Archive for the ‘ Awards ’ Category
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.
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 (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).
The 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.
On 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, 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.
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 http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/internships.
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.
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).
Students from Assistant Professor Francisco Ortega’s Communication Design ART 4357 (Motion Graphics) class competed in the university-wide Matador Video Challenge promoted by the Office of the Provost, Quality Enhancement Plan XX and two of them are receiving awards for their entries.
Communication Design senior, Roxenya Grevel placed 2nd with her video titled “Diversity” and Iylana Putnam Nassiri, also a senior, placed 3rd with her video titled “Mutual Respect” (click here to read about another of Iylana’s recent success stories.).
Interestingly, Shane Nassiri, husband of Iylana Nassiri, took the 1st place award with a video titled “Excellence Is.” Iylana explains, “Shane is an Electronic Media and Communication major. Both of us were in classes that required us to enter that contest, so we couldn’t help but compete against each other.”
To see more of the submissions, click on this Facebook page.
Senior Communication Design student, Iylana Putnam Nassiri recently had a magazine spread selected on a competitive basis and showcased in Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art & Design, Issue no. 16. Nassiri’s spread was developed in Carla Tedeschi’s (Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Communication Design) Publication Design Class last spring.
Creative Quarterly is a national publication that showcases work produced by important artists, photographers and designers. An emphasis is placed on the work of emerging artists and designers as well as practicing professionals in their quarterly competitions.
Nassiri explains, “Our assignment was to find a random article (I don’t even remember where I found this one) and then design a magazine spread for it. The article talks about the Golden Ratio in flowers, shells and beehives, so that’s why I used those images, and then I also took some mathematical diagrams of the golden ratio and used those in my design. The grid on which this design is laid out is also based on the Golden Ratio in rectangles.”
She selected this spread for the competition because “it was my favorite thing. I had worked on it all semester, and actually it may be my favorite thing I have ever designed!”