Archive for March, 2009

Professor Orfila Presents Chester Dale Paper and Investigates Art Secrets of NY Residence

 Jorgelina Orfila, Assistant Professor, Art History, was selected to present her paper  “A Painter’s Collection”: The Chester Dale Collection of Modern French Art at a symposium, entitled The American Artist as Collector: From the Enlightenment to Postwar Era  at the Center for the History of Collecting in America in New York City.  She has been working on the Chester Dale collection.  “My paper analyzed Maud Dale’s installation of the collection in this residence,” explained Ms Orfila.

The two pictures show the building, one in 1938 when it housed the Chester Dale Collection and as it is now, owned by Elaine Rosenberg. Dale sold it early in the twentieth century to Ms. Rosenberg’s father-in-law, the legendary French art dealer Paul Rosenberg. According to the Museum of Modern Art, “a key figure in the art world in the 1920s and ’30s, Paul Rosenberg (1881-1959) supported and guided the careers of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, and Henri Matisse, exhibiting them alongside the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters of the day, and placing their works in the most renowned museums and private collections in the world.”

Most recently Mrs. Rosenberg has promised the archives of Paul Rosenberg to the Museum of Modern Art as a bequest of hers and her late husband Alexandre Rosenberg (Paul’s son). Ms Orfila said,  “I visited her. She (Elaine Rosenberg) is truly a great lady who gave me valuable information. The papers of the art gallery were seized by the Nazis but she recuperated them and will donate them to the archives of MoMA.” 

20 East 79th Street

20 East 79th Street

20 E. 79th St. today

20 E. 79th St. today












AT&T Awards Scholarships to SoA Students


Christina Sosebee

Christina Sosebee

“I don’t know what I would do without the AT&T Scholarship Award,” said Christina Sosebee, junior, Studio Arts,  from Gilmer,Texas, who has been awarded this scholarship, now for the third year. “It has made such a difference, because I am busy everyday working and attending classes.”


Hannah Murdock , sophomore, Studio Arts, Photography, is from Panhandle, Texas. This is the first time she has received this award. “I’m grateful for all the help I can get in order to attend TTU. I thank AT&T so much. ”

Hannah Murdock

Hannah Murdock



Thursday,April 2, the students will be honored at a reception in the Law School Forum where they will be recognized by the AT&T representatives; Don Cain, President of AT&T, Texas, and Cameron Monroe, Regional Director – External Affairs for AT&T in Amarillo, Chancellor Kent Hance, President Guy Bailey, and by Dean Carol Edwards.

Scotty Hensler's "Family Portrait" Selected for the Texas National Exhibit

MFA candidate, Scotty Hensler‘s,” Family Portrait” (charcoal, graphite on paper. 29″ x 36″ ), was selected to be shown in the Texas National Exhibit, April 4-May 17, 2009 at The Cole Art Center in the Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mel Chin, internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, juried this exhibit.

The reception is slated for Saturday, April 4, 2009,

Family Protrait

Family Portrait

 from 6-8 P.M. and open to the public.

Gilbert Jones Receives Tech Parent Association Award for CVPA

dsc01900-224x300Gilbert Jones, (Senior, Art History ) has been awarded the Tech Parents Association 2008-09 Student Academic Citizenship Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.”The award goes to only one student per college, so this is a significant recognition of Gilbert’s achievements, ” explained Todd DeVriese, SoA Director and Professor in Art.

Jones will be honored at the 2009 Spring Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday, April 4, at the Merket Alumni Center. Dr. Janis Elliott, Assistant Professor in Art History, nominated him for this honor because he has maintained a high GPA which includes graduate level classes and numerous independent study courses. In the school itself, he was one of two students who did research and restoration on the School of Art’s collection of plaster casts. Jones has also been an employee in the Visual Resource Center and in the Computer Lab where all agree that he consistently goes out of his way to help others.

Dr. Elliott said, “In terms of leadership, he has held several offices in the Tech Art History Society, including president, and he organized the student trip to their first professional conference when CAA was held in Dallas in 2008.”

Texas Biennial 2009 Opens; School of Art Well Represented

Opening Weekend of the Texas Biennial 2009 is March 6th – 8th at multiple venues in Austin, Texas. TTU School of Art will be well represented with both Faculty and Alumin have done well getting selected into the various exhibitions.

After receiving a studio visit last fall, William Cannings, associate professor of sculpture, received notice from Michael Duncan, Corresponding Editor for Art in America and juror of the group and solo exhibitions of the Biennial, informing him that he had been selected as the solo artist to represent West Texas. William is known for his brightly colored, inflated/exploded steel and aluminum sculptures which have been widely exhibited in Texas, Florida and Europe. Will’s Biennial exhibition will be at Okay Mountain Gallery.  The opening for this solo exhibition is scheduled from noon – 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 7th, with an After Party from 7:00 – 10:00 PM at Okay Mountain.

Christie Blizard, assistant professor of painting and Lubbock based alumna, Anne Longo (2006 MFA Painting & Drawing), were also finalists for the West Texas solo exhibition and received studio visits from Duncan in early September. Their work will be exhibited in the group exhibitions during the Biennial.

Tom Matthews (MFA 2007 Sculpture) now living and teaching in South Texas, also had a studio visit by Duncan, as one of the finalists for the solo exhibition representing South Texas.  Not selected for the solo exhibition, Tom will have two artworks in one of the group exhibitions.

Alumni, Susan Cheal, (associate professor at UNT – Denton), and Susan Budge (1982 BFA Ceramics now head of Ceramics and Art Metals at San Antonio College) were selected to be in the group exhibitions.

The group exhibitions will be presented at the Mexican American Cultural Center and at Women and their Work.  Receptions for the group shows will be on Friday, March 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.