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Artist Penelope Umbrico finds photographic inspiration in the digital age

By Kathleen Telling

New York-based artist Penelope Umbrico’s photographic works explore the relationships between modern technology and professional photography, the widespread availability and consumption of internet images. She is know for re-purposing images from catalogs and website like Flickr to reflect the fluidity and mutability of photography in the digital age. Umbrico has received high praise for her works and is the recipient of several accolades, including a John Gutmann Photography Fellowship (2012), Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), and the Anonymous Was a Woman award (2009), among many others. Read more

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW: Edward Ruscha papers and art collection opens

By Anne Kofmehl

Visitors to the Ransom Center may now experience the creative work and process of artist Edward Ruscha first hand. The materials in the Edward Ruscha papers and art collection, which opens today, cover a selection of works from the 1960s to the present, and include research material, notebooks, sketches, photographic material, publicity and exhibition material, and final editions for Ruscha’s artist’s books, prints, films, and commissioned works.

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Frank Reaugh’s preferred medium

By Harry Ransom Center

Isabella Savage is a Westlake High School student who spent the fall semester as an intern with Curator of Art Peter Mears to help gather and organize data related to the materials in the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West. Isabella met with Peter two hours per week to fulfill her requirements for Westlake High’s Mentorship Program, which places students with professionals in their working environment.   Read more

Listen: Frank Reaugh’s favorite monochrome pastel painting

By Isabel Dunn

One of the most popular visitor features of our current exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West is the “guide by cell” audio tour for visitors. This audio tour lets visitors call in and hear informational snippets about the paintings on display. Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter Mears discusses highlights from the exhibition, and Project Specialist Greg Curtis speaks as the voice of Frank Reaugh to narrate the artist’s own comments. Read more