Texas Tech University


Texas Tech School of Art presents:
Artists of Summer I

LUBBOCK – Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents Artists of Summer I an exhibition of faculty artists teaching during the early summer program at the Lubbock campus. The exhibit will be on view at the Landmark Arts Studio Gallery, on the first floor of the TTU School of Art Building, from Friday, June 16 – Friday, July 21, 2017. A reception for the exhibition will be held from 4 to 6 PM on Thursday, June 22nd in the Art Building Foyer. 

Artists of Summer I features the work of instructors at the Texas Tech School of Art summer program held in Lubbock, Future Akins, Ed Check, John Garrott, Bob Rynearson, Von Venhuizen, and special guest artist Jude Schlotzhauer. The works presented in the exhibition demonstrate these instructors' experience and skill as artists and show the themes and techniques that contribute to their instructional philosophies and approaches in the classroom.

Ghi drawing

Future Akins teaches a Seminar in Art on Education and Identities. Akins is Associate Professor, Art Education and Visual Studies and MAE Program Coordinator at Texas Tech University. She earned her Master's of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at Texas Tech University. She is a practicing artist working with textiles and printmaking. Akins has been published and given presentations internationally. Her research both written and visually uses autobiographical story telling as an invitation to the transformative possibility of creative practice within contemporary social and political issues. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Texas as well as in Monterrey, Mexico and Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The Master of Art Education Capstone class is guided by Ed Check, Ph.D. Dr. Check is committed to empowering individuals and communities through art and education. Dr. Check earned his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Associate Professor, Art Education and Visual Studies at Texas Tech University. One of the first self-identified gay art educators in the US, Dr. Check co-founded the Caucus for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer Issues in the National Art Education Association. His recent art and research focuses on working-class, sexuality, and race issues. Currently he is co-developing a Worker's Museum in Manitowoc, WI.


John Garrot will instruct metalsmithing. He is the Department Chair for the Visual Arts Program at Allen High School, Allen, Texas and teaches in the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts and Jewelry Design Program. His jewelry and metalwork has been shown in national juried exhibitions and is widely published in contemporary books and periodicals. Garrot received an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 2005 and a BFA in Visual Studies from Texas Tech.


Bob Rynearson will teach glass blowing. Rynearson discovered glass blowing at Texas Tech in 1996 has practiced the art including operating a studio and returned to teaching art full time. In 1999, he opened a studio in Temple Texas named Ryno Glass. After putting art education on hold for ten years, Bob decided to close his shop and pursue a career as an art teacher in 2009. Today, Rynearson is on his eighth year as an art teacher at Midway Middle School. In 2012, after getting his Master of Art Education from Texas Tech, Rynearson started teaching glass blowing for Texas Tech at their Junction and Lubbock campuses.

Ceramics is taught by Von Venhuizen. Venhuizen has established a commendable reputation in architectural ceramics, production design, RAM Press methods, slip casting, mold making and wheel throwing, along with kiln design and construction. Since receiving his M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1996, Venhuizen has become a nationally and internationally exhibited artist in ceramics. Venhuizen's work has been included in over 100 juried, invitational and solo exhibitions since 1993. His ceramic works have been published in 12 books and periodicals and have been collected by private collectors, university collections, and museums.


Special Guest Artist Jude Schlotzhauer will conduct a summer workshop on glass kiln casting June 19th - 22nd. Her fused, cast and mixed media art work addresses the issues of spiritual journeys and references ritual and ancestral concerns of ancient cultures. Schlotzhauer earned her MFA in glass from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA (major in painting, minor in anthropology) from The American University. She maintains a balance between creating gallery pieces and architectural commissions. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Tacoma Art Museum (Washington state), Science Museum of VA, Dominion Resources, Capital One, Chesapeake Capitol Corp. (Federal Reserve bank), Communique Marketing, Clark Robbins Design/build, Children's Museum of Richmond, VA.

Summer gallery hours are in-effect for Landmark Arts at Texas Tech School of Art: Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily and closed weekends and University holidays. The TTU School of Art is located at 3010 18th Street (near the corner of 18th St. and Flint Ave). Paid parking is available in front of the building and on the 4th Floor of the Flint Avenue Parking Facility. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free.

Landmark Arts exhibitions and speaker programs in the Texas Tech University School of Art are made possible in part with a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered by the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.