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David Dubose at Belfast Print Workshop Gallery

David Dubose, “Yellow House with Cone”

David Dubose (1986 BFA Printmaking and Drawing, MFA from Louisiana State University) is a favorite printmaker in the Taking Home With You exhibition at the Belfast Print Workshop Gallery through mid-February.

In this exhibition, Dubose is joined by School of Art faculty Sang-Mi Yoo, associate professor in Foundations, and Stacy Elko, associate professor in printmaking, current MFA candidate in printmaking Michael Glenn, and several other US printmaking artists.

Read a complete review of the exhibition at Ni Scene, a UK based online blog.

Shannon Cannings at Anya Tish Gallery, Houston

Shannon Cannings, adjunct instructor at School of Art and one of only two Texas artists west of I-35 to be curated into the 2011 Texas Biennial, will be in a two- person show, with Ann Wood, at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston.

Cannings has the following to say about her recent work:

As an artist and a consumer, I am drawn to the bright colors and thrilling packaging of toy guns.  In my paintings I make these objects appealing and strong, so that the viewer is as absorbed by the formal beauty of the objects as I am. Toy guns, however, can be polarizing objects.  While some people see them as objects from their own childhoods, recalling good times playing with friends, for others, these toys are symbols of how our society teaches our children to be violent. While I seek to control the imagery in various ways, I want viewers to have room to encounter the paintings in their own ways, bringing with them their own histories.

The opening reception for the exhibition is May 6th from 6:00-8:30 PM.  The exhibition continues through June 4th.

Steve Reynolds Exhibition at UTSA

Steve Reynolds (1940-2007) served on the Texas Tech School of Art faculty from 1971 – 1976 before moving over to the art faculty of the University of Texas as San Antonio where he served until 2005.

Steve Reynolds in his Lubbock studio, circa 1971.

A retrospective exhibition of his sculpture titled, STEVE REYNOLDS: Serial Investigations in Sculpture, has been curated by Catherine Lee from his estate and is currently on view at the UTSA Gallery through February 23rd.  The exhibition will tour to Texas A&M – Corpus Christi where it will be on view March 10 – April 15.

To read a review of this exhibition, go to Glasstire.com.

Tedeschi and Morrow Receive Faculty Recognition Awards

Associate Professor Carla Tedeschi (Communication Design and Program Coordinator)  and Professor Terry Morrow (Painting and Drawing) each recently received Outstanding Faculty Recognition Awards given by the Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa honors organizations.  They were honored at a reception in Merket Alumni Center for their exemplary classroom instruction, style, and accessibility to students with this faculty recognition award.

During the awards ceremony, Caleigh Aycock, Mortar Board Chairman for Faculty Recognition, explained to the five recipients, “There were so many, many applicants who were recommended so highly, we want you to know how very qualified and outstanding you all are for this award.”

Tedeschi and Morrow  were also recognized midfield at halftime during the October 31 TTU vs Kansas football game with three other award recipients, Dr. Mukaddes Darwish (associate professor in the College of Engineering); Dr. Thomas Knight (professor in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources); and Mitzi Ziegner (instructor in the College of Human Sciences).

Professor Terry Morrow Begins His 41st Year

Terry Morrow with alumna, Cakky Brawley, during 40th Anniversary Studio Alumni Invational Exhibition

Terry Morrow with alumna, Cakky Brawley, during 40th Anniversary Studio Alumni Invitational Exhibition

Professor Terry Morrow begins his 41st year this semester as art professor at Texas Tech. It is a momentous time and an accomplishment that current students, faculty, and alumni applaud. He spent eight of those years additionally as Assistant Art Department Chairman, Art Department Chairman or Director when the school was called the  Art Department, and two-times as Interim Director at the SoA.  Morrow has always been ready to come forward as needed, which showcases his outstanding service and regard for students and the faculty. He is a perennial favorite professor with students and sought after as a colleague. He began our interview by telling me:

I guess I will continue to teach as long as I have health, still enjoy it, and feel like I have something left to contribute to the students. I used to get sons and daughters of former students when I did SMAP (Saturday Morning Art Program for high school students who are serious about art) but it’s grandchildren of graduates, now. I still enjoy it and as teachers, we owe it to be mentors – always.

In a recent interview with Scott Dadich, BFA Communications Design, 1999, the Creative Director of Wired magazine, he agreed that Morrow was a mentor. He said, “Terry Morrow was a great mentor and I started out in his SMAP program and was there every Saturday all through high school to learn. Later, when I went to Tech, Professor Morrow would look in on me to check how my classes were going. In his classes, I learned so much about drawing.”

Many students agree with Dadich and really treasure the times they spent in your classes. What made you decide to go into your field?

As a child growing up in Austin, I liked drawing and got to experience a program like our SMAP. It made the difference. Yes, it did inspire me to start SMAP here over 30 years ago.

In what ways has your art influenced you?

Art has been a part of me that always grows. It nurtures me. Being able to observe one’s world, aesthetic things— shapes, form, light— it’s a way of getting at who I am.  I chose Printmaking because of its relationship to drawing-latitude of the processes -painting and design together.

What changes have you noticed in teaching?

When I began here in 1968, I would say that only half the faculty was engaged in teaching. Now we have a good and caring faculty – no more unconscious state of routine “zombified” teaching.

How has your teaching changed?

Standards called for in NASAD  (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) helped me set a standard—not to go to automatic pilot. I combine some philosophy when I teach figure drawing, because in the beginning some students have a fear of drawing the human figure.  In this class, we watch old movies and observe great body movements. I know that it is connecting when in class, a student, Paloma Lidzy, sophomore, said, ‘ Professor Morrow, look at what you have done. I walk around campus, studying people now all the time and think, my – her calves are very pronounced!’

His next class that night was studying photography and the body, he explained to me. The class was going to study Paul Simon’s song “Kodachrome.” I’m humming it  to myself “Momma, don’t take our kodachrome— or Terry Morrow— away.”

Carol Flueckiger Travels to Worcester, MA
(First in a series on summer faculty research)

Flueckiger Pages From History

Carol Flueckiger, Associate Professor in Art, was awarded a Creative Artist Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, a research library in Worcester, Massachusetts,  which houses collections from colonial times through the civil war and reconstruction. Her task was to gather imagery with the intent to blueprint vintage graphics and historic handwriting into paintings.

Flueckiger focused on handwritten letters from the first wave of feminism as it was born out of the abolitionist movement- Frederic Douglas and Harriet Beecher Stowe and more.  Her finds included vintage paper dolls like Eva and Topsy from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, dairies, and drawings of the era. Many of these papers were made from rags which were made of cotton. She, then investigated cotton which took her, of course, to Texas which caused her to explore vintage maps and her investigations just went on.

For her art, she used a process of cyanotype to blueprint historic imagery into oversize paintings. As she collected and digitized for her art, she found that this period of time was ripe with information and advice on how things should be done  and thought about from tobacco to religion to marriage and divorce. She found one article that even brought up ladies’ underwear entitled, “Corsets versus Brain.”

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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.

William Canning's Work is "Most Engaging" says Frances Colpitt

Example of Canning's work entitled "Sink or Swim"

Example of Canning's work entitled "Sink or Swim"

Frances Colpitt , TCU Art History Professor, reviewing the Austin Texas Biennial Multiple Venues in the publication Art  in America describes Canning’s work as follows. ”To provide more in depth exposure, one artist was chosen to have a solo exhibition, each at a different venue. The most engaging for this viewer was William Cannings at Okay Mountain. He exhibited steel sculptures of life-size inflatable objects, like inner tubes,beach balls, and rafts, which he makes by heating the metal sheets and shaping them with forced air. Painted in shiny enamel, the works convincingly capture the puckered seams and the puffed out shapes of the artist’s motifs. Unlike Jeff Koon’s works, Cannings are actual size, thick and glossy rather than thin and glassy. The weighty material is rendered buoyant and airy, like the show as a whole”

Ken Little BFA 1969, was mentioned in the AiA article, also.  Little was specifically chosen to stage art at one of the temporary outdoor location curated by Risa Puleo at Lady Bird Lake. Colpitt describes Little’s work as “white picket fence outlining the shape of the continental United States”  3347842486_5c1934ed0e

Guest-curator, Michael Duncan, a Los Angeles art critic and curator, chose art work from an open call for the third Texas Biennial Exhibition in Austin, Texas which showed from . Six alums and/or SoA faculty were chosen out of the 650 entries for this exhibit.  They were Susan BudgeSusan ChealTom MatthewsChristie Blizard Little, and Cannings.

June 12-14 Alumni Weekend @ Junction

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Alumni weekend at Junction is next weekend, June 12-14. To start the weekend off, there will be a gathering of artists and art educators for a “Conversation in Leadership” (Saturday, June 12th from 1-5 PM). The participants of this conversation currently include: Rebecca Riley, TTU SOA alumna and currently Vice President for Student Services at Lonestar College in Houston, Helen Klebesadel, Director of Women’s Studies at U-Wisconsin System, Valerie Dibble, Associate Professor of Art in Digital Photography and Printmaking at Kennesaw State University, Georgia , and our own CVPA Dean Carol Edwards. Klebesadel will remain the following week  as guest artist. 

Mata Ortiz ceramics artist, Jaime Dominguez, will be giving a workshop with James Watkins, Horn Professor, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Architecture. 

 Saturday evening, Bob Hickerson, TTU Chief Operating Officer for the Off Campus Sites, will host a BBQ  for staff and family at the Junction Campus with music provided by Spider Johnson. 

This speakers series at Junction Center is supported by CVPA and the College of Outreach & Distance Education. It will also support visiting artist Beverly Penn during 2nd Summer Session.

Traveling in Texas? Jeff Wheeler Has Art for You in Lubbock, Dallas, and Houston!

Somewhere Near Happy Texas  

 

 

Somewhere Near Happy Texas

 

Adjunct Instructor Jeff Wheeler MFA has been on the road hanging shows in three Texas towns. He invites “y’all come” if you are there or traveling there!  

One is in Lubbock at The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts His exhibit FRANKLIN ACKERLEY: NEW WORK AND SELECTIONS FROM HIS COLLECTION,will hang from May 8th-June 6th. The closing celebration is Friday, June 5th, 6-9 pm with an after party featuring music by LOS SOBs at the Tornado Gallery (BYOB)

In Dallas, at Mighty Fine Arts, the exhibit is JEFF WHEELER: ACTUAL SCENES:GENUINE CHARACTERS from May 9th- June 14th with the closing celebration on Saturday, June 13th 6-whenever featuring live music by LOS SOBs. For more information see http://www.mfagallery.com

The third venue is in Houston at the Rudolph Projects/Artscan Gallery, for the exhibit JEFF WHEELER and RYAN GEIGER: NEW WORK, May 16th – June with the closing celebration on Saturday, June 27th, 6-whenever featuring live music by LOS SOBs. For more information see http://www.rudolphprojects.com

 

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