Archive for the ‘ Awards ’ Category

RYU-HEE KIM Wins Best 3-D Artwork at Still Point Art Gallery

Ryu-Hee Kim (2013 MFA in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing) recently won the best 3 dimensional artwork with her piece I Miss You and will be featured in Simplicity, an exhibition by the Still Point Art Gallery in New Brunswick, ME. Kim’s portfolio will also be published in the gallery’s winter edition of the Still Points Arts Quarterly, an art and literary publication. Simplicity will be on display until January 31st.


Kim currently resides in Philadelphia. Just in the last year, her work has won 1 award and been in 6 exhibitions and 3 publications (Still Points Arts Quarterly, Spirit Magazine, NICHE Magazine).


tom turner fotoseptiembre

Tom Turner (2014 MFA in Photography) recently received the 2015 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO Choice Award, an award that acknowledges the best professional practices of artists, curators, and exhibition organizers participating in FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA, an international photography festival. Turner won for the concept, execution, and presentation of his series Lunar Calendars.

RYDER RICHARDS – San Diego Art Institute 53rd International


Ryder Richards (2001 BFA in Studio Art; MFA from TCU) had three pieces selected into the San Diego Art Institute’s 53rd International Exhibition.  Obligation [2014], shown above, received an Honorable Mention and cash prize.

See all his works that got into the exhbition (here).

JON WHITFILL receives Curator’s Choice Award at WAH Center, Brooklyn


Jonathan Whitfill’s sculpture titled USA Yesterday (shown above) received a Curator’s Choice Award from juror Yuko Nii, artist, philanthropist, and founder of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) in Brooklyn, NY.  The sculpture was included in Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Part 2 at the WAH Center in December through January 4th.

Jonathan Whitfill received an MFA in sculpture from Texas Tech University in 2006, having received a Bachelor of Science focusing in Biology and Chemistry from Wayland Baptist University. He currently teaches AP Physics, Astronomy, and Coaches Chess at Estacado High School in Lubbock.  He also teaches welding classes to the general public at The CH Foundation Metals Studio of the Charles Adams Studio Project located on the CASP-LHUCA campus in downtown Lubbock.

Whitfill exhibits his work mainly in his native Texas habitat, but he has also exhibited in seventeen other states as well as France and China. In 2014 he exhibited work at University of Michigan School of Art & Design in Ann Arbor, at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, West Virginia University, Morgantown, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, and the Dougherty Art Center in Austin, TX.   He is a founder of several artist run collaborative groups including, the RJP Nomadic Gallery, Earthbound Moon, Culture Laboratory Collective, The Button Project, and the Free Range Creatives.

Design Alumni Well Represented in 2014 Print Regional Design Annual

The Texas Tech Communication Design program was very well represented in the 2014 Print Regional Design Annual. The Print Regional Design Annual is the U.S.’s most esteemed and influential design competition. Only 350 pieces are published from nearly 4,000 entries. Of those published, eight were Communication Design alumni.

Justin McCoy label for Joseph Braman Winery's "George Strait Farewell Reserve"

Justin McCoy label for Joseph Braman Winery’s “George Strait Farewell Reserve.”

Justin McCoy (2007) received Best of Region for his label designs for Joseph Braman Winery. Also receiving merits and published in the journal for their designs were, Dustin Wallace (2004), Betsy Jones-Burgmeier (2000), Lindsay Starr (2005), DJ Stout (1981), Lana Rigsby (1981), Derrit DeRouen (1990) and Geoffrey German (1998).

CalebThe judge for the Southwest Region was 2005 graduate Caleb Bennett, currently design director of Wired Magazine and formerly an art director of The New York Times Magazine and Texas Monthly.


Ken LittleOn Monday night Ken Little was honored as the 2014 TEXAS STATE VISUAL ARTIST – 3D in a public ceremony sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin.

You can go to the TCA page to read more about Ken and his accomplishments.

Ken, a 1970 alumnus of the studio art program, has been a longtime supporter of School of Art.  In 2007, he teamed up with the Medici Circle School of Art support group to create a new scholarship endowment to benefit Studio Art students.

Randall Reid to Deliver Texas State Presidental Seminar Lecture

Randall Reid, Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University (1981 MFA in Drawing & Painting) has been recognized with a Presidential Seminar Award at Texas State.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, he will deliver a Presidential Seminar titled “Full Circle” from 3:30 – 5:00 PM at the Joann Cole Mitte Building (Rm 2121) on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.  He will discuss the evolution of his creative process and talk about the roles of materiality, chance, and time in his work.

“Passage of Time” steel, wood, paint, 10.5 x 9.5 x 2 inches.

Christina Thomas Receives Guggenheim Internship


Christina Thomas (BFA in Visual Studies, 2009) has been selected for a Spring 2010 internship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Thomas will be interning in the museum’s Education Department and the position involves the “development, implementation, and administration of programs for all museum audiences including adults, schools, families, children, and general gallery visitors, across a variety of learning interests including art, history, literature, art/museum education, film, new media, and much more.”

As an education intern, Thomas will work in areas from Learning Through Art, Onsite School & Family Programs, and Public Programs to New Media, Teens, and Gallery Tours & Programs. She will interface with nearly all museum departments including visitor services, security, curatorial, library, marketing, public affairs, finance, and design.

In a message on Facebook, Thomas says that she is excited about working at the internationally renowned museum and living in New York and that she plans to take “full advantage” of the concurrent Museum Culture Seminar. The museum’s website describes the seminar program as “an integral part of [the] internship program” with “field trips to auction houses, galleries, corporate collections, artists’ studios, and other museums. A field trip outside the city is also planned for each semester.” Through discussions with museum staff from the different departments, the seminar also facilitates an awareness of current and critical issues in the arts and related fields. Thomas said that she is “certain that this opportunity will significantly influence the direction [her] career takes.” For more information on the Guggenheim internship program, visit

Seven SoA Students Selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

Seven students in the School of Art were named to the 2009’s list of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. These students are Elizabeth Espinoza (senior in Communication Design from Lubbock, Texas); “Elise” (Frances) Hall (senior in Art History from McAllen, Texas); Jeff Hernandez (senior in Communication Design from Snyder, Texas); Gilbert Jones (senior in Art History from Lubbock, Texas); Lynsey Jones (senior in Communication Design from Missouri City, Texas); Kathryn Kiser ( from the Honors College, senior in Art History from Lubbock, Texas); and Samantha Roppolo (senior in Communication Design from Mesquite, Texas).

“It is an honor and I’m glad to be one of the 105 students chosen for the Who’s Who. I also am glad that the College of Visual and Performing Arts has such a large showing. It demonstrates that the SoA in the CVPA places emphasis on academics as well as service. It is just another example of how I’ve been encouraged by faculty and staff at the SoA,” explains Gilbert Jones.

The Who’s Who selection criterion is based on academic achievement, leadership, and service. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 colleges/universities throughout the United States. For this honor, Texas Tech officially announced 105 students of which 17 students are from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Tedeschi and Morrow Receive Faculty Recognition Awards

Associate Professor Carla Tedeschi (Communication Design and Program Coordinator)  and Professor Terry Morrow (Painting and Drawing) each recently received Outstanding Faculty Recognition Awards given by the Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa honors organizations.  They were honored at a reception in Merket Alumni Center for their exemplary classroom instruction, style, and accessibility to students with this faculty recognition award.

During the awards ceremony, Caleigh Aycock, Mortar Board Chairman for Faculty Recognition, explained to the five recipients, “There were so many, many applicants who were recommended so highly, we want you to know how very qualified and outstanding you all are for this award.”

Tedeschi and Morrow  were also recognized midfield at halftime during the October 31 TTU vs Kansas football game with three other award recipients, Dr. Mukaddes Darwish (associate professor in the College of Engineering); Dr. Thomas Knight (professor in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources); and Mitzi Ziegner (instructor in the College of Human Sciences).