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Faculty and Staff Achievements, June – October 2011

FUTURE AKINS, assistant professor in visual studies, along with STACY ELKO, assistant professor in printmaking, and SANG-MI YOO, associate professor in Foundations, staged a 3-person exhibition of their prints titled Sojourns, Metaphors, and Flying Machines: The Mythical Prints of Future Akins, Stacy Elko and Sand-Mi Yoo during Print Houston 2011 at the Museum of Printing History in Houston in June-July.

CHRISTIE BLIZARD, assistant professor in painting, was included in an invitational exhibition, Chromaticism, presented at Noma Gallery, San Francisco in June and July. She participated in the SIM Artist in Residency Program in Reykjavik, Iceland in June. She had a solo exhibition titled “The River and Meditation Experiment” presented at CoLab in Austin, TX in September and is included in New American Paintings (vol. 96, Oct./Nov, West Edition, Open Studio Press, Boston) juried by Cassandra Coblentz, Associate Curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona.

WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor in sculpture, was one of three showcased artists during the first Houston Fine Art Fair held September 16-18, 2011.

CONSTANCE CORTEZ, Ph.D., was awarded first place at the 2011 International Latino Book Awards (in June) in the category of Art Books for her volume, Carmen Lomas Garza (UCLA Chicano Studies/University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

RICK DINGUS, professor of photography, had one of his mural sized prints added to the collection of the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR and six mural sized prints entered the TTU Southwest Collection/Special Collections.  He also had had work added to the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and included in its Recent Photography Acquisitions exhibition held through August.  He has gave a joint presentation at the Texas Book Festival in Austin in October along with Andy Wilkinson about their collaborative book and project, Llano Estacado:  An Island in the Sky .

STACY ELKO, associate professor of printmaking, had two of her artworks accepted into Cultural Crossroads” presented by the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, NC, in October.

CAROLYN ERLER, Ph.D., assistant professor in visual studies, had her article "Mutant Matter and Memory: Different Body Formations in Ward One of Toledo, Ohio" is included in the art education journal Journal of Visual Culture & Gender (summer). She has also been selected from a group of about 24 well-known art educators to be a guest speaker during spring semester at UT-Austin to the students in the Art Education and Museum Studies programs. 

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor in Foundations, is serving on the Board for Texas Association Schools of Art in 2011-2012.  With graduate students Marc Watson and Raul Aguilar she attended the September 23-24 annual conference Fluid Dynamics: Navigating the Evolving Arts in Dallas/Fort Worth to present graduate student work.

DENNIS FEHR, Ed.D, associate professor in visual studies, was featured on June 14th in the Royal Gazette of Bermuda. The feature article focused on his research in feminist art.  He had artwork selected for inclusion in the University Library’s 27th Annual Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit (FACE) in October.  An interview about his work can be seen/heard at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYNgp2jZ6-Q&feature=related.

TINA FUENTES, director and professor in Foundations, had a screenprint included in the Arte Tejano: De Campos, Barrios y Fronteras exhibition, which was presented at the OSDE Espacio de Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June through August.

ROBIN GERMANY, associate professor in photography, had seven 40 x 33 inch photographic prints presented in an exhibition at the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL in September. 

JUAN GRANADOS, associate professor in ceramics, exhibited five ceramic wall pieces in the 6th World Ceramic Biennale 2011 Korea.  The exhibition was organized by the Korean Ceramic Foundation and presented at the Bandal Art Museum in South Korea in September. Granados served as juror and writer of curatorial statements about selected works for 21st Century Ceramics: The First Decade with a publication date in 2012.

ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor of painting and drawing, was included in three nationally juried exhibitions in July through September.  They include: theAll Media 2011, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA (Juror: Peter Frank, Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum), the 6th National Juried Exhibition, at Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA (Juror: Dean Beard, Curatorial Assistant, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive) and the 4th Annual Juried Show, at the Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA.

DAVID MONDT, assistant curator for Landmark Arts, was elected to the 2011-2012 Staff Senate and was sworn in on July 13th.  He has received a Top Techsan award through the Alumni Association, recognized during the October ceremonies for extraordinary work proficiency and team spirit.

JORGELINA ORFILA, Ph.D., assistant professor in art history, chaired a session titled “Configurations of Emptiness: Artistic Strategies in the Creation of Intericinic Blanks” at the 9th International Conference on Word & Image: The Imaginary/L’imaginaire held in Montréal, Canada in August.  There she delivered the paper entitled, “Works of Art as Meta-images: On the Use of Photographs for the Study of Art History. Her article, “Art Collecting in America during the Interwar Period: The Chester Dale Collection of Modern French Art” was published in the summer issue of Archives of American Art Journal.

ROLANDO SHAW, woodshop manager and ceramist, was one of six artists invited to provide a ceramics demonstration during "The Clay Event" in Junction, TX in June. 

CAROLYN TATE, Ph.D., professor in art history, has been selected as of the Texas Tech 2011 Integrated Scholars.

CARLA TEDESCHI, associate professor in communication design, was presented with an award of excellence by the University and Colleges Design Association, with her work exhibited in Phoenix, AZ at the Annual UCDA national Design Conference in early October.

MARK WATJEN, adjunct instructor, had a ceramic work titled, Enduring Freedom, juried into Visions in Clay exhibited at San Jaoquin Delta College, Stockton, CA in August.

SANG-MI YOO, associate professor in Foundations, is included in the exhibition Just Press Print presented at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston in June and July, in collaboration with PrintHouston 2011, during which Yoo was included in a 3-person exhibition with TTU faculty Future Akins and Stacy Elko (see above).  Her work was curated into Printed Matters by Blake McAdow at Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, OH, in September-October.