Faculty Research - Summer 2019

The faculty of Texas Tech School of Art are engaged in a vast variety of research projects. Faculty research helps faculty members stay abreast of their fields, keeps them at the forefront as leaders in their disciplines and helps them to better prepare students with up-to-date techniques and concepts. Faculty research trajectories often include personal explorations on topics developed over many years. Recently some faculty have been engaging in interdisciplinary research such as arts in medicine or arts in engineering

Carol Flueckiger, associate professor of art, supervised this summer's ART 5304 Art@Work: Environment & Sustainability Advanced Studio class at the Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. Built on last summer's INSPIRED Symposium, during summer 2019, Flueckiger, who serves on the Board of Elsewhere Studios, led an interdisciplinary group that consisted of her own independent study studio art graduate students, Sahar Fattahi and Mattie Hernandez, who were joined by Western Colorado University's Environment & Sustainability students Sam Liebl and Keriann Conroy. All participants met at the Elsewhere Studios artist residency for two group sessions in June, where the Texas Tech art students were living and working as artists-in-residence. For additional information about the summer program and Elsewhere Studios follow this link.

Ghi FremauxGhislaine Fremaux, assistant professor of painting, had a solo exhibition from August 17th - September 13th at the Mantle Art Space in San Antonio. Titled, Your Slippery Body: From Between My Fingers, the solo exhibition is the result of Fremaux having had two of her works juried into a group show at Mantle Art Space in 2018. Her work was named Best in Show that year and she received the solo exhibition slot for this year. 

Fremaux also had one of her large-scale nude drawings juried into the 11th Annual NUDE Exhibition presented at the  Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH in August. Her work was one of 20 works in the exhibition by 17 artists selected from an international pool of 468 entries.

Robly GloverRobly Glover, professor of jewelry design and metalsmithing,was one of the artists whose 2017 work titled Stop is included in the curated, international exhibition titled Connections at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Connections is the Renwick Gallery's dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions. The exhibition opened in April and is ongoing.  

Rina Little, Ph.D., associate professor in art education, conducted a week-long workshop at the Lynden Sculpture Garden from July 8-12 and July 31 on the theme Re+Stor+Ation and as part of her research agenda on place-based inquiry. Presented "Shifting, Shaping, and Sharing: Our Tale of an Alfombra Project in Antigua" for The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) in July. Earlier in May, she presented "A Museum and Its Education: Place-Making as Resistance" at the Fifteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Little continues co-editing Trends - The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association for the 2019 issue and is a member of Women's Caucus Committee to review NAEA Convention Proposals for 2020.

Maia Toteva, Ph.D., assistant professor of art appreciation, presented a paper titled "Teaching Art Across Modalities and Spaces: A Reinvented Model" during the Fourteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society held at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. The 3-day peer-reviewed international conference that meets at different locations around the world each year, convened June 19–21.

Von VenhuizenVon Venhuizen, associate professor of ceramics, had two ceramic works selected for the international curated exhibition Karl Martz and the Legacy of Indiana University Ceramics presented at the The Haan Museum of Indiana Art in Lafayette, Indiana May through July, 2019. Venhuizen was one of twenty-four artists chosen from around the world that have been a major influence in ceramics and having attended Indiana University.  The two pieces will be added to the museum's permanent collection.

Venhuizen also had artwork selected for the international exhibition titled Off Center presented  at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA April through May 2019 and the national exhibition titled Art of Clay presented at Mark Arts | Mary R. Koch Arts Center in Wichita, KS April through June 2019.

Dr. Lesley WolffLesley Wolff, PhD, incoming assistant professor of art history, is recipient of two prestigious research fellowships. In April and May 2020, Wolff has received a Tyson Scholar of American Art Fellowship to conduct research at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.  The fellowship will support work on her current book manuscript, "Hungry Eyes: Picturing Foodways and Indigeneity in Postrevolutionary Mexico." She will be utilizing the museum's collections to supplement the visual material in her book and further bolster her research on the transnational (US-Mexico) relationships among foodways in 20th century North American art. Wolff has also received a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment.  She will be a resident fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin during June and July 2020. The fellowship also supports work on her current book manuscript (see above). She will be utilizing the archive's special collections to further include primary texts, photographs, and artwork by key figures involved in 20th century Mexican art, such as Anita Brenner, Miguel Covarrubias, Diego Rivera, and Nickolas Muray. She is especially eager to draw out images and poetics related to foodways and to place these in the context of Mexican agriculture and consumption.  

Yoo - Forward Press

Sangmi Yoo, professor of printmaking,is one of ten artists included in the exhibition titled Forward Press: 21st Century Printmakingcurated by Susan J. Goldman and presented by the Printmaking Legacy Project® at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C., April 6-August 11, 2019.  Yoo also served as a panelist during the opening proceedings for the exhibition.