Archive for August, 2016

Iceland Photography Exhibit by Study Abroad Students in Granbury this weekend.

13901585_992963847483244_6699589430795404472_nDozens of photographs taken by Tarleton State University students during a study abroad course in Iceland go on public display this Saturday, Sept. 3, at Granbury’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Education Center.

Presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, the three-day exhibit—through Monday, Sept. 5—will be open from noon to 4 p.m. daily. An opening-day reception takes place at 5 p.m. at the Langdon Center, 308 E. Pearl St., near Granbury’s historic square. 

Eight students from Tarleton’s Stephenville and Waco locations participated in the17-day Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course led by assistant professors Knut Hybinette and Megan Ehrhart, traveling some 1,385 miles around the circumference of the island nation.

With digital SLR cameras, multiple lenses and tripods in-tow, students photographed various landscapes, including lava fields, deserts, black sand beaches, rock formations, glaciers, volcanoes, lagoons, city landscapes and more. The students worked tirelessly to capture the perfect shot, battling cold, windy and sometimes wet conditions in a nation known for extreme weather and equally rugged and pristine landscapes.

Each student captured approximately 4,500 photos for the course, including at least 50 of major Icelandic landscapes—the Dettifoss waterfall, Reynisfjara beach, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Kirkufell, Blue Lagoon, Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, Namafjall and Vatnajokull Glacier.

“The Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course was a mad success. Students learned hands-on techniques in all lighting and weather conditions—true environmental challenges to even the most adept, professional photographer,” Hybinette said. “We may add aerial photography in addition to landscape opportunities the next time we offer this course.”

Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts plans to offer the Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course again in June 2018. (text taken from Tarleton Press Release)

TSU Employment Opportunity – Art Department Student Worker

The Art Program Student Assistant is a paid position through the department of Fine Arts and/or the Tarleton Intern 2 Learn program.  The hours may vary, but generally fall between 8-12 hours a week.  Hours are flexible.

The qualified applicant must:

Serve as a lab monitor for the computer lab two evenings a week

Be proficient in Photoshop and/or Illustrator to do graphic design and photography for department

Serve as administrator for social media sites, provide content weekly

Be available to hang and strike gallery exhibits on certain weekends

Be available for Fine Arts recruiting events

Clean, prep, organize art studios

Perform service tasks around art department

Applications due September 2nd at the end of the day.  To apply, please email your resume to along with two samples of photo and/or design work done with Adobe  software.  Also direct any questions you may have to Mr. Ireland.

Job Opportunity – Modern Museum of Fort Worth

Audio Visual Assistant
Assists the Audio Visual Technician in the Museum auditorium with film, music, and lecture programming.
Evening and weekend work requiredPosition will be part-time, 7-14 hours, scheduled days will vary.
Friday and Saturday or Friday and Sunday.

Art/Digital Majors meeting this Wednesday at 4pm – room 162


Tarleton Goes to Iceland, by Megan Ehrhart and Knut Hybinette


This summer, a brave group of fearless student photographers trekked across the 1120 mile circumference of Iceland, working endlessly for the perfect shot in a world of extreme conditions and landscapes. Led by Assistant Professor Knut LSG Hybinette and Assistant Professor Megan Ehrhart, the Tarleton Study Abroad Landscape Photography class (June 17 – July 3, 2016) climbed precipices and narrow pathways, lugging along heavy SRL cameras, lenses, and tripods with determination as they battled cold, windy, wet weather — conditions never experienced before in the hometowns of Texas. Ready and equipped with all-weather gear, students Matt Vanderpool, Maria Beasley, Cliff Beasley, Amanda Conners, Angelica Carlisle, Ellen Marie Daugherty, Case Galbraith, and Brittany Inman worked at all hours in the eternal northern summer sunlight, determined to capture some of the innumerable magical moments throughout Iceland’s multifarious and often Jurassic fantasy worlds. The route was pre-planned by the professors, but there were no cookie-cutter guided tourist trips for this group.


We set out on our own customized, often off-road, adventure to experience as much diversity of land as possible. Up narrow and loose gravel pathways, we drove and climbed up mountains, volcanoes, hiked across acres of mossy lava beds, and great rift valleys such as the continental divide. We explored both flowing and frozen bodies of water, magnificently grand watery fjords, deep and swift waterfalls, rivers, blue and milky-white lagoons, oceans, and massive glaciers. Each student shot approximately 4500 photos for the course of at least 50 major Icelandic landscapes. Some specific notable landmarks captured on film included Dettifoss waterfall, Reynisfjara beach, Jokulsalron glacial lagoon, Kirkufell, Blue Lagoon, Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, Namafjall, Vatnajokull Glacier and many more. We took nature on by storm (often, literally), but one of our greatest challenges was to find food — especially on the east coast of Iceland, where population is scarce. Iceland’s national food is the hotdog. They are available everywhere, even gas stations, and we ate more then we ever imagined was humanly possible.


Iceland is also quite expensive. Hot dogs cost about four US Dollars; Coke, three dollars; pizza and hamburgers, ten. Occasionally, students bought groceries in local food stores when they were available. Some students were brave enough to eat some of the regional fare, such as whale and reindeer burgers, puffin meat, and “Skyr” (a sour-tasting
Icelandic yogurt). No one was brave enough to eat the famous rotten shark meat, but a few really adventurous students did brave the KFC. Needless to say, the Tarleton Iceland Landscape Photography Study Abroad course
of 2016 was a huge success. Students learned hands-on techniques in all lighting and weather conditions – environmental challenges to even the most adept professional photographer. We plan on offering this course in a regular rotation for Tarleton’s summer study abroad program in the future, with the addition of possible aerial photography to landscape opportunities.


Gallery Exhibition: Hannah Cooper McCauley

The Floating Dream 2015

The Floating Dream 2015

Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery of Art proudly presents the first exhibition of the 2016-2017 season, A Singular Sense of Urgency by Hannah Cooper McCauley. The exhibit will be on view from Aug. 29th through Sept. 30th. She will be presenting at Tarleton on September 20th at noon.  

A Singular Sense of Urgency is a series of photographs about growing up, filtered through experience and imagination. Hannah was inspired by her youth moving across the southern U.S. with her father who was a Baptist minister. As she has developed new roles in adulthood, she has continued to explore the theme of transition in her work,encapsulated within the genre of magical realism. The photographs in the exhibition are a personal investigation of loss, of the physical kind, as well as the kind of loss that occurs when transitioning to maturity.  

Hannah Cooper McCauley (b.1989, Tupelo, MS) received a BFA from Jacksonville State University in 2012 and her MFA from Louisiana Tech University in 2016. Cooper McCauley’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows at various venues internationally, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Vermont Center for Photography, Photo Beijing 2014, and the 2014 Pingyao, China International Photography Festival. Hannah has been published in Photo District News as well as Aint-Bad Magazine. Most recently, she was named a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 competition, as well as a winner in the 2015 Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards.  She is currently teaching photography and digital art at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio.

The Baptism 2016

The Baptism 2016

The Red Sea 2015

The Red Sea 2015

TSU Students Back from Iceland – Just in time for the fall semester

Photo by Case Galbraith

Photo by Case Galbraith

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