FINE ARTS GALLERY
The Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University is located in the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. The Gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the exhibition dates.
Narrative Migrations: Selected Works by
OCTOBER 14 – NOVEMBER 15, 2017
Every beloved object is the center of a garden of paradise.
This poetic musing by Novalis, an 18th C. German writer is taped to the wall in my studio. It’s a timeless reminder of the sculptural ideal, where the material and spiritual worlds converge, where the physical and the metaphysical can wrestle in our imagination. Peregrination, peripatetic and migratory aptly describes my studio practice. My sculptures are often composed in series with the initial sparks coming in the form of chalk drawings and maquettes. These preliminary studies are then typically set-aside (or simply ignored) as time and memory engage in their arcane magic. Could be days, could be years before ideas reemerge with fresh insights and new iterations. Concepts are elastic, prone to the same transmutable nature as the materials employed. The exhibition features recent works reflecting the capricious nature of memory and its potential to define personal and communal history.
Beginning in 2015, at the invitation of The Grace Museum and working in collaboration with Susanna Lubanga, Director of the International Rescue Committee-Abilene, Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik and I initiated a project with the resettlement community in Abilene. To engage with families from Congo and Nepal is to enter a realm where personal histories are inextricably linked with global crises and the simple dreams that parents have for their children. The exhibition includes my photographic-based works from this project.
JUNE 8 – OCTOBER 1, 2017
Southwestern University’s Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery presents Leonard Lehrer: A Retrospective, an art exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, and prints from a thirty-four year period of Lehrer’s artistic production.
The Lehrer retrospective focuses on his early interest in botany expressed in the beauty of elegant line and delicate color, progressing gradually to his mature hand-colored prints of formal garden designs from around the globe. In the intermediate stages are deep space landscapes in richly developed black ink etchings that achieve a stunningly haunting effect of mood and light and his looser, more emotionally expressive landscape paintings created on site in Mexico.
Originally a native of Philadelphia, Lehrer’s cosmopolitan work results from his extensive world travel. Lehrer is best known for his body of garden landscapes, tightly designed and structured into an organizing compositional grid of pure, geometric form. Southwestern presents five of these beautiful hand-colored lithographs, including “View of St. Petersburg,” a hand-colored, hand-printed fine art lithograph collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Perhaps the most moving of the works in the exhibition are the drawings of the Lehrers’ daughter’s hands in his series, “Dialogues.” The late Anna Katrina Lehrer was born with cerebral palsy and, though unable to utter words, spoke instead through the expressive gestures of her hands. Lehrer’s lovingly rendered large drawings of Anna’s hands give voice to her many moods. Thirty-three drawings of the series form a grid from which emerges the communicative strength of a clear personal language, whose full meaning is unknown to us, drawn in such a way that only a parent could observe with such extraordinary tenderness.
Leonard Lehrer: A Retrospective entices the viewer to participate in a beautiful visual world Lehrer has created, encompassing finely observed form and carefully arranged, formally constructed designs honed through a life rich with experience and knowledge.
This exhibit is Lehrer’s forty-eighth solo exhibit. His work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Art, New York City; the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Butler Institute of American Art: Gangsnung Art Cultural Center, Korea; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; the Sprengel Museum of Art, Hannover, Germany; and some one hundred other public collections.
Leonard Lehrer: A Retrospective opens June 8 and continues through October 1. The Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery hours are 12 - 5 p.m., closed Mondays & holidays. An artist’s reception with a short presentation by Lehrer will occur on September 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the art exhibition and reception on Southwestern University’s at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, East Rutersville Drive, Georgetown, Texas; For more information about the exhibit visit www.southwestern.edu.
Luis Camnitzer: Unbound
JANUARY 30 – MARCH 6, 2017
Southwestern University’s Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery presents Luis Camnitzer: Unbound featuring The Uruguayan Torture Series and Last Words, which pose ethical dilemmas and challenge us to ask difficult questions about social injustices, political repression, and reevaluate the institutions that support them.
Camnitzer’s work in printmaking, sculpture and installations is unbound by art traditions, his thinking unbound by the strictures of institutional norms, and the meaning of his work unbound from the moorings of time and place. An early proponent of conceptual art, Camnitzer is influential internationally, particularly in Latin America, exhibiting at the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and several international biennials: the Bienal de la Habana, Cuba four times; 43 Biennale di Venezia, Italy; Whitney Biennial; and Documenta 11. Camnitzer is a respected author and critic with many articles and books to his credit, including Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (published in Spanish and English) and New Art of Cuba.
This exhibition is part of Brown Symposium XXXVIII: Art and Revolution to be held on Southwestern University’s campus in Georgetown, Texas, from March 1 - 3, 2017. It features speakers and public salon discussants, including Camnitzer, who explore how the arts have given voice to the issues and themes that have spurred revolutions fueled by contributions from visual artists, musicians, playwrights, and authors. More information is available at
All symposium and related events are free. For more information about the exhibit call: (512) 863-1378 or visit www.southwestern.edu.
Allow Me: facing identity
OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Beth Lo, East to West, porcelain
Allow Me: facing identity, explores the complexities surrounding personal and social identity. This exhibition explores the ways artists investigate challenges of identity through attributes such as gender, sexuality, nationality, race and heritage. Whether through satirical possession of an individual’s culture or a sober examination of cultural stereotypes, generating conversation around an ever changing, fluid concept is not without difficulties. The way we perceive others and ourselves is persuaded by elements outside of our control (i.e. the information we are fed through media, technology, politics etc). This exhibition aims to celebrate the individual, accept the company, and take ownership of all the noise that makes us who we are.
So if you don’t mind… please, allow me.
– Ron Geibel, Curator
Solo mía, Featuring the work of Paloma Mayorga ’10
JULY 6 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Gallery features the solo work of artist Paloma Mayorga ’10. Solo mía (Only Mine) is a series of photographic self-portraits that deconstruct the rhetoric used to censor, consume and criticize the female body. Carefully arranged seeds, flowers, salt, hair and other discarded objects found in nature, interact with fragments of the artist’s body. Ms. Mayorga utilizes lipstick stains as war paint against gender-specific roles, and saliva and water as metaphors for rebirth. She aims to find a deeper connection between body and earth as a means to empower women to feel liberated and relish in their own forms of self-expression.
Sarofim School of Fine Arts Gallery
Open Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
FREE and Open to the Public
Midwest Matrix: Texas
An exhibition of innovative contemporary fine art prints
JANUARY 30 - FEBUARY 25, 2016
This exhibition of contemporary prints by over 20 artists celebrates the individual artist-professors who contributed significantly to the now-celebrated post-WWII printmaking revival in America, and their students who have spread the rigorous Midwest print traditions throughout the United States. The exhibition also includes the work of Texas artist/professors who studied in the major Midwest graduate programs and are developing print programs in universities and colleges throughout Texas.
As part of the exhibition reception, Southwestern will screen Midwest Matrix®, a film documentary by Susan Goldman, which explores the rich tradition of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest. The screening will be from 6 – 7 p.m., January 30 (during the exhibition reception) at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. Ms. Goldman will be present to answer questions about the film.
Susan Goldman, Flower Power III
Shore: Works by Brian Molanphy
SEPTEMBER 24 - NOVEMBER 19, 2015
2015 International Sculpture Exhibition: What Things May Come
FEBRUARY 4 - MARCH 4.
Featuring the sculptures of Bruce Beasley USA, Keith Brown UK, Jeremie Brunet FR, Brit Bunkley NZ, Dan Collins ASU, B. Grossman USA, Ian Gwilt UK, Mary Visser USA, Joshua Harker USA, Paul HIgham NY, James Hutchinson UK, C. Lavigne FR, Charles Morris USA, Salvatore Musumeci Italy, Mary Neubauer ASU, Rinus Roelofs, Neth., Patrick Saint-Jean FR, Alvin Sher NY, Robert Michael Smith NY, Kim Thoman CA, David Van Ness, Ariz., Patrick Visentin, Canada, Alexandre Vitkine, FR, Andrew Werby, CA. Laura West CA, Corinne Whitaker CA, Derrick Woodham, Ohio.
CONTINGENT OBJECTS: Works by Nina Katchadourian and Annette Lawrence
OCTOBER 8 - NOVEMBER 16
Dont Forget - from the Family Gathering series
12 x 19 in
Free Paper 1/06 - from the 13 piece series
paper and glue
1 29.75 x 25.75 x 2 in
The exhibition opens October 8 with a gallery talk by Ms. Lawrence at 4:30 p.m. and continues through November 16. All events in the Fine Arts Gallery are free and open to the public.
Prints by Tom Druecker
This exhibition was in connection with Brown Symposium XXXVI, HEALING, The Art and Science of Medicine, and will be on display in the AlmaThomas Courtyard Gallery March 6.
Tom Druecker is the co-director of Slugfest Printmaking Workshop, an independent printmaking studio that offers printmaking classes and space for cooperative and contract printing located in Austin,TX. He has recently retired from the University of Texas where he was a lecturer in Lithography at for 16 years.
Patricia Olynyk: Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) Spring 2014
FEBRUARY 6 - MARCH 6 2014
The art exhibition Reconceived Bodies (In Three Parts) by Patricia Olynyk presents selections from three distinct groupings of work, which explore medical, scientific, technological, and symbolic representations of both human and non-human life. These photographs, prints, and lightboxes investigate an array of themes that include: The Posthuman; Elective Biohancement and Cyborg Identity; The Gendering of Medical Knowledge; and The Body as Code. The exhibition is curated by Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art and will be presented in the Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University. The opening reception is February 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and the exhibition continues through March 6, 2014.
Past Student Exhibitions
Annual Student Art Exhibition
APRIL 20 – 26, 2017
B.A. Senior Exhibitions
APRIL 4 – 9, 2017
The Art and Art History Department at Southwestern University presents three senior art exhibitions for the Bachelor of Arts degree by Taylor Bailey, Eamon Rogers, and William H. Soller in the Sarofim Gallery, East Rutersville Drive, Georgetown, Texas. All three artists explore both the internal and external landscape.
Taylor Bailey’s exhibition, Land: Unsettled, uses large-scale, monochromatic works on paper and canvas to explore the influences of nature and human architecture on framing the perception of landscape, questioning what constitutes the idea of landscape from a cultural and historical perspective. The dichotomy of organic form and structured geometry meet in a new dimension in her work, where a chaotic fight for dominance takes place between the natural and constructed environment.
Can a pot evoke a multi sensory experience of our own natural landscapes? Eamon Rogers’ exhibition of ceramic vessels Careful Splendor asks how the landscape is experienced: visually or through immersion? The synthesis of form and finish are an expression of the artist’s personal landscape, and the work implores the user to carefully observe and explore the vessel as one navigates their own personal environment.
Disjointed /// Memory /// Pieces /// Together is an exhibition by William H. Soller of large, colorful paintings that search for personal and communal identity through memory and shared experience. He uses abstract and representational forms to create mental landscapes where seemingly unrelated objects find connections manifold; these reflections aim to both bring together and isolate identities.
The reception is on Thursday, April 6 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
B.F.A and B.A. Senior Exhibitions
MARCH 23 – 28, 2017
Georgetown, Texas – The Art and Art History Department at Southwestern University presents three senior art exhibitions for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees by Anne Brown (BA), Avery Elkins (BA), and Sophie Gilliam (BFA).
Through drawn portraiture, Anne Brown’s exhibit Combed Through explores and challenges societal perceptions of hair in relation to identity. In her work, conformity is questioned and diversity is celebrated by using different mediums to express each person’s personality and identity.
In his art exhibit Prescription Presence, Avery Elkins uses thousands of pills to create striking two- and three-dimensional works that recontextualize the viewer’s relationship with the saturated presence of the North American pharmaceutical industry.
Visually stimulating color palettes and delicately handled paint evoke emotional vulnerability in Sophie Gilliam’s painting exhibit, Emotion In Chroma. Her large oil self-portraits comment on insecurity and the effects of societal pressures on women’s bodies, while her watercolors bring out the intimate emotional depth of the individual.
The reception is on Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Annual Student Art Exhibition
APRIL 12 – 27, 2016
Representing beginning through advanced art classes, the annual student art exhibition comprises work in the various approaches to art practice and all the mediums taught in the studio art department, including: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, digital arts, photography, design and architecture and intermedia work. There are works by art majors, art minors and non-majors in the exhibition, and the department celebrates their achievements with this comprehensive exhibition.
Juried by the studio art and architecture faculty, this exhibit privileges works by first-year through junior students, since the most advanced work represented in the senior art exhibitions has already been shown publicly in two-person exhibitions in the fine arts gallery.