SoA's Blog a Good Idea

Gaines Clore Wynn, (BS, TTU; MFA, Arizona State) exclaims, “Thanks, this is a great idea!” talking about the School of Art’s Alum Blog.  A 1968 graduate, she remembers fondly “my years at Texas Tech when I was an art major, but was also in WSO and Mortar Board.” (She was known then as Mary Ann Gaines, which she has not gone by that “in centuries!”)

She now lives in the Washington D.C. area.  “After finishing my MFA in painting from Arizona State in 1972, I am still painting in my great studio in the arts district of Mt. Rainier, Maryland, which is two blocks from the D.C. line,” Ms Wynn said. 

A trip to North Africa has inspired her next exhibition of mainly oils and pastels slated for 2009, at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown, Washington DC.  Another inspiring sort of gig occurred last year for Ms Wynn as she explained, “I was asked to be a ’Muse’ for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Tech and was very honored to help out with that.”  See her art website at http://gainesclorewynn.com and/or visit with her at gainesclorewynn@hotmail.com

Rob Glover Showcases New 3D Art Annex with Jewelry Exhibit

Professor Rob Glover has completely moved the Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing program into the new 3-D Art Annex, a remodeled and transformed warehouse, on the north part of the TTU campus across from the Aquatic Center.  “Former students would really appreciate the layout, the great soldering area where 12 students can work safely and productively at once. The outside hammering and raising yard is amazing,” says Glover.  (See a TTU News Media podcast of Rob in the new facility by clicking here.)   When asked what words of wisdom he has for former students, he laughingly remarked, “Stop complaining and get busy!” 

Professor Glover follows his own advice.  This fall he has curated Content in Contemporary Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, an exhibition which will be presented in the Landmark Gallery from October 18th through December 13th.  The exhibition features the artwork of 28 artists from around the United States.

The exhibition will be kicked off with a symposium on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Key artists in the symposium will be Lisa Gralnick, Keith Lewis, Patricia Nelson, and Marjorie Schick.  An Opening Reception will follow from 6:00 – 8:00 PM that evening.

Weichman in Washington

That’s right – Marie Weichman left Texas this summer and moved to the Pacific Northwest for the second time in twenty years.

Since graduating in 2000 (MFA Ceramics) I have spent the last eight years of living the gypsy life and teaching part-time time at various colleges and universities, (well, okay… there was a year of full time faculty life stuck in the middle there), but now I am finally gainfully employed as a tenure track member of the art faculty at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.  When I accepted the job I received a rainstorm of e-mails from faculty and staff welcoming me to the most beautiful place on earth.  Now that I’m here, I can see why.  It really IS a stunning place to live.  The new job is a sweet gig.  I am working with extremely talented, friendly and laid-back people.  I am in charge of the entire 3D area for the department and I ride my bike to work everyday! 

Besides teaching, I’ve been making and showing artwork and lately, that has kept me fairly busy.  Currently, I have a piece included in an all-media, group show at Murray State University called THINK TANK.  In Jan/Feb of 2009 I will be showing recent work with two other TTU Alumns, Ian F. Thomas and Dryden Wells at Slippery Rock University, (thanks, Ian, for making that one happen!).  That show will focus on work made during and after our residency in Jingdezhen, China in 2007.  Also in Feb. ’09 Olympic College will be hosting a solo show of my work.  Last but not least, Sante Fe Clay Gallery recently invited me to participate in their group show scheduled for January.  Things here keep moving forward and the momentum is up right now. 

Links:  www.marieweichman.com and www.flickr.com/photos/roaddog

Ryder Jon Piotrs Hits the Road to Marfa

School of Art alumni Ryder Richards (2001 BFA Painting + Drawing), Jonathan Whitfill (2006 MFA Sculpture) and Piotr Chizinski (2006 BFA Sculpture), all currently living in Lubbock, have joined forces to mastermind a mobile art gallery known as the Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery which has appeared in Marfa, Houston, San Angelo, Wichita Falls, and Lubbock in the last year. Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is a collaborative art group based in Lubbock, Texas celebrating the second year of exhibits by returning to Marfa. The gallery is composed of a 24 foot Ryder moving truck converted into a sophisticated gallery space complete with track lighting.

The Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents No.2 : Delivered to Your Doorstep, an exhibit of contemporary Texas artists held in Marfa, Texas in conjunction with the Waypoint Gallery. The group show will feature new pieces questioning and commenting on world issues and personal identity. The artists work in a range of media including steel, ceramics, installation and painting. The nomadic gallery event will coincide with the Chinanti Foundation Members Dinner weekend, October 10th and 11th, 2008. Join them for the opening reception on Saturday, October 11th, 2008. During the opening reception music will be provided by several West Texas bands. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

No .2 : Delivered to Your Doorstep  will feature artworks by SOA alumni, current students and faculty artists Lauren Boldon, William Cannings, Piotr Chizinski, James W. Johnson, Andrea Moon, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische, Jeffery Wheeler and Jonathan Whitfill. Each artist has developed a method of assessing and refining their art that leads to art that not only confronts, but speaks of aesthetics and craftsmanship. Several of the artists display a tongue in cheek humor while commenting on grave issues that face our world, while other artists focus on the refinement of energy and process to engage the complexity material and mind.

Andrew Nelson Loves Vermont!

Vermont is an amazing place to visit in the fall. It’s even cooler when you live here. If you’ve never experienced autumn in New England, just imagine God dumping Fruity Pebbles on New Mexico… and that’s about as close an approximation as I can give you. The landscape is Martian, and inhibits obsessive compulsive artist’s behavior. It’s really mind blowing, and I’m fortunate enough to be experiencing it for my third year in a row.

I moved up here in 2006, about a year after graduating from Tech. I am a product designer and illustrator for Questech, a decorative home tile manufacturer in Rutland, VT. My company produces high end products for  people’s kitchens and bathrooms, which are sold at in Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

I married my college girlfriend, Kelly, a TTU alumna, and San Antonio city girl, who just loves -30 degree winters, torrential snowstorms, and driving on ice……. hahahahaha. I wasn’t too popular when I told her I landed the job up here. She is adapting, and I am proud. We live in a restored 1798 farmhouse in the Green Mountains, in a tiny mountain township called Shrewsbury. If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Funny Farm,’ I will vouch for its accuracy.

New Englanders are an odd sort. They don’t think too much of Texans. For some reason, I’m responsible for George Bush’s existence because I’m from Texas. Never mind that he was born and raised in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ironically, Lubbock prepared me for life in Vermont, although Vermont wins the Darwinian award for most exotic white trash selection. Some of the locals here have their teeth removed in their late teens, to avoid ever having to pay for a dentist. How bout’ them apples?

Dryden Wells – Greetings from China

I am living in Jingdezhen, China, a city that has dominated the porcelain industry for the last 1,000 years. It is really amazing not only to live in a city with such a rich history, but also to see the interesting blends of modern culture and tradition. Both are very much alive….traffic light posts and light poles are made of hand-painted porcelain columns!

As for my job, I have been hired as the Design Studio Manager of the Pottery Workshop. Initially established and still working as an international residency, we have recently been developing another part of the business that will focus on hand-made wares and cast products commissioned by artists or designers. With their being such a large ceramic industry in Jingdezhen, many businesses are not interested in doing limited editions of say 500 or 1,000. So, that is where we fit in.

I came here unclear as to what exactly my job would be, and have found it to be much more than I expected. Of course, having come to China before, I kind of knew what I was getting into. However, I am finding it is a very different experience trying to make it home. It takes a bit longer to settle in. I do think that no matter how long I stay here though; I will continue to be amazed and surprised by people. I don’t think I will ever loose my sensibilities.

 

Recently, I was invited along with several other artists and professionals from China and around the world to participate in a 3 day Ceramic Conference in Zhijin, China. Located in the Guizhou Province, its unique ceramic tradition is close to disappearing. The city held the conference so that we could see the community and culture, and then discuss how to revitalize this industry. While it was often difficult at times to see the effects of the coal industry in rural China, it was an amazing experience and very enlightening.

Randall Reid Exhibits in Austin

Randall Reid (1981 MFA :: Drawing & Painting, San Marcos) has an exhibition of thirty new works at St. Edwards University Gallery in Austin, September 19th – October 8th.

Randall Reid’s sculptural paintings and studio practice are the subjects of this collaborative project and exhibition. Reid collaborates with designer Michelle Hays to reveal the artist’s inspiration and working process. By combining raw and well-worn materials, textured and laden with history, Reid seeks to give visual form to the past. Through layers of image, texture, color, and geometry, Randall Reid re-contextualizes found objects into formalist abstractions. Graphic designer Michelle Hays has explored the layers-physical and metaphorical-in Reid’s works, and has created a visual, tactile, and interactive book reflecting the artist’s process. Through this project Hays hopes to demonstrate the possibilities of interplay among the layers of process, materials, form, senses, text, and imagery. Erina Duganne, art historian and writer, lends some of her writings on Reid’s works to the exhibition. The exhibit is sponsored in part by a Research Enhancement Program grant from Texas State University—San Marcos, where Randall is a professor of art.