Department of Art and Art History News

Jacky Cardenas awarded 2015 TAEA Student Teacher of the Year

Thu. October 29, 2015

woman posing for photo in front of brick wall
Image courtesy of Jacky Cardenas

Undergraduate in Art Education Jacky Cardenas was recognized the TAEA Student Teacher of the Year.

The award is given to one TAEA member from each division who is nominated and has significantly contributed to the association and to art education on the state, local and/or national levels.

In her nomination, Christina Bain wrote:

As a co-director/president of UT Austin’s Artists in Action Group (UTAIA), Jacky has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities. Jacky’s efforts greatly contributed to UTAIA receiving one of the UT Tower Awards in 2014, recognizing the organization’s work for service learning/community outreach.

Jacky believes that art can be used as a tool to improve our quality of life and brighten our communities. She is one of the most reliable and personable student leaders that I have worked with at UT Austin. Her leadership style is inclusive—always seeking to work collaboratively toward common goals. Jacky’s involvement in student leadership extends far beyond her dedication to UTAIA and the undergraduate Art Education program. Some of the groups Jacky volunteers with include: The Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Via Colori, The Memory Project, Austin Animal Shelter, Clean Up Austin, and Celebracion. Recently, she was featured in an Ethics Unwrapped video.

Jacky is a student leader who “walks the walk” and demonstrates by example. She is committed to her studies as well as serving those around her. UT Austin’s motto “What Starts Here Changes the World” is one that Jacky exemplifies through her actions as an inspirational student leader.

Tommy Fitzpatrick presents solo exhibition Cat's Cradle

Wed. October 28, 2015

Painting of red architectual structure on warm yellow background
Image courtesy of the artist.

Tommy Fitzgerald's (B.A. in Studio Art, 1991) presents a solo exhibition entitled Cat's Cradle at Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas. Cat's Cradle opens on Friday, October 28, and will be on view through January 2, 2016.

Jonas Criscoe and Brian Johnson present a two-person show Confluence Then Redaction

Sat. October 24, 2015

two images of artwork pasted next to each other
Image courtesy of grayDUCK Gallery

Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2006) and Brian Johnson (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 1997) present a two-person exhibition Confluence Then Redaction at grayDUCK Gallery. The exhibition will be on view October 24 – November 22, 2015.

Rebecca Ward featured on Blouin Artinfo

Fri. October 23, 2015

Canvas with threads pulled out in geometric patterns
Image courtesy of the artist.

Rebecca Ward (B.A. in Studio Art, 2006) was featured on Blouin Artinfo for her show aphasia at Ronchini gallery in London. Aphasia runs through December 5, 2015.

Beth Ferguson selected as American Arts Incubator Artist

Fri. October 23, 2015

Woman in button down shirt looking at camera
Image courtesy of Beth Ferguson.


Beth Ferguson (M.F.A. in Design, 2009) has been selected as an American Arts Incubator 2015–16 Artist. Ferguson will spend four weeks in Indonesia leading workshops to teach specific skills, develop project ideas with community participants, and execute a micro-grant program to fund the development of community driven art projects.