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March 2017

Artist & TED Fellow presenting his multi-facet works at KSU

From street art to sculpture to film, Damon Davis will discuss his project "All Hands on Deck," as part of Black Lives Matter movement and screen excerpts from his documentary "Whose Streets?" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in 101 Thompson Hall.

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February 2017

Art Student Presents at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capital

Patricia Melton of the Department of Art's Digital/Experimental Media program recently presented her work at the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the capital in Topeka on February 15th. Patricia project "The Cicada: Interactive Art Promoting Healthier Human-Insect Relationships" is an exploration of alternative modes of interaction with living organisms. The interactive Cicada invites the participant to interact by applying pressure and responding by triggering sound, images and video. Only 5 K-State students were selected by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry for this prestigious event. Congratulations, Patricia!

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January 2017

KSU Printmakers recognized at Highly Regarded Show

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December 2016

Scuilla Secures National Endowment for the Arts Grants to Support Sustainable Printmaking

The National Endowment for the Arts has given K-State a $20,000 Art Works grant to support " Transforming Printmaking through Chemical Innovation," a collaborative project to transfer safer, sustainable technology from the electronics and biotech industries into fine art printmaking.

Jason Scuilla, associate professor of art, will collaborate with Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, to lead a team of artists, scientists and students to research, develop and refine electrochemical etching processes and green biosolvents, empowering artists to create prints in a safer and more effective manner.

Biodiesel-based cleaners release no volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, an are virtually nontoxic to artists and the environment. Innovative etching methods can eliminate caustic acids and environmentally hazardous waste disposal.

"It's very important to artists that these materials are safer, more affordable and perform as well or better than traditional, more toxic methods," Scuilla said.

Results will be rigorously tested by a consortium of invited artists, master printers, students and educators, who will create a suite of prints for traveling exhibition and continued education of printmakers around the world.

Scuilla's mastery of electrolytic etching techniques has been recognized internationally in the scientific and print communities. He has lectured and demonstrated at universities, conferences, art centers and print shops throughout the U. S. and Europe. His earlier research has been recognized and supported through K-State Small Research Grants.

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Awards and Grants

Art Professors are awarded Development Awards and Small Research Grants.

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Printmaking Students Creative Works Publication

Creative Works done by two Kansas State University Printmaking students, Marcus Gilbert (Undergraduate) and Brandon Williams (Graduate), are exhibited in a recent publication.

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November 2016

Photography Professor Chairs Session at Southeastern College Art Conference

Rebecca Bahlman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, chaired a themed session at the Southeastern College Art Conference in October, hosted by Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts, Architecture, and Urban Studies in Roanoke, VA.

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Our McNair Scholar, Marcus Gilbert works published in the Fall 2016 edition of "Graphic Impressions" Magazine

The Southern Graphics International Printmaking Council "Graphic Impressions" Magazine just released their Fall 2016 Edition. One of Kansas State University printmaking Bachelor of Fine Arts students, Marcus Gilbert is featured in one of the published articles. His BFA exhibition is currently up in the Chapman. Marcus is a McNair Scholar. He combined his prior experience with commercial airbrushing with our new ventilation to implement a safer method of aquatinting on copper plates for etching tones into our studios. I served as his research mentor on this project.

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October 2016

Printmaking Professor, Jason Scuilla, curates exhibition at American Chemical Society Conference

"Chemistry in Art" and an accompanying exhibition, "Alchemy: Creating Fine Art Prints through Traditional and Contemporary Chemical Processes," broke new ground for the society at the Oct. 26-28 meeting in Manhattan....

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September 2016

Associate Professor invited to show prints in Italy.

Associate Professor of printmaking Jason Scuilla was invited to show his prints, including lo Lo Vidi, in and Invitational group exhibition: Grafica D'Arte Americana Contemporanea, September 9-23rd, at the Galleria II Bisonte, Florence, Italy, curated by Andrew DeCaen.

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Graphic Design Assistant Professor receives Award.

Assistant Professor of graphic Daniel Warner had 2 posters selected to appear in Ecuador Poster Bienal. The Ecuador Poster Bienal is the principal axis of visual communication for the new continent, focusing its efforts as an academic, professional and creative event. Verfall 60x90cm art directions and design by Daniel Warner. Exhibition opening 25 September 2016, Quito, Ecuador.

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The poster Music Is Oxygen by Professor Warner also received an Award of Excellence from Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design.

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Assistant Professor of Ceramics works accepted into Group Show.

Assistant Professor of Ceramics Amy Santoferraro has had her work accepted into the group show "Ceramics as Deception" at the Urban Arts Space gallery in Columbus, OH.

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K-State Artist to discuss Environmental Art and Technology.

Carlos Castellanos, assistant professor of art, will give a public lecture at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in 231 Ackert Hall. Castellanos will discuss environmental art and technology and the use of digital/experimental media to communicate science.

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August 2016

Art professor, Jason Scuilla, completes residence, solo exhibitions in Venice

Jason Scuilla, associate professor of art, was international artist in residence this spring at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia, a fine art printmaking studio in Italy. The residency provided materials, a stipend, and print shop access for a month as well as a solo exhibition of Scuilla's work and opportunities to lecture and showcase his printmaking technique...

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Summer 2016

Undergraduate Residency

Jacob Brooks, a ceramics and painting student at Kansas State University, participated in the New York Academy of Art Summer Undergraduate Residency in New York, New York.

Ceramic Artist in Residence

Former Bachelor of Fine Arts student, Samuel Claxton, graduated Spring 2016, is currently participating in the Morean Art Center Ceramic Artist in Residence in St. Petersburg, Florida, starting Summer 2016 and ending in Summer 2018. 

Summer Ceramic Fun

Chole Enfield, a student of ceramics, worked at Camp Starlight as the Ceramic Specialist this summer in Starlight, Pennsylvania. Learn more about this camp and other opportunities here: Camp Starlight.

Local Opportunity Taken

Monica Disberger, a ceramics student at KSU, work this summer as the Clay Studio Manager Assistant at the Manhattan Art Center, in Manhattan, KS.

July 2016

Diverse Group of Artist, Scientists, and Educators are Inspired to think Collaboratively

50 university faculty and students, K-12 teachers and artists from across the state convened on July 15 at the Konza Prairie Meeting Hall to engage in cross-disciplinary discussion, presentations and activities....

...Carlos Castellanos, assistant professor of art, shared examples of art-science projects that incorporate living organisms and natural environments, including his own art installation in Hong Kong that monitors water quality in an urban lake....

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May 2016

Carlos Castellanos, Digital/Experimental Media Professor, Deploys Floating Wetland in Lake in Wuhan, China.

Assistant Professor Carlos Castellanos of the DX Media program in the Kansas State University Art Department recently deployed a prototype for a “Floating Data Wetland” in Wuhan, China. Done in collaboration students and members of the local community ,this is a floating island housing sensors and lights, along with native plants and grasses...

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The system measures water quality and in turn changes the color of the lights (red = bad water quality, blue = good). In addition, anyone with an Internet connection or mobile device can receive real-time information from the floating wetland, as the data is shared openly online. The vision is for the project is to create a network of these data wetlands across the city, in its plentiful lakes and rivers. Participants could also register to receive updates on this data and identify stations near them in need of care, in essence "adopting" these wetland systems. The light and sound produced by the wetlands would serve as indicators of species activity, water quality and collective human interest in the environment. The floating wetlands themselves may also improve the overall water quality of the lake or river where they are deployed (as well as providing shade for the fish, which is typically beneficial).

The piece will premier on May 20 at the K11 Art Mall in Hong Kong as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK) and will be on display until July 4th.

Castellanos has been in residency at the K11 art village, located in Wuhan, China as part of the K11 Art Foundation x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program, an initiative formed by KAF and Videotage as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK). The residency offers a multi-disciplinary platform for artists to realize their ideas by creating media artworks from a wide spectrum of knowledge. In alignment with KAF’s mission, the program will drive and facilitate cultural exchange, creating a new platform for cross-border dialogue. Taking advantage of the abundance of lakes, rivers and wetlands in Wuhan, Castellanos's residency’s project seeks to foster awareness and greater community agency and autonomy over issues of ecological stewardship and environmental health and resilience.

The International Symposium on Electronic Art was initiated in 1988 in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts. This internationally recognized electronic art event will be held in Hong Kong for the first time.

More information at the ISEA 2016 web site.

 

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Congratulations to our Undergrads who have been accepted into Graduate School!
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Two of our Photography students, who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Spring, have been accepted into Graduate Programs at the University of New Mexico Graduate Program and the University of North Texas Graduate Program. Congratulations!

January 2016

Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Graduate School was Selected for one-month Artist Residency in Morocco!

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Professor Geraldine Craig, of the Department of Art and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, is one of 10 international artists selected for a special month long artist residency in February at the Green Olive Arts in Tetouan, Morocco, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site.

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Collaboration between Graduate Student and Faculty Member Awarded $10,000 Grant!

Kansas State University graduate student in Fine Arts, Kelly Yarbrough has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission's Arts Integration Program...

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The grant will go toward an artist residency developed in partnership with the Center of Living Education in Matfield Green, Kansas and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City, Kansas. Kelly Yarbrough collaborated with art faculty member Matthew Garcia to develop the residency and grant.

The newly formed artist-in-residence program, which seeks to foster a place-based community of artists living and working in a prairie ecosystem, will offer ten artists, ten nights of lodging in the rural community of Matfield Green, and special access to the Tallgrass Prarie National Preserve. Residency periods will happen throughout the spring and summer of 2016, and will include programming open to the public. The 2016 residency program will culminate in a group exhibition of artwork created during or in response to the artist's time in residence, in October of 2016, in Matfield Green. 

By inviting artists from different communities within the prairie ecosystem to the heart of Kansas to contribute their voices to a conversation about place, this residency program aspires to spread awareness of the prairie as an ecosystem worth protecting. Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today, less than 4% remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. 

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Faculty at Kansas State University invited to 2016 International Art Symposium in China as Resident Artist!

K-State Department of Art Faculty, Carlos Castellanos has been invited to be resident artist at the 2016 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Wuhan, China...

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 He is among four artists selected for the K11 Art Foundation Residency Program, an initiative formed by KAF and a Videotage as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK). Castellanos will take up residency at the K11 art village, located in Wuhan, China. Art works created by Castellanos during the residency in Wuhan, China will be presented in a group exhibition at the K11 art space in Hong Kong in June 2016. The residency is co-presented by the K11 Art Foundation and Videotage and offers a multi-disciplinary platform for artists to realize their ideas by creating media artworks from a wide spectrum of knowledge. In alignment with KAF's mission. the program will drive and facilitate cultural exchange, creating a new platform for cross-border dialogue. Castellanos area of focus in the department of art is digital and experimental media. Castellanos residency is funded by the K11 Art Foundation.

The International Symposium on Electronic Art was initiated in 1988 in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts. This internationally recognized electronic art event will be held in Hong Kong for the first time.  

More information at the ISEA 2016 Web Site.

December 2015

Faculty at Kansas State University Receive Prestigious National Arts Award

Kansas State University faculty April Bojorquez and Matt Garcia have received the prestigious Creative Capital Award to expand their work examining relationships between art, ecology and society specifically dealing with growing dryland zones. The Creative Capital Award is one of the top honors in contemporary art...

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The Creative Capital award includes up to $95,000 in funding and resources ($50,000 in direct funding and additional resources and advisory services valued at $45,000). Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions. In 2016 Creative Capital funded 46 projects awarding nearly $4.4 Million dollars of grants to artists. Since 1999, Creative Capital's awards program has committed nearly $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists.

Matthew Garcia is an assistant professor of Digital/Experimental Media in the Department of Art at Kansas State University. Matt Garcia's artistic practice investigates ecology, its relationship to knowledge systems and how media can connect communities to a reclaiming or re-imaging of lost epistemology. Garcia's work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, The International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada, the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts (Vienna, Austria), Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia), HASTAC (Lima, Peru).

April Bojorquez is currently a faculty member in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an assistant curator at the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum at Kansas State University. Formerly she was the curator of art at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Museum Studies Program. Bojorquez works within the intersection of art and anthropology. She has worked in the museum field nationally and internationally, exploring new approaches to museum practices in an increasingly multicultural society. Influenced by participatory practices and social sculpture, Bojorquez employs diverse strategies to produce immersive and interactive environments exploring place, identity and museum practices.


November 2015

Congratulations, Marcus Gilbert for becoming a McNair Scholar!
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To learn more about the McNair Scholarship and the man behind it, click on the following link(s):

http://www.k-state.edu/mcnair/           

http://www.k-state.edu/mcnair/remcnair.html