Stephen F. Austin State University

News

SFA to open 'Silent Transmissions' exhibition

January 20, 2012 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES - Four of the five artists represented in "Silent Transmissions" will be present for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art's opening of the show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition, which will be on view in the Ledbetter Gallery, includes thought-provoking paintings, sculptures and installations by Frances Bagley, Vincent Falsetta, James Marshall, John Pomara and Jay Shinn, explained Charlene Rathburn, SFA galleries director and curator of the exhibition. Bagley, Marshall, Pomara and Shinn will attend the opening.

Bagley, whose sculptures are included in public and corporate collections in Texas and Arkansas and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of an artist grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Legend Award from the Dallas Visual Art Center and the 2010 Moss/Chumley Award from the Meadows Museum in Dallas. She also received an award in the 2008 Kajima Sculpture Exhibition in Tokyo, the only American to have done so.

Paintings by Vincent Falsetta, professor of art at the University of North Texas, are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Galleria Cavallino in Venice, Italy; Neiman-Marcus in Las Vegas and Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah, to name a few. On the artist's website, he writes that his distinctly abstract paintings "tend to suggest waves of sound, water, light or seismic activity."

The ceramic pieces by Marshall included in the exhibition are from "The Liminal Object," a series he says "investigates the potential for an ordinary object to move into other dimensions." Marshall's work is included in over 250 public and private national and international collections. The artist is the head of ceramics at Santa Fe Community College.

John Pomara is a professor of art at the University of Texas at Dallas. His paintings, created by pulling industrial enamel across aluminum panels, have been exhibited at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meadows Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and in exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and London.

Jay Shinn, who has studios in New York City and Dallas, works in a variety of media, but his paintings, sculptures, prints and installations all deal with geometric shapes and perspective. His work is included in collections of Microsoft Corporation; the State Department in Washington, D.C.; Hilton Hotels; Fidelity Investments and the DFW Airport, among others.

"Silent Transmissions" is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art and will run through Saturday, March 31. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.