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Faculty & Staff Research & Accomplishments – Summer 2015

FUTURE AKINS, associate professor in visual studies/art education, had two bead and sequin banners that celebrate aging exhibited in the 2015 Kaohsiung International Women’s Art Exhibition presented in the Taiwan Kaohsiung Center, Taiwan from May 1st – 30th. The exhibition then travelled to galerie chez Robert, életrones libres, in Paris, France August 3rd – 17th and finally to Japan. The exhibition is an invitational presenting work by “outstanding international female artists who present their art work with women as the subject.” In July she participated in a three person show titled Tumbleweed Hearts at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Art with 14 mixed media works.

JOE ARREDONDO, director of Landmark Arts, served on the grant review panel for the Arts Respond Project of the Texas Commission on the Arts July 31st – August 9th.

SHANNON CANNINGS, adjunct instructor in foundations, had a solo exhibition titled Shannon Cannings: Plastic Fantastic at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene from May 8th – August 1st. The exhibition presents paintings, drawings and prints of iconic water toys.


WILLIAM CANNINGS, associate professor in sculpture, installed a commissioned 10’ inflated steel sculpture in the HALL Arts Texas Sculpture Walk in the Dallas Arts District’s newest real estate development, the 18-story KPMG Plaza office tower at 2323 Ross Avenue. The development project is that of Craig Hall and Hall Financial Group. Many will recognize Craig Hall as the art collector and visionary who has worked closely with curator Patricia B. Meadows to create the Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco, Texas, a collection of several hundred indoor and outdoor sculptures by sculptors from around Texas and the world.

SHANNON CANNINGS and WILLIAM CANNINGS, adjunct instructor and associate professor respectively, had a two-person exhibition in the Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (Lubbock) in May and June. The exhibition titled Divided By a Common Language focused on how one couple manages a dual nationality/gender/art medium household and generates productive happiness. From their artists’ statement from the exhibition: “We bring opposite perspectives to the subject of art. This is at once refreshing and frustrating. It is sometimes so great to have a sounding board that you know will be supportive and brutally honest. Because our artistic language overlaps, but it not redundant, we are able to speak about each other’s work with fresh thoughts. We can offer each other a perspective different from our own, but still understandable.”

HANNAH DEAN, adjunct instructor and instructor of the Summer Discovery Art Program, was invited to be in the Perpetual Insight exhibition at The Galleries in Concord, NC, June 1 - July 25.

RICK DINGUS, professor of photography, received final approval for the publication of his book, Shifting Views & Changing Places, by the University of Oklahoma Press. The book will include 120 full color reproductions of Dingus’ photographs made since 1973, with an introduction by Toby Jurovics, Chief Curator of American Art at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE, an interview of Dingus by Peter Briggs, Helen DeVitt Jones Curator of Art at the Museum of Texas Tech University, and essays about his work by Lucy Lippard, author of 23 books on art, politics, play and culture, and Shelley Armitage, professor emeritus a UT-El Paso and published widely on photography, the visual arts, and landscape.

Scheduled for release in the fall 2016, the book follows a solo retrospective exhibition at the Museum of TTU in spring of 2016 that will include more than 100 of Dingus’ artworks acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition, like the book, will include examples from the various projects Dingus has worked on from his earliest to his most current. Both the exhibition and book were supported in part by grants from the Helen Jones Foundation. Related to this, Dingus is editing a collection of related papers, negatives, and artworks for inclusion in the Artist Printmaker and Photographer Research Collection at the Museum of TTU and for the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at TTU.

STACY ELKO, associate professor in printmaking, had her intaglio print, Tower View, accepted for the Art at the Center 2015 Juried Exhibition in Overland Park, KS, April 3-June 13. June 10th -18th Elko participated in the Game Programming and Design Workshop through the Texas Tech T-Stem center, providing a 4-day programming workshop for and working with in the practicum camp setting. She had a solo exhibition titled Dreaming of Trees at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, TX, July 10-30. This exhibition featured paper sculptures that comment on the fragility of life, and the potential for long-term environmental devastation through global warming. They are constructed with flexible cane, handmade paper sealed to the cane and embellished with Moroccan henna symbols. They engender a mythos that projects fragility of existence with environmental collaboration for survival (http://www.fwcac.com/?exhibitions). She had an artist’s book accepted into The Book as Art v3.0: no jacket required, exhibition at the Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur Georgia, on view July 24th thru September 18th. In June Elko launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to support the production of Wander, a short film. The campaign successfully reached its goal in July. Wander is the visual narrative of a young women who finds herself alone. She begins a journey to discover others and as she wanders, she makes diary entries marveling at the detritus she finds at the end of the world.

JARRED ELROD was hired as a tenure track assistant professor in communication design this summer, to begin in August. Jarred’s MFA is from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research focuses on cross-discipline collaboration and investigation of graphic design process through long-term text + image based narrative. Recent exhibitions include I’m Sorry You’re Happy, a collaborative exhibition project with Mark Charney, Chair of the TTU School of Theatre and Dance. The exhibition as well as a workshop at the 2013 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) challenged young playwrights and designers to engage in similar collaborative style experiments to enhance their skills as writers and image makers. His exhibition Everything & Nothing was an experiment / examination of design process...manifesting formally as illustrations and an interactive installation using a Wii Mote hack to create a home-made touch panel interface of Google Maps on a 4' X 4' screen. He is a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

GHISLAINE FREMAUX, assistant professor in painting, had one painting selected into the 17th Annual Works on Paper exhibition juried by Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who selected sixty-nine works from over 960 art submissions. Ghi’s painting titled Agito [Conor] received 2nd Place. The exhibition was presented at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ, July 4th - 24th. (This painting was also accepted into another juried show entitled The Base Line: An Exhibition on Drawing at ARC Gallery in Chicago, but whose dates, June 24th through July 18th conflicted with the Long Beach Island Foundation exhibition.) She had a drawing titled Take published in Dialogist, Vol. II, Issue IV. She has a work selected into Fragments: The Art of Collage and Assemblage, juried by Robert-Jean Ray. Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA, July 29th - September 9th, and a work selected into Third Coast National 2015, juried by panel: Deborah Fullerton Dunn (Curator of Exhibitions, Art Museum of South Texas), Rich Gere (artist, international curator, administrator), Ken Rosier (ceramicist, notably collected by UNT, ASU, and OU; Chair of Dept. of Art and Drama at Del Mar) and presented at K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX, August 7th – September 18th.

ROBIN DRU GERMANY, associate professor in photography, was in a four-artist group exhibition titled Edge presented at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, OH in June 13 – July 31. The exhibition presented the four artists’ works as solo exhibitions, with each artist presented in a different gallery space in the Fitton Center.

SCOTTY HENSLER, assistant director of Landmark Arts, had a solo exhibition at Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, TX, July 1st – 31st.

JORGELINA ORFILA, Ph.D., associate professor in art history, presented a paper titled “Disney in the 1930s: Between High Art and Popular Culture” (co-authored with DR. FRANCISCO ORTEGA, associate professor in communication design) at the conference Bridges Across Cultures organized and hosted by The International Studies Institute of Florence, The Umbra Institute, and Washington & Jefferson College and held at The International Studies Institute Palazzo Rucellai and Palazzo Bargagli in Florence, Italy July 2nd – 5th.

DENNIS SCHMICKLE was hired as a tenure track assistant professor in communication design this summer. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, and MFA from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His current studio work is focused on how decoration, ornamentation, and pattern intersect with concepts of culture and identity. His hand-printed silkscreen concert posters for local and internationally touring bands have been featured in a number of exhibitions and publications. He recently represented the state of Oklahoma in the Four by Four 2014: Midwest Invitational at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. One artist was selected from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Dennis installed hand-printed wallpapers, as well as furniture with custom upholstery, featuring patterns designed to subvert common understanding of ornamental design. In October, he will present on his recent work at the National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

BRIAN STEELE, PhD, associate professor in art history, presented a refereed paper titled “Paolo Veronese’s Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine in Physical, Spiritual, and Liturgical Contexts” during The World of St. Francis of Assisi, conference in honor of Pope Francis organized by University of Portland, SUNY Geneseo, and Meredith College. The conference was held at the Siena School for the Liberal Arts, Siena, Italy July 16th – 20th.

SANG-MI YOO, associate professor in art, had a solo exhibition titled Capriccio presented at REDUX Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC from May 15 – June 13. Cappriccio (an architectural fantasy) focuses on the ideal home through prints, lasercut wool felts and their three-dimensional conversions. The reality of finding ideal home is explored through American norms. Yoo’s work is based on her childhood memories from South Korea and everyday encounters of standardized residential buildings, including her West Texas living experience. Like an animal’s camouflage, this homogeneity provided her with a means to blend into her neighborhood. Her installations of large-format prints and lasercuts are based upon patterns created from cookie-cutter homes found in Lubbock, Houston, and other global locations. The exhibition has been reviewed by the Charleston City Paper – read (here).

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