Robert Sanders Awarded Top Honors in The Rising Eyes of Texas Exhibition
This year, the Rockport Center for the Arts hosted undergraduate and graduate visual arts students in its thirteenth installment of The Rising Eyes of Texas. This juried exhibition held the work of 40 selected artists from 21 universities across Texas.
Fort Bend Christian Academy’s Director of Fine Arts, Mr. Robert Sanders, received one of the six top prize awards, earning Honorable Mention for his metal and ceramics piece titled, Numinous Glory.
“Rudolf Otto, an early 20th-century German theologian, coined the term ‘numinous’ to designate the non-rational part of religious experience. By it, he meant the blissful exultation one experiences when contemplating the divine,” Sanders explained. “In my work, I have attempted to capture the nature of the Numinous. I hope the audience will experience what makes them fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted, and the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired at the same time.”
This year, Rebecca Gomez selected the winning entries. Gomez has an immense amount of experience throughout her career, focusing on contemporary Latin American and Latinx art. She served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of programs for the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, from August 2016 to December 2019, where she curated nearly 60 exhibitions. Sanders shared that it is “a true honor to have my work selected by Juror Rebecca Gomez.”
Elena Rodrigues, curator of exhibitions for the Rockport Center for the Arts, stated that “The Rising Eyes of Texas is a wonderful showcase for emerging artists. Every year, I am amazed at the number of talented and forward-thinking student artists we have in Texas, and I enjoy seeing the creativity they bring to the world.”
Fort Bend Christian Academy is proud to have Mr. Sanders as a part of the FBCA faculty and to see his work recognized in The Rising Eyes of Texas exhibition.