WT Student Art Exhibition Highlights Benefit of Hands-On Experience 

Chip Chandler

“Crucify Me” by Rosa Strydom. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]  

 

CANYON, Texas — A student art exhibition inspired by summer coursework in New Mexico will open Dec. 2. 

The exhibition of bachelor of fine arts students’ work will be on view through Jan. 22 in the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery in Mary Moody Northen Hall at West Texas A&M University. An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. 

Featured students are Rosa Strydom, a senior studio art major from Bredasdorp, South Africa; Justin Rogers, a senior studio art major from Amarillo; and Caitlin Mulkey, a senior studio art major from Amarillo. 

Jon Revett, the Doris Alexander Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts and art program director, said the exhibition demonstrates the positive effects of art school beyond learning to paint or sculpt. 

“After their trip to New Mexico, these three students began working together in mutually beneficial ways,” Revett said. 

The course examined the work of Emil Bisttram and New Mexico modernism in general, exposing students to “a wide breadth of artworks just a few short hours away,” Revett said. 

“Justin Rogers considers himself a printmaker, Caitlyn Muley is a painter, and Rosa Strydom is a sculptor,” Revett continued. “The rich dialogue that developed about their work facilitated its success, despite the differences in media, and each artists’ work is connected to the others in some way. The result is yet another excellent exhibit highlighting the diversity of work we produce in the WT art program, and we could not be prouder of these soon-to-be-graduates.” 

Fitz Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters and by appointment Fridays, Saturdays and over the holiday break.  

A commitment to the arts and humanities is a pivotal piece of the University’s long-term plan,  WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World . That plan is fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign. 

 

About West Texas A&M University 

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs.

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