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Faculty and Staff Achievements between March and May 2007

FUTURE AKINS-TILLETT, assistant professor of visual studies, will present her paper “From the Feminist Heart of a West Texas Artist: The Evolution /De-evolution of Feminism in My Home Town as Seen Through My Art and Stories” at the University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference, in Madison WI April 19-20. In addition her award winning film Decisions of the Heart, the Stories and Art of Future Akins will be featured. Her linocut print, Loss of Innocence from her Seasons of Change series  is included in the Intersectionalities: The Feminist in Art exhibition that will be on display during the conference and then travel to Chicago for the National Women’s Studies Conference

MARK BOND, support tech for the sculpture and ceramics areas, has been selected to receive an award as part of the 2007 Texas Tech University Quality Service Awards program.  This award is being given to a select number of Texas Tech employees.  A selection committee chose the award winners from nominations received throughout the campus.

WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor in sculpture, is has been selected into CHERRY PICKED: 2007 Survey of Texas Art and Artists by curators, Rachel Cook, Editor-in-Chief at Glasstire.com and Leona Scull-Hons, an Austin based artist.  Cannings is one of twenty artists selected for the exhibition presented by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University in April.

ED CHECK, Ph.D, professor of visual studies, was recipient of the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award in April.

RICK DINGUS, professor of photography, is recipient of the CVPA Outstanding Researcher Award, during the April Faculty Honors Convocation. Also in April, Dingus was one of six photographers included in Better World, curated by Simon Cuthbert and presented at the Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Australia.

STACY ELKO, assistant professor of printmaking, has had artworks accepted into two juried exhibitions recently.  At the Impact Artist Gallery in Buffalo, NY, her print, which received an Honorable Mention Award, was juried into the National Women’s Art Exhibition by juror, Maria Via, Director of the Memorial Art Gallery in Buffalo.  She was also juried into Hand-Pulled Prints International XIII, at the StoneMetal Press in San Antonio.

DENNIS FEHR, D.Ed., associate professor of visual studies, was recipient of the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award in April.

Flueckiger - Solitude of SelfCAROL FLUECKIGER, Foundations Coordinator and assistant professor in Drawing and Painting, has received tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. The position will take effect beginning in the fall semester. Carol Flueckiger has one painting accepted into 12th Annual Texas National juried by MANUAL (Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill) at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, April 14 ¬ May 20. Flueckiger also has one artwork juried into the 20th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, March 22 ¬ April 19. This exhibition was juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator of Photography at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and Clint Willour, Art Curator of the Galveston Arts Center. Flueckiger presented a paper about her work entitled “Chances of Rain, Solitude of Self and Postcards from the Laundry Room” at the TASA Conference in Odessa, TX, March 30-31, 2007. At the conference, she was the recipient of the Paul Hanna Speaker Award. Flueckiger will be attending the Hunting Art Prize gala in Houston on April 28 where she is a finalist for the 2007 Hunting Art Prize, a $50,000.00 cash award.

ROBIN GERMANY, associate professor in photography, is one of the artists selected for the exhibition entitled Water on the Edge:  Six Photographers, presented at the University of North Texas, Denton during the WaterWays 2007 Conference in March.  The exhibition was presented at the Environmental Education Science and Technology Building on the UNT campus from March 15 – May 5. Germany also participated in this year’s Undergraduate Research Fellowhip Program with student, Jennifer McCracken.

ANNE LONGO, adjunct instructor, will have two solo exhibitions in Lubbock during April and May.  Divergent Crossings will be presented at the International Cultural Center and Cartographilia will be presented at the Art Depot Gallery. One of her mixed-media photographs was juried into the Illuminance photography exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center during March and April.

RYAN SCHECKEL, academic advisor for the School of Art, is one of the CVPA team members that received the President’s Academic Advisement Team Award, as the top academic advising team in the University, during a ceremony presented by President Jon Whitmore and Provost William Marcy.  The leader of the team, Kathy Nordstrom, is the College’s Academic Program Advisor; the other team members are Linda Gregston of Music and Beth Scheckel of Theatre & Dance.

BRIAN STEELE, Ph.D., associate professor of art history, presented original research in a paper, “’Magnificent in her Repentance:’  Donatello’s Mary Magdalen.,” at the annual meeting of the   South-Central Renaissance Conference at St. Anthony Hotel/Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and served, in addition, as  Chair of the session, “Religious Architecture.”  March 9-10.  Earlier, March 1 & 2, Steele presented original research and introduced Renaissance themes in “The Renaissance of Mary Magdalen,” the opening lecture for the Casper College (WY) Humanities Festival.  In April he will represent the College of Visual Arts and the Fine Arts Doctoral Program at   “Art/Design/Knowledge:  Developing a Leadership Position in Graduate Education,”  a conference sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  April 20-21.

BRYAN WHEELER & JEFFREY WHEELER, adjunct instructors, are curators of  Ulterior Motifs 11, to include their work as well as the work of other artists, which will be shown at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas in April and May.  Their Ulterior Motifs 10, which showcases work by Robert Rauschenberg, Ed and Nancy Kienholz’s, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Peter Saul, Mel Chin, and others will open at the same time at the Arlington Art Museum then travel to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls where it will be shown at the University Gallery.  In September, they we will be in a Gus Kopriva curated show in Peru.

JONATHAN WHITFILL, adjunct instructor, won 1st Place in the Wheels juried exhibition at Gallery North on the Square in Bloomington, IN. The April show honors the Little 500 bike race and the Indianapolis 500 auto race with a theme of speed, racing and wheels in a variety of media. He has had an artwork selected into the 12th Annual TEXAS NATIONAL Art Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Department of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University.  The Juror was MANUAL (Suzanne Bloom and Edward Hill) and the exhibition dates are April 14-May 20.  Another artwork by Whitfill will be included in a juried group show entitled Wheels at Gallery North in Bloomington, IN April 18 - May 31st.