Texas Tech University :: School Of Art

Student Accomplishments for April – May 2009


SCOTTY HENSLER, 1st year MFA candidate in painting, had a drawing selected by juror, Mel Chin, into the 2009 Texas National presented at Stephen F. Austin State University through April.

JESSICA JACOBI, 3rd year MFA candidate in jewelry design & metalsmithing, presented her MFA thesis exhibition in April.

EUNKYUNG JEONG, FADP-Art doctoral student, has received a Paul Whitfield Horn Fellowship. The award of $1,000 was made on April 25th.

PATRICIA KOEMEL, FADP-Art doctoral student, has been awarded a james Douglas and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year in the amount of $3,000.

ANGÉLICA MUÑOZ CASTAÑO, 3rd year MFA candidate, has received a prestigious Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. The award “recognizes exceptional talent and potential in young artists.” The award of $3,500 is available to artists under 30 years of age and residents of Texas for at least three years.

CHISUM PIERCE, 2nd year MFA candidate in photography, is one of five photographic artists outside Houston to receive an Honorable Mention from Juror, Natasha Egan, in the 2009 Fellowship Competition at the Houston Center for Photography from over 120 applicants to the competition. He will receive an online gallery exhibition and will also be listed in the HCP gallery during the Fellowship exhibition May 15 through June 29.

SARAH ROBERTS, 2nd year MFA candidate in jewelry design & metalsmithing, has had two of her jewelry pieces jewelry pieces selected by juror Mailyn da Silva to be included in the 2009 Materials: Hard & Soft Exhibition from January 29-March 29, 2009 at the GDAC-Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, TX. An assortment of her artwork, including jewelry, photography, and video, will be exhibited at South Texas College's Meditations on Place exhibition from January 29th to Feburary 27th in McAllen, Texas.

EMILY SCHUHMANN, 2nd year MFA Candidate in jewelry design and metalsmithing, has had three metals pieces selected into Metal Evolution: SNAG Annual Juried Student Exhibition to be presented during the 2009 SNAG Conference, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, May 20-23, 2009.

ZACH NADER (1st year MFA candidate in photography) had two photographs selected into the 1st Annual Rocket City National, an exhibition of only 30 works to be presented in May at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He also had a photograph selected into a national competition, the 22nd National Works on Paper exhibition presented in March and April at the Abercrombie Gallery at McNeese State University, Louisiana.


The Art History Senior Symposium was presented on Saturday, April 4th. Seven seniors presented papers to a panel of jurors including Dr. Isis Lesley from the Honors College and Dr. Aliza Wong from the Department of History. The top papers were presented by STEPHANIE KELLEY (1st Place) for “Graffiti and the Privatization of Urban Space in 1970s New York,” GILBERT JONES (2nd Place) for “Two Paintings of the Maestà: The Intersection of Art and Politics in Fourteenth Century Siena,” and ZACHARY HUGHES (3rd Place) for “The Fecund Parrot: Rubens’s Self-Portrait with His Wife, Hélène Fourment and their Son, Peter Paul.”

Four undergraduate Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing students, JILLIAN COOPER, a senior, and freshmen ELLEN WADSWORTH, AMY CASSIDY, and CARRIE SKINNER, have had artworks accepted into the Arkansas Art Center’s 36th Annual Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition. The exhibition will be held in the Arkansas Arts Center’s San Strauss Sr. Gallery from March 13th 2009- May 10th 2009. The juror was Suzanne Ramljak, editor of Metalsmith Magazine, an international publication. It is important to note that the three freshmen students whose works were selected into the exhibition came from the Design 2 core class, ART 2303, taught by Professor Robly Glover with assistant Emily Schuhmann during in the Fall semester.

BRIAN HARP, senior in Photography, has been accepted into the MFA program in Photography at The Ohio State University on a full scholarship beginning in fall 2009.

GILBERT JONES (senior in Art History ) has been awarded the Tech Parents Association 2008-09 Student Academic Citizenship Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This award goes to only one student per college.