Schema: Chris Deris + Adam Welch

The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida (UWF) presents a season of exhibitions exploring the intersection of visual art and design within the context of contemporary art.  The three visiting artist exhibitions: SOS, Schema and Iconicity address the dynamic interaction of fine art and design in both direct and abstract associations, and through varying approaches to media, form and concept.

Postcard design by Ian Lett, BFA Digital Media, University of West Florida, 2011.


An Exhibition of Work by Chris Deris and Adam Welch

October 14, 2010 – November 12, 2010

Opening Reception: October 14, 2010

6-8 pm


GENIUS LOCI Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:

Roundtable with the Artists and moderator, Gary Batzloff

October 14, 5-6pm at TAG – directly preceding the Opening Reception

Opening reception sponsored by the Lewis Bear Company.


Chris Deris and Adam Welch work in a variety of methods that range from drawing and painting to sculpture and new media.  Both artists focus on the act of translating and connecting the intangible and the real.  Their approach to artistic process is almost engineering-like making them fine artists whose working method borrows from that of a designer or engineer.

The term “schema” is defined as “an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world” and “an outline, a schematic or preliminary plan.”   In his artist statement, Welch describes his artmaking as “a means to make play of the relationships between our psychology and our created environment, be it physical, perceived or symbolic.”  Welch’s thoughtfully enigmatic artworks were described by Bill O’Driscoll, Pittburgh CityPaper’s Arts and Entertainment editor, as “contraptions, microverses or perhaps ‘phenomenological gadgets with cryptic narrative overtones.”  The visual and experiential interplay of images, text, sound  and object that exists in Welch’s art connects the internal and the real through a web of organized and interwoven thoughts, associations/disassociations and ambiguous narratives.  Deris also works to connect the internal and the real.  He describes his kinetic sculptures as “inventions [that] are experiments in translating the subtle mechanics of conversation…wishing to simplify the intangible nuances of intimate communication into an objective visceral experience.”  These “inventions” take the form of a wooden hand-cranked machine that produces a declaration of love, and a carefully crafted set of tools that extract unspoken words from another’s mouth visually recalling the terrifying oral implements of a Civil War dentist.  Welch and Deris are both drawn to schematic plans and diagramming as they are to the notion of utilizing mechanical design to reform abstracted concepts and thoughts into concrete visual mechanisms.

Chris Deris received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking in 1998 from Atlanta College of Art and his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.  He is currently a Visiting Professor in Visual Arts at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please visit his website at

Adam Welch received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sculpture in 2001 from SUNY Stonybrook University, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007.  He is currently Curator at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  For more information, please visit his website at

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The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art.