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, 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 Dingus, presented by the Museum of Texas Tech.
Dingus will be retiring this December. Click here for more info.
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.
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 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 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:
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 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.
Joe Arredondo is the Director of Landmark Arts and has held this position since 2003. This past weekend Joe received the Adelante Award for Service in Arts and Entertainment at the Second Annual Los Hermanos Familia Adelante Awards Ceremony. Joe was nominated for this award by Texas Tech School of Art for his service to the Texas Tech and the Lubbock community.
Los Hermanos Familia of Lubbock proudly inaugurated the “Adelante Awards,” in 2015. The event has become an annual opportunity to showcase and honor Hispanic men in the Lubbock community, who excel in their careers and volunteer efforts. Awardees were announced in fourteen categories, including Education, Business, Medicine, Media and others.
Changing Places: The Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus opened at the Museum of Texas Tech University on Friday, March 4th. Rick Dingus has been on the Texas Tech faculty since 1982. Scores of Rick’s friends, colleagues and alumni were in attendance for the exhibition reception held in Rick’s honor.
The exhibition features 40 years of creative investigations that began with Rick’s 1970s “time-based” studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and concludes with recent infrared images of the earth from tens of thousands of feet overhead. In the fall of 2016, the University of Oklahoma Press will publish a comprehensive study of Dingus’ photographs: Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus (R. Dingus, edited by P.S. Briggs, foreword by T. Jurovics, and with contributions by S. Armitage, P.S. Briggs, and L.R. Lippard). The exhibition will be on display through May.
During the evening’s proceedings, 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 SCHOLARSHIP 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:
Or checks made out to the TTU Foundation can be mailed to: Rick Dingus Scholarship, c/o TTU School of Art, Box 42081, Lubbock, TX 79409.
Rob Wilson (1990 BFA in Design Communication, living in Dallas) has designed the graphic (shown above) for Alice Isn’t Dead, a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale.