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

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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,
212.721.6500

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.

Wesley Harvey – Ceramics Monthly Spotlight Artist in March

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Wesley Harvey (2007 MFA in Ceramics) is in the Spotlight this month – the Ceramics Monthly Spotlight, that is.  An interview with Wesley called “Queer Theory in Clay” can be found [HERE].

Wesley is currently a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.  A solo exhibition of new work entitled “Pretty Hurts” opens at the Hello Studio in San Antonio on Thursday, March 2nd and continues through March 18th. Read about the exhibition [HERE].

UPDATE March 2nd: Glasstire.com has designated “Pretty Hurts” #2 of the Top 5 exhibitions of the week. [Top Five_ March 2, 2017 with Reid Robinson – Glasstire]

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Graphic Design Student & Professor Travel to China to Receive Awards

Collin Perrier (at far right) receiving design award in the at the Hangzhou College Student Creative Design Competition in China.

Collin Perrier (at far right) receiving design award in the at the Hangzhou College Student Creative Design Competition in China.

Senior  Graphic Design student Collin Perrier and Dennis Schmickle, an assistant professor of Graphic Design in the School of Art,  represented Texas Tech and accepted awards for posters designed and presented at an annual creative design competition in China.

For the complete story, click [HERE].

Celebrating in China.

Celebrating in China.

DANIEL AYCOCK & Front Room Gallery Move to Manhattan

ross & danielDaniel Aycock, a 1993 BFA in Photography alumus, opened one of the earliest galleries in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn over 18 years ago, the Front Room Gallery. The gallery has very recently made an exciting move to Manhattan in the Lower East Side, an area that Daniel says has become the “preeminent district for young(er) galleries in New York.”

Daniel described the early days of his gallery in the ’90s to be exciting and a time in which art was beginning to boom in the area.

“People lived in old storefronts and factories and the old industrial area was perfect for artists and performers of all kinds,” said Aycock. “There were tens of thousands of artists living in the neighborhood and it really seemed like a person could do anything they wanted to.”

After 18 years in Williamsburg, Daniel is getting used to the new space in Manhattan and has high hopes for the new location.

Rick Dingus, who taught Daniel during his time at Texas Tech, said he was very proud of the work Daniel has done since graduating and looks forward to everything he’ll do in the future.

“Daniel Aycock was a great student who was always eager to learn and experiment with new techniques and ideas that tested and challenged everyone’s expectations. His artworks were full of surprising conceptual twists and a sly sense of humor,” said Dingus. “He’s carried this same sensibility to other events and initiatives over the years, establishing Front Room Gallery and writing for Wag Mag, both in Brooklyn, NY.”

Andrew Martin Solo Exhibition at Red Bud Gallery – Houston

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Andrew Martin, professor of drawing and painting in the School of Art and associate dean in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts will have an exhibition titled “observer effect” presented at the Red Bud Gallery in Houston. The opening reception is Saturday, January 7th from 6:00-9:00 PM. The exhibition continues through January 29th.

Martin’s current works are images of communication towers in the landscape, painted or drawn on small, identical pieces of plywood shaped to resemble tablet computers, smart phones, or flat-screen televisions. The towers are quiet but insistent vertical interruptions that punctuate the long horizons where he lives in West Texas, easily-ignored physical underpinnings for our systems of capturing, disassembling, transmitting, and reassembling digital information.

COREY ESCOTO- New Solo Exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey Opening Today

Corey Escoto, currently based in Pittsburgh, has a solo exhibition opening today at Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). The show is entitled Seen It Coming and will be on view at the East Wing of Corbett vs. Dempsey until January 21, 2017.

Escoto explores the potential of contemporary Polaroid technology. For this exhibition, Escoto used a large-format black-and- white Polaroid camera to produce composite images made of several different exposures, deploying a special approach to masking the lens in order to expose specific passages of the photo surface in a tightly controlled way. Each picture is framed in a special Lucite box further framed in steel, all designed and constructed by hand by Escoto. This is Escoto’s first solo exhibition in Chicago.

The opening reception will take place tonight from 6-8 p.m. 

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JONATHAN WHITFILL- Outdoor Sculpture for the Art 3D Annex

jonathan_whitfill04Art alumnus Jonathan Whitfill (MFA Sculpture in 2006) was selected by the Texas Tech University System Public Art Program to construct and install an outdoor sculpture in front of the Art 3D Annex. The piece is welded metal with a powder coating finish that stands approximately 17 feet tall. The piece was inaugurated earlier this fall.

The work is a formal exploration of spherical forms made from multiple circular modules.  Whitfill titled the piece Syntaxis Mathematica, an homage to Ptolemy’s epic text which inaccurately described all heavenly motion as perfectly circular.  In trying to force the orbits of the planets into a perfect shape, the circle – astronomers for hundreds of years inaccurately adhered to the notion that all celestial bodies moved in perfectly circular paths.  Ptolemy elbowed in any refutations in a complicated system to keep this circular shape and his pristine motion. Whitfill’s appreciation of this dedication to the circular form is evident.