Department of Art and Art History News

Tamara Johnson presents An Interior Complex in Bronx, New York

Mon. June 1, 2015

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Tamara Johnson, An Interior Complex (detail), 2015. Gypsum plaster, epoxy putty, wood, foam, latex, and acrylic paint. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Parsley Steinweiss.

Tamara Johnson (BFA in Studio Art, 2007) presents her first solo project, An Interior Complex, at the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center. Johnson's site responsive installation will be on view June 7 – July 19, 2015.

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Lynne Adele co-authored book published by UT Press

Mon. June 1, 2015

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Lynne Adele (BFA in Art History, 1984 and MA in Art History, 1987) co-authored As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850—1930 (University of Texas Press). It is the first book to explore how secret societies contributed to American visual culture during the “golden age” of American fraternalism. Her partner on the project is Bruce Lee Webb, longtime fraternal art collector and owner of Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas. David Byrne, best known as the singer and songwriter for the band Talking Heads, contributed the book’s foreword. The book will be available November 2015.

New publication co-edited by alumnae Kaylee R. Spencer and Maline D. Werness-Rude

Mon. June 1, 2015

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Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity: Space and Spatial Analysis in Art History (University of New Mexico Press) was co-edited by Kaylee R. Spencer (PhD in Art History, 2007) and Maline D. Werness-Rude (MA and PhD in Art History, 2003/2010).

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

Mon. June 1, 2015

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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.

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

Fri. May 29, 2015

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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.

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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.