Archive for April, 2009

Dirk Fowler is Featured Artist at Lubbock Arts Festival 2009

dirk-fowler1Dirk Fowler, Professor of Communication Design, will be the featured artist at the Lubbock Arts Festival this weekend, May 1-3 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Fowler creates his incredible artwork by hand using a printing press he bought on E-bay and is featured among 100 other artists who will also be at the festival.

According to the Arts Festival program, “Fowler has lived and worked in Lubbock as a graphic designer since 1993. Since 2002 the majority of his work has been focused on the music industry, primarily music packaging, merchandise and hand-letterpress-printed concert posters. A self taught letterpress printer, his posters have been exhibited all over the world and published in numerous graphic design journals. His posters have appeared in several books as well, including The Art of Modern Rock, New Masters of Poster Design, Vintage Typography and Swag 2 for which he co-wrote the forward. In 2007 he was featured in Texas Monthly magazine. Some  internationally known bands he has designed for are  Wilco, The Raconteurs and New York Dolls and some hometown favorites like the Thrift Store Cowboys.”

The Lubbock Memorial Civic Center is located at 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The cost of the event is $2 for Adults and Children age 12 and under are free.

SoA Is Going "Green" With Donated Silver

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Dr. Harold  and Mrs. Margaret Brannan of San Antonio, Texas, attended a Foundation Board Dinner this year held at the new 3D Art Annex where they met Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Professor, Robly Glover. Many stunning student creations were on display. Dr. Brannan then asked if Glover could use some reclaimed silver in his classes for various projects. Glover said,” Of course, I said yes. It is  just about the best gift you can get!”

Recycling is always a good thing and the Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing program recycle in such lovely and exciting ways.

Mark Nelson Stars in PBS's Beads, Baubles, and Jewels

Mark Nelson, MFA 1999, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, will star in a jewelry demonstration series coming soon to PBS. He has worked with Rio Grande for four years. (Rio Grande is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of jewelry making findings and tools in North America.) PBS and Rio Grande will offer 12 original episodes of the season, each featuring a different full-length project, now available online! Check your PBS listings for dates and times, or call your local station to request the show air in your area. 

 Professor Robly Glover  taught and mentored Nelson in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing while he was at the SoA. Glover explains,”Mark is becoming quite a celebrity. . . He does do scholarly development and research and is a good studio artist!”

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Piotr Chizinski's Success is International, too

 

Joe Arredondo by Piotr Chizinski

Joe Arredondo by Piotr Chizinski

 Piotr Chizinski, BFA Sculpture/Photography 2007 is rapidly becoming not just a national but an international figure with his photography on “social status.” He is a selected artist for the Guangzhou Biennial of Photography in China this May where he will exhibit and discuss his work. Still on the international scene, he will be traveling to Hilmsen Germany for a two month residency that is being supported by a grant from the Kansas City Artist Coalition.

The good fortune continues for him. Recently, as he applied for graduate school, portfolio in hand, he sold two pieces of art to Cornell University. These two works will hang in the front foyer of the Center for the Study of Inequality at the University and will be included in the power point they present to students on Class-ism.

Good things don’t just come in threes for Chizinski. “I have also been asked by the curator of FOTOFEST to be apart of the exhibition. I am currently trying to find funds to pay for the airfare to be apart of it.” explains Chizinski.  

Additionally, he received a second place from the Center for Digital Art in LA, and will be part of an exhibition there sometime later this year.  “I also have two works in the Texas National curated by Mel Chin,” said Chizinski.  See Kimbrough.

Chizinski modestly describes his recent successes as a “good effort.”

SoA Students Honored by Rockport Center for Arts


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, MFA candidate  in Photography; Emily Schuhmann, MFA candidate in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing; and Christopher Voss,  MFA candidate in Painting, have been chosen by the Rockport Center for Arts as emerging artists from Texas. During the National Youth Art Month of March, the Rising Eyes of Texas Collegiate Exhibition will honor 30 students from 14 Texas colleges and universities giving TTU SoA artists one-sixth of glory.

At the reception, Saturday, March 7, from 5-7p.m., at the center in Rockport, Texas, cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Michelle Smythe, director of K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, will jury the show.

Voss explains, “My work , Contained Unraveling,deals with the container, metaphorically connected to the human form, and the volatile state of its existence.”

Maxey Park is by Nader who explains, “It was made here and I used a pinhole camera on this photograph.”

Schuhmann’s three metal pieces Slime, Orgasm,and Growth are below. All of these works can by found on the poster above. Update: Schuhmann’s piece Decay’s Growth received an Honorable Mention.

   

 

 

Contained Unraveling

Contained Unraveling

   

 

 

Maxey Park

Maxey Park

   

 

 

Slime

Slime

   

 

 

Orgasm

Orgasm Decay's Growth

     

 

 

Decay's Growth

Decay's Growth

Four TTU Artists selected by Mel Chin for 2009 Texas National Show

 

All in the Family by Piotr Chizinski

All in the Family by Piotr Chizinski

 

Blizard 3 by Christie Blizard

Blizard 3 by Christie Blizard

 

 

 

Four artists from the School of Art have seven pieces of artwork in the 2009 Texas National Show Cole Art Center in the Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, Texas, from now until May 17. Christie Blizard, Assistant Professor in Art – Painting and Drawing, has two paintings selected: Piotr Chizinski, 2008 MFA Sculpture/Photography, has two works in the show; Jonathan Whitfill, 2006 MFA Sculpture, has a book selected; in addition to Scotty Hensler ‘s artwork. See family.

Internationally recognized artist, Mel Chin, juried the show. During his remarks at the reception, April 4, Chin mentioned Blizard’s work.

Castano and Chizinski Receive Kimbrough Fund Awards

 

Munoz 3 from a series"Y El Me Dijo Que La Tierra Era Memoria/An He Told The Land Was Memory"

Munoz 3 from a series"Y El Me Dijo Que La Tierra Era Memoria/An He Told The Land Was Memory"

One current student, Angelica Munoz Castano, MFA candidate in photography, and one recent alumnus, Piotr Chizinski, 2008 BFA Sculpture/Photography, have received prestigious Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Poet Housewife by Piotr Chizinski

Poet Housewife by Piotr Chizinski

awards from the Dallas Museum of Art. The awards “recognize exceptional talent and potential in young artists.” The awards of $3,500 are available to artists under 30 years of age and residents of Texas for at least three years.

SoA Seniors Teach High Schoolers How to Make Pinhole Cameras

Members of the SoA Photo Club hosted a two-day pinhole workshop for Frenship High School students. Thirteen students of the school’s Graphic Design teacher, Carey McNutt, 2001 BFA Design Communication, MAE, attended the workshop, which began at 9 A.M., ending at 3 P.M. on Friday, April 3, and resuming on Saturday, April 4, from 9 A.M. -noon. The students learned how to make their own pinhole cameras, exposed photographic paper, and printed positive images in the darkroom. Associate Professor, Robin Germany,  said, “When I checked in, the high school students looked like they were having a great time.  This was their first experience in the darkroom.”

Members of the club who managed all aspects of this workshop are Jerome Larez, senior, BFA, studio art, from Fort Stockton, Texas; Micayla Vera, senior, BFA, studio arts from Plainview, Texas; Jessica Rivera, senior, BFA, studio arts from Lubbock, Texas; and Lauren Scully, senior, BFA, studio arts from Levelland, Texas,

Dirk Fowler Recognized by Phi Beta Kappa as Outstanding Teacher

 

Dirk Fowler

Dirk Fowler

Dirk Fowler, SoA Associate Professor of Communication Design,  has been chosen for his outstanding teaching by current inductees of Phi Beta Kappa. On Friday, April 17, at 4 pm in the Lanier Center of the Law School, 87 students will be inducted into lifetime membership in Phi Beta Kappa and  21 outstanding faculty will be honored. Each year, the organization’s inductees are asked to identify their most outstanding faculty members. The event is open to the public.

Four Students Are Selected for Arkansas Art Center's 36th annual Toys Designed by Artists show

 

Jillian Cooper, Senior,BFA- Studio Art – Jewelry /Metalsmithing from Manchester, NM ; Ellen Wadsworth, Junior, BA – Art Undeclared from Irving, TX; Amy Cassidy, sophomore,BFA-Studio Art, from the Woodlands, TX; Carrie Skinner, Junior ,BA- Arts and Sciences Undeclared from Hobbs, NM, were accepted in the Arkansas Art Center’s 36th annual Toys Designed by Artists show. The juror was Suzanne Ramljak, editor of “Metalsmith Magazine,” an international publication.  The exhibition continues in the Arkansas Arts Center’s San Strauss Sr. Gallery until May 10th 2009.

 Professor Robly Glover explains, “I taught a Design 2 core class in the Fall semester with the assistance of Emily Schuhmann, MFA candidate. I assigned a toy assignment to the class to cover their functional component of the course. Emily and I were so happy with the results, that we encouraged the students to apply to the show.”

The results were impressive and fun! See the pictures below.

 

Untitled by Amy Cassidy

Untitled by Amy Cassidy

 

 

Labor in a Box by Carrie Skinner

Labor in a Box by Carrie Skinner

 

Children Having Children by Ellen Wadsworth

Children Having Children by Ellen Wadsworth

 

Kiwi Gets His Wings by Jillian Cooper

Kiwi Gets His Wings by Jillian Cooper