Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville artists set up show at Texas State Technical

Texas State Technical College - 10/20/12 - 10/20/12

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


[Editor’s Note: This release was originally written and distributed by Dave Ralph, communications writer, Texas State Technical College. Please call the numbers listed near the end of the release for more information.]

 Cultures, continents and concepts combine when Fulden Sara Wissinger and Chuck Wissinger collaborate to set up an art exhibit that features their work, including some pieces that share their talents in painting, pottery and sculpture. 

“We want to share our experiences and travels through our exhibit,” said Chuck, associate professor and director of the art program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, after the couple finished setting up displays for a new exhibit of the Wissinger & Wissinger Art Show in the Dr. J. Gilbert Leal Learning Resource Center at Texas State Technical College Harlingen. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 20. 

Fulden, who also teaches art at A&M-Kingsville, described how their separate backgrounds led to some pieces that blend their philosophies and perspectives.  She grew up as Muslim in Istanbul, a major metropolitan, economic and travel center for multiple cultures and numerous religions that geographically links Europe, Middle East and Asia.  Chuck was born and raised in a Christian family that primarily lived in rural areas or small towns; he spent years living and working in Canada, where he appreciated nature and its themes. 

“We combine tradition and technology in some of our pieces,” Fulden said.  “That’s how our personalities reflect our art.” 

Computers, industrial images, jewelry and the colors associated with Mexico tend to influence Fulden’s unique pieces that counter mass production of copies designed for large consumer markets. 

Chuck likes to reveal the art behind ideas involved with the expression of human ingenuity.  “Engineers and technology show an understanding for design.  We all should know that there’s art behind ideas in the creation process.  Artists solve problems differently than engineers, neither one is right or wrong.  They’re just different,” he said.

Fulden said that the future of mankind will be based on its creative ability to evolve and adapt, which makes study of art and work of artists an important role in the development of the species. 

The Wissinger & Wissinger Art Show at TSTC is open to the public and there is no admission fee.  The exhibit is made possible by the Ben Bailey Art Gallery and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  For details, call 956-364-4708 or 800-852-8784, extension 4708.  More information about the artists is available at www.fuldensarawissinger.com and www.chuckwissinger.com

The Learning Resource Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.  The college is located along North Loop 499 in Harlingen next to Marine Military Academy and Valley International Airport.


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