Faculty Profile for Barry Alan Underhill

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Barry Alan Underhill
Asst Professor of Practice — School of Family & Consumer Sciences
FCS 101
phone: (512) 245-2135

Biography Section

Biography and Education

After earning an MFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, Barry worked as an art director in Chicago advertising agencies such as DDB, Ogilvy & Mather and Young & Rubicam. Some of the accounts he worked on there include Ameritech, US West, Sears, Ameritrade, 3 Com, Discover Card and McDonalds. His art direction garnered many distinctions in peer-juried competitions including Addy Awards, AAAI International Creative Awards and inclusion in Print Magazine’s 1993 Design Annual.

In 2003, Barry moved to Los Angeles where he worked primarily as an editorial photographer documenting hip-hop culture. His shots have appeared in numerous publications including Billboard, The Source, XXL, URB, Elemental and Basic. Non-editorial clients include MTV, BET, XM Radio, and Universal Entertainment. Some of the artists he worked with include Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep, Three 6 Mafia, Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon, Trick Daddy, Warren G and Pitbull. Images of Barry’s from this period are housed in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Research Interests

History of Design

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, California. March 1, 2004 - April 1, 2006
  • Still Photographer, BEEF, Vol. 3. November 1, 2005.
  • Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery, New York, New York. September 1, 2005 - October 1, 2005

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor Award, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Texas State University. April 1, 2015 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2 AAAI International Creative Awards, AAAI International. January 1, 1900 - December 1, 1900
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 9 Addy Awards. January 1, 1900 - December 1, 1900
  • Award / Honor Recipient: John Caples Award. January 1, 1900 - December 1, 1900
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Objectives & Results Award. January 1, 1900 - December 1, 1900

Selected Grants

  • Liang, Yuli (Principal), Joyner Martinez, Cosette Marie (Co-Principal), Hustvedt, Gwendolyn (Co-Principal), Underhill, Barry Alan (Co-Principal). Create Opportunities for Undergraduates to Participate in Research: Initiating an Undergraduate Research Learning Community in Fashion Merchandising Program, Texas State University, $5000. (Funded: September 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Board Member
Society for the Preservation of Texas Music
November 2023-Present
FCS Recruitment Committee
October 2019-Present
Event Committee
October 2019-Present
Managing Textbook Costs Committee
August 2019-Present
FCS Curriculum Committee
August 2023-December 2023