Austin College Chef Completes Rigorous Training

Chef Josh Brigman Austin College Chef

Austin College and its Dining Services partner Aramark announce Chef Josh Brigman as a recent graduate of Culinary Institute of America ProChef II Certification Training. Brigman completed CIA training in San Antonio, demonstrating proficiency in general culinary applications, basic food science, baking and pastry, healthy cooking and nutritional analysis, management and supervisory skills, dietary guidelines for Americans, and the basic concepts of financial controls of a food operation.

Chef Josh Brigman

“Josh is a respectful leader who is passionate about providing high-quality food that enriches and nourishes lives,” said Thomas Hermanson, Director of Food Services at Austin College. “His creativity allows for unique and tasty innovations. His work ethic and commitment to excellence are contagious.” Brigman has worked with Aramark at Austin College since June 2017.

“Aramark’s partnership with the Culinary Institute of America is part of an ongoing commitment to provide our leading culinary chefs with the training and tools needed to excel in their careers while delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and customers,” Hermanson said. CIA is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

“Aramark’s partnership with the Culinary Institute of America is part of an ongoing commitment to provide our leading culinary chefs with the training and tools needed to excel in their careers while delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and customers,” Hermanson said. CIA is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

Aramark at Austin College is a complete custom catering business with experience in weddings, anniversary dinners, parties, receptions, banquets, corporate events, cookouts, and school functions. For more information on facility rental and catering at Austin College, contact Hermanson at 903.813.2366 or thermanson@austincollege.edu.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives,Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Austin College Professor Opens Art Exhibition in Fort Worth

Signal Series Art Exhibit

Austin College professor of art Mark Smith has an exhibition of new paintings and drawings, The Signal Series, on display December 1 through January 12 at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth. The show will feature 12 of Smith’s richly hued, abstract paintings and more than a dozen new drawings that directly address the artist’s fascination with the intricate physical and psychological networks of communication that saturate our culture. These abstract interpretations map out pathways that remain largely unseen despite their ubiquitous presence. Expressed in highly pigmented shapes and lines that emerge and recede both individually and in concert with one another, Smith says his nonrepresentational compositions reveal energy transference across space and time, delving deeply into the many complex layers of each.

Smith has long been interested in the systems and patterns around us, and as a result, continuously analyzes the spatial relationships in everything he sees. As such, The Signal Series saw its genesis in the artist’s investigations of communication-based structures that originated in the 18th and 19th centuries—the towers, light-emitting machines, and mathematical discoveries that defined early long-distance infrastructure. The ensuing pieces reference the underlying energy Smith perceives exists all around, for instance, the tangible and intangible transmission patterns within these larger, recognizable mechanisms.

Signal Series

Smith muses, “What if we could visualize the signals, the patterns, the bursts of energy, and the beautiful movement of waveforms that are made in time and space as we communicate with each other?” His latest series endeavors to encompass this idea in areas full of content deliberately applied and set organically in motion, radiating a quiet energy among the elements as they shift and float in an attempt to make connections. Each one needs another to fully complete itself, not unlike an electrical circuit (and not unlike humankind).

Smith’s paintings consist of high-density pigment on Russian birch panels. Visually and physically complex, they are more built than brushed, the result of a meticulous application process that includes layer upon layer of manipulated medium, often up to 10 strata that have been stacked, reduced, augmented, subtracted, separated, and fused. Heady yet delicate, the semi-translucent layers shift and pulsate to reveal additional information underneath and within the two-dimensional surface. Smith’s handling of his medium inspires conversations about excavation and discovery in visual and contemplative terms.

“I enjoy the pleasure of following through with the instincts behind the urge to make abstract paintings,” the artist writes. “I find it both comforting and affirming that the process itself always seems to evolve as a journey leading to insights about life and our inevitable connectedness as human beings.” In fact, Smith has created a certain synergy between intellect and intuition in this artwork, which allies cultural technological underpinnings with personal investigation and expression.

Overall, Smith’s networks of lines and shapes become quiet reflections on the fundamental yet extraordinary systems that galvanize infinitely disparate elements. They emit low reverberations throughout the picture plane, mimicking transmissions of energy, or signals, that power communications at every level of our existence. He writes, “If we could see these signals, which are everywhere, we would see a matrix that weaves our lives together. We are a glorious patchwork of connection and no doubt are part of a much bigger whole.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mark Smith has exhibited work extensively throughout North Texas and across the United States, including solo and group shows in Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Austin, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and New York City. His work has been featured in numerous publications, among them Art in AmericaNew American Paintings,
the Star-TelegramFort Worth Weekly, Dallas Morning NewsDallas Observer, and
the Times-Picayune. He has also been heard in segments on radio stations KERA, WRR, and WBAP.

Smith’s work appears in various corporate collections, including those of Belo, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citicorp, Neiman-Marcus, Nokia, Sony Music, the Tandy Corporation, and Texas Instruments. Additional collections include those of Austin College, Boston University, the City of Denton, the City of Los Angeles, KERA, Tulane University, and the University of North Texas, among others.

Smith currently serves as Craig Professor of the Arts at Austin College, where he has taught since 1986. He has held positions as visiting artist and lecturer at Boston University, the City University of New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin, to name a few.

Smith earned his MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York and his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. William Campbell Contemporary Art has represented him since 1985.

ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

2018 Service of Lessons & Carols Opens the Holidays

Austin College Lessons and Carols

Austin College invites the community to welcome the holidays with the Service of Lessons and Carols on November 30, at 5 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on campus. The event is free and open to the campus and community.

Austin College Lessons and CarolsThe College’s Religious Life program and the Department of Music will present a program of choral and orchestral selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” along with readings of Old Testament messianic prophesies and New Testament advent and Christmas scripture.

Readers will include President Steven P. O’Day, Beth Gill, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty; Jim Hebda, assistant professor of biochemistry, and John Williams, college chaplain and director of church relations. Along with the A Capella Choir, several Austin College students will serve as readers and members of the orchestra.

Following the service, the campus Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place outside Wynne Chapel on Windsor Mall.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.