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ABOUT US: Annual Report 20092010

Faculty Accomplishments

As student successes reflect (refer to student accomplishments), the nineteen full-time and five part-time faculty, representing the areas of studio, and art history, have performed their teaching responsibilities with energy and dedication. Related to, yet apart from teaching priorities are the personal professional pursuits of individual faculty members.

During this past year, departmental faculty have displayed work in 18 international juried exhibitions, 17 national juried exhibitions, 7 regional juried exhibitions, 32 invitational, 8 solo exhibitions, and 18 commissions. The studio and art history faculty have collectively published 24 articles (including reviews of studio work and peer-reviewed scholarship), published 2 books, and have 2 under contract. Faculty have presented 13 workshops and 8 special lectures, served as jurors of 6 exhibitions, attended 13 conferences, and received 35 awards and/or grants. Two (2) faculty were granted sabbaticals.

Guest Artists & Scholars

At various times throughout the year twenty-three (23) artists/scholars, recognized for proficiency in their respective fields of studio art or art history, were brought to campus to present workshops and/or lectures to students and interested public.

Student Accomplishments

Students taking courses in the Department of Art during this period numbered 2142. One hundred ninety-three (193) majors worked toward B.F.A. and B.A. degrees. Fifty-five (55) majors were graduated. It is gratifying to note that 134 students, taking courses in sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design and fibers, received awards and recognition for work shown in juried competitions. Seventeen (17) students entered graduate programs.

Martin Museum of Art/University Art Gallery Presentations

6,064 visitors viewed the following ten exhibitions displayed in the Martin Museum.
  • Selections From the Permanent Collection, May 2009
  • Lee Edwards, September 2009
  • Willie Ray Parish, September 2009
  • Rudy Pozzatti, September 2009
  • Contemporary Quilt Invitational, October 2009
  • Yih-Wen Kuo, October 2009
  • John McClanahan, January 2010
  • 20th National Print, January 2010
  • Art Student Exhibition, March 2010
  • Faculty Exhibition, March 2010

Allbritton Art Institute Initiatives

The Allbritton Art Institute, now in its twelfth year as an integral part of the Department of Art program, was responsible for several undertakings and activities, which, without its support, would not have been possible.
  • The Institute sponsored seven field trips: to Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Venice, Italy. One hundred three (103) students studying within the framework of the Institute, participated in these activities.
  • Klaas Hofstra, Professional Actor, presented one-person performance, Letters from Vincent, November, 2009.
  • Dr. Susan Rather, University of Texas, Austin, gave a lecture on American Art, January, 2010.
  • In April, Art Historian/Philosopher at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, Dr. David Carrier, presented the twelfth Annual Allbritton Lecture: Kant and Modernism.
  • Jaclin Stinus was awarded the AAI scholarship.
In conclusion, this review of recent achievements pleases me greatly. The Department of Art is fortunate to have a faculty that cooperates to further the missions of the Department and the University. Students are encouraged to build character and to develop initiative and a competitive spirit. Following graduation, they represent this Institution well.

The successes noted here would not be possible without the approval and support of the administration. For all of this, I remain most grateful. - John D. McClanahan