Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August, and a New Exhibit

It is hard to believe how fast the summer is passing. Didn't we just celebrate its arrival?

Today, August 3, marks the beginning of the second ArtSpace exhibit on the UTSA Virtual Campus. Two artists show their work here until the beginning of October: Betty Tureaud and Laoin Xaris.

Betty's colorful 3D art is immersive and interactive, with a sense of playfulness. The piece inside the gallery is the teleport to the exhibit in the sky. Laoin's real life photography exhibit showcases abstract imagery that captures the beauty in the everyday objects that surround us. The work of the two artists in some ways are counterpoints to each other, which we invite our visitors to explore on their own terms.

Please join us today, at 1 pm SLT, for the grand opening of the exhibit. Musical entertainment will be provided by d-o-o-b, one of the most sought-after DJs in SL.

The slurl for the Gallery is

Friday, June 10, 2016

Destination Guide Listing

The ArtSpace Gallery is now in the Second Life Destination Guide - Editors' Picks (see There seems to be a steady stream of visitors and we are thrilled to see the continued interest in the exhibit. As a quick side note: for those who wish to stay connected with the gallery and its events through in-world announcements, there is a group joiner for the ArtSpace gallery at the entry. It is the ArtSpace sign that leans on the right side (not the large poster stand).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

What a fantastic opening!

The new ArtSpace gallery opening could not have been better! The art is amazing, the musical entertainment was perfect, and the stream of visitors lasted long beyond the actual opening.

If you have not yet seen the exhibit, please do. The artists, Bryn Oh, Eupalinos Ugajin, Igor Ballyhoo, In Inaka, and Rebeca Bashly, created pieces that each speak for themselves, and that give the visitor a sense of what could be viewed as different genres of SL Art. The musical entertainment, provided by d-o-o-b, aka Eifachfilm Vacirca, kept visitors dancing into the night.

Check out some of the images from the opening on this blog (click on the Image Gallery tab above), and on our Flickr page (sidebar, top).

Friday, June 3, 2016

UTSA's New ArtSpace

We are back! 

Since we lost our full art sim due to financial constraints, we were hoping to find a way to continue our involvement in the SL arts. Now we have a new gallery, our new ArtSpace, on the original virtual campus sim, TejanoTech, and are excited to invite you to the grand opening on June 5, 2016, at noon SLT.

The line-up of participating artists celebrates the creative spirit that makes the SL arts such a unique experience. They are, in alphabetical order: Bryn Oh, Eupalinos Ugajin, Igor Ballyhoo, In Inaka, and Rebeca Bashly. Musical entertainment will be provided by d-o-o-b, aka Eifachfilm Vacirca. The SLURL to the gallery is

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

As part of a 5-year collaboration effort in 3D virtual spaces, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and The University of Western Australia (UWA) present a new exhibit created mainly by SL Artist Rebeca Bashly.

Please join us for the opening of the Circles within Circles exhibit:

Date and Time: April 24, 2012 at 1 pm SLT
Location: UWA/UTSA Collaborative Space

This exhibit is a collaborative project that began with a conversation about circles as they are part of the human experience in distinct contexts: mathematics, mechanics, and as metaphor in various cultural settings.

By no means is this exhibit intended to be comprehensive; it can't be. However, we hope that the visitor will come to the recognition that there is an overarching interconnectedness not only between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but that this interconnectedness, this fabric of that which is and that which makes up the human experience, very much also includes the social and behavioral domains.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Thank You to Our Virtual Community

First and foremost, this is a thank you to the many friends of the UTSA-SL virtual campus and a thank you for the times we spent together over the past few years. There are too many names to mention individually here; so many who dedicated their time and creativity to make our islands truly exceptional. I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed and enjoy my time with this wonderful community. More though, it is not only the sense of being part of a vibrant community, but also the warmth of friendship that made our virtual campus such a special place for so many.

That being said, I will mention two of the artists who have contributed in special ways to our UTSA ArtSpace, because neither is part of SL anymore: Sabrinaa Nightfire and Igor Ballyhoo.

Sabrinaa passed away not too long ago and left a huge hole in the fabric of the virtual art community. She was not only an artist, but also an extremely warm and supportive person. Her kindness and friendship extended to everyone and her legacy lies in the art she created as much as in the memories of the many who remember her with a warm smile. She will not be forgotten.

Igor was the driving force behind the creation of the Snow Crash exhibit on the UTSA ArtSpace and worked tirelessly on creating an amazing exhibit area initially alone and later together with Rebeca Bashly. All of his work is exceptional and his departure from the SL art scene is a tremendous loss; he was and is an artist of extraordinary talent and vision. I have not posted any feedback to any of the blogs targeting him on the web, because I could see that all the comments that were made in his support only fueled more vicious postings from individuals who view themselves as “performance artists” without giving a single thought to the fact that what they engage in is essentially no more than cyber bullying. Artists like Igor are the real deal and I am honored that he chose to work with UTSA.