Archive for December, 2008

TTU Fine Arts Learning Community

wallgatesThere are now dorms especially designated for students who plan to or are majoring in visual art, dance, music, and drama —any of the arts! Wall/Gates Residence Hall has organized “Learning Communities with designated floors on which students live with other students sharing their academic and personal needs.”

Research has shown this contributes to an increased GPA – even better class attendance, too. The research also shows that it can help students transition from high school to TTU; there can be greater involvement on campus; and students may be more likely to graduate in four years.

First time freshmen in the FALC (Fine Learning Arts Community) can also participate in FIG (Freshman Interest Group) in which students are enrolled in a common set of courses. At a recent meeting of FALC, representatives discussed the theme for wall decorations that the floors would create to express themselves – painting an entry to their area. Other plans were discussed –a Battle of the bands night, an art contest complete with a critique from visual arts professors, a coffee house poetry reading night, and an open mic night. In addition, this unique situation is very close to all the fine arts buildings on Flint Ave. It is coed, has a lobby with a stage for performances, a formal lounge, study and TV rooms —all the comforts of home and a special place to meet and make friends with similar interests.

New Faces Around the SoA

Rolando Shaw, MFA 2008, a Rockwall, Texas, native, recently joined the SoA staff after his spring graduation.  He accepted the Woodshop Supervisor position, which opened after longtime staff member, Bob Herman, retired.  Shaw worked as a graduate student assisting several summers learning from Herman, so Shaw knows his way around the shop.

The many facets of art intrigue Shaw and he finds some time to research and produce in the wood shop surroundings. Currently, he uses Mr. T (from the popular “80’s television series”A-Team”) as his inspiration.  “He was one of my idols on television when I was growing up,” he confides.  

“Tech has helped me open up to a lot more.” Shaw explains. Deadlines and reviews were things he had to become used to in graduate school. He has become used to living in West Texas, too. In fact, he has embraced his environment downtown and plans an EMPTY BOWLS event to benefit the homeless there.  More on how you can help with that later.  

Cannings among SCOPE Exhibitors from 22 Countries

Dec. 3-7, Will Cannings, TTU Associate Professor in Art, sculptures were shown at the newly teamed SCOPE Art Fair Miami 08 and ART ASIA. These  2 fairs exhibit in 2 locations continuing to maintain unique identities while presenting over 135 exhibitors from both events.  SCOPE highlights emerging contemporary art in the Wynwood Art District in the new 60,000 foot pavilion convenient to many Of Miami’s top galleries. A photograph of  Cannings’ Voyeur 2008 Inflated steel and paint 36x80x32 was featured on the SCOPE poster advertising the exhibit. For more information go to SCOPE




Fall 2008 Communication Design BFA Exhibition

Where:  School of Art Studio Gallery
When:  Friday December 12, 6-7pm

Come see work done by this year’s talented Communication Design seniors.  The Communication Design BFA exhibition opens Monday Dec. 8 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 13 with a reception to be held from 6-7 pm on Friday, Dec. 12. The exhibit located inside the Landmark Arts Gallery will showcase the recent graphic design work of 11 BFA candidates from the Communication Design program. The exhibited works range from book covers and illustrations to posters, identity marks and magazine designs.

4 Alums Exhibit at Naü-haus in Houston, TX

Where: Naü-haus, (223 E 11th St.  Houston, TX  77008)
When: Saturday Dec. 6, 2008
Time: 6-9 pm

Naü-haus will host Innovation by Limitation, an exhibit featuring 4 SoA alumni artists.  Piotr Chizinski, Damon Ryder Richards (BFA ’01), Sue Ann Rische (BFA ’94), and Jonathan Whitfill (MFA ’06) will exhibit painting, sculpture, casting, found object sculpture, metal fabrication, installation, and mixed media.  Richards, Whitfill and Chizinski have a history of collaboration, as the group created a mobile art gallery named “Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery“, that has shown 14 times across the state.

Jonathan Whitfill said of the group, “The members of Ryder Jon Piotrs (referred to as RJP) meet together once a week to discuss art and the options it provides. The group often includes artists Lauren Boldon and Sue Anne Rische, who take part in the Gallery endeavors of the RJP. We find that our isolated geographic location in Lubbock, Texas lends itself to creative problem solving. The Nomadic Gallery is our solution as a vehicle and venue for dialogue, growth, and promotion.”

This is the first group gallery exhibition for the group outside their “Truck”.  Read more on the origins of this show.

The exhibit runs through Sunday Jan. 4, 2009