April 16 - May 17, 2012
Juried by Aleksandar Mladenovic
Featuring Lakita Costner, Angela Crane, Stephanie Flier, Sarah Fowler, Corey Beth LaBuff, Erica Moses, Lindsay Rosenhagen, Michael St. Amand, Laurie Vincent, Kristy Watt, Zachary Yeager.
"After having participated on the jury of the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) at University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2010, I am honored to be back as the juror for the annual BFA exhibition. Language of art is universal. Each artist or art student gives her/his creative process a personal mark. So is the case with UHCL students; they are aware of the contemporary trends in visual art but their work is also very individual. They find their own theme, color palette, and shapes from nature and the environment. What I found especially interesting is that the students are open-minded to experimentation and exploration of materials. And they are successful in the various disciplines of art, be it drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, textile (fabric) design, photography, or digital media. The result sometimes goes beyond one discipline, proving that the education that art students receive at UHCL is a contemporary and interdisciplinary/hybrid artistic approach. The border between fine art and applied art is blurred, which is necessary to adopt before becoming a professional artist. Students have a wonderful opportunity to learn from professors that are experts both as practicing artists and as teachers. They also benefit from highly professional workshop facilities. Students have, as it can be observed from the selected works, implemented the skills and knowledge of each discipline to the level that is more advanced than the average for their age. Some of them already have a consistent body of work, others are exploring various techniques and styles. Many have defined their interest in 2D or 3D work. The main goal of undergraduate art studies is to develop each student's individual creative potential and mastering of basic art elements, which prepares them for further development in creative practice. The students in the UHCL Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition 2012 have clearly demonstrated that they have achieved this goal."