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July 17, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Longview Resident Leaving Legacy Behind in New UT Tyler Facility

Alicia Conway of Longview, a junior art major at The University of Texas at Tyler, will leave her legacy behind the university’s future.

With the assistance of UT Tyler professor of art Dewane Hughes, Conway and Simon Saleh of Tyler are currently working on three, 5-by-7 entrance gates for the Department of Art and Art History’s new fine arts complex, which is slated to open fall 2010.

“I was asked by art department chair Gary Hatcher and Dr. Alisa White (UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean) to create the gate entrances to the new art complex. I asked a couple of my students to assist me with the project. They are doing quite well,” said Hughes.

The trio began work in June. Hughes handles two sets of gates, while the student-pair construct the third.

“It’s pretty exciting to be a part of this,” Conway said. “There is an added pressure because everyone will see how they turn out, and our names are going to be on (the gates), but it’s still exciting. This is also a great opportunity to further improve my technical skills.”

The project will be completed in about two weeks.

Conway will graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in May 2011 and plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master of fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture.

A member of the UT Tyler Art Club, she currently serves as its president and has been named to the university’s President’s List.

The university began construction on the $7 million complex in September 2008. It allots an additional 29,000 square-footage surrounding the existing art studio on the main campus. The facility also will feature a 100-seat lecture hall, studio work spaces and department offices.

Programs offered within the Department of Art and Art History include bachelor and master’s degrees as well as an art minor, which may satisfy bachelor degree requirements in other fields.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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