Philip Van Keuren

New exhibits to feature abstract painter Mark Williams

The Mark Williams painting 'Choice,' 2006SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts opens two exhibits Sept. 13 featuring the work of abstract painter Mark Williams, whose works have been shown throughout the United States and countries including Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Brazil.

The main exhibit, “Exquisitely Calibrated: Recent Paintings by Mark Williams” in the Pollock Gallery at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, will feature a selection of Williams’ geometrically abstract paintings. Williams’ acrylic- and enamel-based paintings focus on a clash of vertical and horizontal objects, often portrayed in muted colors and in seemingly random variations.

Pollock Gallery Director Philip Van Keuren writes for the exhibition catalogue “Mark Williams: Pure Clear Word”: “Williams’ paintings are characterized by sensitivity to the actual appearance of things on the panel and, more precisely, to color-form relationship combinations. He calibrates these combinations tirelessly, realizing there can only be solutions, never conclusions.”

A complementary exhibit, ““Mark Williams: Small Drawings and Studio Notebooks,” will be open for public view in the Mildred Hawn Gallery (located inside Meadows’ Hamon Arts Library). This addition features many of Williams’ small drawings and studio sketchbooks from his New York studio, showing examples of his method and process used to “construct” his larger pieces.

Williams, a Pittsburgh native born in 1950, has had previous ties to the Metroplex as he received a B.F.A. in art education and an M.F.A. in painting and sculpture at the University of North Texas. Williams has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1980 and 1989) among numerous other awards and grants and recently gave a guest lecture at the 2007 SMU-in-Taos summer term.

The Pollock exhibit will be open from 11-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday until Oct. 16. The Hawn exhibit will be around a bit longer as it will operate under regular Hamon library hours until Dec. 4.

(Above, Choice by Mark Williams, 2006.)

For the Record: Dec. 4, 2009

Philip Van Keuren, 'Allee II Woman III'Philip Van Keuren, Art, Meadows School of the Arts, is featured in a current exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a noted Dallas gallery of contemporary art. The exhibition, titled “Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper, 1969-2009,” features a selection of his collages, drawings and photographs and will be on view at The Mac through Dec. 19. Recently, he was interviewed on WRR-FM’s “Art Matters” about his artistic work and his career. (Right, a section of Van Keuren’s 2009 diptych Allee II Woman III, Iris print.)

SMU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three 2009 Frederick H. Teahan Awards at the PRSSA National Conference held in San Diego in November. The team won a total of $800, as well as two plaques and a trophy. Entries for the Teahan awards are submitted from among the 300 PRSSA chapters at colleges and universities nationwide. SMU won in every category it entered.

The University received top honors for Outstanding Chapter Development and Outstanding PRSA/PRSSA Chapter Relationship. Faculty adviser Christy Baily-Byers, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for her “dedication and creative chapter guidance, effective student motivation, exceptional contributions to public relations education, supportive chapter advocacy and representation within the academic department and with the PRSA sponsoring chapter and its members.”

Steve Sekula, Physics, Dedman College, has been named to membership in the BaBar Collaboration, a group of about 600 physicists and engineers from 75 institutions in 10 countries who study the subatomic particles called B mesons produced by the PEP-II storage ring in the BaBar detector at Stanford University. His efforts will focus on physics research and publications. In addition, he will publish a paper on a search for invisible decays of the Upsilon(1S) meson in Physical Review Letters. The process may be sensitive to the presence of either low-mass dark matter or a low-mass dark gauge boson. The paper is available in a preprint version online.