View from the Art Village
Date published: March 7, 2017
“View from the Art Village: Fifty-Year Retrospective,” features forty artists who are alumni of the Braniff Graduate School. This exhibition,
curated by Nancy Cohen Israel, will allow viewers to witness the depth and breadth
of artistic talent that has come out of the University of Dallas, from 1967 to 2017.
“What makes our pioneering graduate art program so unique, now more than ever, is
that the school does not produce only one type of artist, nor do its graduates share
a school ‘style.’ Rather, each student pursues their own artistic vision with singular
dedication to the process of creating art,” said Gallery Manager Christina Haley.
An artist catalog showcasing the exhibit’s works, with essays by both Israel and Professor
Emeritus of Art Lyle Novinski will accompany the exhibition.
“Current students are creating a display of archival material, mainly exhibition announcements
of masters exhibitions over the decades,” Haley said.
One such current student, Tony Veronese, submitted an oil on canvas painting, Badland.
“Abandoned structures and materials have developed a larger presence in my current
work and the painting is a result of what I was thinking about at the time this was
happening,” Veronese said.
Still a student for the next three to four months, Veronese reflected upon the influence
of the University of Dallas during his artistic endeavors.
“My time at UD has been about of leaving behind what was visually familiar for me
to do,” Veronese said. “So I wanted to submit something I didn’t think would have
been explored had it not been for my time here.”
Nancy Rebal, MFA ’84, is an artist in the Dallas area and has submitted NEWS, a tableau
of fired clay figures, to the exhibit. Rebal painted the figures with acrylic paint
and added detail with pen and ink.
“My source is the Bayeux tapestry,” Rebal said. “The premise is that today’s newsworthy
conflicts are alarming replays of historic dramas. The extreme turmoil engulfing all
of us at this time in history makes it urgently pertinent — and personal.”
Though already in the middle of her artistic career, Rebal sought an MFA experience
that would strengthen her work. She found such a constructive environment at the Braniff Graduate School.
“When I began my MFA I was well into my career as a professional artist, but restless
for challenging dialogue and critiques,” Rebal said. “Classical liberal arts infuse
the campus and deeply affected my work.”
Citing the “inherent structure” of the Art Program, Veronese acknowledged the rigor and community that make the University of Dallas
influential in his development as an artist.
“Hopefully when I leave the program, I’m not just leaving with better work, but I’m
also trained to stand on my own two feet professionally,” Veronese said. “That kind
of conditioning has been an influence on my character, not just my work.”
Another important influence? His fellow students.
“I’d say the second largest influence is my fellow grads because we work together
day in and day out,” Veronese said. “The program maintains a low graduate population
in the art village and that means we tend to become our own artistic collective at
times. Ideas, techniques, debates and reviews are standard ‘water-cooler’ talk here.”
A close-knit artistic community and the depth and breadth provided by the liberal
arts are not the only facets of the University of Dallas that have affected the artists’
“Through Professor Lyle Novinski, I found a whole second career in liturgical art,
from painting crucifixes to designing stained glass for churches across the country,”
Rebal said. “It felt like a great service, to connect modern worship spaces to the
riches of historical western art.”
These opportunities have given rise to Rebal’s many excellent artistic creations.
How does Rebal fare in her relentless pursuit of art? Exceedingly well, as she enjoys
having both the studio and the time to do her best work.
“What I had always hoped for is the life I am living now,” Rebal said. “Art making
is my daily preoccupation.”
Veronese’s greatest hope as an artist? His answer was simple: “Painting.”
Please join us in celebration of these artists and the exciting milestone of 50 years of graduate education. The reception is free and open to the public. Friends and family are very welcome.
Reception: March 24, 2017 | 6-9 p.m. | Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery
Exhibit Dates: March 24 - April 29. Please note that the gallery will be closed Friday
14th and Sunday the 16th of April in observance of the Easter holiday.
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.