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Galveston College Board of Regents Chairperson George Black, at left, presents Regent Barbara Crews her Regents’ portrait as Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton looks on. Crews resigned her position on the Board of Regents after serving a full six year term and beginning a second term before she and her husband decided on a move to Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.
Galveston College's Fine Arts Gallery is currently hosting two ceramic art exhibitions. The first exhibit titled "Not So Simple" features painterly ceramic pots and watercolor drawings by artist/professors Kirk Mangus (Kent State University) and Chris Leonard (South Texas College). The exhibit will be on display February 20 through April 4 in the Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery third floor. Chris Leonard will give a ceramics demonstration on April 4 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the GC Ceramics Studio. A Workshop Reception will be held following the demonstration at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery.
The second exhibit is titled “Ceramic Art of Mata Ortiz, Mexico”. This exhibition represents a selection of Mata Ortiz Pottery from the collection of Galveston College Art Professor Beth Thomas, collected from 1981-2000. Ms. Thomas was recently recognized by the San Diego Museum of Man as the first student from the United States to apprentice with master potter Juan Quezada and his family in 1981 in the remote village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico.
This exhibit is free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. For more information call Beth Thomas at 409-944-1309.
The first lecture series for the 2013 spring semester is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Student Center Wing. The lecture features Dr. Joan Bytheway of Sam Houston State University. Dr. Bytheway will give a presentation titled “Forensic Anthropology: From Grave to Prosecution”. From her first forensic anthropology case of animal bones to the collection of evidence used in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein, Dr. Bytheway, has had quite a journey! She will introduce the audience to forensic anthropology and discuss some of her most interesting cases.
Dr. Joan Bytheway, a Physical and Forensic Anthropologist, serves as the Director of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University. Dr Bytheway is also an Associate Professor in the College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Department, at Sam Houston State University.
In January of 2005, as a member of an international forensic team in Baghdad, Iraq, she analyzed and documented hundreds of cases of genocide in mass graves against the Kurds of Northern Iraq. In 2008, under her directive, the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) Facility was opened at Sam Houston State University. STAFS a willed body donor facility that conducts research in human decomposition and forensic anthropology.
Students and the general public are invited to attend.