That, however, is the situation at the University of Texas at Arlington's glassworking studio on Davis Street.
"It's the best facility in the nation -- the only one in Texas. It's amazing," said art major Dara Atkinson, rushing around the furnace-lined studio, a place that's known as "the hot shop."
But, said UT-Arlington neon instructor Don Beck, "It pretty much wouldn't be here if he hadn't taken it on. It's his baby."
Beck was referring to David Keens. A 33-year UT-Arlington veteran, Keens is more than a highly regarded teacher. The Texas Commission on the Arts recently put him on the short list for its State Artist honors program.
The program honors a poet laureate, musician, two-dimensional artist and three-dimensional artist each year. Results for 2007 are expected in January, said commission spokeswoman Gaye McElwain.
"I'm very flattered to be nominated," said Keens, a compact man with a short graying beard and mustache, small red spectacles and strong forearms that come from years of handling heavy steel bars with hot glass on one end. "It's not something I applied for."
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