Archive for the ‘ Prizes/Honors ’ Category

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 http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/ 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.

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.