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Fall 2013

study abroad fair
Students at the Study Abraod Fair hosted by the Honors College

August 26 - December 12: Mind into Matter: How Creating Art Affects Artists
September 3: Dorm Gourmet
September 5: Gallery of the Common Experience Reception
September 19: A Sufi's Song: Food for the Heart
September 19: Honors Student Association: Game Night
September 25: Collage Workshop (Freshman Event)
September 30: Meet the Professor Night
October 1: Campus Canvas
October 8: Patrick Kennedy, LBJ Common Experience Speaker
October 22: Graduate School Open House
October 23: Norman Steinberg Reception
October 23: Study Abroad Fair
October 31: Dia de los Muertos Celebration
November 1: Art Therapy Workshop: Confronting Stigma
November 7: Paddle into Honors (Freshman Event)
November 15: Thesis Forum
November 21: Honors Student Association: Thanksgiving Dinner

Honors Student Association: Thanksgiving Dinner

Paddle into Honors

Art Therapy Workshop: Confronting Stigma

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:

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

At El Centro, students celebrated Dia de los Muertos. They enjoyed workshops on making sugar skulls, dancing, face painting, and food.

Study Abroad Fair

The Fall 2013 Honors Study Abroad Fair provided information for Honors students on Spring and Summer 2014 semester programs. The event was a huge success and a large variety of programs were represented!

Norman Steinberg Reception

The Honors Colllege hosted a reception for Norman Steinberg, a well-known screenwriter who has worked on films such as Blazing Saddles, and tv shows such as The Cosby Show. His work has been recognized with an Emmy Award, a Writer's Guild Award and a British Academy Award nomination.

Graduate School Open House

The Honors College hosted an informal fair to provide general information about graduate school and the specific programs available at Texas State. Graduate College representatives were available to answer questions.

Patrick Kennedy, LBJ Common Experience Speaker

When: October 8, reception at 4:00 P.M., talk at 7:00 P.M.

Where: Wittliff Collections, Evans Auditorium

What: Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community attended a reception for Patrick Kennedy, followed by a talk given by Kennedy.

Note: The following photos were taken by Chandler Prude.

Campus Canvascanvas

When: October 1, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The Quad

What: Students painted on several large canvases provided by the Gallery of the Common Experience to create a collaborative art project. Watch a time lapse video of the event below!

Meet the Professor Night

When: September 30, 5:30-7:30

Where: Alkek Teaching Theater

What: Students gathered to listen to professors pitch their exciting honors courses!

Collage Workshop

When: September 25, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Where: Lampasas 501

What: Students learned to make fantastic collages with honors professor, Diann McCabe, Gallery of the Common Experience curator, Billi London-Gray, and student curator, Zoha Shafiq!

Honors Student Association: Game Night

Members of the Honors Student Association and Dr. Galloway played games in the common room of Laurel Hall, where the Honors Learning Community is located, on September 19, 2013.

A Sufi's Song

When: 5:00-9:30 P.M.

Where: Music Recital Hall

What: Ustad Nizami, a master of the Sufi musical tradition, along with his son Faraz Nizami, gave a vocal and instrumental concert using traditional Pakistani instruments, such as the tabla, the sitar, and the harmonium.

Dorm Gourmet

When: September 3, 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Where: Brogdon Hall Kitchen

What: Students learned to cook tasty, easy dishes that they can make in their dorms!

Mind into Matter: How Creating Art Affects Artists

Fall 2013 Exhibition at the Gallery of the Common Experience

August 26 - December 12, 2013

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 examined how creating artwork affects the mind of the artist. Selections received from artists around the country addressed 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 included:

  • Glenda Adkinson
  • Brandi Alberson
  • Michael Curtis Asbill
  • Debangana Banerjee
  • Julio Barrientos
  • Alexha Bonner
  • Justin Brownell
  • Fred Childers
  • Carmen Clements
  • Sara Fields
  • Kelsey Floyd
  • Kathryn Garner
  • Erika Gentry
  • Daniel Bernard Gray
  • Michael Heredia
  • Ciara Knight
  • Michelle Rahbar
  • Clifton Riley
  • Courtney Simchak
  • Steve Wilson