What is Connective Tissues?
Connective Tissues: printed & published is a group exhibition at the Visual Arts Center (VAC), a contemporary art gallery housed in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Connective Tissues foregrounds this historically overlooked medium for the viewer. Presenting works by seven contemporary artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, as well as a collection of twentieth-century magazines and artist books, the exhibition examines how publications have long been used as tools for communication, personal development, artistic growth, social engagement, and community-building among artists and creatives.
Publications have long been important sites of discourse integral to the formation of artistic communities and their diverse practices. Despite this rich history, the medium has rarely been privileged as a serious art form. While their have been recent efforts to evaluate publications as art objects by art historians and curators alike, this trend has yet to be widely adopted by arts institutions, leaving questions around the treatment and display of these printed materials unresolved. Publications, with their dependence on touch and manipulation, destabilize museum rituals built on preservation and maintaining distance between object and viewer. Neither mending nor disregarding this conflict. Connective Tissues centers publication in an institutional context, acknowledging and embracing the discordance between the two. This exhibition features artists Aishwarya Arumbakkam, Julia Haas, Logan Larsen, Kerry Maguire, Rachel Massey, Caroline Perkison, and Abby Raffle, and is organized by co-curators Macaella Gray and Zoe Roden.
Entry to the VAC is always free and open to the public. Connective Tissues: printed & published will be on display from January 21st to March 4th, 2022. Learn more about the Visual Arts Center here.
What will your contribution do?
We are very excited and thankful to display our work within UT’s Visual Arts Center, and want to ensure that we take advantage of this opportunity to its fullest extent. Your contribution will directly support undergraduate and graduate artists and curators on UT’s campus, helping us to put our best foot forward. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to realize this ambitious exhibition, and your donation will go towards the following expenses:
- Production expenses for our artists to fabricate new works
- Specialized displays for mounting and exhibiting artworks
- Public programming held in conjunction with the Visual Arts Center (VAC)
What impact will this exhibition make?
In exhibiting the work of graduate and undergraduate students across departments and disciplines, Connective Tissues facilitates necessary dialogues between creatives all across the forty acres.Your support will propel our artists and curators towards achieving their artistic and professional goals, with the Visual Arts Center (VAC) providing an important platform for showcasing young creative voices. Connective Tissues is an important step for both our artists and curators in developing and showcasing their artistic practices, and your donations will allow us to better support the ambitious project we have set out to complete.
Center Space Project, photo by Sandy Carson.
What is Center Space Project?
Center Space Project (CSP) is an undergraduate student-run arts collective that works collaboratively with the Visual Arts Center to provide students with opportunities to participate in an interdisciplinary artistic community. Through programming—including exhibitions, publications, and events—CSP engages with a diverse range of creative voices both within and beyond the College of Fine Arts.
CSP releases an open call for exhibition proposals every spring semester. Connective Tissues: printed & published is one of two exhibitions selected to be displayed during the 2021-2022 academic year, featuring both undergraduate and graduate work.