Weekly Announcements 1/22/2018


Earlier this week I sent info about the Intercollegiate Competition and the Abilene Artists Coalition competitions. Enter your work!

Senior Exhibition THIS Friday!

Please come out on Friday at 5:30 to Shore Gallery and support our seniors, Shelby Woodard, Sydney Jones, Cynthia Quesada, and Alanna Lively in their senior exhibition, Rooted.

Art & Design Chapel

We only have 4 Spring chapels, once per month.  Watch this space for dates an amazing new series.  Think Rap Battle. Think Dance Off.  Think Presidential Debate.

Shinnery Review Cover Design Competition:

ACU’s annual literary magazine, The Shinnery Review, is in need of an eye-catching cover design, and you are encouraged to create and submit your own design. Please see the attached flyer for contest details. Traditionally the design involves trees, and you are welcome to follow this tradition, but feel free branch off from this theme as well.

The artist whose design is selected will receive a $75 Amazon gift card!

Please direct any questions and send your final designs to theshinneryreview@gmail.com.

Weekly Announcements 11/27/2017

Art Event Credits

Students, please check the blog about your art event credits.  You need to have recorded everything on the form linked to the blog post or have created your own.  You can turn those in to me to hold for you until reviews or you can keep them until reviews in April.  Either way, make sure you have every art event credit you are claiming written up.

Thursday: Art & Design Department Chapel

Join us on Thursday in 141 at 11 to hear Erika Wong share in our series “Global Faith.”
This will be chapel credit and an art event credit (if you have not already claimed your 2 art event credits earned by attending chapel).

Friday: Simon Walker AIGA workshop

AIGA members please make sure you have read your email from Paulina and have signed up to attend this workshop.  As of this morning there were still 3 participant spots open and several spectator spots.
Simon is a freelance designer and custom-typographer working in Austin, Texas. Some of his clients, past and present, include Nickelodeon, American Eagle, Ed Helms, Vanity Fair, Pepsi, ESPN, Brené Brown, Nike and Target.

Friday: Senior Show

Come out on Friday night to support Shannon Major as she hosts the show, Details.  It will open at 5pm in Shore Gallery.  Earn an Art Event credit by attending and writing up your response.

Monday: Fine Arts Org Workshop with Jill Maxwell

Fine Art students keep an eye out for an email from Julia Teel to sign up for a fine art workshop with Jill Maxwell.  This will be a good time to get to know Jill, fellow fine art students and have a little fun doing a creative project.
Theme: “Dine-ing Out”
Come join us for a delectable afternoon of inspiration through the viewing and emulation of the symbolic works of American artist, Jim Dine.

Weekly Announcements 11/13/2017

Environmental Help:

Students, even though our building is used 24/7, please make a habit of turning off lights when you are the last one to leave a room.  This applies even when you know someone else is going to be in the room in an hour.  Every little bit helps us environmentally and economically.  Thank you!

Thursday: Art & Design Department Chapel

Join us on Thursday in 141 at 11 to hear Kali Banda, Sophomore INTD/Architecture major, speak in our theme Global Faith.

Friday: Fine Art Organization/Student  (Painting, Sculpture, Art Ed) Lunch Meeting

Join us on Friday at 11:30 in the conference room for lunch a short meeting about an upcoming workshop and plans for a day trip in early Spring.

Friday: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes

Alumni Guest Post: Erin Elise Holland

10.8.17 / 12:44 pm

@ Café Mogador, East Village NY

I’ve decided on Halloumi Eggs. Halloumi Eggs and a pot of Moroccan Tea. I’m not sure what Moroccan Tea is but it sounds nice. (The waitress just explained with curls and ruby lips: “fresh mint.”) A rainy Sunday afternoon in New York. 

The fact that this place is my home still confounds me when I really think about it. Ten years ago I left Abilene for Washington, DC. I had blind ambition and a crush on a boy who lived there; that somehow landed me a nice Smithsonian internship (and a pining summer—he got engaged). I remember being so excited to come home, take off my little snakeskin flats and not have homework. I get a paycheck?! Unreal. There were so many wonderfully novel things about being a working professional. I was liberated; I was finally somewhere new; my life was on the up and up. 

(I finished lunch and transitioned to my favorite coffee joint, Abraço. There’s some kind of wild music playing on vinyl by Cheio de Razão. They serve coffee and espresso, no tea, but the owner just waltzed over with his baby in a sling and slipped me a tea bag like it was illegal contraband.) 

After that first summer in DC, my goal was to get a full-time job at a major art institution like the Metropolitan or the Museum of Modern Art. I figured if I worked hard enough I could manage to accomplish that in fifteen to twenty years. Three years later I left my job as an office manager in Amarillo to become a producer at MoMA. By small town standards (and perhaps even big city ones), it really felt like I’d made it. 

I try to avoid talking about this time of my life as if I had anything to do with it, because the truth is that I asked the Lord for it, and in this particular instance, it was given. I’ve had countless prayers go unanswered, or denied, in my lifetime and I’m not sure why New York happened to work out. But regardless, the thing I want to say about success—about “making it”—is that it’s not really what I thought it would be.

In your lifetime—I say this with the humble wisdom of thirty-two years—you will have many surprises. Many. Some of them may be extraordinarily good: you will find yourself chatting with Chuck Close, performing John Cage, sipping tea next to Alexa Chung (that just now happened), riding your self-built Harley across the country, writing a screenplay that goes to Cannes, falling in love or even having a child, and you won’t be able to believe the glorious goodness that is life. Equally, some of the surprises you encounter may harden you. They may numb you, confuse you, make you question your ultimate purpose. And many will have elements of both—the beautiful and the banal. If I look back on the sum of surprises in my own life, I can see very clearly that what mattered most was (and is) loving God, loving others and loving myself. (Matthew 22)

My mother developed dementia six years ago and there is simply no worldly accolade that can amount to the feeling of making her laugh. Two years ago I became friends with an elderly gentleman in my neighborhood named Alan; a day spent in his company is more meaningful than any workday I’ve ever spent at MoMA. I cannot discount the magic that MoMA, or New York, have lent to my life; nor would I ever suggest that they have fulfilled my deepest longings. The last decade of my life would be nothing if not for the relationships that have developed, including the most important one between this mysterious being we call God, and myself.

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Do not worry if you will assist Milton Glaser, find yourself designing in Michael Kors’ atelier, or gain acceptance as a Fulbright Scholar. Is not life more than getting a noteworthy job after graduation? . . . So do not worry, saying, “Where shall we work?” or “What shall we accomplish?” or “Who shall we become?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6 . . . paraphrased.)

I worry often, so I tend to take liberties with that passage. Fill in the blank. Do not worry about __________. The curious aspect about living in the kingdom of God is that as the Lord adds “all these things” to our lives, our desires change. Though we may seek it imperfectly, if we seek it earnestly, the kingdom of God has the ability to truly fill us. All the better for us to enjoy the blessings of burgeoning résumés . . . or maybe a cry, or a laugh, or a simple pot of hot mint tea.  


 Erin Elise Holland

Erin graduated in 2007 with a degree in Two-Dimensional Studio Art. She moved to NYC in 2010 and now works as an art director for The Museum of Modern Art, where she has continued to glean inspiration for her personal art practice.

Follow her on Instagram at @erineliseholland. Photographs by Mark Luebbers, @thruthebeard.

Weekly Announcements 11/06/2017

TOMORROW – Combined JMC & A&D Guest Speaker.

Chapel Credit & an Art Event Credit.  11am in Shore Gallery

Rob Thomas, founder, RT Creative Group will be speaking: “Your Creative Future:  Beyond the Resume”
RT Creative Group is dedicated to creating media resources for the local church.  Igniter Media and Graceway Media are both companies under the RT Creative umbrella.  Rob Thomas is an ACU alum.
This counts as an art credit in addition to the regular art chapel art event credits that you get to count.

TOMORROW – Girls Night Out.

The ACU Cabinet & Laura Bush Foundation Present Worship by Ellie Holcomb and a Guest Speaker

ACU Women this is for you!  T-Shirt, Quest credit, amazing worship, and a wonderful speaker.

Thursday: SPECIAL Art & Design Department Chapel

Join us on Thursday in 141 at 11 to hear our faculty each talk for a few minutes about their work in the Faculty Exhibition.  This will be chapel credit and an art event credit.

Creative U Design Competition  T-Shirt Voting

Voting ends tomorrow.  Swing by the library and cast your vote for the winning shirt.

Instagram Competition

Our 4th IG competition of the semester is underway.  Take a picture of your work, hashtag it acuartanddesign

David Singer graduated in May 2013 with a Graphic Design degree.  He spent several years in Austin but now lives in Denver and freelances.


On behalf of the international students and the Center for International Education, we would like to invite you to Ethnos: Customs. Ethnos is a culture show put on by our international students and is largely overseen by International Students Association (sponsored by Veronica Whitt).

Tickets are $8, but you can get $2 off each ticket if you buy 10 tickets or more (group rate). You can also avoid the online processing fee by paying with cash at our ticket booth in the campus center (11:30-2:00 PM Mon. through Fri.). Lastly, you can come to our office (Hardin 124) outside of those hours if you want to pay with cash.
We hope you’ll join us for this event! We are very proud of the cultural diversity represented on our campus, and we would like to share that with all of you.