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Ducks in a Row: US News Ranks Texas Art Grad Schools

art schoolsUS News and World Report‘s new rankings for Graduate School of art and Design are out. Selected by polling deans and other academics in 2012, there were no Texas schools among the usual suspects at the very top of the long, long list. Texas schools that made the grade included:

UT Austin (#22),
University of North Texas (#62),
University of Houston and UT San Antonio, (both tied with ten other schools at #114),
UT Arlington (#145),
Texas Tech, Lubbock (#153),
Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth (#187),
Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas Women’s University in Denton (tied at #197),
University of Dallas (#206)
University of Texas–Tyler (#206)
Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas A&M University-Commerce, University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, and West Texas A&M University in Canyon were also included, but so far down the 228 school list that even US News was forced to admit that numerical rankings were silly.

I’m no dean, but based on a gestalt of press releases, artist resumes, exhibition invites, and opening chit-chat, I’d rank the US News’ Texas grad schools this way:

University of North Texas
University of Houston
UT Austin
UT San Antonio
UT Dallas
Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth
Texas Women’s University in Denton
UT Arlington
Texas Tech, Lubbock
Texas A&M Corpus Christi

They weren’t so far off, after all!

also by Bill Davenport
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