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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.

Tina Fuentes’ Creative Research Showcased


Since 2014 Tina Fuentes, Professor of Painting in the School of Art, has been chasing storms as a visual artist, working with Eric Bruning, Texas Tech associate professor of atmospheric science, in an effort to get a greater understanding of lightening.

This scientific and creative reasearch project has received an NSF grant. TTU Discoveries Magazine recently profiled Tina’s work on this project. Read that article [HERE].

This summer Landmark Arts in the School of Art will showcase Professor Fuentes’ creative process in an exhibition in the Studio Gallery from August 14th through September 24th.  The results of her creative process will be presented at the Museum of Texas Tech beginning in late September.

Andrew Martin Solo Exhibition at Red Bud Gallery – Houston


Andrew Martin, professor of drawing and painting in the School of Art and associate dean in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts will have an exhibition titled “observer effect” presented at the Red Bud Gallery in Houston. The opening reception is Saturday, January 7th from 6:00-9:00 PM. The exhibition continues through January 29th.

Martin’s current works are images of communication towers in the landscape, painted or drawn on small, identical pieces of plywood shaped to resemble tablet computers, smart phones, or flat-screen televisions. The towers are quiet but insistent vertical interruptions that punctuate the long horizons where he lives in West Texas, easily-ignored physical underpinnings for our systems of capturing, disassembling, transmitting, and reassembling digital information.

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.

PROFESSOR RICK DINGUS– Retiring after 34 Years at School of Art

Photo of Author Rick Dingus (1)

Professor Rick Dingus is retiring after serving as professor in Photography since 1982.  He has had a very successful career during his years at Tech.  Throughout the years he has received high honors and awards for his photography. We are honored to have worked with Professor Dingus and appreciate his contribution to the classroom, inspiring students, and working with colleagues to transform the School in meeting its mission and goals.

His retrospective exhibition, Changing Places, The Photographic Artifacts is on display at the Museum Texas Tech University until June 12, 2016.

During the opening festivities for Rick’s exhibit at the Museum of TTU, Robin Germany, professor of photography and Rick’s colleague in the Photography area, and Brianna Burnett, President of the Medici Circle support group of the School of Art and 2008 MFA alumna of the photo program, announced an initiative to raise funds for a RICK DINGUS FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENT. A goal of $22,500 has been set for the endowment. Brianna Burnett, speaking on behalf of the Medici Circle, announced that the Medici Circle would match donations to this scholarship initiative “dollar for dollar” up to $11,250, effectively cutting the campaign in half!

Alumni, friends and colleagues are invited to donate on line at:

Or checks made out to the TTU Foundation can be mailed to: Rick Dingus Fellowship, c/o TTU School of Art, Box 42081, Lubbock, TX  79409.

Rick’s official retirement date is December 31, 2016.   For more information about his accomplishments, please click here.

DR. CAROLYN TATE– Retiring from School of Art


Dr. Carolyn Tate will retire on December 31, 2016, after serving as professor in Art History, Ph.D. Coordinator, and MA Coordinator in the School of Art at TTU.

Many ART alumni remember her as their instructor in Art History Survey 1, where she guided us through an array of astonishing artistic accomplishments by civilizations around the world, and dealt with the “afterlife” of these objects — their theft, conservation, preservation, and their significance to the art of today.

Dr. Tate also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including Maya Art and Writing, Mesoamerican Manuscripts, The Art of Mesoamerican Creation Stories, the Olmec, the Aztec, and Native North American art, as well as a team-taught class with archaeology professor Brett Houk, Art and Ritual in Mesoamerican Cities. She remains interested in pictorial narratives, and is currently looking at the rock art of the Lower Pecos in Texas.

While at Tech, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her research in Mesoamerican art history:  The Texas Tech Integrated Scholar Award; Barney Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award; and recently the TTU President’s Faculty Book Award for her latest book, Re-Considering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation (2012).

That research was supported by three major residential fellowships: Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies (Harvard University; Washington D.C., 2001-2); Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions (Cambridge MA, 2001-2); and the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA, 2007); and two Texas Tech Faculty Development Leaves (2001-2, 2007).

Throughout her career at TTU she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and worked closely with her colleagues to expand the Art History program. Her students speak highly of her and many have done very well in art history-related fields.  She has also provided service to the College and University and served as secretary for TTU Faculty Senate.

“Texas Tech Today” Profiles Alumnus and Professor for International Artist Day

Baldari + Yoo

Recent alumnus Pedram Baldari (2015 MFA Sculpture) and Sang-Mi Yoo (associate professor of art) were profiled by Texas Tech Today earlier this week for International Artist Day.

Read the profile story [here].

SCOTTY HENSLER Solo Exhibition at Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery

Scotty HeScotty_Henlser-2nsler (MFA 2013) currently has a solo exhibition entitled Qualia Bacchanalia in San Antonio, TX at the Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery (1704 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX). The exhibition will be on view through July 31, 2015. Hensler currently serves as the Assistant Director for Landmark Arts, presenting exhibitions and speaker programs for the Texas Tech School of Art.

The new painted and sculptural works by Hensler investigate the construction and deconstruction of artistic representation as models of thinking. The work attempts to show Hensler’s filtering and rebuilding of cultural information and what happens when that filtered input converges with materials.


“Patent Pending”– Featuring Many TTU Alumni, ART Faculty, & Students

“Patent Pending” is an invitational group exhibition, organized by Jonathan Whitfill (2006 MFA in sculpture, currently lives and works in Lubbock), that includes artists from all across the U.S. along with a few international guests. Each artist was given an original book of U.S. Patents (from 1961-1965) that documented inventions and creative minds during this innovative time. The artists were then asked to make an original piece of art inspired by their particular volume. The exhibition opens on July 3rd at the Charles Adams Studio Project 5&J Gallery (602 Avenue J, Lubbock TX) from 6-9PM. 

Patent Pending books

About 100 artists were invited; below is the list of TTU alumni participants.

Maisie Marie Alford, Pedram Baldari, Vicki Bee, Brianna Brunett, Conor Callison, Cory Chandler, Piotr Chizinski, Ryan Collins, Bryce Dallas, Hannah Dean, Kara Donatelli, Charles Dreis, David Echols, Tommy Gaudi, Annie Geddicks, B.C. Gilbert, Eddie Grisby, John Hancock, Wes Harvey, Naomi Hill, Scotty Hensler, Jaci Ross Hunt, Shree Joglekar, Jim Johnson, Joel Kiser, Madison Manning, Derrick Martin, Abed Monawar, Andy (Andrea) Moon, Lloyd W. Patterson, Jr., Ryder Richards, Kimberly Rumfelt, J. Eric Simpson,  Ian F. Thomas,  Victoria Shields, Sean Scully, Ashton Thornhill, Mark Watjen, Jeff Wheeler, Brian Wheeler, Keith Welch

See Shreepad Joglekar’s video submission below.

Current students included in the exhibition are Albert Careaga, Harrison Brooks, Brandy Gonzales, Nicolle LaMere, and Noah Wakefield.

Current and retired Art faculty include Shannon Cannings, William Cannings, Dirk Fowler, Ghislaine Fremaux, Lynwood Kreneck, Andrew Martin, Terry Morrow, Von Venhuizen, and Sara Waters.

73 artists participated in Friday evening’s presentation. Many of the artworks can be viewed via Facebook (here), or via #patentpendinglubbock.