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Exhibit-Connect Artist Talk: Regina Agu in conversation with Dr. Jens Figlus
November 16, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Regina Agu and Dr. Jens Figlus, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M Galveston (TAMUG), speak about the research and collaboration between artist and scientist behind the exhibition Sea Change. Dr. Figlus is part of a team of researchers at TAMUG who carried out a pilot study to create and monitor test dunes on Galveston’s East Beach. A prototype dune was constructed from compacted sargassum that washed up on Galveston’s shores.
Regina Agu currently serves on the Board of Directors at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX and since 2014 has been the Co-Director of Alabama Song, Houston. From 2014-2015, she was the Artist Board President at DiverseWorks, Houston. Awards and residencies include Artadia Houston Award, 2017; Lawndale Artist Studio Resident, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, 2017-2018; SEED Grant for Alabama Song (with Gabriel Martinez), The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 2016; Open Sessions 2016-2017, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2016; Associate Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 2015; Southern Constellations Fellow and Artist-in-residence, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, 2015; The Idea Fund Grant for Friends of Angela Davis Park (with Gabriel Martinez), Houston, 2014; Individual Artist Grant – Emerging, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, 2012; and Creative Capital Master Class, Houston, 2012. Most recently, Agu was featured in the group exhibitions into the midst of things, DiverseWorks, curated by Rachel Lynn Cook; and Where Do We Stand?, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, on view August 3, 2017 – September 17, 2017, curated by Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal. Agu lives and works in Houston, TX.
Dr. Jens Figlus completed a 5-year engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in civil engineering with a focus on environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering at Karlsruhe University (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT) in Germany. He received his Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware. Dr. Figlus worked as a senior civil engineer and U.S. Director of Business Development for the German Gauff Engineering consulting group before joining Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) as a faculty member. Dr. Figlus is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering. His research work focuses on sediment transport, coastal hydrodynamics, morphodynamics of barrier island and dune systems as well as novel approaches to coastal structures for storm surge suppression. Dr. Figlus is an expert in acoustic and optic field measurement instrumentation and deployment and also runs the movable-bed wave flume research facility at TAMUG. He is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute and a Fulbright Graduate Scholar.