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Arts Roundup: AC/WT show, 'The Colour and the Shape,' 'Dwellings'
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This work by Mackenzi Packham is on view at Amarillo Museum of Art.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

A trio of new art exhibitions find works of all shapes and sizes blossoming at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.


AC/WT Student/Faculty Exhibition

The annual Amarillo Museum of Art exhibition of student and faculty artwork from both Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University will be on view beginning Friday.

The exhibition will open with a 6:30 p.m. Friday reception at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St. A gallery talk about the AC works begins at 6:45, followed by one about the WT works at 7 p.m.

"The AC/WT show is the highpoint of the school year for art students. It is important for several reasons: It gives the students to practice real world exhibition opportunities, it is a chance for them to see their work on a museum wall along with the work of their professors and, most importantly, it is a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of the art program and demonstrate them to the greater Amarillo community," WT art instructor Jon Revett said in an email.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for students to exhibit their work at a professional venue like the AMoA," echoed Victoria Taylor-Gore, dean of AC's School of Creative Arts. "Seeing the work of our students and faculty along side of work from WTAMU is always exciting for me."

The show will hang through April 15.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Call 806-371-5050.

Here's a sample of the works on view:


The Colour and the Shape

Geometry goes abstract in a new exhibition now on view in WT's Dord Fitz Formal Gallery.

The Color and the Shape explores a variety of artworks utilizing geometry as an organizing principle, exhibition curator and art instructor Jon Revett said in an email.

"This collection of work exposes the foundations of design and highlights underlying principles of art," Revett wrote. "While focusing primarily on painting, some works of printmaking, assemblage and sculpture are also include to act as counterpoints and demonstrate the expansion of the theme of geometric abstraction."

Artists included in the exhibition include Erin Elder, James Hart, Chad Holliday, Tim Jag, Mokha Laget, Tom Martinelli, Susie Rosmarin and Rob Weingart.

The show will hang through April 14 at the gallery, located inside Mary Moody Northen Hall. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and by appointment on weekends. Admission is free.

A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14.

Call 806-651-2709.



San Antonio artist Libby Rowe's latest works are on view in AC's Southern Light Gallery.

Rowe's Dwellings will be on view through May 5 in the gallery, located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons building on AC's Washington Street campus. 

Rowe is an artist working in photography, sculpture, interactive installation and performance. Her artwork explores ideas of identity and belonging through self-definitions as informed by social and domestic constructs, according to her biography.

I am intrigued by the dual meaning of the word dwelling — (h)ow the 'mental state' of dwelling is seen as definitively negative, but the 'home' dwelling is at definition neutral but in reality holds the potential for both positive and negative associations. This series of photographs uses physical dwellings made from materials that, along with their environments, suggest a state of contemplation," she said in an artist's statement. 

Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 5:50 p.m. Sundays through May 12. Admission is free.

Call 806-345-5654.





Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.