Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Three things you didn't know about Assistant Professor Jiwon Park

Thu. October 8, 2015

orange block of color

Jiwon Park joined the Department of Art and Art History as an assistant professor in Design this year. She shared three facts about herself over email:

#1 My favorite color is Neon Orange: Pantone 804 and 805.
It's a creative color. Also when you stare at it, it makes you feel happy and sometimes hungry. I get annoyed when people say, "Oh you must be happy walking around the UT campus filled with orange." UT Austin's burnt orange is so burnt that it is much closer to brown!

#2 I'm a rare art book collector.
In my library, there are limited edition collectibles, signed copies, and rare first editions. They are the most valuable (and expensive) things I possess.

One of my favorites is a book collaboratively produced by a Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom and conceptual artist Job Koelewijn titled The Road Not Taken. The poem "The Road Not Taken," written by Robert Frost, is repeated over 730 pages and printed with ink mixed with a base of beef bouillon. The hard cover book was published in an edition of 123, all of which were displayed in the artist's exhibition in Amsterdam in 2000.

If you happen to be in London, visit Marcus Campbell Art Books. It's around the side of Tate Modern, and they stock a variety range of rare art books at a fraction of the price.

#3: I own over 50 pairs of stiletto heels—all above 4 inches in height.

Eddie Chambers presents "British Artists of the African Diaspora"

Mon. October 5, 2015

 Vintage periodicals arranged on a black table.
Photo by Mark Doroba.

The exhibition "British Artists of the African Diaspora," on view at the Fine Arts Library through the Fall 2015 semester, is a sampling of materials selected by professor Eddie Chambers that relates to the history of Black culture in Britain.

Michael Smith featured in MOMUS

Mon. October 5, 2015

 Cartoonish drawing of people
Image courtesy of the artist.

Professor Michael Smith was featured in MOMUS in response to his exhibition, Excuse me!?!…I’m looking for the “Fountain of Youth."

Penelope Davies presents paper at international conference

Mon. October 5, 2015

white overlapping hexagon and cube forms on green background

Penelope Davies presented her paper “The Politics of Place: Competing for Presence on the Ancient Via Appia” at the September 2015 The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, Twelfth International Conference in Alba Iulia, Romania.

New full-time lecturers appointed in Design and Studio Art

Wed. September 30, 2015

three photos of two women and man
From left to right: Cassandra Cisneros, Bethany Johnson, and James Walker.

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce three new full-time lecturers in the areas of Design and Studio Art.

Cassandra Cisneros joins the department as a lecturer in Design. Cisneros received an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts. Before entering graduate school, she worked for the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Blanton Museum of Art as in-house graphic designer. Her thesis at CalArts explored the graphic language of candy packaging and sugar’s historical relevance to immigration.

Bethany Johnson joins the department as a lecturer in Foundations, the department's first-year experience for all majors. Johnson is an artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. Her work revolves around the study of systems, and the visual representation of information. She received an M.F.A. in painting from UT Austin in 2011, and her work is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas. A number of her most recent pieces are currently on view at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her work will also be shared with Austin this winter at The Mom Gallery.

James Walker joins the department as a lecturer in Design. Walker is a graphic designer who aims to make good things for good people. He is the founder of the collaborative studio, Husbandmen, and previously lectured on graphic design at Washington University, Santa Reparata International School of Art and the University of Missouri. Walker received an M.F.A. in Design, Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. During his studies, he presented his research on community engagement at Design Research Society in Bangkok, Thailand and Richmond’s first TEDx. His award-winning work has been featured in a variety of international design blogs, books and magazines.

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