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Associate faculty member Merry Fuhrer will be featured in an exhibit at the Eisemann Center Mezzanine Gallery running from March 3rd through the 27th.  "Riding the Rails" will feature oil pastel portraits of individuals encountered during her daily commutes on the DART Rail System.  Music by David Thompson will also be featured in this multimedia exhibit.  A free "Meet and Greet" is planned on March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Artwork of Cate Robbins, associate art professor, was recently published in a new book entitled "That Kid in Right Field" by Terry Markoff, published by BookLogix.

The work of associate faculty member Colette Copeland was displayed from January 16 through February 20 at The Reading Room in Dallas.  "Becoming Colette" explored issues relating to history, gender, and contemporary culture.  Through a combination of artistic mediums, Professor Copeland explored the intricate relationship between text and art through inspired associations with famed French author Colette.

The Art Department in collaboration with the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education recently installed their second spring exhibit, "Food Baby," in The Red Room on the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco.  The exhibition displays artwork of current Collin College Fine Arts student Ms. Katie Price.  Katie will be completing her associate degree this summer and plans to attend UNT in the fall.  Ms. Price has participated in 16 group shows while attending Collin College, including student juried shows as well as participation in Frisco and Dallas area group exhibits.  "Food Baby" is a modern expression on the classic struggle between good and evil.


Collin music professor Dr. Aaron West published a new book this past fall entitled "Sting and The Police:  Walking in Their Footsteps."  During the 1980s, when pop icons like Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and U2 reigned supreme, many regarded The Police as the biggest band in the world. Yet after only five albums—and at the peak of their popularity—The Police disbanded and Sting began a solo career that made him a global pop star. Today, artists from Puff Daddy to Gwen Stefani credit The Police and Sting as major influences on their own work, reflecting that The Police were not only a popular, polished rock act, but a powerfully influential one as well.


Associate faculty member Ashley Whitt and Ross Faircloth, assistant photography lab coordinator, are being featured in the 3rd Annual Ticka Arts Exhibition at Grey Matters Gallery in Dallas during February.  Both artists will also have their work displayed at the Small Engine Gallery in Albuquerque, NM for the "Automic Exhibition."  Their work can be seen in the January 2016 issue of The Hand Magazine, a publication for reproduction-based art.  Ms. Whitt is currently a featured artist at Steadfast Art Online and has contributed to the "Intimate Alchemy" Exhibition Group Showcase for Plates to Pixels Gallery online.

Dr. Lupita Murillo Tinnen, photography professor, will serve as moderator for the panel, "Of Borders and Beyond: The Politics of Immigration and the Latino Experience," at the Society for Photographic Education’s 53rd national conference in Las Vegas, NV, March 10-13. Dr. Tinnen is the chair for the conference titled, Constructed Realities. Also opening in March, her work will be included in the exhibition, “You are Here: Texas Photographers Respond to the Texas Landscape,” at the Duchesne Academy, Atrium Gallery, a participating space for Fotofest, and will then travel to the Wright Gallery at Texas A&M University in mid-April.
Professors Byrd Williams and Lupita Murillo Tinnen will present "Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Social Science in the Digital Age," at the Texas Center for Working Class Studies Second Annual Conference on March 31, 2016, at Collin College.


Several former Collin Theatre students have important features this spring.  Making their Broadway debut, Ragan Pharris will appear in “Waitress” by Sara Bareilles, and Cory Boulieris will serve as a stage manager for the musical “On Your Feet” by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  Also premiering on Broadway, Akron Watson will be appearing in “The Color Purple,” and James Ortiz will be performing in his own off-Broadway play “The Woodsman,” a story about the tin woodsman from the Oz books by L. Frank Baum.