University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery Coordinator of Audience Development Jeffrey Bowen traveled abroad this summer to share information about UH-Clear Lake Art Gallery in Slovakia and Serbia and to meet with members of UHCL’s International Arts Consortium.
Specifically, Bowen met with arts faculty of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava to exchange creative works by consortium artists, and share information about UHCL’s art gallery events and facilities.
“When our faculty and artworks travel abroad, UHCL positions itself as a dynamic university with state-of-the-art facilities and a terrific atmosphere for learning,” says Bowen.
The consortium, created in 2003 by Professor of Fine Arts Sandria Hu, is an international collaboration among UHCL and six other universities that organizes cross-cultural art exhibitions and promotes sharing of artistic ideas.
In addition to UHCL and the two universities Bowen visited, the consortium also comprises the University of Hawaii at Hilo; Universidad de Veracruzana, Facultad de Artes Plasticas in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico; University of West Bohemia, Institute of Art and Design in Plzen, Czech Republic; and Kherson Educational-Aesthetic Complex Children’s Art School, Ukraine. Partially funded by a grant from Houston Endowment, the consortium sponsors critiques, lectures and workshops provided by art exchanges with member universities so faculty and students can share technical expertise and artistic viewpoints.
“Whether it’s an exhibition of drawings from Mexico, a print-making demonstration by an artist from Serbia, or a lecture by a photographer from Slovakia, the outreach programs enabled by the International Arts Consortium afford the opportunity for the UHCL community – that is, students, faculty, staff, and area arts patrons – to get a global insight into what’s relevant to artists across the world,” Bowen says.
Other 2013 activities included UHCL hosting two exhibitions of consortium faculty members, Miro Svolik, head of the creative photography studio at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, and Vojtech Aubrecht, professor of photography at the Institute of Art and Design at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen, Czech Republic in February.
Following up on an exhibition that Hu curated in Mexico, she and Lecturer in Art Jason Makepeace traveled to the Universidad Veracruzana to share their artistic techniques and concepts to university students in 2011. Serbian artists Slobodan Radojkovic and Biljana Vukovic made full use of the university’s new art studio demonstrating printmaking techniques in 2012. UHCL’s Art School for Children and Young Adults participated in an exchange of children’s art with Kherson Education-Aesthetic Complex in Ukraine that same year.
Additionally, this summer, UHCL students attended ArtCamp at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen in this summer. Associate Professor of Graphic Design Stuart Larson taught a graphic course during the ArtCamp in July, sharing artistic viewpoints with their Czech counterparts.
Bowen returned with artwork from the University of Arts in Belgrade for an exhibition in 2014. In January, UHCL will present “A Snapshot of Serbia: Faculty and Student Photography,” The exhibition is presented as part of FotoFest 2014 Biennial, the Fifteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, held in Houston every two years..
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.