Gallery Unveils UTA’s Diverse Collections

Historic artwork and hidden treasures are part of The Gallery at UTA’s opening exhibition for the 2015-2016 school year.

“Building: Selections from the University Art Collection,” which runs Sept. 8 through Oct. 10, features works chosen from several art and artifact collections at The University of Texas at Arlington. With media ranging from contemporary prints, photographs and paintings, to early- and mid-20th century prints by well-known artists such as Ruscha, Picasso, Dali, Miro, Baskin and others, to modern and contemporary glass works, as well as fascinating wood, ceramic and bronze pieces from the African Art Collection that demonstrate several hundred years of creative process, this exhibition has been organized to illuminate some “rare gems” not widely seen by the general public.

“These collections speak to the same breadth of diversity that can be found here at UTA,” said Cheryl Mitchell, collections specialist in the Department of Art & Art History. “Each of these collections carries its own unique qualities and opportunities of educational knowledge and discovery to share with the university campus and local, surrounding communities.”

Cooperatively organized by Mitchell, Gallery Curator and Director Benito Huerta, Department Chair and Professor Robert Hower and Glass Area Coordinator Justin Ginsberg, the selection of works illustrates the department’s goal to expand the collection and make it more accessible as a cultural resource for the community. The collections include the Jonathan A. Campbell & Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection, the Brodie African Art Collection, the Mac Stiles Glass Collection, the Master of Fine Arts Program Collection, the Faculty Works Collection and the Orphan Works. Recently, the department has taken over the care and stewardship of the Allan Saxe Masterworks Collection, including one of a kind works on paper by master artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Leonard Baskin.

“This exhibition is the start of a meaningful commitment to provide a richer, more expansive view of the art forms of our time,” said Hower. “We will continue to build our modest, but dynamic collection of over 400 works, which provides a critical context for all interested in the artists’ process of creating. These first gifts — from longtime friends and new patrons — represent a perfect start to expand and strengthen the art experiences we provide our communities, the people of Texas, and visitors from around the world.”

A reception for the exhibition is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street in Arlington.

For more information contact Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or http://www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2015-2016 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin.

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About the College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts at UT Arlington serves more than 4,000 students enrolled in 26 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs. National accreditation includes the Department of Art & Art History through the National Association of Schools of Art & Design and the Department of Music through the National Association of Schools of Music. The College of Liberal Arts employs more than 300 faculty across 12 departments; faculty awards for research and creative activity include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, a winner of La Cruz Andina de Oro [Andean Golden Cross] from the Bolivian Government, and multiple awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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