Texas Tech University

Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards

Patrick Hutchison

April 9, 2021

Texas Tech University, Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts

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The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) is committed to fostering excellence in all aspects of scholarly, creative, and artistic endeavors. From groundbreaking research to trendsetting excellence in performance and exhibition, our faculty are recognized pacesetters throughout the global arts community. To support our faculty members' pursuit of excellence in their scholarly, creative, and artistic agendas, we have created the TCVPA Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards (RCAA)—a broad internal funding opportunity that provides financial support to the college's faculty as they continue high-level work in their fields of practice and study.

RCAA - Award Recipients (Up to $5,000)
Annie Chalex-Boyle: Dr. Chalex-Boyle and the Durations Trio (Chalex-Boyle; Kevin Wass; Susan Wass) will collaborate with TTU Music Composition students and the TTU Public Art collection to commission, perform, and record on-site new works inspired by pieces of the Public Art Collection. 
David Dees: Mr. Dees and collaborator Dr. Nataliya Sukhina, Assistant Professor of Practice in Collaborative Piano, in partnership with two nationally-recognized quartets of current and former TTU students —Aruna and Mirasol—will record and publish an album of significant selections from the solo and ensemble saxophone literature.  
Robin Germany: Professor Germany will visit and photograph sites along the Gulf Coast of the United States in an exploration of the complex web of interactions between the human and natural worlds. She will also exhibit and publish selections from these photographs.
Rebecca Wascoe Hays: Dr. Hays, with Dr. Jeffrey Peterson (Baylor University), will record and publish an album consisting of world-premiere recordings of vocal music by French composer Charles-Marie Widor. 
Michael Mixtacki: Professor Mixtacki will publish and distribute a percussion methods book highlighting concepts and techniques from Afro-Cuban percussion performance genres. 
Kim Walker: Professor Walker will record and film a performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's In Freundshaft based on notes and materials from the composer himself, as well as create a documentary following the creative and performance processes. 
Lesley Wolff: Dr. Wolff will curate a multilingual traveling exhibition, The Kingdom of This World, Reimagined, with artists and scholars from universities across the United States, including Dudley Alexis, Chesley Antoinette, Simryn Gill, Leah Gordon, and others. She will also work with Haitian cultural partners to build new connections between Texas Tech and Haiti. 

RCAA - Award Recipients (over $5,000)
Peter Fischer: Dr. Fischer and Dr. Ali Duffy, together with an interdisciplinary team of dancers, choreographers, musicians, and media artists, will compose and bring to life Evolution of Gaia, an evening-length work of original dance and music on themes of motherhood and womanhood as they relate to the Earth's own cycles of birth, destruction, and regeneration. 
Jorgelina Orfila: Dr. Orfila, with Dr. Francisco Ortega, will lead the Animation-Making Workshops series—the group's own established artistic outreach tool—in its implementation through the Juvenile Justice Program of the State of Texas. 
Andy Stetson: Dr. Stetson and his studio, in collaboration with the music advocacy organization Diversify the Stand, will commission, record, and share new works from composers of underrepresented backgrounds in a major effort to address artistic inclusivity deficits. 
Maia Toteva: Dr. Toteva and an interdisciplinary team of artists and researchers—including Gediminas Gasparaviclus (University of Akron) and Tom Williams (Belmont University)—will publish a series of podcast episodes examining the crossroads of political and artistic discourse and subversion. 
Sangmi Yoo: Dr. Yoo will create a major series of artworks intended for exhibition and as a catalyst for a new study-abroad program in the Caribbean, with an emphasis on environmental and botanical illustration. 
The application cycle for both awards opens each Fall term on September 15 and closes on November 15.