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Student Accomplishments, Summer 2012


REBECCA BEALS, 3rd year MFA candidate in jewelry design and metalsmithing, was recipient of the 2012 Marilyn Da Silva Award for her necklace titled “Texas Tech” in July at the Women’s Jewelry Association scholarship fundraiser.  Her necklace was prominently displayed on the poster for the event which was held at Pier 60 in New York City. This necklace was also the featured piece on the publicity for the Society of North American Goldsmiths Student Juried Presentation sponsored by the Aaron Faber Gallery and presented at the annual SNAG conference in Seattle, WA last year.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN seniors SHARON CADENA (Lytle, TX), ALEX ROBY (San Antonio, TX),  DILLON HESSE (Plano, TX), and MEREDITH PITTMAN (Tahoka, TX) comprise the team from associate professor Carla Tedeschi’s Public and Social Service Design class whose poster design was selected by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to be the face of their new national “Try Vegan”  campaign in July. Roby’s starkly graphic poster design draws attention to the fact that animals on today's factory farms are crammed by the tens of thousands into filthy sheds and slaughtered on killing floors that are contaminated with feces, vomit, and other bodily fluids containing a stew of bacteria. PETA’s new ad urges consumers to keep meat off their plates if they want to keep animal feces out of their meals.

Four MASTER OF ART EDUCATION students (two new and two continuing in the program) received $7,000 scholarships each to study this summer in Junction and during fall through a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  The students, JENNIFER COX, DAWANA HELSTROM, DANILE RODRIGUEZ, and SHANNON WALTON, are all teachers in local school districts.

MAE graduates of the Junction Campus summer program presented works from their final exhibitions in the SOA Satellite Gallery at LHUCA during the August 3 First Friday Art Trail.  Included in the exhibition were works by WILL CLARK, GAIL CURREY, DAWNA HELSTROM-HENNESAY, BRENT KIYAN, TIFFANY ROUSSEAU, BOB RYNEARSON, and MARCO SANCHEZ.

REBECCA J. HOPP, 3rd year MFA candidate in photography, received a grant funded internship from The CHS Foundation and The Ogallala Commons from January to August 2012. She worked with youth from selected rural communities (grades 3-12) to use their cameras as tools to explore agriculture in their community.  This collaborative project resulted in a collection of unique images, by students and their artist/teacher.

DILLON GRANT LAND, May graduate with a BFA in studio art – metals, presented Teapots and Their Making at the Tonado Gallery in Lubbock during the July 6th First Friday Art Trail.

ADAM REDD, 3rd year MFA candidate in ceramics, was a summer resident artist and chef at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine where he explored textured surface and pattern on ceramic objects, interacted with other visiting artists, and was chef for the annual Watershed Center fundraiser.

KIMBERLY REDINGER and GRANT WILLINGHAM, seniors in communication design, were the winning designers in a competition to develop a new graphic design visual identity for Sandia National Laboratories wind energy turbines.  They each received $500 scholarships from the Office of the Vice President for Research. (Read the full story HERE.)

TIFFANY ROUSSEAU, MAE candidate, exhibited My Neighborhood in the SOA Satellite Gallery at LHUCA during the June 1 First Friday Art Trail.  The exhibition included a series of documentary photographs created in collaboration with fellow MAE candidate SHANNON WALTON’S Estacado High School art class project .

ZACH TATE, 3rd year MFA candidate in ceramics, received a Don and Kay Cash Research Grant through the College of Visual & Performing Arts to travel to Sweden in July to present ceramics demonstrations at the Meken international Ceramic Workshop in Smedjebacken, Sweden then go to Gothenberg, Sweden where he was a co-organizer of Woodfired Landscapes,  a month-long international ceramic workshop which featured eleven invited ceramic artists from Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the USA.  In August, an untitled teabowl by Tate received 1st Runner Up Prize in the KC Clay Guild Teabowl National (Kansas City, MO). The juror was Bede Clarke.

JOHNNIE THURSTON, 3rd year MFA candidate in photography, and J. ERIC SIMPSON, senior in studio art – painting, collaborated to present Recent Moving Pictures, a collection digital projections made from compiled still images, at the CASP Galleries at LHUCA during the July 6th First Friday Art Trail.