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School of Art Alumni Reception in New York – October 23rd

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The Gift of Time

Old trooper, I see your child’s red crayon pass,
bleeding deletions on the galleys you hold
under your throbbing magnifying glass,
that worn arena, where the whirling sand
and broken-hearted lions lick your hand
refined by bile as yellow as a lump of gold.

                                    –Robert Lowell, from “For George Santayana”


Day 1

At the suggestion of a local farmer, and after some deliberation, we took a back road and then no road at all, climbing over a cratered field of scrub into RAiR’s backyard. One of the residents came out fuming. “Turn around! Turn around!” He gestured toward a driveway that had been all but invisible beforehand. Rattled, Joe and I swung back—inched back, I should say—to the proper entrance. “A grand first impression,” Joe sighed.

We met Ryder Richards in front of his apartment and studio, a dun-colored affair with a slant silver roof that glared. All the other apartments looked much the same, excepting the compound’s meetinghouse whose single spire, in small silver letters, declared RAiR’s motto: The Gift of Time. Ryder showed us into the guest apartment where we would be staying. “There are towels in the bathroom,” he said. “You guys freshen up, then come over to my place for a drink.”

Joe showered first. We had been shed-camping in Madrid the past three days and were sooty for all the fires we had huddled over; too, the coal that blotched the surrounding hills—which we one day hiked—and hung in the air as dust, residual from the town’s old mines. Everything in Madrid seemed dirty, black. At RAiR it was the opposite: the walls were starkly white, the furniture austere. Even the sky was spotless.

Joel Kiser In First Iron Pour at Collin College

On Saturday April 20th, Collin College Sculpture faculty and students successfully poured cast iron for the first time in the history of the Collin College Art Department under the direction of Sculpture Professor Luke Sides and Art Labs Coordinator Joel Kiser (2007 BFA in Sculpture from Texas Tech).  This epic feat was made possible by a dedicated group of sculpture students who worked together to safely pour over 800 lbs. of cast iron.

Joel Kiser feeding the cupola.

Joel Kiser feeding the cupola.

In the weeks leading up to the iron pour, sculpture students diligently collected scrap bathtubs and assisted in the welding of sand pits, while at the same time working on their own molds to be cast. All of the iron poured was actually collected by hand breaking cast iron bathtubs and sinks into small potato chip size pieces to be collected and poured into a homemade cupola furnace, constructed by Kiser.

JOELCommented Kiser, “I have never seen such excitement and dedication from our sculpture students. Usually, we teach techniques and processes that follow the students into their four-year art-making futures. Today, however, we were able to give them a unique life experience, in terms of teamwork and camaraderie, that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. For me, that is what teaching is all about.”

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.

Guests at 3rd Annual 5×7 Art Scholarship Fundraiser Surprised by “Howdy Doody”

About 168 persons gathered on Saturday, January 22nd for an evening of great fun, food, wine, dancing and art grabbing during the 3rd Annual Medici Circle – School of Art Scholarship Fundraiser.  The Frazier Alumni Center offered a warm glow with its large fireplace accentuated by the floral and table decor that was provided by College Flowers.


Heather Henry and Blair Isom, two of the event co-chairs, preview the 5x7 artworks.

The evening began with a champagne preview of over 200 artworks donated by artists from all over the USA, including works by art faculty and students, alumni, local artists, and artists who have previously exhibited in Landmark Arts.  Artists donated one to three artworks, each 5 x7 inches in size to be sold at a fixed price of $75.  At one point during the preview, Chad Plunket, alumnus of the Art and Architecture programs and currently adjunct instructor in Art Foundations, came up to me and asked in awe, “Are those really works by Ken Little? And are they really going for only $75.”  I affirmed that San Antonio based art alumnus, Ken Little had generously submitted three of his “dollar” artworks for the evening, and that, yes, they would be the same price as all the rest of Art Grab works. Plunket, Art office administrator Sue Yager, and Medici Board President Elisabeth Burrows each made off, like bandits, with their own Ken Little that evening.

Sue Yager, thrilled to have snagged one of the Ken Little 5x7s.


Art student staff Ryan De la Garza (left) and Linda Tien (right) previewed James W. Johnson's acrylic on paper painting "Howdy Doody dodged a bullet" and William Cannings' inflated aluminum piece titled "Reflect" before the live auction.

June 12-14 Alumni Weekend @ Junction


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.

SoA Is Going "Green" With Donated Silver


Dr. Harold  and Mrs. Margaret Brannan of San Antonio, Texas, attended a Foundation Board Dinner this year held at the new 3D Art Annex where they met Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Professor, Robly Glover. Many stunning student creations were on display. Dr. Brannan then asked if Glover could use some reclaimed silver in his classes for various projects. Glover said,” Of course, I said yes. It is  just about the best gift you can get!”

Recycling is always a good thing and the Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing program recycle in such lovely and exciting ways.

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!”


SoA Seniors Teach High Schoolers How to Make Pinhole Cameras

Members of the SoA Photo Club hosted a two-day pinhole workshop for Frenship High School students. Thirteen students of the school’s Graphic Design teacher, Carey McNutt, 2001 BFA Design Communication, MAE, attended the workshop, which began at 9 A.M., ending at 3 P.M. on Friday, April 3, and resuming on Saturday, April 4, from 9 A.M. -noon. The students learned how to make their own pinhole cameras, exposed photographic paper, and printed positive images in the darkroom. Associate Professor, Robin Germany,  said, “When I checked in, the high school students looked like they were having a great time.  This was their first experience in the darkroom.”

Members of the club who managed all aspects of this workshop are Jerome Larez, senior, BFA, studio art, from Fort Stockton, Texas; Micayla Vera, senior, BFA, studio arts from Plainview, Texas; Jessica Rivera, senior, BFA, studio arts from Lubbock, Texas; and Lauren Scully, senior, BFA, studio arts from Levelland, Texas,

SOA Hosts Community Open House

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Saturday, February 28th 1:00-5:00 PM

Join the students and faculty of Texas Tech University School of Art for our Community Open House. There will be a trolley available for transportation between the main Art Building and the 3D Art Annex every 30 minutes, with the last pickup from the 3D Annex at 4:00 PM.

Ryan Scheckel, Academic Advisor will be available from 1:00 – 4:00 to answer questions about degree programs and courses from prospective students and parents. Art History students and College of Visual & Performing Arts Ambassadors will be hosting information tables at the entrances, with maps available.


Ceramics: Demonstrations will be given by students and faculty in the 3D Annex.

Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing: Demonstrations will be given by students and faculty in the 3D Annex.

Painting: Live, interactive, collaborative art shows will be presented in Art 103 and Art B-09.

Photography: Students will have an ongoing cyanotype workshop (2:00-4:00 PM) and will guide guests through the photography labs.

Printmaking will present 3 two-hour monotype workshops (10 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3 PM). Free, but limited to 12 persons each on a first come basis. The Print Club will have a sale. Proceeds will support student travel to the Southern Graphics Council Conference in March.

Sculpture: Students will be cutting and welding in the embankment shop. An aluminum casting procedure will be conducted in the foundry area. Sculpture studios will be open and BFA work will be on display in Art SB-15 (Sculpture Alternative).


Art Foundations will meet and greet area high school art teachers in Art Room 102 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Student portfolio reviews will be conducted in Architecture 301 beginning at 2:00 PM.