University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Katy Heinlein + Michael Blair: Special Alumni Exhibition

September 18, 2013
a painting by Michael Blair
a painting by Michael Blair

Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Art Department are proud to present a special Alumni Exhibition featuring Katy Heinlein, class of 1995 and Michael Blair, class of 2002. The exhibit will run from September 26, through October 19. The artists will be on campus Friday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. for a gallery talk. Both the exhibit and the gallery talk are free and open to the public.

Their work covers a range of media, from painting to mixed media sculpture.

“We are pleased to have such talented professional artists out in the world representing the strengths of our art program and this university,” said Ted Barnes Dean of the CVPA. “We are even more pleased they have chosen to share their creative work and insights with our current students and the local community.”

Katy Heinlein was born in Baytown, Texas in 1973. She received her BFA in Studio Art from UMHB in 1995. She went on to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts degree emphasizing Sculpture in 1996 from Texas Tech University. After receiving her Master’s in Sculpture and ceramics from TTU in 1999, she moved to Houston, where she lives and works today.

“I create simple and theatrical structures that generate interplay between the effect of gravity, tension and movement, using cloth and other readily available building materials. Just a few materials—a couple of 2 x 4’s, a strap, and a curtain of fabric, depending on how they are positioned, can convey a whole range of emotions and ideas,” she says. “My work is about mystery and obscurity—what is not fully seen, and transparency—what is physically obvious.”

Michael Blair, a recent MFA graduate in painting/drawing from the University of North Texas, lives and works in Denton, Texas.

“I use paint and various drawing media to investigate my own personal mark-making in the fertile area between sophistication and childishness. I am affected by the pictures made by children and non-artists, particularly the way in which some combine a deep earnestness with an unfettered celebration of nonsense.” Blair said. “My paintings represent the accumulation of many simple actions and reactions that hopefully add up the same sort of earnest expression that I admire.”

The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Gallery hours are 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., Monday through Friday. For more information visit or contact Hershall Seals at