Department of Art and Art History News + Announcements

Dr. Kara Kelley Hallmark Receives TAEA Award

Tue. October 30, 2012

Dr. Kara Kelley Hallmark (Lecturer in Art Education) was recognized by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) with the annual award given to one member of the Art Education Higher Education community in Texas. The award will be presented to Dr. Hallmark at the annual convention in San Antonio on November 16.

The Department Welcomes Dr. Astrid Runggaldier

Tue. October 30, 2012

Astrid Runggaldier

Dr. Astrid Runggaldier joins the Department of Art and Art History this fall as a Senior Lecturer with a teaching focus on Mesoamerican cultures. Through the Mesoamerica Center, she will lead the courses of UT’s semester-long Study Abroad program at Casa Herrera in Antigua, Guatemala.

Originally from Italy, Runggaldier is an anthropological archaeologist interested in ancient Mesoamerican cultures and in particular in Maya architecture, households, and built environments. In 2009 she received her Ph.D in Archaeology from Boston University with a dissertation entitled “Memory and Materiality in Monumental Architecture: Construction and Reuse of a Late Preclassic Maya Palace at San Bartolo, Guatemala.” She has been in excavations in Guatemala and Belize, as well as in the northeastern US, Cyprus, and Turkey. Runggaldier has worked at San Bartolo, Guatemala since 2003, where her research has explored palaces, elite and ordinary residences from the Preclassic to Late Classic periods. Currently she is also involved in the Brea Project in the middle Belize River valley, where she directs an archaeological laboratory and pursues the investigation of Preclassic settlement.

Rob Verf Publishes Autobiographical Book

Tue. October 30, 2012

El Momento

Rob Verf (Lecturer in Studio Art), well known for his conceptual installations and paintings that explore how beings, forms and colors leave impressions in space, recently completed an autobiographical book that provides insight into his work and artistic perspectives.  Rob Verf- El Momento, was published by in Buenos Aires and launched in conjunction with Verf’s recent solo exhibition Versatil at the Museo Castagnino in Rosario. The book is currently available at renowned bookstores in Buenos Aires and Rosaio, Argentina, as well as Gallery Helder in The Hague, Netherlands.

Faculty Publication Provides Insight on American Folk Artists

Tue. October 30, 2012

American Folk Art

Kara Hallmark’s (Lecturer in Art Education) most recent publication, American Folk Art: A Regional Reference, is a two-volume collection of essays that examines the life and work of 300 artists through a series of biographies organized by geographical region. The book also includes essays on these different regions and an overview of American Folk Art.

Dr. Cherise Smith Named Associate Director at Warfield Center

Tue. October 30, 2012


The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies recently welcomed Dr. Cherise Smith (Associate Professor in Art History) as Associate Director. The Center acts as the research and programming division of the larger Black Studies community on campus, and draws upon the expertise of faculty affiliates and students from a wide variety of fields and disciplines.