Department of Art and Art History Studio Art

Alumni participate in annual Art on the Green Sculpture Garden Invitational Exhibition in Wichita Falls

Mon. June 1, 2015

white overlapping hexagonal and cube shapes on green background

Erin Cunningham (MFA in Studio Art, 2007) curated an all-female exhibition for the Kemp Center for the Arts 2015 Art on the Green Sculpture Garden Exhibition in Wichita Falls, Texas. The exhibition includes alumnae Shalena White (MFA in Studio Art, 2014) and Jade Walker (MFA in Studio Art, 2005).

Kirk Hoper Fine Art presents solo exhibition of work by alumnus Roger Winter

Mon. June 1, 2015

white overlapping hexagonal and cube shapes on green background

Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents solo exhibition, Cygnus: Paintings of Greenland, Iceland, and Sweden, of work by Roger Winter (BFA in Studio Art, 1956). The exhibition will be on view May 30 – July 3, 2015.

Margo Sawyer featured in Texas Society of Architects magazine

Wed. May 27, 2015

women sitting in chair surrounded by sculpture in front of painting poses
Image courtesy of Margo Sawyer

Professor Margo Sawyer is featured in the May/June 2015 issue of the Texas Society of Architects Magazine.

Xochi Solis presents work in group exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Wed. May 27, 2015

collage of gray, orange, brown, and green circles piled on top of each other
Signs of an omen, 2015, gouache, house paint, acrylic, acetate, colored paper, naturally dyed paper, and found images on museum board, 7 x5 inches.

Xochi Solis (BFA in Studio Art, 2005) presents work in Flatlander at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is on view May 21 – September 13, 2015.

In memory of Greg Ploetz, widow creates scholarships for Studio Art students

Fri. May 29, 2015

man lying in bed with grandson baby
Image courtesy of Deb Ploetz

In memory of Greg Ploetz, Deb, his widow, will create the Greg Ploetz Art Scholarship for students in the Studio Art program to be awarded annually for the next ten years.

Ploetz was a Longhorn football player and alumnus of the Department of Art and Art History. He received his BFA in Studio Art in 1972. Ploetz was awarded a prestigious scholarship, given to the best art student, to attend a residency in Maine. Greg went on to receive an MFA in Studio Art in 1975 from the university.

“Art was his true love and passion,” said Deb.

Greg taught art and coached football in high schools and colleges for over forty years. In 2009 he left his last teaching position in Aledo, Texas.

“He was the most brilliant teacher I’ve ever known,” Deb told The Dallas Morning News. “He did such a wonderful job getting his point across.”

A three-year letterman at defensive tackle, Ploetz helped the Longhorns claim three Southwest Conference Championships in 1968, 1969, and 1971. In those three seasons, Texas posted a 28-4-1 record (19-2 in the SWC) and finished the season ranked among the Top 20 each year.

Ploetz was a starter for the 1969 National Championship team and played in Texas’ "Game of the Century” national-title winning victory over Arkansas with a hairline fracture in his ankle that year. After sitting out the 1970 season, Ploetz returned to the Longhorn team in 1971 and went on to earn All-Southwest Conference honors.

abstract painting with green, yello, blue, and red paint with lines
Painting by Greg Ploetz. Image courtesy of Deb Ploetz.

Greg passed away this May after suffering for more than a decade of complications from dementia and frontal lobe damage. On May 24, a celebration of life for Greg was held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

He leaves behind his wife, Deb, and two children, Erin Ploetz-Cherkassky and Beau Ploetz.

Greg’s life and challenges have been chronicled in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Denver Post, and The Dallas Morning News. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Greg Ploetz Art Scholarship. For information on giving to the Ploetz scholarship, contact Andrea Keene 512/ 471–9270.

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