The Austin College Department of Art and Art History is hosting the exhibit “Small Pleasures III” through May 2 in Dennis Gallery of Betsy Dennis Forster Art Studio Complex. The exhibit, on the first floor of Forster, is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The show is a cross sampling of artists represented by the Craighead-Green Gallery in Dallas, The William Campbell Gallery in Fort Worth, and directly from the artists’ studios. The show features artwork by Daniel Angeles, Denise Brown, Pam Burnley-Schol, Ken Dixon, John Fraser, Heather Gorham, Marci Harnden, David Iles, Otis Jones, Norman Kary, Jay Maggio, Winston Mascarenhas, Carolyn McAdams, Robert McAn, Andy Myers, Marty Ray, Randall Reid, Don Schol, Mark S. Smith, Corky Stuckenbruck, and Marla Ziegler.
Mark S. Smith, one of the featured artists, is a professor of art at Austin College. He said the art objects in this show are small, intimate, and designed for the contemplation of the viewer in a close and personal sense.
“Artists work in small scale for many reasons,” Smith said. “Often it is the diminutive scale that frees the artist to try a new direction or experiment in a less formal manner. Small objects can often be more demanding to create because the scale dedicates and limits what is possible. For the artist, smaller objects can be liberating and practical as well. But the small size does not determine the impact and imprint left by an intimate art object. Whatever the artist had in mind, these small and personal objects are engaging in a way that is immediate and felt by the sympathetic viewer. Please get close and enjoy the many pleasures and emotions these art works may provide.”
Smith said the artists in the show allowed their work to be borrowed for this presentation and thanked them for their involvement.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allows a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.