Exhibition: September 23 – December 10, 2016
Visual Art Center // Vaulted Gallery
Free and open to the public
Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 6-8pm


Placeholder is a multi-part exhibition that paired Mexico City-based artist Victor Pérez-Rul and curator Leslie Moody Castro with a collaborative team of students to produce a project unique to the Visual Arts Center. The project has activated various disciplines representative within the team, including art, physics, engineering, architecture, education and design. Together the team collaborated to produce a work that transforms solar power into kinetics to mould its shape and produce sound, and the resulting piece is subtle in both its immersiveness and interactivity.


Thank you Ariel Spiegelman (MA Candidate in Art Education), Erin Poteet (MS in Energy and Earth Resources and a Master in Business Administration), Juliana Castro Varon (MFA Candidate in Design), Kira Street (MFA Candidate in Design), Hiba Ali (MFA Candidate in Studio Art), Kirstin Cutts (MA Candidate in Art Education), Kelcie Tisher (MA Candidate in Art Education), and Clare Donnelly (MA Candidate in Art Education).


Special thanks should also be extended to our support team of Angelica Sibrian, Rebecca Marino, Rachel Stuckey, Marc Silva, and Kaya Sumer.


Thank you to the Visual Arts Center Staff, including Emily Kelly, Xochi Solis, Jade Walker, and Ariel Evans for your time, patience, and commitment to this vision. Thank you to Solartec for the space and time to specially fabricate solar panels through which this project received physical life and energy.


Additional support comes from the National Endowments for the Arts, CLAVIS (Center for Latin American Visual Studies), The Energy Institute of The University of Texas at Austin, and Solartec.


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