Archive for June, 2009

Scott Dadich, Creative Director of Wired Magazine (Communication Design Alumni Series)

Scott DadichScott Dadich, BFA, Communications Design,1999,  is Creative Director of Wired Magazine. He credits SMAP (Saturday Morning Art Program), bagels, and a lack of enthusiasm for Mechanical Engineering at UT for bringing him to TTU’s SoA and helping to propel his career.

Dadich’s truly meteoric assent into the publishing world is full of recognition and dazzling successes. First, at Texas Monthly where the magazine accrued 14 National Magazine Awards including the award for General Excellence in 2003 under his creative eye.

Now at Wired, he continues with his winning ways. In 2007, the magazine won the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence and followed in 2008, by winning the National Magazine Award for Design, the magazine industry’s highest design honor. Also, in 2008, he was awarded SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Magazine of the Year and elected President of SPD. Of these awards, Dadich modestly said, “It has been a good couple of years.”

A Lubbock native, Dadich attended All Saints Episcopal School and graduated from Lubbock High School. “Terry Morrow was a great mentor and I started out in his SMAP program and was there every Saturday all through high school to learn.”

“Later, when I went to Tech, Professor Morrow would look in on me to check how my classes were going. In his classes, I learned so much about drawing.”

Dadich mentions John Raspberry as a great instructor along with the Professors Frank and Jane Cheatham, both now deceased. “The first year I was in her (Jane Cheatham’s) typeography class, all lettering had to be done by hand because there was no computer lab until the next year. That next year, we began learning Illustrator and Photo Shop.”

“I draw everyday,” admits Scott Dadich, “I lean on my drawing skills and knowledge of typeography constantly in my work.”

Jonathan Whitfill's "Oh!" Exhibit Will Open July 3

Jonathan Whitfill, MFA, invites you to LHUCA (Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) here in Lubbock for the opening of his solo show, “Oh.” There will be an artist lecture before the opening around 5:00, Friday July 3rd. Also, Whitfill will be preforming a few pieces for the duration of the opening. The opening is from 6-9 p.m. with beer and popcorn.joncard

“Much of the work is new and has only been seen by a few, and I’m excited to have it revealed!” explains Whitfill. See new for more detail.

The show will be at the Studio Gallery of LHUCA, 511 K Ave., until the end of July.

A Weekend at TTU's Junction—Y'all Come!

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Dale Battle assisting Dean Carol Edwards with glass blowing.

We started our trek from Lubbock to Junction, Texas, Jon Harp, Assistant to the Director for Branding and Marketing Communications (also our main photographer), and I to join the artists and alumni at Alumni Weekend at Junction last weekend. About five hours later, we arrived. Future Akins-Tillett, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies and Coordinator of the School of Art program at Junction,  was on hand to do the the welcoming and showed off the campus to all first timers like us. This heat sort of hits you in the face as you leave the air-conditioned car. It made me really appreciate the cool breezes that followed that evening.

We were assigned our rooms in one of the several buildings on campus. Our area contained a large communal room with a conference table and a classroom. Our bedrooms were off the conference room complete with bunk-beds, two separate sinks in each room and a shared shower in common with the next door room. We parked our suitcases in the rooms and began exploring the offerings outside.

There was glass blowing— day and night — during the cooler hours. It was truly spectacular to watch at night, which we did after visiting the inviting swimming pool (recently renovated). Walking was the preferred mode of transportation, but I noticed a few bicycles, too.   The evening brought a hot dog feast and many new faces to meet. Glass blowers, Vickie Bunting, MA interdisciplinary, English teacher at Lubbock High; Carol Delasandro from San Antonio; alumni Dale Battle, Walter Holland, both retired art teachers; Jerry Martin, TTU alumnus and nurse at Arrington Cancer Hospital, and Angela Heath, MFA, Art History Professor at South Plains College, worked on into the night.

Scott Thurman's Film "Smokey" Screens at Los Angeles Film Festival

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Scott Thurman 2007 BFA Photography-digital option will have his documentary film titled “Smokey”screened during the Los Angeles Film Festival June 18-28. It is one of seven short films selected by the Houston Film Commission as part of the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase at the LA Film Festival. In addition, the Houston Film Commission is flying Thurman to Los Angeles to be present for the film screening and Q&A session following.

“Smokey” is Scott Thurman’s directorial debut, having made this film during his first year in the MFA Documentary Filmmaking program at the University of North Texas, Denton.

“Smokey” takes an intimate look Smokey Binion, Jr. of Stinnett, Texas. Water well worker by day,Elvis impersonator on his off time. Smokey provides performances across the Panhandle of Texas – at no charge to the viewing audience. A day in the life with Smokey reveals an optimistic man involved with his community as an employee of the city and tribute artist, comfortable living and working in a small town while finding unusual ways to connect with all kinds of people.

This film is 14 min, 16 seconds and has previously been selected into the Hot Springs (Arkansas) Documentary Film Festival, Austin (Texas) Film Festival, NextFrame: University Film & Video Association’s Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA), Rockport (Texas) Film Festival, AFI Dallas (Texas) International Film Festival, Indie Memphis (Tennessee) Film Festival, and Dallas (Texas) Video Fest. The film took 1st Place at the Reality Bites Independent Student Film Festival sponsored by Northern Illinois University’s Department of Communication in April. The film can be viewed at the Reality Bites website. Then by clicking on “Smokey.”

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William Canning's Work is "Most Engaging" says Frances Colpitt

Example of Canning's work entitled "Sink or Swim"

Example of Canning's work entitled "Sink or Swim"

Frances Colpitt , TCU Art History Professor, reviewing the Austin Texas Biennial Multiple Venues in the publication Art  in America describes Canning’s work as follows. “To provide more in depth exposure, one artist was chosen to have a solo exhibition, each at a different venue. The most engaging for this viewer was William Cannings at Okay Mountain. He exhibited steel sculptures of life-size inflatable objects, like inner tubes,beach balls, and rafts, which he makes by heating the metal sheets and shaping them with forced air. Painted in shiny enamel, the works convincingly capture the puckered seams and the puffed out shapes of the artist’s motifs. Unlike Jeff Koon’s works, Cannings are actual size, thick and glossy rather than thin and glassy. The weighty material is rendered buoyant and airy, like the show as a whole”

Ken Little BFA 1969, was mentioned in the AiA article, also.  Little was specifically chosen to stage art at one of the temporary outdoor location curated by Risa Puleo at Lady Bird Lake. Colpitt describes Little’s work as “white picket fence outlining the shape of the continental United States”  3347842486_5c1934ed0e

Guest-curator, Michael Duncan, a Los Angeles art critic and curator, chose art work from an open call for the third Texas Biennial Exhibition in Austin, Texas which showed from . Six alums and/or SoA faculty were chosen out of the 650 entries for this exhibit.  They were Susan BudgeSusan ChealTom MatthewsChristie Blizard Little, and Cannings.

Thank You for Your Donations!

The School of Art appreciates donations — whether it is recycled silver, a kiln, assorted art materials, and/or money! Today we thank the General Manager of Barnes and Noble College Booksellers John Creed for his generous gift of art materials which we will provide to some of our needy students this summer and in the fall semester.

June 12-14 Alumni Weekend @ Junction

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Alumni weekend at Junction is next weekend, June 12-14. To start the weekend off, there will be a gathering of artists and art educators for a “Conversation in Leadership” (Saturday, June 12th from 1-5 PM). The participants of this conversation currently include: Rebecca Riley, TTU SOA alumna and currently Vice President for Student Services at Lonestar College in Houston, Helen Klebesadel, Director of Women’s Studies at U-Wisconsin System, Valerie Dibble, Associate Professor of Art in Digital Photography and Printmaking at Kennesaw State University, Georgia , and our own CVPA Dean Carol Edwards. Klebesadel will remain the following week  as guest artist. 

Mata Ortiz ceramics artist, Jaime Dominguez, will be giving a workshop with James Watkins, Horn Professor, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Architecture. 

 Saturday evening, Bob Hickerson, TTU Chief Operating Officer for the Off Campus Sites, will host a BBQ  for staff and family at the Junction Campus with music provided by Spider Johnson. 

This speakers series at Junction Center is supported by CVPA and the College of Outreach & Distance Education. It will also support visiting artist Beverly Penn during 2nd Summer Session.

Iylana Putnam’s Poster is Chosen by the House of Representatives

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Not only will Iylana Putnam’s, (senior in Communication Design) art be on display all over Texas, but she wins a scholarship, too! Putnam recently won a poster contest concerning an alcohol awareness campaign sponsored by the Texas Hospitality Association. The poster was selected by the offices of the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives as the 2009 winner of the $5,000 THA Poster Scholarship Contest for college students.  State Representative Carl Isett will have a resolution passed in her honor by the entire Texas House of Representatives when she can travel to Austin.

Putnam says, “They were calling for poster submissions. The posters had to convey that ‘A standard beer (12oz), mixed drink (1.5oz liquor), and glass of wine (5oz) each contain the same amount of alcohol.’ I tried to make my poster as simple and eye-catching as possible, since it will be distributed all over Texas in different places where alcohol is sold.”

I say cheers to you, Iylana—great job! For more information www.texashospitalityassociation.com.