Texas Tech University :: School Of Art

Faculty and Staff Achievements since April 2010

Art History faculty Professor CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor JANIS ELLIOTT, Ph.D. have received approval for their proposal to institute a Master of Arts in Art History at the School of Art at Texas Tech.

CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor in painting, had a painting selected by juror Judy Pfaff into the Texas National 2010 presented at the Cole Art Center at the Old Opera House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in April through May.  She has also had an artwork selected into New Art/Arte Nuevo: San Antonio 2010, a regional juried exhibition to be presented at the UTSA Gallery in San Antonio in June and July.  Blizard has been accepted to two artist’s residency programs during summer. She will spend June in Iceland at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland and spend August in Dallas at the Centraltrak Artist in Residence Program of UT-Dallas.

RICK DINGUS, professor in photography, presented a paper titled, “Photo Mediations: Navigating the Terrain between the Land and Us” at two conferences in the UK this summer. In late June he presented at the Emerging Landscapes Conference at the University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, in London and in early July at the 2010 Land/Water Summer Symposium – Land and the Metaphysical presented at the University of Plymouth, in Plymouth.

STACY ELKO, assistant professor in printmaking, was included with one work in each of two national juried exhibitions in May – the Cape Fear Studios 2010 National Exhibition in Fayetteville, NC and the Sequim Arts 2010 Juried Show in Squim, WA.  Elko received First Prize for one of two works selected into the EYA 2010 National Juried Exhibition presented at the Anita P. Folmer Gallery in Montgomery, Alabama in June.

JANIS ELLIOTT, Ph.D., assistant professor in art history, had Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches, which she co-edited with Cordelia Ware of University of Manchester published by Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. In April she received an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the TTU Center for Undergraduate Research.

CAROLYN ERLER, Ph.D., assistant professor in visual studies, presented her article, “Memory and Erasure: Applying Visual Narrative Power Analysis to the Image War Between Dow Chemical Corporation and the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal” at the Super Session on Art and Social Justice at the 2010 National Art Education Association convention in Baltimore in April. She authored a chapter on the work of Jonatan Luna of the Beehive Collective in the anthology of writings on Art and Social Justice published by the National Art Education Association press in April.  She will present “The Obama Code: Ghosts and Monsters in the Visual Datasphere,” (published in the peer-reviewed journal of theory, technology and culture, CTheory, last year) at the International Conference on the Image in Los Angeles in December.

DENNIS FEHR, Ed.D., associate professor in visual studies, was interviewed by radio stations AM 589 KFRE and FM 87.7 Hub City Rock on the topic of public education in May.

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor in foundations, has two images from her painting series "Solar Powered Paper Dolls" accepted for the upcoming publication of Studio Visit, an international art magazine.  Artwork from her "Blue Prints" series has been permanently installed in "The Sustainable Cabin" project located on the Pease River foundations in Crowell, TX.  Work from "Solar Powered Paper Dolls" will be featured in two solo exhibits this fall: Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg, VA and St. Edward's University in Austin, TX.  She will present her work in a panel presentation titled "All That is Old is New Again: The Revival of Alternative Photographic Processes" at the Southeastern College Art Conference this fall in Richmond, VA. 

TINA FUENTES, professor in painting, has been named Director of the School of Art beginning September.  Fuentes has served as interim director since summer 2009. 

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor in ceramics, had two ceramic works included in Decalcomania, a national invitational exhibition, presented at Santa Fe Clay in June.

LESLIE LAINE LEWIS, adjunct instructor – art appreciation, had an artwork selected by juror Judy Pfaff into the Texas National 2010 presented at the Cole Art Center at the Old Opera House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in April through May.  She was a Saul Bell Design Award Finalist in the hollowware category for the Rio Grande 2010 International Juried Competition, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor in painting and drawing, had a painting selected by juror Judy Pfaff into the Texas National 2010 presented at the Cole Art Center at the Old Opera House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in April through May.  He has had a mixed media painted construction entitled flow chart selected into New Art/Arte Nuevo: San Antonio 2010, a regional juried exhibition to be presented at the UTSA Gallery in San Antonio in June and July.

JORGELINA ORFILA, Ph.D., assistant professor in art history, presented the paper “The Paris 1937 van Gogh Exhibition: Modern Art through Words and Images,” at the 5th International Association of Word and Image Studies Focus Conference at the University of Ulster, Belfast, U.K.

FRANCISCO ORTEGA, Ph.D., assistant professor in communication design, received a Recognition Award from the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center for promotion and graphic design services provided. 

IRMA SIZER, adjunct instructor, will have her photography work included in RECUERDOS:  Nostalgia on the Periphery at the University of North Texas Art Gallery in Denton in November and December.

CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D., professor in art history, presented her research, “Regalia and individual identity at La Venta Tomb C: the first known female ruler of the Olmec” at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Saint Louis in April.

SARA WATERS, professor in sculpture, is one of twenty artists covered in Art of West Texas Women a book authored by Kippra Hopper and Laurie Churchill and published by the Texas Tech University Press in April.  Her work is included with art by all twenty artists in an exhibition by the same name presented by Landmark Arts in the School of Art in June and July.  Waters also had a piece selected into Drawing on Sculpture, a national invitational exhibition presented at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas in April.

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor in foundations, was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation in May to support her curatorial project, Convergence: Korean Prints Now, a traveling exhibition, to be presented in the fall at Williams Tower Gallery in Houston and at Texas Tech University’s Landmark Gallery. Her site-specific installation has been curated into KiMi for You-3D exhibition at KiMi Art in Seoul, Korea, to be held in August-September, 2010.