The Sound of Hope

January 3, 2019 6:00 pm - January 3, 2019 9:00 pm

The Sound of Hope exhibition exemplifies a relationship that spanned decades between two professors, Ken Little and the late Billy Mayer, professor of art at Hope College in Holland Michigan and their 4 shared former students, UTSA MFA graduates Nate Cassie, Eden Collins, Justin Korver, and Karen Mahaffy. Billy encouraged their migration to San Antonio to study with Ken Little at UTSA. Billy frequented Texas regularly, and his fond memories of Texas pulled Cassie, Collins, Korver, and Mahaffy to San Antonio. While the practices as artists vary widely between the six of them, there is a shared love of craft, evidence of the hand, and an appreciation of the value of work in making art. The lasting mentorship provided by Ken Little and Billy Mayer is still evident in their students’ work today. The title of the show is inspired by several works by Billy that are based on sound equipment. This exhibit honors his legacy as an instructor, an artist, and a friend and to show the small but mighty impact he has had on the San Antonio art community over the years.

 January 3 – 19, 2019
Opening reception Thursday, January 3, 6 – 9pm
Open First Friday, January 4, 6 – 9pm

Artist Biographies | Nate Cassie

Nate Cassie is a conceptual artist not tied to any specific medium, style or method.  His practice includes sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and photography. One unifying theme is an exploration of the space in between ‘the ordinary’ and wonder- the space in between object and reflection, the space in between the artist and audience, the space in between the everyday and the extraordinary.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Wyoming and Mexico City. Nate Cassie was born in New Jersey, was raised in the Midwest and has lived and worked in San Antonio, Texas since 1993.

Artist Biographies | Eden Collins

Eden Collins is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. She recently graduated with her MFA, and is an instructor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Born in West Branch, Michigan, Collins completed her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She has received a number of awards including the Presidential Scholarship at Hope College, the Hope College Senior Art Award, and Art Presidential Fellowship, Art Guys Endowment, and Sue Jockusch Endowed Scholarship at UTSA. Her work is part of the Hope College Permanent Collection. While pursuing her graduate degree, Collins has worked with arts organizations in San Antonio. She worked for Artpace as their graduate intern in Archives and Communications and is working with Luminaria as a volunteer manager. Collins has exhibited and performed in Texas and nationally.

Artist Biographies | Justin Korver

Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program where he interned with Phoebe Washburn who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally and is the recent recipient of and Artist residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien awarded through Blue Star Contemporary. 

Artist Biographies | Ken Little

Ken Little was born in 1947 in Canyon Texas. He was a graduate in the first Bachelor of Fine Arts class at Texas Tech University in 1970. He went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 1972.  Since 1972 he has held tenured positions at major universities, including The University of Montana at Missoula, The University of Oklahoma in Norman. Since 1988 he has been a professor of Art in Sculpture at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

 Ken Little is a nationally recognized artist who has been granted two Visual Arts Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts in1982 and 1989. Since 1993, he has maintained a working studio and Rrose Amarillo, an alternative exhibition space in downtown San Antonio. His work in various media has been shown extensively both nationally and internationally. In south Texas he has exhibited at such venues as ArtPace, Finesilver Gallery, The Southwest School of Art and Craft, and the Blue Star Art Space where he was a board member from1989 to 1995. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Artpace, San Antonio.

Over the years, Little’s work has been featured in over 40 one person exhibitions in national and international venues such as: The Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC; The John Michael Kohler arts Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin; The Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Diverse Works in Houston; and The Honolulu Academy of the Arts.  His work has also been featured in over 200 group exhibitions at institutions like: The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Little also happens to be a songwriter and a performer. He plays guitar and sings in two bands, Rodeo Ho Ho and the Swingbillies. He has one CD out titled, “Simple America” which contains his original material. Look for band dates on the website soon. 

Artist Biographies | Karen Mahaffy

 Karen Mahaffy’s works coax the poetic from the prosaic; the extraordinary from the everyday. Moving across a variety of media, both digital and analog, Mahaffy draws viewers’ attention to the liminal spaces between movement and stillness, inside and outside, object and image; exploring the interstices of time and space so often overlooked in the rushed rhythms of daily life.

Mahaffy earned her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, in 1996. She has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums from Texas to New York, including Artpace Foundation for Contemporary Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Sala Diaz, Blue Star Contemporary, and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio; the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the Center for Contemporary Art in Dallas; Locust Street Projects in Miami, SmackMellon and The Center for Media Studies in New York; and internationally at the Instituto Cultural de León in Guanajuato, Mexico and Kunsthalle HGN, in Duderstadt, Germany.

Mahaffy was the recipient of the Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art, (2004); Fulbright-Hays to China (2004) and a Fulbright Scholars Grant to Estonia (2009). She was the Artist Foundation of San Antonio Media Arts Grant awardee (2009); artist-in-residence at Bei Gao Studios/ Red Gate Gallery in Beijing (2006), the Estonian Artists’ Association in Tallinn (2009) and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in (April-July 2014) as part of the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program. She is currently Professor of Fine Art at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.

Artist Biographies | Billy Mayer

A professor of art, Mayer taught sculpture and oversaw the ceramics program. He joined the Hope faculty in 1978 and served as the chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1987 until 2004.

His sculpture has taken many forms and was executed in a broad range of media: glass, ceramics, fabricated aluminum, cast bronze and plastic. Mayer’s large outdoor polychrome aluminum sculptures are a familiar site in the Holland area, residing in locations including Herrick District Library, the Herman Miller and Howard Miller corporate offices, Holland Midtown Center and Jubilee Ministries, and the Hope campus. His recent work includes sculptural light fixtures in a variety of area locations, including Butch’s Dry Dock, New Holland Brewing and Holland Bar Stool Company, among others.

He held a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.