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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.

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.

Alumnus Toby Sudduth Passes Away

Untitled-1TTU alumnus Brian Tobias ‘Toby’ Sudduth doting husband, loving father and son, fiercely talented graphic designer and generous friend – passed away on Thursday, March 2 in Austin, Texas. He was 49. His obituary can be found [HERE].

Toby’s boundless love and ceaseless energy, as well as his wicked sense of humor and infectious, booming laughter, will be greatly missed by his family and many, many, many friends.

Toby was born on July 24, 1967 in Lubbock, Texas, to James and Lynda Sudduth. His family also included his brother Jason, who was born four years after Toby. The four were extremely close, and Toby’s appreciation of family stemmed from growing up in a supportive household with two parents who deeply loved each other and their sons. Toby’s father Jim (director of bands at Texas Tech) and mother Lynda (a public school choir teacher) passed on their passion for music to Toby, who played the clarinet. Toby’s talents as musician earned him multiple all-district, all-region and all-area honors in both junior high and high school. After graduating cum laude from Coronado High School in Lubbock in 1985, he continued to play clarinet in his father’s symphonic band at Texas Tech until he decided to concentrate more on graphic design.

Toby graduated cum laude from Texas Tech with a BA in graphic design and a minor in packaging and jewelry design in 1990.

Toby worked for Primo Angeli and Axion Design in San Francisco before venturing out his own to begin Sudduth Design in 2002. The list of Toby’s clients is long and impressive. His unique logo and package design was sought after by many well-known companies, including Deep Eddy Vodka, Smart Flour, Tiny Pies, Better Bites Bakery, Ghiradelli, Krusteaz, and many, many others. He won multiple awards for graphic design, including the Addy Award for Deep Eddy Vodka and Mobius Award for Chili Chaser Salsa. He was also recognized in a feature article that appeared in Graphic Design USA. He has had multiple logos published in Logo Lounge, and his work has been seen in many magazines including Wired and Texas Monthly.

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.


Regis Shephard died Tuesday afternoon, July 27th, of a heart related event while at work at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, where he taught and served as Chair of the Fine Arts Department.

Regis was a 1994 alumnus of Texas Tech who received his BFA in painting.  While at Texas Tech he studied with Ken Dixon and also took 12 hours of ceramics with Sara Waters and Vern Funk.

Commenting from her studio in Slaton, Sara Waters said, “My heart is heavy with the loss of Regis.  He was a most talented , caring and gifted young man.  He knew who he was and sprung from that knowledge.  Nothing was too great for him to tackle.  What a prideful young man.  He made me want to go to work each day.  He was an inspiration.”

Regis Shephard was born in 1971 in Lamesa, Texas. He spent most of his childhood on a cotton farm in the neighboring town of Seminole. He graduated with honors from Seminole High School and attended Texas Tech University. Regis received a $49,000 Minority Teaching Fellowship from the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio which he used to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his MFA in 1996.

In his artwork, Regis explored issues of race, gender, sexuality and religion in pop culture.  His work was exhibited extensively in Texas (Blue Start Arts Complex and McNay, both in San Antonio, the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, the African American Museum of Art in Dallas) as well as nationally (Agora Gallery in New York City and The Lab at the Roger Smith, also in New York), and internationally with an exhibition in New Zealand. In 2008 Regis was one of the alumni artists included in the 40th Anniversary Invitational Studio Art Alumni Exhibition presented in the Landmark Gallery.

Founding Chair of Art Department Dies

Dr. Bill Lockhart, founding Chair of the Texas Tech Art Department in 1967, died on August 8, 2009 at the age of 83.


Terry Morrow and Tina Fuentes with Dr. Bill Lockhart photographed in 2007 during the 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Lockhart celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the School of Art in 2007 as the special guest of honor at the celebration where he was recognized for his singular legacy to the School of Art.  Dr. Lockhart, former Chair of the Applied Arts program, was primarily responsible for the formation of the new Department and served as Chairperson for nine years, from 1967 until 1976.

By the early 1970s, Lockhart was ready to expand the Art Department’s activities to the TTU Junction Center.  Lockhart Recruited students from all over the country to live and hone their artistic skills among Texas’ most appealing landscapes at Junction.  Within a few years word spread of the growing success at the campus in Junction which helped recruit artists to study in the Texas Tech System.

Ken Dixon, professor emeritus of art and former professor in Junction, recalls Lockhart’s curious fascination with kites.  “Lockhart along with Betty Street, created the international kite symposium,” Dixon said adding that some of Lockhart’s kites were as big as a car.  “Lockhart brought people from all over the  world who took an interest in kites.  People from India, Japan, Australia and all of the USA, would come to Junction to design and fly their kites.”  Lockhart became an international ambassador for the TTU School of Art as a kite enthusiast, but will be remembered for building the School of Art from the ground up.  Forty-two years later, Lockhart’s influence still draws a significant amount of attention to the program.

Professor Tina Fuentes is Interim Director

Former School of Art Director, Professor Todd DeVriese, has left TTU’S SoA to become Dean of the Department of Art at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. As we began the search for a new director, CVPA Dean Carol Edwards announced last week that Professor Tina  Fuentes, (BFA and MFA, North Texas State University) the Associate Director and a Professor in Art  (Painting) will serve as the new interim SoA Director. She assumed her duties formally July 20.

Tina Fuentes

Tina Fuentes

Although she was born in San Angelo, Fuentes grew up in Odessa.  She began teaching art in the Texas Public Schools; teaching next at Waco Art Center; followed by the University of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico; and finally is a student favorite drawing and painting professor here since 1986 – 23 years.  She has participated extensively as an exhibition juror and served as a member of the Visual Arts Panels of New Mexico State Arts Division and the Texas Commission for the Arts.  She has also served as juror and board member of the Albuquerque Arts Board 1% for Art Program and more.

Fuentes lives in Lubbock with her husband, Paz Molinar. They have a daughter Erica and son-in-law, Greg Graves who have an eighteen-month-old son, Cash Kane. “He is the sweetest thing,” exclaims Fuentes.

In addition to being an educator, Fuentes  is a practicing artist with her own expansive studio. Many would call her a pioneering Latina woman who has gained much recognition for her art. Some examples of these accolades are an invitational one-woman show “Capas y Luz,” Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX.; “53rd Grace Museum Competition,” Grace Museum, Abilene, TX. (1st place award ); “One Woman Show: Dibujos y Pinturas de la Desnuda,” Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA; and the invitational “One Woman Show,” San Antonio Art Institute. She was also the subject of a 1990 KTX-TV, Lubbock, Texas, production, entitled “El Arte de Tina Fuentes” which was accepted by the National Education Television Association and made available nationally to all PBS stations.

TTU Alumnus Named Southern Review's First Art Editor

Ryan Burkhart (MFA in Printmaking, 2000) has been named the new Arts Editor for the Southern Review,  which is published at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The Southern Review publishes fiction, poetry, critical essays, interviews, book reviews, and excerpts from novels in progress, with emphasis on contemporary literature in the United States and abroad, and with special interest in southern culture and history. Poems and fiction are selected with careful attention to craftsmanship and technique and to the seriousness of the subject matter. It is the 2nd oldest literary journal in the United States. Although the Southern Review has been publishing images by contemporary artists for some time, Ryan Burkhart is the first Arts Editor to be named by the journal.

Gilbert Jones Recommends Italian Study Abroad Program

dsc01318A third floor, four room walk-up in a 13th century building with no elevator or air conditioning on a record-breaking, sweltering hot day was Gilbert Jones’s, art history major, introduction to Florence, Italy, and Richmond American International University in London – the Florence program.dsc045655 Jones chose to stay with a family. His hostess was an 85 year-old woman named Tosca who had lived in the building since the seventies and had been sponsoring students from abroad for the last 25 years and spoke only Italian. As a result Jones improved his Italian and the two became more like family. In fact, he commented, “I was expected to attend all her family events like birthdays and graduation. It was amazing!” Studying abroad enables students to experience their academic studies in a totally different environment while soaking up the local customs, culture, and cuisine, which Jones did!duccio_maesta4 He explained that he experienced that “movie moment” of having seen something in print. Then, for the first time, seeing the real thing as he turned the corner to that spectacular cathedral sight just as the bells were ringing. He found this to be true when observing the “real thing” in all the places he visited—Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris, and especially in Siena at the Siena Cathedral where he got to see his favorite artist’s, Duccio di Buonsegna, altarpiece. “It was breath taking!” said Jones. Three weeks on the coast of the Mediterranean swimming daily, with parties on the beach nightly, making friends for life, and various side trips like the one to London and another to Paris. While in Paris, “my new friends and I rushed through the Louvre in four hours and did all the touristy things like the Eiffel Tower. We decided to spend Halloween drinking champagne at the Moulin Rouge. I was fun, but I wished it had still looked like the Toulouse-Lautrec painting though.” dsc032931