Place Making: SFASU Art Studio Faculty

Place Making: SFASU Art Studio Faculty

May 3 – May 21, 2019

RECEPTION: May 3, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM

Proposed by Dr. John Handley, the director of the SFA Art Galleries, Place Making is a group exhibition of work related to place and place-making. As a diverse faculty from a variety of backgrounds, the community we share around Nacogdoches and Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) unites these artists to a common cause. As specialists in various media, faculty artwork addresses issues of place in divergent ways. From paintings depicting the sprawling Texas highways to miniature metal replicas of remembered homes to representations of inhabitants of this corner of the world, together this distinct body of work comprises a portrait of a region. Others use travel as a means to explore.

Biographies of participating artists:

Peter Andrew heads the Graphic Design program. An member of the New York Society of Illustrators. He has 12 years of experience in art direction in the advertising and publishing field. Andrew received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He is the recipient of a Fullbright Fellowship and has completed residencies at the MacDowell Art Colony, the Ossabaw Foundation, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Andrew has over 50 solo exhibitions to his credit, and his work was exhibited by invitation at three Presidential Inaugural Galas in Washington, D.C. in 2001, 2005, and 2009.

Daniel Angiano has worked in the design industry since the mid-eighties for design firms, ad agencies and publishing companies. He has worked for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin in their design and marketing programs and Knight Ridder with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press. He has a Masters of Art in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Wesley Berg, Assistant Professor of Drawing, is originally from Ohio. He has been an artist-in-residence all over the globe, including New Zealand, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, as well as the United States. Berg has a BFA from Miami University and MFA from University of Florida. He has had solo exhibitions at Osage Arts Center, Marshall University, and Dayton Visual Arts Center.

Jeffie Brewer, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, exhibits his work throughout the United States. He is represented by GVG Contemporary in Santa Fe where he had a solo exhibition in 2018. He has also had solo exhibitions at CASP 5&J in Lubbock, MCC in Waco, Hardin-Simmons University, and MT Burton Gallery in Surf City, New Jersey. His outdoor sculptures can be found in parks and collections across the country.

Amanda Breitbach is a photographer and multi-media artist whose research focuses on the complex relationships between people and land. She was a graduate fellow at the interdisciplinary Center for Great Plains Studies from 2014-16 and received a national fellowship from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation/Imagining America in 2014. She was also a founding member of the UNL Social Practice Coalition, a collective of artists and activists interested in blurring the lines between art, performance, political activism, community organizing, and environmentalism, and has curated several group exhibits focusing on gender and social justice. Her work has been exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum, the Eisentrager-Howard and Prescott Galleries in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Rourke Gallery in Moorhead, Minnesota, the University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery in Lawrence, the Clarridge Gallery in Bellevue, Washington, Waterworks Gallery in Miles City, Montana, and the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, Montana. Exhibitions of her project Land/People are scheduled at the Duluth Art Institute and the Rozsa Gallery at Michigan Technical University in Fall 2018.

Neal Cox earned his BFA from Brigham Young University in 2002. In 2004 he was awarded his MFA in printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he subsequently spent two-and-a-half years as a member of the adjunct faculty and as the master printer for the UTSA Collaborative Editions program. Cox has taught drawing and printmaking in the Texas Hill Country at the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation and printmaking abroad in Florence, Italy at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. His own work is centered thematically within the concerns of a modular aesthetic and finds its expression in a variety of media.

Candace Hicks collects coincidences from the books she reads and gathers them in her books and installations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College and a Master of Fine Art degree in Printmaking from Texas Christian University. Her work consists of artists books, installation, printmaking and drawing. Her books are in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and many university special collections including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. She has exhibited throughout Texas, California, and New York, as well as in Beijing, Barcelona, and Cordoba.

Piero Fenci received his undergraduate degree in Latin-American Studies with a minor in Art History from Yale University, and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His ceramic vessels have been featured in magazines and books such as Ceramics Monthly, American Ceramics, The Contemporary Potter, and Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Fenci has earned an international reputation as a ceramist, exhibiting his work from coast to coast, and in Italy, Russia, and Mexico, and he was recently named “Texas Master” by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. His work is represented in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Scheiner-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY, and in the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas.

Bill Nieberding, Assistant Professor of Art Education, creates photographic artwork. His work includes traditional silver-based black and white portraits, landscapes, and figure studies as well as digital work that explores notions of social identity in public context. He was the featured faculty artist for 2017 at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches.

Linda Post, Associate Professor of Digital Media, is the 2018 recipient of the Dozier Travel Grant awarded by the Dallas Museum of Art. She will travel to Berlin to complete her project, PINE. She has had solo exhibitions at the Blaffer Museum, Lawndale Art Center, AC Institute, artMoving Projects, the Chocolate Gallery, and Art Palace Gallery. She earned her MFA from Bard College and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.

Shaun Roberts, Assistant Professor of Painting, creates large-scale figurative work that addresses the culture and life style of East Texas in a gritty and dark-humored fashion. His MFA is from the University of Washington, and he recently mounted a solo exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. His upcoming exhibition will be at Kirk Hopper in Dallas.

Lauren McAdams Selden, Professor of Art Metals, has received honorable awards including the Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching from the College of Fine Arts, and was named the Bright Ideas Spotlight Exhibitor for outstanding research representing the College of Fine Arts. Exhibition accomplishments include a solo exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas and honorable mention in the juried exhibition, Craft Forms in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Selden’s outdoor sculptures are currently on exhibition at the Abilene, Texas Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and the St. Joseph, Missouri Sculpture Walk. Selden was recently selected to take part in a University-sponsored research project in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) during the summer of 2014 where she created a sculpture as part the artists’ workshop for the 3rd Bienal da Bahia.