‘Uncommon Ground’ exhibit showcases six seniors’ works

By Victoria Cortinas


   The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Art opened its senior capstone exhibit with a Nov. 15 reception showcasing the work of six seniors graduating in December.

The exhibit titled “Uncommon Ground” features the work of Bachelor of Art candidates Roxy C.J., Thomas A. McGehee and Ellen A. Wise, and Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Monica Mae Castillo, Julia Novikova and Sara Samano.

“I’ve been stressing out about this for weeks,” said Samano, whose digital prints feature portraits of childhood toys and present a lighthearted perspective to the show.

“Now I can finally catch my breath.”

The other digital work on display includes Castillo’s exploration of rotted food, bugs, and other still life in very detailed prints, while Novikova gives a very up-close view of the delicate nature of flowers.

The acrylic work of Roxy C.J., however, presents a very penetrating look. Her work reaches to the psychology of the viewer, giving perspective into the lives of abused women.

“Our individual work reaches to different viewers,” Samano said.  “We are all very different artists, with different messages to give to the world.”

Wise’s acrylic on canvas presents deer skulls in their relation to hunting life in Texas, while the ceramic works of McGehee are loosely based on self-portraits.

“ ‘Uncommon Ground’ was chosen as the title for the exhibit because of the varying artistic styles of work,” said Miguel Cortinas, an associate professor of art and chair of the department.  They are all very unique styles, but they are connected through the medium. They’ve worked very hard to put this together, and I think it turned out rather nicely.”


“Uncommon Ground” is on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 9 in

Semmes Gallery on the first floor of Genevieve Tarleton Dougherty Fine Arts Center. 

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