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Faculty & Staff Accomplishments, Summer-Fall 2013

FUTURE AKINS and ED CHECK, PhD., associate professors in visual studies/art education, co-present three papers: “Strategies To Cope When Feeling Overwhelmed “, “Making Our Art Count”, and “Art Practice as Pedagogy: The Junction Experience” during the Texas Art Education Association Annual Conference in Dallas (Nov 21-24). The co-presented a paper titled “Survival Skills in ‘Wild’ West Texas: maintaining Sanity Under Fire” for the Women’s Studies/LGBTQ Conference at University of Wisconsin, Madison (Oct 18-20). They were in Ottawa, Canada at the Center for Human Rights Research and Education (Oct 21-24) for a series of panel discussions on Human Rights with Fulbright Scholar Professor Richard Lubben and various local artists. The panels covered: “Ownership of Image and the Freedom of Expression”, “Cultural Relativism and Human Rights: A Cross Discipline Discussion”, “ Labels and Judgment”, and “Fine Arts Hierarchy and Transitions in the 21st Century: A Cross-Discipline Discussion”. In addition they were part of “R.E.D.”, an exhibition examining various human rights, social justice issues including rights to Respect, Equality and Dignity. With MAE student JAYSON LUCE and Estacado High School Art Teacher SHANNON WALTON, they won the People’s Choice Research Poster Award for their research poster: Documenting Our Neighborhood: Stories/Paintings from the Eastside during the 14th Annual International Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference at Texas Tech University (Oct).

JOE ARREDONDO, director of Landmark Arts, served on the Texas Commission on the Arts evaluation panel for the Arts Respond Project grant program in August. He was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock, TX as of September 2013.

ED CHECK, associate professor in visual studies/art education, presents his paper, “Beautiful People: Documenting Five Working Class Artists “during the Texas Art Education Association Annual Conference in Dallas (Nov 21-24).

CONSTANCE CORTEZ, Ph.D., associate professor of art history, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the College Art Association, to serve from 2013 - 2017. The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.  She presented a paper titled “Tlazolteotle as Floating Signifier or The Use (and Abuse) of an Ersatz Aztec Icon” at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. on September 27th in the Study Day Topic session: Inspiring Art: The Dumbarton Oaks Birthing Figure.

STACY ELKO, associate professor of printmaking, had artworks selected into two summer national juried exhibitions, Black White at the Santa Cruz Art League, CA in July and the 2013 National Exhibition of the First Street Gallery in New York City, this latter exhibition juried by Donald Kuspit.

CAROL FLUECKIGER, associate professor of art, in collaboration with DOROTHY CHANSKY, associate professor of theatre, presented Three Eleanors: A Solar Powered Paper Doll Production at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY, during the annual Convention Days event on July 20, commemorating the first women’s rights convention in 1848, and at Stage Left Studios in New York City on July 24 – August 4 for a total of thirteen presentations.  The company totals nine persons based in Lubbock, and New York City.  The multi-disciplinary project, presenting visual arts, theatre, and women’s history, was funded by a Texas Tech University Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences grant.

DIRK FOWLER, associate professor in communication design, had a solo exhibition of his letter-pressed posters presented in the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX (September 13th – October 18th).

TINA FUENTES, professor in studio art, was one of 13 artists included in the exhibition Tejano: Contemporary Latin American Artists of Texas at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts (Sept 14 – Oct 25). KTTZ has produced a video of Fuentes at her studio in the series Latino Americans on the South Plains: vimeo.com/79336442. She had a solo exhibition of her paintings titled Frutas de me Vida at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, WY from (May 31 – Aug 11).

ROBIN DRU GERMANY, associate professor of photography, had two artworks included and received an Honorable Mention in the Fall National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (August 31st- October 6th). Jessica Brier, curatorial assistant of photography at SFMOMA, was curator.

JIAWEI GONG, assistant professor in art, has a solo exhibition titled “Making Sense” at goggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA through September 4th.

SCOTTY HENSLER, who received an MFA in Studio Art in May, has been hired into the full-time staff position of Assistant Director of Landmark Arts in School of Art as of August.

ANDREW MARTIN, associate professor in studio art, is one of three artists invited to exhibit in Collaborate, Connect, Reconnect: Andrew Martin, Sara Nesbitt, Sadie Sheldon presented at The Gallery at Marygove College, Detroit, MI (Oct 25 – Nov 29). The exhibition was curated by associate professor James Lutomski. Martin exhibited 34 modular drawings and paintings, including 6 collaborative works with Christina Ashby-Martin. He also had work selected (by juror Phil Hutinet, Editor-in-Chief of East City Art) into DISCONNECT an international juried exhibition presented in the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (Oct 5 – Nov 3).

DAVID LINDSAY, associate professor in studio art, exhibited his installation titled Horizon (a work twenty feet in diameter) at the Contemporary Art Fair in New York City at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (Oct 25-27).

JORGELINA ORFILA, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history, had her article titled “Works of Art as Meta-Images: On the Use of Photographs for the Study of Art History” published in Meta- and Inter-Images in Contemporary Art (Carla Taban, ed) by Leuven University Press (Oct 1, 2013).

FRANCISCO ORTEGA, associate professor in Communication Design, is author of “Board(er) Games: A Case Study on the Creation of Socially-Based Board Games,” chapter twelve in The Game Culture Reader, editors Jason C. Thompson and Marc Ouellette (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Oct 1, 2013).

IRMA SIZER, adjunct instructor in photography, had artwork included in Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead, presented at The Cole Art Center, The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, in Nacogdoches (Nov 1 – Jan 4). She was the illustrator for Designing Dandelions: An Engineering Everything Adventure which was published by Texas Tech University Press (Oct 15, 2013).

CAROLYN TATE, professor in art history, presented her research on the origins of the Mesoamerican calendar at the 4th Annual South Central Conference on Mesoamerica at the University of Houston (Nov 2).

CARLA TEDESCHI, associate professor in communication design, received one regional and two international awards over the summer for her design of the Just Not Yet art catalog for the exhibition presented by Landmark Arts during fall 2012.  Her design received the prestigious Gold Communicator Award from the International Academy of Visual Arts during the 2013 Communicators Awards.  During the 2013 19th Annual Summit Creative International Awards, her design was a Gold Winner recognizing creative excellence.  From the American Advertising Federation’s Regional ADDYs Competition she received a Gold ADDY. She also presented a paper titled “Service Learning + Social Activism in Graphic Design” at the national 2013 Engagement Scholarship Conference - Boundary Spanning: Engaged Scholarship Across Disciplines, Communities and Geography in October hosted by Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas.

HEATHER WARREN-CROW, HEATHER WARREN-CROW, assistant professor in interdisciplinary arts, had a description and video still of her live networked performance Praise Be Our Ancestors included in the performance art compendium Emergency Index 2012, published in late November. She exhibited the participatory endurance performance 24-Hour Confession (created in collaboration with Seth Warren-Crow, visiting assistant professor in Theatre & Dance) at the Glasshouse Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (December 7th & 8th). She had had her article "Acquired Community: Hail the New Puritan's Mise-en-Scène of AIDS" published in the new edited volume titled Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television (Marja Evelyn Mogk, ed) by McFarland (Sept 30, 2013).

JEFFREY WHEELER, adjunct instructor in Foundations, received a Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art to do a 5-week art residency, at the invitation of Nancy Reddin Kienholz, at Kienholz’s historic Old Schoolhouse in Hope, Idaho.  Wheeler created over 55 new paintings, drawings and ceramic works.  The Residency culminated with an exhibition of the work at the Schoolhouse in August.

DON WINK, professor of painting, had three paintings accepted into the Art International Exhibition in El Paso, TX (October 5rd – November 2nd).

SANG-MI YOO, associate professor in art, had a solo exhibition titled, Superficial Outgrowths, at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX (Nov. 22-Jan. 11).  Her exhibition was featured in The Houston Chronicle. In July, she received a Master Artist title from Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA and gave a printmaking workshop and an artist lecture along with receiving this award.