Department of Art and Art History Design

Junior Design Students Launch 512stew Project

Mon. November 4, 2013

Junior design students launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund “512stew”— a book highlighting the work of 18 designers in the “Images in Communication” course.

From the 512stew website:

“There have been songs, movies, stories and photographs highlighting the city. However, as young creators we see it differently. We strived to go deeper than the surface through our intimate one-on-one experiences. In this book, there is text, photography, paintings, graphic design, and video. We have all worked hard to contribute our own style and understanding of these cultures.

Through exploring individual definitions of culture in Austin, we are expressing our strengths and developing our weaknesses. By delving into these topics, we hope to celebrate Austin in a way that is unlike a typical publication. Hopefully, through our viewpoints, you will get a more in-depth view of the city and fall in love with everything we have to show while learning something new!”

 “Images in Communication” is a core studio course for juniors in the design division of the Department of Art and Art History. Working on a single project for an entire semester, the course considers the book as a platform for thinking about design as a powerful means of communication and an engaging cultural practice.

Portraits of 18 designers that created 512stew.
Image: 512stew

Raul De Lara Wins $10,000 Prize

Tue. October 22, 2013


Raul De Lara, currently a junior in the design program, won the $10,000 prize in the Austin edition of the Herradura Barrel Art Program. Ten Austin artists created artworks under only one rule: they have to use a tequila barrel.

The prize also gives Raul a chance at the finals held in Miami later this year, and a grand prize award of $100,000. The Herradura Barrel Art Program is held in eight cities across the country, where judges select one artist to advance to the finals.

De Lara’s work is influenced by the folklore surrounding the Mexican agave, creating a form of the god Quetzacoatl using only the tequila barrel. He was featured in The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni magazine, Alcalde, explaining his process and ambition:

“I would love to wake up and go to sleep only making art. Whether it’s doing studio work or commissions for hotels, restaurants or people. I just want to create for people. The cash helps, but more importantly, the connections I made there and being able to say I won helps in the eyes of people that require reassurance [about my ability], which is nice.”

Visit the competition’s website for more images of De Lara, the award presentation and artworks at the event.

Image courtesy of @HerraduraTeq.

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