Austin College Alumni Art on Display in “Common Threads”

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

SHERMAN, TEXAS—The Austin College Department of Art and Art History will host the exhibit “Common Threads: Austin College Alumni Exhibit” from September 16 to October 27 in Dennis Gallery of Forster Art Complex. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Betsy Dennis Forster Art Studio Complex is located on the north side of the campus. For information, call 903.813.2048.

A reception will be held during the College’s Homecoming on Saturday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Common Threads” includes work from Austin College graduates Carl Antonowicz, Brianna Burnett, Brent Fogt, Candace Hicks, Horace Hobbs, Seth Hudson, Kristy Peet, Heidi Rushing, Dianne Smith, Cedra Wood, and Kelly Yarbrough.


Carl Antonowicz, Austin College Class of 2008, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in cartooning in 2011 from the Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont, hard at work on the next chapter of The Black Dog and the Hole at the Heart of the World. His work can be seen at

Brianna Burnett, Class of 2002, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography at Texas Tech University in 2008 and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her art work has been inspired by personal narrative and myth, as well as storytelling and memory. She is a founding member of Clamp Light Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. She currently is a senior fulltime professor for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Photography Department.

Brent Fogt, Class of 1982, creates intricate drawings, collages, and installations that reference plants, trees, and microscopic organisms. Brent’s work has been featured in “New American Paintings” exhibits and Art in America, as well as solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University, and the Lawndale Art Center. He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Elsewhere Project, and Yaddo. In addition to his Austin College degree, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Texas, a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Candace Hicks, Class of 2001, is the coordinator of foundations at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she teaches foundational courses in two-dimensional media. In 2009, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Texas Christian University. Her artist’s books are in collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York and Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and many university special collections including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. She has exhibited throughout Texas, California, and New York, as well as in Beijing, Barcelona, and Cordoba.

Horace Hobbs, Class of 2011, concentrated in sculpture and French at Austin College. He now works in many media in New York City. His latest exhibit with Matthew Whitenack, also Austin College Class of 2011, involves the installation of a landline telephone in the experimental Brooklyn gallery A Slender Gamut. In a study of language, conversation, and the human voice, calls to the gallery are recorded and edited into sound art.

Seth Hudson, Class of 2002, teaches art in Pittsburg, Texas, where he grew up.

Kristy Peet, Class of 2002, earned a Master of Fine Arts in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She teaches photography at College of the Mainland and is a resident artist at Box 13 Artspace.

Heidi Rushing, Class of 2004, is the director and co-founder of the Ghost Town Arts Collective (GTAC) and office coordinator for the Austin College Art & Art History Department. With the GTAC, she has shown her work at venues across Texas and New Mexico, including 500X Gallery in Dallas, the Addison Fringe Festival (with Muscle Memory Dance Theatre), and the Las Cruces Museum of Art. Her current work is focused on creating visual metaphors for memories and imagined narratives by re-contextualizing everyday objects.

Dianne Smith, Class of 2008, is a fine arts photographer and book artist based in North Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree at Austin College in psychology and earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in commercial photography at Collin College, graduating magna cum laude. She is completing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Texas Woman's University. Her work applies her psychology background to her conceptual storytelling, creating portraits which are moody, richly detailed, and thoughtfully open-ended. She has exhibited across the nation.

Cedra Wood, Class of 2005, received a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the University of New Mexico in 2010. Her interest in human/ecological relationships has drawn her to field-based residencies throughout the American West, Australia, and above the Arctic Circle. Currently a Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment, she is also a member of the Ghost Town Arts Collective, and lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kelly Yarbrough, Class of 2009, is completing a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing from Kansas State University, and has shown her work in Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City. Her work explores the ways that people interact with each other in communities and how this shapes the way they interact with the land.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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