An art reception for ANIMUS was held on Saturday, Oct. 13. It was wonderful to see members of the community, other artists, students, and faculty come to welcome artists Juan Cruz, Genevieve Armstrong, and curator Thomas Motley. I want to give a very special shout-out to President Ambassadors Hailey, Chiko and Sylvester for assisting in welcoming our guests.
There was a full house at the first gallery artist talk for Mitchell-Reed Community of Learners held in the new university gallery. Students, staff, art collectors, and faculty joined in the discussion of a wide range of topics generated by the ANIMUS artists talking about their work and the curator addressing his concept for the exhibition. The next Mitchell-Reed gallery talk will be on Jan. 30 from 12:15-1:30. The artists featured in the exhibition fluid dialog will be here to talk about their work.
October 13 Dr. Matthew Hand showed great courage in jumping into the middle of artists and curator making creative decisions regarding the current art exhibition ANIMUS. Dr. Hand enthusiastically discussed the content and methodology of the artworks with each artist. He interviewed curator Thomas Motley about his overall vision for the exhibition. Dr. Hand, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, explored how the works in the exhibit might demonstrate the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung's concept of animus. By doing this, he began his preparation to show his students how the theories they have studied in the classroom look in a practical setting. A setting of which they might never have considered. Dr. Hand is the first to accept the open invitation to use the new art gallery as an additional teaching tool. Enhancing the educational experience of Wesleyan students is dominant in the mission of the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio + gallery.
Above: Curator Thomas Motley discussing the exhibit with Dr. Hand
Halloween day brought more treats than tricks to Wesleyan's art Gallery. A large group of members from Tarrant County Community College Senior Education came for a tour of the current exhibition, ANIMUS as well as tour the historical Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio. On hand for the visitors was the curator of the exhibition, Thomas Motley. Having the curator here provided each one attending great insight about the works created by Juan Cruz and Genevieve Armstrong. Learinig about the history of the building proved to be of great interest to all. It was wonderful to meet one of the guests who is an alumna of Texas Wesleyan.
A generous donation from Steve and Laura Cox added to Texas Wesleyan’s permanent art collection. They donated five prints created by the late Professor Emeritus Mary Apple in honor of Ms. Cox’s mother Karen Perkins. Ms. Karen Perkins joined the faculty of Texas Wesleyan College, where she taught from 1973-1978 in the Department of English. "...Mom loved opening students' minds to the beautiful language of Milton and Shakespeare". According to her daughter, she was awarded Educator of the Year during her time at Texas Wesleyan. Karen Perkins was dear friends Mary Apple and retired Dean of Students Loralee Pohl. Ms. Perkins went on to be the founder and Executive Director of The Women's Center of Tarrant County. Ms. Karen Perkins passed away June 2017.
Above: Steve and Laura Perkins Cox holding one of Professor Emeritus Mary Apple's prints.
The renovation of the Polytechnic Firehouse to Texas Wesleyan’s new Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio is a key part of the Rosedale Renaissance, a $6.7 million project that revitalizes the Texas Wesleyan campus and Polytechnic neighborhood, and represents the University’s vision for the future.The improvements lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable economic growth in Southeast Fort Worth, and are a central part of Texas Wesleyan’s 2020 Vision strategic plan.The Art Studio’s mission is to serve as a cultural and academic environment for the enjoyment and critical analysis of the visual arts. Visually enriching exhibitions and informative experiences with artists, visiting classes, campus and community meetings enrich the lives of all visitors.
Free gallery events include artist gallery talks and receptions, as well as outreach activities. Reservations are required for academic classes held in the gallery, Wesleyan, and community groups. For more information, contact Kit Hall, 817-531-4984 or firstname.lastname@example.org