Texas Tech University :: School Of Art

Faculty and Staff Achievements, Summer 2007


FUTURE AKINS-TILLETT, assistant professor of visual studies, will have a solo exhibition, entitled Decisions of the Heart, at the Underwood Center for the Arts in June.

CanningsSHANNON CANNINGS, adjunct instructor, has been selected to have three of her recent paintings published in New American Painting, Western Edition (#72, October 2007).

WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor of sculpture, has had one of his “beach ball” selected into the 2nd TEXAS UPRISING:  Indoor and Outdoor Sculptureexhibition.  Co-curated by Bill FitzGibbons, Director of the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center and Scott A. Sherer, PhD, Curator of the UTSA Art Gallery, the exhibition is a city-wide sculptural exhibition celebrating the work of over forty contemporary sculptors in Texas. Jennifer Stark curated one sculpture by Cannings into a group exhibition entitled Surface Tension at the Arlington Museum of Art July through September.  William was also be included in an exhibition of selected artists from PanAmerican ArtProjects presented in Introductions North by the Greater Denton Arts Council at the Meadows Gallery at the Denton Center for the Visual Arts in July (for which Cannings received various mentions in the Denton newspapers).  Cannings has been selected as one of the artists to participate in the Damian Priour Chair Project and exhibition to be hosted by the Austin Museum of Art.

STACY ELKO, assistant professor of printmaking, received an honorable mention in casting for her piece selected into the 2007 Metal Arts exhibition at the Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa.  Juror for the exhibition was Patricia Meadows, Curator for Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco.

DIRK FOWLER, assistant professor of communication design, and his gig-poster designs were featured in a an eight-page color spread in the June 2007 issue of Texas Monthly.

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor of ceramics, had a 5-page color spread about his artwork published, with a color image of his work on the cover, in Revista Internacional Ceramica (#105, 2007).

CARLA TEDESCHI, associate professor of communication design, has been invited to present a paper entitled Citizenship and Academic Engagement: Public and Social Service Design at the 2007 International Conference on the Arts in Society, to be held at the University of Kassel, Germany in August.  This year’s annual conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the arts today. Held in conjunction with the Documenta 12, the Arts Conference considers the shared question posed with regard to education and forging an arts agenda: What is to be done?Carla is also the recent recipient of four awards for the design of the Colorprint USA 2006 exhibition catalogue.  She received the Award of Excellence from The Communicator Awards 2007 Print Competition.  Her design was a Platinum Winner at the Hermes Creative Awards 2007 Competition, an international competition for creative professionals which considered 3,500 entries worldwide.  The Hermes prestigious Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the competition.  At the 2007 Creative Summit Awards, the catalogue received a Silver Award from among the thousands of submissions from 23 countries.  At the DSVC (Dallas Society of Visual Artists) 2007 Professional Show, the catalog is among the less than 275 honored and selected for exhibition out of over 850 entries. The work will be exhibited on May 14th in Dallas and is eligible for judges’ awards at that time.

VON VENHUIZEN, assistant professor of ceramics, has had a piece selected into the Biennial 600:  CLAY at the Amarillo Museum of Art.  The work will be on display during the summer exhibition.

SARA WATERS, professor of sculpture, had one of her sculptures selected into the 2nd TEXAS UPRISING:  Indoor and Outdoor Sculptureexhibition during summer 2007.  Co-curated by Bill FitzGibbons, Director of the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center and Scott A. Sherer, PhD, Curator of the UTSA Art Gallery, the exhibition is a city-wide sculptural exhibition celebrating the work of over forty contemporary sculptors in Texas.   Two sculptures by Sara from the 1980s were recently acquired into the collection of the TTU Museum.  Sara will have a solo exhibition entitled Over Time at Gallery Nord in San Antonio, Texas in August and September.

JONATHAN WHITFIL, an adjunct instructor, had a piece titled Wheel accepted into the 16th Annual Juried Art Competition, National Juried Exhibition, Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Texas, juror:  George Hallmark.

SANG-MI YOO, assistant professor in foundations and printmaking, traveled to Korea this summer to conduct her research on “New Village Movement Houses” in the 1970’s. She exhibited her work in Strenuous Depth of Time (translated), exhibition during July 11-17 at TOPOHAUS Gallery in Seoul, Korea. She participated in a workshop at Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York and has shown her book art piece in the show, (Un)Contained Vessels at The Center for Book Arts in New York City, co-organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, The Center for Book Arts, and Pamela Spitzmueller, Book Artist and James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections, The Harvard University Library and the College Library.


MARK BOND, 3-D Tech for the School of Art, was one of 18 University staff members to be recognized with a Quality Service Award at a May 3 ceremony. 
The Quality Service Awards Program was designed to support the customer service initiative by recognizing and rewarding staff who exemplify the SERVICEplus philosophy of 'providing excellent quality service in an environment that is caring and friendly, 100 percent of the time' and who have gone the extra mile for their customers.  Each winner of the individual Quality Service Awards receives a cash award of $500, a lapel pin and an engraved marble desk clock.

PAULA L. YEAGER, Curator of the Visual Resources Center, has received a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation in the amount of $30,000 in support of a Smart Classroom Equipment Project in the School of Art building (to be done in 2008).