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Medici Circle Announces 2016 5×7 Art Scholarship Fundraiser

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The Medici Circle 5×7 Art Scholarship Fundraiser is an annual crowd pleaser with its delightful mix of art, food, drink, and wild fun during the “art grab.”  Support of scholarships for students provides long-term benefit for future generations of artists, art historians and scholars, art educators, and graphic designers.

Join us for the 2016 Medici Circle 5×7 Fundraiser on January 16, 2016 at the Lubbock Country Club as we celebrate during an evening of Victorian Futurism and Steampunk.

Several hundred artworks by local, Texas, and national artists with ties to Texas Tech have been donated for the evening’s exhibition and “art grab.”  Each work is 5×7 inches in size and exhibited anonymously.  Each sells for $75 – you find out who the artist is after you purchase it.  Special artworks and other items will be live auctioned during the evening.

The event will include:

  • Live Music
  • Cocktail Art Preview beginning at 6:30 PM
  • Dinner of Steampunk themed dishes
  • Live Auction of select items
  • Famous Art Grab
  • Dessert and more Live Music to close the evening.

Event pricing schedule is shown below.


Includes eight seats at a premium reserved table for the 5×7 dinner and art run. Two tokens for free 5×7 artworks from the “art grab” (excluding live auction items) and two bottles of champagne. Highest prority listing in all printing materials.


Includes eight seats at a reserved table for the 5×7 dinner and art run. listing in all printed materials.


Includes one seat for the 5×7 dinner and art run.


Includes two seats for the 5×7 dinner and art run; one art donor artist plus one guest.

Medici Circle To Host 2015 Holiday Soup & Champagne Supper

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The Medici Circle Board of Directors, supporting the School of Art invites you to join us on December 5, 2015 for the 2015 Holiday Soup & Champagne Supper.

Last year, the Medici Circle Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Ceramics program of the School of Art, staged two winter Soup & Champagne Suppers. Over 1OO cup donations from students, alumni and artists from around the USA were collected and used as the soup vessels for the evening’s festivities.

Not only were the soups and events delightful, the Medici Circle successfully raised enough funds to create a new scholarship endowment whose purpose is to support students in the Ceramics program. The proceeds from this year’s event will be used to augment the endowment.

Additional ceramic works by School of Art ceramics students will be on display and for sale during the supper. Proceeds from those sales will support the students directly and their travel to the 2O16 Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) this coming spring in Kansas City.

Tickets for the event are only $50 person and include all the soup and champagne you can eat AND you get to keep the handmade ceramic cup.  Space at this event is limited to 50 persons.   [$30 of the ticket price is a charitable contribution to the Texas Tech Foundation for which you will receive an acknowledgement in writing from the Texas Tech Advancement Office.]

Call 806-742-1947 to make your reservations today.


Appetizers at 6:30 PM  by Jerred Tochterman


Served with French bread in a handmade ceramic mug

Cajun Gumbo by Denise Bean

Curried Winter Squash by Joe Arredondo

Chicken Kale Soup by Ashleigh Brodbeck

CVPA to Host 4th Annual New York Alumni Reception November 19th

The Texas Tech College of Visual & Performing Arts invites all New York Area alumni to join us at the

Red Raider Alumni Reception

Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the North Terrace at Gansevoort Meatpacking, 18 Ninth Avenue, New York 10014.


The event is hosted by Interim Dean Andrew Martin. Special guests that evening will include TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan and Dr. Elisabeth Haley, Special Assistant to the Chancellor.  Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For those who can join us earlier, the group will meet at the Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street) at 5:00 PM for an hour tour prior to the reception. Admission to the Whitney (which features the recently opened Frank Stella Retrospective) is being generously provided by alumnus Philip Monaghan.

RSVP as soon as possible to Cathy Jung or call 806-834-3617.


“Texas Tech Today” Profiles Alumnus and Professor for International Artist Day

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Recent alumnus Pedram Baldari (2015 MFA Sculpture) and Sang-Mi Yoo (associate professor of art) were profiled by Texas Tech Today earlier this week for International Artist Day.

Read the profile story [here].

“Why Are You Doing This To Me?” Opens October 2nd at School of Art

“Why Are You Doing This To Me?” Philip Monaghan and David Trinidad, an exhibition of 73 new paintings by School of Art alumnus and New York artist Philip Monaghan, opens Friday, October 2, 2015.

Monaghan will give a gallery talk in the Landmark Gallery at 4:30 PM on Friday.  The public is invited.  The Opening Reception follows immediately from 5:00-7:00 PM.

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ANDY (ANDREA) MOON in 2-Person Show in Montana

ANDY (ANDREA) MOON, has new ceramic work in a 2-person exhibition at the O. Gallery in Livingston, Montana this month. Reception for the exhibition is tonight (Friday, July 24th).

Go (here) to read a great online essay published in July by Big Sky Journal titled “In the Studio with Andrea Moon.”

Andrea Moon

Andy graduated from the MFA program in ceramics in 2009.  She currently lives in Red Lodge, Montana where she serves as the Residency & Communications Coordinator at the Red Lodge Clay Center.

ERIC SIMPSON Completes “Longsuffering” Art Book Project

It is official, ERIC SIMPSON placed 30 handmade copies of Longsuffering artbooks in the hands of a USPS mail carrier this week, bringing to an end a major project that began last winter.  Says Simpson, “It is quite exciting knowing that some are going all the way to Oregon, while others are headed to New York and some will be finding their homes in-between.”

book prototype

Last winter Eric began conversations with Dr. John Poch, poet and professor of creative writing at Texas Tech, about collaborating on a book project pairing John’s poetry with Eric’s recent photographic work.  From the beginning they envisioned creating a handmade art book that would include letterpressed poetry and hand-tipped in photographs.

By early March Eric had prepared a prototype. The pair quickly figured out that the only way they would be able to produce the project would be to seek crowdfunding and then, if successful with the crowdfunding, for Eric to do all the book binding himself.

On March 26th Eric and John launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $8,000 to support the project. If successful, their goal was to create 30 handmade books, all with letterpress text and with original artworks. Their $8,000 goal was quickly reached by the end of the second week of the campaign.  By campaign’s end, on April 25th, they had raised $13,570!

Dirk Fowler, fine tuning the proof press at CASP's Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio

Dirk Fowler fine tuning the proof press at CASP’s Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio

With funds in place by early May, Eric and John enlisted the assistance and expertise of letterpress gurus Dirk Fowler and Victoria M. Bee at the CASP Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio in Lubbock in order to get the finest quality letterpress printing of the poetry. “I don’t know what we would have done without the expertise of Dirk Fowler and Vicki Bee. Once we hit our stride with the printing press, we just got better and better results. It was actually quite magical.” says John Poch.

RYDER RICHARDS Interviewed by ZoneOneArts

RYDER RICHARDS (2001 BFA in Painting & Drawing; MFA from TCU) has been interviewed this month by Australia based ZoneOneArts.  Read the interview (here).

2015-07-20 Ryder Richards interview at Zone1Arts

Ryder lives and works in the Dallas area and  has taught art at the collegiate level for 10 years. He founded Eutopia: Contemporary Art Review in 2014. As the director of both privately owned and collegiate galleries Richards has been curating exhibits for 10 years, including Boom Town at the Dallas Museum of Art. Richards gives several lectures/interviews every year ranging from his own art practice to more theoretical topics related to the art world, occasionally participating in or moderating panel discussions. His website can be seen (here).

He is scheduled to have an exhibition titled a thing of this world at the PA Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY in August.

PATENT PENDING Reviewed on The Bowerbird

Patent Pending panorama

Photo courtesy Victoria Marie Bee.

Jonathan Whitfill’s Patent Pending exhibition, which was presented at the Charles Adams Studio Project 5&J Gallery in July, features works by over 70 artists; any of them are School of Art alumni.

Jordann Davis, an MA in Art History candidate, has a review of the exhibition published on The Bowerbird blogsite (read here).

BOBBY & JENNIFER COX Resume Control of Pheasant Ridge Winery


A recent article in Wine & Vines magazine online, reports that Bobby and Jennifer Cox (1975 BFA alumni) have resumed control over the Pheasant Ridge Winery, which they originally started up.

Cox told Wines & Vines, “It’s a bit bittersweet. There’s no inventory, and the winery is not equipped. The vineyard has about 9 to 11 acres of viable grapes, but we do have the brand and the building. The bottom line is that I know this ground can grow world-class wine, but it will take a while to get there.”


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