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"Passage of Memory" by TWU Visual Arts alumna Anastasia Gabriel. Porcelain installation, screen printed with polychrome slips, wood, monofilament and fabric.
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TWU alumna Kalee Appleton selected for billboard art series

Kalee Appleton (MFA ’14) has been selected to participate in a billboard art project on display in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. The public art program was launched by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and will feature six local artists for a limited time.

TWU student wins top prize in national art contest for people with disabilities

Hannah Werchan, a 22-year-old senior art student at Texas Woman’s University, won first prize and $10,000 in the Kennedy Center’s 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, a program that recognizes and showcases the work of artists with disabilities between ages 16-25. Her winning painting, "Growth," is an impressionistic self-portrait that conveys her experience living with Stickler Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder.

Alumni News

Watercolor artist and TWU alumna Kathleen House helped found the Cross Timbers Artist's Guild, which has been bringing Denton County creatives together since 2002.

Kaylee Appleton (MFA 2014) took part in re/thinking photography: Conceptual Photography from Texas at Houston Center for Photography and Fotofest International, and was interviewed by fellow alumna Ashley Kauschinger for a recent LensScratch feature. Appleton is currently an assistant professor at Texas Christian University.

Ashley Kauschinger (MFA) is a photographer and book artist that explores female identity and contemporary women’s voices. She is the founding editor of, and she currently teaches at the University of South Carolina.

Ashley Whitt's (MFA 2012) photography exhibition, There’s No Way Out: Selected Works from An Ordered Chaos, will be on display Aug. 11 – Oct. 6 at BOX 13, an artist-run nonprofit in Houston. Whitt was also recently interviewed by, an online photography magazine.

TWU alumna Cory Cryer's ceramics classes at Lone Star College-Kingwood Campus were featured in the recent Houston Tribune article, "Need a relaxing break? Try ceramics".

Shannon Linker received her master's in art history in 2001 and has since built an innovative artist services department and art gallery at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Linker is the council's current Vice President and will become the Interim President on August 3. 

The works of TWU alumna April Judd are on display through June 30 at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Brattleboro, VT as part of a two-woman show of paintings and sculpture by Judd and Bev Larson.

Carol Fairlie, a BFA alumna, is now an accomplished painter, jewelry maker, printmaker and metalsmith as well as a professor at Sul Ross State University. She was recently profiled by the Odessa American.

Timothy Harding, who received his BFA from TWU, is a Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections. His exhibit will be on display January through April 2018.

Katie Murray, CCO of M2G Ventures in Fort Worth, received her master's degree in painting from TWU. Murray was featured in a recent DFW Child article, "Mom Next Door: Katie Murray, CCO of M2G Ventures".

Emile Stewart, who graduated from TWU with her master’s in art education in 2010, opened a new business storefront in Denton: Wildflower Art Studio. Her studio was featured in the recent Denton Record-Chronicle article, "Love letters: Cursive gets a bump from handmade movement."

Karmien “Sweety” Bowman earned her master’s degree in ceramics, metals and sculpture from TWU in 1975. She is currently working as an associate professor of ceramics at Tarrant County College, owns a studio in west Flower Mound, and was recently featured in the Cross Timber's Gazette article, “'Sweety' Bowman: Art is her life".

Hector Rodriguez, TWU visual arts alumnus and creator of the "El Peso Hero" comic series, will be featured at the first-ever Texas Latino Comic Con on July 29, 2017 in Dallas. Read the Dallas Observer's profile of Hector and his comics >>

Timothy Harding, TWU B.F.A. alumnus, has been awarded a microgrant by the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Robin McLaurin, TWU photography alumna, became an artist in residence at the Cayman Islands National Gallery in Summer 2016.

After graduating in 1949, TWU alumna Jo Ann Miller pursued a graduate degree in archeology at Columbia University, worked in revues, acted on Broadway and sang in the Tommy Dorsey Band.

Close-up of the hanging dress in Anastasia Gabriel's installation
"Passage of Memory" by TWU Visual Arts alumna Anastasia Gabriel.

Faculty News

Julie Libersat, assistant professor of studio art, participated in a panel discussion on new media art in North Texas at the Cedars Union in Dallas in partnership with Ro2 Art on Nov. 27.

Meg Griffiths, assistant professor of photography, interviewed her mentor for the LensScratch article, "Photographers on Photographers: Meg Griffiths and Cig Harvey in Conversation."

Cornaro professor emerita Susan kae Grant will have her prize-winning Night Journey series on display October 2018 at The Baldwin Photographic Gallery in Murfreesboro, TN.

Colby Parson's Structured Light series will be on display June 8-August 25 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center's Gough Gallery in Denton, TX.

Julie Libersat's solo exhibition, Paved Paradise, will be on display March 10-April 19 at the Women & Their Work gallery in Austin, TX. Learn more >>

Vagner Mendonça Whitehead participated in the 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute, July 10-15, 2017 in San Antonio.

Jana C. Perez and Angilee Wilkerson had works from their collaborative series, Perform La Femme, selected for the following shows:

  • TPS 25: The International Competition. The traveling exhibition took place at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas during June 2016.
  • Ticka Arts Exhibition. Perez and Wilkerson were featured artists during the month of May.
  • FOCUS at Gadsden Museum in Gadsden, Alabama. The exhibit took place in June and July of 2016. 

Susan kae Grant, professor of photography, received the Cornaro Award on April 14, 2016. This is the highest honor and award to be bestowed upon a TWU faculty member, and Grant is the first visual arts faculty member to receive the award.

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