- The mission of the School of Art is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment in which students develop creative and scholarly potential, to support faculty members in the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research, to serve public and professional constituencies and to promote intercultural understanding through art. The School of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
- April 30, 2013 - Ken Little, San Antonio artist and 1970 alumnus of the Studio Art program, was honored as the 2014 Texas State Visual Artist – 3D in a public ceremony sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin today. Ken has been a longtime supporter of School of Art. In 2007, he teamed up with the Medici Circle School of Art support group to create a new scholarship endowment to benefit Studio Art students. Read more about Ken and other Texas creatives recognized during the ceremony on the TCA page. (Photo courtesy Cathy Cunningham Little)
- April 10, 2013 - Dean Carol Edwards, College of Visual & Performing Arts, announced today that Professor Lydia Thompson has accepted the position of Director of the School of Art. Professor Thompson will be coming to TTU from Mississippi State University where she currently serves as Head of the Art Department. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and a BFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University. Professor Thompson served as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and has had numerous national solo exhibitions. She is a strong advocate for students and a dedicated supporter of faculty and staff. Professor Thompson will begin her administrative post on August 1, 2013. Dr. Edwards also expressed her gratitude to Professor Tina Fuentes, who has served as Director the past three years, "Tina will be excited to return to her studio and the classroom, to fill the administrative hours by creating art that feeds her creative spirit. We will be sad to lose her levelheaded, steady approach to leadership; most of all."
- January, 31, 2013 - Dr. Carolyn Tate, professor in art history, has received the distinction of having her new book, Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation, recognized as an Outstanding Academic Title, 2012 by Choice, the review board and publication of the American Library Association. Appearing annually in Choice's January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles. In awarding Outstanding Academic Title status, the Choice editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles, including, overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book form, originality or uniqueness, importance relative to other literature in the field, and other criteria related to education. Dr. Tate's book was published by University of Texas Press and more details about the book can be found on their website.
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