The Gallery of the Common Experience, located in LAMP 407 (the Honors Coffee Forum), has showcased exhibits ranging from a photo documentary on the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the onset of HIV to political cartoons of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The gallery also hosts special events throughout the year, including free art workshops, artist talks and public art events on the Quad.
The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free.
Sponsored by the Honors College and the Common Experience at Texas State University, the gallery is maintained by curator Billi London-Gray and a campus-wide committee of dedicated art lovers, headed by communication design major Zoha Shafiq. For more information or to become involved, e-mail email@example.com or call 512.245.2266.
The Gallery of the Common Experience seeks art for its spring 2014 exhibition, Face Forward: Portraits of Emotional Exposure. Entry is free and open to all artists, professional and amateur; an affiliation with Texas State University is not required. To view the prospectus and submit work online, click here.
On October 1, hundreds of Texas State students, faculty and staff created two community paintings! The Campus Canvas paintings will be on display in the 4th floor foyer of the Lampasas Building through the end of the semester. Stop by and see them!
This workshop focused using art to promote advocacy and healing, especially regarding mental health. Bess Green, a licensed professional counselor and certified art therapist, introduced ways of using artistic practices to achieve mental health and respond to negative stereotypes. She also introduced resources and advocacy organizations that work to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.
Organizations that work to privilege voices of people with mental illness include:
On display August 26 - December 12, 2013
Reception with the Artists: Thursday, September 5, 2013, 5-7 p.m.
Art is a way of externalizing the internal. Artists are compelled by something internal, whether it’s inspiration, emotion, obsession or habit. Often the process of creating a work helps an artist seek relief, find contentment or achieve new understanding.
For this exhibition, the Gallery of the Common Experience examines how creating artwork affects the mind of the artist. Selections received from artists around the country address the ways in which art intersects with an artist's mentality: works made in a states of celebration and grief; pieces that coincided with paradigm shifts; psychological portraits; short films that involved eye-opening research and intense personal experiences; poetry written to express a state of mind; and works that resulted in emotional healing for the artist.
Selected artists include: