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september, 2021

02sep(sep 2)12:00 am04(sep 4)11:59 pm2021 Texas Painting Symposium @ Texas Tech University School of Art

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2021 Texas Painting Symposium
Texas Tech University School of Art

September 2-4, 2021


Registration:  $50-Professionals, $25-Students (W/Valid Student ID, include photocopy)


Bring completed Registration Form with you to Check-in. Symposium Registration Form


3:00-6:00 PM: Check-in (and late Registration). Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP) 5&J Gallery (1108 5th Street, between Aves J & K)

  • Collect symposium badges and materials
  • Sign-up sheet for 5×5 portfolio slideshow presentations
  • Installation of small works for the Good & Plenty: 2021 Painting Symposium Attendee Exhibition

6:00-7:00 PM: Check-in at MCM Eleganté Symposium Hotel

7:00-9:00 PM: Reception for Good & Plenty: 2021 Painting Symposium Attendee Exhibition (beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, badges required)

9:30 PM – Midnight: 5×5 portfolio slide presentations at MCM Eleganté (room # TBA).


8:30-9:00 AM: Late check-in; coffee/tea service provided. TTU International Cultural Center (601 Indiana Avenue with ample free parking in designated areas).

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Welcome & Morning Presentations

  • Keynote Address presented by Dr. Natilee Harren
    Who is a Texas Painter? Notes toward a Historiography
    Natilee Harren is a scholar and critic of modern and contemporary art history and theory. She is author of Fluxus Forms: Scores, Multiples, and the Eternal Network (University of Chicago Press) and Karl Haendel: Knight’s Heritage (LAXART). A regular contributor to Artforum since 2009, her writing has engaged the work of Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Vern Blosum, Matt Mullican, Urs Fischer, Dave Muller, Stephen Lapthisophon, Katrina Moorhead, and Jamal Cyrus, among many other artists whose practices push at the limits of painting. Harren holds a PhD in art history from UCLA and currently serves as Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Houston School of Art. 
  • Houston Painting – Past & Present: History of Houston-based painting since the mid-1980s; figuration and abstraction in both past and contemporary practices. Panelists include Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Texas State University; Sharon & Gus Kopriva, Redbud Gallery, Houston; Carlos Canul, Houston Baptist University and Michael Collin, Houston Baptist University.
  • Exploring Autodidacts: This presentation aims to introduce a genre of painted store front signage found in San Antonio’s Westside outside mom & pop businesses such as beauty parlors, carnicerías, fruterías, auto repair shops and restaurants. With this presentation, the presenters situate this vernacular as a genre of art with clear characteristics that correspond with other discussions of painting addressed in this symposium.  Presenters include Haydee Victoria Suescum, Austin Community College; Christina Frasier, University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Drawing from the “Outside In” and the “Inside Out”: Academic artists in today’s contemporary art world are highly attracted to the work of Outsider artists. Their highly intuitive drawings are generally characterized by un-self-conscious, direct and vulnerable gestalt. The work is visually compelling and contextually rich. This presentation will examine the processes of academic and intuitive drawing together. The goal is to develop a shared language describing how these processes collide and intersect. Presenters: Rachel Black, Senior Lecturer Foundations Drawing, University of North Texas Elaine Pawlowicz, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, University of North Texas.

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break, box lunches provided.

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Afternoon Presentations

  • Globalizing Fresh Paint (1985): Presented by Dr. Kevin Chua
    Associate Professor of 18th and 19th-century European and Southeast Asian Art History at Texas Tech School of Art, Dr. Kevin Chua specializes in the history of 18th and 19th-century European art, with an emphasis on French painting. He obtained a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) in Washington, DC, and at the Center for 17th- and 18th-century Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published essays on Greuze, Girodet, David, and the Bavarian Rococo, and is currently working on a book-length project on vitalism and painting in mid-18th century France. Dr Chua also writes on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, and has published essays on Simryn Gill, Ho Tzu Nyen, Charles Lim, the Migrant Ecologies Project, 1950s Nanyang painting, and Sudjojono.
  • South of the Check Point, North of the River: Understanding Painting Along the US/Mexico Border:  The political and human struggle that is part of the immigrant crisis; notions of hyper-masculinity that are part of the culture of violence in Northern Mexico and South Texas; land use/grabs, the powers determining its usage, and the repercussions on community self-worth; community construction of identities made possible through their understanding of locality, geography and ecology; the distinctions made between local culture verses Texas culture, and: sanctioned theft, borrowed images, and confiscated text/language at will. Panelists affiliated with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley include M.C. Farris, Gina Gwen Palacios, and Rigoberto Gonzalez.
  • Art, Environment & Sustainability: Materiality, technology, and ecology; environmental cognizance and responsibility in Texas and among the artists working there; the antiheroic vs. the picturesque. · Panelists affiliated with Texas Tech University include Carol Flueckiger, Sara Drescher, Mattie Hernandez, and Devin Ratheal.
  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration in the Painting Studios: Pedagogy and professional development; collaboration; high impact practices; interdisciplinarity. Presented by Joe Peña, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
  • Texas Horizon: Painting and the Desert: The Texas landscape in the work of three contemporary artists; choreography within painting; non-traditional materials; borders, power, and struggle. · Panelists affiliated with Baylor University include Angel Fernandez, Dr. Scott Robinson, and Winter Rusiloski.
  • Expanding Traditions: Reaching Beyond Boundaries: The cartographic and the cosmic; Chinese landscape painting; Sumi ink; dialogues between Asian and Western artistic traditions. Panelists: Robert Green, Abilene Christian University and Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Southern Methodist University.

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Lubbock First Friday Art Trail – Good & Plenty will be part of the FFAT offerings for the evening. (Attendees on their own.)


9:00 – 11:00 AM: De-install artworks in the Good & Plenty exhibition (CASP 5&J Gallery)

11:00  – 11:30 AM: Christie Blizard performance (CASP 5&J under the canopy)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Box Lunch provided to attendees with badges (CASP Plaza)

1:30 – 5:00 PM: Afternoon Presentations (TTU Department of English Lecture Hall 001, campus map will be provided)

  • Modest Power: El Paso’s Lessons On Painting: Painting within the border metropolis of El Paso, including1970s Chicano art, 1990s street art, and contemporary painting; social engagement; the work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer; multi-generational perspectives. Panelists affiliated with University of Texas at El Paso include Tom Birkner, Victor “Mask” Casas, Angel Peña, and Carolina Villareal.
  • Ones and Zeros: Painting and Technology: The intersection of traditional methods and new media; 3D imaging, animation, and gaming; post-computational creative space; digital drawing and laser-cutting. Panelists include Jason Bly, Midwestern State University;  Ira Greenberg, Southern Methodist University; Timothy Harding, Tarleton State University; Jonathan Revett and Anna Lemnitzer, West Texas A&M University.
  • Everyday: Exhibition curator Chad Dawkins comments on the state of contemporary painting in Texas and beyond.

5:00 – 7:00 PM: EVERYDAY: a curated selection of contemporary Texas painting
exhibition opening reception in the Landmark Gallery of the School of Art Building.


2 (Thursday) 12:00 am - 4 (Saturday) 11:59 pm


Various Locations

throughout Lubbock