Faculty Art Exhibition begins on Jan. 17 with artist reception on Jan. 26

Posted on: January 13, 2012

Seven of the top artists in Texas will have their work on display from
Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Thursday, Feb. 16 at College of the Mainland Faculty Art
Exhibition at COM Art Gallery.
“Each person has a different media,” said gallery director and artist Mayuko Gray,
who is also a participating artist. “It shows a high level of work. It shows our Fine
Arts program is really strong.”
There will be a reception and artist talk on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
All seven of the artists participating in the biennial event teach art classes at COM:
Nick Barbee, conceptual art – Barbee’s work has been displayed in galleries in
Boston, Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia. He creates abstract forms that can be
physical markers of concepts over time. Barbee has a Master’s in Fine Arts from
Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
George Bowes, ceramics/sculpture – Bowes has a M.F.A. from the University of
California at Davis. His ceramic works and sculptures have been displayed
throughout the United States.
Mayuko Gray, drawings/graphite – Gray, who has a M.F.A. from the University of
Houston, was born in Gifu, Japan. Her works are “drawings” of Japanese calligraphy
detailed with graphite pencil that she describes as hybrid of Eastern aesthetics and
Western drawing pictures. Her work has been displayed throughout Greater
Houston and in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Mark Greenwalt, paintings/drawings – A full-time faculty member at COM since
2000, Greenwalt’s work has been displayed at The Contemporary Art Museum of
Houston, Galveston Art Center, The Museum of Southeast Texas and Hooks-Epstein
Gallery. Greenwalt is a native of Galveston County. He has a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lisa Marie Kress, photography – Kress, who has a M.F.A. from the University of
Houston, is a League City artist who is one of two artists in the exhibition that will
focus on photography. Some of her recent work focused on Galveston after
Hurricane Ike.
Kristy Peet – photography/small sculptures – Peet has an M.F.A. in photography
from the Savannah College of Artist and Design in Savannah, Ga. Her work deals
with psychological issues and relationship. Her work has been displayed
internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary.
Ann Wood – installation animals. Wood has an M.F.A. from the University of Texas
at San Antonio. Her work has been featured at exhibitions throughout Texas.
“My work generally involves immediate and dramatic environments/installations
that initially seem inviting, pretty and sometimes even cute,” Wood said. “They have
a Rocco visual appeal and are gentle in their stillness and reference of topiary floral
bouquets and desserts and the idea of nurturing and gift-giving.”

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