Marfa, TX

At the beginning of the summer I took two courses under the title of “Art & Place”, one section was studio and the other was art history. These classes included a trip to Marfa in West Texas, which is an art mecca. It was a perfect intro to the class and is in my top five coolest places I’ve ever been! The landscape was incredible, the people were so nice, and there was art pretty much shoved in every nook and cranny!!

In the 1960’s a minimalist artist by the name of Donald Judd was looking for a place to permanently house his work. He had pasted through West Texas when he was young and in the army and fell in love with the the untouched landscape. Marfa use to be a military town and when all that shut down and moved on the town dwindled. Judd bought the old abandoned military base and a lot of the town and began the Chinati Foundation and later the Judd foundation. The ten hour drive was worth it in my book and I hope to make it again soon!! Here are my favorite shots from the trips.

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The Chinati Foundation

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Right: Claes Oldenburg

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John Chamberlain

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Dan Flavin

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Donald Judd

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The Judd Foundation

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McDonald Observatory 

One of my professors is friends with someone who works at McDonald, he got in contact with him and go us a tour of all three telescopes. It’s not an easy tour to get and was so cool!! I am incredibly thankful for the experience!!!

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Chihuahuan Desert Research Center

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Prada Marfa

(which is not in Marfa, it’s it Valentine which is a forty-five minute drive)

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Los Angeles Area

L.A. has become one of my favorite places to go, mainly because one of my favorite people lives there (and of course because L.A. is so hip and full of things to do). In fact I’ve had the opportunity to go six times since 2012! Because of this, when I go now it’s easy to relax and enjoy without being afraid I’m going to miss something. This trip involved a graduation, fun food, a couple new places, good time with good people, and my personal favorite, Disneyland! Here are my favorite shots from the trip.

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San Francisco

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My friend Lesa has been Catering for an organization called Jew for Jesus since 2011. They fly her and 1 to 3 people several times a year when she is needed. I was lucky enough to be one of the people this last time. This was my second time to help. We cook ten meals and were there for a week. It’s funny to me that I’ve gotten involved with this because not only do I not cook, but I’m also as gentile as it comes. But Lesa is an incredible delegator  and it’s such an incredible origination to see at work. Here are some of my favorite photos from this whirlwind of a trip!

Painted Ladies

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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

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Conservatory of Flowers

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Palace of Fine Arts

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The group  was with were all coffee people, so we did a TON of coffee! We even took a saturday and had a coffee crawl where we went all over the city.

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Wicked with Anna

My friend Anna mentioned to me not to long ago that she really wanted to go to New York and see wicked on broadway. Maybe a week before that I had ventured over to Dallas with Dad to buy clay and saw the huge poster on the side of Fair Park for Wicked. I mentioned we should go see it. Dad wasn’t to interested in seeing it again, so when Anna mentioned it I knew I had my way in! So we bought tickets and were on our way to the fair grounds for one of the best musicals of all time!

We started our Dallas day at Cafe Brazil in Deep Elm. It’s one of my favorite things in Dallas! The atmosphere and food is just so yummy! And Deep Elm is so hip, its always fun to venture through.PicMonkey Collage1 1.26.53 PM

The show wasn’t until 3:00, and us being art majors we had to spend some time at the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art).

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An exhibit they had up titled The Dorace M. Fichtenbaum Bequest was a super exciting find for me! Fichtenbaum was a huge supporter of the DMA and past away last year. The exhibit was her personal collect. I think she might be my spirt animal! She collected from all over the world, had a ton of degenerate art pieces, a David Bates, and a piece by an artist I’ve been dying to see, Num June Paik! He was the first artist to use TVs in his work, he started using them in the 1960s! I did a lot of research on him a few semesters ago and he has quickly become one of my favorite artists!

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After the DMA we headed over to Fair Park for the show. It was my second time to see Wicked. It was even better than I remember!

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NCECA in Kansas City, MO

In March I had the opportunity the attend NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Kansas City, MO. There was a group of six students from UT, and both of our ceramics professors that made the journey. It was a CRAZY week! So much incredible art, and talks and demos and museums. I’m honestly still processing!

It was really cool that the conference happened to be in KC because my brother and sister-in-law recently moved there. Dad came with me, so we had a nice little family reunion! It was so nice getting to see family and on their turf!

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Claes Oldenburg, Shuttlecock, 1994

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Donald Judd, Large Stack, 1968; El Anatsui, Dusasa I, 2007; Phillip Hass, Summer (After Arcimboldo), 2012

Dino-Might!

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Brett Kern

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Brett Kern, Brett Kern, Ryan Kelly

Student Showcase and Emerging Artists

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I didn’t write down the first artist name but it’s such a cool piece; Mario Munguia Jr. (who is one of m classmates!!); Kyungmin Park

Multiple Shows at Belger Crane Yard Studios

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Jamie Bates Stone, Transference, 2016; John Balistreri, Reef, 2014

The five photos below are all pieces by my ceramics professor, Merrie Wright. It’s such a crazy honor to be able to learn under this kind of talent!

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Measured Space

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Left and right were from the 50 women exhibit at the American Jazz Museum, the one in the middle was at a different gallery that I didn’t catch the name of.

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Linda Lighton & Mark Southerland; Misty Gamble; Tip Toland

Kemper Museum of Contemporay art

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Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1996; Frank Stella, The Prophet, 1990

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Mark Cooper, YuYu Boston Blue, 2013 (This was my favorite piece from the whole week!)

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Spring 2016

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This has been a whirlwind of a semester! It’s been possibly the hardest and most stressful, but also possibly the most rewarding semester I’ve ever had to. I learned so much and have grown a lot as an artist. I made the decision to take four studio classes while also taking Aesthetics, which wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. I had several people tell me it was a stupid idea, but I’m hard headed and did it anyway. I had never taken a class that involved as much reading as Aesthetics, and it was hard reading. Kant and Heidegger were brutal! So between that and the amount of time you have to put into studio classes its safe to say I didn’t have a lot of free time. Here are some highlights from this crazy semester!

I’m going to a a larger post on NCECA later, but it was such a HUGE part of this semester, so I felt like I needed to put at least a few photo on here. I made some really important relationships on this trip and it really kindle the fire in me for ceramics!!

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Every spring semester UT Tyler does a juried student exhibition. I was lucky enough to get one of my weavings in the show! And it even made it on the poster! A year ago I came up to UT to be advised for my first semester here last fall. My department head, Merrie Wright, told me and the friend I came with that we should stop by the gallery and see the student show that was up at the time. So on our way out we stopped by the Meadows gallery to check it out. I remember being really intimidated by the level of work in the show and thinking I HAVE to be one of these people. It really meant a lot after all the work I’d put in that I got to be one of those people!

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Ceramics

I decided to take Advanced Ceramics again, which towards the end of last semester I didn’t think I was going to, but Im really glad I did. I got a crazing amount of work done! The main thing I worked on this semester was pieces for an installation I’ll be doing over the summer. My goal was to make 500 of them, I made close to 550! They are all about Healing in community. I don’t believe true healing happens without others. The black represents the pain and hurt we experience and the gold is the healing process.

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I also continued my wood cups and vessels. I had a little trouble at the beginning of the semester with some of them breaking in the kiln, but I got it figured out and got several done. I have nine more glazed and ready to be fired.

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I got inspired by a few sources to start experimenting with small pieces. I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate ceramics with weaving. These little pieces lead me to some larger ones that I’m waiting to get fired.

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I ordered this gorgeous rolling pin on etsy for ceramics. I didn’t get to use it as much as I wanted, but I did a little playing around with it.

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Collage

This was my first semester in Collage, and boy was it a challenge! It’s a super open class, so you can really bring in any kind of medium you want, 2D or 3D. I had really been missing weaving, and after weaving at a Live Nativity over Christmas break, I decided I would bring it back into my academic life.

It took me a long time to really figure out how I was going to address the medium, but I finally figured it out and I’m really happy with the direction I’m going and am excited to see where it goes from here.

“Time and Patterns #1”, “Time and Patterns #2”

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“Time and Patterns #3″, Time and Patterns #4”

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“Time and Patterns #5”, “Time and Patterns #6”

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“The Last Seven Years or So”

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“Here or There?”, “Trying to Get a Handle on It”

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Life Drawing

I took two semesters of life drawing at TJC and learned so much! I found out I could use life drawing as my advanced drawing credit, so I jumped it! Once again I learned a ton!!!

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Aquamedia

I’ve really been missing painting in my life, I was going to take advanced painting, but it was at the same time as advanced ceramics, so lucky for me an aquamedia class was offered this semester.

“Urban Shapes #1”

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“Urban Shapes #2”

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“1994”

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“1991”

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“2011”

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“2014”

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“2012”

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“1997”

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“1998 & 1999”

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“182881”

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“Can We Go Back?”, “Can We Go Back?”

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These were all smaller studies.

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The last day of class we had a demo on Watercolor Monoprinting, here are the two I made.

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Boston

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Two of my favorite people recently moved to Boston, Massachusetts. I’d been missing them dearly so I decided that seeing them over spring break had to happen! I sold a guitar and few other things and then watched and waited for the ticket prices to go down. A few weeks later I was on a plane headed their way!

One of my favorite things is when people share their city with me! It’s the best way to experience a place: with locals! Alex and Katie haven’t even been their for a year yet, but they definitely feel like locals already, they know their city so well which made my first trip to Boston so perfect!

Boston’s Keytar Bear, Bates Hall at the Boston Public Library

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Foggy downtown Boston, Cheers Bar, yarn bombed tree in front of Trinity Church

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Alex took me to the Boston Museum of Fine Art the second day. I’m always excited when art is involved and the MFA has some really great pieces!

Sam Gilliam, Balance, 1970; El Anatsui, Black River, 2009

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John Singleton Copley, Paul Revere, 1768; Nishida Jun, Zetsu No. 8, 2003; Sheila Hicks, Bamian (Banyan), 1968

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New Hampshire & Maine

I mentioned to Katie that I wouldn’t mind checking some new states off my list while I was there since everything up northeast is so small, you can be in the next state in less than an hour. The only state in the north east I’d been to before this trip was New York, so Katie took me up to Maine! First we pasted through New Hampshire and stop at Hampton Beach. It was a rainy day, which is my favorite at the beach! It was so beautiful! I of course got my feet in the water, which was freezing, and we climbed up on some rocks where we found some small clams and just sat and enjoyed the waves. Once we got into Maine we drove to cape Elizabeth and checked out Portland Head lighthouse. It was absolutely breathtaking! From there we ran over to Portland, ME, which means I’ve been to Portland on the east and west coast. On the outskirts of town in a little neighborhood is a little stream that randomly turns into a waterfall! It was gorgeous! We also drove to Sebago Lake, which was still frozen! I’d never seen a frozen lake before, so that was really cool! We also found a covered bridge! It was so Maine-esic!

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Harvard

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Walden Pond

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Cemetery; Paul Revere Statue; Henry David Thoreau’s headstone in Sleepy Hollow

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Ceramic piece by artist Cheryl Ann Thomas; My Aunt Karen lives in the Albany so we meet in Concord for Lunch; Boston Graffiti

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Boston is absolutely Cover with old, beautiful Churches! I ended up attending Catholic mass for the first time in my life! It was a beautiful experience. The picture on the left is Gate of Heaven Church, the church I attended mass at. The one on the right is trinity church, which was founded in 1733!! (The building was build in the 1800’s though)

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Church of Christ Science headquarters; Christian Science headquarters pipe organ with 13,000 pipes; Old North Church, floor of King’s Chapel

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