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JAMES CHASE Receives “Best Visual Artist Award” from Local Arts Commission

JAMES CHASE (2014 MFA in Studio Art – Printmaking) who now lives in Hookset, New Hamphire with his wife Amy, received a “Best Visual Artist” award from the Rochester Arts and Culture Commission this month.

In other news, James recently accepted the position as Director of Community Education and Visual Arts Faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  He had previous served as Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages Program Coordinator at Manchester Community College.

Over the summer he was in a 2-person exhibition entitled “Layerical Swords” with ceramic artist Justin Gerace at the Chases Garage Artist Studio and Gallery in York, Maine.  He has also received a commission to start large multi-location public arts project in Rochester.

James  serves on the New Hampshire Humanities Steering Committee that has received a Mellon Foundation Grant to Support the Humanities in the amount of $824,000 over the next three years.

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.

Pedram Baldari and Nooshin Hakim Javadi – FSP/Jerome Fellows at Franconia

Pedram Baldari (2015 MFA in Sculpture) and his wife Nooshin Hakim Javadi (who was briefly a grad student in the TTU sculpture program and received her MFA from University of Minnesota) have received FSP/Jerome Fellowships to create a new large-scale sculpture together at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN this summer.

Click [HERE] to read more.

Alumna Tiffany Rousseau Passes Away

Tiffany Ann Rousseau, 35, a native of Houma, Louisiana and a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Her obituary can be found [HERE].

Tiffany is a Fall 2012 alumna of the Masters in Art Education program with an ephasis in photography.

Wesley Harvey – Ceramics Monthly Spotlight Artist in March

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Wesley Harvey (2007 MFA in Ceramics) is in the Spotlight this month – the Ceramics Monthly Spotlight, that is.  An interview with Wesley called “Queer Theory in Clay” can be found [HERE].

Wesley is currently a visiting assistant professor in ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.  A solo exhibition of new work entitled “Pretty Hurts” opens at the Hello Studio in San Antonio on Thursday, March 2nd and continues through March 18th. Read about the exhibition [HERE].

UPDATE March 2nd: Glasstire.com has designated “Pretty Hurts” #2 of the Top 5 exhibitions of the week. [Top Five_ March 2, 2017 with Reid Robinson – Glasstire]

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DANIEL AYCOCK & Front Room Gallery Move to Manhattan

ross & danielDaniel Aycock, a 1993 BFA in Photography alumus, opened one of the earliest galleries in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn over 18 years ago, the Front Room Gallery. The gallery has very recently made an exciting move to Manhattan in the Lower East Side, an area that Daniel says has become the “preeminent district for young(er) galleries in New York.”

Daniel described the early days of his gallery in the ’90s to be exciting and a time in which art was beginning to boom in the area.

“People lived in old storefronts and factories and the old industrial area was perfect for artists and performers of all kinds,” said Aycock. “There were tens of thousands of artists living in the neighborhood and it really seemed like a person could do anything they wanted to.”

After 18 years in Williamsburg, Daniel is getting used to the new space in Manhattan and has high hopes for the new location.

Rick Dingus, who taught Daniel during his time at Texas Tech, said he was very proud of the work Daniel has done since graduating and looks forward to everything he’ll do in the future.

“Daniel Aycock was a great student who was always eager to learn and experiment with new techniques and ideas that tested and challenged everyone’s expectations. His artworks were full of surprising conceptual twists and a sly sense of humor,” said Dingus. “He’s carried this same sensibility to other events and initiatives over the years, establishing Front Room Gallery and writing for Wag Mag, both in Brooklyn, NY.”

COREY ESCOTO- New Solo Exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey Opening Today

Corey Escoto, currently based in Pittsburgh, has a solo exhibition opening today at Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). The show is entitled Seen It Coming and will be on view at the East Wing of Corbett vs. Dempsey until January 21, 2017.

Escoto explores the potential of contemporary Polaroid technology. For this exhibition, Escoto used a large-format black-and- white Polaroid camera to produce composite images made of several different exposures, deploying a special approach to masking the lens in order to expose specific passages of the photo surface in a tightly controlled way. Each picture is framed in a special Lucite box further framed in steel, all designed and constructed by hand by Escoto. This is Escoto’s first solo exhibition in Chicago.

The opening reception will take place tonight from 6-8 p.m. 

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JONATHAN WHITFILL- Outdoor Sculpture for the Art 3D Annex

jonathan_whitfill04Art alumnus Jonathan Whitfill (MFA Sculpture in 2006) was selected by the Texas Tech University System Public Art Program to construct and install an outdoor sculpture in front of the Art 3D Annex. The piece is welded metal with a powder coating finish that stands approximately 17 feet tall. The piece was inaugurated earlier this fall.

The work is a formal exploration of spherical forms made from multiple circular modules.  Whitfill titled the piece Syntaxis Mathematica, an homage to Ptolemy’s epic text which inaccurately described all heavenly motion as perfectly circular.  In trying to force the orbits of the planets into a perfect shape, the circle – astronomers for hundreds of years inaccurately adhered to the notion that all celestial bodies moved in perfectly circular paths.  Ptolemy elbowed in any refutations in a complicated system to keep this circular shape and his pristine motion. Whitfill’s appreciation of this dedication to the circular form is evident.

DANVILLE CHADBOURNE–Exhibition at REM Gallery in San Antonio

Danville Chadbourne (1973 MFA in Ceramics) has a new exhibition that is currently up at the REM Gallery in San Antonio. The exhibition will be up until April 29th. 

The exhibition was listed on Glasstire‘s Top Five for the week of April 21st.

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RICK DINGUS Photography Retrospective Opens at TTU Museum

Changing Places: The Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus opened at the Museum of Texas Tech University on Friday, March 4th. Rick Dingus has been on the Texas Tech faculty since 1982. Scores of Rick’s friends, colleagues and alumni were in attendance for the exhibition reception held in Rick’s honor.

Shreepad Joglekar, 2006 MFA alumnus, with Rick in front of one of Rick's 1980s photographs made in India, just about a mile from Shree's home.

Shreepad Joglekar, 2006 MFA alumnus, with Rick in front of one of Rick’s 1980s photographs made in India, just about a mile from Shree’s home.

The exhibition features 40 years of creative investigations that began with Rick’s 1970s “time-based” studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and concludes with recent infrared images of the earth from tens of thousands of feet overhead. In the fall of 2016, the University of Oklahoma Press will publish a comprehensive study of Dingus’ photographs: Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus (R. Dingus, edited by P.S. Briggs, foreword by T. Jurovics, and with contributions by S. Armitage, P.S. Briggs, and L.R. Lippard). The exhibition will be on display through May.

During the evening’s proceedings, 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 SCHOLARSHIP 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:

bit.ly/TTUART-RickDingusScholarship

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