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 was Elise Engler, who was featured in The New Yorker for her creative work called "A Year On Broadway" which was shown in our gallery in November.
2018-2019 Exhibition Calendar
Kaci Beeler: Perfect Servings For One
August 28 -September 13
Reception: Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6-8pm
Kaci Beeler is a visual artist, stage and film actor, professional improviser, playwright, and designer living and working in Austin, TX.
For the focus of this exhibition, Kaci is showing some fresh, new hyper-realistic paintings she created while on sabbatical in Tulum, Mexico. Over 12 days in September of 2017 she built on the obsession of food imagery she discovered as a student at St. Ed’s. Kaci uses her lightning fast post-grad scenic painting skills to capture large works of the most alluring dishes and drinks she finds while traveling abroad. She seeks to capture that moment between excitedly receiving your order and breaking the seal with your utensil, hand, or mouth. That moment when something just for you sits before you, waiting to be consumed. Perfect servings about to become imperfect.
Rounding out the exhibit are a diptych of two life-size self portraits in oil and a selection of affordable smaller pieces. During the exhibition reception on August 30th, she will also be presenting/enacting a never-before-seen piece of performance art, “Cake.”
She aims to tease.
Kaci is part of the five year anniversary of alumni exhibitions on campus. This year we will celebrate with Kaci in the fall and another alumni exhibit in the spring.
instagram : @kacibeeler
Geoffrey Hiller: The Bangladesh Project
September 20 - October 11, 2018
Reception Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6-8pm
Documentary photographer and Fulbright scholar Geoffrey Hiller created The Bangladesh Project during a nine-month period between August 2008 and May 2009 when he taught Interactive Media at Independent University in Bangladesh. He documented the day-to-day life of many people in this predominately Muslim nation, the home of more than 160 million inhabitants, which occupies an area approximately the size of the state of Wisconsin. Known in mainstream media mostly for its monsoons, floods, and poverty, Bangladesh, which neighbors India, has an ancient and rich tradition of Bengali literary and musical culture. Hiller’s The Bangladesh Project is a visual witness to the persistence and fortitude of people who have experienced every kind of natural and political disaster imaginable.
Geoffrey Hiller’s work has been published in magazines in the USA, Europe, and Japan including Geo, Newsweek, Mother Jones, and the New York Times Magazine. His award-winning multimedia projects about Vietnam, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Burma, and Brazil have earned recognition from National Public Radio, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today. Hiller has worked as a media trainer in India, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Heather & Jeffrey Jones
October 18 - November 1, 2018
Reception: October 18, 2018 6pm - 8pm
Heather Jones is an artist, designer, and educator whose work questions and pushes traditional conceptions of both quilt making and painting. She is a three-time winner of the Project Modern Quilt Design competition and a two-time finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Heather’s first book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday was released in October 2015 by STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams, New York.
A native Cincinnatian, Heather studied art history at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, earning both a Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts (ABT). She currently lives just outside the city on a small farm with her husband, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, and two young children.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones is a painter, curator, and professor. His work is represented by Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH; Galleri Urbane, Dallas + Marfa, TX; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia; and @Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
He received a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, both in Painting and Drawing. Jeffrey is a Professor of Art at the University of Dayton where he heads the Painting program.
In addition to making work, Jeffrey also actively curates exhibitions at a number of galleries and alternative spaces, including DIVISIBLE, a project space he co-founded in 2014.
November 8 - December 6
Reception: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6-8pm
Messages surround us everywhere we look. We are in fact, saturated with information. How do certain messages gain our attention, and what does it mean for a message to be urgent?
“Urgent Messages” is an exhibition in the form of an extended poster-making workshop. Viewers are asked to consider an urgent message they want to deliver—is it political, personal, funny, or absurd? Is it a cry for help, a missive of hope, or a proclamation of wisdom?
We provide the means—a risograph printer and a kit of pre-made graphics commissioned for the exhibition—and ask workshop participants to design posters that relay their urgent message. Participants receive a small edition of their posters to take with them to put out in the world.
Student Juried Exhibition 2019
This exhibition has traditionally provided 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, Photo and Media Arts, and Interactive Game Studies) at St. Edward’s University.
This year, we aim to try something different.
Senior Exhibition Series 2019
Graphic Design Senior Show
Photo & Media Arts Senior Show
Art Senior Show
The Minute Gallery began as an initiative for currently enrolled students to engage in a creative dialogue on campus by submitting 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 Alumni Exhibitions
2018 Kaci Beeler (Five Year Anniversary Year)
2017 Jenn Hassin
2016 Lynne' Bowman Cravens
2015 Rebecca Marino and Sean Ripple (Munday Library) and Ben Osheyak, Jessica Buie, Brit Clapper, Julie Welch, and Gerald Llorence (Hilltop Views article)
2014 Rachelle Diaz, Gerardo Arellano and Aldo Ramos.
Summer Alumni Exhitions
2018 Jordan Hamilton
2017 Kristin Moore
2016 Marge Dye
Fall/Spring Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Gallery is closed during recognized school holidays.
Summer Hours TBA
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.
Visitor Parking Passes are available by registering your vehicle with campus through a provided link that will be updated closer to individual exhibitions.
Student Juried Exhibition 2019
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 2018 or Spring 2019 semester. Work submitted must have been completed in 2017 or 2018.
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(s) will curate this year's student show. Jurors: TBA
DELIVERY AND RETURN OF WORK: Up to three entries may be submitted to the Fine Arts Gallery during exam week (December 10-13, 2018). 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 2019. 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, 2019.
Awards will be announced at the opening reception.
Adapt, Mend & Repair, Jenn Hassin
Fountain: sculptural musings of the readymade, a curatorial project by Tammie Rubin
Buoyant, Frank Herrmann
Sensory Swimming, Brian Maclaskey
Lamella, Lynne' Bowman Cravens
VISU Faculty Exhibition
Me, Myself and I, a curatorial investigation of the self by designers. Curated by Oen Hammonds.
A Year on Broadway, Elise Engler featured on CBS Sunday Morning
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 painting 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 alive 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 gathering 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.