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Susan Kae Grant, Professor of Photography, will be receiving the Cornaro Award this Thursday, April 14, at 2:30pm, in Hubbard Hall TWU.
This is the highest award given to a faculty member and is a great honor. Ms. Grant is the first ever from Visual Arts to receive this award. All are invited to the awards ceremony. 

Susan Kae Grant, has work included in the exhibition
“Reading with the Senses” in the Roberts Gallery of the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
The opening reception March 24th and the exhibition runs from March 10 through April 17, 2016.

Susan Kae Grant, TWU Photography Professor of Art has work included in the exhibition
"Welcome: Page by Page” at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. 0
The show runs from February 20 through April 10 in Woodstock, New York.

Colby Parsons, TWU Professor of Ceramics, gave a presentation to the Visual Arts Society of Texas titled: Hybrid: Clay and Light, on Thursday, March 3, at 7:00pm, at the Greater Denton Arts Council, located at 400 E. Hickory Street. Colby currently has one of his video/sculpture artworks on display as part of this year's Materials Hard and Soft exhibition.

Professor Cory Stuckenbruck
, longtime TWU Visual Arts professor and mentor to many TWU students passed away on Sept. 7, 2015. Corky will be missed very much at TWU. She was a very energetic and devoted teacher to the students in the Department of Visual Arts. Please follow this link to a remembrance from her husband, Mark Smith. More Information.

Tanya Synar
and Julie McKendrick, TWU Faculty and Alumni, are featured artists in the exhibition co|action at 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas.  The exhibition is December 5-20, 2015.  Congratulations, Tanya and Julie!More Information.

Tanya Synar
, TWU Faculty and three sculpture students, will represent TWU at the Texas Atomic Iron Commission later this week.  They will conduct an iron-pour and demonstrate mold-making for the students of the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie, Texas.  Way to go, TWU faculty and students!

Colby Parsons, TWU Faculty, Vance Wingate, TWU Staff, were selected for Art in the Metroplex at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.  This year over 200 artists entered the competition and Juror Peter Doroshenko of the Dallas Contemporary selected 34 pieces of the 600 submitted.  The exhibition will run from October 9 - 30, 2015 with a reception to be held on October 9, from 6-9pm.  Congratulations, Colby and Vance!  More Information.

Congratulations Colby Parsons, TWU Faculty, for winning Best in Show in the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics!  The Zanesville Prize exhibition will be held at the Zanesville Museum of Art in Zanesville, Ohio, from September 25, 2015 through January 2, 2016.  More Information.
TWU 3D Printing and Fabrication students along with TWU faculty,

Colby Parsons,
will be operating a booth at the Denton Mini Makers Faire on Saturday, October 17, from 10am-5pm.  The booth will feature works from the spring semester's 3D Design class.  TWU students will also demonstrate the 3D printing process.  More Information.

Michelle Hays, Jana Perez, Susan kae Grant, TWU faculty and staff, were announced as 2015 American Inhouse Design Awards Winners.  More Info.  Congratulations Michelle, Jana, and Susan!

TWU Photography Professor, Susan kae Grant's "Night Journey" series is featured in the Barcelona based magazine, Dodho.

TWU Art Education Professor Dr. Diane C. Gregory has been awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Service Award for AET (Art Education Technology, a special interest group of the National Art Education Association. Congratulations Diane!

TWU Photography professor Susan kae Grant has seven pieces from "Night Journey" in the exhibition, "Unconscious Metaphors" at Walker Fine Art , in Denver, Colorado from March 20 - May 1, 2015 with an opening reception for the artists on March 20.  The exhibition features work by Susan kae Grant, Anne Arden McDonald, Bonnie Lhotka, and Aelda Zinn.

TWU Art History Professor Dr. John Calabrese and Graduate Student Angelia Ford are included in the 2015 Keller Texas Graphite Pencil Art Group Exhibit with four other artists.  The exhibition will be up from March 2 through the 26 and will have an Opening Reception Thursday, March 12 from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

TWU Sculpture Professor, Tanya Synar is included in a International Exchange Show entitled, TOKYO-LA-TEXAS at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.  Her work will be on display March 20 - March 28

TWU Sculpture professor Tanya Synar took her sculpture students to participate in the iron pour in Lubbock, TX for the Texas Sculpture Symposium.  There they participated and watched the process of pouring iron, in addition to enjoying the lectures and art at the symposium. [pictures]

TWU Gallery Coordinator Vance Wingate is having a solo exhibition at Gray Matters Gallery titled Ergo; Superergo / New Work by Vance Wingate. The opening reception is on February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. For more info...

The University Gallery at Texas A&M University-Commerce presents Edge: a Ceramic Sculpture Exhibtion featuring the work of TWU Ceramics Faculty, Colby Parsons.  The exhibition will be on display from January 20 through February 13 with a panel discussion at 4:00 and the opening reception from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday, January 27.


TWU Graphic Design professor Jana Perez and two Alumni, Angilee Wilkerson and Mary Kathryn Wimberly are included in the exhibition Levitas: A Photographic Investigation of Weightlessness.  The exhibition is at the Bath House Cultural Center from December 6 - January 31 with a reception on December 6th from 7-9pm. For more info..

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons and Graduate Ceramics student Anastasia Gabriel are included in the 500X Exhibition called Co Action.  The exhibition features artists and their mentors.  The opening reception is December 6th at 7pm and will be on display until January 4th.

TWU Photography faculty Susan kae Grant has 26 pieces from the "Night Journey" installation in the exhibition "Shadows of the Invisible" she also taught a lecture and gave an artists' talk at Oakland University prior to the opening reception.  The show runs from October 11 through November 23 in Oakland, Michigan.

TWU Gallery Coordinator Vance Wingate is having a solo exhibition at Pogue Art Gallery in Ada, Oklahoma.  The gallery is at East Central University and runs from October 20 to November 25.  Congratulations Vance!  For more information...

TWU Graphic Design Faculty Jana Perez has four of her collage pieces selected to be in the 16th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition at Upstream People Gallery and juried by Professor Larry Bradshaw.  For more information...

TWU Photography Faculty, Susan kae Grant's Shadow Portraits are included on TIME LightBox in the essay, "How the Past Shapes Modern Photography", curated by Deborah Willis, PhD, NYU, NYC. October 2, 2014.  Click here to read the article.

Gallery Coordinator Vance Wingate were accepted into the 2014 "Art in the Metroplex" Works by 33 North Texas artists have been accepted for juried exhibition, which will be on view October 3-30 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.  A reception for the artists will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. October 3 at the Arts Center.  An awards ceremony will follow a talk by juror Sara-Jayne Parsons at 6:30 p.m.

Jana Perez, TWU Assoc. Professor in Graphic Design, has work in an exhibition, 'Seascapes and Water' at Contemporary Gallery Online. She also had an article in the August 17th, Sunday Boston Globe, 'Sketch Artists Lead to More Crimes Solved'. Congratulations, Jana!

TWU Sculpture Faculty Colby Parsons currently has a solo exhibition up at the University Art Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. The show is titled "Semiotics" and will run from August 18 through September 26th. For more info...

Photography professor Susan kae Grant is included in an exhibition at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas, June 28 to July 26. The exhibition "Longitude/Latitude - Part 1" is an anniversary show for the gallery showcasing past and current works from the artists represented by Conduit. Congratulations Susan!

Danielle Khoury / TWU Adjunct Faculty - Photography, has her work featured on Light Leaked, an online photography journal. Congratulations Danielle!

Jana Perez / Graphic Design Faculty has an article, Ready or not; a new era of brand bravery, on the Chicago Reporter, in the June 9th edition.
Jana Perez / Graphic Design Faculty has an opinion piece published on She authored the piece, Words can hurt - in advertising and on the field,  with TWU Assistant Professor Mandy Golman. Congratulations Jana and Mandy!

Vance Wingate / Gallery Coordinator will be included in the Artspace 111: Regional Juried Exhibition, June 20 to August 15. There will be a reception on June 20th at the Artspace 111 Gallery in Fort Worth. The exhibition was juried by Andrea Karnes, curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Ron Tyler, former director of the Amon Carter Museum.
Dr. John Calabrese / Professor of Art History, will have work in the upcoming 2014 - 29th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition at the Irving Arts Center. The show will be May 7th to June 10th. For more information: Irving Arts Center TWU Photography Faculty Susan kae Grant is included in an exhibition "Women in Art & Academia" in the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University.  The show will be up from May 4 - July 13 and includes 13 Female Texas Artists from universities all over the state.

TWU Sculpture Faculty Tanya Synar visited Arizona State University March 19th and gave an artist talk about her installation works that involve cast metal, video and audio.  She also had the opportunity to give a sand molding demo during her visit.

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons has an exhibition entitled Convergence at the Living Arts Gallery in Tulsa, OK.  The work on display is a multimedia installation of video projections onto ceramic form.  The show will be up from April 4 to April 24 with an opening ceremony April 4 from 6-9.

TWU Graphic Design Faculty Jana Perez has work in the Pico House Gallery exhibition titled, From Her : An Exhibition by Women about Women. Perez's piece titled "housewifegiant" consists of collage, solvent transfer and colored pencil. The show will be on display from March 20 - April 6 with an opening reception and film screening Friday, March 21 from 6:00-9:00pm.

Photography faculty Susan Kae Grant will be recognized as the Society's Honored Educator at the 51st SPE National Conference for 2014.  Congratulations Susan!

Wichita Falls Museum of Art is hosting "Texas Sculpture Inside and Out", an invitational exhibition.The WFMA celebrates Texas sculptors through outdoor monumental sculptures, indoor sculpture and works on paper made by sculptors. TWU Sculpture Faculty Tanya Synar has work in the exhibition and on the cover of the show card. The exhibition will be on display from November 1, 2013 through February 22, 2014.

Chair of the TWU Department of Visual Arts , Michelle Hays, and Graphic Design Professor, Jana C. Perez are participating in The OpEd Project's 2014 "Public Voices Thought Leadership" program.  This is a national initiative to increase the number of women contributing to newspaper opinion columns, television and radio talk shows which are forums traditionally dominated by men.

TWU Ceramics Faculty Colby Parsons has a solo show at Brookhaven College in the Studio Gallery. Parsons' works consist of wall-mounted three dimensional ceramic sculpture with digital video projections.  The reception will be held January 30 from 6 to 8 pm.

Vance Wingate and Susan kae Grant are included in the 500X exhibition, "Creative Differences: 35 Years at 500X” This exhibition features a variety of media, including painting, photography, installation, assemblage, video, drawing, and performance by a selection of twenty-nine former members.  The show will be up from December 7, 2013 to January 5, 2014 with an Opening December 7 from 7-10pm.

Colby Parsons has work included in a group show "New Directions" at the Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA. His ceramic and video  mixed media work is featured in an article on

Susan kae Grant is co-juror for the exhibition "Tangibles: Beauty and Purpose in the Art of the Book", which will be on view September through November, 2013 at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, Arizona. See more information on the exhibition.  Photography faculty Susan kae Grant in a video interview for the Dallas Museum of Art. 
TWU Photography Faculty Susan kae Grant's work is included in the 2013 SPE South Central Members Exhibition. The exhibition is at the Galveston College Art Gallery from September 24 to October 24.

Susan Kae Grant - Photography Faculty Susan Kae Grant is featured on the cover of Adore Noir magazine "Issue 11" along with an 18 page featured article on her work. The issue is now available for download at


John Calabrese's works "Heart of the Matter", "Little Girl Lost", "Solar Wind", "The Magnetic Field (Concerto for Emily)" and "This Island Earth" have been selected for the “14th Annual Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition” presented by Upstream People Gallery. The exhibition will debut worldwide on November 1, 2012 at

Susan Kae Grant is on the cover and has several reproductions inside of this month's Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, Volume IV. For more information:

Dr. John Calabrese has had papers accepted at 5 conferences for the upcoming year. 'The Returning Vet and Film Noir: The Problematic' / Third International Conference on the Image, Poznan, Poland & Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 6-8, 2013; 'The Power of Art; How Art Objects and Artists Impact upon Characters, Scenes and Plots in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.' / Texas Association of Schools of Art Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, Oct. 11-14, 2012 & Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 6-8, 2013.;'A Pedagogy for Two Part Art History Studies Abroad Courses' / Fourth Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, Athens, Greece.'

An exhibition of works by Susan kae Grant titled, "Theatrical Worlds of the Whimsical and Tragic" opens at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas on September 8th and runs through October 6, 2012. For more information and directions to the gallery:

Tanya Synar's work will be featured in an outdoor sculpture installation in Abilene for their 32nd Outdoor Sculptour. The work will be at the Center for Contemporary Arts / 220 Cypress Street / Abilene, Texas for 2 years. For more information:

Asst. Professor Jana Perez and Adjunct Instructor Raul Varela presented research recently at the UCDA Design Education Summit held this year at Virginia Tech.

Perez and Varela lectured on "Curriculum that creates Designers of the Future", sharing program objectives, course projects and resulting student work that addressed the summit's topic of "Catch 22: being stuck between technology and design in the classroom". Among the ideas shared, TWU graphic design curriculum fosters "design thinking" through three main ideas: eliminating silos, fostering design leadership and creating interaction points.

Tanya Synar / Her work "Pangea" was selected for an exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary by curator Phillip King. The exhibition was May 31- August 20, 2012. The show is in conjunction with the conference, "Scale: A Gathering of Sculptors".

Dr. John Calabrese was accepted into the 500XPO 2012 at 500X Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The exhibition was juried by Aaron Parazette, nationally known artist from Houston, TX.

Professor Susan kae Grant interviewed online as the Featured Educator at

Professor Susan kae Grant is included in three upcoming group shows. One in Florida and two in China!
Contemporary Complexities / J. Johnson Gallery [website] / Jackson Beach, Florida / September 17 to November 5, 2011
Symbiosis / Curator: Susan Dooley / 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China / September 19-25, 2011
This exhibition includes the work of nine leading U.S. photographic educators and three of their students (from TWU are Ashley Whitt, Daniel Khoury and Elizabeth Claffey). [website]
Pictures Are Words Not Known / Curator: Sean Justice / The LiShui Museum of Photography, LiShui, China [website] / October 30 to December 30, 2011 Assistant Professor Jana Perez was awarded Second Prize by Ruth Fremson, the juror for Professional Women Photographer's International Call for Entry. The award includes $500, inclusion in a group show in Manhattan, an online gallery exhibition and inclusion in an article in PWP's Imprint Magazine. Ms. Perez's "Personify" was the artwork selected for the award. More information at




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