Archive for August, 2017

JAMES CHASE Receives “Best Visual Artist Award” from Local Arts Commission

JAMES CHASE (2014 MFA in Studio Art – Printmaking) who now lives in Hookset, New Hamphire with his wife Amy, received a “Best Visual Artist” award from the Rochester Arts and Culture Commission this month.

In other news, James recently accepted the position as Director of Community Education and Visual Arts Faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.  He had previous served as Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages Program Coordinator at Manchester Community College.

Over the summer he was in a 2-person exhibition entitled “Layerical Swords” with ceramic artist Justin Gerace at the Chases Garage Artist Studio and Gallery in York, Maine.  He has also received a commission to start large multi-location public arts project in Rochester.

James  serves on the New Hampshire Humanities Steering Committee that has received a Mellon Foundation Grant to Support the Humanities in the amount of $824,000 over the next three years.

Students, Faculty, and Alumnus Philip Monaghan Participate in Marfa Intensive

Art Group at Marfa Intensive (clockwise from top left): Jason Derouin, Fine Arts PhD Candidate; Alumnus Philip Monaghan, and MFA students Monica Prado and Nicolle LaMere.

This summer’s Marfa Intensive, presented by TTU’s School of Theatre & Dance July 23 – August 3 in Marfa, included the participation of School of Art MFA students Nicolle LaMere, Monica Prado, PhD candidate Jason Derouin, Assistant Professor Heather Warren-Crow, and alumnus Philip Monaghan of New York City.

A few years ago, Tim Crowley, a graduate of the TTU Theatre & Dance program and Marfa resident, proposed the idea to Mark Charney, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, to provide a special experience for students, a place where they could take advantage of the environment to create theatre and art based on their surroundings. Out of these conversations the Marfa Intensives were born. Last year three art students were invited to participate.  The generous offer, from Mr. Crowley who hosts the Intensives,  and Mark Charney who organizes them,  was extended again this summer.

Below are screenshots from the Theatre & Dance e-newsletter featuring comments by the Art participants.

Ro Shaw Clay Studio Featured in Texas Monthly “Hidden Texas”

Ro Shaw in his Clay Studio. Photo by Jeff Wilson for Texas Monthly.

Ro Shaw (2008 MFA in Ceramics) and his Clay Studio in Salado were featured in Texas Monthly’s “Hidden Texas” Shops & Stops category in February 2017.

Cited the listing, “Ro Shaw, a Rockwall native often outfitted in overalls, will gladly give you a demo at his potter’s wheel and teach you all about raku, a super-old-school Japanese quick-firing method.” See the entire “Hidden Texas” feature [HERE].