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University of Houston - Clear Lake
Art profs travel to Mexico and strengthen consortium
News Release
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake Professor of Fine Arts Sandria Hu and Lecturer in Art Jason Makepeace will share their talent with art students at the Facultad de Artes Plasticas at Universidad of Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. The educational visit will take place in mid April shortly after an exhibition at the university in Mexico that Hu curated as part of the UH-Clear Lake International Art Consortium.

The consortium was created in 2003 and originally included UH-Clear Lake, University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii, Universidad de Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, and the University of West Bohemia in Plzen, Czech Republic, but has grown to also include the University of Arts in Belgrade Serbia, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Two other universities will be joining the consortium including Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia and University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

“We continue to be excited about the consortium and exchange of art and artistic ideas that benefit the students and faculty at all of the universities involved,” says Hu. “For instance, the art that was exhibited in Mexico March 10 through April 6 included the work of 12 art faculty members from around the world.

“Students and faculty at the Facultad de Artes Plasticas at Universidad de Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, will gain exposure to art and art techniques to which they may not otherwise have access.”

In addition to hearing about Hu’s painting, drawing and printmaking techniques, students and faculty will learn about Makepeace’s sculptures.

“I’m going to set up an area to discuss my recent body of work, and the materials I’m using in my work,” says Makepeace of the trip, which will be his second to Xalapa. “I hope to continue building relationships in Xalapa and to hold future workshops there.”

Since the creation of the consortium, Hu and other artists from the university have traveled to various schools involved in the consortium to exhibit work and, more importantly, to share their expertise in various art techniques. Reciprocally, many of the art faculty from the other consortium universities have traveled to UH-Clear Lake to share their work and techniques with UH-Clear Lake students and faculty.

In addition to the April trip to Mexico that Hu and Makepeace are taking, upcoming consortium events include an exhibition of prints by Katarina Macurova from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Braatislava, Slovakia and Bijana Vkovic and Katarina Zaric from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, which will be on display in the UH-Clear Lake Bayou Building’s second floor, Atrium I, exhibition area April 4 – July 31. Also in July, ArtCamp at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen, Czech Republic will include workshops from UH-Clear Lake alumnus and artist Miguel Herrera, Associate Vice President for University Advancement Dion McInnis and Makepeace. Undergraduate and graduate students will also be traveling to the Czech Republic for the workshops.

“This consortium has been an exciting experience for everyone involved,” says Hu. “I look forward to future collaborations with the consortium.”

For more information about art at UH-Clear Lake, contact Hu by calling 281-283-3378 or e-mailing, or by visiting

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