The Museum of the Southwest in Midland opened the third of five exhibitions last week in the West Texas Triangle featuring the artwork of Ken Little. Little received the honor of being named the 2014 TEXAS STATE VISUAL ARTIST – 3D in a public ceremony sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin last year.
KEN LITTLE, was born in Canyon, Texas, received his B.F. A. from Texas Tech University and M.F.A. from the University of Utah. He has been a professor of sculpture at UTSA since 1998. As the 2014 featured artist of the West Texas Triangle, his work is being presented in Abilene, Albany, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo between May and November this year.
The West Texas Triangle is a collaboration between five art museums in West Texas. Besides the Museum of the Southwest, the group includes the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, the Grace Museum in Abilene, the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition schedule is as follows.
The Grace Museum: May 8 – August 9
The Old Jail Art Center: June 7 – September 7
Museum of the Southwest: June 13 – August 24
Ellen Noel Art Museum: TBD
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts: July 10 – November 7
June 25, 2014 Comments Off
On Saturday April 20th, Collin College sculpture faculty and students successfully poured cast iron for the first time in the history of the Collin College Art Department. This epic feat was made possible by a dedicated group of sculpture students who worked together to safely pour over 800 lbs. of cast iron under the direction of Sculpture Professor Luke Sides and Art Labs Coordinator Joel Kiser.
In the weeks leading up to the Iron Pour, Sculpture students diligently collected scrap bathtubs and assisted in the welding of sand pits, while at the same time working on their own molds to be cast. All of the iron poured was actually collected by hand breaking cast iron bathtubs and sinks into small potato chip size pieces to be collected and poured into a homemade Cupola furnace, constructed by Art Labs Coordinator Joel Kiser.
The event was made more spectacular by Visiting Artist John Robert “Jack” Craft, who shared his art-making process and life experiences as a rancher with the Sculpture students. Jack Craft was the Sculpture Area’s first Visiting Artist who worked hand in hand with the Sculpture students. The presence of the Visiting Artist at this first ever Collin College Iron Pour, helped to energize the Sculpture students’ art-making processes and infuse in them a newfound teamwork, confidence, and camaraderie. Not only did the iron furnace successfully run, it ran faster and smoother than expected, resulting in over 800 lbs. of cast iron forms. The success of the Iron Pour was also reinforced by the large amount of alumni who showed up to cheer on the pour teams and be part of this wonderful event. The Iron Pour has also opened the doors for beneficial relationships with other academic institutions and laid the foundations for future Iron Casting workshops that will serve to benefit Sculpture students and The Art Department as a whole.
Said Sides about the event, “With the concerted effort of our students, support staff, and Visiting Artist, we made this Iron Pour a great success! It was an amazing event that brought together people from the community, potential students, current students and alumni. Art-making is usually a solo endeavor and the Iron pour forced the students to work together towards a common goal. Can’t wait until we do this again! ”
April 29, 2013 Comments Off
Attention all Texas Sculptors
2012 Texas Sculpture Symposium – San Angelo, Texas
October 26 & 27, 2012
Presented by The Sculpture Network of Texas in collaboration with San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the First Annual Salmon Sculpture Competition, Angelo State University Department of Art & Music, and Texas Tech University School of Art.
REGISTRATION FORM: This year’s Symposium is FREE courtesy of the Sculpture Network of Texas with completed Registration Form (all you have to cover is travel, lodging and some meals).
Pre-Register now to receive a Symposium Badge which provides you free lunch on Saturday, access to the Symposium Attendee Sculpture Show and Reception Saturday afternoon, and a ticket to the Saturday night BBQ.
SYMPOSIUM HOTEL: A block of rooms reserved at Inn of the Conchos, 325-658-2811, at $99.95 per night (double occupancy). Please call and book by the end of the day on October 12. Other hotels in San Angelo might have lower rates – but Reserve Your Rooms NOW! (A roping competition that same weekend is expected to have all the rooms in town sold out quickly.)
ATTENDEE EXHIBITION: As in the past, Symposium attendees are invited to bring a small portable sculpture (“that you can carry under your arm” – about 12x12x12 inches) for an Attendee Exhibition. The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts has generously provided their COOP Gallery for display of these works. Reception for this exhibition will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Saturday.
Friday, October 26th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Symposium Speaker Sessions on Angelo State campus
5:30 – 9:00 pm Opening Reception and Party for Salmon Sculpture Competition at San Angelo Sunken Garden Park
Saturday, October 27th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Iron Pour – Texas Atomic Iron Commission, Old Chicken Art Farm Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Stone Workshop – Jesús Moroles, Old Chicken Art Farm Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm “The Great Reveal” – unveiling of mosaic sculptures throughout San Angelo [student volunteer opportunities available]
2:00 – 3:30 pm Installation of Symposium Attendee sculpture show at COOP Gallery and other Coates Avenue Galleries
4:00 – 6:00 pm Reception for Symposium Attendee Sculpture Show, COOP Gallery
6:30 pm – till done Symposium BBQ, Old Chicken Farm Art Center
Send in Registration Form by October 17th.
October 2, 2012 Comments Off
Project Scope: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission an artist to create an outdoor public sculpture to be located on the lawn at the Northeast corner of the new home to the College of Mass Communications. In light of the building’s new occupants, Texas Tech seeks designs that engage issues of media literacy and the liberal arts education. Media—both digital and more “traditional” forms—have become increasingly important in our lives, encompassing everything from the political process, to entertainment, to quality of life and beyond. Questions to consider may include: What potential effect(s) do media have on people? What is the role of media in a democratic society? How have media affected broader cultural constructs, and how do they continue to do so? Ideal submissions will unify the newly renovated building and the surrounding campus architecture, and will be made of durable, low-maintenance materials. Proposals incorporating color and texture are welcomed. In order to be considered, submissions must attend to the conceptual goals outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.
Project Budget: $235,000 (All Inclusive). This amount is inclusive of all costs associated with this public art project including, but not limited to, artist fees, other consultants’ fees, insurance to cover the scope of the project, materials, fabrication, transportation, and installation (including any site modification).
The RFP can be found at:
In the gallery of images below, the “field of green” represents the area proposed for the artwork site.
December 19, 2011 Comments Off
Friday, November 4th
12:00-5:00 pm: Registration, ARC Complex, Tyler
6:00-8:00 pm: Opening comments and keynote speaker John Van Alstine
8:00 pm – Later: Gathering on the Tyler downtown Square for networking.
Saturday, November 5th
9:00-10:15 am: Kurt Dyrhaug on Franconia Sculpture Park and Residency.
10:30 am-noon: Community Art Spaces. Les Bruning.
Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch. (A list of several local spots will be provided).
1:30-3:00 pm: Performance Art Panel. Ken Little and Mat Kubo
3:00-6:00 pm: Iron Pour by the Texas Atomic Iron Commission
6:00 pm – Later: Convene to Stanley’s Famous Barbeque for dinner and music.
Sunday, November 6th
9:00-10:30 am: Closing Speaker, Fred Tschida
10:30-11:30 am: SNTX Business Meeting
October 17, 2011 Comments Off
SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM UPDATE:
Attention Sculpture Students – a special exhibition space will be provided for display of small sculpture by attending students.
Register now at Sculpture Symposium website.
For additional information contact Dewane Hughes at <mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org>.
October 4, 2011 Comments Off
Register Now for this year’s Texas Sculpture Symposium!
November 4-6, 2011 at The University of Texas at Tyler. Go to the Symposium website for full details and Registration Form.
SUBMIT NOW for your opportunity to exhibit in one of TWO sculpture exhibitions to be organized by the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Tyler during the 2011 Texas Sculpture Symposium.
Deadline for sculpture submission has been extended to October 13th (postmark date).
For additional information about the exhibits or Symporium, contact Symposium Chair, Dewane Hughes (Associate Professor, UT-Tyler) at 903-565-5510 or email@example.com.
September 28, 2011 Comments Off
The Texas Tech University System has posted three new Requests for Proposals (RFP) for art projects at Angelo State University, in accordance with the System policies for 1% for art for new construction projects.
The information packages available at the respective links will need to be downloaded and submitted separately for each of the projects.
Rec Center/Center for Human Performance Public Art
Request for Proposals can be found at:
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission an artist to develop outdoor public sculpture to be located on the North side of the building to serve as a visual representation of the focus of wellness, with a sense of recreation. Responses will be received until 2PM, CDT, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 by Linda Owen in Facilities Planning & Construction, Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech Plaza, 1901 University, Lubbock, Texas, 79410, Box 42014, Lubbock, TX 79409-2014. If you have questions regarding this procurement please contact Allyson Keslin at (806) 742-2116 or fax (806) 742-1169. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all responses and to waive any or all formalities
Porter Henderson Library Public Art
Request for Proposals can be found at:
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission an artist to develop an outdoor public sculpture to be located on the North side of the Porter Henderson Library in close proximity to the new main entrance with a sense of academia that is vibrant and contemporary. Responses will be received until 2PM, CDT, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 by Linda Owen in Facilities Planning & Construction, Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech Plaza, 1901 University, Lubbock, Texas, 79410, Box 42014, Lubbock, TX 79409-2014. If you have questions regarding this procurement please contact Allyson Keslin at (806) 742-2116 or fax (806) 742-1169. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all responses and to waive any or all formalities.
Plaza Verde Residence Hall Public Art
Request for Proposal can be found at:
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission an artist to develop outdoor public sculpture(s) to be located in the circle of the University Mall sidewalk on a center line between the flagpole at the Junell Center to south and the clubhouse of Plaza Verde in the seating area of the Campus Green. Responses will be received until 2PM, CDT, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 by Linda Owen in Facilities Planning & Construction, Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech Plaza, 1901 University, Lubbock, Texas, 79410, Box 42014, Lubbock, TX 79409-2014. If you have questions regarding this procurement please contact Allyson Keslin at (806) 742-2116 or fax (806) 742-1169. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all responses and to waive any or all formalities.
June 21, 2011 Comments Off
New York artist, John Van Alstine, will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2011 Texas Sculpture Symposium. Presented by the University of Texas at Tyler in collaboration with the Sculpture Network of Texas, this fall’s Symposium will be held November 4th – 6th on the UT-Tyler campus in Tyler, Texas.
The Symposium will include juried outdoor and indoor sculpture exhibitions, workshops, presentations as well as the usual music, barbeque, beer and networking that the annual symposium is known for.
Stay tuned for more details to come. Or contact Dewane Hughes, Symposium Chair and TSNT President, at DHughes@uttyler.edu.
April 26, 2011 Comments Off
The Texas Tech University System Public Art Committee is seeking proposals from artists to create large-scale artwork for the new Rawls College of Business Administration building at the Lubbock, Texas campus. The final product will contribute significantly to the public art collection at Texas Tech and enhance and compliment the newly-constructed 149,000 square foot facility.
Budget: $675,000 (all-inclusive)
Submission deadline: 2:00PM, CDT, Wednesday, May 25, 2011
To view the full RFP, go to http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=94003.
Please forward this URL to all interested parties.
For questions, please contact: Allyson Keslin, Public Art Manager at 806.742.2116.
April 12, 2011 Comments Off