Archive for July, 2015

Why we need creative arts as well as Science and Technology

by Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”

If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. Every month, it seems, we hear about our children’s bad test scores in math and science — and about new initiatives from companies, universities or foundations to expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and deemphasize the humanities. From President Obama on down, public officials have cautioned against pursuing degrees like art history, which are seen as expensive luxuries in today’s world. Republicans want to go several steps further and defund these kinds of majors. “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists?” asked Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott. “I don’t think so.” America’s last bipartisan cause is this: A liberal education is irrelevant, and technical training is the new path forward. It is the only way, we are told, to ensure that Americans survive in an age defined by technology and shaped by global competition. The stakes could not be higher. (read full article below)

Opportunity: Teaching Assistant for Youth Camp

Department of Fine Arts chair Teresa Davidian is looking for a few art majors who can help for  few days being a teaching assistant for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Art Camp.  This will be a paid gig and would be experience that could go on your resume, especially for art education majors.

July 20 – 24 – Art Camp with instructors Liz Meiron, Gilbert Intermediate art teacher and Laura Ann Priddy, Chamberlin Elementary art teacher. Sessions are 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CTFAC’s River North Gallery, 204 River North Blvd.

If interested, contact

Equipment update – Ultimaker 2 Extended 3d Printer and 3d Scanner

Tarleton Digital Media will be upgrading it’s labs and will be receiving some new equipment over the summer do to the generosity of the administration at Tarleton.  One of the first pieces of equipment to arrive this week is the Ultimaker 2 Extended 3d Printer and the Master and Form 3d scanner.  Having this equipment will offer new opportunities for making work in both traditional sculpture and digital media courses.  More lab upgrades coming soon…


New addition to Tarleton Digital Media Faculty – Mrs. Megan Ehrhart

Tarleton Digital Media is pleased to announce that Mrs. Megan Ehrhart has agreed to teach full time for us as a tenure-track assistant professor of animation. Megan brings a wealth of varied experience to our department. Before coming to Tarleton as a part-time faculty member in Fall 2013, she taught at the The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she served as Chair of the Animation Department and Head of the TIME Digital Arts Department. While at CIA, she produced the annual EMIT Student Film and Animation Festival. In addition to extensive teaching experience, Megan has 13 years of professional experience as a fine and commercial artist, illustrator and animator. She earned a BFA in Illustration from The Maryland Institute, College of Arts; and an MFA in Film from Syracuse University. Her film and sculptural work exhibits internationally, including appearances at Beyond/In Western New York Biennial (NY, US), Big Screen Birmingham(UK), Bunter Hund International Short Film Festival (Germany), Hi Mom! Film Festival (NC, US), A Night of Horror International Film Festival (Australia), Illinois International Film Festival (IL, US), Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (Switzerland), MIVICO Film Festival (Spain), Short Film Festival of Montecatini Terme (Italy), The Festival of Fantastic Films (UK), Antimatter Underground Film Festival (Canada) and the Everson Museum Biennial (NY, US)