UTD Announces Its 2005-2006 Visual Arts Season

RICHARDSON, Texas (July 21, 2005) — The School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) today announced its 2005–2006 season of visual arts exhibitions, which will begin Aug. 19 and run through next April 15. All of the exhibitions will be held in the Main Gallery of the UTD Visual Arts Building and will be free and open to the public.

All also will feature opening receptions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first day of the “run,” with the exception of TVAA, which will have a closing ceremony. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery is closed Sundays and on university holidays.

About the Exhibitions

space-invaders , (Aug. 19 to Sept. 17) is an exhibition that explores the current state of space and how it is depicted pictorially in painting. Some artists push the limits of the flat-bed picture plane with elements that come off the wall onto the floor. Others reflect concerns of pop-culture advertising in forms of graphic design and other forms of “picture making.” Curated by artist and Associate Professor John Pomara, a recent Dallas Center for Contemporary Art Legend Award winner, the exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Eugene Binder Gallery in Marfa, where it will be on display in October.

 Unreal (Sept. 30 to Nov. 5) is an invitational exhibition that examines various aspects of the new reality as presented in different media. The line between reality and unreality has blurred. Reality, in both art and life, is in many cases a manufactured commodity, effect or action. This exhibit explores the questions of what is real and what is fabricated in contemporary life. Unreal features the talents of various writers from Artlies magazine as guest curators; they will provide the exhibit with an in-depth discussion in Issue #46, the magazine’s spring issue.

Building Visions, (Jan. 13 to Feb. 11), curated by Richard Brettell, UTD’s Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor of Art and Aesthetics, this architecture exhibition features models, plans and drawings from students at the University of Texas at Austin and UT Arlington’s Schools of Architecture. The students each will create their own version of a UTD Art and Performance Center.

The Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) High School Art Competition (Feb. 23 to March 12) is an annual competition and exhibition designed to promote excellence in the visual arts among high school students. S cholarships and prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony and closing reception on March 12 at 2 p.m.

Distance & Trace (March 17 to April 15), curated by Associate Professor Marilyn Waligore, examines the distance remaining between source and copy following the process of reproduction. Works include photography, printmaking, book arts and digital media.

In addition to the professional exhibitions in the Main Gallery, UTD also will host a student festival at the end of the fall and spring semesters that highlights the work of visual arts students from all areas of the graduate and undergraduate programs. The Fall Arts Festival will run Nov. 18–19, and the Spring Arts Festival, a juried exhibition with an awards ceremony, will run April 21–22.

The Mezzanine Gallery will be used for student exhibitions by graduate students in partial fulfillment of their Master’s theses, undergraduate students for their senior honors projects and for advanced class exhibitions to be opened in conjunction with the 2005–2006 season. These exhibitions will be announced at a later date. All programs are subject to change.

Additional information on each event is available on the UTD Arts & Humanities website: http://ah.utdallas.edu/ .

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/ .

Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.