‘Reflecting/Reimagining’ brushes students up on Houston art scene

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A new art exhibit is on view at the UHCL Art Gallery through Mar. 23. The “Reflecting/Reimagining” exhibit aims to familiarize all visitors with the works from the Glassell School of Art Studio School at the Museum of Fine Art Houston, which features artists of the dynamic Houston art scene.

The UHCL Art Gallery is recognized for displaying creative works from students, faculty, local artists and highly recognized national/international artists. With the new “Reflecting/Reimagining” exhibit, people can view works by: Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak, Susan Budge, Sharon Dennard, Nathan Dube, Jeff Forster, Jan Harrell, Clara Hoag, Patrick Palmer, Mark Ponder, Christopher Wallace and Sandra Zilker. All of the featured works are from faculty members of the Glassell School of Art Studio School.

Jeffrey Bowen, UHCL Art Gallery director, said he chose artworks that were created recently by the artist as well as those that embody their formal and thematic explorations. Bowen noted that the “Reflecting/Reimagining” exhibit has an even larger variety than the last show.

“What is most exciting to me is that we have some types of media that haven’t been shown in the gallery in recent memory, such as objects of jewelry and enameling,” Bowen said.

Thrilled with the variety currently being displayed Bowen believes that students will enjoy the exhibit. This exhibit has received positive feedback from visitors.

“I really liked it, I even posted about it!” said Joshua Cruz, freshman.

“I loved it… If I had the money I would buy some of the art.” said Bryant Mckeon, business major.

Clara Hoag's art comes to UHCL Art Gallery
Clara Hoag’s sculpture “Athena,” from Reflecting/Reimagining exhibit.

“I really liked it, I even posted about it!” said Joshua Cruz, freshman.

“I loved it… If I had the money I would buy some of the art.” said Bryant Mckeon, business major.

Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak is an artists featured in the “Reflecting/Reimagining” exhibit. Bodnar-Balahutrak is recognized internationally as an accomplished artist, winning multiple awards around the world. She has taught drawing and painting at UHCL and is currently on the faculty of the Glassell School of Art. Many of her works are collages, including her piece in the UHCL exhibit. The materials used in her artwork are clippings of articles and photographs from various newspapers. She arranges the cutouts in a type of self-perpetuating dialogue that creates the theme of the piece.

Lydia Bodner-Balahutrak's art comes to UHCL Art Gallery
Lydia Bodner-Balahutrak’s “Fire and Ice” canvas from Reflecting/Reimagining exhibit.

Feb. 23, from 7-10 p.m., the Gallery will be hosting an event called Flash Fiction Reading. This event will give students a chance to read original works of fiction and poetry based on the pieces in the gallery. The event will have complimentary craft beer for attendees 21 years of age and up, compliments of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, along with other refreshments. For more details visit, www.uhcl.edu/writing-center/flash-fiction-reading. Until then, “Reflecting/Reimagining” is open to all students and visitors during normal gallery hours, free of charge.

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