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College faculty members to be honored at UHCL art exhibition

HOUSTON (Jan. 27, 2010) – Faculty members at Lone Star College-Kingwood and Lone Star College-Tomball will be honored in the Lone Star College Kingwood and Tomball Faculty Art Exhibition at the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery on Feb. 1-March 25. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a reception for faculty on Feb. 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

According to UHCL’s Art Gallery, this exhibition represents the sixth segment showcasing Houston area artists who teach at Houston area community colleges. The first two exhibitions concentrated on artists working in the Houston Bay Area colleges. The first exhibition featured Lee College, Galveston College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, and Alvin Community College.   The third, fourth, and fifth exhibitions featured Houston Community College Central, Houston Community College Southwest, and Houston Community College Northwest and Southeast respectively.

“The focus of this exhibition is on instructors of Lone Star College-Kingwood and Lone Star College-Tomball. Both senior and junior art faculty members are represented. Some have been tenured for many years, while others are adjunct or visiting professors,” Nick de Vries, art gallery director at UHCL, said. “Their vitae reveal artists of outstanding stature who have lengthy résumés and are affiliated with outstanding galleries.”

LSC-Kingwood faculty members honored in the show are Gerard Baldwin, adjunct professor of art; Jay Calder, adjunct professor of art; Cory Cryer, associate art professor; Joseph L. Kagle Jr., adjunct professor of art; Divya Murthy, adjunct professor of photography; Mari Omori, art professor; Julon Pinkston, adjunct professor of art; Erich Schmalhorst, adjunct professor of art; Kay Nguyen, adjunct professor of art; and Rebecca Riley, vice president of instructional programs and student success. Faculty members at LSC-Tomball who will showcase their work are Margarita Cole, adjunct professor of art; Steffani Frideres, art professor; Bernice Peacock, adjunct professor of art; and Cheyanne Ramos, adjunct professor of art; and Earl Staley, art professor. Nancy L. Stombaugh, adjunct professor of art at the LSC-University Park, LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-CyFair, will also have her work featured in the show.

“It has been a pleasure to work with these artists. It is obvious that their choice of material to communicate their messages is diverse. My gratitude is extended to Mari Omori, art faculty at LSC-Kingwood, and Jacqueline Stirling, chair of Humanities at LSC-Tomball, for their support,” de Vries said. “My appreciation also goes to Karen Fiscus, assistant gallery director, who is responsible for the installation.”

The Lone Star College Kingwood and Tomball Faculty Art Exhibition will take place at the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery, located in the Bayou Building in  Atrium 1 on the first floor. The gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon. General admission into the art exhibition is free. For more details, contact Karen Fiscus at 281-283-3311.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more, visit www.LoneStar.edu. 


The University of Houston-Clear Lake will feature Lone Star College faculty members’ works at its Lone Star College Kingwood and Tomball Faculty Art Exhibition on Feb. 1-March 25. For more information, call 281-283-3311.