Director's Welcome

Welcome to the School of Art at TTU! I recently joined the School and am excited about working with a great team of faculty and staff as we continue to build our programs and support for students. The School is part of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, offering bachelor’s degrees with emphases in Art History and Art, bachelors of fine arts degrees with emphases in Ceramics, Communication Design, Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Studies. The School also offers the MA in Art History, and the MFA with emphases in Ceramics, Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture, the MAE, and a unique interdisciplinary Fine Arts Doctoral Degree. The doctoral art major is called “Critical Studies and Artistic Practice.

In addition to our faculty’s commitment to teaching and student mentorship, they are actively pursuing creative and scholarly research and have been recognized by the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Library of Congress, Chico Art Center, Red Lodge Clay Center, Archives of the American Art Journal, Contemporary Art Fair NYC, AAF Regional ADDY,, and Ceramics Monthly. Faculty also serve on the boards of national and regional professional organizations such as TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators), NCAA (National Council of Arts Administrators), SPE (Society for Photographic Education) and CAA (College Art Association).

Our faculty serve as mentors for students and provide significant support for them to engage in pre-professional opportunities such as participation in exhibitions and attendance at regional, national and international conferences. Other opportunities have included participating in Marfa’s Chinati Open House Weekend activities with a staff and student organized mobile art exhibition titled BOX: Artists Interpreting Compartmentalization, a graduate Maymester course, designed by associate professor David Lindsay, which provides a grand tour of artist residency programs, commercial galleries, and important exhibition venues around the state and nation, our very own annual Jewelry/Metalsmithing Symposium, and study abroad opportunities. In addition, we thank the TTU School of Art Medici Circle and our donors for their commitment and efforts to increase the number of student scholarships to help students reach their educational goals.

Our alumni are making an impact in the field of art and the world and as practitioners, art administrators and art educators and through gaining employment at national major universities and organizations such as: Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY; NY Times Magazine; Wired Magazine; Texas Monthly; New Media Apps Publisher; Southwest Airlines Corporation and Publishing; Southwest Spirit Magazine; University of Texas; Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA; Chamo Gallery, Kansas City, MO; and K-12 schools in the region. Recent reports ranked TTU at the 86th percentile for alumni employment and salaries according the Payscale Report on Texas Tech.

We are housed in two buildings; the main Art Building houses Art History, Communication Design, the Fine Arts Doctoral Program – Art, Visual Studies, the Masters of Art Education program, and the Painting, Photography and Printmaking areas – the 2D Studio Art programs and studios. The 3D Art Annex provides state of the art facilities for Ceramics, Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing, and Sculpture. Landmark Arts presents exhibitions in five galleries in the main Art Building and stages monthly exhibitions of current creative research by students and faculty in the Satellite Gallery located in the thriving Charles Adams Studio Project - Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts campus in downtown Lubbock. Landmark Arts annually presents 31-38 art exhibitions and hosts 20-30 visiting artists, art historians, and scholars.

This year the College and School welcomes our new faculty, Jiawei Gong, Assistant Professor of Digital/Transmedia Arts, Kaneem Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sculpture, Dr. Kristi Rowan Humphreys, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies and Artistic Practice, and Dr. Heather Warren-Crow, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts. They bring expertise in their fields and we are excited to have them on board.

Please visit our website regularly for updated information about Exhibitions and Speaker Programs. And learn more about our spring Open House. Also, please contact us for a personal tour of the facilities or if you have questions about our programs. I look forward to hearing from you.

The skies are big, blue and full of clouds and at TTU, ‘From Here, It’s Possible.’

Lydia Thompson

October 2013