Texas Tech University :: School Of Art

SOA Student Accomplistments Submitted to the President and
Board of Regents, January – March 2007


Brianna Burnett, 2nd year photography MFA candidate from Lubbock, was included in a group exhibition Dennison, TX entitled NEW organized by the Ghost Town Arts Collective.  She was also in a 3-person exhibition entitled Tenacity, Observance and Perception at the Art Depot Gallery in downtown Lubbock during the month of January.

Photography graduate students, Jaci Ross (3rd year from Edinburg, PA), Brianna Burnett (2nd year from Lubbock), Angelica Muñoz (1st year from Pereira, Colombia) and Tiffany Rousseau (1st year from Houma, LA) were given a group exhibition in January-February at the University of Texas at Dallas Art Gallery in an exchange of exhibitions between the photography programs of the two schools.

Wesley Harvey, 3rd year MFA candidate in ceramics from Van Buren, IN, had a ceramic work juried into an international exhibition at the Fondazione Museo Internazionale della Ceramiche Faenza, Italy.  The piece entitled Snowman Dance has entered the permanent collection of the museum.  Another artwork was juried into the 18th Annual Teapot Show in Chicago, IL.  Three images of his work were included in the recently published Mold Making and Slip Casting (Lark Books, 2007).

Leslie Lewis - 'Gluttony'Leslie Lewis , 2nd year MFA candidate in jewelry design and metals with a secondary in ceramics from New Braunfels, has been recognized as an Award Winner in two categories of the 2007 Annual NICHE magazine craft Competition.  In the category of “Ceramics: Sculptural” her piece entitled Siren's Song and in the category of “Metals: Non-wearable, Functional” her piece entitled Gluttony Candy Bow was in a tie for the award.  Winners are featured in the Spring issue of NICHE magazine.

Tom Matthews , 3rd year MFA candidate in sculpture from San Diego, CA, is one of 39 artists, statewide, to be juried into the Texas Biennial to be held at four different venues in Austin in March.  Matthews will display a large-scale sculpture installation at Site 1808.

Andrea Moon , 1st year ceramics MFA candidate from Oregon, OH, had one earthenware sculpture selected into the 49th Annual Delta Exhibition by Don Reitz, juror, at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, January-February 2007.

Arthur Polendo , 2nd year Fine Arts Doctoral Student in Art from San Antonio, was awarded a Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education Fellowship. Of the two individuals selected, Polendo was presented with the award for his contributions in the field of higher education at the 32nd Annual T.A.C.H.E. conference in Dallas in February.

Dryden Wells , 2nd year ceramics MFA candidate from St. Louis, MO, was the featured artist at the Charles Adams Gallery in Lubbock during the March 2 First Friday Art Trail.


Piotr Chizinski, senior in sculpture from Sharon, CT, had one bronze and aluminum sculpture selected into the 49th Annual Delta  Exhibition (Don Reitz, juror), at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, January-February 2007.

Communication Design students, Amanda Cypert, senior from Tulia and Ashley Shields, junior from Garland, had work selected into the student exhibition of the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators 3rd Annual National Student Show and Conference: March 15-16th, 2007.  Specific awards are pending and will be announced at the exhibition March 17th.  Design submissions were judged by a nationally renowned panel of graphic designers and winning work will be displayed both at the conference and on the DSVC website.

Katie Decker - Flatstock PosterA poster designed by Katie Decker , a senior Communication Design student from Lubbock, was selected to be exhibited at Flatstock 12, a concert poster convention held in Austin, Texas during SXSW. The poster was a finalist in a contest sponsored by the American Poster Institute and Toyota Yaris. Only 15 posters were chosen from the nationwide student submissions.

Art History majors Megan Grann, senior from Arlington, and Gilbert Jones, senior from Lubbock, successfully conserved and installed 100-year old plaster casts of classical and medieval sculpture in the B1-9 corridor of the Art Building as part of an Independent Study course supervised by Dr. Janis Elliott, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art History.

The Art History Team represented TTU at the Regional College Bowl tournament in Denton, TX on February 22.  Gilbert Jones, senior from Lubbock, had the 2nd highest score in our division (7 teams) with 340 points and that was the 5th highest score out of a total of 68 competitors overall. Other team members, Megan Grann, senior from Arlington, Samantha Bhoodram, a senior from Odessa, and Jake Toups, a junior from Lafayette, LA, also racked up a lot of points for the TTU team.  Although the team came in 11th of 16 teams, everyone played well and had a good time.

Abigail Mora, a senior communication design major from Houston, had a photograph exhibited at the International Cultural Center on March 2 in the Adventures in Study Abroad exhibition, which included sixty three of the best photos taken by students who participated in TTU-approved study abroad programs.

Sculpture Seniors ExhibitSculpture program seniors David Brokow of Abilene, Lauren Boldon Chizinski of Sugarland, Piotr Chizinski of Sharon, CT, Nathan Hansen of Houston, Joel Kiser of Levelland, Bryan Martin of Austin, Matthew Wiederaenders of Round Rock and Angela Wolf from Midland, staged an exhibition of their current work at the Art Depot Annex, Lubbock, during the First Friday Art Trail, February 2, 2007.

Graduating Sculpture program seniors are getting accepted into MFA programs around the state and country.  Joel Kiser , of Levelland, has two choices for grad school, both offering “full-ride” scholarship packages,” they are Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  Piotr Chizinski, of Sharon, CT, has also been accepted into two outstanding programs, Georgia State University in Atlanta and Indiana University in Bloomington; he is waiting to hear their offers.  David Brokow, of Abilene, has been accepted into the Texas Christian University program with a “full-ride” scholarship package.