The St. Edward's University Fine Arts Gallery serves both the university and Austin community through exhibitions of professional artists, faculty, alumni, and students, as well as sponsored lectures and other programming related to our visiting artist program.
Our goal is to offer a platform for enrichment through contemporary art, exposing the community to a wide range of artistic disciplines and practices, serving our students through direct engagement with professional artists, and offering a space and resources for professional development through student exhibitions.
Both a teaching gallery and exhibition venue, the gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the northwest corner of campus. Past visiting artists and guest lecturers have included David Mack, Robert Hite, Linda Stein, Pato Hebert, Tulu Bayar, Jeff Schmuki & Wendy Deschene, and Joe Meiser. Our fall 2016 visiting artist is Elise Engler, who was recently featured in The New Yorker for her creative work called "A Year On Broadway" which will be shown in our gallery in November.
2016-2017 Exhibition Calendar
Lynné Bowman Cravens: Lamella
August 11-September 8
Reception Thursday, September 1, 2016, 5-7pm
Gallery hours by appointment until August 22
Lynné Bowman Cravens is a fine art photographer working in an interdisciplinary method. Cravens’ artwork focuses on her experiences of frustration, longing, and denied desires. She is interested in how the past influences the present, how her internal dialogue might be made visible, and the pervasive effects of adversity and loss. She works primarily with photography, making unique pieces from an infinitely reproducible medium. Through physical manipulations, Cravens creates pieces that interpret her experiences and present them to her viewers.
This exhibition was provided by the Minute Gallery, which supports current students and alumni through juried exhibition opportunitites.
Mapping: Visual Studies Faculty Exhibition
Opening reception Friday, September 16, 2016, 6-8pm
The Visual Studies faculty will present recent works in relation to the theme of Mapping. Typically when we think about mapping we think geography, but there are many ways to trace, document, direct, search, find, and map something. This exhibit showcases work by both part-time and full-time faculty teaching in the Art, Graphic Design, and Photocommunications programs.
Me, Myself and I: A Self-Portrait Study of 30 Designers
October 7- 27
Opening reception Friday, October 7, 2016, 6-8pm
Lecture Friday, October 7, 2016, Jones Auditorium 5:30pm
As designers we are often tasked with forming the face and voice for the clients we work for. This poster exhibition aims to explore how we see ourselves from an external point of view. Curator, Oen Hammonds, design practitioner, invited 30 designers to examine and interpret the theme of self-portraiture from a social, political or psychological point of view. The resulting exhibition features their diverse perspectives.
Elise Engler: A Year on Broadway
November 4 - December 8
Opening reception Friday, November 4, 2016, 6-8pm
Elise Engler’s work is documentary in nature, chronicling particular experiences by drawing/ painting all of its components. A Year on Broadway is just that, like an anthropologist/archaeologist (and often “fly on the wall”) she approaches a situation, documents its parts, by observing, listening and researching. The result is work that goes beyond the elements themselves to give the viewer a full sense of an experience.
Student Juried Exhibition 2017
January 20-February 2
Opening reception Friday, January 20, 2017, 6-8pm
This exhibition provides a setting where the university community and the public are able to see the depth and excellence of creative visual work by students from the department of Visual Studies (Art, Graphic Design, Photocommunications, and Interactive Game Studies) at St. Edward’s University.
Graphic Design Senior Show
February 10 – March 2
Reception Friday, February 10, 2017, 6-8pm
Photocommunications Senior Show
March 9 – April 7
Reception Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6-8pm
Art Senior Show
April 21 – May 13
Reception Friday, Apr 21, 2017, 6-8pm
The Minute Gallery began as an initiative for currently enrolled students to engage in a creative dialogue on campus bysubmitting work for themed exhibitions or by proposing group or solo exhibitions. The Minute Gallery exhibition space is a small wall and shelf that is placed between office 130 and 131 in the Fine Arts Center.
In the summer of 2014 the Minute Gallery opened up an opportunity for alumni from the Visual Studies Department to submit proposals for a full scale exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery. We continue to celebrate these juried alumni exhibitions each summer and early fall in the main gallery.
Fall/Spring Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours are by appointment only, until August 22.
Fine Arts Center
St. Edward’s University
3001 S. Congress
Austin, Texas 78704
The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the northwest corner of the campus. Take the South Congress entrance onto the campus. Take the first left. The gallery is located at the entrance of the Fine Arts Building on your right.
Student Juried Exhibition 2017
January 20-February 2
Opening reception Friday, January 20, 2017, 6-8pm
Every spring we host a student juried exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery. This exhibition provides a setting where the university community and the public can see the depth and excellence of artwork created by students from the artistic programs at St. Edward’s University.
Current SEU students (see eligibility requirements) may submit up to three works to be juried into this annual exhibition. An off-campus juror will select the works to be included in this exhibition, as well as choose a “best in show” award, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Possible prizes to be announced.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to majors in Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Game Studies, Photocommunications, Theater Arts, Liberal Studies w/ concentrations in Art, and Art Education. Open to minors in Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Photocommunications, and Theater Arts. Also open to MLA students with a concentration in an art related field. Must be a current SEU student enrolled in the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Work submitted must have been completed in 2015 or 2016.
MEDIA: Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media, including but not limited to: sculpture, video, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramics, photography, design, and digital works.
SELECTION PROCESS: An external juror will curate this year's student show. Juror: TBA
DELIVERY AND RETURN OF WORK: Up to three entries may be submitted to the Fine Arts Gallery during exam week (December 12-16, 2016). Make sure each submission has two entry forms attached (entry forms will be available in the gallery at time of drop off). All works not accepted for the exhibition must be picked up the first week of classes in Spring 2017. Accepted work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. All exhibited works must be picked up at the end of the exhibition. St. Edward’s will not take responsibility for lost or damaged work not picked up by February 10th, 2017.
Awards will be announced at the opening on Friday, January 20th, 7 p.m.
Best of Show:
Thin Places, Sacred Sights: Ancient Irish Monastic Sites, works by Donal Haughey
November 19-December 10, 2015
Thin Places, Sacred Sites is an expression of my spiritual journey. This work stems from a strong connection with Ireland and my life-long spiritual journey. Ireland has been a mystical and magical place throughout my life, and through my many visits I have explored Neolithic pre-Celtic stone monuments, structures and astronomical symbols, the Famine, the Shide (people of the other world). The concept of a "thin place" has been part of the Irish spiritual life long before the introduction of Christianity. A thin place is analogous to a veil that is lifted to reveal another dimension of life. It is a place where the contemporary meets the spiritual realm. In my journey to these places, I have experienced the feeling of meeting a holy Presence among the stones. -- Donal Haughey
Drawing/Painting TIME (using portraits), works by Martin Lam Nguyen, C.S.C.
October 23 – November 12, 2015
Fr. Martin Nguyen was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1979. He is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He joined the Department of Art, Art History and Design of the University of Notre Dame in 1995. Nguyen creates large scale works in drawing and various paitning media. His works are site-specific installations, designed to provide a contemplative space for viewers to examine people and life's events of the past that are still aline in one's memory. Nguyen's works have been installed at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; DePauw University, Indiana; New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Indiana; University of California at Berkeley, California; Loyola Marymount University, California; University of Portland, Oregon; Fribourg University, Switzerland, and other venues.
Visible to the Invisible, works by Brother Robert Weinmann, C.S.C.
September 25 – October 16, 2015
Brother Robert Weinmann, CSC, from Atchison, Kansas, joined the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1958. After receiving his BA degree from St. Edward´s University in 1966, Br. Robert journeyed to Brasil to serve the ministries of the Congregation in Satárem, Para, on the shore of the Amazon River, Pretrolina, Pernambuco and Campinas, São Paulo. In 1974, Br. Robert earned a Fine Arts degree from the Catholic University of Campinas. In 1985, Br. Robert with the help of parents at Colegio Notre Dame in Campinas, founded CECOIA, the Saint Brother Andre Community Center, for the purpose of grathering children, ages six to ten, off of the streets. Today, the center cares for over three hundred socially deprived children and teenagers,ages six to seventeen. Through the years, Br. Robert has supported CECOIA through commissions received for his paintings. In 2009, he was awarded the ¨Diploma de Merito¨ by the city of Campinas for his many years of social service.