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We are announcing the due date and juror for the 4th Annual Student Exhibition. The juror will be Dallas artist Kalee Appleton, and works will be due in room 162 by the end of the day March 20th. Works must be ready to hang, install, view, or play. All works juried into the Student Exhibition will be eligible for President’s Circle Awards given during the main reception.

Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist living in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, N.M., she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and received a B.F.A. in photography in 2005. She later attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she received an M.F.A. in photography in 2014. Appleton is the director of visual resources for Southern Methodist University Meadows Department of Art History as well as a professor. Appleton is currently president of 500X Gallery. She exhibits her work regionally at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas and has exhibited nationally at Filter Photo in Chicago; Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Mo.; and Houston Center for Photography and FotoFest International in Houston.

Opening in the TSU Gallery this Monday: Rebecca Drolen

This January and February, the Department of Fine Arts will be hosting the exhibition entitled Hairpieces by Rebecca Drolen at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery.  Rebecca Drolen is a lens based artist whose work explores portraiture and constructed narratives. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions on a national and international level, notably, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Texas Tech University, and the Theory of Clouds Gallery in Kobe, Japan. Drolen has had work published in several magazines such as the Huffington Post, Hi-Fructose, and has a piece held in the permanent collection at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rebecca received her MFA from Indiana University and currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arkansas.

The series Hair Pieces explores the fickle relationship most have with their body hair. We consider some hair very desirable and grow and groom it with care, while we treat other hair as shameful and cover or remove it. Once hair has become disconnected from our bodies, we treat it with disgust, yet it has an archival, lasting presence that outlives the body and defies death and decay. In regards to her work, Rebecca states:I am interested in the line between the beautiful and the grotesque in our connection with hair. I am intrigued by the rules that guide our ideas and self-image in relation to our tresses. In the work, I use photography and the self-portrait as a medium to construct narratives that function both as visual puns and, at times, as social critique. I hope to use the beautiful alongside the repulsive in these images to tell stories of growth and removal as they examine a surreal relationship between hair and its place.”

Call for entries: Texhibition

TSU Presents Charlotte Cotton/Robert and Shana Parkeharrison

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, 4:30-6:30pm Jones Theater, Baylor University Fine Arts Center

(parking is free in any space labeled “Reserved for Faculty, Student, of Staff”, Baylor is out of class for Fall break that week)

This, That or the Other Student/Faculty Exhibition, 7 to 9pm

Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Charlotte Cotton, 7-9pm Jones Theater, Baylor University Fine Arts Center

(parking is free in any space labeled “Reserved for Faculty, Student, of Staff”, Baylor is out of class for Fall break that week)

all events are free

Baylor University and Tarleton State University are excited to bring to Waco a series of free, public lectures concerning the art of photography the weekend of October 13-15, 2017. These events are part of the 2017 Society for Photographic Education’s South Central Regional Conference (SPESC). This year’s theme is called THIS, THAT, or The OTHER: Considering the Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography. It is sponsored by a partnership of Baylor University and Tarleton State University.  These events are also free to the public due to the support of grants from Texas Humanities, and the Texas Photographic Society.


The first free, public lecture will be featuring photographers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison on October 13, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaeffer Fine Arts Center at Baylor University.   Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison are a husband and wife duo who have been making photographs together for almost 20 years. Their work focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment.
The ParkeHarrisons’ work can be found in over 20 prestigious museum collections, and their book The Architect’s Brother was named one of the ten best photography books by the New York Times in 2000.

The second free public lecture will be on Saturday, October 14th from 7:00 to 9 pm and will feature Charlotte Cotton. This lecture will also take place at the Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaeffer Fine Arts Center at Baylor University. Charlotte Cotton is a curator, writer and creative consultant who has explored photographic culture for over twenty years. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and the curator, head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and curator-in-residence at the International Center of Photography, NY. Her book, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, is published in ten languages and has been a key text in its charting of the rise of photography as an undisputed art form in the 21st century.

All events are free and open to the public.  If you have any questions, please write them to Chris Ireland at

Opening Monday at TSU Gallery – Valerie Powell

Valerie Powell When you were Home Acrylic & ink on Shrinky Dink 8.5” x 11” 

The Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present its first exhibition of the 2017/18 season.  Valerie Powell’s solo exhibition, Civil Wars features new drawings & sculptures as well as a site specific wall installation created specifically for the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery, containing imagery & forms inspired by conflict. Continuing to investigate the complexities of the human condition, Powell’s new work reflects upon memories of personal tension/internal conflict as well as our growing national/global unrest while maintaining a playful artifice. The exhibition will be on display from August 28 – September 22nd.

Powell’s art making practice is centered around Shrinky-Dinks {a sort of magical shrinkable plastic material} which has the ability to evolve from a thin two dimensional sheet of plastic into a three dimensional object that takes up space once heat is introduced. This plastic material is put through intense stress; it contorts, shrinks, melts and folds into itself, only then to rebound and emerge as something new and stronger. This material has allowed Powell’s work to investigate what it means to be human, be under stress & what it means to recover.

Valerie Powell  earned her MFA  from Washington State University and a MA & BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her work has been widely exhibited across the US & abroad, at venues that include: Lawndale Art Center {Houston, TX}; Blackfish Gallery {Portland, OR}; The Ogden Museum {New Orleans, LA}; Gallery 50 {Toronto, Canada}; The Can Serrat International Art Center {El Bruc, Spain} and La Porte Peinte Centre for the Arts {Noyers sur Serein, France}. Valerie currently resides in Huntsville, Texas where she has serious fun teaching & coordinating the WASH {Workshop in Art Studio + History} foundations program at Sam Houston State University.

Senior Exhibition schedule change – Braden Preston and Brandi Alfred

Brandi Alfred and Braden Preston’s Senior Exhibition will be postponed due to the aftermath of the Great Tarleton Flood of 2017. The exhibit will be up during finals week 5/9 though 5/13. The presentations will be scheduled soon, at a time when all the faculty can be be present. More information will be coming soon. The next exhibit, Traci Zook and Maria Beasley, will commence as scheduled.

Senior Exhibition Series starts this week

Starting next week, the Art and Digital Media Studies Senior Exhibition Series. Below is the following schedule. All Senior Lectures will be at 12 noon in the Gallery.

Leslie Richardson: April 10 -12 with lecture on 11th
Ryne Clem / Marybeth Powers: April 13-17 with lecture on 13th (Mary Beth) and the 17th (Ryne)
Braden Preston / Brandi Alfred: April 18 -20 with lecture on 18th (Brandi), and 19th (Braden)
Maria Beasley / Traci Zook: April 21 -25 with lecture on 21st (Maria) and 24 (Traci)
Sarah Castillo: April 26 -28 with lecture on 27th
Shelby Culberson: May 1-3 with lecture on 5/1st
Julie Richmond: May 4-8 with lecture on 5/8th