Korean magazine features works of SHSU art students

Sculptures and crafts of 10 Sam Houston State University students were featured in Crart magazine, a Korea publication.

Representatives of Crart, an arts and crafts magazine, approached professor of art Tony Shipp, with a proposal to run an issue in January featuring art from various universities, including SHSU.

Shipp said he was familiar with the publication, having had some of his work previously featured in the magazine.

“I think my work ran in December. I can’t read Korean,” Shipp said.

Shipp’s work is no stranger to Korea. Two years ago, he was published in “Nouvel Objet” (New Object). The book contained artists of the world. Shipp believes this is where Crart originally saw his work.

“After Crart did the piece on me, they told me they were going to run an issue on different universities,” Shipp said. “I thought it was a good opportunity for us.”

Ship said the art department selected about 50 or 60 images of impressive student works.

“We picked some of our better students, then they chose the pieces they wanted to run,” he said.

The students selected by Crart were Heather Holcolm, Caroline Martinez, Jennifer Shepard, Kathy Blossom, Stacy Griffin, Donald Henson, Erika House, Heather Milan, Laura Robertson and Jessica Jamara.

These students all had work categorized under ceramics, jewelry or sculpture.

“Some of the students featured in the magazine graduated last semester,” said Debbie Davenport, slide librarian of the art department.

Davenport said the Korean magazine sent one free issue to the department, a letter explaining how to purchase more and another letter giving SHSU permission to print and show the images featured.

Shipp said the selected students were exited about the publication.

“This looks good on their resume and is good for the school,” he said.

Shipp said this is the first time to his knowledge that SHSU has been in an international magazine.

“To get into a publication like this is very exciting for a young artist,” said senior Donald Henson. “Unfortunately, the news of being accepted came to late for me; I had already applied for graduate school.”

One of the images shown is a silver brass pendant created by Laura Robertson.

“I didn’t even know that my piece had been send by my professor for possible publication,” Robertson said. “I was surprised.”

“It’s good to have teachers like Professor Shipp that look after their students and believe they should be recognized outside of the university and Huntsville,” Henson said.

Images of the published work can be seen on the SHSU art department’s Web site at http://www.shsu.edu/~art_www/.

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