Archive for November, 2009

Seven SoA Students Selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

Seven students in the School of Art were named to the 2009’s list of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. These students are Elizabeth Espinoza (senior in Communication Design from Lubbock, Texas); “Elise” (Frances) Hall (senior in Art History from McAllen, Texas); Jeff Hernandez (senior in Communication Design from Snyder, Texas); Gilbert Jones (senior in Art History from Lubbock, Texas); Lynsey Jones (senior in Communication Design from Missouri City, Texas); Kathryn Kiser ( from the Honors College, senior in Art History from Lubbock, Texas); and Samantha Roppolo (senior in Communication Design from Mesquite, Texas).

“It is an honor and I’m glad to be one of the 105 students chosen for the Who’s Who. I also am glad that the College of Visual and Performing Arts has such a large showing. It demonstrates that the SoA in the CVPA places emphasis on academics as well as service. It is just another example of how I’ve been encouraged by faculty and staff at the SoA,” explains Gilbert Jones.

The Who’s Who selection criterion is based on academic achievement, leadership, and service. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 colleges/universities throughout the United States. For this honor, Texas Tech officially announced 105 students of which 17 students are from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Exhibit at Hardin Simmons Features Ryder Jon Piotrs Group


Colorwheel by Jonathan Whitfill

Mercurial Imagination, featuring the work of Ryder Jon Piotrs collaborative members Piotr Chizinski (2007 BFA Sculpture), Ryder Richards (2001 BFA Painting), Sue Anne Rische (1994 BFA Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing) and Jonathan Whitfill (2006 MFA Sculpture) is on exhibit now at the Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery at Hardin Simmons University until November 13, 2009. The work ranges from altered books and shredded text to gunpowder drawings and cast bomb forms. The work questions social class systems, the intangible form of knowledge, and violence in a modern world.

The gallery will host a closing reception featuring an artist’s talk and question/answer session on November 13, 5:00-6:30 PM.

Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is comprised of artists who have created an alternative method of engagement with the development of a Nomadic Truck Gallery. The gallery is a converted 24′ Ryder truck complete with white sheetrock panels and track lighting. Since it’s debut over 2 years ago the mobile gallery has prompted several group exhibitions for the RJP members. Most recently the group has shown in Dallas, Abilene, and Marfa. They have also hosted a national juried ceramics exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information please visit the website ::

Tedeschi and Morrow Receive Faculty Recognition Awards

Associate Professor Carla Tedeschi (Communication Design and Program Coordinator)  and Professor Terry Morrow (Painting and Drawing) each recently received Outstanding Faculty Recognition Awards given by the Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa honors organizations.  They were honored at a reception in Merket Alumni Center for their exemplary classroom instruction, style, and accessibility to students with this faculty recognition award.

During the awards ceremony, Caleigh Aycock, Mortar Board Chairman for Faculty Recognition, explained to the five recipients, “There were so many, many applicants who were recommended so highly, we want you to know how very qualified and outstanding you all are for this award.”

Tedeschi and Morrow  were also recognized midfield at halftime during the October 31 TTU vs Kansas football game with three other award recipients, Dr. Mukaddes Darwish (associate professor in the College of Engineering); Dr. Thomas Knight (professor in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources); and Mitzi Ziegner (instructor in the College of Human Sciences).