I curated and installed the exhibit Glue, Paper, Paint at Northwest Vista College's Palmetto Center for the Arts. I selected John Medina and Adam Palmer for the show. They are both teachers and artists in the great state of Texas. Their nonobjective compositions and saturated palettes also served as a teaching opportunity for our studio, design and art appreciation courses. John is locally based in San Antonio, the chair at the Alameda School of Art + Design. His school brought 100 students to tour our campus and take a look at their teacher's artwork. Many of them had assisted the year prior with the Vincent Valdez and Alex Rubio triptych on display above the theater (pictured below).
John presented an inspiring artist talk for our students at NVC, wherein he discussed his education and path to becoming an artist. Thank you to Rey Cardenas for helping to coordinate the use of the Black Box Theater for this event!
John's paintings have a raised texture, a result of building up hot glue on wood panels, The ombre paint unifies the surface and enhances the illusion of movement. Adam's mixed media drawings are intricately drawn with colored pencils, markers, even highlighters. The afocal works are mesmerizing and some contain collage elements of holographic stickers and silkscreen.
|John Medina's hot glue paintings|
|Adam Palmer's intricate, mixed media drawings|
It was a pleasure to have their work on campus to kick off the Spring semester!
Check out more of the artists' work on their websites:
The Ranger article about the exhibition and interviews with the artists.
Teachers to Inspire Through Art Exhibit by Austin P. Taylor
My La Re Vista article about the exhibit & my curatorial efforts at the college.
What's Hiding at the Palmetto? by Melissa Monroe-Young