Archive for July, 2009

Space Changes in the Art Building

Rolando Shaw, Woodshop Manager; and graduate students,Quinton Owens and Tohidi Siavash put the finishing touches on one of the Visual Studies rooms.

Rolando Shaw, Woodshop Manager; and graduate students,Quinton Owens and Tohidi Siavash put the finishing touches on one of the Visual Studies rooms.

As the Interim Director, Professor Tina Fuentes, settles in to the Director’s office, and the Ceramics program has moved to the 3D Art Annex, there will be a few more changes space-wise for some of the staff and faculty. Visual Studies has the area to the South of the VRC (where ceramics used to be)—rooms B 12,13,14.  The rooms have been decked out with new paint and metal.  You can find Associate Professors Dennis Fehr, Ed Check and Assistant Professors Future Akins,and Carolyn Erhler this area.

Joe Arredondo, Director of Landmark Arts, can be found in the back of office 108A now while Ryan Scheckel, Adviser,  will be back in his former office 102B. Robert Terrell, Safety Coordinator, and Will Reid, Computer Lab Manager, will have offices on the 2nd floor of the Architecture Building in the computer lab. Jon Harper, Assistant to the Director for Branding and Marketing Communications, will be in the front space of office 108A while Debby Gibson, Senior Grant Writer, will be in 101#B with Sue Yager, Senior Business Assistant. Mark Bond, 3D Studio Area Technician. be moving into B16.

Visual Studies room

Visual Studies room

Visual Studies room

Visual Studies room

Those friendly, helpful folks, Senior Business Assistants, Sam Marchman and Gena Woods, will remain in the main area of 101. Department Business Manager, Connie Lamp, will also remain in her office.

Professor Tina Fuentes is Interim Director

Former School of Art Director, Professor Todd DeVriese, has left TTU’S SoA to become Dean of the Department of Art at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. As we began the search for a new director, CVPA Dean Carol Edwards announced last week that Professor Tina  Fuentes, (BFA and MFA, North Texas State University) the Associate Director and a Professor in Art  (Painting) will serve as the new interim SoA Director. She assumed her duties formally July 20.

Tina Fuentes

Tina Fuentes

Although she was born in San Angelo, Fuentes grew up in Odessa.  She began teaching art in the Texas Public Schools; teaching next at Waco Art Center; followed by the University of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico; and finally is a student favorite drawing and painting professor here since 1986 – 23 years.  She has participated extensively as an exhibition juror and served as a member of the Visual Arts Panels of New Mexico State Arts Division and the Texas Commission for the Arts.  She has also served as juror and board member of the Albuquerque Arts Board 1% for Art Program and more.

Fuentes lives in Lubbock with her husband, Paz Molinar. They have a daughter Erica and son-in-law, Greg Graves who have an eighteen-month-old son, Cash Kane. “He is the sweetest thing,” exclaims Fuentes.

In addition to being an educator, Fuentes  is a practicing artist with her own expansive studio. Many would call her a pioneering Latina woman who has gained much recognition for her art. Some examples of these accolades are an invitational one-woman show “Capas y Luz,” Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX.; “53rd Grace Museum Competition,” Grace Museum, Abilene, TX. (1st place award ); “One Woman Show: Dibujos y Pinturas de la Desnuda,” Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA; and the invitational “One Woman Show,” San Antonio Art Institute. She was also the subject of a 1990 KTX-TV, Lubbock, Texas, production, entitled “El Arte de Tina Fuentes” which was accepted by the National Education Television Association and made available nationally to all PBS stations.

DJ Stout, Partner in International Design Firm, Pentagram (3rd in a series on Communication Design Alumni)

DJ StoutThe pitch is hurled, as the batter draws his bat back, ready to send the ball into the stands. The crowd roars-a big crowd of true baseball fans. This Alpine, Texas, scene could be taking place today at the Kokernot Baseball field (named for famed owner of the 06 Ranch, Herbert Kokernot who built it sparing no expense in 1947). Now the Big Bend Cowboys add a homerun to their scoreboard!

Or it could be a scene from DJ Stout’s, BFA Design Communication 1981, latest project, a visual history of the 1940’s semi-pro baseball team, the Alpine Cowboys. Alpine is Stout’s birthplace and he has another connection to this project. His father, a left-handed pitcher, played on the Alpine Cowboys back in 1952-54 before joining the marines. Mr. Doyle  Stout, now living in the Philippines, has been assisting his son by emailing and contacting teammates. “The University of Texas Press is going to publish it. I have a year – it will be out in the fall of 2010,” explains Stout.

As a child growing up, Stout’s family was a typical military one-on the move. He began publishing a cartoon newspaper delivering it from house to house to help overcome that “new kid” syndrome. “My dad even bought me an older printing machine – a mimeograph – the ones with the purple print and the good smell,” he jokes.

Through the years, he expanded his “Weekly Laf” by creating a staff – someone to do news; a fashion reporter and a sports reporter.  Moves took him to the Virginia area where he attended James Madison University for two years in graphic art. A move back to Texas, found him at Texas Tech because “I had heard that it had a good graphic design program.”

Corey J. Escoto Featured on Art: 21 Blog

coreyCorey Escoto, BFA 2005 (MFA, University of Washington, St. Louis, MO), was recently featured on the  Art:21 Blog . He lives and works in his studio in St. Louis, Missouri. Escoto feels his work is influenced by the city and his living-work space, located on the second floor of an old red brick building downtown-where he feels most of his work is done in the kitchen.

According to contributing blog author-artist, Georgia Kotretsos, in her  post, Inside the Artist’s Studio: Corey J. Escoto, Escoto said, “I came to St. Louis in 2005 because of graduate school. I am from Amarillo, a medium-sized town in Texas, and St. Louis was an interesting change. St. Louis is a major American city with its share of problems, potential, and history. It has a good mix of the benefits and cultural opportunities of a big city, while retaining the small-town midwest charm. I was most drawn to St. Louis because of its great potential for an artist with limited means.”

Recently he was chosen one of three artists who were selected for the Great Rivers Biennial at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in 2008 and he received the  Gateway Foundation Grant. His work has traveled in the New American Talent 23 and the  Texas Biennial (2007). Internationally, he has been recognized in exhibitions such as Le Souvenir (Weimar, Germany); Seven Days Brunch (Basel, Switzerland); and Decollecting (Dunkerque, France).

A member of the Art-O-Matics in Cellophane (NY), Kotretsos is the editor-in-chief and a founding member of  Boots Contemporary Art Space founding artists (European correspondent) (St. Louis, USA). She currently lives in Athens, Greece.

National Geo 1 by Corey Escoto

National Geo 1 by Corey Escoto

SoA Faculty, Students, and Alumnus Among the New Texas Talent 2009 Selected Participants

David Lindsay's Lindsay 14

David Lindsay's Lindsay 14

Congratulations to faculty members, Christie Blizard and David Lindsay; MFA candidates, Zach Nader (Photography) and Patrick Page-Sutter (Sculpture) and recent alumnus, Joel Kiser (2007 BFA Sculpture) on the selection of their artwork for  the New Texas Talent 2009 Selected Participants at the Craighead Green Gallery – Dallas. The exhibit will run from July 25 – September 5.

Dr. Charissa Terranova, Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas and Director of Centraltrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency is the  juror for the show. She conceived the show which became a reality in 1994.  The show is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market. Each year approximately 600 images are submitted for review by a gallery selected juror. The juror then independently selects artists to participate in the exhibition.

Since arriving in Dallas from Boston in 2004, Dr. Terranova has been deeply engaged in the arts culture and urban history of Dallas-Fort Worth. She has written art criticism for the Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, THE Magazine, Art News.