AUGUST 25 – OCTOBER 7, 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, August 25, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM

Main Gallery

Jesse Morgan Barnett

Jesse Morgan Barnett is a Fort Worth-based artist known for his consideration of appropriated images, objects, and events based on an aging interest in proposal and drift. LOW MAGIC builds off Barnett’s previous work dealing with compensation, agnostic confidence, and permutations between schadenfreude (pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune) and mudtia (pure joy unadulterated by self-interest). During the summer of 2016, Barnett began corresponding with Valery Spiridonov. At that time, Spiridonov, who lives with a degenerative muscle disease, was the first confirmed head/body transplantation patient, with an operation planned for December of 2017 in Harbin, China. Unexpectedly, in the summer of 2017, Spiridonov’s operation was cancelled and his campaign ended abruptly. Spiridonov would not be made in China, after all. Mulling over ideas to arrive at some compensatory relief, LOW MAGIC ’s amalgamation of images, objects, and language hopes to work through questions about conditionality, perseverance, and naturalistic interpretations of luck.

Jesse Morgan Barnett (South Korea) is a Fort Worth-based artist who received his M.F.A. (Intermedia) from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. His work has been exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), Dallas Contemporary, INTERSTATE (Brooklyn), Lawndale Art Center (Houston), FQ projects (Shanghai), Gallery Rostrum (Malmö), and Pushkin & Gogol (Berlin). His work has also been featured in publications such as Adbusters, Flash Forward, and Semigloss. magazine. Barnett co-curates the Dallas Biennial and is an assistant curator of education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. His work attempts to reassess browsing, proposition, agnosticism, and anniversaries.

1878 & Brown Foundation Galleries

Visual Pathology

A collaboration between Galveston Arts Center and the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Participating Artists: Steve Fisher, Mark Greenwalt, Colleen Maynard, Sarah Sudhoff, and Kamila Szczesna

Collaborating Pathologists: Marjan Afrouzian, M.D., Brooke Blake, M.D., Hal K. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., Tais B. Saito, DVM, Ph.D., Vicki J. Schnadig, M.D., and David H. Walker, M.D.

Through a collaboration between Galveston Arts Center and the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) the exhibition Visual Pathology aims to explore and shed light on the relationship between the visual and the pathological. UTMB’s museums of anatomy and pathology were founded in 1891 with the opening of the medical department of the University of Texas. Collectively, the museums helped UTMB gain a national reputation for excellence in practical medical education. By the 1950s, like many other medical museums across the United States and Europe, UTMB’s museums were dismantled, due to complex changes in the medical curriculum.

In collaboration with six pathologists from UTMB, five artists were given access to the remnants of UTMB’s historical pathological and surgical pathology collections as an inspirational starting point. Both artists and pathologists worked in teams to consider the history of the collection and present research undertaken at UTMB. The resulting exhibition explores the intersections between pathological and creative practices.

This project was generously funded by the L. Clarke Stout, Jr. Professorship in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Marie Leterme and Rolf Pessier.

Additional thanks to Judith F. Aronson, M.D., (Department of Pathology, UTMB), Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D. (Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, UTMB), Mark V. Deming, D-ABMDI (Pathology Research, UTMB) and Monique Papaddis,M.Ed, Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Sciences, UTMB) for supporting Visual Pathology. 

Museum of Surgical Pathology, UTMB, 1929
Image courtesy of the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Related Program:

Thursday, September 6, 2018
6:00 PM
Visual Pathology Conversation

Steve Fisher is a photographer who specializes in large format black and white images of the Texas Gulf Coast. His work combines the classic craftsmanship of photography and print making with contemporary processes to create art that reflects the spare, uncomplicated beauty of our coastal landscape. Fisher’s photographs have received local, regional, and international recognition, including the Houston Center for Photography, Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria; a 2018 honorable mention in the Monochrome Photography Awards, features in Adore Noire and Galveston Monthly magazines, and 1st Place in the 2015 International Neutral Density Photography Awards. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography; Lawndale Art Center, Houston; The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Houston; Artspace III, Fort Worth; and Galveston Arts Center. A Houston native, he currently lives in Pearland, TX. Fisher received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Tech University and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he currently teaches.

Image: Steve Fisher, The Chrysalis, 2018, Pigment print, 35” x 28”, Courtesy of the artist


Mark Greenwalt is interested in how synthetic figuration operates within personal and collective ideas of myth-making, and how figures, isolated from context or purpose, unpredictably attach to fresh notions about self and society. His drawings form, deform, and reform figurative imagery. Greenwalt received an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and an MA and BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including recent presentations at Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX; Sul Ross University Gallery, Alpine, TX; Greasewood Gallery, Marfa, TX; and O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston Downtown. Greenwalt is a tenured professor at College of the Mainland, Texas City, and is represented by Hooks-Epstein Gallery in Houston.

Image: Mark Greenwalt, Portrait of Vector Pallidum, 2018, Graphite and acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″, Courtesy of the artist


Colleen Maynard makes graphite and charcoal portraits of faceless fossilized marine invertebrates. Using drafting pencils, French curves, and patience, coral and other pre-Dinosaur life forms become royal subjects. Maynard studied painting and writing at the Kansas City Art Institute and botanical illustration at the Illinois Natural History Survey. Her work has been exhibited at the Appleton Biennale at the College of Central Florida; Blaffer Art Museum, Houston; and Lawndale Art Center, Houston, and her writing has appeared in such journals as Nano Fiction, Monkeybicycle, and SAND Berlin.

Image: Colleen Maynard, Visualizing Melanoma, 2018, Mixed media: Charcoal and graphite on paper with ink on Plexiglas and aluminum mounts, 50” x 76” x 4”, Courtesy of the artist


Sarah Sudhoff is an artist, photographer, educator, and former photo editor for Texas Monthly and Time magazines. She is the former Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography and owner of Capsule Gallery in Houston. Sudhoff’s work interweaves themes of gender, science, and personal experience through photographs–staged and found–as well as through performance, installation, and small-scale sculpture. Sudhoff has been awarded artist grants from the Houston Arts Alliance (2017) and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (2013). Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout the US and abroad, including recent exhibitions at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; Gray Duck Gallery, Austin; Filter Photo Festival and Roots & Culture, Chicago; and the DongGang International Photo Festival in South Korea. She has participated in artist residencies at Artpace, San Antonio, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN. Sudhoff holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design, NY, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Image: Sarah Sudhoff, Index of Refraction (Ruby), 2018, Glass, 5” x 7” x 2”, Courtesy of the artist


Kamila Szczesna is an interdisciplinary artist working in various media and formats, including sculpture, drawing, and installation. In her work, she explores the complex interactions between the human body and the human mind. Szczesna was born in Poland, where she earned an MFA at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. Her work has been exhibited and is held in public collections in United States, Poland, Japan, Spain, Korea, Germany, and Denmark. She has lived and lived and worked in Galveston, TX, since 2002.

Image: Kamila Szczesna, Little Daily Discomforts No. 11, 2018, Steel, fabric, resin, plastic, and flocking fiber, 10 ½” x 5” x 5”, Courtesy of the artist


Printed copies of the catalog published on the occasion of the exhibition Visual Pathology are available via GAC. You may also browse a digital version here.