Did You Miss The Last TAS Meeting?


Well you are in luck that we have a good secretary that takes GREAT notes!

  • ​Modern til’ Midnight
  • Tarleton Art Society Youtube channel
  • Grassbur
    • Looking into getting everyone in TAS together for a picture to try to get into the yearbook!
  • Tarleton Gamers Club
    • There is a Gamers club, First meeting on October 22nd at Noon in room 162
      • There will be Pizza
      • Objective is to make a game a year
      • Anyone can join
  • Brown Bag
    • There will be a Brown Bag on Thursday, the 23rd at Noon
    • Please attend!
  • Reynaldo’s
    • Reynaldo’s Mexican Restuarant is looking for someone to paint a mural that is Mexico related
    • TAS is looking into painting the mural
    • If you are interested please contact the President, Sarah about wanting to help paint the mural, at sarah.castillo@go.tarleton.edu
  • T-Shirt Designs
    • No designs have been entered for the TAS shirts
    • If you have a design please bring to the next TAS meeting!
  • Legend’s of Sleepy Hallow
    • Theater department’s putting on a play, Legend’s of Sleepy Hallow
    • This Saturday, Oct 18th
    • 10am and 2pm!
    • Please attend!
  • Halloween Dance
    • ​There is a Halloween Dance that is put up from the Anime Club
    • It is on Halloween the 31st
    • In the Student Center, Ballrooms
    • 8pm-11pm

And that is why TAS thanks you Angelica!


Exhibition Opportunity

Before I tell you about this interesting exhibition opportunity I want to tell you where I found it. Well look up to the right hand corner of this page…yeah up there it says LINKS. Yep, Ireland has put together an awesome list of all sorts of info. So, instead of browsing Facebook, when you have a free minute, check out that links section….may prove to be a bit more productive :).

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(Black Box Gallery logo)

Now to this exhibition opp. This one is from the Black Box Gallery located in Portland, Oregon. According to their information page they host a juried photography exhibition on different photographic themes each month! So, if you are not interested in this month’s theme (Poetiecs of Light) then keep checking back.

What I find most interesting about this is that it does cost $35 but Five pieces can be submitted. Other opportunities I have seen only include three pieces for the same price. Also, they do all the printing. If you submit you can also have an option of selling. The gallery takes 50% but it may be worth it.

Here are the details according to Black Box Gallery:


Poetics of Light

Theme: Light

This juried group photography show at Black Box Gallery will focus on the quality and drama of light in photography. Light is the foundation of great photography and photographers need to know the importance of seeing and controlling the luminosity of light in pictures. Exposure, direction, highlight, shadow and contrast all play a major roll in creating striking and magical pictures.

Juror: Tricia Hoffman

Tricia Hoffman is the Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. Tricia earned her MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and a BS in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University. Tricia has worked in non-profit management for the past 10 years, most recently at Blue Sky Gallery and Photolucida. Previously, she was the Development Director at Mid-America Arts Alliance and Curatorial Assistant at ExhibitsUSA.

Deadline: November 5

Exhibition Dates: December 1-20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday December 5, 5-8:00 pm

Each exhibition will have 24 photographs included by the juror for exhibiton at the gallery.

An additional 30 photographs will be selected for exhibition in our on-line gallery annex.

All 54 photographs from the show will be included in a catalog available for purchase on Blurb Books.

Rules/Guidelines: Black Box provides free printing, matting and framing for all of our exhibitions. The photographers who are selected into the exhibition by the juror will provide a high resolution Tiff or JPEG file for our gallery to print.

We have 18” x 24” black frames. Our white mats are pre cut for 12” x 18”, 12” x 12” and 12” x 16” prints (we also have a few other odd sized matts). We print on an Epson Stylus Pro archival ink jet printer, on Epson Premium Luster Photo paper, in a color-calibrated environment. This is a very accurate custom print, just like a custom lab would print, we have over 20 years of custom printing experience.

All exhibition prints will be kept in a flat file after the show for future sale and promotion for the photographer. This will allow the gallery to further promote our photographers and exhibitions to collectors, curators, critics and to the general public. Black Box will shread all gallery prints after 5 years of exhibition in the flat files.

File agreement for accepted photographers: Black Box will only print one exhibition print. If there is a sale inquiry, the photographer will be notified before a sale is confirmed, edition information will be discussed with photographer, the photographer will be sent a authentication document to be signed and go with the print to the collector. No sale or printing of file will happen without prior consent and agreement of photographer. All rights remain to the file and print with the photographer, to be used only with their prior consent. Exhibition print will not be sold, but used in our flatfile at Black Box Gallery only to promote the photographers work.

Black Box Gallery takes a 50% commission on all sales, 50% goes to the photographer. If artist prefers the print does not have to be for sale. Print will be for exhibition and promotion only.

Notification: All photographers will be notified 7-12 days after the deadline about juror selections.

Entry Fee: $35 per entry (an entry includes up to 5 photos). Use Pay Pal or send check to:

If sending a check: please indicate sending a check in the email submission.

Black Box Gallery, 811 East Burnside St. # 212, Portland Oregon 97214.

How to apply: Send in the entry fee and then send an email to: info.blackboxgallery@gmail.com

Title the email: Poetics of Light

In the body of the email please include the following info:

Your Name
Exhibition Name
Titles of Included Photos with corresponding file name
Attach up to 5 photos, as instructed below

File Set Up: Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, 3MB or less each (saved).

Name Files: firstname_lastname1.jpg, firstname_lastname2.jpg, firstname_lastname3.jpg, etc…

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional.

Copyright: All rights to the photographs remain with the photographer.


Thoughts on Registration

Check out this amazing artist, CJ Hendry. She recently did a Tedx talk (warning:some curse words are used) about plans and how they do not always work out…..this one hit home for me (see below) and I hope she gives you a little inspiration during this time of class registration…..and the turn of the middle of the semester!

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(photos from cj_hendry Instagram, all photos are CJ Hendry’s)


How many of you out there are planners? Come on even a little plan? I too can be considered to be such a person, the one that plans and has an image in my head and my plan is to be that image……well sometimes things turn, plans change.

Nine years ago I had a plan to get a degree in Criminal Justice and become a Juvenile Probation Officer. Yep, my 18 year old self with this huge plan to understand teens and the criminal justice system and become that person that would always have the right answer. Well, I stuck with it. I graduated three and a half years later with my brand new degree in hand and about 9 months later I finally got my dream job! That’s right I got my shiny new badge and all the education to represent the person with the right answers for these teens whom needed the guidance (me thinking I was that guidance). Well, I absolutely loved what I was doing. Every day being a different one; administering drug tests, curfew checks, counseling, visiting with teens and their parents, detainment, court hearings….etc. Well, one day I woke up and thought…..art, graphic design…? That’s a thing? You can do that as a job? I enjoyed drawing as a kid and always appreciated the design of beautiful logos and did some on the side for friends. I found myself at a point in my criminal justice career, four whole years in to it….plus the year of internship, oh, and the three and a half years of pursing the degree, I decided it was time for me to go. Yes, insanity I had this career ahead of me, but it was time for a new plan. (Thank goodness I have a supportive husband and family).

So, I sit before you behind this keyboard in the middle of another plan! This time last year (my first semester back in school) I had an image in my head of becoming this web designer working from my home office, or in some awesome office with big windows and jolly people solving design problems. Well, I don’t know about you guys but for me when the time comes around for registering for classes I get this crazy feeling that each decision I make, at that moment, is very crucial. “I need to get the right classes. I need to build my LACKING portfolio. What needs to be in this portfolio everyone keeps talking about? I need to build my skill levels in ALL these programs. I need do great work. I need to get out there. I need to find my voice. What am I doing?  I will be graduating soon! Am I doing the right thing? Is this going along with my plan?” Honestly, I cannot give an answer to these statements or questions with confidence. All I know is that today, in the now I am learning. I am much further than I was a year ago and I hope that this time next year the voice is clearer to me.

So, plan aside and just be.

I hope you guys have a good week of registration and can calm your fears (surely I’m not the only one) with this awesome Tedx Talk, and just let yourself know that you can just be.

Oh, and if you need just one more bit of uplifting lectures check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk (author of Eat Pray Love)


Art Society Field trip – Modern Till Midnight: 80’s edition


The Tarleton Art Society will be going to the Modern at Midnight dance party this Saturday, the 25th.  Contact your TAS President Sarah Castillo for info, or ask Prof. Ireland or Prof. Harding.  All are welcome to attend, as this is probably your best option by far for this Saturday night. Below is the press release from the Modern….

What is it?
The event will take you back to the buzz of New York in the ’80s during the Modern’s extended, late-night hours. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the Modern’s new exhibition, Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, join in with unique gallery activities and tours, and dine on exceptional cuisine from Café Modern.

The Grand Lobby will be transformed into the ’80s dance party scene with prizes for the BEST 1980s COSTUME!

$15 advanced purchase
$20 at the door
FREE for Modern Members & 1 guest

Tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets will be are available online at http://bit.ly/1sD5u32, by calling 817.738.9215, or by visiting the Modern’s admission desk.

Live Music
Don’t miss an eclectic array of live music on the lawn featuring works from well-known local bands collaborating with each other to perform their take on 80s hits.

This year’s unprecedented 80s Edition of Modern ’til Midnight will feature original 80s music collaborations from members of your favorite local bands, including Telegraph Canyon, Black Tie Dynasty, White Denim, The Burning Hotels, Pinkish Black, The Quaker City Night Hawks, Son of Stan, Calhoun, Cleanup, zhOra, Bummer Vacation, Ronnie Heart and more!

Music from the 80’s featuring: Prince, Billy Idol, New Order, Paul Simon, Pet Shop Boys, Flock of Seagulls, R.E.M., The Clash, Madonna.Music from the 80’s featuring: Prince, Billy Idol, New Order, Paul Simon, Pet Shop Boys, Flock of Seagulls, R.E.M., The Clash, Madonna

In the Gallery…
The special exhibition Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s will be on view, along with selected works from the Modern’s permanent collection. Throughout the evening, there will be special activities in the galleries, including spotlight tours, and art explorations. Modern ’til Midnight admission includes access to the galleries.

Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s
Vibrant, vital, and discordant, the New York art scene of the 1980s gave rise to some of the contemporary art world’s most recognizable features. Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s presents works to capture the mood, energy, and critical themes that distinguished the art of the time in one of the world’s greatest urban centers. Even now, a quarter-century later, New York art in the 1980s still holds an aura of controversy and glamour. Iconic works by the decade’s most critically acclaimed artists will be presented, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Keith Haring, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Donald Sultan, and Andy Warhol.

Tarleton Gamers Club meeting this Wednesday


The first Tarleton Gamers Club/IGDA meeting
Wednesday Oct 22 at Noon
Fine art Building Room 164

We will discuss many things that the Tarleton Gamers Club will do, such as making one video per year, programming tech workshops, Game Jam, art tutorials, game psychology, business of gaming, game collaboration, game conferences, game scholarships and a lot more.

Anyone who loves games and video games are welcome to come. This group is non-major specific and all are welcome to join!

Hey, feel free to dress up as your favorite game character for the first meeting. If we get 10 responses, Knut will dress up as a Pink Bunny. He is always looking for an excuse to anyway.

There will be PIZZA! (Ireland)

Visiting Artist Lecture: Aleks Slota: Thursday, October 23rd, at noon, room 103


Aleks Slota is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Germany. He works in performance art, photography, sound, video, and installation. His work reflects an interest in the absurd, the interaction of fantasy and reality, and the meaning of public/private space. Slota’s recent work focuses on performance, primarily in public spaces.

What It Means To Be Us is currently on display in the Tarleton Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery through November 7th. He will be presenting his work to the public in the Workshop Theater at noon as part of the Art/Digital Media lecture series.

Aleksslota.com – his art page

Photography.alekslota.com his photography page

“Whatever happened to you talking Blu?” you all ask…..

Recently I had the opportunity to grab some time of one of our seniors whom had an exhibition locally. Blu has dawned the halls and walls of Tarleton in recent years and this hasn’t been his first school. He started college right out of high school in 1993. After attending other schools and being active on the rodeo scene he quit a semester shy of graduating. He decided that he wanted to rodeo that he wanted to “have fun”, he wanted to “live.” However, it seems that art has been a big part of his life in that he majored in art previously and is going to be graduating with his degree this December. Check out our conversation

Who is Blu and what does he do?

“That’s a good question. Depends on who is around me”…(laughing)

You show yourself throughout your art, with Texas scenes and animals.

“I’m more familiar with animals than people. Subject matter is similar but media changes, if I get bored of painting in oil or get frustrated I throw it to the side and do pen and ink or take pictures.”

You have a blank page in front of you, how do you know what you are going to do?

“I usually have ideas I want to do, it’s a matter of getting to them. I have stuff in my mind 6-8 months to a year and have not been able to start on them yet, yeah there is a backlog up here”…. (laughing).

Is that with photography? Or do you have the medium picked out?

“Photography is more instant, I love it because it’s an instant piece of artwork and sometimes what you are wanting to convey is easier with a photograph…some of the media tells the story a little better than the others…the jackrabbit for instance didn’t really make since for me to do it any other way ,it’s just, it is what it is….”

You’re catching him in that moment and there isn’t any other way to do that.

“Yes, usually something more fleeting I’ll catch it in a photograph.”








That’s an interesting perspective, because some people do not consider photography as an art form.

“Usually people that say that don’t really try to do it.  Photography is challenging because if you don’t have everything in that moment (it’s gone) you will miss it, so you have to be very prepared… you know painting or drawing if you want to change something you can…”

“Like this one I took. We have jackrabbits in our pasture and they are playing only right there on our property, it’s weird how they just hang out there. So I went out one afternoon to see how close I could get to them and watch them, their patterns and stuff because usually a photograph of a jackrabbit is of them alert and I worked with this one kind of watching him go back and forth and I kind of laid down and for twenty or thirty minutes he slowly hopped by and he was about 10 feet away from me he kind of looked at me and that’s when I got that picture and then he just hopped off. That’s like a really relaxed version of a jackrabbit.”

It is and I wouldn’t have really thought of that if you hadn’t said anything.

“He kind of almost stopped and just posed for me, it almost looks like a portrait. Even though, yeah it’s just a jackrabbit but I was really happy with that, plus I love my jackrabbits.”

I understand, we have deer, which I wasn’t a big fan of for a bit because they ate everything I grew (in my garden) other than onions, but we get attached to these things that you see every day.

“Yeah they are almost like a pet that visits you.”


As of today what is your favorite medium?

“You know right now I have been doing more photography than anything, so much so I’m using it in my senior show and I never would have guessed I would do that. Because I have always been hardcore pencil painting and stuff like that. I don’t know, it just fits my program because I usually don’t have a lot of time to work on my stuff so that instant moment I can capture really helps”.

I agree, I love photography. I like the challenge, you can really find ways to challenge yourself with it.

“It gets addicting”

Yeah, you want to challenge yourself constantly.

I feel like I might know the answer to this but what is your main inspiration? Or does it vary from each item?

“Yeah it depends. There are some things I am really motivated to do, I capture it or show it to the world…. And then others I just kind of like don’t really expect it you will just see something and it will trigger an inspiration in your mind, you will be like that would be pretty cool. So I do a quick sketch or write it down so I don’t forget it and then work on it later.”

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I like the self-portrait, tell me about that.

“It’s graphite, it kind of ties in both worlds as an artist and being involved in the rodeo and western stuff so I tried to mesh that together. It was kind of an idea I thought up and thought it would be pretty cool so that’s what I did.”

 I think it says a lot more than that, because it is you and you are creating yourself.

“Yeah, well, that or the whole thing of inspiration are you controlling the picture or does the picture or idea control you. So, it kind of has that going on too.”

Yeah, I like that.

So for the senior show you are going to go the photography route?

“I’m going to do like three subcategories, if I can get away with it. I’m gonna do a series of portraits, like three or four. “

Are you going to be painting them?

“I am going do oil painting and two that will be black and white one will be graphite and the other will be a silver point. So there is going to have the conflict between black and white and then color. I’ll be able to tie everything together. And then my other deal will be a couple of photography projects.”


 So, last question. What advice do you have for our fellow students?

“This is good, because this is my forth college, I think. I started right out of high school in 1993 and I majored in art and then I went to Southern Arkansas and was on the rodeo team and did graphic design down there and was like a semester shy of graduating and I was like ‘screw it’, I want to have fun I want to live, just wanted to rodeo and have fun and I wasn’t interested in school at all. So I quit and then when I moved down here years later, the school was right there, I’m gonna go ahead and get my degree so that brings us up to your question…It’s so funny because I have such a different perspective now than I did then. I see a lot of people with the same mentality or attitude towards school that I did and you just want to guide them but when you are young you have to learn for yourself. The main thing I see is that some kids put their instructors or their school work as their enemy, there seems to be a conflict there instead of going in there and try to learn or develop I see people making excuses and I did the same thing when I was younger and now that I come back and I wish I can tell them to just do it for yourself.”

“Have a better attitude towards things and I’m not saying a lot of them do but a lot of them (students) would be a lot more successful if they attempted to develop themselves rather than making excuses for themselves. I was the worst one, it was always everyone else’s fault I never had money, I never had the materials or I didn’t have time. Well that doesn’t get artwork done and the goal is to get it done and get it hanging for people. When you realize you are in control of that, not everyone else, that is when you start succeeding.”

I think that is solid advice, do you think that comes with age too?

“Yeah, oh yeah, I would have done the same thing I did the first time around.”

Yeah and if someone that is older than you would have told you to get your stuff together then?

“You know it’s funny because when I was in Arkansas there was this old dude, probably in his forties. Now that I realize that he was the future me, he did this awesome work he came to class on time. I never came to class I just tried to get the assignments done and I thought that ‘man he makes us look so bad,’ and then now that I do this and I am the older one I feel like I am that old dude now.”


*Thank you Blu for taking the time for a quick chat!