Nationally Recognized Artists to take part in Junction Summer Art Program

Future Akins-Tillett said students will gain a more diverse viewpoints for criticism while allowing them to observe the working style of master artists.

Several nationally known artists will be the highlight of the Summer Art Education Program at Texas Tech University Center at Junction this year. Funds from the College of Outreach and Distance Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts will allow Helen Klebesadel, a watercolorist; Jamie Dominguez, known for his work using indigenous firing methods; and several others to attend summer sessions as guest artists and teachers. Future Akins-Tillett, coordinator for the Master of Art Education program, said that the attendance of nationally recognized artists to the summer program is invaluable to both students and the program itself. "Junction is a unique environment of intensity and focus," Akins-Tillett said. "It is a community of artistic and scholarly practice. These artists will bring national attention to both the location and the program." Akins-Tillett said that the experience will be beneficial to students because it will allow them to have more diverse viewpoints for criticism while allowing them to observe the working style of master artists. Alumni from the Master of Art Education program have been invited for a long weekend at TTU Center at Junction June 11-14 to take part in a discussion on balancing leadership, artistic practice and family obligations. "We hope to initiate dialogue across disciplines and careers," Akins-Tillett said of the decision to invite both professional artists and alumni to summer events. Interested students can enroll in studio-based courses during the summers at Junction for personal enrichment or in pursuit of a Master of Art Education. The format of the Master of Art Education program is unique because it is the only program in Texas that combines online instruction during the fall and spring semesters and face-to-face studio coursework during the summers in Junction. For details, visit www.de.ttu.edu/taea. CONTACT: Michele Moskos, marketing director, College of Outreach and Distance Education, (806)742-7202 ext. 276, or michele.moskos@ttu.edu.