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Students, Faculty, and Alumnus Philip Monaghan Participate in Marfa Intensive

Art Group at Marfa Intensive (clockwise from top left): Jason Derouin, Fine Arts PhD Candidate; Alumnus Philip Monaghan, and MFA students Monica Prado and Nicolle LaMere.

This summer’s Marfa Intensive, presented by TTU’s School of Theatre & Dance July 23 – August 3 in Marfa, included the participation of School of Art MFA students Nicolle LaMere, Monica Prado, PhD candidate Jason Derouin, Assistant Professor Heather Warren-Crow, and alumnus Philip Monaghan of New York City.

A few years ago, Tim Crowley, a graduate of the TTU Theatre & Dance program and Marfa resident, proposed the idea to Mark Charney, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, to provide a special experience for students, a place where they could take advantage of the environment to create theatre and art based on their surroundings. Out of these conversations the Marfa Intensives were born. Last year three art students were invited to participate.  The generous offer, from Mr. Crowley who hosts the Intensives,  and Mark Charney who organizes them,  was extended again this summer.

Below are screenshots from the Theatre & Dance e-newsletter featuring comments by the Art participants.

Students Engage in Stimulating Summer Internships

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NICOLLE LAMERE, who completed her 2nd year in the MFA program specializing in ceramics, has been awarded a Studio Assistantship from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts located in Gatlinburg, TN from  June 23- July 23. She will be working for the school as well as taking two 1-week classes, Analogue Symmetry & Patterning With Hand-Cut Paper with Hunter Stabler and Transforming The 2D Surface to 3D With Fosshape  with Leisa Rich.

Allison GaughamALLISON GAUGHAN, a senior visual studies major will spend her summer (June through mid-August) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond as a studio education intern.

After receiving an article from Dr. Jorgelina Orfila, associate professor of art history, about the top 25 most visited museums in the country, Allison applied to 12 of them on the east coast and in Texas.  She got interviews at four of them and offers from three.  “I decided on the VMFA,” she says, “due to their fashion collection (my original major at my first university was fashion design)”.  As studio education intern, she will be working with their summer classes involving studio arts and their collections.  “I hope to one day become an art museum educator, so this is the first step.”

Ashley BusbyASHLEY BUSBY, a third year MFA candidate completing her degree in December, was delighted to learn that she had received a summer internship at The Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center located in Comstock, Texas.

“I met Dr. Carolyn Boyd, the founder of SHUMLA, when she came to Texas Tech School of Art this past semester to present her research on rock art sites. We discussed internship opportunities within her organization, and shortly after I applied.”

Ashley’s internship will internship include both field and lab work in the Lower Pecos region. Her duties will include photographing and collecting data from rock art sites, and then digitally analyzing the information within their archaeological data systems. She will be there from June 27th – August 4th.

Spring 2015 MA in Art History Grads–On to Bigger Things

We’re proud to announce that these 3 School of Art students graduated this past Spring with an MA in Art History

jacquelynmdelinJacquelyn Delin has been accepted into a PhD program in Humanities with a major in Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

Olga-PosazhennikovaOlga Posazhennikova has been accepted into a PhD program in History at Texas Tech University.

 

 

france3scavegaHeadshotFrancesca Vega has been accepted into an MA program in Public Administration at Texas Tech University with a major in Non-Profit Management.

LIBBY KAY HICKS Has Solo Exhibition in San Angelo

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LIBBY HICKS, a senior in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing, will have a solo exhibition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Coop Gallery on October 10th and 11th.

artist photoEntitled Fabrications, the exhibition is an exploration of visual scenes from memories of places and experiences from the past and present. A mental manufacturing recreates a pull between reflection and invention. The works in the exhibition have a symbolic dialogue between “home” and the relationships that inhabit each environment. They also relate to social issues regarding gender roles and the lives of women.  Says Hicks about the work that will be exhibited, “All of the surfaces used in Fabrications are those that you could find in a home. Pillow shams, curtains, bed sheets, table clothes, baby blankets and ribbon, all to assemble visual memoir created with a hesitant intent.”

Hicks grew up in Floydada, TX and graduated from Floydada High School in 2011. This year she is serving as Art Editor for the 2015 Harbinger: TTU Journal of Literature and Art.

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PEDRAM BALDARI Sculpture To Be Exhibited at Basel Art Fair, Switzerland

Pedram square imagePedram Baldari, MFA student in sculpture with a secondary in photography who began his studies at Texas Tech in 2012, will have his art work represented at this summer’s SCOPE Basel Art Fair by Janet Rady Fine Art, his London gallery, when the show opens on June 17th.

Pedram was born and raised in a middle class family at the west of Iran, Kurdistan 1981. The first eight years of his life took place during the violent crossfire between Iran and Iraq’s war. Says, Pedram, “My life has always been affected by politics and the social manifestation of it in its radical fashion. I believe art can thoroughly expose the existing past and upcoming trauma within the body of the society. For me, they are traumatological exploration of my life experiences regarding restriction, body, identity, minority, post war experience, control, post humanism, post colonialism and power.”

"Sealed the Consealed III" (2013-2014) wood and aluminium, 96.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm (38 x 9 x 9 inches.)

“Sealed the Consealed III” (2013-2014) wood and aluminium, 96.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm (38 x 9 x 9 inches.)

Pedram, who has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, has been exploring different mediums and forms of art from X-Ray machine photography to video, sound art, performance, mix media, video-theatre, installation and sculpture. He researches different ways and mediums to join his historical/cultural heritage to the contemporary world. Meanwhile, he retains a critical approach toward “West vs. East” or “East under the gaze of West” paradigms. “I think these paradigms act as the status quo of the Art world,” says Pedram, “in particular their socio-psycho-political apparatus. I try to maintain an existence in the fold where these dimensions meet with each other in their greatest tension, where the trauma shows itself in its naked fashion.”