Category: Fine Arts

With finals impending and term paper deadlines looming in the near days to come, please take a minute to read below:

Faithful readers,

It’s been a joy to keep up with all the Art and Entertainment happenings on the University of Dallas-Irving campus and in the greater DFW area for this blog.  I’ve learned a lot and attended most of the events–I hope you have too.  I will be on hiatus at least until January.  My social media class ends, but I will do my best to continue to provide you all with information about events on campus.  If you have feedback, suggestions, comments, criticisms or questions, please comment on my blog or send me an email or Facebook message.

Thanks again,


University of Dallas art student, Reiner Zuercher, will hold his Senior Exhibition Reception this coming Friday, December 10th from 7:30p to 9:30p in the Upper Gallery of the University of Dallas Art Village (Building Number 12 on the linked map).  That will also be the closing weekend for the show.


For those who happen to be around that area

please stop by to see it whether you can come to the reception or not!


To keep up with other upcoming exhibits, the Haggerty Gallery has a mailing list to keep patrons informed on current and upcoming shows.

Join the University of Dallas art community on Wednesday, December 1st for free food, fun, and drinks.  The mother of senior Art History major Maddie Rekerdres is concluding the exhibition of her artwork tonight from 6pm to 8pm in the Haggerty Art Loggia in the Art VillageCarolyn Rekerdres’ painting series, The Generosity of Water, is discussed in more detail on Art&Seek.

Honestly, these gallery openning and closing receptions are some of the best kept secrets on campus.  Not only are they great for the Old Mill (ahem, excuse me, Tower Village) apartment resident without a meal plan, but the company is wonderful and the art is always impressive.  I love hearing the backstory from the artist on a particular piece–I learn something new with each exhibit.

While you’re there, make sure to see the work of Gordon Young and Enrique Fernandez Cervantes through December 12, 2010 in the Haggerty Gallery. The reception has past, but the art in Cut and Paste is fascinating.

Friday, November 19th, Michael McMahan displayed his photography for sale at a classy evening event at the Into the Glass Wine Bar in Old Town Grapevine.  Mikey’s work varies from chronicling his Rome Semester to artistic black and white photos and even portraits.  Most recently added to Mikey’s portfolio was his engagement photo shoot for seniors, Brigid Lappe and Paul Studahar.

Interested in hiring Mikey?  Go to his website for more details.  Michael McMahan Photography can also be “liked” on Facebook.

David Fuentes’ exhibit, Come Right In, and Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS are on display in the University of Dallas Art Village Upper Gallery through Friday, November 12.  That night there will be a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm

David Fuentes has struggled with Cerebral Palsy and his collection is his experimentation with his limitations, using both his right (the side affected by the disease) and left hands to create.

Lauren Kirchner’s art literally envelopes you with it’s three-dimensional geometric aspects and bright color.


Read a review of Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS from Dallas Art News.

Also, with the University of Dallas Fall Main Stage Machinal coming to a close, read what the local critics thought.

Google the artists or Machinal for more local opinions on University of Dallas fine and performing arts.

Stay Tuned for pictures of my favorite pieces.  See it for yourself and let me know, what are your favorites?

Update 11/13/10 These were my favorite works by each artist.  Especially with Kirchner’s work, nothing replaces seeing (or experiencing) it in person.


David Fuentes



Laura Kirchner

Come see University of Dallas senior Art and Art History students show their work tonight in Art History Loggia from 6pm to 8pm.  The reception is this Friday, October 29th, but the show runs until tomorrow, October 30th. 

The Senior Synopsis is a great opportunity to support art on campus and fellow students in one of their senior capstone projects.  The featured seniors are Rafael Barrientos, Mary Eich, Ashley Parkes, Maddie Rekerdres, Jessica Swanner, Reiner Zurcher, Anton Martynenko, and Athena Torretti.

Also, take a moment to look at the Masters’ theses exhibitions when you stop by the reception tonight.  Stay tuned for more details on Senior Art majors seniors’ invidual exhibitions!

As a part of the Stark Creative Writing Series, University of Dallas hosts guest poet for a poetry reading this Monday night at 7pm in Lynch Auditorium, lectures in open junior poet (Lyric Study I) classes, and public lecture on Poetry and Pilgrimage Tuesday, October 26-also in Lynch Auditorium at 7pm.

An excerpt from the University of Dallas Website:

Poetry and Pilgrimage

Peter Campion is the author of two poetry collections, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009), both from the University of Chicago Press. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, a Theodore Morrison Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University and editor of the journal Literary Imagination, published by Oxford University Press.

Both events, made possible by the Stark Fund for Creative Writing at the University of Dallas, are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit or contact Andrew Osborn at or (972) 721-4087.

See selected works by Elizabeth Akamatsu and Lauren McAdams, on display in the University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggery Art Gallery from October 9th through November 7th.  Both artists work in metal sculpture and other mixed media.

A reception open to the public is being hosted for these artists this Friday, October 15 from 7pm to 9pm.  If you’ve never been to an UD art reception, you are missing out.  There’s often wine and free food, plus it’s a good excuse to dress up.  Stop by and bring a friend.  If you go to the reception or to see the exhibit, leave your reflections here.

Bored with Irving?  Come join the University of Dallas Modern Language Department for foreign films throughout the semester.  For all of you “Romesick” UD-ers out there, this Thursday’s film is the Italian Stanno tutti bene (with English subtitles) at 7pm in Lynch Auditorium.

From classic to recent films, the Foreign Film Series appeals to a broad range of movie enthusiasts.  Can’t make the dates below?  Check out past semesters’ Foreign Film Series for more ideas of films to watch on your own.

Come see the results of University of Dallas students’ version of the popular Bravo TV show Project Runway.  On Friday, October 22nd, students will reveal outfits they’ve begun the hardwork designing and creating today.  Armed with only the provided supplies, teams of 3-5 will compete in a run off of their designs in an event hosted by UD’s Residence Hall Association.


Any Project Runway fans out there?  Well, in place of Heidi and Tim, design teams and models will be judged in the school-wide fashion show.


Feel free to submit pictures of the event to me and I’ll post them here.