‘Tidal Shift’ Showcases Wide Array of Islander Faculty Artists’ Talent

Published: May 24, 2017

‘Tidal Shift’ Showcases Wide Array of Islander Faculty Artists’ Talent

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Art and Design at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is showcasing the talents of its full-time faculty via the “Tidal Shift” exhibit at the Art Museum of South Texas. This biennial event includes sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics and graphic and design works, created individually and collectively. The Upper Gallery of the Museum houses the exhibit, offering a colorful panorama of realism, typography, minimalism and other styles, in which the visitor may be immersed in the unique palettes wielded by Islander faculty artists.

“The show’s title is an indication that some new faces have appeared among Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty in recent years,” said Dr. Carey Rote, Professor of Art History at A&M- Corpus Christi. “Broadly speaking, I think the art program is moving in the direction of expanding its reputation beyond the confines of the State of Texas. New faculty hires have helped connect the department with other art institutions and movements across the country.”

Dr. Amanda Garcia, Professor of Art and Chair of the newly-created Graphic Design department, is displaying “Serif to Sans: Lowercase A,” a digital print typography showing an evolution of the letter “A” from one font to another. Nancy Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, also has a series of postcard prints at the exhibit, titled “When Visiting CC Book, 2017.” These pieces depict various cultural and tourist scenes of the Coastal Bend. Miller also designed the catalog with program notes for the show, which is available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop. Islander faculty members and painters Joe Pena and Meg Aubrey join longtime Professor of Art, sculptor Greg Reuter, in displaying several works that put the observer in a place of being mindful of one’s environment.

In an intimate corner of the exhibit, Dr. Laura Petican, Assistant Professor of Art, yields an interesting minimalist study via a series of untitled oil-on-canvas works from her private collection.

“These works demonstrate an exploration of motifs and pattern from the realms of fashion and design; they are intended to allude to familiar, yet intangible environments,” said Petican. “Curator Deborah Fullerton and her staff have done a great job of installing the exhibition to highlight the correspondences between each faculty member’s work.”

Other contributing faculty member artists include Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Rich Gere, Jack Gron, Louis Katz, Kevin Mercer, and Ryan O’Malley.

Click HERE for more information about the Tidal Shift exhibit, which runs through Sunday, September 17 at the Art Museum of South Texas. The Museum is located at 1902 North Shoreline Boulevard, just north of the American Bank Center, and is affiliated with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Admission is free to Islander faculty, staff, and students with a SandDollar$ ID.