Art in SEDL Headquarters

SEDL’s Austin headquarters is designed by Milton Hime and Studio 8 Architects. The building’s airy design fosters collaboration through community spaces, workrooms, and offices to create a welcoming gathering place for educators. To enhance the aesthetics and décor of this space, SEDL has gathered a collection of artwork. These pieces—from a soothing landscape by Robert Striffolino, to bold photographs by Burton Pritzker, to a delightful tile mosaic by Elizabeth MacDonald—reflect the enlightening nature of SEDL’s work and provide a chance for quiet reflection for staff and visitors.

Below is an account of the artists and a list of the artwork featured in the building. Click on the images below to view them in a larger format.

Robert Striffolino

Waterscape 23
1st floor lobby
Landscape artist Robert Striffolino’s work appears in many private and corporate collections worldwide. He has lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1978.

“Years ago I chose to focus on landscapes because I have always felt a tremendous affinity toward them. As a child growing up in New York I was always trying to escape to a park. There among trees and grass I could be alone, and feel myself relax and breathe more fully. As I grew older, I came to understand this affinity as a spiritual one.”

Large image of the artwork titled, 'Waterscape 23'
Waterscape 23

Student Art Gallery

Education and My Future
1st floor hallway

In December 2007, SEDL held an art contest titled “Education and My Future” for students between the ages of 5 and 18. SEDL received 178 entries from students in 11 states throughout the nation. The artwork of the winning 13 students is on display in SEDL’s new building. View full gallery.

“In our work with schools, communities, and state departments of education we strive for a bright future for all students, and the winning artwork beautifully illustrates that future.”
SEDL President and CEO Wesley A. Hoover

Education makes a difference
Education Makes a Difference (Grand prize)
Lucy Wang, 6th grade
Education is vital to my future
Education is Vital to My Future
Tiffany Guo, 3rd grade
My stairs to the space
My Stairs to the Space
Wenyi Ouyang, 2nd grade
Open the possibilities
Open the Possibilities
Alicia Feng, 8th grade
Everything we learn today is related to our future 1st place, grades 10-12
Everything We Learn Today is Related to Our Future
Athena Xie, 11th grade

Burton Pritzker

Photo Gallery
2nd floor hallway gallery
Burton Pritzker’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation, and collected in a book, Texas Rangeland (University of Texas Press, 2002). He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

“My aim in taking photographs is not to record, it is to reveal. Forms—a feather, an acorn, an arch—can take me into realms of deep possibility, cause me to look beyond the surface to something else, another story. So, too, good teaching nurtures the deep core of questioning and possibility that leads us beyond What is it? to What can it be?”

Kabuki Dancer
Kabuki Dancer
Drilling Rig and Wispy Clouds
Drilling Rig and Wispy Clouds
 After a Grey Moon
After a Grey Moon
To Become Present in a Void
To Become Present in a Void
Bushy Plane
Bushy Plane
Feather #3
Feather #3
Under the Shadow of Baja XVII
Under the Shadow of Baja XVII
 Acorn Cups #1
Acorn Cups #1
 Leave the Door Ajar
Leave the Door Ajar
Under the Shadow of Baja XVIII
Under the Shadow of Baja XVIII

Photo Gallery
First floor, both end of hallway

Transmission #8
Transmission #8
Transmission #3
Transmission # 3

Photo Gallery
Second floor, various locations

Composite #1
Composite #1
Transmission #6
Transmission #6
Transmission #13
Transmission #13

Photo Gallery
Third floor, various locations

Transmission #12
Transmission #12
Chinese Lantern #2
Chinese Lantern #2
Sunflower #6
Sunflower #6
Transmission #2
Transmission #2
Moment of Realization
Moment of Realization
The Obstacle or a Solution
The Obstacle or a Solution

Doug West

Photo Gallery
First floor, DRP group
Born and raised in Riverside, California, Doug West has always been fascinated with the beauty of nature. He expresses his love for the American Southwest in his richly hued and detailed images. West's distinctive images allow the viewer to contemplate the vastness and serenity of nature. Using the medium of silkscreen, he creates beautiful landscapes of the Southwest. His serigraphs are exhibited in fine art galleries throughout the United States. West has had numerous one-man shows around the country and was one of twenty artists invited to participate at the White House in Washington D.C. during the annual Easter celebration.

To The Beyond
To The Beyond
The Calling
The Calling
North To Ladrone
North To Ladrone
The Dreamers Call - Cookes Peak
The Dreamers Call - Cookes Peak

Elizabeth MacDonald

Skyscape
2nd floor lounge area
Connecticut-based artist Elizabeth MacDonald’s tile mosaics can be seen in numerous collections; they also have been incorporated into the construction of buildings, including a 78-foot mural along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.

“I express my connection to the natural world. Each work speaks to the process of change, whether through the appearance of age or the spontaneity of gesture . . . Small surface elements draw the viewer into a larger context, where hundreds of parts interact to form a whole.”

McDonald-Skyscape
Skyscape

Richard Reynolds

Texas Landcsapes
2nd floor library and 3rd floor hallway
A landscape photographer for more than 35 years, Richard Reynolds has accumulated thousands of photo credits from magazines, newspapers, calendars, and books around the world. He is the photographer of eight books of landscape photography and has more than 25 Texas Highways magazine covers to his credit. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

“My landscape photographs are not about presenting an exact record of what was in front of my camera at the time I made the exposure. They are recreations of my impressions of what I see.”

Sunset from Enchanted Rock
Sunset from Enchanted Rock
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Gillespie County, Texas
Bluebonnets at Sunset
Bluebonnets at Sunset
Ellis County, Texas
Wildflowers
     San Saba County, Texas
Wildflowers
San Saba County, Texas
Grand Canyon at Dusk from Hopi Point
Grand Canyon at Dusk from Hopi Point
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Butterflies
First floor, various locations

Godart’s Morpho
Godart’s Morpho
Green Swallowtail
Green Swallowtail
Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly
Cracker Butterfly
Cracker Butterfly
Claudina Agrias
Claudina Agrias
Common Pink Forester
Common Pink Forester
Goliath Birdwing
Goliath Birdwing
Indian Leaf Butterfly
Indian Leaf Butterfly

SEDL Timeline

3rd floor hallway
A plexiglass structure chronicling SEDL's more than 40-year-long journey of providing quality education for all learners is on display. The timeline contains pivotal moments in SEDL history, products of merit and historical significance, evolution of our branding, and management transitions. It honors our rich history of providing research, service, and professional development. The timeline structure is approximately 19' x 3'6" and weighs approximately 200 lbs.

“SEDL has a well-established history as a research-based leader that addresses underrepresented, high-minority issues that are critical to teacher and student success.”
Sr. Isabel Ball, College of Arts and Sciences, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas

 SEDL timeline
SEDL Timeline

Suzanne Donazetti

River of Gold II
3rd floor lounge area
Suzanne Donazetti is one of the few artists today painting on copper, a complex and labor-intensive process. Her public art commissions include Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport and the main courtroom of the Alaska Supreme Court. She lives in Raton, New Mexico.

“As I weave, the colors come together to suggest a place viewed through a lens into a parallel universe. My goal is to add to the beauty of our world. Through the communication of color, I seek to provide moments of harmony and peace for meditation and reflection.”

River of Gold II
River of Gold II