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ZACH NADER Selected for Art and Science Residency in Brooklyn


ZACH NADER has been selected to be a visiting resident at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Nader is currently one of nine “residents” at Pioneer Works, working in photography, mixed media, writing, but also as institutions working on social justice and alternative art projects. Nader will be working with the wonderful people at Nanotronics Imaging and using some of their microscopic equipment to generate new images.

Also, in October, his video public viewing/04 will be included in an expansive exhibition of contemporary photographic work (see excerpt from public viewing/06 below).  The exhibition is entitled, Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary. The exhibition will be up from October 15th – 30th at Andrews Hall, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Zach Nader work profiled in Arts & Science Journal online

Nader - Counterweight

Art & Science Journal, an online blog, has profiled alumnus ZACH NADER and his Counterweight series of photographic works in an essay by Erin Saunders.  Click here to read the essay.

Nader is presenter of The New West Texas Sky Project currently on view in the Folio Gallery of the Texas Tech School of Art through September 22nd.  The exhibition is presented by Landmark Arts, participating organization of the 2013 Texas Biennial.

Zach Nader received an MFA in Studio Art – Photography in 2011.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Day Three in LA

What a busy but great day we had today. First we headed to The Hammer Museum to visit with Sue Bell Yank. She informed us about the different types of residencies at the Hammer and also her position. She was very enthusiastic about her job and seemed to love working with college students in her educational role. I personally enjoyed meeting her as she was interested in socially based artists and projects that are similar to my career goals.

Next it was off to meet with David Eng of the Machine Project. I think we all loved this artist based group. They are this very fun, open, creative, awkward, new, creative ideas group. David informed us about their past projects: Dog Opera, Babies Project, and House Plant Vacations! We were all inspired to just have a bit more fun and involve the community it all we do.

Next, we dropped by the Thomas Solomon Gallery and viewed the work and also spoke briefly with the staff. This gallery is located near Chinatown. It was interesting to learn from the gallerists who help to influence the art market.

The Broad Art Foundation. We visited with Ed Schad and he personally showed us the private collection. The artist ranged from Mark Bradford to Anslem Kiefer and Richard Prince. Mr. Shad was very knowledgeable about the collection and the various artists. I enjoyed hearing about his personal interactions with the artists.

Finally, it was off to The Getty to hear the lecture “Endless Summer” given by artist and educator Peter Plagens. He spoke Summer is a season for childhood. In his lecture compared the season of Fall to the structure of art while Summer artwork can be used/viewed in art to be more free and open.

Day 2: Mountain Lions, LACMA, and Great Art From All Over The World

Today was excellent! We started off the day by with the best cupcakes in the world and a mountain lion adventure in the heart of Santa Monica before we even saw any art! After our all of this how can you have a bad day?!? the first art experience was doubly exciting as we had the opportunity to tour Bergamot Station, also in Santa Monica. Bergamot Station is a collective of galleries and dealers and artist. This center of art is well know along the west coast and was home to works by Larry Sultan, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Lillian Bassman and Michael Kalish and many more. This introduction to the gallery scene and in southern California has been a great opportunity for all of us!


After our morning in Santa Monica we headed into LA for a meeting with Tushara Bindu Gude, Associate Curator of South and South East Asian Art at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)! Bindu Gude was great! She gave us a behind the scenes tour of the museum including pulling out some painted manuscripts from the 16th century and a personal talk about the South and South East Asian Exhibition!  We were able to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring all of the nooks and crannies of LACMA! Including works by artist like Robert Adams, Daido Moriyama, and Chris Burden!


LACMA was a great experience we are all excited and ready another day!


Until next time!



Day 1 of Maymester: Plexi Plexi Plexi

Today’s Agenda: Laguna Beach Artwalk, 302 Gallery
NOTES: – Working on the CV- Ben Beardy:Study the gallery’s past exhibitions before submitting a portfolio for a show at the venue. Is it likely for them to show your exhibition?- Think about the viewer: Do you change your work in order to sell?- Pricing your work, don’t change your price once you set it.-Another artist from Iceland also working with acrylic!

Beach! Frozen Yogurt! and Mexican food! Good Day!

Fall Newsletter Mailed Out – Did You Receive Yours?

By now we hope you have received this fall’s Art Alumni Newsletter.  If you have not, we probably do not have your current mailing address in our database.   Reply to<> with your current mailing address and we will mail you a copy ASAP.  Since we don’t have all Art Alumni in our database, feel free to forward this e-mail to your Art Alumni friends.

Two items of particular interest are mentioned in the newsletter.

1 – School of Art will hold an Art Alumni Homecoming Weekend Reception in the newly completed 3D Art Annex on Friday, October 14th from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.  If you plan to be in Lubbock for the football weekend, please drop by and say hello.  (RSVPs will be appreciated at<>.)

2 – We have issued a CALL FOR ARTWORK DONATIONS to this year’s 4th Annual 5×7 Art Scholarship Fundraiser.  The successes of the past three fundraisers have helped us increase the ART Scholarship Endowment by $170,000.  This is all made possible through the sale of 5” x 7” artworks donated by alumni, previously exhibited artists, and other artist friends from around the country.

We invite you to join us in this great project by donating one (and up to 3) 5” x 7” artworks (that’s the final sheet size; image size can be any size on the 5×7” sheet.  3-D artworks about the same size are also invited).  No framing is required; however, we like to display the work anonymously, so please sign and title the works on the back.  Contact us at<> if you would like to participate and we will e-mail you an Art Donation Form to include with your work.

Please send these artworks by early December so that we can scan them and post them online.

Alumni Homecoming Reception To Honor Terry Morrow

The School of Art will recognize Professor Terry Morrow for his many years of service to Texas Tech this fall during the Alumni Homecoming Reception on Saturday, November 6, 2010.    Activities begin at 4:00 PM in English 001 next door to the Art Building, game time is at 7:00 PM.  A reception will follow in the foyer of the Art Building.

To honor Terry, his family, friends, colleagues and the Medici Circle have SECRETLY come together to establish the Terry Morrow – Medici Circle Art Scholarship Endowment – Terry doesn’t know about this; it will be a surprise.  The scholarship endowment which will be announced during the Reunion. If you wish to contribute to this scholarship endowment, CLICK HERE, to go to a secure Texas Tech page where you can make an online donation with a credit card.

Terry Morrow joined the Art Department at Texas Tech in fall of 1968. His teaching responsibilities covered the areas of printmaking and drawing. During his first two years at TTU, all classes were taking place in the (former) Architecture building and the memorable barracks. During 1981, Professor Morrow initiated the Saturday Morning Art Project (SMAP), an enrichment program for gifted and talented high school students within the Lubbock Independent School District. Terry assisted these students every other Saturday morning for over twenty-four years.

Over the years, Professor Morrow’s administrative service has served the art program very well. In 1984 Terry initiated a class at the Junction campus for gifted and talented high school art students from the Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma region. For approximately 15 years, he provided a week- long “summer camp” experience for these high school students. Soon thereafter he began to offer graduate printmaking and drawing classes at the Junction campus.

Over $21,000 Raised During 2nd Annual 5×7 Art Fundraiser

One-hundred and fifty art lovers converged on the UMC McIntruff Conference Center on Saturday night, April 24th to enjoy themselves and support the School of Art during the 2nd Annual Medici Circle-School of Art 5×7 Scholarship Fundraiser. Wine, food, art, and especially wine came together to net the School of Art over $21,000 to support scholarship endowments and other pressing School of Art needs.

The rush for the 5x7s (each of which sold for $75) was preceded by a live auction for which six pieces had been selected and pulled from the display. Rob Glover’s sterling silver tongs, an homage to Adelaide Paul’s early ceramic work caused a bidding war that made the work fetch $600. Six hundred dollars was also fetched by Toni Arnett’s elegant tulip. William Cannings’ gold leafed inflated steel “pillow” came in close behind them at $550. Other work by Alice Briggs, Carol Flueckiger, and Carol C. Howell also fetched three to four times beyond the standard $75 price tag.  Soon thereafter, the 5×7 scramble began and 150 works quickly sold, bringing the total artworks sales to nearly $12,000 in less than an hour.

The School of Art is particularly grateful to the UMC Health System for their very generous underwriting support of the fundraiser.  Additionally, we wish to thank Kelly Marble and College Flowers for their in-kind donation of flowers and table décor.  We also wish to thank the following table sponsors:  Ms. Melissa Grimes and Studio West, Dr. Taylor Eighmy and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Art History Faculty, Dustin & Elisabeth Burrows, the Henry Family, Blair Isom and family, and Mr. Ted Rushing and the Rushing Family Foundation.  We are especially appreciative of the 5×7 artworks which were donated by so many of our artist friends and alumni for around the nation, state and Lubbock.

New Kilns Are A Welcome Sight for Ceramic Students and Faculty

img_12181New Gel kilns have been installed on the kiln yard-without mishap, too! Ceramics Associate Professors Juan Granados was relieved the walls were still standing. Associate Professor Von Venhuizen  and  he will start the year off with new equipment and a new facility since the move into the 3D Art Annex.  Granados and Venhuizen offer thanks to our Dean Carol Edwards and SoA Interim Director, Tina Fuentes, for the kilns.

Professor Tina Fuentes is Interim Director

Former School of Art Director, Professor Todd DeVriese, has left TTU’S SoA to become Dean of the Department of Art at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. As we began the search for a new director, CVPA Dean Carol Edwards announced last week that Professor Tina  Fuentes, (BFA and MFA, North Texas State University) the Associate Director and a Professor in Art  (Painting) will serve as the new interim SoA Director. She assumed her duties formally July 20.

Tina Fuentes

Tina Fuentes

Although she was born in San Angelo, Fuentes grew up in Odessa.  She began teaching art in the Texas Public Schools; teaching next at Waco Art Center; followed by the University of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico; and finally is a student favorite drawing and painting professor here since 1986 – 23 years.  She has participated extensively as an exhibition juror and served as a member of the Visual Arts Panels of New Mexico State Arts Division and the Texas Commission for the Arts.  She has also served as juror and board member of the Albuquerque Arts Board 1% for Art Program and more.

Fuentes lives in Lubbock with her husband, Paz Molinar. They have a daughter Erica and son-in-law, Greg Graves who have an eighteen-month-old son, Cash Kane. “He is the sweetest thing,” exclaims Fuentes.

In addition to being an educator, Fuentes  is a practicing artist with her own expansive studio. Many would call her a pioneering Latina woman who has gained much recognition for her art. Some examples of these accolades are an invitational one-woman show “Capas y Luz,” Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX.; “53rd Grace Museum Competition,” Grace Museum, Abilene, TX. (1st place award ); “One Woman Show: Dibujos y Pinturas de la Desnuda,” Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA; and the invitational “One Woman Show,” San Antonio Art Institute. She was also the subject of a 1990 KTX-TV, Lubbock, Texas, production, entitled “El Arte de Tina Fuentes” which was accepted by the National Education Television Association and made available nationally to all PBS stations.