In his 39 years at Midwestern State University’s Department of Art, Richard Martin Ash III served as teacher, administrator, and mentor to the hundreds of students who took his classes. During that time, Ash continued making prints, churning out artw ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
In his 39 years at Midwestern
State University’s Department of Art, Richard Martin Ash III served as teacher,
administrator, and mentor to the hundreds of students who took his classes. During
that time, Ash continued making prints, churning out artwork that spans his
time at MSU.
A retrospective of Ash’s art,
“Looking Back – 39 Years of Printmaking, Selected Works of Richard Martin Ash
III,” will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Wichita
Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. Ash was Professor of Art at MSU Texas from
1968 until 2007, and interim director of the WFMA from 2009-2011. He died in
February of this year.
Ash’s wife, Professor of Art
Emeritus Liz Yarosz-Ash chose this time for the exhibition because Ash would
have been 76 years old on April 27. “He has such a reputation in the art
community, and we wanted to celebrate his life with this exhibition, and by
bringing friends, former students, and those he worked with in the art world to
Ash’s prints have been displayed
in more than 450 regional and national exhibitions and in diverse public
collections such as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Blanton Museum of Art
at the University of Texas; and General Motors in Detroit, Michigan. He was
named Hardin Professor at MSU Texas in 1979.
Several of those friends and
former students will speak at a Celebration of Life for Ash, which will be held
at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the WFMA, preceding the opening reception. Guest
speakers include MSU President Emeritus Jesse Rogers, Curator of the Museum of
Texas Tech University Peter S. Briggs, and former students and artists Joe Ed
Barrington, Robert Horvath, Kevin Marshall, and Timothy McDowell.
Barrington is a well-known metal
sculptor and was the Distinguished Alumnus for the Fain College of Fine Arts in
2014. Horvath is now Associate Professor of Painting at the Herron School of
Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He was the
Fain College of Fine Arts’ Distinguished Alumnus in 2018. Marshall is now
Director of Preparations at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and was Fain’s
Distinguished Alumnus in 2010. McDowell is Professor of Art at Connecticut
College in New London, Connecticut.
The WFMA held a retrospective
of Ash’s prints in 2007. At the time, WFMA Curator Danny Bills, a student of
Ash’s and now interim director, said that as well as he knew Ash as an artist,
he was unprepared for the volume of works Ash had accomplished. “It was really
amazing as a student to learn something new along with Richard,” Bills said of
the student-teacher collaboration.
McDowell said, “The viability
of his art has been an inspiration as well, and his talent as an artist may
only be rivaled by his ability as a teacher … not a bad legacy to have.”
In lieu of flowers, memorials
for myelofibrosis research in Ash’s name may be made to the MD
Anderson Cancer Center online or sent to PO Box 4486, Houston, TX
The exhibit will be on display
through May 11. For more information, contact the WFMA at ext. 8900.
One of Midwestern State University’s Distinguished Alumni will return to Wichita Falls to speak to the approximately 760 candidates for graduation at the university’s commencement ceremony. Tarkan Maner, a 1993 MSU graduate, will deliver the commence ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
One of Midwestern State
University’s Distinguished Alumni will return to Wichita Falls to speak to the
approximately 760 candidates for graduation at the university’s commencement
ceremony. Tarkan Maner, a 1993 MSU graduate, will deliver the commencement
address during the 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, May 11, at Kay Yeager Coliseum.
Before receiving his MBA from
MSU, Maner received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from
Istanbul Technical University in his native Turkey. He came to America in 1991
with $200 cash and without speaking English. Assistant Professor of English Sue
Henson was the Interim Director of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)
when Maner came to MSU. The IELI provides English language instruction and
support to non-native speakers of English. “We had a big, diverse group then,
and had lively activities and field trips. Tarkan was always so engaging as
part of that group. He worked hard to learn and was always encouraging to
others,” Henson said. “He was as new as anyone else in the group to the country but
would soak up all he could. He was a standout even then.”
After his graduation from MSU,
Maner studied at the invitation-only Executive Advanced Management Program at
Harvard Business School. Today Maner is the executive chairman, CEO, and one of
the leading investors at Nexenta, a global leader in open source-driven
software defined storage. Prior to Nexenta, he held executive roles at Dell,
Wyse, CA, IBM, Quest, Sterling Commerce, and Sterling Software. He is the
founding chairman of TechAmerica’s cloud computing commission.
In 2011, Maner was named the
Dillard College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Alumnus. He is a
2012 winner of the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Program and the recipient
of the TechAmerica Community Service Innovator Award. He is a frequent speaker,
commentator, and author on current business, economic, and social issues in
media and academic circles.
In addition to his
professional duties, Maner serves or has served on the boards of the Bay Area
Council, World Economic Forum’s Cyber-Security Alliance, and the Silicon Valley
Education Foundation. Maner also has worked with the Silicon Valley Leadership
Group, a coalition of senior executives who work to improve the quality of life
for citizens of the region and the world through its advocacy around public and
private policy issues. Maner also leads and advises fundraising for several
global not-for-profit organizations and programs around economic development,
poverty elimination, entrepreneurship, education, and social justice.
The Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts, the Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate School, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities will present a gala concert and awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Akin Auditorium t ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
The Lamar D. Fain College of
Fine Arts, the Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate School, and the Office of
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities will present a gala concert and
awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Akin Auditorium to
celebrate MSU Texas student research and creative accomplishments.
The gala concert will include the
recently revived University Orchestra, which was on hiatus from 1971 to 2017. “In
2017, after discussions within the Music Department, the orchestra was revived,
filling the need for our majors to experience the traditional literature of a
symphony orchestra,” said Dr. Matthew Luttrell, Associate Professor of Music
and Director of Bands at MSU Texas. “The orchestra is a necessity for MSU
because it helps to close a gap in the curricular and musical offerings needed
for our majors and the student body at large.”
For the gala concert, the
University Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble will perform what many consider
some of the best literature that both ensembles have to offer, including the
music of Richard Strauss, Malcolm Arnold, Percy Grainger, and Edward Elgar.
The concert also will feature
one of the cornerstone pieces of Romantic music, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto
No. 2, performed by Dr. Martin Camacho, Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts.
“This piano concerto is one of the most beautiful pieces written for the
repertoire, it is full of expression and longing, and I am sure that attendees
will recognize and enjoy it,” Camacho said.
During the intermission of the
concert, MSU Texas students from various disciplines will be recognized for
their achievements in research and creative endeavors. MSU has developed an
undergraduate research culture over past years, and current projects will be
presented publicly to the MSU community April 24-25 in Clark Student Center. “The
annual Celebration of Scholarship showcases MSU Texas student and faculty
research,” said Dr. Kathy Zuckweiler, Dean of the McAda Graduate School. “This
year’s celebration features nearly 100 presentations that highlight the breadth
and depth of scholarly and creative inquiry undertaken at the university.
An artist collective of more than 70 photographers, who exhibit, tour, and teach, will hold its next exhibit at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. The Shootapalooza Photo Collective’s exhibit, “Diversity: Alternative Paths in Contemporary ... ... Expand/Reduce Article
collective of more than 70 photographers, who exhibit, tour, and teach, will
hold its next exhibit at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. The
Shootapalooza Photo Collective’s exhibit, “Diversity: Alternative Paths in Contemporary
Photography,” will begin with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March
Shootapalooza was formed in 2014 by the late
Judy Sherrod, a Wichita Falls native. It is a diverse group of mostly women
photographers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia, who enjoy
experimentation and collaboration in their work. Sherrod died in 2017, but the
group continues to inspire and teach in honor of her memory.
In 2015, Sherrod and her fellow photographers
initiated the first World Cyanotype Day. Cyanotype is a photographic process created
by exposing paper or fabric to chemicals that make it sensitive to ultraviolet
light, turning it blue when exposed. Masking or blocking light from the surface
will leave that area unaffected, which allows designs, words, and images to be
The date for this year’s World Cyanotype Day
isn’t until Sept. 28, but the public will have the opportunity to make their
own cyanotypes during the exhibition. The Shootapalooza artists will conduct
cyanotype workshops from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, and Saturday, March
16. The public is invited to create a personal cyanotype in one of the
workshops. The walk-in program will take about 20 minutes to complete and is
free of charge. Materials will be provided but visitors are welcome to bring
objects from home to create the silhouettes.
Josh Maxwell, Curator of Education at the
WFMA, said that cyanotype is one of the many ways that science, art, and other
fields are integrated. “This is a process that is enjoyable for all ages and
can be a good way for families and other groups to get together to create works
of art,” Maxwell said.
The process was initially invented by Sir
John Herschel in 1842 with the intention of reproducing notes and plans as
blueprints, but within a year it was used experimentally for photography and
art by Anna Atkins, the first to publish a book illustrated by photographed
images and considered by many to be the first woman photographer.
The exhibition is in conjunction with Sherrod
and S. Gayle Stevens’ “Nocturnes” exhibit at MSU’s Juanita Harvey Art Gallery. Sherrod
and Stevens used a homemade pinhole camera and the wet-plate collodion process
to create the “Nocturnes” images.
The “Diversity” exhibit at the WFMA will be
on display through May 25. Call the museum at 940-397-8900 for more