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Terry Morrow Retirement Announced

Professor Terry Morrow will be retiring from the School of Art and Texas Tech University effective June 1, 2018.  He joined the (then) Department of Art in the fall of 1968 as an Assistant Professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate students.  Among his many administrative roles he has assisted with the ongoing development of the Printmaking Area and served as Assistant Chair, Chair, and Director of the School of Art.

As part of the TTU community Professor Morrow has been a member of many significant Department/School, College, and University-wide committees, including the committees to develop the BFA, MFA, and BA in Studio Art degree programs and to form and establish the CVPA (College of Visual and Performing Arts.)  Throughout his career he has mentored faculty through the Tenure and Promotion process and continues to enrich the community with his institutional knowledge.

As part of the broader academic community, Professor Morrow served as a member, President, and Past-President of TASA (Texas Association of Schools of Art) from 1992-1996, and was a member of NCAA (the National Council of Art Administrators) and SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International.)  In addition, he was an active member and site-evaluator for NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) for more than 20 years.

Generous with his time, in 1980 Professor Morrow secured financial support from the Lubbock Junior League and the Helen Jones Foundation to found the Saturday Morning Art Project, and then served as its volunteer Teacher/Director until 2004.  Further, he has conducted workshops and presentations for many schools and organizations at the local, regional, and national level, and he volunteered to teach the Junction Center class for talented high school students for a number of years.

PROFESSOR RICK DINGUS– “The Photographs of Rick Dingus” Book Released


Professor Rick Dingus, who has been on the Texas Tech School of Art faculty since 1982, has released a book of his photographic career.

The University of Oklahoma Press recently completed the publication, entitled Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus. 

The 224 page publication includes Rick Dingus’ entire photographic career, starting in the 1970’s.

The publication was edited by Peter S. Briggs and Helen DeVitt (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Texas Tech). It also includes a foreword by Toby Jurovics and contributions by Shelly Ermitage and Lucy R. Lippard.

Many reproductions of Dingus’ photographs in color and black & white were recently viewed at his retrospective exhibition, Changing Places: The Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dinguspresented by the Museum of Texas Tech.

Dingus will be retiring this December. Click here for more info.

Houston Area Alumni Invited to School of Art Reception at Redbud Gallery

Lydia Thompson, the TTU School of Art Director, is hosting an informal reception for Houston art alumni and friends at the Redbud Gallery located at 303 East 11th St, Houston, TX 77008. The reception will take place on Wednesday, October 14th from 6-8 p.m. and will include refreshments. Please RSVP to 806-742-3826 or by Friday, October 11th.


PAUL D. HANNA Retired Professor of Art Passes Away at Age 84

Paul D. Hanna, a retired professor of art, passed away on July 2nd at the age of 84.

Paul HannaHanna began his academic career at Texas Tech in the mid 1960s when the art department was the Allied Arts Area of the Architecture Department. When the Art Department was formed in 1967, Hanna came on as a faculty member. Hanna, along with several others, participated in working towards getting allied and applied architecture elements together into the arts department, eventually contributing to the School of Art we know today. Terry Morrow, a colleague of Hanna’s during his time at Texas Tech, described Hanna as a great contributor to the School of Art. Morrow also said that Hanna was a memorable man, adding that he always wore a black hat and had a deep love for old time radio.

Hanna taught courses in painting, drawing & design, graphic design, studio design, and occasionally filled in for interior design courses. He also taught a one-time Experimental Art class in the 1970’s, which was heavily ahead of it’s time, featuring work that would be known today as performance and environmental installation art. Hanna also served as an Associate Chair for the School of Art and as the President of the Texas Association of School of Art. He retired from teaching in 1995.

Ken Little (1970 BFA; 1972 MFA in ceramics from University of Utah), who attended classes with Professor Hanna in 1968 and 1969, describes Hanna as one who “had a sharp intellect and an eccentric, rigorous teaching style” which he remembers vividly. Little also adds that through Hanna’s teaching and classes, he “began to build a real set of working standards” which he used throughout his career as an artists and a teacher and that he will “always feel a deep gratitude to Professor Hanna.”

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

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.”