Since its implementation in 2000 by Rick Dingus, professor of photography, the Millennial Collection has grown to include more than 1,500 works of photography, artist books and digital video documentaries, by TTU student artists as well as professional artists from around the Southwest. For an in-depth story about the Millennial Collection, click here.
Next month, three separate exhibitions of photographic works from the Millennial Collection will be shown at The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, with an opening reception during the November 7th First Friday Art Trail. During 2008-2009 seven exhibitions from different parts of the Millennial Collection have been scheduled to coincide with Lubbock’s Centennial celebrations at venues that include not only LHUCA, but also the Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library, the International Cultural Center, TTU’s School of Art, and the Buddy Holly Center.
Conceived of as a joint documentary project of the School of Art and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library the Millennial Collection began as a collection of individual portfolios by student artists in Dingus’s documentary, view-camera, and other photography classes. As such the collection includes work by School of Art majors as well as students from some of the other degree programs around campus. Cristy Cross (2003 Photo Communications/Mass Communications) is an example of a non-major who is included in the Collection, with a piece to be exhibited in the Student Works exhibition. Besides works by photo majors, the Collection includes works by students in visual studies, art history, communication design, and the studio arts.
Along the way portfolios by professional artists have been added to the Collection. Some of the artists are Rob Amberg, Peter Brown, Robin Germany, Wayne Lambert, Steve Fitch, Sharon Stewart, Rick Dingus, William Sutton and Michael Berman and there are others. Most recently, student portfolios by students studying under Andrew Liccardo (MFA 2001 Photography) teaching at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and Shreepad Joglekar (MFA 2008 Photography) teaching at Victoria College in Victoria, TX, have begun to be added to the Collection as well.