Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sarah Fisch, Art Career 101

Sarah Fisch Speaks On Poor Media Coverage Of South Texas Art 
Posted by: Kristina Canales on March 26, 2012
Sarah Fisch A woman who’s experienced bright cities like New York and Los Angeles loves it in South Texas. It’s the sense of community, the art, the writing, the music. Why is it that the rest of the world doesn’t see our area the way only a select few do? “The only time they talk about us is for hurricanes or shooting Selena,” said Sarah Fisch, San Antonio-based journalist for Fisch is traveling across areas of South and West Texas for her “Chupacabrona Tour” and treated Art and journalism students here at AMK to a lecture on Friday. She grew up in San Antonio but like many students, she aspired to move out of the state to bigger and brighter cities like New York City. She was astounded by how much she missed that good ole Texas culture and eventually made her way back years later. “I feel like as artists we have a certain obligation to represent where we came from,” said Fisch. “South Texas is a force. There’s just not enough media coverage of the area.” According to Fisch, she is irked by the things people associate with this area, “poverty porn” as she called it—the decline, the broken down buildings, etc.—so she raised about $6,000 and took off in her car to begin talking to people and experiencing what it is that makes South Texas bright and cultural. Her advice to aspiring artists and journalists? Just go with it. Find something that really grabs you and just run with it. “Any idea you have,” explained Fisch, “social media it. Collaborate. Take advantage of being in school because you are each other’s resources. Do stuff you never thought you could do.” The economy is still rough and more and more artists are fleeting New York, but they’re bringing back what they got. Fisch is encouraging people to go to those big cities and learn—you can get information anywhere. She also added to not be afraid to have influences. It’s easy to be inspired by someone else’s work because in the end, it will be your voice put into something you do. The only way to become good at something is to do it over and over. “Ok, the truth is,” said Fisch, “it’s really hard to make a living so you better love it.” Art Career 101

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Joyce Jablonski, Transcendental Dialectic

Ben Bailey Art Gallery
On View:  March 21 – April 20, 2012
Artist Talk: Wed. March 21st, 6PM – 7PM
Reception : Wed. March 21st, 7PM –9PM

Artist and educator Joyce Jablonski will bring her ceramics exhibit to the Ben Bailey Art Gallery beginning Wednesday, March 21, and continuing through Friday, April 20.  Transcendental Dialectic seeks to continue investigating the sculptural installation forms as well as graphic images with china paints and decals on two-dimensional tiles.

She will have an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. March 21, in the Little Theatre followed by a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the art gallery.

“My work has always been nurtured by the idea of ‘the nature of the being’ which seeks to question the traditional definition of the sacred and the secular,” Jablonski said. “I consider myself a modern-day shaman, who also questions, challenges and hopes to bring new meaning to the ordinary. New metaphors emerge in a modern medium to seek the universal truth. I also seek an inner awareness of myself through the intuitive drive, creating works of art and teaching the value of things beyond appearance.”

About Joyce Jablonski

Jablonski has more than 20 years’ experience teaching and making art in universities and in art organizations. She is currently professor of art and head of ceramics at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She teaches ceramics. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Artsdegree from Youngstown State University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio.

Her artwork has been widely exhibited in venues that include South Bend Regional Museum and the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana; the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada; and the McDonough Museum and Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown. Her work has been shown in local galleries during National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts conferences in San Antonio, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Phoenix and San Diego.

Jablonski’s work also has been shown in the Midwest Museum in Elkhart, Indiana and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri. She has been featured in exhibitions for five consecutive years at the Navy Pier New Art Forms and Art Exposition in Chicago and in Feats of Clay XII at the Lincoln Arts Center in Lincoln, California.

Internationally, her work has been exhibited in Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, New Zealand, Argentina, China and Russia.