Creative Growth Art Created by Studio Faculty Members of the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University
Creative Growth Art Created by Studio Faculty Members of the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University
Table of Contents A Home for the Arts
Plates: Tenure Stream Faculty Kathy Aoki
Ryan M. Reynolds
Plates: Lecturers Renée Billingslea
Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez
Marco A. Marquez
Biographies Studio Art Lecturers
Art History Faculty
A Home for the Arts
The new Art and Art History Building will serve to
We close out 2011 with a chance to reflect on where we are and where we are going as a department of
elevate the arts at Santa Clara University.
Art and Art History. The department has grown in numbers and in strength over the past ten years. We now
Today on the north side of the Mission Campus, visitors find the de Saisset Museum, Center of Performing Arts, the Music and Dance building, and Mayer Theatre. In
have ten tenured or tenure track faculty with another two positions in Photography and African American Art currently in the search process. When I started at Santa Clara, during my first faculty exhibit we had only four faculty members (three studio and one art history). Our offerings are also broadened and enriched by several outstanding lecturers in the department. Majors have increased to a consistent level, which makes us a fairly
the near future, Santa Clara will significantly increase
large department and a key part of the Core Curriculum. Faculty meetings now total more than 15 bodies and
the opportunities for scholarship and creativity with
have outgrown our conference room. What was once a fairly spacious and funky building now seems small
a state-of-the-art building for students studying the
and inadequate. Squirrels still find it a pleasant environment, but they are a vocal minority. With all that said, a
fine arts, for visiting artists to share their passion
new building on the horizon that fits our specific needs and puts us in a more central position to the campus
through their work, and for the University and greater
is integral to the development of our department. With the planning completed and the design becoming a
community to participate in the exploration and
reality, we all anxiously await our new building.
appreciation of art.
Therefore, it is a perfect time to exhibit the work of our current faculty and to reflect on the diverse breadth
This new facility dedicated to the fine arts is the next
of our department’s artistic skills. Without a doubt, this is a fine collection of talent and a department with a
step on the road to national prominence as a locus
strong reputation in the Bay Area and beyond.
of artistic instruction and research for Santa Clara University’s undergraduate arts program.
Even though this exhibit is focused upon the skills of the studio faculty, it should be remembered that we are
“A challenging and diverse art curriculum is already in place. This includes excellent teaching and mentoring, opportunities to study abroad, internships throughout the Bay Area, and a Core Curriculum requirement in the
a combined department with many outstanding Art Historians who are active in their field and publishing their research regularly.
arts for all undergraduates,” says W. Atom Yee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “What is required
I would like to thank the artists for their effort to put this exhibit together, as well as the Dean of the College
at this time is an innovative facility that encourages and inspires not only Santa Clara’s talented fine arts
of Arts and Sciences, Atom Yee, for his generous support to produce this catalog. Marco Marquez, lecturer
students, but also enhances the learning experience of the many undergraduates who create and interpret art
in digital media, did the design for the catalog and deserves special thanks for doing a great job with a short
in art and art history courses.”
turnaround. Director of External Relations Marie Brancati, as always, was a force of positive energy in the
Plans for this facility include modern studios, technology-rich classrooms, student workspaces, and meeting areas. A spacious gallery will be one of the many new features to showcase student, faculty, and visiting artists’ work, as well as draw in the University and larger Bay Area community. For centuries, the arts have
process. The entire staff of the Triton Museum deserves special thanks for their generous offer to host this exhibit. They are a credit to the community and work very hard to support the artists and institutions of the South Bay.
been an important part of the Jesuit mission to educate the whole person. With a focus on the future of arts
For me personally, this is a special point in my career as I plan to say goodbye to administration and focus
education, Santa Clara University keeps this tradition alive.
upon my research and teaching. This will be my last chair’s statement for the department. I leave the position with much satisfaction with where we are and where we are going, hoping in retrospect that I played some
At a glance
A brief look at some early highlights of the new Art and Art History building
part in the development of such a strong department.
Current: 25,937 sq. ft. New arts building: 41,500 sq. ft.
Chair of the Department of Art and Art History
Current: 573 sq. ft. New arts building: 1200 sq. ft. Outdoor Space
80 percent more, including a sculpture garden
Kathy Aoki’s work explores gender and beauty issues through mock historical documentation and artifacts. Recent installations of her work were presented in the context of a futuristic beauty museum set in the year 3011 CE. The museum showcases etchings of beauty procedures (based on Rembrandt and Eakins paintings), faux French technical drawings of beauty treatments and products, and Egyptian-style artifacts of a contemporary pop diva, namely Gwen Stefani. Educational labels, an audio tour, and hieroglyphic learning guides enhance the museum experience. Aoki was a French major at UC Berkeley who invested an unusually disproportionate amount of time in the printmaking labs. She received her MFA in printmaking in 1994 from Washington University in St Louis. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), Djerassi (Woodside, CA), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), and the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH). Past grants include a book production grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), a public art grant from the San Francisco Public Arts Commission for the Art of Market Street Kiosk Poster Series, and a strategic planning grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation California Artist Grant. Her work can be found in collections such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMOMA, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Harvard University Art Museums. Aoki joined the faculty at Santa Clara University in 2003; she is currently an Associate Professor of Studio Art.
Stela (for Angel Harajuku girl) Resin clay with mixed media, 2009 Approximately 17” x 11” x 1”
Tomb Room Mixed media, 2009 Appears as 30’ x 18’ Exhibition room
Four Canopic Jars (of Gwen Stefani) Ceramic, 2009 Each jar approximately 15” x 5” x 5”
Photos by Susan Felter
Diagram No. 17 (Douglas Iris) Ink and watercolor, 2010 22” x 30”
The Brazilian Solarplate etching, 2009 8” x 10”
Le Rogue à Lèvres le Plus Puissant (or The Most Powerful Lipstick) Ink and watercolor, 2009 22” x 30”
Kelly Detweiler recipient of the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Professor Joseph Bayma, S.J. Scholarship Award, is primarily known for his painting and wooden assemblage pieces, but in recent years has included collage work into his portfolio. Humor is always an ever-present element in his work, as well as a vibrant color sense. His work often includes autobiographical references to his childhood in Colorado and Southern California. The transition from tranquil idyllic landscapes into California consumerism of the sixties helps fuel the comic sense of reality that exists in his work. He received his BA from California State Hayward and went on to UC Davis for his MFA. He also was awarded a scholarship to the Skowhegan School during his time at Davis. His teachers include formative California artists Arneson, Ramos, Thiebaud, Neri, and Bailey. His work is in the collections of the Villa Haiss Museum (Germany), the de Saisset Museum and the Triton Museum (Santa Clara, CA), the Microsoft Collection (Mountain View, CA), the Nelson Gallery (UC Davis), and the Skowhegan Collection (Madison, ME). His work can be found in many private collections in California, Japan, and Europe. He has shown extensively in the Bay Area and regionally, as well as in Japan, Korea, and throughout Europe.
Bank Owned Painting Acrylic on canvas, 2009 42” x 36”
Tangle Acr ylic on canvas, 2011 36” x 48”
Free Fall Mixed media collage, 2010 18” x 24”
Superman and Santa Mixed media collage, 2010 20” x 16”
Cultural Debris Acr ylic on canvas, 2011 30” x 40”
Don Fritz received his BFA from UC Santa Cruz in 1976, and his MFA from UC Davis in 1978. Since graduation, he has taught drawing, painting, and ceramic courses at numerous colleges and universities in California. Fritz has been teaching full-time at Santa Clara University since 2004 and joined the tenure stream faculty in 2007. He has also been a featured instructor at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota. He has been awarded numerous grants including a Japanese Cultural Exchange travel grant and two Pollock Krasner Artist Grants. He exhibits nationally and internationally, with work included in many public collections, including the Otaru Museum in Hokkaido, Japan, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Microsoft Corporation in Washington. His work is also in the private collections of actors Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, and Cheech Marin, among others.
Bowling Pin Raku fired ceramic, 2010 34” x 8” x 8”
Photo by r.r. jones
Robot Raku fired ceramic, 2010 26” x 12” x 8”
Lexicon Raku fired ceramic, 2007-2011 98” x 78” x 1.5”
Pinocchio Mixed media painting, 2010 60” x 42”
Floppo Mixed media painting, 2010 60” x 42”
Sam Hernández is a sculptor primarily known for his innovative work in wood. Hernández achieves poetic yet vigorous free-standing abstractions through such widely-varying tools as African adzes, Japanese saws, Native American crook knives, and high-powered sandblasters. From early work referencing the totemic, his more recent sculpture has moved in a looser, more lyrical direction as it simultaneously moves towards a powerful asymmetry and a more intuitively based manner of working. Although the work remains characteristically based in abstraction, the direction is being nourished by a more expressionist tone. Works in steel and bronze, as well as inks and acrylics on paper, and oils on canvas and board, round out his current explorations. Recipient of numerous honors including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, Hernández’ work has been featured in several books, exhibition catalogues, articles, and reviews, and has been shown in museum and gallery exhibitions internationally. His work is included in a wide range of public collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Macedonia, the Cantor Center at Stanford University, the Oakland Museum of California, the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Professor of Art at Santa Clara University since 1977, Hernández
Tallat, from the Seeking the Spirit series Oil on board, 2011 23.25” x 17.75”
Mandrake, from the Seeking the Spirit series Oil on board, 2011 23.25” x 17.75”
Photo by r.r. jones
Photos by Jordi Puig
divides his time between California and Spanish Catalunya.
Primar y Sources Oil and mixed media on canvas, 2010 104.25” x 80.25”
Untitled Olive wood, Thonet furniture parts, pigmented wax, 2011 35.375” x 15.75” x 18.5” Photos by Jordi Puig
Untitled Olive wood, Thonet furniture parts, pigmented wax, 2011 34.25” x 15.75” x 12.25”
Ryan M. Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds’ recent work explores the intersection between past and present by integrating historical photographs into a daily record of a site-specific location. A painting evolves over time through a series of layers that both merge with and cover up previous observations. By departing from the static image of the traditional landscape, Reynolds explores the boundaries between light, space, solid form, and memory, conveying the passage of time and a sense of place. The paintings act as a reflection on the nature of our shared existence, individual perceptions, and collective impressions. Reynolds received a BA from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA from UC Berkeley in 2003, along with an Eisner Award for the highest achievement in the Creative Arts. Reynolds has exhibited internationally through the Art in Embassies program in Montevideo, Uruguay, and regionally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Bakersfield Museum of Art. He is currently represented by Art Zone 461 in San Francisco, B. Sakata Garo in Sacramento, and Susan Street Fine Art in San Diego. In 2011, Reynolds joined the department as Assistant Professor of painting and drawing and was awarded a grant, “Reduce, Reuse, Re-imagine,” made possible by the Santa Clara University Sustainable Resource Initiative to explore the role of the visual arts in building sustainable communities.
Alameda Beach Eleven Days Oil on panel, 2010 18” x 30”
A Few Weeks Oil on panel, 2011 48” x 36”
Oil and photo transfer on panel, 2011 8” x 18”
Alma Submerged Oil and photo transfer on panel, 2011 30” x 40”
School Kids Oil and photo transfer on panel, 2011 10” x 22”
Studio Art Lecturers Shelves of Relics and Souvenirs Collected at a Lynching Mixed media, 2005 36” x 34”
Hats of Lynching Spectators Mixed media, 2010 48” x 12”
Hat of Lynching Spectators Mixed media, 2010 10” x 12”
Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez Sanguilicious (detail) Acrylic on PVC, vinyl and polymer clay, 2007 Various
Turned Out (detail) Acrylic on paper, latex paint, PVC, gel medium, 2005 Various
Cinco Soles Ceramic, 2009 21” x 21” x155”
Sanguilicious Acrylic on PVC, vinyl and polymer clay, 2007 Various
Droplets Ceramic, 2010 18” x 36” x 1”
Marco A. Marquez
Self Portrait: Little Man Mixed media, 2007 30” x 24”
Le Cotonnier 8238 (Odile) From the series Friday Night Archival pigment print, 2010 20” x 14”
Nieve Oil on canvas, 2007 30” x 24”
Le Cotonnier 76 96 (Boy Dancing) From the series Friday Night Archival pigment print, 2010 20” x 14”
Biographies Studio Art Lecturers Renée Billingslea
Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez
Marco A. Marquez
A photographer, teacher, and mixed media artist, Renée Billingslea studied photography at Southern Oregon State University as an undergraduate, earning her BFA in 1989. She served in the Peace Corps from 1990 to 1993 in the Central Pacific island nation of Kiribati. She earned her MFA from San Jose State in 2003. Billingslea’s interest in folk-art and women’s roles in American history led her to study the tradition of storytelling which provoked new interests in combining her love for photography with mixed media. Her experience of being part of an interracial family deepens her interest in issues of race identity in American history and guided her to create her mixedmedia installation, The Fabric of Race: Lynching in America. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues that include Penn State University, Cuesta College, the University of San Marco in California, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, and the Bridge Art Fair in London. Billingslea is a Lecturer of photography in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University. Her artwork is represented by Evolve Gallery in Sacramento and the Paul Mahder Gallery in San Francisco. A Los Angeles native, Julie Hughes received her MFA from California State University Northridge in 2004, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. She has exhibited her work across the country, including a 2011 public installation in the Los Angeles International Airport. Highlighting a fascination with fragmented and reconstructed biomorphic form, Hughes’ painted environments are theatrical investigations of the arbitrary, corruptible, and transient nature of perceived reality. Pancho holds an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from San Francisco State University, and a BA degree from Santa Clara University. He has exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally at universities, private galleries, and civic spaces. His work is part of the permanent collection of the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. He has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and in three Lark Book publications, The Ceramic Design Book, Extruded Ceramics, and 500 Ceramic Sculptures. He has taught courses at San Francisco State University and West Valley College, and has been a Lecturer at Santa Clara University since 1999. Marco Marquez received his MFA in Computer Art from the New York School of Visual Arts in 1999, specializing in 3D modeling and animation. For over 10 years he has worked as a graphic designer consulting at multiple design agencies in the Silicon Valley. Currently Marquez freelances in designing and producing websites, brochures, and smart phone application graphics. His fine art interests include painting, digital media, and mixed media. His artwork focuses on the evolution of personal identity and how it frames our experiences. Marquez began teaching full-time at Santa Clara University in 2002, where he is currently a graphic design and computer art Lecturer.
David Pace has been traveling to the small West African country of Burkina Faso annually since 2007. He spent fall 2009 and fall 2010 teaching digital photography to American college students in a study abroad program through Santa Clara University. Pace writes: “I live in Bereba, a small rural village without electricity or running water. Friday is market day and people from the neighboring villages gather to shop and socialize. Every Friday night there is a dance at Le Cotonnier, a small outdoor bar on the edge of the village. A noisy gas generator powers an antiquated music system and a local DJ spins African CDs. The dancers range in age from young children to grandparents. On the concrete dance floor they perform intricate routines, combining moves by James Brown and Michael Jackson with hip-hop and traditional tribal dance steps. I join them, photographing as we dance. It is dark and everyone is in constant motion. I love the energy, the heat, the movement, and the way my flash captures these moments that otherwise go unseen.” This project was awarded the 2011 Work-In-Process Prize by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Art History Faculty Blake de Maria
Blake de Maria received her BA in Art History from UCLA and her PhD from Princeton University. A specialist in the Early Modern Mediterranean world, Dr. de Maria recently published her first book, Becoming Venetian: Immigrants and the Arts in Early Modern Venice (Yale, 2010). This book examines Renaissance Venice’s status as a multicultural center. Her current research focuses on the intersection of art, science, and politics. She is the recipient of numerous research grants, including awards from the Renaissance Society of America and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Karen Fraser holds a PhD in Art History from Stanford University. Her research focuses on modern Japanese visual culture, particularly the history of Japanese photography. Her publications include the recent book Photography and Japan (London: Reaktion Books, 2011), which provides an overview of Japanese photography through thematic chapters that trace its role in negotiating Japanese cultural identity, war photography, and the documentation of urban life. She is currently working on a second monograph that uses the activities of one early commercial studio as a case study to investigate the connections between photography and the fields of science, commerce, politics, popular culture, and art in nineteenth-century Japan.
Kathleen Maxwell attended Denison University and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland before completing her BFA at Southern Methodist University. Her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago emphasized Medieval and Byzantine manuscript illumination. At Santa Clara since 1983, Maxwell teaches both lower and upper division courses, specializing in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean roots of Western art, including Greek, Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine, Early Medieval, and Romanesque and Gothic Art. She served as department chair from 2004-2007 and was awarded the David E. Logothetti Teaching Award by the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Her articles have appeared in Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Revue des études Armeniennes, and Arte Cristiana, and her book reviews in Speculum, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, and The Medieval Review. An article on the manuscripts of the decorative style will appear in an edited volume to be published by Ashgate in 2012. Moreover, she has just completed her book on Paris, Bibl. Nat. de France, cod. gr. 54, a thirteenth-century illustrated Greek and Latin Gospels. Maxwell’s current research focuses on ninth- and tenth-century Byzantine manuscripts now housed in Tirana, Albania.
Kate Morris is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Santa Clara University. After earning a BA in Art History at Smith College, she went on to study at the University of New Mexico and at Columbia University, where she earned her PhD in Art History in 2001. Morris is a scholar of contemporary Native American art, and she has published widely on topics related to indigenous visual sovereignty and representations of the Native landscape. She has worked as an author and consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Her article, “Running the Medicine Line: Images of the Border in Contemporary Native American Art” appears in the current issue of American Indian Quarterly.
Andrea Pappas is an Associate Professor of Art History at Santa Clara University where she teaches American Art and other topics. Representative publications include Eye on the Sixties, Vision, Body, and Soul: Selections from the Collections of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, “Invisible Points of Departure: Reading Rothko’s Christological Imagery,” and “The Picture at Menorah Journal: Making ‘Jewish Art’,” both of which appeared in the Journal of American Jewish History. She is co-editor of and contributing author to a recent book, Teaching Art History with Technology: Reflections and Case Studies. Her current research project examines the market for “mid-garde” modernist art in New York, 1929-1959.