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Jacob Augsburger “Augs”

Together with The Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, The Art Center presents art by Jacob Augsburger, affectionately known by all as “Augs”.  Augs was the most recent Artist-in-Residence at the Laguna Madre Field Station.
The Art Center gives a one-person show to each artist after their residency.  A portion of the proceeds will go directly towards maintaining the Laguna Madre Field Station.
Art is a powerful way to increase knowledge and understanding of the marine ecosystems, habitats, flora and fauna of the Laguna Madre.  You may know the Laguna Madre from fishing, kite-boarding, sailing, wind surfing or simply driving over and next to it on the way to and from Padre Island.   You may be shocked to know it is one of the rarest ecosystems in the world.
  • The shallow waters of the Laguna Madre account for almost 80 percent of all Texas’ seagrass beds.
  • Of the 44 species of fish identified in the Texas Gulf as commercial or recreational, 37 have been found in the Laguna Madre.
  • The Laguna Madre is 1 of only 6 hypersaline coastal lagoons in the world. 
It is a unique and fragile ecosystem that we need to understand.  This is the role of the Laguna Madre Field Station and the purpose of this artist-in-residency partnership.

Jacob “Augs” Augsburger is a classically trained Fine Artist with a diverse background in every facet of creative enterprise, and a strong passion as an Artist, Sportsman, and Conservationist. Augs is also a former Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Digital Art at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

His undergraduate career includes both the University of Houston and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the nations oldest Art School and Museum. He has worked as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer, and Videographer throughout his Fine Arts Career. He combines his traditional style and classical education, with modern elements of design, graphics, and digital imaging. This allows him to push the boundaries of existing Fine Art media and techniques, while allowing the fusion of traditional styles into the fast-paced digital world. His approach to making art is based on the beauty and energy of nature, often blending classical illustration and painting techniques with new media and a style indicative to our Gulf Coast.