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UTA professor honored with International United Designs Alliance Medallion

Friday, November 10, 2017 • Media Contact: Teresa Woodard Schnyder

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Robert Hower, professor and chair of UTA's Department of Art and Art History

Robert Hower, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Arlington, was one of just four international artists honored with a United Designs Alliance Medallion during the UDA 2017 exhibition at the National Museum of Liechtenstein in the central European country.

United Designs Alliance is made up of educators and professionals who work to exchange ideas on visual communication design and celebrate global awareness while bringing creativity to the intellectual level. UDA’s events are juried competitions.

The other three medallion recipients are Juergen Hefele of Germany, Changho Ahn of Korea and Arafat Al Naim of the United Arab Emirates. Each was chosen as a result of work selected for previous exhibitions.

An illustration by Robert Hower featured by the United Designs Alliance.

“I’m honored to be part of this small group. Each of these individuals has made an impact on their community,” Hower said.  “UDA is a wonderful organization that brings an international perspective to what is happening in design. It is about quality, creativity and the message. The theme of this year’s show was a positive message to humanity. The work is developed in hopes of enhancing our world community for future generations.”

Hower’s works will be exhibited at the Ninth United Designs Liechtenstein International Exhibition, which includes digital prints, illustrations and publication designs.

As the chair of the Department of Art and Art History in UTA’s College of Liberal Arts, Hower has taken the program to new heights. The department is now accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers a Master of Fine Arts program in four unique research tracts:  film and video art, glass, intermedia studio and visual communication.

“Thanks to Robert and his incredibly talented and devoted faculty and staff, our art and art history department shines among its peers,” said Elisabeth Cawthon, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Students have won national competitions and taken part in international exhibitions. We also have launched new partnerships with industry which allows students to see how their liberal arts education is critical in the workplace. I congratulate Robert on his tremendous success as an educator and an artist.”

Hower has previously exhibited in more than 250 international and national venues, including Scotland, China, Germany and across the United States. Hower joined UTA as a professor and department chair in 2005 from Kansas State University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art.