Salam: curated by the Muslim Student Association and MSC Visual Arts Committee

The MSC Visual Arts Committee has collaborated with the Muslim Students’ Association at Texas A&M University and the Islamic Arts Society of Houston to bring this unique and culturally immersive exhibit to campus, in order to share just a few personal expressions and interpretations of Islam with Texas A&M and the Bryan/College Station community. The mission of Islam, the Texas A&M Muslim Students’ Association, and the Islamic Arts Society of Houston is the same: to spread peace and love, and to bring people together as a community. That is also the intention of this exhibit.

The Muslim Students’ Association at Texas A&M University serves students on campus and the Bryan-College Station community by promoting unity among fellow Muslims, hosting Islamic religious and cultural activities, and educating non-Muslims about the many-faceted history of Islam. Similarly, the Islamic Arts Society of Houston aims to promote the rich heritage of Islamic art, while bringing Muslims and non-Muslims closer in the Houston community. If you don’t know much about the extensive artistic and cultural history associated with Islam, viewing this exhibit is only one place to start. There are many resources available about contemporary and historical traditions of Islam artwork; the MSC Visual Arts Committee suggests visiting the websites of the Islamic Arts Society of Houston and the Texas A&M Muslim Students Association to start.

2017-2018 Events and Workshops



ArtFest 2018

Open to all Texas A&M University students, drop off in SPO February 26-27 between 9am–5pm

March 7, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Reception and awards: March 8, 2018 from 7–9pm


Aggie Minds

April 25, 2018 – June 9, 2018

Reception: April 26, 2018 from 7–9pm


Ocean University China and TAMU Design Exchange

June 13, 2018 – September 7, 2018

Neopointillism by Gavin Rain

Gavin Rain is an artist from Cape Town, South Africa. Rain’s intent with his artwork is to show people two opposing ways of seeing. Up close, all you see are the details of each individual circle, but from a distance the portrait of Beyoncé  becomes clear. His message is clear: “take a step back”. 

Combining traditional pointillism and influences from our digital world, he brings new life to the well-known style with a technique we can only call neo-pointillism. Rather than using distinct colored dots, he stacks large concentric colored circles in a layered grid, similar to how pixels make up a digital image. Unlike digital displays, Gavin uses a wide range of colors to achieve his finished image, adding more color information than the original image provided. Gavin Rain’s experimentation with color theory helps him to design highly detailed and vivid images. He compares his own technique to using woodcut prints that utilize negative space to create depth.

There was an opening reception on November 30, 2017 from 7–9pm in the Reynolds Gallery.

Architecture that Speaks: the work of S.C.P. Vosper at Texas A&M University

Just a short walk on campus reveals the history of Texas A&M University through its diverse architecture. While we are all surrounded by his work, few of us are familiar with the name of the designer behind it: Samuel Charles Phelps Vosper, or S.C.P. Vosper. Between 1928 and 1933, Vosper served at Texas A&M University as both a Professor of Architecture and as Chief Designer under the Campus Architect, Frederick E. Giesecke. During his brief time at the university, Vosper oversaw the completion of 10 buildings on campus in just 4 years.


Vosper’s life and work is the subject of a recent publication by the Texas A&M University Press. The authors are architect Nancy T. McCoy, principal with Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture, Dallas, and David G. Woodcock, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Texas A&M University. The book will feature the images in this exhibit. The photographs featured in this exhibit are the work of Carolyn E. Brown, whose photographs of architecture and nature are widely published and exhibited internationally.

There was an opening reception on September 28, 2017 from 6–8pm in the Reynolds Gallery.

G52: Graffiti Artwork by Seve Garza

Seve Garza, otherwise known as G52, is a graffiti artist, photographer, videographer, and graphic designer based in Austin, Texas. Garza takes graffiti to the next level with his striking use of color, his detailed stenciling, as well as his tendency to focus on close-ups of human faces. He draws attention to the individualism of the people and items he selects with an attention to detail that is largely unseen in graffiti art. Each piece is achieved through many hours of tedious work, hand cutting as many as eight layers of stencils. He is known to create work focusing on issues of social justice, often drawing from his experiences as a third generation Latin American.

There was a closing reception scheduled on August 26 from 1–3pm in the Reynolds Gallery


The Art of Recycling

April 12 through June 17

With the help of elementary and middle school students of Bryan ISD, this exhibit showcases ways we can help the environment through recycling. Every piece in the exhibit has been recycled and repurposed. Throughout the exhibit, one can learn about how we affect the environment when we do or don’t recycle. Not sure where to start recycling? Come see us and learn easy ways to change your routine!

There was an opening reception on April 13 from 7-9pm in the Reynolds Gallery.



March 1 through April 8

ArtFest is an annual juried student art competition and exhibition sponsored by the Memorial Student Center & The Visual Arts Committee. The top winners receive cash prizes and all selected finalists will be exhibited in the James R. Reynolds Art Gallery.

New this year: we are accepting short film/animation submissions.

There was a reception on March 2, 2017 from 7–9 pm in the Reynolds Gallery where winners were announced.

Sculptural Canvases by David Chapman Lindsay

January 18 through February 25

David Chapman Lindsay is an educator at Texas Tech University. He creates three-dimensional sculptures from painted canvases and uses the architectural space of the canvas as a metaphor for external and interpersonal influences that manipulate the way we perceive ourselves and others.

There was an opening reception Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Reynolds Gallery, David Chapman Lindsay was in attendance.

Moments in the Wilderness: Photographs by Loyd Sneed

November 2 through January 14

Dr. Sneed is a nature photographer, specializing in photos from State and National Parks around the U.S. He worked in the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory for 37 years and was instrumental in establishing the molecular diagnostics section. Now retired, he uses his photography to advocate for environmental and conservation concerns.

Nature Photography Workshop: Saturday, November 5, Loyd Sneed, VAC, and TAMU Rec Sports will host a photography hike for students of Texas A&M. Pre-registration is required. Location to be announced.

Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Reynolds Gallery

James R. Reynolds Gallery



Linda Vallejo: The Brown Dot Project and Make ‘Em All Mexican 

Linda Vallejo’s work was on display from September 14th through October 29, 2016.

Linda is a Chicana artist from Los Angeles, although she grew up in parts of Texas, Alabama, and Europe. Her Make ‘Em All Mexican work is heavily inspired by pop art and the use of repurposed materials. She will also be exhibiting her brand new The Brown Dot Project series that visually represents U.S. national data on Latino populations.

Ms. Vallejo visited Texas A&M between September 26 -28, she was available for presentations or other speaking engagements during her visit.

An opening reception took place Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in the Reynolds Gallery.

James R. Reynolds Gallery



Fleeting: Works by Diane Feissel

Diane Feissel’s work was on display from June 22 to September 10, 2016

Feissel’s series of 38 oil paintings explores the passage of time and the elusive nature of relationships. The pieces display several different styles and subjects but are connected in their theme: the poignancy of capturing a fleeting moment.

A closing reception took place August 25th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Reynolds Gallery.

James R. Reynolds Gallery


Alia El-Bermani: Natural Forms and Figures 

Alia El-Bermani’s work was on display from April 27 to Mary 31, 2016

The exhibition of 21 oil paintings explored the artist’s fascination for the natural world, science, and the human figure. Her recent works have incorporated folded paper objects that both conceal and enhance her mysterious and personal narratives.

There was an opening reception and a meet-and-greet with the artist on April 28, 2016.

James R. Reynolds Gallery



ArtFest submissions were on display from March 2 to April 23, 2016.

ArtFest is an annual juried student art competition and exhibition sponsored by the Memorial Student Center’s Visual Arts Committee.  The top three winners received cash prizes and all selected finalists were exhibited in the James R. Reynolds Student Art Gallery.

There was an opening reception on March 3, 2016 where the first, second, and third place winners were announced.

James R. Reynolds Gallery


Chris La Porte: Monumental

Monumental was on display from January 20 to February 27, 2016.

Chris La Porte is a stunning realistic pencil-drawing artist who creates monumental murals that are so real they are often mistaken for photographs. Chris La Porte visited campus as the VAC artist in residence for Spring 2016.

The artist led a public gallery talk  at the opening reception January 21, 2016.

James R. Reynolds Gallery

The Artwork of Micheal Monaco

Micheal Monaco’s artwork was on display from December 2, 2015 to January 16,2016.

Artist Michael Monaco was in a car accident when he was just 16 years old. After extensive rehabilitation, Michael learned how to perform everyday tasks utilizing only his mouth. He found a hobby in painting. 25 years later, his artwork has been reproduced all over the world and still stands as proof that there are no boundaries to artistic talent

Monaco hosted an adaptive painting workshop on December 5, 2015 in partnership with Brazos Valley Council for Independent Living, VSA, TAMU Disability Student Services, and TAMU Department of Education

There was an opening reception December 3, 2016.

James R. Reynolds Gallery

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TAMU Secrets and Stories

Secrets and Stories was on display from October 28 to November 28, 2015.

This was an interactive gallery installation inviting visitors to anonymously share their secrets and stories and read the contributions of others. Inspired by the concept of the online PostSecret project, this exhibition was an opportunity for students to express themselves in a positive, profound way and learn from others.

There was a creative writing workshop allowing students to share their work and receive constructive feedback from facilitators and other students hoasted in participation with the TAMU Writing Center in relation with this exhibit.

There was an opening reception October 29, 2015, students who participated in the creative writing workshop shared their work.

James R. Reynolds Gallery

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The Artwork of Joseph Hutchinson

Joseph Hutchinson’s work was on display from September 16 to October 24, 2015.

Joseph is a former TAMU faculty member, he taught for more than 30 years he was a professor in the Department of Architecture. He now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he paints in his studio.Mr. Hutchinson visited campus September 16-19.

Mr. Hutchinson gave a gallery talk at the opening reception on September 17, 2015.

James R. Reynolds Gallery

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