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College of the Mainland
News Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


TEXAS CITY – Seven of the top artists in Texas will have their work on display through Thursday, Feb. 16 at College of the Mainland Faculty Art Exhibition at COM Art Gallery.
“Each person has a different media,” said gallery director and artist Mayuko Gray,  who is also a participating artist. “It shows a high level of work. It shows our Fine Arts program is really strong.”
There will be a reception and artist talk on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All seven of the artists participating in the biennial event teach art classes at COM:
Nick Barbee, conceptual art – Barbee’s work has been displayed in galleries in Boston, Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia. He creates abstract forms that can be physical markers of concepts over time. Barbee has a Master’s in Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
George Bowes, ceramics/sculpture – Bowes has a M.F.A. from the University of California at Davis. His ceramic works and sculptures have been displayed throughout the United States.
Mayuko Gray, drawings/graphite – Gray, who has a M.F.A. from the University of Houston, was born in Gifu, Japan. Her works are “drawings” of Japanese calligraphy detailed with graphite pencil that she describes as hybrid of Eastern aesthetics and Western drawing pictures. Her work has been displayed throughout Greater Houston and in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Mark Greenwalt, paintings/drawings – A full-time faculty member at COM since 2000, Greenwalt’s work has been displayed at The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Galveston Art Center, The Museum of Southeast Texas and Hooks-Epstein Gallery. Greenwalt is a native of Galveston County. He has a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lisa Marie Kress, photography – Kress, who has a M.F.A. from the University of Houston, is a League City artist who is one of two artists in the exhibition that will focus on photography. Some of her recent work focused on Galveston after Hurricane Ike.
Kristy Peet – photography/small sculptures – Peet has an M.F.A. in photography from the Savannah College of Artist and Design in Savannah, Ga. Her work deals with psychological issues and relationship. Her work has been displayed internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary.
Ann Wood – installation animals. Wood has an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work has been featured at exhibitions throughout Texas. “My work generally involves immediate and dramatic environments/installations that initially seem inviting, pretty and sometimes even cute,” Wood said. “They have a Rocco visual appeal and are gentle in their stillness and reference of topiary floral bouquets and desserts and the idea of nurturing and gift-giving.”

College of the Mainland offers a wide range of classes, from nationally accredited associate degrees and certifications to skills, hobbies and trades. COM has an excellent professor-to-student ratio that helps instructors connect with their classes. We’re the launch pad for success stories throughout the Mainland.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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