SHYAMA GOLDEN Creates Artwork for The Washington Post

On the anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., The Washington Post commissioned 15 women artists “to create original artwork … that expresses their feelings as the anniversary of the march approached.”

Graphic Design alumna Shyama Golden was one of the artists selected.  The illustration she made is shown above; you can see the other works and read her comments at The Washington Post.

Terry Morrow Retirement Announced

Professor Terry Morrow will be retiring from the School of Art and Texas Tech University effective June 1, 2018.  He joined the (then) Department of Art in the fall of 1968 as an Assistant Professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate students.  Among his many administrative roles he has assisted with the ongoing development of the Printmaking Area and served as Assistant Chair, Chair, and Director of the School of Art.

As part of the TTU community Professor Morrow has been a member of many significant Department/School, College, and University-wide committees, including the committees to develop the BFA, MFA, and BA in Studio Art degree programs and to form and establish the CVPA (College of Visual and Performing Arts.)  Throughout his career he has mentored faculty through the Tenure and Promotion process and continues to enrich the community with his institutional knowledge.

As part of the broader academic community, Professor Morrow served as a member, President, and Past-President of TASA (Texas Association of Schools of Art) from 1992-1996, and was a member of NCAA (the National Council of Art Administrators) and SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International.)  In addition, he was an active member and site-evaluator for NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) for more than 20 years.

Generous with his time, in 1980 Professor Morrow secured financial support from the Lubbock Junior League and the Helen Jones Foundation to found the Saturday Morning Art Project, and then served as its volunteer Teacher/Director until 2004.  Further, he has conducted workshops and presentations for many schools and organizations at the local, regional, and national level, and he volunteered to teach the Junction Center class for talented high school students for a number of years.

JAMES CHASE Receives “Best Visual Artist Award” from Local Arts Commission

JAMES CHASE (2014 MFA in Studio Art – Printmaking) who now lives in Hookset, New Hamphire with his wife Amy, received a “Best Visual Artist” award from the Rochester Arts and Culture Commission this month.

In other news, James recently accepted the position as Director of Community Education and Visual Arts Faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  He had previous served as Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages Program Coordinator at Manchester Community College.

Over the summer he was in a 2-person exhibition entitled “Layerical Swords” with ceramic artist Justin Gerace at the Chases Garage Artist Studio and Gallery in York, Maine.  He has also received a commission to start large multi-location public arts project in Rochester.

James  serves on the New Hampshire Humanities Steering Committee that has received a Mellon Foundation Grant to Support the Humanities in the amount of $824,000 over the next three years.

Students, Faculty, and Alumnus Philip Monaghan Participate in Marfa Intensive

Art Group at Marfa Intensive (clockwise from top left): Jason Derouin, Fine Arts PhD Candidate; Alumnus Philip Monaghan, and MFA students Monica Prado and Nicolle LaMere.

This summer’s Marfa Intensive, presented by TTU’s School of Theatre & Dance July 23 – August 3 in Marfa, included the participation of School of Art MFA students Nicolle LaMere, Monica Prado, PhD candidate Jason Derouin, Assistant Professor Heather Warren-Crow, and alumnus Philip Monaghan of New York City.

A few years ago, Tim Crowley, a graduate of the TTU Theatre & Dance program and Marfa resident, proposed the idea to Mark Charney, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, to provide a special experience for students, a place where they could take advantage of the environment to create theatre and art based on their surroundings. Out of these conversations the Marfa Intensives were born. Last year three art students were invited to participate.  The generous offer, from Mr. Crowley who hosts the Intensives,  and Mark Charney who organizes them,  was extended again this summer.

Below are screenshots from the Theatre & Dance e-newsletter featuring comments by the Art participants.

Ro Shaw Clay Studio Featured in Texas Monthly “Hidden Texas”

Ro Shaw in his Clay Studio. Photo by Jeff Wilson for Texas Monthly.

Ro Shaw (2008 MFA in Ceramics) and his Clay Studio in Salado were featured in Texas Monthly’s “Hidden Texas” Shops & Stops category in February 2017.

Cited the listing, “Ro Shaw, a Rockwall native often outfitted in overalls, will gladly give you a demo at his potter’s wheel and teach you all about raku, a super-old-school Japanese quick-firing method.” See the entire “Hidden Texas” feature [HERE].

Pedram Baldari and Nooshin Hakim Javadi – FSP/Jerome Fellows at Franconia

Pedram Baldari (2015 MFA in Sculpture) and his wife Nooshin Hakim Javadi (who was briefly a grad student in the TTU sculpture program and received her MFA from University of Minnesota) have received FSP/Jerome Fellowships to create a new large-scale sculpture together at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN this summer.

Click [HERE] to read more.

Alumna Tiffany Rousseau Passes Away

Tiffany Ann Rousseau, 35, a native of Houma, Louisiana and a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Her obituary can be found [HERE].

Tiffany is a Fall 2012 alumna of the Masters in Art Education program with an ephasis in photography.

Tina Fuentes’ Creative Research Showcased


Since 2014 Tina Fuentes, Professor of Painting in the School of Art, has been chasing storms as a visual artist, working with Eric Bruning, Texas Tech associate professor of atmospheric science, in an effort to get a greater understanding of lightening.

This scientific and creative reasearch project has received an NSF grant. TTU Discoveries Magazine recently profiled Tina’s work on this project. Read that article [HERE].

This summer Landmark Arts in the School of Art will showcase Professor Fuentes’ creative process in an exhibition in the Studio Gallery from August 14th through September 24th.  The results of her creative process will be presented at the Museum of Texas Tech beginning in late September.

Alumni Gathering in New York City – May 27-29

Texas Tech University in New York Schedule

Saturday, May 27th
Whitney Museum Tour, 10:00 am
with Lydia Thompson and Arthur Polendo
99 Gansevoort Street
RSVP 806.834.6294

Sunday, May 28th
Vespers Service, 5:00 pm
Texas Tech University Choir
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
54th and Lexington

Monday, May 29th
Pre-Concert Reception, 5 :30 pm
Sponsored by Diamond Schmitt Architects
Atlantic Grill
49 West 64th Street at Broadway
RSVP 806.834.6294

Memorial Day Concert, 8:00 pm
Featuring the University Chamber Orchestra and
The Texas Tech University Choir
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway

For concert tickets, call the Alice Tully Hall box office,

Alumnus Toby Sudduth Passes Away

Untitled-1TTU alumnus Brian Tobias ‘Toby’ Sudduth doting husband, loving father and son, fiercely talented graphic designer and generous friend – passed away on Thursday, March 2 in Austin, Texas. He was 49. His obituary can be found [HERE].

Toby’s boundless love and ceaseless energy, as well as his wicked sense of humor and infectious, booming laughter, will be greatly missed by his family and many, many, many friends.

Toby was born on July 24, 1967 in Lubbock, Texas, to James and Lynda Sudduth. His family also included his brother Jason, who was born four years after Toby. The four were extremely close, and Toby’s appreciation of family stemmed from growing up in a supportive household with two parents who deeply loved each other and their sons. Toby’s father Jim (director of bands at Texas Tech) and mother Lynda (a public school choir teacher) passed on their passion for music to Toby, who played the clarinet. Toby’s talents as musician earned him multiple all-district, all-region and all-area honors in both junior high and high school. After graduating cum laude from Coronado High School in Lubbock in 1985, he continued to play clarinet in his father’s symphonic band at Texas Tech until he decided to concentrate more on graphic design.

Toby graduated cum laude from Texas Tech with a BA in graphic design and a minor in packaging and jewelry design in 1990.

Toby worked for Primo Angeli and Axion Design in San Francisco before venturing out his own to begin Sudduth Design in 2002. The list of Toby’s clients is long and impressive. His unique logo and package design was sought after by many well-known companies, including Deep Eddy Vodka, Smart Flour, Tiny Pies, Better Bites Bakery, Ghiradelli, Krusteaz, and many, many others. He won multiple awards for graphic design, including the Addy Award for Deep Eddy Vodka and Mobius Award for Chili Chaser Salsa. He was also recognized in a feature article that appeared in Graphic Design USA. He has had multiple logos published in Logo Lounge, and his work has been seen in many magazines including Wired and Texas Monthly.