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June 8, 2010
Trinity University Graduate Receives Dallas Art Museum Award Recognizing Talent
SAN ANTONIO – Rachel Brownlee, a San Antonio resident who earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Trinity University in May, has received an award from the Dallas Museum of Art in recognition of her exceptional talent and potential as a young artist.
The award, established in 1980 by The Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund, is given annually to young visual artists who show a commitment to continuing their artistic endeavors.
Ms. Brownlee is an
interdisciplinary artist who will use award funds to create a visual environment
that mimics the process of sound perception, combining elements of sculpture,
cinema, and audio recording. She plans to create a soundscape of wind chimes
that interacts with colors projected onto screens surrounding the viewer.
Elizabeth Ward, associate professor of art and art history and one of Ms. Brownlee’s mentors at Trinity, said the award is a competitive regional acknowledgement of a young artist. Ms. Brownlee is the first Trinity student to receive the DeGolyer Award.
In accepting the award, Ms. Brownlee presented a lecture on her work, including the adjacent images of paintings which feature techniques such as mark making, fresco, and color mixing. Her work seeks to emulate the ways people write and understand history as well as how civilization develops. The paintings were on exhibit at Trinity in February as part of the Urban Conflux show presented by Ms. Brownlee and another Trinity student, JaNae Contag.
Ms. Brownlee currently works as a part-time assistant to San Antonio artists such as Professor Ward and Marilyn Lanfear, Ansen Seale, and Betsy Dudley. She plans to pursue a career in art in Los Angeles or New York City while maintaining strong Texas ties.