dollars Washed up on the Beach at Padre Island National Seashore.” Gaona is inspired by enjoying the moment.

  • Susan Greathouse, Assistant Clinical Professor – Submitted two painted porcelain tiles titled, “Imagine,” and “Out of the Mist.” Greathouse loves the endless range of creative possibilities found in porcelain painting as well as the additional surprises that often happen during firing.

  • Sasha Grime, Senior Secretary in the College of Science and Engineering – Submitted an acrylic painting titled, “Dang the Planets, Full Speed Ahead!” The piece is inspired by a previous piece she painted for her son.

  • Virginia Hopkins, Library Information Specialist – Submitted two photographs titled, “Sunrise,” and “Goliad Spider.” Hopkins has worked for the University for 17 years and has always been inspired by nature, whether it be sunrises, birds or flowers.

  • Jeff Janko, Library Information Specialist – Submitted two photographs titled, “Thunderheads over the Laguna Madre,” and “International.” Janko has worked for the University for nearly 18 years.

  • Dr. Andrew Johnson, Assistant Professor of Management – Submitted two photographs titled, “The Colosseum,” and “Ascent.” Johnson enjoys traveling and believes that photography is a good way to preserve memories of travel.

  • Andrew Malczewski, Adjunct Instructor of Art and Master of Fine Arts candidate – Submitted a screen print titled, “Cup,” and a bronze sculpture titled, “Flower for Still Life.” Malczewski is always trying to expand his understanding and technique in art.

  • Laura Martinez, Cataloging Services Coordinator in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library – Submitted two oil paintings titled, “Old Downtown,” and “Los Vatos.” Martinez says she loves the freedom of expression that painting provides.

  • Thomas Murphy, Professional Assistant Professor of English – Submitted two photographs titled, “Temple of Zeus,” and “Eduardo Chillida’s ‘Elogio del Horizonte’ en Gijon, Espana.” Murphy’s work is inspired by ideas and places he’s encountered over the years.

  • Dr. Mohan Rao, Associate Professor of Operations Management – Submitted two photographs titled, “Trees in Swamp,” and “Sunset at Lake Martin.” Rao recently had a solo photography exhibition titled, “Europe Through My Lens.”

  • Angela Schwengler, Curatorial Secretary at the Art Museum of South Texas – Submitted two acrylic paintings titled, “You Are Loved,” and “What a Night.” Schwengler, who is also a Bachelor of Fine Arts student, is inspired by the mysteries of the world around her.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, Professor of Nursing – Submitted two oil paintings titled, “Heavenly Haven,” and “Daizy Dayz.” Sefcik has been working with oil paintings since January 2015 and is inspired by a love of nature and flowers that were instilled in her by her mother and father.

  • Jennifer Simpson, Professor of First-Year Seminar – Submitted two photographs titled, “Vernal Fall in Yosemite Valley,” and “Golden Gate Bridge.” Simpson is inspired by famous photographer Ansel Adams.

  • Nikki Teeter, Student-worker – Submitted a mixed media piece titled, “Dreaming in Color,” and a tempera on paper piece titled, “After all the Rain.” Teeter has been creating art since she was 2 years old.

  • Trent Thigpen, Program Manager of the Pollution Prevention Partnership and AutoCheck – Submitted two oil paintings titled, “Newbie,” and “Monkey’s Collection.” Both pieces are unified by the themes of childhood memories mixed with adult experience.

  • Ross Turner, Graduate Instructor of Record and Master of Fine Arts Candidate – Submitted a relief print titled, “Till the Wheels Fell Off,” and a traditional intaglio print titled, “Ride It Out.” Turner’s work is inspired by the idiosyncrasies of Southern culture, storytelling and myth.

Other artists included in the show are Edward Marjy, Network Manager II and Lab Administrator; and Randal Purinton, Multimedia Specialist I.