Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence selected for UMLAUF Prize
Thu. July 30, 2015
Booth notes, “Being a juror for the UMLAUF Prize is daunting because it requires distinguishing something in the work of a group of peers that is noteworthy, unique, fresh — and yet has the potential to stand the test of time. The graduate students of UT Austin do not make this choice easy. This year both Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence were awarded the Prize because their work exhibits a passion that is deeply personal and intellectually universal.”
“Ryan’s visceral courage and his deep commitment to how art is experienced by the viewer as well as his connection to history and identity issues is both immensely appealing and challenging. Gracelee tackles her subject matter with a richness and yes, grace, that underscores the complexity of the societal pressures of gender and sexuality, nourishment and ritual. Their work is inspiring, and though completely different is connected by the exploration of `identity issues’. As such it made complete sense to award the UMLAUF Prize to both of them.” Both students are working with UMLAUF Curator Katie Robinson Edwards this summer to develop new work for their exhibitions. The UMLAUF Prize opening, Thursday, September 10, 6-8 p.m., will be free and open to the public.
Charles Umlauf (1910-1994) taught at UT Austin for forty years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1981. The UMLAUF opened in 1991 with the mission of exhibiting work by Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting and providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. In 2005, UT Austin alumnus and UMLAUF Board Member Damian Priour (1949–2011) and his wife Paula founded the UMLAUF Prize to support emerging artists from UT Austin. Umlauf’s own work acknowledged his artistic forbears while presenting new approaches that looked toward the future. Previous Prize winners are: Adam Crosson (2014), Stephanie Wagner (2007), Katalin Hausel (2006), Mark Schatz (2005) and Holly Fischer (2004).
About the UMLAUF:
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded around a vast collection of work by American sculptor Charles Umlauf. The UMLAUF provides educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture, and exhibits the work of Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting.
About Ryan Hawk:
Ryan Hawk holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University. In 2012 he attended the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program in New York, New York. Ryan Hawk is currently a MFA candidate in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin.
About Gracelee Lawrence:
Gracelee Lawrence received a BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. and is pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at UT Austin. She is a contributing writer for the International Sculpture Center Blog and Catapult Magazine. Lawrence has exhibited at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin, Texas; BLUEorange Contemporary in Houston, Texas; Saint Cloud University in Saint Cloud, Minnesota; Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina; The Carrack Modern Art in Durham, North Carolina; Rancho Paradiso in Joshua Tree, California; and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received the David Womack Memorial Fiber Arts Scholarship (2014), Eyes Got It! Grand Prize Winner (2013), and the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant (2011–12). She has also held several national residencies.
About Suzanne Deal Booth:
Suzanne Deal Booth is an art and preservation advocate. She co-founded The Friends of Heritage Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical preservation causes worldwide. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou Foundation, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Contemporary Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art, and Marfa Ballroom. Suzanne Deal Booth also serves on the Art Committee of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. She served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for the State of California where she was responsible for the disbursement of $125 million. In 2001, she and her family established the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship for Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome. She was the patron of the James Turrell Skyspace, Twilight Epiphany, on the Rice University Campus and in turn it was named the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. Suzanne is a noteworthy collector and supporter of contemporary art.
For more information, contact Noemi Szyller at the UMLAUF.
Dr. Christina Bain Honored with 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award
Mon. July 13, 2015
Dr. Christina Bain, one of eleven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin, has been chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.
The awards program is one of the nation's largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.
Dr. Bain is an Associate Professor of Art Education. Her research interests focus on the intersection of theory with practice in art education. More specifically, her research examines the preparation and development of art teachers, both at the preservice and inservice levels, with topics including the development of teacher identity, curricular development, technology integration, arts integration, and material culture.
She is the author of Pixels are Not Paint: A Qualitative Study of the Effectiveness of the Digitalfolio as a Learning Strategy in a College Digital Art Classroom and has contributed chapters to Matter Matters: Art Education and Material Culture Studies and Remembering Others: Making Invisible Histories of Art Education Visible.
In the past, Dr. Bain has been recognized with awards including: the Texas Art Educator of the Year Award in 2011, the Texas Art Education Association’s Higher Educator of the Year Award in 2005, and the National Art Education Association Student Chapter Sponsor Award in 2009.
Each honoree will receive $25,000 and be recognized at ceremony August 19 at the JW Marriott in Austin.
“There is nothing more important at a university than good teaching,” said UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves. “I thank the UT System and Board of Regents for recognizing the work of these talented faculty members, and I thank the recipients — at UT Austin and across the UT System — for inspiring their students every day.”
Established in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.
Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and other criteria in their evaluations including outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and motivating students in the classroom.
“These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders,” said Paul Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents.
“The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students, and the UT Board of Regents is pleased to have this opportunity to honor them.”
Fidencio Duran named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Mon. May 18, 2015
Fidencio Duran (BFA in Studio Art, 1984) has been named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame alongside Heloise Gold and Allen Robertson. A ceremony will take place June 1, 2015.
Amy Blakemore receives 2015 Artist of the Year from Art league Houston
Mon. April 20, 2015
Amy Blakemore (MFA in Studio Art, 1985) has been selected as the 2015 Texas Artist of the Year by Art League Houston. Blakemore will present work in an exhibition at Art League Houston September 25 – November 7, 2015.