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Faculty and Staff Achievements :: Summer 2009 Roundup


FUTURE AKINS-TILLETT, assistant professor of visual studies, was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees over the summer in recognitioin of the Crystal Award presented to the College of Visual and Performing Arts for the Dream Bike Project with Atkins Middle from Texas Partnerships in Education Association.

CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor of painting, and DAVID LINDSAY, assistant professor of Foundations, had artwork selected into the New Texas Talent 2009 exhibition to be presented at the Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas in July and August.

CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor of painting, was also included in exhibition at the Tacoma Contemporary Urban Installation Project, Tacoma, Washington in June and July. She did a residency at The Sodus Art Bank, LLC in Sodus, NY in June. The Texas Biennial, in which Blizard had work exhibited, was reviewed by Frances Colpitt in the June/July issue of Art in America.

WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor in sculpture, who earlier in the year was selected as the solo artist to represent West Texas during the 2009 Texas Biennial in March was reviewed as the “most engaging” of the solo artists in the Biennial by Frances Colpitt reviewing for the June/July issue of Art in America. His work was presented in Basel, Switzerland during the Basel Art Fair by the Pan-American Gallery in May.

CONSTANCE CORTEZ, PhD., associate professor of art history, has accepted a three year appointment as a member of The Annual Conference Committee for the College Art Association. The committee selects the sessions and shapes the program of the annual conference.

STACY ELKO, assistant professor of printmaking, received a Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Research Travel Grant to go to the Tangier American Legation Museum Library in Morocco in June to research her proposal entitled “Henna Iconography in Morocco.” She used an Arts & Sciences Research Grant Award to attend an Apple Certified advanced video editing classes at the Edit Center in New York City and Future Media Concepts at Cambridge, MA.

JANIS ELLIOTT, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history, presented a paper entitled "Saints James and Philip in the Liturgical Performance of the Fourteenth-Century Choir of the Eremitani in Padua" in a session called 'Performance, Performativity, and Italian Arts, III', sponsored by the Italian Art Society, at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies held at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo in May.

DENNIS FEHR, Ed.D., associate professor of visual studies, consulted at Southwestern Oklahoma State University this summer on a community tapestry project sponsored by the SWOSU art department and community supporters. His task was to write an assessment of the project.

DIRK FOWLER, associate professor of communication design, had eight of his gig posters featured in the new book, Gig Posters Volume I: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century by Clayton Hayes (Chronicle Books, 2009). He had three posters published in Naïve: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design edited by Robert Klanten and Hendrik Hellige, (Gestalten, Berlin, 2009).

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor and Foundations Coordinator, was awarded a Creative Artist Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA which houses collections from colonial times through the civil war and reconstruction. Her project entailed gathering vintage graphics and historic handwriting to use as imagery in paintings. She focused on handwritten letters from the first wave of feminism as it was born out the abolitionist movement and used a blueprint technique to integrate the imagery into her paintings.

Carol Flueckiger, Pages From History, 2009, mixed media

ROBIN GERMANY, associate professor of photography, had photographs included in the traveling of the Viewfinder exhibition to the Dallas Contemporary. The exhibition was originated by a collaboration between Fotofest and Houston Center for Photography. The exhibit, curated by Risa Puleo and Arturo Palacios, traveled to the Dallas Contemporary where it was on view through the summer. Her work was featured in the July E-newsletter from the Contemporary.

LESLIE LEWIS, adjunct instructor, had artwork selected into 17th CPSA[Colored Pencil Society of America] International Exhibition presented at the Jacqueline C. Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA from July through August 29.

ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor of painting and drawing, had a painting selected into the Twisted Spurs national juried exhibition presented at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX. Five of his paintings and drawings were curated into the Mentors & Muses exhibition presented at the Nave Museum of Victoria, TX.

JORGELINA ORFILA, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history, spent the month of June working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. as co-organizer of the International Symposium on the Chester Dale Collection. Dr. Orfila is working with Dr. Faya Causey, Curator of the Department of Academic Programs, on this symposium.

CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D., professor of art history, presented a paper titled “Narrating Landscape: Beings, time, and ritual in the constructed landscape at La Venta” at the 53rd International Congress of Americanists, held in Mexico, D. F. in July. The session was called Paisaje y diseño urbano: Interdependencias conceptuales en la ciudad mesoamericana, precolonial y colonial.

FRANK TIERNEY, assistant professor of design communication, won three awards this summer from the University and College Design Association. A poster for "Rick Bass Reading" and another poster "Tim Miller: sex/body/self" won awards of Excellence. The Beyond Printmaking poster-won a Gold award in the Going Green-Production category (Sang-Mi Yoo and Stacy Elko contributed to this project). All three works will be displayed in Seattle in September at the 39th Annual UCDA Design Conference.

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor of foundations, visited Seoul, Korea in May for a solo exhibition, entitled Afterimage, in Moonshin Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University. During her visit, she also gave a special guest lecture and presentation at Department of Painting, Seoul National University. One of her artist’s books was published in Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, Exhibition Catalog (Curated by Hui-Chu Ying) in June.


JOE ARREDONDO, Director of Landmark Arts, participated in a “Conversation on the Creative Process” at Pacific Northwest College of Art in July.