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2009 Texas Tech Integrated Scholar Rob Glover

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Uploaded on Mar 29, 2011

Rob Glover, Art

The creation and crafting of jewelry through the ancient art of metalsmithing is not likely the first area that comes to mind when you think of Texas Tech. However, Texas Tech is blessed by Rob Glover who is known worldwide for his jewelry creations, several of which can be found on display in museums such as the Victoria and Albert in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Step into the laboratories where Glover's creative work is done and you are struck by the well-equipped carrels that support instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Imagine lower division students receiving fine arts design instruction with hands-on experience that provides opportunities to create works that would attract attention in some of the smartest boutiques in the world. Such world-class experience is accompanied by Glover's dedicated mentoring, results of which are reflected by framed photographs of students' work that adorn the instructional laboratory. Thus, Glover has found a way to mix creative scholarship with craftsmanship and teaching. As one of his students Mary Mecca, a senior in art from Dallas, noted succinctly, "He is amazing." Overall, his creative craft and teaching have influenced his work with the Saturday Morning Art Project, a program that helps talented high school students participate in the world of art at a level far beyond that available through typical K-12 offerings. As contributor for twenty years and coordinator for six, Glover contributes to the Helen Jones Foundation-funded program that takes students to art museums, involves them in workshops, and gives them hands-on opportunities that have helped launch many a successful career in the arts. So, whether we consider contributions in the Lubbock area, at Texas Tech, or literally around the world through the many juried reviews that have appeared nationally and internationally, Glover has blended wonderfully his roles as teacher, creative craftsman, and service provider. Thus, he can rightfully claim the integrated scholarship title he so richly deserves.

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