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Student Accomplishments for Early Fall 2007


BRIANNA BURNETT (3rd year MFA candidate in Photography from Lubbock) had at solo exhibition at the R Gallery in Lubbock in September.

JANE B. ELMORE (MAE graduate student from Post, TX) had one photograph accepted into the annualTexas Photographic Society exhibition which goes to 16 venues in Texas, California, and New York.

KYLE MCQUILKIN (doctoral student in the FADP-Art program) attended and competed in Lowrider Magazine's 30th Annual Lowrider Show in Houston, Texas.  Together with co-author, Debra Raines, their bicycle, The Fourth Rider of the Apocalypse, won first place in 24-26" bikes, making them eligible to compete in this year's national show, in Las Vegas.  In August he curated lowrider bicycle entitled The Art of the bicycle:   A Celebration of Family, A Declaration of Self at the Buddy Holly Center.  There were twelve local bicycles on display, including his own, representing five local lowrider clubs.

LESLIE ANN LAWS (May MFA graduate in ceramics from Norman, OK) has accepted an adjunct instructor position starting in August at Collin County Community College, the Spring Creek campus in Plano, TX.

LESLIE LAINE LEWIS (3rd year MFA candidate in Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing from San Angelo) has had one piece selected into The Wichita National 2007 at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Kansas.  Juried by Bede Clarke, the exhibition features seventy pieces of both traditional and non-traditional craft media, including ceramics, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalsmithing, paper, wood and mixed media. 

TOM MATTHEWS (May MFA graduate in sculpture from San Diego, CA) has accepted a 1 year appointment as a full-time instructor at South Texas College, McAllen, TX beginning in fall.

CHARLES NEUMANN (May MFA graduate in sculpture from Laredo, TX) has accepted a position as metals shop techinician for the College of the Arts at the University of Louisianna at Lafayette, starting in August.

DRYDEN WELLS (3nd year MFA student in ceramics from St. Louis) did an eight-week residency at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China over the summer.  Dryden is one of the artists included in the group exhibition 2007 Clay Invitational:  Alternative Firings presented at the G Gallery in Houston in August. Wells also has one work accepted into the 2007 Ceramic Sculpture National Juried Exhibition in the Ameen Art Gallery at Nicholls State University, Tibodaux, LA in August and September. Wells has been notified that he will be in a 3-person exhibiton at The Las Cruces Museum of Art, New Mexico, from February-April 2008. The exhibit will feature work from his Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop Residency.

SARA PESO WHITE (doctoral student, Fine Arts Doctoral Program – Art for Lubbock) is serving as a Committee Member for LHUCA Regional Curator Program.  She is one of the artists included in the 2nd Annual New West group exhibition at the Underwood Center for the Arts in September.  White was co-curator of Collaborative "Green Art" Childrens' Art Contest September at the Underwood Center for the Arts.  She will be a presenter at the Texas Art Education Association Annual Conference Workshop in November.  Her presentations are entitled, "White Painted Woman:  Native American Cultures in the Art Classroom" and "Genderland:  Teaching about Gender Roles Through Art Performance."


SARAH ARNOLD (a senior Art History major from Austin) will be a College of Visual & Performing Arts Ambassador during 2007-2008.

MELISSA BOND (a senior in Photography from Lubbock) is the recipient of a grant from the Pink for Life Grant Program administered by the Susan Komen Foundation.  She received $7,500 toward the completion of a photography fine art book of Texas cemeteries.

MEENAWATIE (SAMANTHA) BOODHRAM (a senior Art History major from Midland-Odessa) has been accepted into Sotheby’s MA program in Art Business beginning Fall 2008.

GILBERT JONES (a senior Art History major from Lubbock) will present a paper on the SOA plaster casts at a professional conference, the Classical Association of the Southwest United States, in October.  Working with Dr. Janis Elliott, Jones has prepared the plaster cast report for presentation on the SOA website.  He will serve as a College of Visual & Performing Arts Ambassador during 2007-2008.

STEPHANIE KELLEY (a senior Art History major) completed a summer internship at the Geometric and MADI Museum in Dallas.