Archive for August, 2012

“The Pleasure of” by Vituc

As we begin the hectic process of another school year, let us remember the simple pleasures of life with this charming short entitled “The Pleasure Of” by Vituc.

Exhibition Opportunities: South Texas in Pictures

Call for Entry: Photography: South Texas in Pictures
Organization: Kuper Sotheby
Closing Date: Monday, November 26, 2012

Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty announces a Juried Competition with a “South Texas in Pictures” theme for 2012. All photographers are called upon to make online submissions with the winner’s photography being showcased throughout the Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty 40th Anniversary marketing for the year 2012.

In addition they will also have a ‘Featured Artist’ page to highlight their winning submission with a small gallery dedicated to their portfolio of their other art pieces during the campaign that is using their images. The marketing campaign materials will give credit to the photographer with their name and contact information, including their website or online gallery. (Taken from the Texas Commission of the Arts website, more info here…)

Exhibition Opportunities: WAAS Gallery (Dallas, TX)

Title Call for Entry: Visual Artists: Juried Exhibition
Organization WAAS Gallery
Closing Date Sunday, September 9, 2012
Location Dallas, Texas

WAAS Gallery invites artists to submit works of art to be considered for our first juried group show opening on Friday, November 16, 2012 and closing Saturday, December 15, 2012. We seek works of any medium… A group of artists will be selected for exhibition, and from those selected participants, one artist will be awarded a cash prize of $500. WAAS Gallery is a fast-rising space that enchants enthusiasts and collectors. We are looking for local and not-so-local artists to let shine. (Post taken from the Texas Commission of Arts website, more info here….)

Coming next summer: Photography Safari Class in South Africa

This past summer I spent time in South Africa on a program building mission to visit sites for an upcoming study abroad class.  In the summer of 2013, the Department of Fine Arts, and the art/digital media area in particular, are going to offer a study abroad class in advanced photography that will take place in and around Kruger National Park in South Africa.  There will be more information coming in the next few weeks, especially during Tarleton’s International Week in late September.

Finding Beauty in Your “Mistakes”

The idea that art and beauty can only be found in perfection is as old as the ancient Greeks, but it’s an idea that’s long past its sell-by-date. While art and beauty can obviously be found in perfection, the idea that this is art’s only domain is just not true. One type of aesthetic that celebrates the opposite of perfection, embracing instead the art of error, is glitch art.

Glitch art sees beauty in machine malfunction—when your computer freezes up and throws up some cracked graphics and you want to scream, that abstract image is glitch art. And this topic is discussed in the latest PBS Off Book video The Art of Glitch. Which looks at how it’s a counter-cultural aesthetic sharing a lineage with punk music and hacking, that stands in opposition to the perfection seen in the mass media.

In the video, artist Phillip Stearns talks about the appeal and importance of glitch art, how it can be a gateway into understanding the cultural values that are associated with technology. While also helping to reaffirm the idea that our devices are open mediums for expression and creativity. (from Creator’s Project)