UD Haggerty Gallery Presents ‘View from the Art Village’
Retrospective Celebrates 50 Years of Graduate Studies with Exhibit of Alumni Art
Date Published: March 13, 2017
In celebration of 50 years of graduate studies at the University of Dallas, the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery presents “View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective,” an exhibition that features
more than 40 alumni artists of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Promising
exciting work from stalwart artists such as Bob Nunn, Linnea Glatt, Roberto Munguia,
and Ann Stautberg, among many more, this exhibition features some of North Texas’
most prominent artists, whose works have been featured in museums, galleries, churches
and convents around the world.
The exhibition’s curator, Nancy Cohen Israel, will give remarks during the opening
reception on Friday, March 24, from 6-9 p.m., and provide a curator-guided gallery
tour on Sunday, April 2 from 1-3 p.m. The exhibit will remain open through Saturday,
April 29. The Haggerty Gallery will be closed Friday, April 14, and Sunday, April
16, in observance of the Easter holiday.
Spanning half a century, “View from the Art Village: 50-Year Retrospective” provides
visitors with a survey of contemporary artists who spent their formative years in
the University of Dallas’ Haggerty Art Village. While selecting the exhibition’s featured
artists, Israel found the caliber of University of Dallas artists revelatory because
“so many have been especially vital to North Texas’ art scene.”
Early art graduates Jack Mims, George Green and Jim Roche, make up three-fourths of
the famous “Oak Cliff Four,” who pioneered Texas Funk — an art movement that blended
cultural Texas idioms with psychedelic, pop art — in the early ’70s. Sister Maria
Liebeck, member of the religious community Daughters of Charity, has used art to connect
prayer and faith, devoting her art ministry to serving the poor.
In Dallas alone, many University of Dallas art alumni have recently exhibited their
works, including Roberto Munguia and his large retrospective, “Buscador/Descubridor,”
displayed at the Latino Cultural Center; Lucas Martell, with a solo exhibition at
Circuit 12; Rachel Muldez, with a solo exhibition at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center;
and multimedia artist and writer Laray Polk, and her Trinity River Project collaboration
presented by the Liliana Bloch Gallery. Other significant artists include Christine
Bisetto, former Haggerty Gallery director, and Professor Emeritus Juergen Strunck,
who headed the university’s printmaking program for decades.
A Dallas-based art historian, art educator and writer, Israel is the owner of Art
à la Carte, which brings together art enthusiasts for classes on art history, tours
and special programs. For 15 years, she has coordinated local, regional and international
tours with the popular series “Second Saturdays,” visiting artists’ studios, private
collections and other unique art spaces. Her familiarity with the Dallas/Fort Worth
art scene made her the perfect candidate to curate this 50-year retrospective exhibition.
“Beyond the boundless talent that has emerged from the University of Dallas graduate
art program, the school is unique for its leadership in other ways. From being the
first integrated school in Texas to offering the first coed art program at a Catholic
university, this dynamic of always moving forward continues to create trailblazing
artists who will, no doubt, continue to push the boundaries of contemporary art,”
said Exhibition Curator Nancy Cohen Israel.
Artists on view are Carol Beesley, Christine Bisetto, Gabriel Brubacher, Kate Colin,
Donald Copeland, Carol Cook, Annie Chrietzberg, Mark Epstein, Nancy Ferro, Linnea
Glatt, Linda G. Gossett, Maurice Gray, George Green, Mirka Hokkanen, Mary Hood, Robyn
Jorde, Sr. Maria Liebeck (DC), Lucas Martell, Rachel McClung, Jack Mims, David Morris,
Rachel Muldez, Roberto Munguia, Andrew Myers, Trish Nickell, Bob Nunn, Michael Obranovich,
Rick Parsons, John Pavlicek, Laray Polk, Nancy Rebal, Socorro Rico, Jim Roche, Humberto
Saenz, Albert T. Scherbarth, Donna Stallard, Ann Stautberg, Jonathan Stewart, Juergen
Strunck, Lance Timco, Terri Thornton, Jeff Vaughn and Tony Veronese.
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building at the corner
of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate
Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the universities Haggerty Art Village,
is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more
gallery information, visit udallas.edu/gallery or call 972-721-5087.