Texas Tech University

Race & Social Justice in the Arts Speakers' Series

Alayna N. Pernell: Our Mothers' Gardens
Friday, October 8, 2021 (click to view recorded presentation here).

Alayna N PernellAfrican American photographer Alayna N. Pernell utilizes archived photographs of Black women and the language of vernacular images in her photo series Our Mother's Garden to bring to light the loss of identity throughout Black history and the negative impact it continues to have. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Lecturer in the Art & Design Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Her photographs from the Our Mothers' Gardens series will be on display in the Art Building SRO Photo Gallery through October 31st.

Mizin Shin - Spoken and Seen: UseYourVoice #StopAsianHate
Friday, October 22, 2021 (click to view the presentation here).

Mizin ShinMizin Shin's work has been shown nationally and internationally at institutions across the United States, the UK, Spain, and South Korea. Leading numerous printmaking workshops with a number of art organizations, Shin focuses on both traditional and contemporary printmaking practices to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the medium. Mizin Shin is a co-founder of Mirabo Press in Buffalo, NY, vice president of the Print Club of Rochester, and a board member of the Mid America Print Council.  

Born and raised in South Korea, Shin graduated from Hong-ik University with a B.F.A in Printmaking and received her M.F.A from SUNY at Buffalo. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rochester.

Suzy González - Mestiza Media
Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM via Zoom (register for webinar link here)

Suzy González Suzy González will discuss art and activism, interculturality, and dismantling social constructs in relation to her painting, self-publishing, and public art practices. She defines “mestiza media” as the method of working with materials from the region(s) of one's ancestors, and she asks what it means to decolonize art and consumption. Through material collaboration and connecting with the earth, her work carries with it a desire for compassion, solidarity, and healing.

Suzy González is an artist, curator, and zinester based in Yanaguana, aka San Antonio, TX. Most recently, she's had a solo exhibit at Spellerberg Projects, a two-person exhibit at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, she completed murals at the San Antonio Museum of Art and Herweck's Art Supply, and exhibited at Museo de las Americas and Mexic-Arte Museum. Suzy co-organizes the San Anto Zine Fest and is a member of Dos Mestizx and Breathe Collective. Suzy holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Texas State University.

School of Art hosted a printmaking workshop with Shin on Wednesday, October 13th at the Charles Adams Studio Project Print Studio. A short video of the session can be viewed HERE.

Fall 2021 Speakers' Series

Lenka Clayton: “An hour of your life you won't get back”
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM via zoom (click here to receive link.)

Lenka Clayton
Photo: Tom Little, 63 Objects Taken From My Son's Mouth (2013)

Lenka Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist and also the founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood. Clayton's Motherhood mentorship program shows very successfully how one can blend the two identities of being an “artist” and also a “teacher.” This presentation will focus on “motherhood,” encouraging artists and the like to think beyond the limitations typically set by academia and to see other possibilities.

Lenka Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist. She is also the founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood and co-founder of Gallery Closed. Recent work has been shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, PA; and The Guggenheim Museum, NY. Clayton's work has been supported by The Warhol Foundation and The NEA. She has received an Art Matters Award, a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement, and a Creative Development Grant from Heinz. She has been artist-in-residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum and Headlands in California. Clayton's work is held in public collections including SFMoMA, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Click for roster of presentations; dates & times.

Texas Painting Symposium 
Lubbock September 2-4, 2021

Texas Painting Symposium

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 through the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.