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Dr. Bill Lockhart, Founding Chair of Art, Dies
August 11, 2009

Bill LockhartLockhart celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the School of Art in 2007 as the special guest of honor at the celebration where he was recognized for his singular legacy to the School of Art. Dr. Lockhart, former Chair of the Applied Arts program, was primarily responsible for the formation of the new Department and served as Chairperson for nine years, from 1967 until 1976.

By the early 1970s, Lockhart was ready to expand the Art Department’s activities to the TTU Junction Center. Lockhart Recruited students from all over the country to live and hone their artistic skills among Texas’ most appealing landscapes at Junction. Within a few years word spread of the growing success at the campus in Junction which helped recruit artists to study in the Texas Tech System.

Ken Dixon, professor emeritus of art and former professor in Junction, recalls Lockhart’s curious fascination with kites. “Lockhart along with Betty Street, created the international kite symposium,” Dixon said adding that some of Lockhart’s kites were as big as a car. “Lockhart brought people from all over the world who took an interest in kites. People from India, Japan, Australia and all of the USA, would come to Junction to design and fly their kites.” Lockhart became an international ambassador for the TTU School of Art as a kite enthusiast, but will be remembered for building the School of Art from the ground up. Forty-two years later, Lockhart’s influence still draws a significant amount of attention to the program.

During the 40th Anniversary Celebration, the School of Art announced the creation of the Bill Lockhart Art Scholarship Endowment. Due to Lockhart’s wide contact base around the country it took less than six months to secure the funds to establish a $20,000 endowment.

At Lockhart’s request, no services were held. Lockhart was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at his home place in Quanah. Memorials may be made to the Texas Tech Foundation, Bill Lockhart Art Scholarship Endowment (these can be mailed to the School of Art, Box 42081, Lubbock 79409 for processing), or make a donation online.