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Faculty and Staff Achievements, Fall 2008


CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor of painting and drawing, WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor of sculpture, and MARK BOND, technical assistant for the 3D Art areas, were selected into the Biennial Southwest 08 presented at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, NM, in September through November. The exhibition presents the best in contemporary art from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor of painting and drawing, has had two pieces selected into the International Small Film Festival resented by Berkeley Art Center, CA and works & conversations Magazine. Curated by Richard Whittaker, October 22-26th. She is included in a group show entitled Merry-Go-Round at SOHO20 Chelsea, New York, NY in November/ December. She has been selected into the Group Exhibitions for the Texas Biennial 2009, scheduled for spring 2009 in Austin.

WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor of sculpture, has been selected as the solo artist representing West Texas in the 2009 Texas Biennial by Michael Duncan, an L.A-based independent curator and critic and 2009 Texas Biennial Guest Curator. Cannings is one of 100 artists invited by curator, Damian Priour to participate in The Texas Chair Project, presented at the Austin Museum of Art in November-December. He will be the featured artist at Pan-American Art Projects, International Contemporary Art Exhibition at Scope-Miami in December. He has been included in several other solo and group exhibitions.

CONSTANCE CORTEZ, assistant professor of art history, co-organized, with Dr. John Beusterian of CMLL, the biannual meeting of the Early Modern Image and Text Society (EMIT) October 23-25. Entitled Death in Words & Images: The Case of the Early Modern Hispanic World, the conference brought 32 scholars from around the country for the presentation of papers on the topic. In conjunction with the EMIT conference, Cortez curated an exhibition entitled Death & Memory in Contemporary Art which was presented in the Studio Gallery of the School of Art and for which she wrote the exhibition essay. Cortez also contributed a essay entitled “Content in Contemporary Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing” for an exhibition presented in the Landmark Gallery from October through December.

RICK DINGUS, professor of photography, has An Evolving Retrospective exhibition online at Luminous Lint. One of his photographs was recently acquired by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. His work is included in Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Images from the American Plains, an exhibition which is currently touring the USA through 2009. He is currently curating various exhibitions from the Millennial Collection of the Southwest Collection for exhibition at the Underwood Center for the Arts this fall, at the School of Art in January 2009 and the Buddy Holly Center later in spring 2009.

JANIS ELLIOTT, assistant professor of art history, served as co-editor with Cordelia Warr, on Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians 31, 4, (September 2008): Special Issue: Import/Export: Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the Kingdom of Naples, 1266-1713.

ROBIN GERMANY, associate professor of photography, is currently included in Field of Color: Seven Contemporary Artists at the Art Museum of South Texas (through January 2009). The exhibitions features work by seven artists in different regions of the state whose work expands the viewer’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Germany had artwork curated by Arturo Palacios into viewfinder: new images by texas artists, exhibiting at FOTOFEST, Houston in November and December.

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor in foundations, had two paintings published in Studio Visit Magazine (Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, 2008)

TINA FUENTES, professor of painting, was invited for a one week printing residency at Serie Project Inc., Austin, TX in October. This was for the Serie Project XVI. She was able to do an 11 color run for a serigraph edition print, entitled La fruta de mi vida (22 x 30 inches) in an edition of 50.

CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D., professor of Pre-Columbian art history, crossed disciplinary boundaries with a recent publication. “The Colossal Fetuses of La Venta and Mesoamerica’s Earliest Creation Story,” appeared in a path-breaking volume edited by Vanessa Sasson and Jane Marie Law, called Imagining the Fetus: the Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture, in the American Academy of Religion’s Cultural Criticism Series, and published by Oxford University Press (2008). In October she delivered the featured lecture at the gala opening of the exhibition, Artes de Mexico: the Gilcrease Collection at the Flint Institute of Art in Flint, Michigan.

SARA WATERS, professor of sculpture, and WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor of sculpture are two of the four artists selected into the two-year long Abilene Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (Abilene, TX) which opened in October.

SARA WATERS, professor of sculpture, chaired the 11th Texas Sculpture Symposium in November. Entitled Engaging Sculpture: Toward Social, Environmental & Political Involvement, the symposium featured internationally recognized James Drake as the opening speaker. The session was held at the TTU Center at Junction and brought in sculpture professionals and students from all over the State.

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor of foundations and printmaking, and STACY ELKO, assistant professor of printmaking, have been accepted into the Special Events category for the Southern Graphics Council Conference in 2009 with the presentation: Corner 2 Corner: Urban Poster Explosion

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor of foundations and printmaking, was one of the 34 international artists selected into the 2008 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Christchurch, New Zealand, Oct. 6-Nov. 14. Her artist books are presented in group exhibitions including Novel Works at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX, Oct. 27-Dec. 5 and the 2008 International Art Book Making Festival at Baum Art Gallery in Seoul, Korea, Nov 5-18. Her artist books in Bound/Unbound exhibition were reviewed in Voices of Art Magazine, Vol. 15-Issue 2-2008.


CONNIE LAMP, department business manager, was announced as a TOP TECHSAN AWARD recipient by the Alumni Association in September and received a $500 award.