Department of Art and Art History News

Rising sophomores look back on their first year at UT Austin

Wed. May 20, 2015

print of octagonal 3D forms in beige fog
Guneez Ibrahim, Baucis, 2015, digital print.

"My favorite thing about UT Austin thus far is the size of the Department of Art and Art History. By the end of the year, all the freshmen faces become recognizable, and it begins to feel like a small Twin Peaks-esque town."

Guneez Ibrahim (BFA candidate in Design)


people sit for photo beside sawdust design on street
Alfombra built by students and faculty during Holy Week in Guatemala

"My favorite experience from this year has definitely been going on the Holy Week trip to Antigua, Guatemala. On our second day there, we were on a walking tour of the town, and we walked past a shop playing Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi.

I said, "Bon Jovi?"

Jason Urban turned around and said, "That's basically our life this week."

So, even though his comment didn't make perfect sense to everyone that heard him, one of the themes of our week became livin' on a prayer for sure."

— Kendall Bradley (BFA candidate in Studio Art)


student in blue button up posing for camera with sketchpad
Abbie Weller inside the BOT Greenhouse

"My favorite experience during my first year at UT Austin was visiting the BOT Greenhouse with my drawing foundations class to sketch. The light was really beautiful in the early spring, and it was nice to discover a new part of campus."

Abbie Weller (BA candidate in Art History)


photography of orrange and green shapes
Seth Murchinson, Knossos, 2015, photography.

“One of the best things about coming to UT Austin is being able to interact with people in all disciplines. It really helps you to approach your own studies from a unique perspective.”

— Seth Murchison (BFA candidate in Studio Art)


woman with asymmetrical hairstyle posing for photograph
Image courtesy of Madalin Beavers.

"Probably my weirdest, yet funniest, experience during my first year was when I was walking back to my dorm late at night and came upon two guys trying to film a skate video in a street intersection. The guy being filmed was very slowly going across the intersection while the other guy was clumsily skating in front of him and filming. Both of them were wearing sunglasses, khaki shorts, weird hats, dress shirts, and ties — and looked barely conscious."

Madalin Beavers (BFA candidate in Visual Art Studies)

PhD candidates present exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art

Tue. May 19, 2015

white overlapping hexagonal and cube shapes on green background
 

PhD candidates in Art History and Andrew W. Mellon Fellows at the Blanton Katie Anania and Alexis Salas present two exhibitions: Paper and Performance: The Bent Page and All the Signs are (T)Here: Social Iconography in Mexican and Chicano Art from Collections at The University of Texas at Austin.

The exhibitions will be on view April 25 – August 9, 2015 at the Blanton. A Perspectives talk with Anania and Salas will occur May 21. Read more about All the Signs are (T)Here on the Blanton blog.

Fidencio Duran named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

Mon. May 18, 2015

painting of women dancing and man blowing bubbles in front of house
Image courtesy of Fidencio Duran.

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.

Christa Palazzolo in two-person exhibition at MASS Gallery

Mon. May 18, 2015

painting of woman in black blazer smoking a cigarette
Image courtesy of the artist and MASS Gallery.

Christa Palazzolo (BFA in Studio Art, 2006) presents work in the two-person exhibition Natural Future Museum. The exhibition will be on view May 15 – June 13, 2015 at MASS Gallery.