Archive for the ‘ Prizes/Honors ’ Category

KATHERINE LIONTAS-WARREN To Receive Governor’s Arts Award

Katherine-LIontas-Warren-Nov-2014-300x352Katherine Liontas-Warren, 1983 MFA in Printmaking alumna and Professor of Art at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, will be honored on December 4th during the during the 39th Governor’s Arts Awards as one of five 2014 recipients of the Arts in Education Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefiting youth and/or arts in education. Liontas-Warren has been member of the Cameron faculty since 1984, where she teaches drawing, printmaking and watercolor. She is a recipient of the Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award and has been inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame.

Read the full Cameron University news release (here).

Recent Communication Design Graduates On Winning Team in National Competition

Conner Drew and Stephanie Bradford during May's Communication Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition.

Conner Drew and Stephanie Bradford during May’s Communication Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition.

Stephany Bradford, of Wolfforth, and Conner Drew, of Austin, are two recently graduated Communication Design students who, as seniors, were on the creative team for Bullet Advertising, Texas Tech University’s student advertising team.  Competing in the final round of the 2014 American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in Boca Raton, Florida on May 28-31, the Bullet Advertising team took Third Place, representing their district against the top teams from fourteen other US districts.

The 19-member team created a campaign for this year’s sponsor, Mary Kay Cosmetics. The campaign hopes to attract a younger clientele to the brand.

After their first-place win in the district 10 competition, the student team was ranked second of the eight teams in the country as they went into the finals competition.  See more about the team here.

Great Times for Zach Nader

Zach Nader (2008 BFA from Baylor University and 2011 MFA from Texas Tech) “comb[s] the current torrent of images… in search of new possibilities of perception.” On Monday, January 28th Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, New York held the first solo-screening of his video works. Called great times are waiting, the videos, which were compiled over the last three years, feature footage from various television and online advertisements.



Nader’s videos were also recently featured in the group show She Bush at Yaffo 23 in Jerusalem, Israel– a show which “examine[d] human perception of reality in the post-internet era.”

For more on Zach Nader: a Q&A between the artist and Hey, Hot Shot!, and a critique of his ongoing work.

PBS Presents Scott Thurman’s “The Revisionaries”

Scott Thurman (2007 BFA in Studio Art; MFA from University of North Texas) who currently resides in Austin,  was back in the media spotlight this week as PBS announced that they would be airing The Revisionaries this week, an independent film he directed.  In Lubbock the film aired on Monday evening, January 28th.

If you missed it, you can stream the film online via PBS-Independent Lens, for free, through February 28th.

The film premiered last April at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received a “Special Jury Award” which was presented by Michael Moore at the awards ceremony.  Since then the film has been selected by and screened at various national and international independent film festivals.

You can read more about the film and all the folks who worked with Scott to get it done at The Revisionaries – Official Movie Site.

Scott Thurman's Film "Smokey" Screens at Los Angeles Film Festival

Scott Thurman

Scott Thurman 2007 BFA Photography-digital option will have his documentary film titled “Smokey”screened during the Los Angeles Film Festival June 18-28. It is one of seven short films selected by the Houston Film Commission as part of the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase at the LA Film Festival. In addition, the Houston Film Commission is flying Thurman to Los Angeles to be present for the film screening and Q&A session following.

“Smokey” is Scott Thurman’s directorial debut, having made this film during his first year in the MFA Documentary Filmmaking program at the University of North Texas, Denton.

“Smokey” takes an intimate look Smokey Binion, Jr. of Stinnett, Texas. Water well worker by day,Elvis impersonator on his off time. Smokey provides performances across the Panhandle of Texas – at no charge to the viewing audience. A day in the life with Smokey reveals an optimistic man involved with his community as an employee of the city and tribute artist, comfortable living and working in a small town while finding unusual ways to connect with all kinds of people.

This film is 14 min, 16 seconds and has previously been selected into the Hot Springs (Arkansas) Documentary Film Festival, Austin (Texas) Film Festival, NextFrame: University Film & Video Association’s Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA), Rockport (Texas) Film Festival, AFI Dallas (Texas) International Film Festival, Indie Memphis (Tennessee) Film Festival, and Dallas (Texas) Video Fest. The film took 1st Place at the Reality Bites Independent Student Film Festival sponsored by Northern Illinois University’s Department of Communication in April. The film can be viewed at the Reality Bites website. Then by clicking on “Smokey.”



SoA Students Honored by Rockport Center for Arts

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, MFA candidate  in Photography; Emily Schuhmann, MFA candidate in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing; and Christopher Voss,  MFA candidate in Painting, have been chosen by the Rockport Center for Arts as emerging artists from Texas. During the National Youth Art Month of March, the Rising Eyes of Texas Collegiate Exhibition will honor 30 students from 14 Texas colleges and universities giving TTU SoA artists one-sixth of glory.

At the reception, Saturday, March 7, from 5-7p.m., at the center in Rockport, Texas, cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Michelle Smythe, director of K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, will jury the show.

Voss explains, “My work , Contained Unraveling,deals with the container, metaphorically connected to the human form, and the volatile state of its existence.”

Maxey Park is by Nader who explains, “It was made here and I used a pinhole camera on this photograph.”

Schuhmann’s three metal pieces Slime, Orgasm,and Growth are below. All of these works can by found on the poster above. Update: Schuhmann’s piece Decay’s Growth received an Honorable Mention.




Contained Unraveling

Contained Unraveling




Maxey Park

Maxey Park










Orgasm Decay's Growth




Decay's Growth

Decay's Growth

Four TTU Artists selected by Mel Chin for 2009 Texas National Show


All in the Family by Piotr Chizinski

All in the Family by Piotr Chizinski


Blizard 3 by Christie Blizard

Blizard 3 by Christie Blizard




Four artists from the School of Art have seven pieces of artwork in the 2009 Texas National Show Cole Art Center in the Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, Texas, from now until May 17. Christie Blizard, Assistant Professor in Art – Painting and Drawing, has two paintings selected: Piotr Chizinski, 2008 MFA Sculpture/Photography, has two works in the show; Jonathan Whitfill, 2006 MFA Sculpture, has a book selected; in addition to Scotty Hensler ‘s artwork. See family.

Internationally recognized artist, Mel Chin, juried the show. During his remarks at the reception, April 4, Chin mentioned Blizard’s work.

Four Students Are Selected for Arkansas Art Center's 36th annual Toys Designed by Artists show


Jillian Cooper, Senior,BFA- Studio Art – Jewelry /Metalsmithing from Manchester, NM ; Ellen Wadsworth, Junior, BA – Art Undeclared from Irving, TX; Amy Cassidy, sophomore,BFA-Studio Art, from the Woodlands, TX; Carrie Skinner, Junior ,BA- Arts and Sciences Undeclared from Hobbs, NM, were accepted in the Arkansas Art Center’s 36th annual Toys Designed by Artists show. The juror was Suzanne Ramljak, editor of “Metalsmith Magazine,” an international publication.  The exhibition continues in the Arkansas Arts Center’s San Strauss Sr. Gallery until May 10th 2009.

 Professor Robly Glover explains, “I taught a Design 2 core class in the Fall semester with the assistance of Emily Schuhmann, MFA candidate. I assigned a toy assignment to the class to cover their functional component of the course. Emily and I were so happy with the results, that we encouraged the students to apply to the show.”

The results were impressive and fun! See the pictures below.


Untitled by Amy Cassidy

Untitled by Amy Cassidy



Labor in a Box by Carrie Skinner

Labor in a Box by Carrie Skinner


Children Having Children by Ellen Wadsworth

Children Having Children by Ellen Wadsworth


Kiwi Gets His Wings by Jillian Cooper

Kiwi Gets His Wings by Jillian Cooper

SoA Makes the 2008 President's Higher Ed Community Service Honor Roll Again!

Texas Tech University, and four key faculty in particular, were named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This selection to the Honor Roll represents recognition “from the highest levels of the federal government for commitment to service and civic engagement on your campus and in our nation.”tedeschi

This was announced formally today, February 9, 2009, by the Corporation for National and Community Service at their 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education, in Washington, DC.  SoA faculty member,  Carla Tedeschi, Associate Professor in Communication Design, helped secure this prestigious award for TTU  for  the second year in a row. She and her students volunteered countless hours at the Lubbock Animal Shelter and prepared numerous public service campaigns that spoke out about animal abuse. Tedeschi explained, “It has been something we have done for years (volunteering at PETA,IDA,SPCA), but when the pitt bull attacks started and the controversy about the shelter happened, we knew we had to do something more to help.”

In addition to Professor Tedeschi, three other TTU professors and their classes across campus completed projects to earn this ensemble award coordinated by Irene Arrellano, TTU  Service Learning Coordinator. Other  professors honored in this award include Laura Lowe, Assistant Professor Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; Heidi Bradley, Associate Professor in Animal Sciences; and  Joaquin Borrego, Associate Professor of Psychology. The entire Honor Roll is available at along with descriptions of the top honorees and other information.

Slaton Speaks Art

The town square in Slaton, Texas, frequently holds visual and performing arts delights. This square is becoming very well known! Several folks from the SoA have found Slaton a nice, little town in which to live—-a close commute to TTU, but Sara Waters, Professor in Art, has slowly but uniquely turned the square, with a little help from her friends, into an art haven with her waterSpace north and waterSpace south. Von Venhuizen, Associate Professor in Art, also has a studio gallery on this square.

Slaton Exhibit- Sara Waters

Slaton Exhibit- Sara Waters


Before Waters found Slaton, Texas, she just wanted space to pursue her research.  In 1996, she began renting in downtown Lubbock, but “wherever the arts are, the rent goes up. ” she explains.

After trying another location in the Depot District, a student suggested she look in Slaton.

Waters found a lovely inverted L-shaped building complete with a small park in front. She began renting one side in 2003, later purchasing both sides of her “marvelous”building in 2005. 

The building had over 5,000 slick, shiny square feet which used to house a furniture store in the 1920’s. The last enterprise in the building was a candle factory (which explained the floors— no longer slick). She named it water Space south. In 2007, another building cater-corner from her first building, caught her eye. She purchased this building naming it water Space north.  Both colleagues and students began using her spaces to exhibit their artistic  endeavors.

Meanwhile, Scotty Hensler, MFA candidate, began promoting arts on the Slaton Square bringing the mayor and local businesses into the picture. In 2007, the Fifth Friday Slaton Art & Music Exhibit was born. More Fifth Fridays have followed in February and October, both in 2008. Another Fifth Friday is planned for 2009.