Why we need creative arts as well as Science and Technology

by Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”

If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. Every month, it seems, we hear about our children’s bad test scores in math and science — and about new initiatives from companies, universities or foundations to expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and deemphasize the humanities. From President Obama on down, public officials have cautioned against pursuing degrees like art history, which are seen as expensive luxuries in today’s world. Republicans want to go several steps further and defund these kinds of majors. “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists?” asked Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott. “I don’t think so.” America’s last bipartisan cause is this: A liberal education is irrelevant, and technical training is the new path forward. It is the only way, we are told, to ensure that Americans survive in an age defined by technology and shaped by global competition. The stakes could not be higher. (read full article below)


Opportunity: Teaching Assistant for Youth Camp

Department of Fine Arts chair Teresa Davidian is looking for a few art majors who can help for  few days being a teaching assistant for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Art Camp.  This will be a paid gig and would be experience that could go on your resume, especially for art education majors.

July 20 – 24 – Art Camp with instructors Liz Meiron, Gilbert Intermediate art teacher and Laura Ann Priddy, Chamberlin Elementary art teacher. Sessions are 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CTFAC’s River North Gallery, 204 River North Blvd.

If interested, contact davidian@tarleton.edu

Equipment update – Ultimaker 2 Extended 3d Printer and 3d Scanner

Tarleton Digital Media will be upgrading it’s labs and will be receiving some new equipment over the summer do to the generosity of the administration at Tarleton.  One of the first pieces of equipment to arrive this week is the Ultimaker 2 Extended 3d Printer and the Master and Form 3d scanner.  Having this equipment will offer new opportunities for making work in both traditional sculpture and digital media courses.  More lab upgrades coming soon…


New addition to Tarleton Digital Media Faculty – Mrs. Megan Ehrhart

Tarleton Digital Media is pleased to announce that Mrs. Megan Ehrhart has agreed to teach full time for us as a tenure-track assistant professor of animation. Megan brings a wealth of varied experience to our department. Before coming to Tarleton as a part-time faculty member in Fall 2013, she taught at the The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she served as Chair of the Animation Department and Head of the TIME Digital Arts Department. While at CIA, she produced the annual EMIT Student Film and Animation Festival. In addition to extensive teaching experience, Megan has 13 years of professional experience as a fine and commercial artist, illustrator and animator. She earned a BFA in Illustration from The Maryland Institute, College of Arts; and an MFA in Film from Syracuse University. Her film and sculptural work exhibits internationally, including appearances at Beyond/In Western New York Biennial (NY, US), Big Screen Birmingham(UK), Bunter Hund International Short Film Festival (Germany), Hi Mom! Film Festival (NC, US), A Night of Horror International Film Festival (Australia), Illinois International Film Festival (IL, US), Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (Switzerland), MIVICO Film Festival (Spain), Short Film Festival of Montecatini Terme (Italy), The Festival of Fantastic Films (UK), Antimatter Underground Film Festival (Canada) and the Everson Museum Biennial (NY, US)

Job Opportunity – Graphic Designer for Student Publications

There is currently an opening in Student Publications for a Graphic Designer at Tarleton State. This is a paid position and if so desired can also be used as a internship, Intern2Learn opportunity (based on financial need), or an Applied Learning Experience.

A full job description can be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/studentpublications/job-descriptions.html. Please note that some of the General Requirements listed pertain only if it is an internship position.

Students interested in applying can do so online at http://www.tarleton.edu/studentpublications/employment.html.

Senior BFA Exhibition and Review Schedule

Starting this Monday (4/20) in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery, the Department of Fine Arts will exhibit the senior work of three students who are candidates for the Bachelor in Fine Art degrees. The Spring 2015 Senior Art Exhibition showcases the work of Alyssa Bedrick, Sarah Cook, and Jerae David, each of whom displays a variety of styles and approaches to art and design. 

The purpose of the senior exhibition is to give student artists the opportunity to mount a professional exhibition of a complete body of work that showcases a cohesive portfolio in their chosen field of study. Alyssa Bedrick is pursuing a career in the field of art education. Her work explores the many areas of expertise required to be a successful teacher.  Nature is a huge influence in Alyssa’s artwork with many of her pieces featuring animals and organic designs. Sarah Cook’s body of work, entitled At All Costs, is an ambiguous fantasy-narrative told through acrylic paintings and mixed media sculpture. Jerae David’s work was a collaboration project with the Fort Worth-based business Re-Think It. Jerae designed a commercial brand identity campaign for the client based on “upcycling” thrift items for event planning, reorganization, and redecoration. 

The three students will participate in an oral defense/discussion of their work, as per the requirements of their capstone course. These presentations are open to the public and scheduled as follows:  

  • Alyssa Bedrick (art education) 4/21 at noon in the TSU gallery
  • Sarah Cook (painting/illustration) 4/23 at noon in the TSU gallery
  • Jerae David (graphic design) 4/28 at noon in the TSU gallery

This exhibition is open to the public and will run until May 2nd. There will be a reception for the artists from 6pm-8pm on Sunday, April 25th.

Exhibition Opportunity: Artspace 111 in Fort Worth

Artspace111 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2nd Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition, juried by distinguished artist Vernon Fisher. The exhibition will be open June 26th through August 7th with an opening reception on the evening of June 26th. Due date for entries is May 31st. All contemporary 2D work in any media is accepted. Please see the prospectus for details. Over $1200 will be awarded to the best works in show.

For more information, contact the gallery, will@artspace111.com

Apply for show here via Cafe.org