The University of Texas at Tyler recently celebrated three of its own artists with their own exhibits.

The Department of Art and Art History has launched three exhibitions featuring three-dimensional artists seeking Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees this spring.

“Students and visitors to our galleries will be in for a special treat as this semester’s master-level artists craft wood and steel into their own unique artistry,” said Michelle Taff, gallery and media coordinator.

Brandon Witschi, of West Virginia, worked through the holiday weekend to get his exhibition ready for display.

Witschi installed his sculpture in an exhibition titled “Beyond Compression” in the Meadows Gallery. Witschi combines steel and other media to create forms that emphasize balance, stability and individuality. A public reception with artist talk will be 6 p.m. April 12 at the Meadows Gallery. The exhibit will conclude April 13.

Prior to Witchi’s exhibition, the Meadows Gallery featured “With Wood and Paint” by Master of Fine Arts candidate Jake Arnold, of Bullard. Arnold’s work is centered in additive and subtractive woodworking, and incorporates both aggressive geometrical and softer voluptuous forms touched with paint.

Kirsti Smith, of Canton, also recently concluded an exhibition with “Finding Place” at the Fine Arts Complex Gallery

Smith, a Master of Arts candidate, uses wooden sculptural forms to explore relationships and community and how well individuals fit and find place in their own surroundings.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by special appointment. For more information, contact Taff, 903-566-7237.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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