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Student Success Stories between March and May 2007


BRIANNA BURNETT (a 2nd year photography graduate student from Lubbock) had one of her photographs juried into the Illuminance exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center.

ImageCeramics Program Graduate Students, WESLEY HARVEY (MFA candidate May 2007 from Van Buren, IN), LESLIE LAWS (MFA Fall 2006 from Norman, OK) and DRYDEN WELLS (3rd year graduate student from St. Louis, MO) each had ceramics artworks selected (Wells had two works selected) into Feats of Clay XX, an international exhibition juried by Sherman Hall, Chief Editor of Ceramics Monthly magazine, which will be presented at the Lincoln Art Center in Lincoln, CA.  Only 80 artworks were selected for the exhibition from 725 entries by 700 artists received from throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

ELIZABETH DITTER (MFA candidate in jewelry design & metalsmithing) had two pieces in both the Student Exhibition and slideshow for the SNAG Annual Conference in Memphis. The shows are entitled Next+Now and Driven. The Jurors for Driven were Rebecca Strzelec and Boris Bally, and the jurors for Next + Now were Sherry Simms and Sarah Perkins.  Liz has received an adjunct instructor position at Northland Pioneer College, in Showlow, AZ; she will be teaching drawing and design this summer and during the fall, art history, painting, design, and sculpture.

WESLEY EUGENE HARVEY (MFA candidate in Ceramics, May 2007) is one of two graduate students to receive the Horn Professors Graduate Achievement Award, in an announcement made in March.  The award was established by the Paul Whitfield Horn Professors at TTU “to recognize and reward outstanding research or creative activity performed by graduate students while at TTU ".  The other 2007 recipient is Xiaoping Pan, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Toxicology. Wes has had one ceramic piece selected into COMBINED TALENTS: The 22nd Annual Florida International Juried Competition at Florida State University in Tallahassee, the exhibition is scheduled for later this year.

LESLIE LEWIS (2nd year graduate student in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing from Lubbock) has been juried into 10x10 BROOCHLESS - National Juried Show at the Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, Jurors:  Marilyn Da Silva, Susan Ewing, and James Masterson.  She has also received a scholarship from the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) to attend the 2007 SNAG Conference to be held in Memphis in June.

ARTHUR POLENDO (doctoral student in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program – Art from Muskegon, MI) participated in the "One Square/Cube Foot Art exhibition in March at the University of Texas - Permian Basin. His collage received an "honorable mention" award.

ROLANDO SHAW (a 2nd year graduate student in ceramics and photography from Round Rock) has one of his photo-based works selected into the Illuminance exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center.

TOM MATTHEWS, (3rd year graduate student in Sculpture from San Diego) had a sculpture Surplus XXXIV (2006) from his solo exhibition in Marfa reproduced in the March issue of CAANEWS.  He will be in a 3-Person exhibition with Ann Trask and Michelle O'Michael at the Underwood Center March 15 - May 15, 2008.  He will have a solo exhibition at the Ira M. Taylor Art Gallery, Hardin-Simmons University in 2008.

DRYDEN WELLS, (2nd year graduate student in Ceramics from St. Louis) is one of forty-eight artists (selected from 359 entrants) into COMBINED TALENTS: The 22nd Annual Florida International Juried Competiton at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Jurors for the exhibition were Holly Hanessian and Joe Sanders. The exhibition is scheduled for later this year.


Lauren BoldonLAUREN BOLDON (senior in sculpture and photography from Houston with a BFA in Communication Design), has received a prestigious H. Y. Price Scholarship for 2007-2008.  Not only actively involved in completing her dual degrees, Lauren has served as the graphic designer for Landmark Arts for the last few semesters.  H.Y. Price Scholarships, which carry an award of $3500 per year ($1750 for the fall and $1750 for the spring).  Mr. H.Y. Price endowed these scholarships to allow people "of good character and ability to attend Texas Tech University who otherwise would be denied this opportunity for lack of financial means." Mr. H.Y. Price generously endowed Arts and Sciences scholarships in honor of certain faculty who had influenced his life, Professors E.L. Dohoney, Lucille Gill, John C. Granberry, Paul Whitfield Horn, Ruth Pirtle Lee, and Montell E. Ogden.  Mr. Price attended Texas Tech from 1926 to 1930 despite severe financial hardships, and he went on to become a successful business person and community leader.  The scholarships provided for Texas Tech students constitute only part of the Price family's philanthropic endeavors. 

Chizinski terracota sculptureLandmark Arts student staff members, CHARLES ‘MAC’ CAMP (senior from Houston majoring in Anthropology) and ZACHARY HUGHES (junior for Lubbock majoring in Art History) served as guest curators of an art exhibition staged in the Modern Languages Building for the 8th Annual Céfiro Conference on Hispanic Culture and Literature.  School of Art artists included in the exhibition by Camp and Hughes were:  PIOTR CHIZINSKI (senior in Sculpture and Photography), WESLEY HARVEY (MFA candidate in Ceramics), JOEL KISER (senior in Sculpture), ANDY MOON (1st year grad student in Ceramics), ANGELICA MUÑOZ (1st year grad student in Photography), PATRICK SCHNEIDER (senior in Painting and Visual Studies) and DRYDEN WELLS (2nd year grad student in Ceramics).

PIOTR CHIZINSKI, a senior in sculpture from Falls Village, CT, took the top prize in the 20th Annual Juried Art Student Competition Exhibition, which was juried by Dr. James Housefield, Adjunct Curator at the Austin Museum of Art and Assistant Professor of Art History at Texas State University.  MICHAEL FRELS, a senior in visual studies from Pampa, placed 2nd with his two photographs and 3rd Place was taken by SARAH ROBERTS, a senior in visual studies from Katy.  Honorable Mention awards went to DAVID BROKAW, a senior sculpture major from Abilene, ALMA DOMINGUEZ, a junior ceramics major from Baldwin Park, CA, SCOTTY HENSLER, a senior painting major from Lubbock, and BRITTANY HILL, a junior visual studies major from Lubbock.  Each of the students received cash scholarship awards.

JOEL KISER, a senior in sculpture from Levelland, has been awarded the Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund from a private foundation in Adamsville, Ohio.  Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and upon portfolio evaluation, among undergraduate and mfa students nationwide.  Kiser says he will use the $3,400 award to assist with his move to Fort Worth where he will begin the graduate program in sculpture at TCU in the fall.

The School of Art nominated GILBERT JONES, senior art history major from Lubbock, to attend the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs Annual Conference on Ethical Leadership which took place March 1-4 at the University of Texas in Austin.  He was one of six TTU students to attend and the only one from the CVPA. Students from all over the state and country were in attendance.  The conference attendees explored ways to become better leaders in our schools and communities. Gilbert has also been selected to be a CVPA Ambassador for the upcoming academic year.

JENCY TAYLOR POLK, a senior art history major from Ransom Canyon, took the 1st Place Award for her research paper presented during the 9th Annual Art History Student Symposium held on March 31.  MEGAN GRANN, a senior art history major from Arlington, placed 2nd and JORDANN DAVIS, a junior history major with an emphasis in art history from Cicero, IL, placed 3rd.  The research paper presentations were evaluated and judged by guest jurors Aaron Adair, assistant professor of theater, and Stacey Houck, professor of musicology.  The students received cash scholarship awards.

SEAN SCULLY, senior in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Lubbock, has a piece of his work included in the Human Rights International Exhibition, organized by South Texas College in McAllen, TX.  Sean, who graduates in May, has applied into the graduate metal design programs at Kansas University, University of Iowa, East Carolina University and Kent State University, each of which accepted him with offers of “full rides” in the graduate program.  Sean has selected to enter the Kent State University program this coming fall where he will receive a two-year teaching assistantship covering full tuition and fees, plus a monthly stipend.

ImageCLINT STONE (BFA in Painting fall 2006, from Houston) has been accepted into the graduate painting program at Southern Methodist University, Dallas to begin in fall 2007.  He is recipient of one of only two Meadows Scholarships which completely covers the two-year program, and plus will also receive a graduate assistant stipend each semester. 

Andrew Martin who was Clint’s Experimental Painting instructor during his senior year commented that Clint’s work had “developed dramatically in the last year and he has become a very highly motivated and independent painter.” 

Clint’s efforts to get into SMU were supported by Michael Collins, former assistant professor in painting at TTU and now at Houston Baptist University.  Collins observed, “Clint Stone is perhaps the most improved undergraduate painter I witnessed [while I worked at TTU].  He silently took in all the demonstrations, color theory, design, and criticism and through it all has emerged to observe light, land and energy discovered from moving paint and has placed these influences into his own young creative voice.”   Collins also mentioned that Bill Komodore, professor of painting at SMU, recently commented that there was an extremely strong and large group of applicants from around the country all vying for the two full scholarship positions in painting that the Meadows School offers.  Collins added, “Bill feels that Clint will do very well in the program and is excited to aid in his continued growth as a fine painter.”

SETH TEETERS (a junior in visual studies from Lubbock) and SCOTT THURMAN (a December BFA graduate in photography from Amarillo) each had a photograph juried into the Illuminance exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center.