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.

Join Us at a Dallas-Area Alumni Gathering on November 18th

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Dallas Hilton-Anatole Hotel  ( 2201 N Stemmons Fwy)

Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

In conjunction with 2016 TAEA Conference and the MAE Exhibition ( Back to the Center) of Daniel T. Rodriguez and Shelbi Reichenau.

 

WEST, FAR WEST. – School of Art Presents Exhibition in Marfa, Texas

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Texas Tech School of Art Presents

WEST, FAR WEST: An Exhibition of Selected Artworks by Students, Faculty, & Alumni
Crowley Theater Annex (98 South Austin St, Marfa, TX)

Opening reception Friday, October 7, 2016, 5 – 9 PM
On view 10 AM – 5 PM, October 8th &  9th
Free and open to the public.

This exhibition, presented in Marfa during the 30th Anniversary Chinati Open House Weekend,   showcases contemporary artwork by Art alumni, current students and faculty.  The work represents the range of disciplines, creative activity, critical discourse and scope of practices taught and facilitated at the Texas Tech University School of Art. The program includes ceramics, jewelry design and metalsmithing, painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, performance, sculpture, transmedia art, art history, and art education. The School of Art is a leading teaching and research institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Special thanks to the Crowley Theater for providing the use of The Annex, and to School of Art alumnus Philip Monaghan for his assistance with this project. Additional support comes from Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Art, & College of Visual & Performing Arts.

PROFESSOR RICK DINGUS– “The Photographs of Rick Dingus” Book Released

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Professor Rick Dingus, who has been on the Texas Tech School of Art faculty since 1982, has released a book of his photographic career.

The University of Oklahoma Press recently completed the publication, entitled Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus. 

The 224 page publication includes Rick Dingus’ entire photographic career, starting in the 1970’s.

The publication was edited by Peter S. Briggs and Helen DeVitt (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Texas Tech). It also includes a foreword by Toby Jurovics and contributions by Shelly Ermitage and Lucy R. Lippard.

Many reproductions of Dingus’ photographs in color and black & white were recently viewed at his retrospective exhibition, Changing Places: The Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dinguspresented by the Museum of Texas Tech.

Dingus will be retiring this December. Click here for more info.

Students Engage in Stimulating Summer Internships

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NICOLLE LAMERE, who completed her 2nd year in the MFA program specializing in ceramics, has been awarded a Studio Assistantship from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts located in Gatlinburg, TN from  June 23- July 23. She will be working for the school as well as taking two 1-week classes, Analogue Symmetry & Patterning With Hand-Cut Paper with Hunter Stabler and Transforming The 2D Surface to 3D With Fosshape  with Leisa Rich.

Allison GaughamALLISON GAUGHAN, a senior visual studies major will spend her summer (June through mid-August) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond as a studio education intern.

After receiving an article from Dr. Jorgelina Orfila, associate professor of art history, about the top 25 most visited museums in the country, Allison applied to 12 of them on the east coast and in Texas.  She got interviews at four of them and offers from three.  “I decided on the VMFA,” she says, “due to their fashion collection (my original major at my first university was fashion design)”.  As studio education intern, she will be working with their summer classes involving studio arts and their collections.  “I hope to one day become an art museum educator, so this is the first step.”

Ashley BusbyASHLEY BUSBY, a third year MFA candidate completing her degree in December, was delighted to learn that she had received a summer internship at The Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center located in Comstock, Texas.

“I met Dr. Carolyn Boyd, the founder of SHUMLA, when she came to Texas Tech School of Art this past semester to present her research on rock art sites. We discussed internship opportunities within her organization, and shortly after I applied.”

Ashley’s internship will internship include both field and lab work in the Lower Pecos region. Her duties will include photographing and collecting data from rock art sites, and then digitally analyzing the information within their archaeological data systems. She will be there from June 27th – August 4th.

PROFESSOR RICK DINGUS– Retiring after 34 Years at School of Art

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Professor Rick Dingus is retiring after serving as professor in Photography since 1982.  He has had a very successful career during his years at Tech.  Throughout the years he has received high honors and awards for his photography. We are honored to have worked with Professor Dingus and appreciate his contribution to the classroom, inspiring students, and working with colleagues to transform the School in meeting its mission and goals.

His retrospective exhibition, Changing Places, The Photographic Artifacts is on display at the Museum Texas Tech University until June 12, 2016.

During the opening festivities for Rick’s exhibit at the Museum of TTU, Robin Germany, professor of photography and Rick’s colleague in the Photography area, and Brianna Burnett, President of the Medici Circle support group of the School of Art and 2008 MFA alumna of the photo program, announced an initiative to raise funds for a RICK DINGUS FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENT. A goal of $22,500 has been set for the endowment. Brianna Burnett, speaking on behalf of the Medici Circle, announced that the Medici Circle would match donations to this scholarship initiative “dollar for dollar” up to $11,250, effectively cutting the campaign in half!

Alumni, friends and colleagues are invited to donate on line at:

https://apps.texastech.edu/onlinegiving/?fid=T84A211-RDINGUS

Or checks made out to the TTU Foundation can be mailed to: Rick Dingus Fellowship, c/o TTU School of Art, Box 42081, Lubbock, TX  79409.

Rick’s official retirement date is December 31, 2016.   For more information about his accomplishments, please click here.

DR. CAROLYN TATE– Retiring from School of Art

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Dr. Carolyn Tate will retire on December 31, 2016, after serving as professor in Art History, Ph.D. Coordinator, and MA Coordinator in the School of Art at TTU.

Many ART alumni remember her as their instructor in Art History Survey 1, where she guided us through an array of astonishing artistic accomplishments by civilizations around the world, and dealt with the “afterlife” of these objects — their theft, conservation, preservation, and their significance to the art of today.

Dr. Tate also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including Maya Art and Writing, Mesoamerican Manuscripts, The Art of Mesoamerican Creation Stories, the Olmec, the Aztec, and Native North American art, as well as a team-taught class with archaeology professor Brett Houk, Art and Ritual in Mesoamerican Cities. She remains interested in pictorial narratives, and is currently looking at the rock art of the Lower Pecos in Texas.

While at Tech, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her research in Mesoamerican art history:  The Texas Tech Integrated Scholar Award; Barney Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award; and recently the TTU President’s Faculty Book Award for her latest book, Re-Considering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation (2012).

That research was supported by three major residential fellowships: Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies (Harvard University; Washington D.C., 2001-2); Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions (Cambridge MA, 2001-2); and the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA, 2007); and two Texas Tech Faculty Development Leaves (2001-2, 2007).

Throughout her career at TTU she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and worked closely with her colleagues to expand the Art History program. Her students speak highly of her and many have done very well in art history-related fields.  She has also provided service to the College and University and served as secretary for TTU Faculty Senate.