Department of Art and Art History Award or Honor

Haley Parsa, undergraduate in Studio Art, receives UT System Regents' Oustanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities

Sat. April 30, 2016

Haley Parsa, undergraduate in Studio Art, received the 2016 Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities. Only two students will be awarded across The University of Texas System. Both students will be recognized in May at the U.T. System Board of Regents' meeting.

Parsa’s work covers a large variety of mediums, gliding smoothly between them, never committing entirely to one or the other. The ways in which images or objects are embedded in and experienced within time, histories, bodies and space through repetition and documentation is a point of investigation within Parsa’s work. Repetition negates the passage of time yet each mark, unit, form, is documentation of a repeated action.

As an Iranian-American, her Persian history and her connection with it are placed under an intimate and meditative lens. Parsa challenges the expectation to identify with one culture wholly yet entertain both sides and works to situate herself somewhere in between the two. By embracing the liminality of not belonging to one side or another, Parsa is interested in how things can engage with histories and with space to transform, to become more mysterious and impactful.


Farsi letters written in black in on white paper
You Are My Liver, 2016, lithograph, 25 x 18 inches.

This originated from a reoccurring childhood memory of my grandmother that is carried out to this day. As she only speaks Farsi, almost everything she's ever said has had to be translated to me. She would always say "you are my liver," meaning "you are my life/I cannot live without you." Not only was this phrase funny to me but it was always funny to think I feel completely connected to her even though we've never "spoken" - that I can still be in touch with my family, roots, heritage on a very intimate level despite not knowing Farsi or being "fully" Persian or being Persian "enough." I have struggled to situate and understand my place in my family and myself as an Iranian-American woman.

Aesthetically, the piece employs the same repeated letter technique used when learning a language on a fundamental, elementary level. Each letter of the Farsi alphabet is contained in an organic shape similar to bodily, liver-like parts all composing one unit.

black and white print of abstract shapes
Chromatophores at Your Local Grocery, 2015, hand reduction screenprint, 22 x 15 inches.

I drew inspiration from an unlikely source: the grocery store. I took what appeared to be mangled meat or fish and distorted the image into a more abstract representation while staying true to the present values. It was important to treat each indistinguishable form with the same attention and grace. Each is rendered in a very precise and meticulous way in hand reduction (totaling 7 layers) to make accentuate the 3-Dimensionality of this seemingly grotesque abstracted image that would not normally be warranted this much attention or found as striking and curious.

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Stephennie Mulder talks about her work in Syria, recent trip to Iran to receive book award

Wed. April 6, 2016

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Associate Professor Stephennie Mulder received the World Prize for Book of the Year from the Iranian Ministry of Culture.

Read an interview with Stephennie Mulder.

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler named as 2016 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellows

Wed. April 6, 2016

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Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler named as 2016 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellows. Read more about the fellowship and the recipients.

Gracelee Lawrence, M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art, selected as Luce Scholar

Fri. March 4, 2016

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Grace Lee Lawrence has been selected as a 2016–2017 Henry Luce Scholar. Applicants went through a three-month-long selection process and 18 scholars were selected from 162 applicants.

Zach Ingram a semifinalist in the Print Center's Annual International Competition

Tue. February 23, 2016

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Zach Ingram (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art) was a semifinalist in the Print Center's Annual International Competition.

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