SHAUN ROBERTS: Rebels and Renegades
Shaun Roberts lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he works as Assistant Professor of Painting at Stephen F. Austin State University. Shaun received his MFA in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle (2012) and his BFA in painting from Stephen F. Austin State University (2010). He is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, New York (2012), a Hunting Art Prize Finalist (2014), and has exhibited at numerous institutions throughout the United States, including invitational/juried shows, group and solo exhibitions. This solo exhibition, featuring recent oil paintings by the emerging artist, is his first solo museum feature. Shaun’s compositions are often inspired by Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters, including Caravaggio, as seen in his dynamic, painterly strokes and theatrical settings. The artist has eschewed the characters of the early modern paintings and instead created a scene from everyday life in deep East Texas and incorporated contemporary people as actors and actresses in his compositions. Shaun frequently inserts himself into his compositions, as well as his father and other friends and family, giving his Baroque inspired compositions contemporary appeal and vigor. This exhibition will feature recent works by Roberts, and will be accompanied by a gallery guide with a critical essay written by Jill Carrington, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Anthony Sonnenberg lives and works in Houston, Texas. He is represented by Art Palace in Houston and Conduit Gallery in Dallas. Born in Graham, Texas, Anthony graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, with a BA in Art Studio and emphasis in Italian and Art History (2009), followed by his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, Seattle (2012). He is currently an Adjunct Professor of art at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas. Anthony is the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards and residencies, including a residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York (2017); Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston (2016); and Lawndale Artists Studio Program, Houston (2015-16). Anthony has had solo exhibitions at Art Palace; Conduit Gallery; Lawndale Art Center; and the Old Jail Art Center, Albany, as well as numerous group exhibitions. Recognized for his skills with ceramics, forming opulent candlesticks, chandeliers and arrangements, Anthony also makes crowns, clothing, mixed media wall pieces, installations, and performances that visualize the decadence characteristic of Baroque and Rococo periods. Such aesthetic superfluities, created with lavish fabrics, metals, ceramics dripping with brilliant glaze, flowers and found objects emphasize the overabundant excesses and ideas of constructed beauty throughout history. This exhibition will include a site-specific installation, including a stage and throne rife with Baroque accoutrements. A performance will take place during the opening reception, giving life to the artist’s vision. A film documentary featuring Anthony’s creation of AMSET’s site-specific installation will be produced by Carrithers Studio in Houston and will be on view through the duration of the exhibition.
Growing up, Courtni Meadows was inspired to study art and pursue a career as an artist. Raised in the small town of Fannett, Texas, she graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School (2011) and continued her studies at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she received her BFA with a focus in Photography (2016). Meadows is a passionate lover of music, which plays a dominant theme in much of her artwork. As an artist, her goal is to create images that are thought-provoking, yet relatable to a wide audience. Courtni currently resides in Fannett, Texas, where she continues to explore various creative processes.