MSU Texas' Hiraide recipient of creative fellowship

MSU Texas' Hiraide recipient of creative fellowship

MSU Texas' Hiraide recipient of creative fellowship

Suguru Hiraide, Professor of Art in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts, is the first recipient of a new fellowship at Midwestern State University that will allow faculty in the creative arts to spend one semester recharging their creative batteries outside of the classroom.

The Jane Spears Carnes Faculty Fellowship in Creative Endeavors, made possible by a gift from Carnes, is a support grant to reward and refresh faculty in creative fields so they might take a semester off from teaching to enhance their research, artistic endeavors, and teaching. It will support the faculty activities and their replacement in the classroom for one semester.

Hiraide says the semester away from the classroom will enable him to learn new techniques, knowledge and skills that he'll pass on to his students. "I'm thrilled to be able to focus on my creative research, and then share what I discover with my students," Hiraide said. He also will be able to attend two exhibitions in Japan without worrying about being absent from his classes.

Dr. Martin Camacho, Dean of the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts, said that the Carnes Faculty Fellowship is of tremendous importance for both the faculty member and the students. "We strive to provide MSU students with an education and preparation from successful experts in their field. The Carnes Fellowship allows us to continue that promise - Mr. Hiraide's artistic development will ultimately have a direct impact in the classroom," Camacho said.

Carnes has been an art teacher herself. She previously owned an art gallery and gave lessons to children. After the gallery closed, she taught art to adults in her home and now writes. "I realized how critical it was to have time and solitude to work," Carnes said. "It's crucial to have time to block out the world so you can focus."

A longtime supporter of all the arts in Wichita Falls, Carnes has served on boards for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. She also served on the MSU Texas Board of Regents from 2008-2014.

"As a fellow practicing artist herself, we appreciate this opportunity that Jane Carnes is making possible for our faculty," said MSU Texas President Suzanne Shipley. "Creative endeavors require independent thought and action that is not always consistent with a regular teaching schedule. This gift will propel our faculty engaged in creative fields toward increased productivity and fulfillment."

Hiraide, who is from Japan, has long been fascinated by his culture's custom of bowing. When someone told him that bowing looked like a bird pecking and eating, he at first was offended. Then he realized that everyone sees the world differently. From that encounter came his kinetic sculpture, "Fly High," a bowing bird that reflects Hiraide's respect for his tradition.

A large version of "Fly High" is powered by the wind, which represents difficulties in life and how energy is absorbed from outside forces. The wind is also a force that keeps motion continuous. A smaller version of "Fly High" is electric - with the sculpture creating its own positive motion instead of passive reactions to the outside forces.

The powered version of "Fly High" will be part of an exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in January 2019, which Hiraide will attend. He will also spend time in the studio at MSU to work on kinetic sculptures for a second exhibition at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama, Japan, in summer 2019.

Hiraide says that being able to attend the exhibitions without interrupting his classes is important, and that he looks forward to meeting other artists who might be interested in visiting MSU and showing their work here. He has taught at MSU for 15 years and currently teaches metals, sculpture, and 3D design. He has shown works in exhibitions across the country and internationally. He has curated exhibitions, including "Crosscurrent," an international exchange show with United States and Japanese artists.

Hiraide will also study the programmable computer platform product called Arduino«, an electronics platform for interactive projects that will help him create more sophisticated and complex motion sequences for his kinetic sculptures.