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Faculty and Staff Achievements, April – June 2008

FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS

FUTURE AKINS, assistant professor of visual studies, had two of her artworks included in the 3rd Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition, (juried/traveling). South Texas College, McAllen, TX, University of Texas-Pan American, McAllen, TX, Progreso Art Gallery, Progreso, Mexico, and The University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, April 1 to May 2, 2008.  She is one of the artists featured in the 100 Years of Art in Lubbock exhibition presented in May at the Underwood Center for the Arts as part of the Lubbock Centennial Celebration.

CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor of painting and drawing, has art included in the group exhibition entitled 20x20x20: A National Compact Competition and Exhibition at Louisiana State University.  She will participate in a summer residency at the School of the Visual Arts in New York City in May and June.

Shannon CanningsSHANNON CANNINGS, adjunct instructor, will have a solo exhibition titledTrigger Happy at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston during July and August.

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.  Juror for BSW ‘08 will be Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Senior Curator and Department Head for the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

ED CHECK, Ph.D., associate professor of visual studies, has one artwork included in the 3rd Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition, (juried/traveling). South Texas College, McAllen, TX, University of Texas-Pan American, McAllen, TX, Progreso Art Gallery, Progreso, Mexico, and The University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, April 1 to May 2, 2008.  He has been nominated and elected to serve on the Editoral Board from spring 2008 through 2011 of The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education.  Check is Co-Founding Developer of a Lubbock Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer Community Center (with Patricia Earl) in the process of creating a virtual presence online for LGBTQ students/artists.  He delivered a paper at the National Art Education Association Annual Conference in New Orleans in March entitled “Artistic Practice as Pedagogy:  White, Working Class and Queer.”

CONSTANCE CORTEZ, assistant professor of art history, served as Session Chair of the Pre-Columbian Art Session at the 2008 College Art Association Meeting in March.  In April, she gave a talk entitled “A Chicana/o Reconquista:  Colonial Imagery and Contemporary Latino/a Art” at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

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.

TRICIA EARL, adjunct instructor, was a panel discussant for the film Small Town Gay Bars presented in April as part of the Threading the Needle:  Queer Reels & Real Topics documentary film series co-sponsored by the School of Art and the Women’s Studies Program at TTU.  She had two photographs selected and exhibited in the Art Show Rodeo Exhibition at Gilrose Studios in Wichita Falls, TX.

STACY ELKO, assistant professor of printmaking, has 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.  Her prints were presented in exchange portfolio group exhibitions including No Danger in the Richmond International Airport, March 26-May 1 and Reinterpreting the Middle East II: Artist Rethinking Today’s Terminology as part of the 37th Annual Southern Graphics Council Conference at the VCU School of the Arts, Richmond, VA, March 26-29 .
 
JANIS ELLIOTT, assistant professor of art history, has won the Gloria Lyerla Memorial Liberary Research Travel Grant to conduct research in Italian libraries.

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor of foundations, had a solo exhibition of her work at the Eula Mae Edwards Museum in Clovis, New Mexico in May thru June.  Carol is participating in a humanitarian art project entitled The Cradle Project in Albuquerque, NM opening in June.  The projects consists of 1000 artist made cradles from around the world which will be sold to raise funds for and awareness about the 48 million orphaned children in Sub-Sharan Africa – visit http://thecradleproject.org.

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor of foundations, ROBIN GERMANY, associate professor of photography, and SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor of foundations, served as co-curators of the Color Me Happy exhibition presented at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX through April.  The exhibition included work by Flueckiger, Germany and Yoo as well as works by other SOA faculty and staff including SHANNON CANNINGS, adjunct instructor,  WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor of sculpture, DIRK FOWLER, associate professor of communication design, WESLEY HARVEY, Landmark Arts exhibitions preparatory and assistant curator, and JONATHAN WHITFILL, adjunct instructor.  Go to http://timesrecordnews.com/2008/mar/01/color-me-happy

PATRIZIA COSTA FREZZA, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of art history, presented a paper entitled “Carla Accardi and Feminist Aesthetics in Postwar Italy” during the session “Art by Italian Women” at the 2008 College Art Association Meeting in Dallas.

TINA FUENTES, professor of art, had artwork selected and exhibited in the 23rd Texas Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, Irving Art Association, April 26-May 24, 2008.  The five-state competition was, juried by Pamela Nelson, a Dallas painter and public artist.

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor of ceramics, was featured in an interview on the Savannah College of Art and Design website.  The video was made as part of his visiting artist workshop at SCAD (click here).

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor of ceramics, and ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor of drawing and painting, collaborated on artworks which were included in an exhibition and a publication.  Two works, featuring charcoal drawing image transfers and acrylic on ceramic forms, were 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.  They will have a piece entitled Stray Omission published in 500 Platters, Plates & Chargers  (Lark Books) later this summer.

DAVID LINDSAY, assistant professor of foundations, presented a visiting artist lecture at the Baylor School of Art in Waco in April.  He was included in an exhibition with three other artists at the Maude Kearns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon in April and in a group show with two other artists at the M2 Gallery in Houston in May.

ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor of drawing and painting, had a charcoal drawing on paper entitled stigmodem accepted into the 42nd Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show 2008, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas, April 4 – May 2.  The juror was Danville Chadbourne, San Antonio sculptor and TTU alumnus.

TERRY MORROW, professor of drawing and printmaking, has one drawing included in the 2008 Texas National, juried by Roger Shimomura, at The Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, TX through May. 

FRANCISCO ORTEGA, assistant professor of communication design and doctoral student in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program – Art, presented a paper on his current research at the Board Game Studies Colloquium XI in Portugal in April.

IRMA SIZER, adjunct instructor, has 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. 

CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D., professor of art history, presented a paper entitled “Creation Imagery in 1000 BC Mexico” in the session, “Sex and Gender in Ancient Mesoamerica” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada, March 26 - 30, 2008.  Dr. Tate has been developing a groundbreaking approach to the art of the ancient Olmec of Mexico. So far this year, three publications have appeared. Two are published by the German academic press, Springer Verlag:  “Landscapes of Creation and Origin at La Venta” in Landscapes of Creation in the Ancient Americas, edited by John Staller. And “Knowledge Systems of the Olmec” in the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, edited by Helaine Selin.  A third article, “La Venta and a Feminine Shamanic Tradition in Formative Mesoamerica” appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the Swedish journal on the Americas, Acta Americana.

FRANK TIERNEY, assistant professor of communication design, has a poster/photographic about human trafficking entitled …and you thought it had been abolished, included in the 3rd Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition, (juried/traveling).South Texas College, McAllen, TX, University of Texas-Pan American, McAllen, TX, Progreso Art Gallery, Progreso, Mexico, and The University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, April 1 to May 2, 2008.  He will deliver a paper entitled “Cultivating identity through typeface design:  three case studies” at the University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit in late May at the University of Northern Illinois.

VON VENHUIZEN, assistant professor of ceramics, has had a ceramic artwork juried into the 17th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition 2008 at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.  The competition was juried by Anna Stanfield Harris is curator for the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Von also had an artwork exhibited in the Craft Texas 2008 Exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in May thru August.  He has had a piece selected for publication in the upcoming 500 Plates, Platters and Chargers (Lark Books 2008).

JONATHAN WHITFILL, art appreciation instructor, received an Honorable Mention Award for one of his sculptures included in the 2008 Texas National, juried by Roger Shimomura, at Stephen F. Austin University, in Nacogdoches, TX through May.  Whitfill also had a work included in the 2008 Projections:  A Survey of Wall-Based Sculpture, International Juried Exhibition at the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in April.

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor, was one of the eight national artists curated into an Art Book exhibition, Bound/Unbound at StoneMetal Press, Austin, TX in April 3-May 31, 2008. Her prints were presented in exchange portfolio group exhibitions including No Danger in the Richmond International Airport, March 26-May 1 and Reinterpreting the Middle East II: Artist Rethinking Today’s Terminology as part of the 37th Annual Southern Graphics Council Conference at the VCU School of the Arts, Richmond, VA, March 26-29 .

STAFF

WESLEY HARVEY, Landmark Arts Exhibitions Preparator and Assistant Director, had an exhibition of his work reviewed by Matthew Kangas and published in the June/July issue of Art in America.  He has been invited by Santa Fe Clay to be in two group exhibitions this summer. The first is Bling (May 22 – June 21) in which he will have two works displayed.  The other is Sip, Slurp, Gulp (June 27 – July 26) in which he will have one work.  The Shanghai Craft Arts Museum in China announced in late May that they will acquire, for their permanent collection, three ceramic works by Harvey recently exhibited in the exhibition China China: 2010 (click for related story).  He will have one platter published in the latest 500 Plates, Platters and Chargers, Lark Books, 2008.

SUE YAGER, Senior Business Assistant in the School of Art, serves on the committee of the Native American Summer Bridge Institute which is organizing a five-day summer program that introduces Native American students to the academic and social setting of a university and prepares them for college.