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Current Exhibitions


Travels in Ithaca: New Paintings by Scott Gleeson '09

January 25th – May 16th, 2016
Hamon Arts Library Hawn Gallery

Exhibition Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 9, 5:30pm

The Travels in Ithaca: New Paintings by Scott Gleeson considers the potential of art to promote individual and collective healing in the context of war and trauma. Staged as a retelling of the death of Odysseus and inspired by psychoanalyst Francine Shapiro's pioneering contributions to vision-based trauma recovery therapy, these graphic objects rethink the function of abstract painting and the social role of the artist in contemporary American culture. Preliminary research for the series was supported in part by The Idea Fund, a Texas re-granting initiative of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Select works were chosen to represent the Western US in the 2015 edition of New American Paintings.

Image credits:
EMDR Visual Aid (Telemachus Before the Plow), 2014
Oil on canvas and wood, utility cord
54 x 84 inches
Photo credit: Kevin Todora

Example from the exhibit

Octavio Medellin: Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938

On view through midsummer
Hamon Arts Library Second Floor

Funded by San Antonio art patron Lucy Maverick, artist Octavio Medellin spent six months in 1938 researching Yucatan’s Mayan-Toltec ruins of Chichen Itza and at Uzmal; this exhibition includes reproductions of a selection of Medellin’s photographs and drawings. The latter figured prominently in the portfolio XTOL: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People (Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1947), a copy of which also is included in the exhibition. The originals of all of these items are part of the Medellin papers in Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, located on the Hamon Art Library’s second floor. More information.

Example from the exhibit

Paper Dolls by Colleen Shull and Justin Shull

On view until December 2016
Hamon Arts Library Third Floor

This exhibit displays photographs of collages created through the alteration and excavation of contemporary fashion magazines. Located on the third floor, this new body of work explores the intersections of new media, fashion advertising, photography, and the body. The exhibition will feature new work by SMU former adjunct lecturer Justin Shull, and SMU MFA graduate Colleen Shull.

Have an idea for an exhibition?

Please contact Jolene de Verges, Director of the Hamon Arts Library at