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Main Gallery September 7 through October 5, 2018


Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 5:30 to 9 pm

Merrie Wright, Ceramics, Clay, 3rd Coast National, K space Contemporary

BEST OF SHOW: Merrie Wright, Abstracted Landscape 002: After Wadsworth (This is Where I Live Series)

The Third Coast National Biennial is a juried exhibition of new works of art from all over the USA.  Third Coast National was the first exhibition in K Space Contemporary’s new street level gallery. For its first ten years (2007 to 2016), Third Coast National was an annual exhibition. It is now a biennial exhibition held in the even numbered years. This year, 545 entries were submitted for consideration. Of these, 47 works of art by 28 artists were selected for exhibition.

Rhonda Urdang, After Empress Josephine (1804), 3rd Coast National Biennial, K Space Contemporary, ARtCC

2nd Place: Rhonda Urdang, After Empress Josephine (1804)

3rd Place, Tires for Sisyphus (video) by Angel Fernandez

Congratulations to the 2018 Third Coast National Biennial Award Winners:

  • Best of Show: Merrie Wright, Abstracted Landscape 002: After Wadsworth (This is Where I Live Series), pictured above
  • 2ndPlace – “After Empress Josephine (1804)” by Rhonda Urdang, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 3rdPlace – “Tires for Sisyphus” by Angel Fernandez, Lakeside, TX

Honorable Mentions:

  • “Merit Badges from Social Activities, no. 1” by Annie Arnold, Austin, TX
  • “Somewhat Sour Cylinder” by Lauren Clay, Huntsville, Tx
  • “Spanning” By Samara Rosen, Houston, TX
  • “Trypophobia” by Ling-Lin Ku, Austin, TX


2018 Third Coast National Juror: Suzanne Weaver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. 

Weaver brings nearly three decades of curatorial experience to the San Antonio Museum of Art.  As the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director of Adult Programs at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (2009—2014), Weaver organized more than fifteen installations and exhibitions, including a major presentation of films and photographs by the Northern Irish artist Willie Doherty.  She also helped realize over thirty key acquisitions and gifts by artists.  As the Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (1995—2008), she played an integral role in revitalizing the Museum’s international emerging artist exhibition series, Concentrations.  She organized over twenty-two Concentrations exhibitions, which included the first U.S. museum solo exhibitions for many international artists. Weaver’s last Concentrations show was the world premiere of Phil Collins’s monumental, video trilogy, the world won’t listen, which was accompanied by a cross-disciplinary catalogue distributed by Yale University Press. During her tenure at the DMA, she helped acquire over seventy acquisitions and gifts and helped establish an internationally significant new media collection.

Third Coast National Biennial 2018 List of Selected Artists

Annie Arnold, Austin, TX: (2 works) How can we get noticed if we’re all doing the same things (entertaining) and Merit badges from social activities, no. 

Meg Aubrey, Corpus Christi, Texas: Stop Sign

Therese Bauer, El Paso, Texas: (2 works) Modern alphabet – B and Modern alphabet – C

Brenda Burmeister, Converse, Texas: The Rule of Capture

Patricia Chambers (Lindy) Chambers, Bellville, Texas:  The Smell of Rain

John Chinn, Lubbock, Texas: DEMO-NIGHT VIEW: 33 degrees 25′ 10″ N 103 degrees 58′ 29″ W

Lauren Clay, Huntsville, Texas: (2 works) Somewhat Sour Cylinder and Pretty Pink Puff with Black Ribbons

Barbara Cooledge, Cypress, Texas: (2 works)  Violet and Primary

Kevin Curry, Tallahassee, Florida: (2 works)Tallahassee and Gihon River Rock

Angel Fernandez, Lakeside, Texas: Tires for Sisyphus

Nicole Geary, San Antonio, Texas: (3 works) Foreign Matters,  Growth and The Philosopher’s Stone

Cliona Gunter, Austin, Texas: Things Are Slow To Emerge and Blue Red X Wound

Shelah Horvitz, Weld, Maine: (2 works) Ditch, Carthage and Obfuscation

Loc Huynh, Kyle, Texas: (2 works) Potato Salad and Heartbroken in Heart Burn City

Bethany Johnson, Austin, Texas: (2 works) We Live on a Planet: Untitled and We Live on a Planet: Untitled

Ling-lin Ku, Austin, Texas: (2 works) Teleperve and Trypophobia

Elizabeth Mead, Williamsburg, Virginia: Excerpt 10

James Pace, Tyler, Texas: jackrabbittrap

Jean Plough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Totem

Greg Reuter, Corpus Christi, Texas: (2 works) Freedom-Loyalty Boat and Dreaming of Loyalty

Samara Rosen, Houston, Texas: (2 works) Spanning and Transition

Sarah Serio, Neosho, Missouri: The Lines on His Face Tell the Story of His Pain

Mark Smith, Johnson City, Texas: Washer and Text 7

Benjamin Sorrell, Corpus Christi, Texas: (3 works) CMY (Chaotic), Transubstantiation, and Other Peoples’ Eyes

Kenneth Szmagaj, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Keeper of the Flame

Rhonda  Urdang, Flagstaff, Arizona: (2 works) Veneration of Saint Lucia and After Empress Josephine (1804)

Donna Wolfe, Houston, Texas: Pit fired Antler Pot

Merrie Wright, Whitehouse, Texas: (2 works) Abstracted Landscape 002: After Wadsworth (This is Where I Live Series) and Abstracted Landscape 001: Ode to Potter Mark Pharis(This is Where I Live Series)

In the Gift Shop September 7 – October 12

New Work by Alex Mayfield

I am attending TAMUCC, receiving a minor in art. This is my first gallery show which I am honored to be chosen for. I began drawing at a young age finding it easier to express myself through art. I continued art classes through high school, which carried into college where I took Life Drawing. I found inspiration through, Jenny Saville, and how she explores the body and its many forms. Taking in this new representation and implementing it into my personal experiences inspired this show.

My artwork explores how emotions and moments effect self perception. Cycling through so many emotions during the day and how each time the person in the mirror and photos seems to be someone else. I use these moments to explore what I see and how it changes between minutes and days, conveying them in portraits. Each piece made with pencil and ink on plastic paper, creates an adaptable surface manipulated by each visit to the piece and each different moment. With an exploration into when someone is not at their best or not in the perfect pose, this exhibit is to inspire those who need it to interpret what they need from it. These works are the precursor to working in larger full body forms; interpreting myself in my own female perspective for myself.