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Faculty Research & Accomplishments

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Faculty at the Texas Tech School of Art are engaged in a vast variety of research projects. 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. Additionally, faculty have been engaging in interdisciplinary research such as arts in medicine and arts in engineering. Some of those collaborative projects are reported on the Art Making Links webpage.

Dr. Maia Toteva receives Faculty Award from Alumni Association.

Maia TotevaDr. Maia Toteva, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Art Appreciation program, was one of seven New Faculty Award honorees who were recognized during a luncheon on March 30, 2022 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

The awards are presented by the Texas Tech Alumni Association to faculty who have four years, or fewer, of service at the university and who have earned distinction for dedicated service to Texas Tech.The dean of each of these academic units designates the recipient of the award, which carries with it a certificate and an honorarium funded by the TTAA.

In addition, in 2021-22 Dr. Toteva has received five grants (2 Scholarship Catalyst Awards and an Open Access Publication Initiative Grant provided by OR&I, a 2022-2023 Alumni College Fellowship awarded by the Humanities Center and a 2021-2022 Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award-Black granted by TCVPA) as well as presented 6 papers and chaired 7 sessions at 6 international conferences and world congresses.  In Fall 2021-Spring 2022, she published two peer reviewed articles and signed two book contracts. 

[Posted: 2022 Apr 11]
TTAA New Faculty Awardees
2022 Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Awardees; Dr. Toteva shown third from the left.

Last weekend to see Sangmi Yoo's Tides of Resilience in Texas City.

Sangmi Yoo installation
Installation image of Sangmi Yoo's “Tides of Resilience” at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery.

This will be the last weekend to see Professor of Printmaking Sangmi Yoo's solo exhibition Tides of Resilience at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery in Texas City. The exhibition dates are January 18 – February 16, 2022. Korean-born artist, Sangmi Yoo, exhibits prints and illustrations based on iconic images created through personal memory, simulating the perception and memory from a collective experience.

The exhibition was selected Top Five: February 10, 2022 by Glasstire.com.

Prints from the Tides of Resilience series by Sangmi Yoo is also on view at the NorthPark Center in Dallas from January 18 – March 15, 2022.

[Posted: 2022 February 10]

William Cannings selected for Houston Hobby Airport artwork commission.

Cannings Hobby Airport
Digital mockup, by Shannon Cannings, of William's steel clouds to be installed at Houston Hobby Airport in May 2022.

William Cannings, associate professor of sculpture, has been selected to install an artwork consisting near Gate 50 of the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. The installation will consist of 30 inflated steel "clouds". Three styles of cloud forms that will be hung at Gate 50. There will be 10 of each.  The installation site is 30 x 40 feet with the cloud forms hung between 12 -16 feet from the floor. The cloud forms dimensions are: 24 x 36 x 12 inches, finished in pearlized urethane paints. Slightly different colors from one another include silver-white, platinum, and snow-white.

Cannings cloud

The art installation competition was spearheaded by the city of Houston to increase public art in specific sites throughout the city. Roughly 380 artists submitted proposals for the sites at Houston Hobby and George Bush International Airports.  Thirty finalists were invited to create proposals for the installation sites at the airports. Cannings is one of ten artists who were selected to produce permanent installations.The project will be completed May 2022.

[Posted: 2022 Feb 3]

Aaron Hegert included in International Center for Photography Exhibition.

Aaron Hegert in exhibition

A new century long survey of photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, A Trillion Sunsets: A Century of Image Overload, looks at our worries and compulsive fascination with the proliferation of photographic images. From internet memes, to collage and image appropriation, to art made by algorithms, A Trillion Sunsets offers powerful insights and new perspectives on our love-hate relationship with images, highlighting unlikely parallels and connections across decades. School of Art assistant professor of photography Aaron Hegert is featured alongside other contemporary artists and works from the permanent collection including Hannah Höch, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Richard Prince, and many more. Exhibition January 28 through May 2, 2022.

[Posted: 2022 Feb 01]

Ghi Fremaux exhibits at ARC Gallery in Chicago.

qui vive Fremaux
qui vive (2020) oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches.

Associate Professor of Painting Ghislaine Fremaux's work, qui vive, was selected for inclusion in BODY POLITICS at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL (January 6-29, 2022). Juried by interdisciplinary artist Ginny Sykes, the exhibition assembles works from 35 artists. They collectively address notions of bodily autonomy such as consent, reproductive rights, and domestic violence. ARC Gallery, established in 1973, is one of the first and longest-running women's cooperative galleries in the country. Fremaux's work sold to a private collector.

[Posted: 2022 Jan 10]

Carla Tedeschi wins Gold at 2021 Davey Award Competition.

Carla Tedeschi

David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock – the sort of thing small agencies do each year. The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the “Creative Davids” who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.The 2021 Davey Award Competition, presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts based in Ashland, KY,  recognized the best small shops worldwide in web, design, video, advertising, mobile, social, branded, virtual, remote, and podcasts. Carla Tedeschi, associate professor of graphic design, received Gold awards for three poster designs for Moonlight Musicals.

[Posted: 2021 Dec 21]

Aaron Hegert featured in popular Korean Photo Magazine VOSTOK.

Hegert is VOSTOK

Aaron Hegert, assistant professor of photography, had work published in VOSTOK Magazine: Visual ASMR (published fall 2021 in Seoul, Korea) is a contemporary art photography magazine special issue that asks "How does the now-here image live? This is a special issue that explores today's visual landscapes, from photography to photography-like graphics to graphics-like pictures. These days, online and social media, we routinely encounter images in which the distinction between photos and graphics is ambiguous. You can meet various photographic works related to the contemporary visual phenomenon, in which photographs and graphics are mixed and resemble each other, and critical essays by eight critics who analyzed these images."

[Posted: 2021 Nov 11]

Ghislaine Fremaux completes one-month residency at Anderson Center. 

Ghislaine Fremaux, associate professor of painting, and her collaborator, Lando Valdez, were artists-in-residence at the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, MN, for the month of October 2021. There, they developed a series of large-scale drawings examining grief, desire, and the medicalized subject. They took part in Anderson Center programming, such as a reading by 22nd United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. Their studio investigations were supported and strengthened by the dialogue of their fellow residents, poet Preeti Kaur Rajpal and novelist Karen Smyte. Fremaux and Valdez plan to exhibit their new work in Lubbock in 2022.

[Posted: 2021 Nov 01]

Sangmi Yoo presents solo exhibition in TTU System Admin Building. 

Sangmi Yoo

Sangmi Yoo, professor of printmaking has a solo exhibition of her printmaking work in the TTU System Administartio Building from August 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022.  Yoo's prints and installations are based on iconic images that are created through personal memory, simulating the perception and memory from a collective experience. She has developed an interest in tract homes combined with botanical elements found in public gardens, using the format of layered hand-cut and lasercut prints. She is interested in the juncture of private space and public built environments, such as Botanic Gardens, stereotypical public places in the US and its territories, such as Puerto Rico. Cultural representations of botanic gardens are interesting and problematic as they embody many different histories and colonial perspectives still residing in our everyday life. She used constructed paper panels, laser-cuts felts and various digital, traditional and post-digital printmaking techniques. The visual forms in this exhibition are derived from Dazzle (disruptive) camouflage patterns used in war ships during World War I. Dazzle ship camouflage used in World War I by a British marine artist, Norman Wilkinson, makes it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed, and heading. With the pandemic and the everchanging political climate in global relationships in recent years, these patterns resonate the interferences and intersections being part of this tension. By means of these choices, seeks to create a sense of fragility in memories and in illusions of the world we believe while overcoming it through resilience. The overlayed patterns and paper cuts create optical illusions through the cast shadows of the original shapes, which compares the notion of ideal place as a tangible subject to illusion.

[Posted: 2021 Sept 01]