Archive for May, 2016

PROFESSOR RICK DINGUS– Retiring after 34 Years at School of Art

Photo of Author Rick Dingus (1)

Professor Rick Dingus is retiring after serving as professor in Photography since 1982.  He has had a very successful career during his years at Tech.  Throughout the years he has received high honors and awards for his photography. We are honored to have worked with Professor Dingus and appreciate his contribution to the classroom, inspiring students, and working with colleagues to transform the School in meeting its mission and goals.

His retrospective exhibition, Changing Places, The Photographic Artifacts is on display at the Museum Texas Tech University until June 12, 2016.

During the opening festivities for Rick’s exhibit at the Museum of TTU, Robin Germany, professor of photography and Rick’s colleague in the Photography area, and Brianna Burnett, President of the Medici Circle support group of the School of Art and 2008 MFA alumna of the photo program, announced an initiative to raise funds for a RICK DINGUS FELLOWSHIP ENDOWMENT. A goal of $22,500 has been set for the endowment. Brianna Burnett, speaking on behalf of the Medici Circle, announced that the Medici Circle would match donations to this scholarship initiative “dollar for dollar” up to $11,250, effectively cutting the campaign in half!

Alumni, friends and colleagues are invited to donate on line at:

Or checks made out to the TTU Foundation can be mailed to: Rick Dingus Fellowship, c/o TTU School of Art, Box 42081, Lubbock, TX  79409.

Rick’s official retirement date is December 31, 2016.   For more information about his accomplishments, please click here.

DR. CAROLYN TATE– Retiring from School of Art


Dr. Carolyn Tate will retire on December 31, 2016, after serving as professor in Art History, Ph.D. Coordinator, and MA Coordinator in the School of Art at TTU.

Many ART alumni remember her as their instructor in Art History Survey 1, where she guided us through an array of astonishing artistic accomplishments by civilizations around the world, and dealt with the “afterlife” of these objects — their theft, conservation, preservation, and their significance to the art of today.

Dr. Tate also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including Maya Art and Writing, Mesoamerican Manuscripts, The Art of Mesoamerican Creation Stories, the Olmec, the Aztec, and Native North American art, as well as a team-taught class with archaeology professor Brett Houk, Art and Ritual in Mesoamerican Cities. She remains interested in pictorial narratives, and is currently looking at the rock art of the Lower Pecos in Texas.

While at Tech, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her research in Mesoamerican art history:  The Texas Tech Integrated Scholar Award; Barney Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award; and recently the TTU President’s Faculty Book Award for her latest book, Re-Considering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation (2012).

That research was supported by three major residential fellowships: Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies (Harvard University; Washington D.C., 2001-2); Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions (Cambridge MA, 2001-2); and the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA, 2007); and two Texas Tech Faculty Development Leaves (2001-2, 2007).

Throughout her career at TTU she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and worked closely with her colleagues to expand the Art History program. Her students speak highly of her and many have done very well in art history-related fields.  She has also provided service to the College and University and served as secretary for TTU Faculty Senate.

JOE ARREDONDO– Receives Award for Service to Texas Tech and Lubbock Community

JOEJoe Arredondo is the Director of Landmark Arts and has held this position since 2003. This past weekend Joe received the Adelante Award for Service in Arts and Entertainment at the Second Annual Los Hermanos Familia Adelante Awards Ceremony. Joe was nominated for this award by Texas Tech School of Art for his service to the Texas Tech and the Lubbock community.

Los Hermanos Familia of Lubbock proudly inaugurated the “Adelante Awards,” in 2015. The event has become an annual opportunity to showcase and honor Hispanic men in the Lubbock community, who excel in their careers and volunteer efforts. Awardees were announced in fourteen categories, including Education, Business, Medicine, Media and others.