SCOTT DADICH Leads WIRED Team Meeting with Edward Snowden in Moscow

Wired cover

The cover to the September issue of Wired shows an arresting image of Edward Snowden, billed in the magazine as “the most wanted man in the world,” clutching the American flag. Snowden is both reviled and applauded in the United States for revealing details of classified US government surveillance programs. The exclusive interview with Snowden was spearheaded by SCOTT DADICH, Editor-in-Chief at Wired.  

In his editor’s essay, Dadich says that it took nearly a year of work and many months of negotiation to win Snowden’s cooperation.  When the meetings were finally agreed to, Dadich, travelling to Moscow with photographer Platon, writer James Bamford, and Wired director of photography Patrick Witty. They worked in total secrecy, without mobile phones or other means of being tracked.  “I’ve led a lot of cover shoots in my 20 years in magazines…, wrote Dadich of the experience, “But I’d never felt pressure like this.”  Read Bamford’s article and view Platon’s photos online at Wired (here) or pick up a copy of the issue at the local newsstand.

Snowden + Dadich

Edward Snowden on the left and Scott Dadich on the right. Photo by Platon.

Scott_DadichScott Dadich is a 1999 alumnus of the Communication Design program.  He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Wired since November 2012.  Prior to that he served as Vice President of Editorial Platforms & Design for Condé Nast, the parent company of Wired. Dadich’s work has been recognized with eight National Magazine Awards, including three General Excellence Ellies (Texas Monthly, 2003; Wired, 2007 & 2009). He is the only creative director ever to win both the National Magazine Award for Design and the Society of Publication Designers Magazine of the Year award three consecutive years: 2008, 2009, and 2010. Prior to joining Condé Nast, Scott was creative director of Texas Monthly, which was nominated for 14 National Magazine Awards during his tenure and won for General Excellence in 2003.

TOM TURNER Has Solo Exhibition at Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene

Installation View

Tom Turner, a 2013 graduate of the MFA program in Photography, has a solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene through September 27th.  The exhibition consists of 38 photographic prints and six videos. Titled, Sublime Gestures, the artwork in the exhibition investigates the relationship between man and the environment, examining the traces and marks that humans leave on their environments and the marks that the environment leaves upon man-made structures and intentions.

Tom has been adjunct insturctor at the Art Institute of San Antonio and is a Co-director and resident artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio along with other School of Art alumni, Carol Cunningham, Sara Roberts, Jessica Sailors, and Chris Adams.

In November he will have work included in Being Here and There at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, CA.



KATY HEINLEIN in 2-Person Show at Art Palace

Exhibit installation view: Left: "Fob" polyester, wood, aluminum. 36" x 36" x 45". Right: "Habit" polyester, silk, wood. 42" x 35" x 46"

Exhibit installation view: Left: “Fob” polyester, wood, aluminum. 36″ x 36″ x 45″.
Right: “Habit” polyester, silk, wood. 42″ x 35″ x 46″

Katy Heinlein, 1999 MFA alumna of the sculpture program, will be in a two-person exhibition with painter Alika Herreshoff  at Art Palace in Houston opening this Friday, September 5th and continuing through October 18th.

Heinlein has received several awards, participated in residency programs, and been in several notable group and solo exhibitions. In the year 2000, She was selected to participate in an international juried competition, Women in the Visual Arts, which was held at the Erector Square Gallery in New Haven Connecticut and juried by Guggenheim Deputy Director Lisa Dennison.  Heinlein was one of three to receive a juror’s award. In 2001, She had a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center in the main gallery. That year, she was also chosen to participate in New American Talent at the Texas Fine Arts Association in Austin, Texas.

In 2005, Heinlein was awarded the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. In that same year, she traveled to Montauk, NY to be an artist in residence at the Albee Foundation, and had a solo exhibition of her work at the Commerce Street Artists Warehouse in Houston, Texas. She was an artist in residence in 2006 at DiverseWorks Art Space in Houston, Texas. In 2007, Heinlein won the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck National Young Sculptors Purchase Award, and participated in a group exhibition at Miami University in conjunction with the award. Heinlein was recently awarded an Artadia grant in the spring of 2008.

For more information about the exhibition at Art Palace, click here.


SARAH JAMISON Curator of “New Landscapes” To Moderate Artist Conversation

SARAH JAMISON, co-curator with Christian Arrecis of New Landscapes currently on view in Chicago at Gallery 19 through August 31st, will moderate a community conversation with two of the exhibition’s three artists, Allison Grant and Anastasia Samoylova, on August 20th at LATITUDE – for details about this event visit their Facebook page (here).

Sarah Jamison, a 2011 graduate of the MFA program in photography, joined four Chicago artist-colleagues in  April 2013 to form The Exhibition ProjectThe Exhibition Project grew out of an exhibition committee at the Chicago Photography Center. The original members built upon the mission of the committee to establish an independent curatorial collective with the purpose of challenging and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium.

Artist: Anastasia Samoylova

Artist: Anastasia Samoylova

The conversation for New Landscapes will focus on the interdependent role of photography and technology through the evolution of landscape photography into contemporary concepts, creating dynamic ways in which we perceive and understand the landscape around us.

New Landscapes, which also includes work by Mark Dorf, explores contemporary experience, the role of technology, and how availability of resources have changed our sense of place within the world and how we understand it. Photography as a tool of navigation and interpretation is nothing new, however; technological inroads have inexorably altered how we consume the landscape and images of it.

Artist Allison Grant

Artist: Allison Grant

Their first Project,  Expanding the Frame, questioned the role of photography as a device of straight documentation, or even manipulation, by reevaluating the nature of the photograph as a still image and object on the wall. New Landscapes is the group’s second project/exhibition.

CHRIS RAMSAY Solo Exhibit at OSU Museum of Art Surveys 20 Years of Art

Chris at work

Chris Ramsay will have a 20 year survey of his artwork presented at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater from September 15, 2014 through January 17, 2015.  Titled Chris Ramsay: Meditations in Stillwater, the exhibition presents more than thirty works by Ramsay who is a professor of art at OSU.

Ramsay received an MFA in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Texas Tech in 1986. He has been on the art faculty at OSU since 1990 and served as the Art Department Head between 2008 and 2012.

"Fossils: Patterns of Organic Energy" (detail, 1994) wall piece, etched copper, wood, patinas, found objects, Ralston- Oklahoma brachiopods. 26 in. x 10 in.

“Fossils: Patterns of Organic Energy” (detail, 1994) wall piece, etched copper, wood, patinas, found objects, Ralston- Oklahoma brachiopods. 26 in. x 10 in.

WESLEY HARVEY Joins Red Lodge Clay Center as Curator of Exhibitions

wes-pic for RedLodge


Wesley Harvey is moving to Montana! Red Lodge Clay Center announced this week that Wesley Harvey, an MFA alumnus of the ceramics program, has joined their staff as Curator of Exhibitions – Congratulations, Wes.

Wesley graduated from Texas Tech in May 2007 and soon joined the Landmark Arts staff as Exhibits Preparator and Assistant.  After a year he moved to San Antonio where he worked as an adjunct instructor and established himself as a nationally recognized artist, regularly exhibiting his ceramic sculptures in national, international and local exhibitions.  He quickly garnered a reputation as an art collectors’ darling among San Antonio collectors.  Last April Wesley was the First Place winner in the 20th Annual San Angelo Ceramic Competition.

AndyMoonxmas2011At Red Lodge, Wesley joins friend and professional colleague Andy Moon, who graduated from Texas Tech’s MFA program in ceramics in 2009.  Andy has served as the Residency and Communications Coordinator at Red Lodge for the last two years.

COREY ESCOTO Active in Exciting Art-CSA Trend to Support Emerging Artists

The CSA Team, Corey Escoto, second from the left.

The CSAPGH Team, Corey Escoto, second from the left.

In 2010 Corey Escoto moved to Pittsburgh to teach a Chatham College, where he is an assistant professor of Art.  Escoto quickly integrated himself into the local art scene, while continuing to exhibit nationally and internationally.  Not long after he got there he teamed up with some new friends to form CSAPGH, an artist-driven art CSA, along the lines of agricultural CSAs, to support local artists.   Corey and Casey Droege, Organizer in Chief or CASPGH and assistant professor of Art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, wrote an initial grant proposal which garnered them $6,000 to jump start the project. The team now has five members, for which Corey serves as the Packaging Design & Web guru.

Learning from similar artists’ CSA models in Philadelphia, Chicago and Minneapolis, CSAPGH provides a $1,000 stipend, each, to six local artists in exchange for an edition of 50 artworks from each artist.  “CSA Shares” are sold to art collectors for $450 a share.  At the end of the production season, each shareholder receives six artworks, one by each of the participating artists.

Says Escoto, “The program has been a really great for our artists, and the collectors love the share pickup events and the artworks.”  Better yet, last summer the New York Times came out to their end-of-the-season pick up event and included CSAPGH in a feature article about the art CSA programs forming all across the country (read article here).”

CSAPGH art share

CSAPGH art share

“For us it has been great championing the work of local artists and connecting with other CSA programs across the country.” Concludes Escoto, “I like being in the middle connecting people together and helping to bring to light emerging artists. Many people are surprised and excited to hear that the artists that we are showing have national and international exhibition records and that they chose to live in Pittsburgh.”

PEDRAM BALDARI Sculpture To Be Exhibited at Basel Art Fair, Switzerland

Pedram square imagePedram Baldari, MFA student in sculpture with a secondary in photography who began his studies at Texas Tech in 2012, will have his art work represented at this summer’s SCOPE Basel Art Fair by Janet Rady Fine Art, his London gallery, when the show opens on June 17th.

Pedram was born and raised in a middle class family at the west of Iran, Kurdistan 1981. The first eight years of his life took place during the violent crossfire between Iran and Iraq’s war. Says, Pedram, “My life has always been affected by politics and the social manifestation of it in its radical fashion. I believe art can thoroughly expose the existing past and upcoming trauma within the body of the society. For me, they are traumatological exploration of my life experiences regarding restriction, body, identity, minority, post war experience, control, post humanism, post colonialism and power.”

"Sealed the Consealed III" (2013-2014) wood and aluminium, 96.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm (38 x 9 x 9 inches.)

“Sealed the Consealed III” (2013-2014) wood and aluminium, 96.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm (38 x 9 x 9 inches.)

Pedram, who has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, has been exploring different mediums and forms of art from X-Ray machine photography to video, sound art, performance, mix media, video-theatre, installation and sculpture. He researches different ways and mediums to join his historical/cultural heritage to the contemporary world. Meanwhile, he retains a critical approach toward “West vs. East” or “East under the gaze of West” paradigms. “I think these paradigms act as the status quo of the Art world,” says Pedram, “in particular their socio-psycho-political apparatus. I try to maintain an existence in the fold where these dimensions meet with each other in their greatest tension, where the trauma shows itself in its naked fashion.”

KEN LITTLE – 3rd of Five Exhibitions in West Texas Triangle Opens Friday

Ken Little

Photo by Cathy Cunningham

This Friday, June 13th, the Museum of the Southwest in Midland opens the third of five exhibitions in the West Texas Triangle featuring the artwork of Ken Little, who received the honor of being named the 2014 TEXAS STATE VISUAL ARTIST – 3D in a public ceremony sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin last year.

KEN LITTLE, was born in Canyon, Texas, received his B.F. A. from Texas Tech University and M.F.A. from the University of Utah. He has been a professor of sculpture at UTSA since 1998. As the 2014 featured artist of the West Texas Triangle, his work is being presented in Abilene, Albany, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo between May and November this year.

The West Texas Triangle is a collaboration between five art museums in West Texas. Besides the Museum of the Southwest, the group includes the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, the Grace Museum in Abilene, the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.   The exhibition schedule is as follows.

shoe-bearThe Grace Museum:  May 8 – August 9
The Old Jail Art Center:  June 7 – September 7
Museum of the Southwest:  June 13 – August 24
Ellen Noel Art Museum:  TBD
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts:  July 10 – November 7

TTU Alumni present Useful Pictures in New York

6/12 – 7/20
Denny Gallery
261 Broome St.
New York, NY.

In 2011, National Geographic published a study that projected an estimated 105 billion photographs would be taken annually by Americans by the year 2015. The impact of digital technology on photographic processes and the current kamikaze of image sharing are two of the driving concepts behind useful pictures, a curatorial team and “artist-run investigation”* based in Brooklyn, NY and founded by TTU School of Art alumni Zach Nader (MFA Photography, 2011) and Grant Billingsley (MFA Painting and Sculpture, 2011), working along with artist Eric Shows (MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2009).


Erin O’Keefe, Much Ado, 2014

On Thursday, June 12th, the exhibition Frameshift, curated by useful pictures, opens at New York City’s Denny Gallery. Each of the six artists featured in Frameshift complicate the photographic process and “resist the finality of arrival and perfect replication advertised by the technically produced image.”** For example, photographer Barry Stone translated the binary data of a photograph into text that he then edited and retranslated to produce a distinct image. Erin O’Keefe combines objects and architectural elements to stage a photograph that compresses a multiplicity of angles and perspective points into the two-dimensional picture-plane of the photograph.

Among the billions of photographs taken this year, Frameshift hones in on a few that reveal something to us about the nature of photography as a medium and the creative processes to which it can be subject, as well as the layers of reality in which we exist in the post-digital age.

 Frameshift will be on view June 12th – July 20th at Denny Gallery. Join the curators and artists for the exhibition’s opening on Thursday, June 12th from 6-8pm, or for a gallery talk on Saturday, June 14th at 3pm.