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Spring 2014 Speakers & Visiting Artists

Forrest Lesch-Middleton, ceramics artist, Petaluma, CA
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, January 23rd at 11:00 am in Art B-01
Ceramics Demo: Friday, January 24th at 5:00 PM at Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio at LHUCa
Reception for Artist: Friday, January 24th at 6:00 PM at SOA Satellite Gallery at CASP/LHUCA

Forrest Lesch-Middleton explores the effect of global influences from the craft traditions of many cultures through his ceramics practice. Using screen-printing techniques, he transfers patterns inspired by the history of the Silk Road onto straight-sided wet clay cylinders. These are then shaped into the vessels he makes. In this manner he is able to obtain an all-over pattern on his vessels. “By blending pattern, surface, and form,” says Lesch-Middleton, “my goal is to create work that simultaneously elicits a visceral and intellectual response, followed by a contemplation of the work as a whole.”

Forrest Lesch-Middleton has a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an MFA from Utah State University, Logan. In 2006 Lesch-Middleton started an artist-in-residence program and is the ceramics program director of the Sonoma Community Center. He also teaches at colleges in the Bay Area.

Wendy EarleJuror's Talk, Thursday, February 20th at 5:30 PM
JUROR : KATHY WINDROW, Director of the SMU-in-Oaxaca program and the SMU-in-Italy program and instructor in Theatre Design at SMU.

Kathy Windrow earned a BFA in studio art, an MFA in drawing and painting, and an MA in art history at SMU. Her artwork includes landscapes and paintings based on the Popol Vuh; drawings and installations often explore themes in pre-Columbian religion, Mexican folk art, and Los Días de los Muertos. She serves as staff on two excavations in Italy: SMU's Etruscan site in Tuscany and a University of Texas project studying the Roman Villa of Poppea at Oplontis. She has been nominated for Piper Professor three times and received the EFC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, as well as NISOD awards in 2004 and 2005.

Wendy EarleWendy Earle, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX.
Date: Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 PM, in Art B-01

Art Museum Careers: Skills and Paths
Good news: It's possible to use your art history degree in a successful career. Bad news: It's not easy. In this talk students will learn what they need to get their foot in the door and succeed in an art museum setting. Learn what resources are available, how to start developing your skills now, and the different paths you can follow. Wendy Earle, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Museum of the Southwest will walk you through the different careers you can have in a museum, and a typical roster of job duties once you're there.

Scott ThurmanScott Thurman, independent documentary film maker, Austin, TX
DATES/TIMES TBA: THE REVISIONARIES – screening of Thurman’s award winning film followed by Q&A.

In Austin, Texas, fifteen people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole. THE REVISIONARIES follows the rise and fall of some of the most controversial figures in American education through some of their most tumultuous intellectual battles.

Director Scott Thurman has a BFA in photography from Texas Tech School of Art, and a Master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from University of North Texas. He currently resides in Austin. He joins the faculty of Gordon College, Wenham, MA this fall in a tenure track position teaching documentary filmmaking.

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Exhibitions and visiting speakers programs at the School of Art are supported by generous grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation, both of Lubbock.  Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.