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Remembering a Mentor by Alan Colvin

Alan Colvin on Frank Cheatham a speech read at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications honoring Cheatham

The first time I saw Frank, he was introducing his mentor and friend, Louis Danziger, to a group of students in a lecture room at Texas Tech University. Frank was gracious and softspoken in his introduction, and clearly had the respect of this legendary designer. It was a couple of years later when Mr. Danziger returned to conduct a work session with our Design Communications class when we heard him tell stories of Frank’s skills as one of the finest students that Art Center ever had.

Frank Cheatham grew up on a South Texas ranch, but moved to Los Angeles to attend Art Center in the late fifties. In LA he met his wife, Jane, a student at Chouinard School of Art (a talented illustrator, artist and teacher in her own right). Frank and Jane made a great team. They were both great teachers, and generously offered opinions, advice and stories, as their home was almost always open to students outside of class.

One story Jane told was about how, in their school days, Frank had these beautiful western shirts from Texas that he would sell to an LA clothing store to get cash so he could buy supplies for art school. That story says a lot about what you should know about Frank-that he was passionate about making art and not interested in wrapping himself in superficial veneer. Frank was transparent-sincere and honest.

Frank had a great deal of success in Los Angeles in the sixties as a designer at the packaging and identity firm of Porter and Goodman. His brilliance was recongnized there and the firm soon changed its name to Porter, Goodman and Cheatham. During the LA years, Frank produced a lot of great work for big, visible brands. The work was strategically smart, highly creative and award winning-a balance not easily achieved in this business.

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.