The University of Texas at Tyler Fine Arts Complex Gallery currently features the senior exhibition, "Nothing and Everything at the Same Time," Ray Sikes, gallery coordinator, announced.

The featured student is Tonya Shanholtz of Tyler, a mixed media artist who integrates refuse with ceramic, metal and/or plastic.

A public reception and gallery talk will be 6 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the gallery.

"This work is a direct and unconventional response to environmental and personal encounters with objects that society thoughtlessly discards everyday. My work is nothing and everything at the same time. The refuse is used as a socio-economic entry point for the viewer," Shanholtz said.

The exhibition, which is executed in partial fulfillment of UT Tyler's bachelor of fine arts degree, concludes Friday, Dec. 12.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by special appointment.

Shanholtz's work was recently chosen for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts National Student Juried Exhibition in Providence, R.I. Out of 568 pieces from graduate, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, only 40 pieces were selected.

Her works have also shown at the 2014 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Annual Conference in Milwaukee; Green Task Force; the Clay Arts Museum and Educational Organization Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont; and "The Little SCULPTURE Show" during the International Sculpture Conference in New Orleans.


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