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JAMES CHASE Receives “Best Visual Artist Award” from Local Arts Commission

JAMES CHASE (2014 MFA in Studio Art – Printmaking) who now lives in Hookset, New Hamphire with his wife Amy, received a “Best Visual Artist” award from the Rochester Arts and Culture Commission this month.

In other news, James recently accepted the position as Director of Community Education and Visual Arts Faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  He had previous served as Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages Program Coordinator at Manchester Community College.

Over the summer he was in a 2-person exhibition entitled “Layerical Swords” with ceramic artist Justin Gerace at the Chases Garage Artist Studio and Gallery in York, Maine.  He has also received a commission to start large multi-location public arts project in Rochester.

James  serves on the New Hampshire Humanities Steering Committee that has received a Mellon Foundation Grant to Support the Humanities in the amount of $824,000 over the next three years.

WESLEY HARVEY Joins Red Lodge Clay Center as Curator of Exhibitions

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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.

Mary Beth Koeth is Across the Pond at UK Hallmark

picture-1Mary Beth Koeth, BFA Communication Design 2005, has been with Hallmark since graduating from Tech.  “It’s truly a dream place for creatives to work…so many creative resources available and so much talent under one roof!” Koeth explains.

She spent two and a half years designing greeting cards at headquarters in Kansas City before making the big jump to the U.K. where she is working as a design manager. “I’ve been in England for a little over a year now…and I still have trouble understanding the crazy, northern accent.”

“In my spare time I enjoy traveling Europe and observing European men in tight jeans,” Koeth adds ” All and all, I’m just a greeting card designer who’s moved to the UK.” Sounds like the beginning of a song to me. Check out her blog at 

Mark Nelson Stars in PBS's Beads, Baubles, and Jewels

Mark Nelson, MFA 1999, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, will star in a jewelry demonstration series coming soon to PBS. He has worked with Rio Grande for four years. (Rio Grande is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of jewelry making findings and tools in North America.) PBS and Rio Grande will offer 12 original episodes of the season, each featuring a different full-length project, now available online! Check your PBS listings for dates and times, or call your local station to request the show air in your area. 

 Professor Robly Glover  taught and mentored Nelson in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing while he was at the SoA. Glover explains,”Mark is becoming quite a celebrity. . . He does do scholarly development and research and is a good studio artist!”


Hello to Brandi Price!

Brandi Price (2002 BFA Design Communication) is currently working as designer at Hartsfield Design in Lubbock, Texas as well as an up and coming musician playing at clubs throughout the country. She was previously employed as a book designer at Hill Street Press in Athens Georgia.  Her designs have been nationally  recognized at prestigious competitive venues. Brandi  also taught graphic design full time at Clarke Central High School in Athens, GA, as well at several courses at Texas Tech University. She has some wonderful stories to share about her experiences.

Brandi can be reached at

Corey Escoto – Negotiating the Art World

Since receiving my MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2007), I was selected as one of three artists to take part in the Great Rivers Biennial at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and was a recipient of a Gateway Foundation Grant ($20,000). Having just had my graduate art show prior to that announcement, I was immediately challenged to come up with a new body of work under a variety of new pressures.  Making work for such a large exhibition space, in such a short time span, with seemingly unlimited possibilities, for the most attended venue for contemporary art in the city, was a new challenge and opportunity that became a valuable learning experience.

I have also participated in a handful of exhibitions since then including, Texas Biennial 2007, Austin, TX, New American Talent 23, Austin, TX, and have exhibited work in a number of international exhibitions including Le Souvenir, Weimar, Germany, DeCollecting, FRAC Nord-PasDe Calais, Dunkerque, France, 7 Days Brunch, Basel, Switzerland, and Somewhere Out There in the Middle of Nowhere, Munich, Germany.  These exhibitions have allowed me to meet new and interesting people from all over the world, all of which share a common interest in art. The best of these was 7 Days Brunch which brought together artists and galleries from seven different countries to a temporary exhibition space where we and those who found their way to the brunch talked, ate, and made friends before departing to the various art fairs all around Basel.

In addition to exhibiting my work, I have have enjoyed being a teaching assistant at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA).  CSSSA is a pre-college summer arts school that brings together promising visual art, dance, music, and theatre students to the Cal Arts Campus for an intensive creative experience.  It was a fun job working with energetic students and nice to relocate to the LA area for part of the summer.

Ryan Burkhart Reports from Charlotte

In January, my wife, Sarah (Schabacker) Burkhart (TTU Alumni 1997) and I decided it was time to take the next step in both of our careers and to seek out new opportunities. This past June, Sarah moved to Charlotte, NC ahead of me and joined Source Technologies, where she is the Director of Marketing. She is really challenged by the position and is flourishing in an environment that allows her to use her creativity. I remained in Orlando through August, working to find renters for our (sadly) unsellable home – we’re landlords now – and to transition Flying Horse Editions (FHE) to an Interim Director, Theo Lotz.


Over the past 8 years, I served as Director of FHE and a full time Instructor in the Art Deptartment at the University of Central Florida. I am very proud that FHE has gained a reputation as an up and coming collaborative printshop known for quality editions. It was great to work with the collectors, artists, and upper administration at the UCF to take FHE to the next level.  I am taking those experiences and building upon them with my next venture: A studio in Charlotte where I can focus completely on my studio activities and a new private press, Firsthand Editions. I am also serving as a consultant, helping others set up their silkscreen studios safely and efficiently. 


Sarah and I are enjoying having seasons again, the fine people of Charlotte, and putting our guns up on the weekends for the football team. 


Some upcoming exhibitions and demos include:


BookOpolis – Asheville BookWorks, Asheville, NC
Featuring Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle, my recent collaboration with John Poch (Director of the Creative Writing Program in English at TTU).

Weichman in Washington

That’s right – Marie Weichman left Texas this summer and moved to the Pacific Northwest for the second time in twenty years.

Since graduating in 2000 (MFA Ceramics) I have spent the last eight years of living the gypsy life and teaching part-time time at various colleges and universities, (well, okay… there was a year of full time faculty life stuck in the middle there), but now I am finally gainfully employed as a tenure track member of the art faculty at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.  When I accepted the job I received a rainstorm of e-mails from faculty and staff welcoming me to the most beautiful place on earth.  Now that I’m here, I can see why.  It really IS a stunning place to live.  The new job is a sweet gig.  I am working with extremely talented, friendly and laid-back people.  I am in charge of the entire 3D area for the department and I ride my bike to work everyday! 

Besides teaching, I’ve been making and showing artwork and lately, that has kept me fairly busy.  Currently, I have a piece included in an all-media, group show at Murray State University called THINK TANK.  In Jan/Feb of 2009 I will be showing recent work with two other TTU Alumns, Ian F. Thomas and Dryden Wells at Slippery Rock University, (thanks, Ian, for making that one happen!).  That show will focus on work made during and after our residency in Jingdezhen, China in 2007.  Also in Feb. ’09 Olympic College will be hosting a solo show of my work.  Last but not least, Sante Fe Clay Gallery recently invited me to participate in their group show scheduled for January.  Things here keep moving forward and the momentum is up right now. 

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Andrew Nelson Loves Vermont!

Vermont is an amazing place to visit in the fall. It’s even cooler when you live here. If you’ve never experienced autumn in New England, just imagine God dumping Fruity Pebbles on New Mexico… and that’s about as close an approximation as I can give you. The landscape is Martian, and inhibits obsessive compulsive artist’s behavior. It’s really mind blowing, and I’m fortunate enough to be experiencing it for my third year in a row.

I moved up here in 2006, about a year after graduating from Tech. I am a product designer and illustrator for Questech, a decorative home tile manufacturer in Rutland, VT. My company produces high end products for  people’s kitchens and bathrooms, which are sold at in Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

I married my college girlfriend, Kelly, a TTU alumna, and San Antonio city girl, who just loves -30 degree winters, torrential snowstorms, and driving on ice……. hahahahaha. I wasn’t too popular when I told her I landed the job up here. She is adapting, and I am proud. We live in a restored 1798 farmhouse in the Green Mountains, in a tiny mountain township called Shrewsbury. If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Funny Farm,’ I will vouch for its accuracy.

New Englanders are an odd sort. They don’t think too much of Texans. For some reason, I’m responsible for George Bush’s existence because I’m from Texas. Never mind that he was born and raised in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ironically, Lubbock prepared me for life in Vermont, although Vermont wins the Darwinian award for most exotic white trash selection. Some of the locals here have their teeth removed in their late teens, to avoid ever having to pay for a dentist. How bout’ them apples?

Dryden Wells – Greetings from China

I am living in Jingdezhen, China, a city that has dominated the porcelain industry for the last 1,000 years. It is really amazing not only to live in a city with such a rich history, but also to see the interesting blends of modern culture and tradition. Both are very much alive….traffic light posts and light poles are made of hand-painted porcelain columns!

As for my job, I have been hired as the Design Studio Manager of the Pottery Workshop. Initially established and still working as an international residency, we have recently been developing another part of the business that will focus on hand-made wares and cast products commissioned by artists or designers. With their being such a large ceramic industry in Jingdezhen, many businesses are not interested in doing limited editions of say 500 or 1,000. So, that is where we fit in.

I came here unclear as to what exactly my job would be, and have found it to be much more than I expected. Of course, having come to China before, I kind of knew what I was getting into. However, I am finding it is a very different experience trying to make it home. It takes a bit longer to settle in. I do think that no matter how long I stay here though; I will continue to be amazed and surprised by people. I don’t think I will ever loose my sensibilities.


Recently, I was invited along with several other artists and professionals from China and around the world to participate in a 3 day Ceramic Conference in Zhijin, China. Located in the Guizhou Province, its unique ceramic tradition is close to disappearing. The city held the conference so that we could see the community and culture, and then discuss how to revitalize this industry. While it was often difficult at times to see the effects of the coal industry in rural China, it was an amazing experience and very enlightening.