Department of Art and Art History General Information

Plan a Visit

Travel to Austin and Campus

When planning your visit to UT Austin, we encourage you to connect with the Office of Admissions or Visitor's Center for a student-led guided tour of campus. Make the most of your visit to Austin by exploring the university's event calendar, programming at the Visual Arts Center, as well as events in the College of Fine Arts for art, entertainment, and engagement with our community.

Visiting Campus and Austin has helpful information on how to get to Austin by airplane, bus, car, or train. You will also find driving directions, campus and visitor parking maps, and information on accommodations and activities in Austin. For transportation information within the city, visit Capital Metro Transit for MetroBus and MetroRail service and Getting Around on the UT website. The #100 Austin Flyer bus route services the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and has a stop on campus not too far away from the Department.

Each weekday in the fall and spring semesters, about 70,000 students, faculty and staff converge on the Forty Acres that comprise the UT Austin Campus, so plan your visit accordingly and try to avoid, or at least plan ahead, for slow-downs on IH-35 and MoPac (Highway Loop 1) during early morning, noon, and late afternoon rush-hour traffic.

Campus and Department Location

The UT Austin Campus is located between Dean Keaton Street to the North, Martin Luther King Boulevard to the South, Guadalupe Street to the West, and the frontage road of IH 35 to the East. You can reach the campus from these major roadways:

  • IH-35
    From the South, take Martin Luther King Boulevard exit heading west for South campus, campus will be on your right. Turn right on Trinity and this will shortly merge with San Jacinto Street. From the North, take Dean Keaton Street exit heading west for North campus; campus will be on your left. Turn left on San Jacinto Street.
  • MoPac/Highway Loop 1
    Take Windsor Road exit heading east. This turns into 24th Street, which will cross Guadalupe Street, the Western border of campus, and then enter directly into campus.
  • Highway 71
    From East, take IH-35 North and follow directions for IH-35 above. From West, take MoPac/Highway Loop 1 North and follow directions for MoPac/Highway Loop 1 above.
  • Highway 290
    From East, take I-35 South and follow directions for I-35 above. From West, follow directions for Highway 71 above.
  • Highway 183
    From North, take MoPac/Highway Loop 1 South and follow directions for MoPac/Highway Loop 1 above. From South, take Highway 111/Airport Boulevard North to MLK Boulevard. Head east on MLK Boulevard and campus will be on your right. Turn right on Trinity and this will shortly merge with San Jacinto Street.

Once on campus, you may stop at any of the guard stations and say you have an appointment in the Art Building or the Doty Fine Arts Building. The guard will direct you to park in the San Jacinto Parking Garage. The Department of Art and Art History is housed in two buildings on the College of Fine Arts campus. The Art Building (cream and orange brick) is located on the corners of 23rd and San Jacinto Streets and the the Doty Fine Arts Building (brown brick) is located on the corners of 23rd and Trinity Streets. Both buildings are just North of Darrel K. Royal Memorial Football Stadium. Please review the UT Austin Campus Map and click on Section 6. The closest parking garage is the San Jacinto Garage (SJG) and is also shown in Section 6 of the map referenced above. Another parking option is the Manor Garage (MAG), click on Section 8 of the Campus Map.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is one of the most eclectic and creative cities in America. Austin is home to innovators like Chaotic Moon, Dachis Group, Apple, Facebook and countless start-up ventures. Its undeniable energy ranked it the nation’s #1 “boom town” by Forbes and Portfolio.com’s #1 city for young professionals. Discover new music, media and film at SXSW and catch your favorite headliners at Austin City Limits. Connect with 500 local studios in the E.A.S.T. and W.E.S.T. Austin Studio Tours. We invite you to explore our city through the following publications, associations, and calendars.

Austin 360

nowplayingaustin.com

Austin Museum Partnership (Online guide to many Austin galleries and museums)

Austin Visual Arts Association

Austin American-Statesman (The local Daily)

Austin Chronicle (Free publication distributed throughout Austin every Thursday)

Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

Visiting our Undergraduate Programs

College of Fine Arts Information Sessions

College of Fine Arts Information Sessions provide prospective freshmen and transfer students with an overview of degree programs in the Department of Art and Art History, Butler School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Sessions also provide an introduction to the College's audition and portfolio requirements for admission. Information regarding courses and opportunities for non-majors is also provided.

College of Fine Arts Information Sessions, are offered on most Monday and Fridays at 1:30 PM in the Doty Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Student Center, located at the corner of E. 23rd Street and Trinity Street. Sessions conclude with walking tours of studio, gallery, performance spaces in the Department of Art and Art History, Winship Drama Building, and Butler School of Music. Register online!

Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students

Diana Mendoza, Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
512-475-8757
artugadmissions@austin.utexas.edu

Prospective Freshmen and Transfer applicants who have an interest in visiting our department should register for either the College of Fine Arts Information sessions or one of our upcoming admission events!

Current or Former UT Austin Students

Elana Logsdon, Assistant Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Students, is happy to meet with current and former UT Austin students, both declared majors and those students seeking to change major to or add a simultaneous major in our department. To request an appointment, contact Elana directly at 512-475-7718 or via elana@austin.utexas.edu. Elana can meet with you Monday–Friday, 8–12 and 1–5. Please consult the University's official Academic Calendar for specific dates and times the University could be closed. Elana's office is located on the third floor of the Art Building (ART), Room 3.340 (look for a vertical blue sign that reads "Undergraduate Advisor" hanging just outside the door.)

Visiting our Graduate Programs

Art Education

To request an appointment with the Art Education Graduate Advisor, Dr. Paul Bolin, email Dr. Bolin directly via pebolin@austin.utexas.edu. Dr. Bolin is generally available to meet with prospective students from September 1 to early December, and mid-January through early May. If your schedule doesn't mesh with Professor Bolin's, contact the Graduate Coordinator, kt shorb at ktshorb@austin.utexas.edu. She is available to meet with prospective students Monday through Wednesday and Friday, Fall and Summer from 9am to 4pm. No appointments will be made on dates when the University is closed. The Graduate Coordinator's office for the MA Art Education Program is on the third floor of the Art Building (ART), Room 3.330 (in the middle hallway, with a vertical blue sign that reads "Graduate Coordinator" hanging just outside the door.) Dr. Bolin's office is located on the third floor of the North wing in ART 3.414.

Art History

The Graduate Office in Art History is open to visitors by appointment only from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. The office is closed on all university holidays. As first point of contact, visitors may make an appointment to visit the Graduate Coordinator, Stacy Brodie by email via stacybrodie@austin.utexas.edu. If you would like to visit with other members of the Art History faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment. The Graduate Coordinator's office for the MA and PhD Art History Programs is located in the Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA), Room 2.124B. Access the building from Trinity Street by walking up the pedestrian ramp which automatically places you on the second level of the building; as soon as you enter the building, proceed down the hallway and turn right before the stairs, go past the elevators and into the Art History suite. The Graduate Office is the second door on the left.

Design

We do not schedule formal tours for the facilities. To request an appointment with the the Design Graduate Advisor, Gloria Lee, email Professor Lee directly via glee@austin.utexas.edu. Professor Lee is generally available to meet with prospective students from September 1 to early December. If your schedule doesn't mesh with Professor Lee, contact the Graduate Coordinator, kt shorb at ktshorb@austin.utexas.edu. She is available to meet with prospective students Monday through Wednesday and Friday, Fall and Summer from 9am to 4pm. No appointments will be made on dates when the University is closed. The Graduate Coordinator's office for the MFA Design Program is on the third floor of the Art Building (ART), Room 3.330 (in the middle hallway, with a vertical blue sign that reads "Graduate Coordinator" hanging just outside the door.) Professor Lee's office is located on the first floor of the Art Building, ART 1.203.

Studio Art

Fall Semester Open House and Info Session — Prospective Students Only
We invite prospective students to join us at our Open House for prospective students at 10am on Saturday, November 1, 2015. If you are making plans to visit, this is the time to do it! The day will include: brunch, meeting current grads and studio faculty from all 5 areas; current student work, a tour of the studios and facilities, and info session. Prospective students who cannot attend the Open House may register for one of two Info Session dates on October 13 and November 10. These visits will not include grads, faculty area representatives, or student work. You will meet with the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate Coordinator who will tour you through the facilities and talk about the program in addition to answering your questions. 

To reserve your spot, visit the online registration page at least two weeks in advance of one of those dates. 

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the Open House or Info Session. If none of those dates are possible, students may request an appointment with the Studio Art Graduate Advisor, Professor Amy Hauft via email at ahauft@austin.utexas.edu. Professor Hauft may be available to meet with prospective students from Sept 1 to the end of November on Mondays and Fridays, only. If it's not possible to meet with Professor Hauft due to scheduling conflicts, contact the Graduate Coordinator, kt shorb, at ktshorb@austin.utexas.edu. She is available to meet with prospective students Monday through Wednesday and Friday, September through December and May through July from 9am to 4pm. No appointments will be made on dates when the University is closed. If you would like to visit with other members of the Studio art faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment. Meetings with the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator will NOT include a tour, will last about half an hour, and will be solely for the purpose of answering questions not otherwise answered on the website. Please, no drop-ins.

Group Visits

Group visits to the Department of Art and Art History are available for students in grades 8-12* or community college, for groups of 75 or fewer guests. Department representatives are available to provide information about our academic programs, admissions, and tour studio facilities in the Department of Art and Art History. Group visits may also include activities with the Visual Arts Center and Blanton Museum of Art if scheduled through these organizations. To inquire about a group visit for your student group, please contact Diana Mendoza, Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator, at 512-475-8757.

*If your group is in middle school, please understand that we do not have a team outreach staff assigned to work with this age group. Please contact us to explore other programming options through the university Visitor's Center.