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REGIS SHEPHARD Dies at Age 39

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.

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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.

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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

New Faces Around the SoA

Rolando Shaw, MFA 2008, a Rockwall, Texas, native, recently joined the SoA staff after his spring graduation.  He accepted the Woodshop Supervisor position, which opened after longtime staff member, Bob Herman, retired.  Shaw worked as a graduate student assisting several summers learning from Herman, so Shaw knows his way around the shop.

The many facets of art intrigue Shaw and he finds some time to research and produce in the wood shop surroundings. Currently, he uses Mr. T (from the popular “80′s television series”A-Team”) as his inspiration.  “He was one of my idols on television when I was growing up,” he confides.  

“Tech has helped me open up to a lot more.” Shaw explains. Deadlines and reviews were things he had to become used to in graduate school. He has become used to living in West Texas, too. In fact, he has embraced his environment downtown and plans an EMPTY BOWLS event to benefit the homeless there.  More on how you can help with that later.