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Graphic Design Student & Professor Travel to China to Receive Awards

Collin Perrier (at far right) receiving design award in the at the Hangzhou College Student Creative Design Competition in China.

Collin Perrier (at far right) receiving design award in the at the Hangzhou College Student Creative Design Competition in China.

Senior  Graphic Design student Collin Perrier and Dennis Schmickle, an assistant professor of Graphic Design in the School of Art,  represented Texas Tech and accepted awards for posters designed and presented at an annual creative design competition in China.

For the complete story, click [HERE].

Celebrating in China.

Celebrating in China.

“Patent Pending”– Featuring Many TTU Alumni, ART Faculty, & Students

“Patent Pending” is an invitational group exhibition, organized by Jonathan Whitfill (2006 MFA in sculpture, currently lives and works in Lubbock), that includes artists from all across the U.S. along with a few international guests. Each artist was given an original book of U.S. Patents (from 1961-1965) that documented inventions and creative minds during this innovative time. The artists were then asked to make an original piece of art inspired by their particular volume. The exhibition opens on July 3rd at the Charles Adams Studio Project 5&J Gallery (602 Avenue J, Lubbock TX) from 6-9PM. 

Patent Pending books

About 100 artists were invited; below is the list of TTU alumni participants.

Maisie Marie Alford, Pedram Baldari, Vicki Bee, Brianna Brunett, Conor Callison, Cory Chandler, Piotr Chizinski, Ryan Collins, Bryce Dallas, Hannah Dean, Kara Donatelli, Charles Dreis, David Echols, Tommy Gaudi, Annie Geddicks, B.C. Gilbert, Eddie Grisby, John Hancock, Wes Harvey, Naomi Hill, Scotty Hensler, Jaci Ross Hunt, Shree Joglekar, Jim Johnson, Joel Kiser, Madison Manning, Derrick Martin, Abed Monawar, Andy (Andrea) Moon, Lloyd W. Patterson, Jr., Ryder Richards, Kimberly Rumfelt, J. Eric Simpson,  Ian F. Thomas,  Victoria Shields, Sean Scully, Ashton Thornhill, Mark Watjen, Jeff Wheeler, Brian Wheeler, Keith Welch

See Shreepad Joglekar’s video submission below.

Current students included in the exhibition are Albert Careaga, Harrison Brooks, Brandy Gonzales, Nicolle LaMere, and Noah Wakefield.

Current and retired Art faculty include Shannon Cannings, William Cannings, Dirk Fowler, Ghislaine Fremaux, Lynwood Kreneck, Andrew Martin, Terry Morrow, Von Venhuizen, and Sara Waters.

73 artists participated in Friday evening’s presentation. Many of the artworks can be viewed via Facebook (here), or via #patentpendinglubbock.


Spring 2015 MA in Art History Grads–On to Bigger Things

We’re proud to announce that these 3 School of Art students graduated this past Spring with an MA in Art History

jacquelynmdelinJacquelyn Delin has been accepted into a PhD program in Humanities with a major in Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.


Olga-PosazhennikovaOlga Posazhennikova has been accepted into a PhD program in History at Texas Tech University.



france3scavegaHeadshotFrancesca Vega has been accepted into an MA program in Public Administration at Texas Tech University with a major in Non-Profit Management.



MICHAELA YARBROUGH, a senior Communication Design student currently interning with RD Thomas Advertising, has received a great profile on her work there.

To read the entire interview, click (here).


LIBBY KAY HICKS Has Solo Exhibition in San Angelo


LIBBY HICKS, a senior in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing, will have a solo exhibition at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Coop Gallery on October 10th and 11th.

artist photoEntitled Fabrications, the exhibition is an exploration of visual scenes from memories of places and experiences from the past and present. A mental manufacturing recreates a pull between reflection and invention. The works in the exhibition have a symbolic dialogue between “home” and the relationships that inhabit each environment. They also relate to social issues regarding gender roles and the lives of women.  Says Hicks about the work that will be exhibited, “All of the surfaces used in Fabrications are those that you could find in a home. Pillow shams, curtains, bed sheets, table clothes, baby blankets and ribbon, all to assemble visual memoir created with a hesitant intent.”

Hicks grew up in Floydada, TX and graduated from Floydada High School in 2011. This year she is serving as Art Editor for the 2015 Harbinger: TTU Journal of Literature and Art.



Studio Art Seniors Stage BFA Exhibition

“Greed” from the Seven Deadly Sins series (inkjet print) by Christina Orozco of Odessa.

Studio art seniors graduating in 2011 have staged a group exhibition of their final work in the Studio Gallery for the School of Art Open House.  The reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, March 4th from 5:00-7:00 PM, immediately following the open house.

The exhibition was covered by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal Online today.  Be sure to check out the article and join us for the reception.  The exhibition continues through Thursday, March 11th.

Carl Spartz studies in Florence

Carl Spartz, a senior in drawing and painting from Odessa, TX, spent last spring semester studying in Florence.  Studying abroad can be a great experience; in his words, here’s his experience.

Carl in downtown Bologna.

I spent the Spring 2010 semester on a study abroad program with Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. I lived with three other American students from different locations across America. The program lasted four months and there I met some of the most interesting and unforgettable people I ever have. I appreciate very much Lorenzo Pezzatini , my painting professor as well as renowned painter, installation and public performance artist; he is one of my favorite people in this world. I also credit my drawing instructors, Gary Lissa and Tina Fallani, for always instigating creative discussion and helping me develop as an artist. Lastly, Mario Passavanti for the entertaining stories in fresco class.

I feel my conceptual and technical skills in both drawing and painting improved from being in an environment opposite from my own and allowing me to reflect on my own home and history. The school was extremely helpful and encouraging. The city became my home and my roommates family as I traveled to many other countries and explored other cultures.

View of Pitigliano in Tuscany.

Highlights of my travels included: carnival in the coast town of Viareggio, ART FIRST 2010 in Bologna, the Swiss Alps, meeting family in Germany, visiting a brewery in Brussels, the church concert in Prague, riding broken bicycles in the rain around the Duomo, bolitos at the street stand outside the Central Market, swimming in the hot springs of Saturnia, camping in an Etruscan necropolis, the abandoned factory at Orbetello, and the donkey ride in the Cyclades of Greece.

Junction Summer Program Helps Art Educators Achieve Their Dreams

The Junction Summer Program is Texas Tech’s hidden gem which enables full-time professional arts educators to fulfill their dreams of getting Master of Art Education (MAE) degrees at their own pace.  Directed by Future Akins-Tillett, Coordinator of the MAE program and associate professor in visual studies, the summer art community is focused on developing a deeper, more meaningful relationship to the arts through production, critique, discussion and open exchange.  This year two MAE candidates completed their work toward their degrees.  Below are their stories.

Julie Lynn Freedman began her MAE at Texas Tech University in the fall of 2007. As an abstract painter living in Austin, Texas while teaching high school Spanish and art in Texas public schools, Ms. Freedman sought an artistic and intellectual challenge to study art and produce works that incorporated language, symbolism and figuration within her color fields of abstractions.

Freedman’s sojourns in Spain and in Brazil, where she has at times lived and worked, have influenced her life aspirations and her work. The symbolism prevalent in Julie Freedman’s current artwork starts with feminine contours that evoke sensuality and as well as a suggestion of ambiguous space to render a complex, colorful and somewhat rhetorical composition.  Other nascent imagery in her abstract environments includes male shadows, vases and vessels, and architectural structures. Her paintings acknowledge a balance and interdependence between abstraction and imagery.

Freeman paintings, on left " mujer y pez" on the right, "hombre cara roja"

For her MAE thesis exhibition she created a new body of work which is on gallery display at the Junction Center Gallery in Junction, Texas and can be seen until July 30th.  To see more of her artwork, click to link to her personal website.

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.

Design Seniors Take 2nd and 3rd in Matador Video Challenge

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.