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Current Exhibitions

Alicia Eggert: All the Light You See

April 13 – July 7, 2024

Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work gives material form to language and time, the powerful but invisible forces that shape our perception of reality. Alicia is currently the tenured Associate Professor of Studio Art in the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas. She received her MFA in Sculpture/ Dimensional Studies from Alfred University (2009) and her BS in Interior Design from Drexel University (2004). She derives her inspiration from physics and philosophy, and her work often co-opts the methods and materials associated with commercial signage to communicate messages that inspire reflection and wonder. Through her artwork, she invites viewers to ponder their place in the world and the role they play in it. 

All the Light You See focuses on light as a medium and includes two commissioned site-specific installations, as well as several neon signs. The installation The Future Comes from Behind our Backs was re-created so that people could walk through the silk ribbon screens in the Main Galleries. This work was originally exhibited in a Dallas parking garage during the pandemic. A second site specific installation titled Your Magic is Real was created for the Main Galleries. The work was originally commissioned by the Color Factory in Houston and is permanently installed there. The work is activated by visitors creating a closed electric circuit by touching two pads and holding hands. When the circuit is closed, the artwork lights up and plays custom music. Alicia’s exhibition includes a free gallery guide handout with an essay by independent curator, art historian and founder of Sculptural Things, LLC., Marin R. Sullivan.

An artist talk titled, Light As Art: Alicia Eggert in conversation with Dr. Marin R. Sullivan, was held in AMSET’s Lecture Hall during the opening reception. This program was supported by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this conversation do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities Texas.

The Universe Within, 2022-23 143” x 240” x 12” Neon, custom controller, steel, paint *Fabrication assistance provided by Megan Scoma and Ryan Goolsby, Neon by Amy Enlow of AV Neon Signs. Ed. 1 of 3.

This animated neon sign is inspired by a quote from The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. It cycles through the statements “WE OBSERVE THE UNIVERSE FROM WITHIN IT” and “OBSERVE THE UNIVERSE WITHIN” before turning off completely for a brief time. The sign beckons viewers to imagine the vastness of the universe, while also encouraging a sense of introspection and reflection on our own connection to the cosmos. Most of the elements that make up our physical bodies — like carbon, nitrogen and oxygen — were in fact once formed in stars, and at some point those stars exploded, becoming supernovae that released and scattered their elements into space. Those elements later formed new stars and new galaxies, eventually creating Earth and everything on it, including us. Each person contains a universe within them that is as vast as the universe around us.

This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the City of Beaumont, Jefferson County and the members of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Additional funding provided by the University of North Texas.

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