In March of 2018, I was invited by Joe Pena (Professor of Art at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and painter, whose work is numbered several times in the collection of Cheech Marin) to participate in the Oso Bay Biennial and Symposium. The Biennial has previously assembled art faculty and students from across Texas to exhibit and confer about contemporary problems in a given studio discipline. The 2018 Biennial was the first to thematically address painting, with specific regard for problems and traditions of realism and representation. I was one of seven persons featured, all “painters”, living and working in Texas, who happen also to be arts faculty members in universities and colleges within Texas. The roster included Matt Bourbon of UNT, Kim Owens of University of Dallas, Rigoberto Gonzales of UT Rio Grande Valley, Sedrick Huckabay of UT Arlington, Winter Rusiloski of Baylor, and J. Marie Valdez and Rolando Reyna, both of Houston Community College. We each supplied 1 artwork of our own, along with 3 - 5 artworks from current or former students. I collected works from TTU Painting students Patrick Quarm (MFA, '18), Kelly Reyna (MFA, Fa. '19) Jessie Dodington (MFA, '19), Devin Ratheal (BFA, '18), and Morgan Byrd (BFA, Fa. '17). These were displayed for one month in the Weil Gallery of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). I delivered a 30-minute lecture on Friday, March 30, to approximately 30 symposium participants.
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