Department News

Performance and Video in Glasstire and 3G

Annie Strader's fifth annual presentation of her students' Performance Art and Video, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow V, received notice in Glasstire, the influential and widely read online magazine devoted to Texas Visual Art.

The must-see event is one night only on Wednesday 5-7pm in the 3G gallery.

Animation Students Attend Expo

Assistant Professor of Computer Animation Willie Williams attended the sixth annual CTN animation eXpo in Burbank, California on November 21-23. Accompanying him to this event were Sam Houston State Animation alumni Jeff Hankins, Alexander Guerin and current senior Cara Wakefield. This event is the only one of its kind bringing together top professionals from both the traditional and digital worlds of animation. The students and Professor Williams attended live demonstrations, master workshops, panel discussions, and networking receptions. The students also had the opportunity to enjoy one-on-one personal consultation with creative professionals from top studios about their work. In attendance were recruiters from Pixar, Reel FX, Blue Sky, Moonbot, and Sony Animation just to name a few. This year’s event was truly remarkable as they continue to empower students, network with other creative talents, and engage with studios and educators.

Matt Weedman News and Event

Matt Weedman’s recent performance tour with The Flinching Eye Collective was featured on Houston Public Media.

Weedman will also be doing a multimedia performance as part of The GhostWood Sessions at Two Bronze Doors in Dallas, TX Saturday, December 13, 2014.!ghostwoodsessions/c1i1h

Morin in India

Assistant Professor Edward Morin's collage animation "As Dreams Sometimes Do" will be included in a screening of selections from the CologneOFF X in Guwahati, India on November 28, 2014. The event is being sponsored by the Academy of Electronic Arts, and will take place at the Research and Innovation Ashram, an experimental new arts and technology space in Rukmini Nagar, Guwahati.

Annie Strader and Bridge Club Events

Annie Strader’s collaborative The Bridge Club created a new live performance for Press Street’s Antenna Gallery as part of Prospect 3+ New Orleans International Art Biennial. The performance took place on Saturday October 25. Website

Annie Strader’s performance work titled “Warning Signs” and “What Remains” both from The Trailer Project with The Bridge Club were written about  in two essays by Dr. Melinda Barlow for Flow online journal of television and media studies, University of Texas at Austin.

"Without Warning"

"When Sleepers Awake and Yet Still Dream”

Matthew Weedman's Flinching Eye

Matthew Weedman is performing with “The Flinching Eye Collective” this week in Austin, Dallas and Houston. Their live experimental sound and video show has toured to multiple venues in the U.S including being featured in Currents New Media Festival this past summer. Weedman received the Idea Fund Grant to support this tour and you can read more about it here in interviews he did with Texas Arts and Culture Magazine  and in the  Dallas Observer.

Tudor Mitroi Exhibitions

Tudor Mitroi is participating in Object Object!!, a group exhibition curated by good good things (Jessica McCambly and John Oliver Lewis) at Helmuth Projects in San Diego, CA. The exhibit opened November 1, and will have a closing reception December 6.

Tudor is also participating in the City of Houston Citizenship Month Art Exhibition. The exhibit debuts at the Asia Society on November 7 and will continue in the City Hall Annex November 10-28.

Borcherding Awarded Residency

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has awarded Kate Borcherding an Arts/Industry Residency for 2015 in the Foundry at Kohler Company.

Taehee Kim in Given Form

Taehee Kim has had two of her works are accepted in Given Form at Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, MO, November 13 - December 26, 2014.

Cascio at the MAC

Chris Cascio was chosen as the recipient of this year’s one-person exhibition in the New Works Space at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 5:30  to 7:30 pm. The MAC is located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, in the Uptown District of Dallas.

Christopher Cascio: Current Obsessions will be on view through December 20, 2014.

Presentations At MACAA

Matthew Weedman will be presenting at the Mid America College Art Association Conference, MASH UP; Navigating Art and Academia in this Millennium held in San Antonio, Texas, October 22-24th. Weedman will be presenting his paper titled, “Shifting Perspective: Strategies for evolving the conversation of education and success,” on the panel titled “Jobs and Careers?: Art Education in the Current Educational Climate.”

Annie Strader will also be presenting on a different panel. Strader’s presentation is titled “The Real World: Embedding Professional Experiences in Undergraduate Studies” in the session titled: Enhancing Undergraduate Research.

Valerie Powell will be presenting a paper on Creative Risk and  chairing a session on Enhancing Undergraduate Research.

Borcherding Solo Show

Kate Borcherding has a Solo Exhibit, of ceramic sculptures influenced by historic sections of Baltimore. Baltimore's Half Moving Memories is at Baltimore Clayworks October 4-November 14. She will also be giving a public lecture and workshop there on November 15 & 16.

Strader at Kennedy Museum of Art

Annie Strader’s work with her collaborative The Bridge Club is featured in Women III at the Kennedy Museum of Art on the Ohio University campus, September 5, 2014 – January 18, 2015

This solo exhibit features a series of large scale photographs from The Trailer project and is in conjunction with the exhibit Women III, the third and final iteration of the Women themed exhibition series that focuses on work that was made in conjunction with third wave feminism. Third wave feminism interrogated media images of those with marginalized identities in order to demonstrate how those identities were ideological constructions rather then biologically and racially based.

Curated by Jennie Klein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Art+Design, Ohio University
September 5, 2014 – January 18, 2015, KENNEDY MUSEUM OF ART

Morin in French Film Festival

Computer Animation Professor Edward Morin's video In Between Here and There continues to get attention and has been selected for the Without Words Film Festival 2014 which will take place on Friday November 30, 2014 at Théâtre du Saulcy, University of Lorraine, Metz, France. Morin was one of nineteen participants to be selected out of 263 entries.

Ericca Garrison is a Wonder Woman

Faculty member Errica Garrison who is teaching Interactive Design online is featured in an article in the Plant City Times and Observer.

Tudor Mitroi in Dallas Show

Faculty member Tudor Mitroi is one of the Houston artists included in Draped Up & Dripped Out: Houston Contemporary Artists Part 2 at Cliff Gallery at Mountain View College in Dallas now through September 26.

Morin in More

Computer Animation Professor Edward Morin's video In Between Here and There continues to get attention and has been selected to be screened at FILMIDEO 2014, which will take place at the Index Art Center. The event will begin September 27th.

Morin Screenings and Hangings

Professor Edward Morin's animation "In Between Here and There" was selected for the INSTA Media Fest, at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and screened September 12.

His works on paper were selected for the exhibition "Everything Paper" at the UNO Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Omaha. The show opened August 29, and closes October 2.

Powell Residencies and Conferences

Professor Valerie Powell's Site Specific Installation, "Watermark" is in a a medieval bathhouse in Noyers Sure Serein, France where she had a residency last summer at LA PORTE PEINTE CENTRE POUR LES ARTS.  

Valerie also did a residency this summer at Sparkbox Studios in Ontario, Canada. She will be interviewed on a Canadian radio station, CKUW 95.9 FM,  to discuss her residency and her work, Thursday, September 11. The interview will be posted as a podcast.

As a board member of FATE, she is actively participating in the organization of the FATE conference & chairing a session on the role of the Foundations Coordinator within an Art dept, March 25-28, 2015.

Faculty Present at SECAA

For the second year in a row, both Edward Morin and Valerie Powell will be presenting at the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference, October 8-11 in Sarasota, Florida. Morin will present "In Between Here and There: Abstract and Collage Animation" in a session titled "Digital Embodiment: New Media and Materiality in the Visual Arts".

Powell will be presenting a paper on a Drawing panel & chairing a session on Collaboration at the conference.

Finley in Photo Shows

Art Faculty Rebecca Finley's work was included in XY: Masculinty in Photography at Darkroom Gallery in Essex Jct, Vermont July 17-August 10. One of her two included pieces won the People's Choice Award.

Three of Finley's works are included in Conversations at Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, August 1 - September 14.

Two works will be included in Sheltered: art benefit for companion animals at risk at Davis Art Center, Davis, CA October 10 - November 14, 2014.

Mednicov to Present in Sweden

Art History faculty Dr. Melissa Mednicov will present her paper "Transmitting Global Pop: The Dylaby Exhibition," at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the Art In Transfer Conference, supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, November 6 - 8, 2014.

Amorous to Make Art Rendezvous

Martin Amorous has been invited by Wild Earth Studio to participate in an Art Makers Rendezvous in Northern New Mexico, Sept 12 – Sept 21, 2014.

Wild Earth Studio is John Wenger and a revolving team of artists who initiate site art projects and adventure in order to activate personal and collective connections to the natural world. The Fall Project will incorporate all media and video presentations.

More at Wild Earth Studio

Strader and Weedman Collaborate

Annie Strader and Matthew Weedman’s collaborative site-specific installation work titled “Purported to be Dark” was included in the online exhibit and print catalogue “Reclaimed: Installation, Performance and Site-Specific Works.”

Reclaimed looks to broaden the audience for contemporary ceramic installation, performance and site-specific works and to act as a visual collection to showcase this prevalent methodology. The ArtAxis board of directors and the Executive Director were the jurors for Reclaimed.

Mednicov in Art Journal

Dr. Melissa Mednicov's article Pink, White, and Black: The Strange Case of James Rosenquist’s Big Bo, has been published in the most recent Issue of Art Journal, College Art Association's publication on contemporary art. A copy is available for reading in the Art Office.


Kate Borcherding
33rd National Print Exhibition (group exhibition)
Artlink, Fort Wayne Indiana
April 26-May 29, 2013 PDF

Biennial 600: Printmaking (group exhibition)
Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX
May 17- August 11, 2013

Memory Diaries Art Installation, Door Bluff Headlands County Park
Public Art Installation
Summer 2013

Chuck Drumm
The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show (group exhibition)
Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
May 17 - July 13, 2013

Art at the X (group exhibition)
Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH
August 23- October 11, 2013

26th Annual September Competition
Alexandria Museum of Art
Alexandria, Louisiana
September 6–November 23, 2013

Michael Henderson
Dallas Sites: Available Space
Group exhibit, Dallas Museum of Art
July 19-August 18, 2013

The Trojan Box
Group exhibit, Art League Houston
August 16-September 20, 2013

Taehee Kim
Cell Mates (group exhibition)
Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
June 2 – July 18, 2013

Blasphemy and Devotion: Redefining the Spiritual in Art (group exhibition)
Art Gallery, Delaware County Community College,
Media, PA
March 26-April 26, 2013

Daniel MacFarlane
2013 Texas Biennial (group exhibition)
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
San Antonio, TX
September 5 – November 9, 2013

Tudor Mitroi
Intervals (four person exhibition)
Lone Star College, Kingwood
October-November 2013

Howard Sherman: Artist’s Picks
February 7- March 28, 2013
Houston Arts Alliance

The Trojan Box
Group exhibit, Art League Houston
August 16-September 20, 2013

Edward Morin
Solo Exhibition
Box 13 ArtSpace
Houston, TX
November 2-December 7, 2013

Valerie Powell
Solo Exhibition/Artist in Residence
La Porte Peinte Centre for the Arts, Noyers France
Summer 2013

Annie Strader
2013 Texas Biennial (group exhibition)
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
San Antonio, TX
September 5 – November 9, 2013

Currents 2013; The Santa Fe International New Media Festival
Santa Fe, NM
June 14-30, 2013

Micro Residencies at Post-Studio

One current Studio Art major and and three alumni were accepted into the Micro-residency program at Post-Studio Projects in Houston, TX. Alumni Luke Ikard, Katelyn Newman and Kailey Shea will participate in a six-month program from November 2014 - April 2015. Current Studio Art major Frank Graham was also awarded a residency. The program is Led by artist Elaine Kuckertz, and  offers studio space and support to 4-6 artists seeking guidance in lauching their careers. Frank wanted to thank the Student Art Association for providing him with information about this opportunity.

Computer Animation Alumnus Making Games

For the past 2 months, Computer Animation alumnus Jeff Hankins has been working as an animator for Stoic on their new project Banner Saga 2, a sequel to The Banner Saga, an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Jeff is working with the Stoic team to produce animations for cut scenes, visual effects, and turn based game play. Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012.

Bertalot in Houston Show

Recent alum Daniel Bertalot is in a 3-person show at galleryHOMELAND in Houston now through October 18.

Jennifer Ellison at Rudolph Blum / Artscan

Recent Alumnus Jennifer Ellison, BFA Studio Art, is in "Entangled: Sculptures by Jennifer Ellison, Larry Graeber, Alex Larsen, Betsy Odom, Robert Pena Jr, Patrick Renner" at Rudolph Blum / Artscan Gallery in Houston now through October 18.

Nathan Sapio at LSC Gallery

Art Department Alumni Nathan Sapio has an exhibition of recent work at the LSC Gallery now through September 13.

Katelyn Newman at Project Row Houses
Katelyn Newman, who received her BFA in Studio Art and minor in Art History in August was selected to participate in Project Row Houses Summer Stuidos program. The work she created during here residency will be on view at Project Row Houses through September 14.

The Summer Studios Program was developed to provide an opportunity for emerging artists to create and exhibit work that responds to, engages and/or is reflective of community. This program is open to seven local college/university art students, nominated by their professors and selected by a panel of professional artists. This Program is open to students who are interested in making art in an urban community setting, engaging with the PRH/ Third Ward Community and interacting with established Houston-based artists.

Katelyn also begins an internship this fall at Lawndale Art Center.

More at Katelyn Newman Summer Studios 2014

Graduates Headed for MFA's

Emily Howard, 2013 BFA Studio Art Alumni started an MFA program in Ceramics at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Daniel Bertalot, 2013 BFA Studio Art Alumni started an MFA program in Visual Art at Southern Methodist University.

Wendy Franklin, 2013 BFA Studio Art Alumni started an MFA program in Ceramics at Texas A&M Commerce.

Elise Weber, 2014 BFA Photography Alumni started an MFA program in Photography at University of Houston.

Farrah Al Sulaiman, 2014 BFA Photography Alumni started an MFA program in Multimedia at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ashley Dehoyos, BFA Photography minor in Art History, has begun her MFA in Curatorial Practices at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sarah Murff, BFA Studio Art, began working on her MFA in painting at West Texas A&M.

Big Show Winner
Laura Pregeant is one of three winners of the $1000 awards in The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center. The exhibit was juried by Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director of The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.
Laura will graduate this summer. Other SHSU students included in the show are Amber Eggleton, Elise Weber, and Justin Zachary (aka Justin Casius). 981 works were submitted by 382 artists. 115 works by 106 artists were selected. 3 awards of $1000 were given.

Kim Cook on KPFT

SHSU Department of Art alumnus Kim Cook was featured on Living Art, the KPFT radio program. She talked about Post Studio Projects, the exhibition space she has recently launched in Houston after returning from graduate studies at San Francisco Art Institute. At Post Studio, Kim has held exhibits of work by our current students and alumni. She mentions SHSU several times in the interview. You can listen to it at this link to KPFT, Living Art, Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:00 pm.

Post Studio Website

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