Art around town: “Work on Walls” at Texas State

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 24, 2013

White, pristine gallery walls — they’re the ubiquitious and often forgotten backdrop for so many exhibits.

In a clever celebration of gallery walls — and a brilliant bit of end-of-budget summer programming — Texas State University Galleries presents, “Work on Walls” through July 30.

It’s the first of an annual series of student-run, student-based exhibits.

Five art students — Jade Young, Julio Barrientos, Kathryn Garner, Lisa Samson and Owen Drysdale — were given the freedom to draw and paint directly on the gallery walls, questioning the process of art-making with an “object” that also becomes a permanent part of the wall.

Or semi-permanent.

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As part of the exhibition agreement, the students must return the walls to their clean white blankness at the end of the show.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Sundays

Exhibit continues through July 30. Texas State Galleries, Mitte Building, corner Sessoms and Comanche streets on the Texas State University campus, San Marcos

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