XIX Biennal Art Exhibition: A curation of UTSA faculty artwork


Jason Willome: The Most Absurd Stories With The Most Serious Faces Acrylic on canvas. Photo by Robyn Castro

Katrina Clements

XIX Biennial UTSA Art Faculty Exhibition features works across all mediums, showcasing new, seasoned and established faculty members’ art throughout the UTSA art gallery. The variety of art styles and formats allow for a unique gallery experience, especially when taking into account that the artists are fellow Roadrunners. This engaging exhibition has been on display since Sept. 4 and will be shown until Oct. 4.

When entering the gallery space, a wave of sounds from the digital and film pieces cross the viewer’s path and guides them from piece to piece. Sarah Lasley’s “Totality” HD video loop visually displays a mountain range scene with different individuals coming into frame and moving across the screen while immersed in song. These singers display raw and unedited emotion through their vocal performance, which is enhanced by the unique sound system used in this piece. The sound streams from a speaker hanging from the ceiling, encapsulated by a glass dome, which creates an echo and concentration of sound depending on where the viewer is standing. Each video loop display in the gallery tells a story in the form of movement, sound or conversation.

The assortment of paintings, drawings and mixed media works that cover the walls of the gallery can create connections to historical art pieces. “RISD 62” by Ron Binks is a charcoal drawing of a woman with an exaggerated facial structure, similar to Picasso’s style of illustration in his modernism period. Buster Graybill’s “Shuttlecock” is constructed out of lawn chair straps and shuttlecocks, and badminton birdies, creating a grid-like and diagonal design which reflects elements of the minimalist era of art. Each piece can be enjoyed by art enthusiasts and art novices alike with the variety of styles, cultures and contextual references shown through these works.

Each work displayed is a reflection of the talent and creativity of the UTSA faculty members who submitted their works to this exhibition. The XIX Faculty Exhibition’s variety allows anyone to visit and experience something that moves them. The exhibition is free and located behind the Arts building on UTSA’s Main Campus. It will be closing on Oct. 4, so stop by after class and enjoy these works from our Roadrunner faculty before they’re gone.