Viz prof earns prestigious honor from university teaching center

House is creating a new set of portraits.

As a 2016-17 Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, Felice House, Texas A&M assistant professor of visualization, will further sharpen her considerable teaching skills by traveling to two prestigious events for art educators next year with funding that accompanies the honor.

House plans to attend a painting workshop in Philadelphia hosted by Studio Incamminati, a leading contemporary art school, and a conference in Kansas City hosted by Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and featuring presentations by experts in art and design instruction.

“Attending these events will continue to elevate my teaching in undergraduate painting classes,” she said.

Each year, Texas A&M’s academic colleges select a tenure-track faculty member who has excelled in teaching undergraduate students to receive the award, named in memory of the late Kenneth Montague ‘37, a distinguished alumnus who was a long-serving trustee for the Texas A&M Foundation. Each honoree receives $6,500 to encourage further development of their teaching abilities.

“House was selected for the honor because, in addition to her excellent student evaluations, she excels with content expertise, instruction delivery, classroom management, and the selection and organization of her course materials,” said Lou Tassinary, executive associate dean of the College of Architecture.

This year’s honorees will be recognized at a Nov. 2, 2016 luncheon at the Memorial Student Center.

House also recently earned a three-year, $15,000 Texas A&M Arts & Humanities Fellowship, which recognizes extraordinary creativity and scholarship and provides faculty with a supportive environment to advance creative and scholarly work.

With the fellowship, House is painting large-scale portraits of capable, positive and accessible female role models as a counterpoint, she said, to the passive, over-sexualized, female representations found in art history and modern culture.

House, who joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2012, earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Texas in 2011, a Master of Science in Visualization in 2006, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2000.

posted July 22, 2016