Students explore holography,
oil painting with visiting artists


Exploring traditional oil painting and high-tech holography, two acclaimed artists have completed week-long visits to the Texas A&M campus, where they worked with students as part of the College of Architecture’s Spring 2011 Artist-in-Residence Program, with the final artist’s digital fabrication workshop scheduled to begin March 20.

Contemporary realist painter Ron Cheek, a 1989 Texas A&M Bachelor of Environmental Design graduate, kicked off the program Jan. 31 – Feb. 6. Founder of the Texas Academy of Figurative Art, Cheek focuses on figurative and still-life subjects. Although contemporary in subject matter, his paintings reflect the sensibility of Old Master style and academic process.

While visiting, he presented a Feb. 1 lecture on his artwork and his visit culminated with a Feb. 18-25 exhibit in the college’s Wright Gallery of student work completed during his workshop.

See more photos from the Cheek workshop.

The second visiting artist, Sally Weber, an installation artist who works with holography and light, showed students how to created one-beam laser transmission holographs during her Feb. 20 – March 1 workshop.

Weber, who is known for her solar, environmental and architectural installations using large-scale holography, also discussed her work at a Feb. 28 lecture in the Wright Gallery.

See more photos from the Weber workshop.

The final artist in residence, Elena Manferdini, visited March 20 – 25. She is principal of Atelier Manferdini, an architectural office specializing in the cutting edge of computer-aided design of exotic forms.

Manferdini worked with students creating an installation for the Azimuth coffee shop in the Langford Architecture Center and lectured about her work..

The College of Architecture’s Spring 2011 Artists-in-Residence Program is sponsored by Texas A&M's Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Architecture and the Department of Visualization.


- Posted: Feb. 24, 2011 -

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Contact:   Phillip Rollfing, or 979.458.0442.


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