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Faculty and Staff Achievements, Summer 2008


CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor of painting and drawing, participated in a summer residency at the School of the Visual Arts in New York City in May and June.  Her work has been included in the following exhibitions this summer.  Art and Design on Film, International Film Competition (two pieces selected, June and July), Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.  The Drawing Center Artists Registry, The Drawing Center New York, NY.  The Biennial Southwest (August) Albuquerque Museum of Art, New Mexico.  Dislocations: ‘The diminishing importance of physical location in the digital era, (Honorable Mention Award, June) East Village Art Coalitions. Des Moines, IA.  Paper in the Wind curated Invitational. (June & July) Realform Project Space. Williamsburg, NY.

SHANNON CANNINGS, adjunct instructor, had a solo exhibition at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston in July. Click here for Houston Post article.

WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor of sculpture, has been selected into the Biennial Southwest ’08 to be presented at the Albuquerque Museum of Art later this year. The exhibition presents the best in contemporary art from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He was the featured artist of the online Modern Houston Press during the month of July. [http://www.modernhouston.net/williamcannings.html] He is in group exhibitions at PanAmerican Projects, both the Dallas and Miami venues over the summer.

TODD DeVRIESE, professor of art and Director, is one of eleven artists from around the country included Living in Your Imagination, the 30th Anniversary exhibition of SPACES, Cleveland, OH in April through July.

STACY ELKO, assistant professor of printmaking, received a $30,000 Award from the 2008 Spring Research Enrichment Fund Competition for the topic of “Print Media as Source for Artistic Social Research.” She and Sang-Mi Yoo, assistant professor of foundations, have had their topic presentation, “Corner 2 Corner: Urban Poster Explosion,” accepted into the Special Event category of the Southern Graphics Council Conference 2009. She had two works selected into the 2008 Binational Exhibition sponsored by the El Paso Museum of Art. One work will be exhibited at the El Paso Museum and the second at the Museo de Arte in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico from June through August.
JANIS ELLIOTT, assistant professor of art history, has won the Gloria Lyerla Memorial Liberary Research Travel Grant to conduct research in Italian libraries over the summer.

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor of ceramics, had a ceramic sculpture titled Replacement IV published in Surface Design for Ceramics (Lark Books 2008) and participated in the Jersey Shore Clay National, 2008 exhibition in Surf City, NJ. A large two-part wall ceramic sculpture and an installation by Granados were acquired by The Museum of Texas Tech University. He was one of 56 artists chosen out of 1000 entries selected to The Norm Maleng Building at Harborview Medical Center’s permanent ceramic collection of the University of Washington, Seattle this summer. In August, he will travel to Spain as one of three artists to participate in “International Workshop of Contemporary Ceramics” in Galicia, Spain — the others will represent Spain and Greece.

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor of ceramics, and ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor of drawing and painting, collaborated on a platter entitled Stray Omission published in 500 Platters, Plates & Chargers (Lark Books) this summer.

DAVID LINDSAY, assistant professor of foundations, has been accepted to participate in the 2008 International Experimental Painting Residency in Tescani, Romania in August. He is one of twelve artists selected to participate, including six from Romania and six from other countries. Lindsay is the only artist selected from the United States.  This program will culminate in an exhibition and catalog of the participating artists.  Lindsay had a solo exhibition of his work at the Everett Lofts Galleries in Portland, Oregon in June.

FRANCISCO ORTEGA, assistant professor of communication design, received his Ph.D. degree from the Fine Arts Doctoral Program - Art over the summer. The title of his dissertation was “GAMES AS CULTURAL PRACTICE:POSTCOLONIAL IMAGINATIONS.”

CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D., professor of art history, was a guest instructor for a National Endowment of Humanities summer seminar in July on Mesoamerica held at the University of Oregon. This four-week summer institute for high school faculty of Social Studies and History facilitated the integration of current research and new discoveries about Mesoamerica into curricular units. In a series of discussions, Dr Tate explored issues surrounding the curation and ownership of cultural property, the ancient Olmec and Maya, and introduced the participants to sophisticated ways to analyze ancient narratives of creation and origin.

VON VENHUIZEN, assistant professor of ceramics, had a piece published in 500 Plates, Platters and Chargers (Lark Books 2008).

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor of foundations, was one of 42 international artists selected from 800 submissions into a print exhibition, New Prints 2008/Summer: Artists' Commentary at the International Print Center New York in New York, NY, June 26 - August 1. Her work was also selected into 2008 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition at SOFA Gallery, University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.


MARK BOND,  sculpture tech and part-time MFA candidate in painting, has had a painting selected into the Biennial Southwest ’08  to be presented at the Albuquerque Museum of Art later this year.

DAVID MONDT, joined the SOA Staff in late July as Exhibits Preparator and Assistant Curator in the Landmark Arts Office. He comes most recently from Midland where he served in a similar position at the Museum of the Southwest.