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Rosa Maria Diaz, Senior Business Assistant at the Texas Tech University School of Art, ready to retire in May 2020May 31, 2020: The School of Art bids adieu to Rosa Maria Diaz, Senior Business Assistant, as she retires after 19 years at Texas Tech University. Coming from a successful career in the banking industry, Rosa Maria has managed our purchasing since 2013. She is excited to begin a new way of life, and plans to begin retirement by traveling to visit family members in several different states. Congratulations, Rosa Maria, and thank you for your service to the School of Art!

Mark Bond, Building Supervisor at the Texas Tech University School of Art, holds a skein of woolTwo hooked Navajo-churro wool rugs by Mark Bond, Building Supervisor at the Texas Tech University School of ArtMay 3, 2020: Mark Bond, Building Supervisor for the School of Art, has just been elected to the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Fiber Arts Center. His large hooked rugs in bright contemporary designs, created from Navajo-churro wool that he spins himself, have won awards at juried shows in Santa Fe, Taos, and nationally. Mark hopes to use his experience and inclusive point of view to expand the concept of NMFAC to connect all forms of fiber arts within the state.

Still from A COVID Day, short film by Francisco Ortega

Watch A COVID Day: This short film by Francisco Ortega, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, is competing in an international Quarantine Film Challenge sponsored by Miniboxoffice. Four individuals, each immersed in their own preferred pastimes, suddenly find an old and unorthodox way of communicating among each other during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Ortega conceived the idea for the film during a research-related visit to Denmark, when he found himself stranded in the city of Viborg due to the mandatory lockdown and started imagining funny characters on his window. Using whiteboard and permanent markers, black construction paper and sticky putty along with video production software, Ortega created all components of the film including the unusual voices. Click on the image above to watch the film!

April 2020: Art Workers against the Virus: Making Protective Gear: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some School of Art students, staff and faculty are using their creative talents to produce masks for local hospitals and the general Lubbock community.

Isiah Hernandez, undergraduate student in the Texas Tech University School of Art, uses a sewing machine to sew masks during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

Those who are making masks include undergraduate students Isiah Hernandez (above), Angela Haislip, and Allison Ling; graduate student Jessica Lambert (MFA, Sculpture); staff member Victoria Shields (Woodshop Supervisor); Assistant Professor of Sculpture Cody Arnall, and Adjunct Instructor of Art Shannon Cannings (below). Many thanks to all who are offering their time, skills, and support to this venture!

Shannon Cannings, Adjunct Professor of Art at the Texas Tech University School of Art, shown sewing a mask, and the completed mask

Selected work from William Cannings' solo exhibition Cross-Section: A Decade of Work

April 11, 2020: The work of William Cannings, Associate Professor of Sculpture, is being featured in one of Glasstire's Top Five "Five-Minute Tours" for this week. The video tour features Cannings' solo exhibition Cross Section, A Decade of Work, currently on view at the McCormick Gallery in the Allison Fine Arts Building at Midland College, Midland, Texas during March-April 2020. The exhibition showcases a selection of Cannings' inflated steel sculptures in bright colors, some displaying the effect of high air pressure bursting the welded metal seams.

March 30, 2020: Dr. Rina Little, Associate Professor of Art Education, was selected as a Raider Who Rocks for 2020! Dr. Little has been nominated for the Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes, have assisted others, or have overcome obstacles to impact an organization or department. Nominees for this award display a positive attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to help others achieve excellence. In lieu of a banquet this year, the nominees will be honored on the Raiders Who Rock website and on social media, and the top nominee from each category will receive a special award.

Caroline Doherty's exhibition Ruse de Guerre at the CO-OPt Research + Projects Gallery in Lubbock, TexasMarch 26, 2020: Congratulations to Cody Arnall, Assistant Professor of Sculpture; Aaron Hegert, Assistant Professor of Photography; and Heather Warren-Crow, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, along with J. Eric Simpson, School of Art alumnus, and Seth Warren-Crow, Associate Professor of Sound Design at the School of Theatre and Dance. Their exhibition of Caroline Doherty's Ruse de Guerre at the CO-OPt: Research + Projects Gallery was selected as one of Glasstire's Top Five "Five-Minute Tours" for the week of March 26-April 2, 2020.

Also selected for Glasstire's Top Five was Cody Arnall's solo exhibition Who's Got a Price on Their Head at the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery at the University of Texas Permian Basin in Odessa.

Works from the series, Shallow Learning (2018) by Aaron Hegert, Assistant Professor of Photography at the Texas Tech University School of Art, shown at the exhibition When Images Collide in the Biennale für Fotografie at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany, February 29-April 26, 2020February 29-April 26, 2020: The work of Aaron Hegert, Assistant Professor in Photography, is being featured in the international exhibition Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie: The Lives and Loves of Images. The exhibition opened simultaneously at the main exhibition halls in three cities in Germany, and has since moved to an online format providing virtual tours. Hegert's work, displayed in When Images Collide at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, is from his series Shallow Learning (2018). Hegert fed images of earlier works that he had never previously exhibited or published into Google Image Search; the exhibition shows the results of Google's algorithm and questions how the images themselves might view the world.

Still from Scary Stories, student animation video created at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech UniversiteJanuary 18, 2020: Associate Professors Jorgelina Orfila (Art History) and Francisco Ortega (Graphic Design) are conducting a series of free workshops in stop-motion animation at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research. Titled Animation-Making as Therapeutic Practice, the workshops introduce children and teenagers diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to animation materials and equipment; timing, sequencing and movement; and sound-image synchronization. Participants will create their own storyboards and produce a short, one-minute animation. Graduate researchers Melissa Kimball, M.A. student in Art History, and Jose Ardivilla, Ph.D. student in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program, will be assisting with the series.

Cover of CraftForms 2019 exhibition catalog, featuring the work of Emily Gomez, BFA student at the Texas Tech University School of Art. Cover photo was taken by Rob Glover, Professor of Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.

December 13, 2019: Emily Gomez, BFA student in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, had her work featured on the cover of the CraftForms 2019 exhibition catalog. This international juried exhibition is one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary fine crafts; the juror this year was Jane Milosch, Founder and Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative. The cover photo of Emily's work was taken by Rob Glover, Professor of Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.

December 12, 2019: Congratulations to Kate Peaslee, Instructor of Art Appreciation, who received a Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship to attend the 12th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech in February 2020. Later in the year, Kate will give a workshop or poster presentation at the John M. Burns Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, sponsored by the TTU Teaching Academy and the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC).

Triptych of works by Robert "Boomer" Moore, Associate Professor of Ceramics at West Virginia University School of Art and Design

November 5-10, 2019: Robert "Boomer" Moore, Associate Professor of Ceramics at West Virginia University School of Art & Design, visited the School of Art as part of the Big XII Faculty Fellowship Program at Texas Tech University. Professor Moore used our state-of-the-art facilities in the Art 3D Annex to research low-fire wood and low-fire salt kiln firings.

Watercolor workshop at Texas Tech University School of Art's Open House, March 2019October 5, 2019: The School of Art welcomed a record number of high school students, teachers, parents and community members to our 13th Annual Fall Open House! Events included a hands-on watercolor workshop, painting demonstration, tours of our printmaking, jewelry/metals, ceramics and sculpture areas; art exhibits; and informational sessions on art history and careers in the arts. School of Art studio faculty conducted portfolio reviews and discussed potential students' interest in our program, while current MFA students assisted with lab tours and demos. The Annual Spring Open House will be held on March 6, 2020. For information on bringing a class to one of our Open House events, please email

Texas Tech University School of Art Annual Advisor Luncheon 2019 invitationSeptember 24, 2019: The School of Art hosted the 2019 Annual Advisor Luncheon in Art Conference Room 102 and the adjacent Landmark Arts Galleries. Advisors university-wide were invited to visit the School of Art for lunch and to view the current art displayed in the building, including the second MFA in Studio Art Student Exhibition and undergraduate works in the South Gallery. Interim director Robin Dru Germany welcomed the attendees while SOA advisor Linda Rumbelow provided handouts with specifics of our program areas, such as minor requirements and courses available without prerequisites. SOA faculty were available to talk with advisors and answer questions.

APES 2019 Animation and Public Engagement SymposiumSeptember 19th-21st, 2019: APES 2019, the Sixth Annual Animation & Public Engagement Symposium, took place at the TTU Student Union Building. Thirty-eight international presenters covered topics including documentary animations on Holocaust survivors and veterans, animation for teaching astronomy, VR in healthcare environments, and experimental animation. Associate professors Jorgelina Orfila (art history) and Francisco Ortega (graphic design) organized this first U.S. occurrence of the symposium; other participants included Stacy Elko, associate professor of printmaking; Heather Warren-Crow, associate professor of interdisciplinary arts; and Melissa Kimball, M.A. student in art history. Several School of Art students provided assistance with greeting and transporting attendees, as well as shooting photos and videos of the sessions: Jose Ardivilla, Raha Shojaei, and Ahmad Rafiei (Ph.D. fine arts); Melissa Kimball (M.A. art history); Andrew Lawson (M.F.A. painting); Ricki Castanieto (B.A. art history); Kaiti Fortenberry and Sage Scrimshire (B.A. art history/B.F.A. painting). 

Texas Tech University School of Art building banners Fall 2019 with Landmark Arts student assistants Marian Herring and Ricki CastanietoSeptember 3, 2019: New Banners at the Art Building! Designed by Dirk Fowler, associate professor of graphic design, the banners create a new, exciting look for the Art Building and highlight our current events and exhibitions. Scotty Hensler, assistant director of Landmark Arts Exhibition & Speaker Programs, installed the banners with the help of student assistants Ricki Castanieto and Marian Herring. The banners were printed on 24" by 72" vinyl by the College of Architecture Print Bureau, and mounted on posts produced by Engineering Services in the TTU Operations Division.

Indigeneity dinner hosted by Joe Arredondo director of Landmark Arts galleries Texas Tech University School of ArtAugust 3, 2019: Landmark Arts Director Joe Arredondo hosted an 8-plate tasting dinner, with ingredients consisting of indigenous and local plants (some considered weeds) for twenty signed-up guests. It was held in the School of Art's Satellite Gallery at CASP and was part II of the First Friday exhibition titled "A Taste of Indigeneity" that Arredondo researched and presented. CASP Artist in Residence J. Eric Simpson, who concurrently presented an exhibition titled "In the Weeds" at CASP Studio 1, assisted in the meal preparation. Highlights of the evening's menu were the steamed pigweed greens (amaranth) with hominy, and the squash blossom and yucca blossom quesadilla on a mesquite bean flour tortilla.

July 15, 2019: Congratulations to Cody Arnall, assistant professor of sculpture, who received a 2020 Helen Jones Foundation Grant in the amount of $33,000 to support new technology expansion in the 3D Art Annex. Grant funds will apply beginning January 2020.

July 10, 2019: Congratulations to Aaron Hegert, assistant professor of photography, who received a City of Lubbock 2019 Cultural Arts Grant in the amount of $3,250 to support this October's regional Society of Photographic Educators Conference titled With as Many People as Possible! Funds will support guest artist keynote speakers during the October 11-12 conference.

Tina FuentesMay 31, 2019: School of Art hosted a Retirement Reception in honor of Tina Fuentes who retired from School of Art after 33 years of service. The reception was held in the home of alumni and supporters Kris & Sarah Kincaid. To recognize and honor Tina's many years of service mentoring students, contributing to their success, and the success of the School of Art and the Lubbock art community, the School of Art and J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts have embarked on an initiative to create a fellowship endowment in her name to support future artists. Make a secure online contribution, or send a check by mail to the School of Art.

College FactualJanuary 21, 2019: The accredited degree program in the School of Art (Fine & Studio Arts) at Texas Tech University has been ranked as a "Best Value for the Money" in the annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual