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.

DANVILLE CHADBOURNE–Exhibition at REM Gallery in San Antonio

Danville Chadbourne (1973 MFA in Ceramics) has a new exhibition that is currently up at the REM Gallery in San Antonio. The exhibition will be up until April 29th. 

The exhibition was listed on Glasstire‘s Top Five for the week of April 21st.


RICK DINGUS Photography Retrospective Opens at TTU Museum

Changing Places: The Photographic Artifacts of Rick Dingus opened at the Museum of Texas Tech University on Friday, March 4th. Rick Dingus has been on the Texas Tech faculty since 1982. Scores of Rick’s friends, colleagues and alumni were in attendance for the exhibition reception held in Rick’s honor.

Shreepad Joglekar, 2006 MFA alumnus, with Rick in front of one of Rick's 1980s photographs made in India, just about a mile from Shree's home.

Shreepad Joglekar, 2006 MFA alumnus, with Rick in front of one of Rick’s 1980s photographs made in India, just about a mile from Shree’s home.

The exhibition features 40 years of creative investigations that began with Rick’s 1970s “time-based” studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and concludes with recent infrared images of the earth from tens of thousands of feet overhead. In the fall of 2016, the University of Oklahoma Press will publish a comprehensive study of Dingus’ photographs: Shifting Views and Changing Places: The Photographs of Rick Dingus (R. Dingus, edited by P.S. Briggs, foreword by T. Jurovics, and with contributions by S. Armitage, P.S. Briggs, and L.R. Lippard). The exhibition will be on display through May.

During the evening’s proceedings, 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 SCHOLARSHIP 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 Scholarship, c/o TTU School of Art, Box 42081, Lubbock, TX  79409.

ROB WILSON Creates Graphic Logo for New Podcast – “Alice Isn’t Dead”

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Rob Wilson (1990 BFA in Design Communication, living in Dallas) has designed the graphic (shown above) for Alice Isn’t Dead, a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale.

On March 7th the series received coverage by The New York Times and Rob, and his graphic for the podcast, were profiled by Dallas based GuideLive.com.

“Alice Isn’t Dead,” is available for download starting today, March 8th, with new episodes every other Tuesday from March 8 through July 12. Subscribe now via iTunes, Libsyn, or via RSS.


LARRY BAMBURG – New Show Opening This Weekend

Larry Bamburg (1997 BFA in Painting & Metalsmithing) has a new exhibition opening this weekend. This exhibition, entitled TalctoTile, PL’d to MDOwill be on view from February 16-March 20 at the Simone Subal Gallery in New York, NY. The opening reception will take place on Sunday, February 14 from 6-8 p.m. 

Read recent reviews:

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Art in America: Lookout


PHILIP MONAGHAN’S “Why Are You Doing This To Me” Opens in New York

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Philip Monaghan’s exhbition entitled “Why Are You Doing This To Me” Philip Monaghan and David Trinidad opened this week at the Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University in Manhattan, New York. The exhibition presents 73 oil paintings whose subject matter is taken from David Trinidad’s poem “The Late Show.” The exhibition continues through May 6, 2016.

This exhibition was originally organized by the School of Art and presented in Lubbock during fall 2015. You can learn more about the exhibition [here].

Opening reception held at Fales Library on February 9th.

Opening reception held at Fales Library on February 9th.

Philip Monaghan is a New York based alumnus of School of Art (BFA in studio art 1976) who has led a distinguished and successful career as a freelance art director in New York and Milan. After receiving an MFA from Pratt in 1979, he was art director for Fiorucci in the early 1980s. From 1986 Philip held a variety of posts at Limited Brands, involved in brand positioning and creative direction for Express, Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel and New York & Company. During this time in the fashion industry his creative career was highlighted by collaborations with artists, designers and photographers such as Andy Warhol, Francesco Scavullo, Antonio Lopez, Steven Meisel, Patrick DeMarchelier, Bruce Weber, Peter Arnell and Peter Lindbergh. He retired in 2001 to devote himself fulltime to art. His first major exhibition was presented in 2011 at the New York University Fales Library. The exhibition entitled “At Moments Like These He Feels Farthest Away” was reviewed by Holland Cotter of The New York Times.

CAROL CUNNINGHAM – Solo Exhibition at the Abilene Center for Contemporary Arts

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Carol Cunningham (2014 MFA in Painting) has a new solo exhibition coming up this month entitled Honey, Smoke & Gold: The Tale of Bears. The exhibition will be at The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, TX. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 13th from 4-7 p.m. There will also be an artist talk with Carol at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until the end of April.

Carol was also recently at the University of Wisconsin-Baron County as a Visiting Artist to deliver two lectures. While there, Carol also installed a solo show entitled Hooked, which was open from October 14-December 1.

Carol Cunningham, a San Antonio, Texas-based artist, received her BFA from Cameron University and an MFA from Texas Tech University. Currently, Cunningham is an Adjunct Professor at Northwest Vista College and The Art Institute of San Antonio. At both of these locations, she teaches an array of classes from Design, Drawing, Color Fundamentals, Photoshop, Painting and Art Appreciation. When not teaching you can find Carol working as a Co-Director/ Resident Artist at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery. She is also currently conducting personal research at the San Antonio Zoo where she works part-time in the education department.

SOA Alumni Reception in Dallas at Brookhaven Campus on February 3rd

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In conjunction with the closing reception for associate professor Sang-Mi Yoo’s exhibition at Brookhaven College, School of Art and Brookhaven have teamed up to host a reception for School of Art alumni. The reception will be held in the Forum Gallery at Brookhaven College from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Brookhaven College is located at 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX (BrookhavenCampusMap).  The Forum Gallery is in building F (the Art Building) adjacent to the P-5 parking lot. Use P-5 as your parking lot.

Director Lydia Thompson and faculty Future Akins, Gary Johnson, and others will be in attendance.  If you are likely to attend, drop us an email at soa.alumni@ttu.edu.

RYU-HEE KIM Wins Best 3-D Artwork at Still Point Art Gallery

Ryu-Hee Kim (2013 MFA in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing) recently won the best 3 dimensional artwork with her piece I Miss You and will be featured in Simplicity, an exhibition by the Still Point Art Gallery in New Brunswick, ME. Kim’s portfolio will also be published in the gallery’s winter edition of the Still Points Arts Quarterly, an art and literary publication. Simplicity will be on display until January 31st.


Kim currently resides in Philadelphia. Just in the last year, her work has won 1 award and been in 6 exhibitions and 3 publications (Still Points Arts Quarterly, Spirit Magazine, NICHE Magazine).