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July 15 - August 26, 2022

 Opening Reception: Friday, July 15th, 6 to 8 pm 
Awards Presentations and Juror's Comments: 6:30 pm
ArtWalk: August 5, 2022, 5:30 to 10 pm
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2022 Juror: Mark L. Smith

Third Coast National Biennial, established in 2007, is a prestigious juried exhibition of new works of art from all over the US. This year, 552 works of art were submitted by 200 artists. Of these, 53 works of art by 50 artists were selected for exhibition by juror Mark L. Smith PhD.


Mark Lesly Smith, PhD is the owner and operator of Mark L. Smith Studio & Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. A former art department chairman and an associate dean, he is a member of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, the co-founder of Flatbed Press in Austin, and co-author of "Flatbed Press at 25" published in 2016 by U.T. Press. He currently serves as an art advisor to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park’s Cabinet Oak Project and developer of the park’s upcoming artist residency program. Smith is also a practicing artist — concentrating on collage and calligraphy —and will be exhibiting his Hope Suite prints at the Neill-Cochran House Museum in Austin, June 2 - December 18, 2022. Additionally, he will be presenting a large-scale projection of the Hope Suite on the eastern facade of the LBJ presidential library in Austin in a project called "Hope After Dark" on the evening of September 22.

I was impressed by the quality of the works submitted. Most showed a high range of talent and excellence in concept and in presentation. Also, I was encouraged that so many of the artists addressed current social issues in their work. It is difficult for any artist juror to eliminate good works that one likes personally. One must choose between respect and pleasure. There is a finite amount of space for the exhibition, so, not all outstanding works could be included. Hopefully, there is some aesthetic coherence to those selected, a commonality of beauty, intelligence, craftsmanship, and mindfulness.

-  Mark Lesly Smith, PhD, June 16, 2022

After Mark had some time to view the exhibition and enjoy the works in person, he wrote a second Juror's Statement:

Jurying the 2022 Third-Coast Biennial was an existential experience in three ways. Firstly, I was delightedly surprised at the high quality of most of the submissions. Almost all of the works were created with much talent, mindfulness, and with professional craftsmanship and presentation skills, There are no amateur artists in this show; every one is a professional, no matter how they make their living. Their techniques range from drawing, to printmaking, to painting, to sculpture, to wood working, to pottery, to photography, to installation art, to film making.

Secondly—as an art historian—I was totally engaged by the wide array of art historical styles in the show. The Renaissance is represented by an etching so exquisite that it competes with Albrecht Durer. Moving fast forward, there is classic modernism. There is Surrealism, there is Abstract Expressionism; there is realism, graffiti, conceptualism, Dadaism, and minimalism. A professor of modern art could teach their whole semester’s class in this exhibit.

Thirdly, I was deeply moved by how many of the applicants—and so many in the show —are dealing with the biggest issues of our time: Racism, environmentalism, climate change, sexism, A. I., and on and on. The heart and mind are hard at work in so many of the works, These artists are dealing with psychology, philosophy, politics, mysticism, metaphysics, sociology, architecture, futurism, physics, optics. The show is a survey of the current zeitgeist.

I hope every artist and every art lover can see this show. I guarantee that you will fine it deeply inspiring on many levels. I am honored to have been a part of it, and I take my hat off to the exceptional job of installing that was done by the K Space Contemporary staff and board. - Mark L. Smith, PhD, August 6, 2022


We are honored to have Smith's expertise in the selection of this show. Chosen works are listed below. Congratulations to the selected artists!

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2022 Third Coast Biennial
List of Selected Works

  • “Wedgeheads”, Ellis Barber, Waco, Texas

  • “Red Head”,  Robbie Barber, Waco, Texas

  • “Put his Hands On”, Clint Bargers, Irving, Texas

  • “In Plain Sight”, Emily Bayless , Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • “Falling”, Kim Bishop, San Antonio, Texas

  • "Snow Shadows I, II, III" Sabra Booth, San Antonio, Texas   

  • “The Doubt of Being (the obvious whole)”, Lisa Bulawsky, University City, Missouri

  • “Spoonbill Wings”, David Cook, Austin, Texas

  • “Disco”, David Dennis, Wimberly, Texas

  • “White Perch”, William Dooley, Northport, Alabama

  • “Two Finger Amulet”, Bryon Draper, Springville, Utah

  • “This city will be underwater in 2050 – sign”,  Joshua Duttweiler, Corpus Christi, Texas

  • “AMMUNITION SALVAGE”, Tim Eckler, Valley Falls, New York

  • “Forgiveness and Redemption”, James Ehlers, Emporia, Kansas

  • “Enough II”, Jack Girard, Lexington, Kentucky

  • “Mama, can you do me some trenzitas please?”, Marcelina Gonzales, Brownsville, Texas

  • “An Unpierced World V”, Lizz Hamilton, Lexington, Kentucky

  • “It was there all along”, Frank Hamrick, Ruston, Louisiana

  • “There are no red or blue states”, Frank Hamrick, Ruston, Louisiana

  • “Schema”,  Karen Herold, Los Angeles, California

  • “Clown cuts down tree. Rabbit can't stop him”,  Pat Johnson, Fayetteville, Texas

  • “... no land in sight ... (sunset)”, Brian Johnson, Austin, Texas

  • “Bipolar #1”, Louis Katz, Corpus Christi, TX

  • “COVID-19: Something Evil at the Door”,  Ruth A. Keitz, Los Fresnos, Texas

  • “Daphne”, Daniela Koontz, Houston, Texas

  • “Immersed in Spring”, Tiffany Heng Hui Lee, Sugarland, Texas

  • “Everted Sanctuaries VII”, Ryan Lewis, Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • “Winter Solstice”, Victoria Livingston, Corpus Christi, Texas

  • “Descansos V (Wichita Falls, TX)”, Vikki Martin, Dallas, Texas

  • “tablet landscape 53”, Andrew Martin, Lubbock, Texas

  • “symposium 02”, Nkolo Masela, Lawrenceville, Georgia

  • “Tomatoes”,  Marcia Neblett, Norfolk, Virginia

  • “The Return”,  Philana Oliphant, Tyler, Texas

  • “De-Scaled”, Anthony Pabillano, Houston, Texas

  • “Weld 3”, Elvia Perrin, Austin, Texas

  • “Super Shades”, Jelisa Peterson, Austin, Texas

  • “Ship in the Fog-Sabine Pass”,  Brendan Quirk, Mayville, Wisconsin

  • “Pet the Dog Naked”, Greg Reuter, Corpus Christi, TX

  • “This Can't Be What Divides Us”, Judy Row, San Marcos, Texas

  • “Sit Down And Think About It”, Brian Row, San Marcos, Texas

  • “at some point it's going to happen”,  Erick Salazar, Edinburg, Texas

  • “EMERGENCY BLANKET 5”, Shelby Shadwell, Laramie, Wyoming

  • “Uplift”, Shyun Song, Harrison, New York

  • “Homemaker: Solitude”, Jamie Speck, College Station, Texas

  • “RESIDENTIAL PANOPTICON 02”, Christian Stiles, Corpus Christi, Texas

  • “Vessel of Life Taking Flight”,  John Tellkamp, Sandia, Texas

  • “You Really Get Me”,  Joy Tringo, San Antonio, Texas

  • “My Family”, Stanley Unser, San Antonio, Texas

  • “Aluminum Blue Fish #3”, Marilyn Waligore, Richardson, Texas

  • “Kick the Can”,  Blake Weld, Omaha, Nebraska

  • “Re:Peat Burn”, Anne Yoncha, Wilmington, Delaware

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