TTU Art School: Attracting Students From Across The Globe


Whether you enjoy visiting the First Friday Art Trail, admiring exhibitions downtown or glancing at paintings in local eateries, it’s no secret that red raider art students contribute to Lubbock culture.

Attracting students from all over the globe, Director for Texas Tech School of Art Lydia Thompson said their program works to awaken the natural potential in every student but also instill an appreciation for art throughout the hub city.

“Art impacts everything in the world, it has its impact on creativity and that’s what we’re really trying to spark in people, to feel that emotion or that particular skill,” Thompson said.

She said alumni sometimes stay very close after they graduate but they also spread their wings.

“We have several alumni working at the James Avery headquarters,” Thompson said. “They are all doing some really incredible things, some are working for large corporations such as Southwest Airlines, local design companies, the sky is the limit for these students,” Thompson said.

Thompson said it’s through exposing the city to the TTU’s art that the program encourages young Lubbock kiddos to grow up and attend tech to study it.

“We have summer discovery programs for students in middle school and high school and some of those students actually end up coming to Texas Tech,” Thompson said.

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