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UT Tyler to Present 3 Master’s Thesis Art Exhibitions

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October 23, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Agency Director
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler announced three Master of Arts thesis student exhibitions to be presented this fall by the Department of Art and Art History.

Thesis art exhibitions are held in partial fulfillment of Master of Arts degrees, said Michelle Taff, gallery and media coordinator.

The first exhibition, "Envisage, Collage, Respond," will be on display through Nov. 2 in the Fine Arts Complex Gallery, featuring the artwork of Kiana Buchanan of Tyler, John Miranda of Del Rio and Jessica Sanders of Tyler.

A public reception and gallery talks for "Envisage, Collage Respond" will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Fine Arts Complex.

Buchanan's work confronts past and present cultural issues involving African Americans, specifically dealing with injustice and police violence. Sanders works in ceramic installation, creating tessellations out of components that are attached together. Miranda's work investigates concepts dealing with the interaction and fusion between painting and sculpture.

The second exhibition, "Human Nature," will be open Oct. 29 – Nov. 9 in the University Center Gallery, located on the third floor of the UC. The artwork of Coy A. Lothrop of Kilgore and Brittany Taylor of Hallsville will be featured.

A public reception with gallery talks by the artists will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the UC.

Lothrop's traditional oil portraits address the human condition, emotionality and how growth, intimacy, conflict and mortality manifest in the human figure. Taylor's delicate acrylic paintings interpret the idea of human memory and the fractured, distorted nature of recalling particular moments in time.

The third MA thesis exhibition, "The Fragile State," is scheduled for Nov. 5 – 16 in the Fine Arts Complex Gallery, featuring the artwork of Lorianne Hubbard of Bullard and Laminda Miller of Gladewater.

A public reception and gallery talks by the artists will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Fine Arts Complex.

Hubbard's work consists of large-scale black and white drawings. Using predominantly charcoal and black pastels, Hubbard creates drawings that are visually striking explorations into the fragile and curiously complex nature of human experience and existence. Ending up somewhere in the realm of illusionistic surrealism, the work emphasizes Hubbard's interest in chiaroscuro, figural abstraction and metaphysical space.
Miller uses animals as her subject. She makes life-sized 3D sculptures from Styrofoam and epoxy clay. Miller's animal forms and their relationships with each other are often whimsical and represent life concepts concerning human nature and identity.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by special appointment.

For more information, contact Taff, 903.566.7237 or mtaff@uttyler.edu.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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