UH-Clear Lake art profs share info, teach classes in Serbia
HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake Professor of Fine Arts Sandria Hu, Lecturer in Art Jason Makepeace and adjunct art lecturer Susan Dubois shared their talents abroad when they presented lectures and classes to the students and faculty of fine arts at University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. The three offered expertise in printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as offered information about UH-Clear Lake’s program, during the six-day October trip, which formalized the agreement that added the Belgrade university to the International Art Consortium already established at UH-Clear Lake.
“I was pleased to make a presentation about UH-Clear Lake’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree,” says Makepeace. “As part of our affiliation agreement with them, we share information about our art classes, exhibits and programs.”
Hu explained that these trips allow the university to strengthen future agreements and partnerships with the school. Already in the discussion phase between the University of Arts in Belgrade and UH-Clear Lake is a photo exhibit in 2014 that Hu would like to include as part of International FotoFest 2014. This is Hu’s second trip to Serbia after having served there as a Senior Fulbright Specialist during 2009. Since that time, she has continued to work with the faculty in Serbia to build the exchange collaborations and exhibitions in the consortium.
While this was Makepeace’s and Dubois’ first trip to Serbia, they both were happy about how excited the students were to hear and learn from them.
“The facilities where I held my sculpture workshops were good and rooted in traditional materials,” says Makepeace speaking of stone carving, bronze foundry casting, figurative clay, plaster-mold making and metal working. “The students were excited because of the materials I work with.”
The visit was made possible through a Houston Endowment grant dedicated to strengthening the arts programs at UH-Clear Lake, with a portion of the funds going to building on international agreements that the art program has with universities in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Serbia.
“We appreciate the financial assistance of Houston Endowment Inc.,” says Hu. “Without funding from organizations like Houston Endowment who so graciously support the arts, we would not be able to continue our relationships with artists in other parts of the world, exchange ideas and learn from each other.”
UH-Clear Lake’s International Art 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, and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.
For more information about art at UH-Clear Lake, call Hu, 281-283-3378, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://hsh.uhcl.edu/Art_Exhibition.
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Photo: Three University of Houston-Clear Lake faculty members traveled to the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia in October to share their talents with the students at faculty of fine arts at the university. Lecturer in Art Jason Makepeace also made a presentation about UH-Clear Lake’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there, UH-Clear Lake Professor of Fine Arts Sandria Hu (right) met with University of Arts in Belgrade administrators to sign an agreement to formalize the International Consortium agreement originally signed in 2003. Pictured with Hu are University of Arts in Dean of Faculty of Arts Milutin Dragojlovic (left) and Art Historian of Faculty of Arts Bojana Buric. The visit was made possible through funding from a Houston Endowment grant dedicated to strengthening the arts programs at UH-Clear Lake, with a portion of the funds going to building on international agreements that the art program has with universities in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Serbia.