Artistic works by 16 faculty members from the Texas A&M College of Architecture are featured in the 12th Architecture Faculty Biennial exhibition, a University Art Galleries showcase on display in the Memorial Student Center’s J. Wayne Stark Gallery March 24 - May 14, 2021.
The exhibition, a tradition held biennially since 1973, is a way to elevate the talents of College of Architecture faculty outside of the Langford Architecture Center buildings, according to University Art Gallery Director Catherine Hastedt.
“This year’s works range from paintings and sculptures to photography. There is something for everyone to enjoy,” Hastedt said. “Texas A&M has a lot to offer in the fine arts. I hope that [after seeing the exhibit] people will have a better sense of the fantastic art being produced right here on campus and in our community.”
College of Architecture Dean Jorge Vanegas said he’s incredibly proud that the university and public will have a chance to see the outstanding work of college faculty.
“Imagination, creativity, and artistic talent are three of the outstanding attributes of our faculty,” Vanegas said. “The Architecture Faculty Biennial has always offered the Texas A&M community at large an opportunity to experience and appreciate first-hand the wide, deep, and diverse range of talent in visual arts, using various types of media, from traditional media such as painting and sculpture, to advanced photography.”
With the past year so impacted by COVID-19, many faculty members created virus and isolation-inspired artwork.
“Artists have always tackled contemporary issues through art, which is a great example of what this exhibition is all about,” Hastedt. “Art is the ultimate form of expressive activity and helps to stimulate discussion as well as open people’s eyes to different points of view.”
Gallery organizers say they hope this biennial provides an opportunity to connect students outside of the College of Architecture to the work that is being done at A&M by faculty at the university.
“Texas A&M University is a very large campus and unless you have classes in Langford, it is unlikely you would know about the artists who teach there,” Hastedt said. “This exhibition showcases their art to a much broader audience.”
By Aubrey Vogel