Archive for August, 2014

Langdon Review of the Arts – Granbury 9/3-9/6

Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas is hosting LANGDON REVIEW WEEKEND,  an annual arts festival September 3 – September 6 at the Langdon Center in Granbury. Evening events are open to the public, but day events require registration of $110. If you’re a student, and you’d like to attend  for FREE, reply to this email for information about receiving a Langdon Review Weekend George F. Nixon Grant. (Meals and movie ticket not included). For the schedule and more information, visit:


Art/Digital Media Majors meeting

There will be a mandatory art/digital media majors meeting this Wednesday (8/27) at the workshop theater (FAC room 103) at 4pm.

Digital Media Studies Motion Capture Lab opening this Fall

Digital Media major Brandie Smith testing out the Mocap suit

Digital Media major Brandie Smith testing out the Mocap suit

Inside the newly renovated Grant Building on the second floor is the Digital Media Studies lab, which houses a new Vicon Bonita Motion Capture System.  Students will soon be able to use the lab for quickly building character models for video game design, 3d animation, and motion studies.  The lab also has a professional green screen and can double as a photo/video recording studio.  Digital Media Studies is interested in sharing the Mocap lab with any department that would benefit from the data the cameras can capture.

New Gallery Exhibit – From the Fararway Nearby

Lone Star from Leigh Merrill on Vimeo.

The Department of Fine Arts presents the first art exhibit of the 2014 – 2015 season, From the Faraway Nearby, featuring the North Texas based artists Jesse Morgan Barnett, Diane Durant, Leigh Merrill, and Adam Neese. The exhibit will run from August 25 – September 27 in the Gallery of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.

The title of the exhibition comes from artist Georgia O’Keefe, whom after moving away from New York City to the southwest, began signing her letters to friends with the phrase “from the faraway nearby”. This oxymoronic statement seemed to capture the spirit of the artists that curator and Assistant Professor Chris Ireland chose to feature in the TSU gallery. All of the artists featured in From the Faraway Nearby use art to figure out the complicated ways in which place can shape and affect us. Included in the exhibition are photographic landscapes that are traditionally beautiful (showcasing sunsets, lakes, country roads) to ones that utilize personal narrative, digital alteration, and visual metaphors. Some of the artists find inspiration in our network of highways and signposts, while others celebrate the wilds of nature. Others investigate the personal stories that are embedded in their interpretation of the land.

The gallery is open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays. The participating artists will be present their work in a brown bag lecture, date/time to be announced soon.


Dry Reach by Adam Neese

South Africa Photography class returns

The students who took the Summer 2014 Art485 Digital Photography in South Africa class returned to the states last week.  The group of students and their professor, Chris Ireland, will have be spending the next few days downloading the thousands of photos taken during the trip.  The students spent a couple days in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they saw Nelson Mandela’s home in the Soweto Township.  Among other sites visited was the 2010 World Cup Stadium, the Aparthied Museum, and Nelson Mandela Square.  The students then traveled to Kruger National Park where they spent 10 days in the field photographing the wildlife and the landscape.  Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves at over 7,000 square miles.  There students saw the big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) among many other types of plant and animal wildlife native to Africa.  The students were taught basic to advanced camera functions and professional image producing software.  There will be an exhibition this Fall of the student’s work in the TSU Student Center.

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester

Hello and welcome all TSU Digital Media and Art students to the Fall 2014 semester!  The digital media went through a growth spurt over the last few months. This year we have seen student enrollment jump to 90 art/digital media majors!  Just 5 years ago we had 25 majors with no digital media area.  Here are a couple of other new things to look forward to this year….

  • The Digital Media Motion Capture lab is now up and running.  Over the summer we installed a Vicon Bonita motion capture system in the newly renovated Grant building.
  • The Mocap lab also has a giant green screen and will be fitted with lights for photo/video studio production.
  • The Grant Building also has video/audio production booths that students can use for recording.
  • We have a new full time Assistant Professor of Art, Tim Harding.  Check out his work here..
  • We will be taking a class field trip to New York City during Spring Break in 2015.  More details to come.
  • The FA Computer lab was renovated with new floors, and will also be receiving a Mac update along with the Autodesk suite of 3d animation software.

We are looking forward to a busy and productive semester!

Here is a song from our fabulous art/music/theater faculty (props to Knut Hybinette)