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School of Art Program Support Endowments

DeVitt Endowment for Fine Arts
Created in 1950 by The CH Foundation to provide academic support for the fine arts departments at Texas Tech University, including the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre & Dance.

Captain Paul E. Marion Art Endowment
Created in 2001 in memory of Captain Paul Marion by his family, to support the "flexibility to fund programs, projects, or activities that will enhance art students' experiences."

Ryla T. & John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts
This endowment was established in 1995 by John Lott in memory of his wife Ryla to provide greater opportunities to School of Art students and faculty and help make possible a wonderful fine arts resource that will bring additional cultural opportunities to the department and to the community through the following: visiting artists, scholars and critics, to include activities such as lectures, seminars, workshops, critiques and exhibitions. Exchanges of knowledge and personal contacts facilitated by the Ryla T. and John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts will benefit both faculty and students. All programs will emphasize maximum public contact and participation in lectures and other activities.

Each year this fund supports two major projects or programs with $5,000 each. Lott Endowment funds have also been used to support exhibitions at the downtown Satellite Gallery at CASP, taking advantage of the hundreds of persons from the Lubbock community who come out each month to see the exhibitions of current faculty and student research and creative projects. Recent Lott Fund supported projects or programs include:

  • BP5 Symposium in conjunction with Beyond Print Making 5: 2017 National Exhibition (spring 2017)
  • Torkwase Dyson artist in residency in conjunction with her solo-exhibition Hiding in Plane Site (spring 2017)
  • JOINT: Poetry-Video Collaboration (spring 2016)
  • Arts Practice Research/TASA Conference, Keynote Speaker: Nick Cave (fall 2015)
  • Art After Drought: The Politics of Representation in the Time of Climate Change (spring 2015)
  • 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium (spring 2015)
  • LINE UP: Pattern-Type-Taxonomy, exhibition in collaboration with the 46th Annual Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium (spring 2014)
  • Sight Line: A Photography/Poetry Collaboration (spring 2013)
  • Cone 2012: Texas Woodfire Symposium (spring 2012)
  • Landscape as Knowledge – A yearlong conversation (fall 2010; spring 2011),
  • Jonatan Luna and the Beehive Collective (spring 2010),
  • James Elkins, Chadbourne Professor & Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (fall 2009)
  • David Taylor as a keynote speaker at the Comparative Literature Conference and SRO artist (spring 2009)
  • Speakers for the EMIT Conference and Death & Memory Exhibition (fall 2008)
  • Elizabeth Wells residency (fall 2007),
  • ¿Y Qué? exhibition panel discussion and Out in the Mainstream exhibition at LHUCA (fall 2007),
  • Ron Nagle artist-in residency and publication support in conjunction with an exhibition of his work at the Buddy Holly Center,
  • Pinhole Camera Workshop visiting artists, and the camera obscura project in conjunction with the Through the Oatmeal Box exhibition in Landmark Gallery,
  • Michael Kabotie, Hopi artist, two-week artist-in-residency,
  • The Colorprint 2004 Symposium organized by Lynwood Kreneck,
  • Speakers and publication support in association with Crafts, Etc: Contemporary Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing exhibition curated by Robly Glover at the Buddy Holly Center.