Archive for January, 2009

State Award Given to Future Akin-Tillet's Lowrider Dream Bike Project



Partnership is the plus in this project,”says Future Akins-Tillett, School of Art alumna, and Assistant Professor of Visual Studies, “and the changes that happen to those kids because of it.” Ms Future Akins-Tillett explains about the award-winning Lowrider Dream Bike project now in its fifth year. It employs the lowrider bicycle culture as a means to teach students while they make their own bikes and learn math, science, and design in addition. In the way of partners, Mrs Akin explained that many  SoA students including Kyle McQuilkin (doctoral student in the FADP-Art program) inspired the program and was a tireless worker; Freddy Cortez, (Lubbock High 2007), David Wragg (BFA 2008, Visual Studies), Arthur PolendoMichael Synatzske, and Daniel Rodriquez (BFA 2008, Visual Studies), other community workers Sam Tillett and several retired LPD officers were among the most dependable and hard-working volunteers

This project, a collaborative effort of  Atkins Middle School, the School of Art, and T-STEM  Center, has been awarded the Crystal Award 2009 by TAPE (Texas Association of Partners in Education). The group was recognized January 27th, in Austin at a banquet showcasing the exemplary partnerships statewide. This community award recognizes partnership with “a school that has demonstrated positive impact on student development in science, engineering, technology or math,” according to TAPE.

“As a direct result of this program,  participating students have raised their math TAKS scores, while another became vice president of the student body, and another was selected Lubbock AJ Teen of the month for Atkins.” explains Principal Chris Huber. “One student said because of this project, she will go to college!” More on Lowriders here.



Gilbert Jones Recommends Italian Study Abroad Program

dsc01318A third floor, four room walk-up in a 13th century building with no elevator or air conditioning on a record-breaking, sweltering hot day was Gilbert Jones’s, art history major, introduction to Florence, Italy, and Richmond American International University in London – the Florence program.dsc045655 Jones chose to stay with a family. His hostess was an 85 year-old woman named Tosca who had lived in the building since the seventies and had been sponsoring students from abroad for the last 25 years and spoke only Italian. As a result Jones improved his Italian and the two became more like family. In fact, he commented, “I was expected to attend all her family events like birthdays and graduation. It was amazing!” Studying abroad enables students to experience their academic studies in a totally different environment while soaking up the local customs, culture, and cuisine, which Jones did!duccio_maesta4 He explained that he experienced that “movie moment” of having seen something in print. Then, for the first time, seeing the real thing as he turned the corner to that spectacular cathedral sight just as the bells were ringing. He found this to be true when observing the “real thing” in all the places he visited—Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris, and especially in Siena at the Siena Cathedral where he got to see his favorite artist’s, Duccio di Buonsegna, altarpiece. “It was breath taking!” said Jones. Three weeks on the coast of the Mediterranean swimming daily, with parties on the beach nightly, making friends for life, and various side trips like the one to London and another to Paris. While in Paris, “my new friends and I rushed through the Louvre in four hours and did all the touristy things like the Eiffel Tower. We decided to spend Halloween drinking champagne at the Moulin Rouge. I was fun, but I wished it had still looked like the Toulouse-Lautrec painting though.” dsc032931

Dr. Orfila Presents in Paris- One of Only 2 US Colleges Represented

During the recent holiday recess, Dr. Jorgelina Orfila, Ph.D., Assistant professor in Art attended the international symposium of Art and Measurement. (L’Art et la Mesure. Histoire de L’Art et Méthodes Quantitatives. Sources, Outils Méthodes.)  It focused on the use of qualitative methods for the study of the history of art. New this year to TTU, Dr. Orfila explains, “My session was about the creation of databases. The symposium took place at (and was organized by) the Ecole Normale Supérieure, which is a very prestigious and traditional institution.”   As the holidays began, she presented her paper: “Measuring the Chester Dale Collection and the Canon of Modern Art” to the conference in Paris. Representing Texas Tech University’s SoA, she presented as one of only two US universities there.

While some who visit Paris like to wine and dine, she enjoyed grabbing an apple and a bottle of water as she walked around the city, enjoyed the sights, took advantage of the late night viewing hours of the different Paris museums like the Louvre, and did her research in History of 20th-21st Century Art.

One sight that she enjoyed was a Tex Mex restaurant on 130, boulevard St-Germain. When you entered that passage, in contrast, on the other side was the Café Procope. “It is the oldest restaurant of Paris (mid XVIIth century).  Voltaire, Jefferson, and Franklin dined there!” she adds.jorgelina12

Taking pictures for classes occupied much of her time, too. This past semester, which was her first at Tech, found her teaching a class in Art Deco. When she saw the Porte Dorée, she had to snap it. “It was built on occasion of the 1931 Colonial Exhibition. I went to take pictures of the building thinking of my future students, “ she comments.

Nomadic Gallery Issues Call for Entries

The Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery has issued a Call For Entries.  The Nomadic Gallery, organized by  PIOTR CHIZINSKI (2007 BFA Sculpture), RYDER RICHARDS (2001 BFA Painting), and JONATHAN WHITFILL (2006 MFA Sculpture) all of Lubbock),  is sponsoring a ceramics exhibition to be juried by John John Balistreri and his workBalistreri, Professor of Ceramics at Bowling Green State University.  Entitled Room for Eleven, the exhibition will be presented in the Nomadic Gallery at the 2009 NCECA Conference in Phoenix, AZ in March.  The exhibition will subsequently travel to the San Angelo Museum of Art during the April San Angelo Ceramic Invitational.

As the title of the exhibition suggests, only eleven ceramic works/artists will be selected for the exhibition.  Deadline for application is February 23rd – Download Prospectus here.