We would like to welcome you and thank you for being a part of Art + Community, the 42nd Annual TASA conference, hosted by St. Edward’s University. We’ve had a lot of fun planning this year’s conference, and hope you enjoy what’s in store. The 2010 conference theme, Art + Community: a shared dialog of green art, social activism, collaboration and community art, explores the open exchange of ideas, influences, policies and actions that artists and communities engage in both at the local and global level. With over 40 speakers from all corners of Texas, and a keynote speech and workshop from Houston-born artist Mel Chin, we hope this will be an exciting fun-filled conference. conference chairs Hollis Hammonds & Angela Rodgers
Session I Schedule Friday April 9th 2:00pm
Mel Chin Keynote Speaker
Session II Schedule Friday April 9th 3:30pm
Ken Dawson Little Paul Henna Lecture
Session III Schedule Saturday April 10th 9:30am
Stacy Schultz Art History Presentation
Session IV Schedule Saturday April 10th 11:00 am
Catherine Caesar Art History Presentation
TASA Conference Sponsors
Robert Hite St. Edward’s University Sponsored Speaker
St. Edward’s University Campus Map
One Cube Foot Exibit
Austin Key Points
Interconnected: TASA Student Exibition
Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951, he graduated from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1975, and later moved to New York City in 1983. Chin is highly motivated by social, political and cultural realities, and his work reflects his concern for the environment and social consciousness. His work is often exhibited or installed in public spaces beyond the traditional confines of the gallery or museum. A conceptual artist, Chinâ€™s body of work ranges from earthworks to animated films. For Chin, art has the power to provoke greater social awareness and a sense of responsibility in the viewer. Through his community actions, he has engaged innercity neighborhoods and helped to rejuvenate local economies. His interest in science, ecology and the environment can be seen in some of his most famous works including Revival Field, s.p.a.w.n. and knowmad were featured in the first season of the pbs series art21 (Art in the Twenty First Century). His most recent project, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, is an innovative artwork made of millions of drawings. This creative collective action is intended to support Operation Paydirt, an extraordinary art/science project uniting three million children with educators, scientists, health care professionals, designers, urban planners, engineers and artists. After Katrina had wiped out much of New Orleans, Chin was invited to the city to see how he could make a difference in the community. Working with scientists, Chin found that the lead contamination in the soil in New Orleans was at a hazardous level. To find a solution to this problem, Operation Paydirt was put into action. In 2010, once Fundred reaches its goal of 3 million artworks, an armored truck, running on vegetable oil, will pick up the drawings and take them to Washington d.c., where we will request from Congress an even exchange of Fundred Dollars for 300 million dollars worth of aid for New Orleans.
Ken Dawson Little Paul Hanna Lecture
Ken Little was born in Canyon,Texas in 1947. He received a bfa from Texas Tech in 1970, and an mfa from the University of Utah in 1972. He has worked in various media including: bronze, ceramics, neon, performance, wood, steel, cast iron, $1 bills, shoes, and other found objects. His work has been featured in over 35 one person exhibitions, 200 group exhibitions, numerous national publications, and catalogs. Since 1988 he has been a Professor of Art (Sculpture) in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 1993, he has maintained a studio and alternative exhibition space, “Rose Amarillo” in downtown San Antonio.
His work is included in many public and private collections around the country. Collections include The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu Hawaii, The City of Seattle, The Nelson Gallery of the University of California at Davis, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle and many others. A sixty four page retrospective catalog titled, Ken Little: Little Changes with essays by Kay Whitney and Dave Hickey is available. His artist’s web site is found at www.kenlittle.com. Ken Little’s talk will cover his multi-faceted career, his artwork and its development over his lifetime.
Art History Presentation
Stacy Schultz received her Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University in 2004. Her previous teaching positions include two appointments as Visiting Assistant Professor at Kentucky Statement University (20042005) and The University of Texas at Arlington (2007-2008). She has also taught a variety of courses in the California State University system (CSU Northridge, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Bernardino, and San Diego State University) ranging from women’s studies to nineteenthcentury art. Professor Schultz’s research and teaching concentrate on the intersections of race and gender in contemporary performance art, photography, film, and video. Her dissertation, “The Female Body in Performance: Themes of Beauty, Body Image, Identity, and Violence,” has evolved into the departure point for two lectures given at the College Art Association: “Performing the Black Nude: The Artist’s Body as a Contested Site” (2005) and “Southern California Feminism and Body Image: A Performative Response” (2007). She will present her paper, “The Intersection of Social Activism and Community: Performing Civil Rights in Southern California”, at the 2010 TASA conference.
Catherine Caesar Art History Presentation
Catherine Caesar’s current research interests include feminist art, conceptual practice, and reading rooms/libraries in contemporary art. Earning her doctorate at Emory University in 2005, she produced a dissertation titled “Personae: The Feminist Conceptual Work of Eleanor Antin and Martha Rosler, 1968-1977.” She is an Assistant Professor of art at the University of Dallas. Caesar’s paper will investigate Robert Smithson’s notion of “aerial art”, investigating its relationship to the Texas landscape and its impact on the conception of sculpture and the formation of a modern, itinerant identity in a transglobal community.
St. Edward’s Sponsored Speaker
Born in 1956 in rural Virginia, Robert Hite attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. After studying traditional ink brush painting in Malaysia, he worked as a studio assistant with Washington Color School painter Leon Berkowitz. Informed both by a rich southern narrative tradition and a closeness to natural environments, Hite’s imagery often draws upon his memories of youthful wanderings in the Virginia tide waters. He has sought out and photographed rural dwellings not only in the southern United States and the Caribbean, but also in Central and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. Working within and between painting, sculpture and photography, Hite’s highly refined technique and meticulous attention to detail produce illusions that are both confounding and transformative. In the photographic series Imagined Histories, Hite resituates his architectural sculptures in outdoor settings, magnifying the effects of dislocation and displacement that is central to all his imagery. In 1997, Hite and his family moved to a nineteenthcentury Methodist church and parsonage in the village of Esopus, New York. The artist is currently represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York City, Cardwell Jimmerson Gallery in Los Angeles, Espacio En Blanco in Madrid, and Pearl Arts Gallery in Stone Ridge, New York. Hite will be a visiting artist at St. Edward’s University, and will give a lecture presentation of his work at the 2010 TASA conference. An exhibition of his photographs will be on display in the Scarborough Phillips Library at St. Edward’s University. While a visiting artist, Hite will install a new sculpture specifically designed for the St. Edward’s Campus. This new work, “Crossing Safely”, was inspired by a modest shack in Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. This sculpture addresses issues of immigration and border crossing. You can see more of his work at www.roberthite.com. 12
One Cube Foot Exibition One Cube Foot Exhibition 2012 Saturday April 10th 8:30am Fine Arts Gallery Every year at the tasa Annual Conference, conference attendees are invited to participate in the tasa One Cube Foot Exhibition. As TASA’s One Square Cube Exhibition’s title indicates, submissions for this show must be limited to one square foot, and submissions can be 2-d or 3-d. This year Robert Hite will judge the exhibition. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday, April 10th, in the St. Edward’s University Fine Arts Gallery from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., and will include an awards presentation. Note: work from the One Cube Foot Exhibit should be picked up from arts140 between 2:30 – 3:30p. (Unless you’ve made arrangements to have the work shipped) Solar Powered Paper Doll Carol Flueckiger