Thu. August 29, 2013
The Torcasso Residence in New Mexico, which includes a site-specific installation by Professor Margo Sawyer (Sculpture), has received a 2013 CoD+A Award in the residential category. The house was designed by Lawrence Speck of the architecture firm Page Southerland Page. The CoD+A Awards are presented by The Art Commission and recognize collaborative projects by designers and artists in the public and private realms.
Congrats to Margo and Landmarks!
Tue. June 25, 2013
Thu. May 9, 2013
As summer fast approaches, Art History majors Hallie Brewer and Arjun Reddy are gearing up to spend the next few months conducting research amongst the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Oplontis. The newly inaugurated Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI), situated within the Department of Art and Art History, recently selected Brewer and Reddy from an impressive pool of applicants as the summer of 2013 Undergraduate Excavation Fellows. While in Italy, Brewer and Reddy will have the unique opportunity to conduct real research as part of the faculty directed Oplontis Project. Located only five kilometers west of Pompeii and buried beneath the modern city of Torre Annunziata, Oplontis provides art historians and archeologists with unprecedented insight into the lives of Roman elites and their slaves. CSAI initiated the Undergraduate Excavation Fellowship Program in an effort to foster undergraduate study on Ancient Italy. Auguri Hallie e Arjun!
Wed. April 24, 2013
The Courtyard Gallery features the artwork of faculty and alumni of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts. Alumna Thuy-Van Vu’s Works on Paper will be on exhibition from April 25-August 30.
While much of Thuy-Van Vu’s recent work depicts the kind of everyday urban detritus that is often overlooked or disregarded by portraying entropic views of abandoned architecture, her current endeavors consider things that are mindfully preserved. Probing into museum archives of personal items, as well as institutional storage spaces—a different, less public form of the archive—Vu renders objects that are separated from their original or intended context to create evocative portraits of a given perspective.
Vu’s subject matter takes inspiration from a variety of unlikely sources, from stacked school desks to closing sale spreads to preserved books on display in a museum. Like the content of these books, spread open to reveal just two immortalized pages under their vitrines, the personal histories of the objects are inaccessible beyond the mediated view provided by their place of display. Methodically arranged and sometimes deconstructed, the objects begin to read as a series of forms divorced from their intended place or function. Vu processes these formal elements, concentrating on a painted language of line, surface, and composition to accentuate the visceral experience of looking.
Objects potentially imbued with personal meaning or utility become shapes in space, a condensed narrative rendered in gently abstracted geometries. Whether depicting careful displays or collections of objects unceremoniously piled in storage, Vu translates these images into a painted archive that both documents and reinvents the existing tableaux. The works succeed in examining the objects themselves, but also in portraying the experience of viewing the objects through the lens of their conditional settings.
Thuy-Van Vu, Remnants of House on Meridian Avenue, 2012
Though preserved, the items of interest examined here resonate with the sense of abandonment and displacement found in Vu’s paintings of dilapidated buildings and construction sites. That these translated views are destined to be displayed in an artistic setting further complicates the ideas of place and looking inherent to Vu’s work. Through these painted documents, Vu prolongs and transforms the essence of her subjects, proving once more the point of their mutability.
TJ Hunt is an artist and freelance writer based in Austin, Texas and Marfa, Texas. She earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She is currently Editorial Assistant for the Austin-based arts magazine Pastelegram.
Mon. March 18, 2013
Type or pThe Department of Art and Art History is thrilled to announce Thao Votang as Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator. In her new position, Thao guides prospective students through the admissions process while simultaneously introducing them to exciting opportunities, events and programs throughout the department and university.
Thao received her BA in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Liberal Arts from St. Edward's University. She has volunteered with almost every institution in Austin including the Blanton Museum of Art, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Creative Research Lab, Art Alliance Austin, Fusebox Festival, Austin Museum Partnership and French Legation Museum.
In 2011, Thao co-founded Tiny Park, an innovative, austin-based art space that presents contemporary art exhibitions, readings and film screenings by local and national artists.