What Were You Wearing?
A display of clothing inspired by the personal experiences of survivors of sexual assault
On display: November 6 to December 20, 2019
Opening night for advocates, allies, and friends: November 7, 2019 at 7 pm.
The question “what were you wearing?” is often one of the first things asked of victims of sexual assault. If only ending sexual violence was as easy as changing your clothes. All of the clothes and stories are inspired by the true stories from college students.
This exhibit allows us to bring to light the realness and sensitivity of the topic, while removing the stigma of victim blaming. What Were You Wearing? is a powerful exhibit that builds empathy and validates the experience of survivors.
While this might be a difficult exhibit for some visitors, it is an important and very relevant subject for Texas A&M students.
Memory My City: works by Anne Hieronymus
September 25 – November 2, 2019
Opening Reception with remarks from the artist, September 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. Admission is Free.
Hieronymus’s work includes collage, drawings, sculpture, and photographs that play with the idea of memory and change. Some of her sculptures are made from recycled materials, or as she calls them “ruins” that are partially reconstructed. These discarded objects are resurrected into sculptures that are a representation of the past and the future.
oVert: from the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections at Texas A&M
On display from June 12 to September 21, 2019
The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collection, maintained by the Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is one of 16 institutions involved in the Open Vertebrate Exploration in 3D project, or oVert for short. Using specialized scanners designed for human and veterinary medical uses, the BRTC along with the Texas Institute for Pre-clinical Studies and the A&M Libraries are working together to scan some of the largest specimens in the project.
6 examples of these high quality digital scans are on display in the Reynolds Gallery until September 21, 2019. Some of these animals are only preserved in a few collections around the world, which makes them difficult and sometimes impossible to study in detail. With digital scans that can be shared electronically, scientists have access to thousands of unique animal species at their fingertips.
Today, oVert is a multimillion dollar project backed by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to scan more than 20,000 unique species by 2021. The best specimens are identified and then their digital images are uploaded to a free database called MorphoSource, which is maintained by Duke University.
Transilient at Texas A&M
On display: April 24 – June 8, 2019
Transilient is a national story and photo-gathering project gaining momentum around the U.S. The project shares interviews and photographs of trans and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lives as a way to tackle transphobia and destroy the assumption trans folks are solely defined by their physical experience. See the full project online at WeAreTransilient.com.
MSC VAC has a special opportunity to bring Transilient to Texas A&M to interview and photograph Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff who identify as trans or gender non-binary. Photos and interviews from the Texas A&M community will then be displayed in the James R. Reynolds Gallery in an exhibition called Transilient at Texas A&M, from April 24 thru June 8, 2019.
This project is brought to Texas A&M with assistance from the Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs
With special thanks to Cushing Memorial Library and the Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center
ArtFest 2019: Texas A&M’s annual student art competition
On display: March 6 – April 20, 2019
ArtFest is the Memorial Student Center Visual Arts Committee’s annual art competition and exhibition. All Texas A&M students,
regardless of major, are welcome to submit their artwork. The students who submit artwork to ArtFest come from all over
campus, one entry might be from a freshman biology major while another might be from a graduate student in the Master of
Fine Art program.
The top four pieces receive a cash prize: First place $100, second place $75, third place $50, and Film overall $100. Winners
were announced at a reception on April 4 from 7 – 9 p.m. This years winners were:
Jacob Whitley: Film Overall
Briana Perez: First Place
Kendall Potts: Second Place
Cassidy Schippell: Third Place
Thank you to the 54 student artists who submitted a total of
92 works on display this year!
El Peso Hero
On display: January 16 – March 2, 2019
Exhibit Description: The MSC Visual Arts Committee is proud to present El Peso Hero, an exhibition featuring examples from a graphic novel universe created by Hector Rodriguez. El Peso Hero is the story of a Mexican-American superhero who helps refugees at the U.S./Mexico border. Using the characters and graphics as his medium, Hector Rodriguez explores a cross-cultural ridge of ideas and the reality of the boundary between the US and Mexico. Rodriguez is focused on the content of his work more so than appealing to a certain audience, and the open format of a comic book enables him to do just that. Creating El Peso Hero, the Mexican border superhero, is a collaborative process with his writing and artistic team, and ultimately with his fan base.
About the artist: Hector Rodriguez was born in Eagle Pass, Texas. He created the first issue of El Peso Hero in 2012. El Peso Hero, and Rodriguez’s entire body of work, is broad and does not support any one message. In the summer of 2017, he worked to launch the first ever Latinx comic event in Texas in the city of Dallas, which is now an annual event. Currently, he is an elementary bilingual reading teacher in McKinney, Texas. Hector Rodriguez is striving to achieve more diversity within art using graphic novels, especially in his exhibition here at Texas A&M. Ultimately, he is hoping to see more diversity and representation in the writing and creative process.
Reception: An artist reception will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Reynolds Gallery. Receptions are open to the public. Admission is free.