Department of Art and Art History News

Jules Buck Jones presents work at McMurtrey Gallery

Tue. November 25, 2014

white department hexagon cube logo on green

Jules Buck Jones (MFA Studio Art, 2008) presents new work at McMurtrey Gallery in Houston, Texas. The exhibition, ¿Do Geese See God? will be on display December 6, 2014 – January 3, 2015.

Free Press Houston interviewed Jones about his exhibition and work.

Q+A with Kim Gant, doctoral candidate in Art History

Tue. November 25, 2014

woman in black jacket posing for portrait

Please describe your background.

I am proud to say I am a born and bred Chicagoan, though I technically grew up in the city of Evanston, Illinois. I decided against staying at home for college, and did my undergraduate degree at Pitzer College, which is one of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California. I then moved to New York to work and got my master's at Columbia University. I decided that I wasn’t finished with school and am pursuing my doctorate here at UT Austin. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Art History. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are also in Art History, though I spent some time working in advertising and marketing before I went back to school.

Why did you decide to attend The University of Texas at Austin?

I applied based on the recommendation of my adviser at Columbia. She told me that UT Austin was expanding their areas of specialization in the Department of Art and Art History and that they had just hired two professors who focused on my specialty, African Diaspora. After visiting, I felt like it was the right fit, so I accepted my offer of admission.

You recently received a CCL Mellon Foundation Fellowship and spent some time in NYC. What did you learn from the fellowship?

The CCL Mellon Seminar was an amazing experience. The seminar confirmed my desire to work in the museum profession. I spent two weeks in New York with a group of 12 other art history doctoral students from around the country. As a group we visited museums, met curators, conservators, administrators, etc. and discussed the discipline of art history in conjunction with practical experience in art institutions. I also got a professional mentor who I am able to keep in communication with about issues and concerns with regard to career advice, etc. It’s a great opportunity for any student interested in positions outside academia.

Can you describe your upcoming pre-doctoral opportunity at the Newark Museum?

The fellowship is a new program where I will be working under Dr. Christa Clarke, the Senior Curator of African and Ocean Art and Art of the Americas. I will be spending my time researching the current collection for re-installation slated for 2017. I am also thrilled that I have the opportunity to suggest new acquisitions, work with living artists, and be a part of the Newark Museum staff and the art community in and around New York at large.

What will you miss about Austin and the university?

I will miss the academic environment of UT Austin, especially my fellow graduate students who have been a great support network for me both professionally and academically. I will also of course miss the weather and quality of life. Though Austin has increased in terms of cost of living since I moved here, it's still well underneath the prices of NY. I’m hoping to live in the Jersey City area, which is a little less expensive and has some actual grocery stores. It sounds random, but having to move from a real supermarket to a corner store with higher prices is not something I am going to enjoy.

What are you most excited about with regard to your upcoming move?

I am really excited to be back in New York and just feel the energy of the city and the people who live there. I am also excited to be able to work in a museum again, which re-energizes me with regard to my dissertation research. Additionally, I will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects that connect to my research overall and keep my mind stimulated.

David Stuart lectures at the Museo Popol Vuh

Tue. November 25, 2014

green department cube lock up

David Stuart will lecture at the Museo Popol Vuh on December 4, 2014.

Gracelee Lawrence presents work in an exhibition at BLUEorange gallery

Mon. November 24, 2014

green department cube lock-up

Gracelee Lawrence, MFA candidate in Studio Art, presents work in Eupepsia at BLUEorange Contemporary in Houston, Texas.

Installations by Beili Liu highlighted in publication

Mon. November 24, 2014

book cover with image of man in shallow water drawing circles in sand

Four works by Beili Liu have been included in De la nature à l'oeuvre, a publication by Virginie Luc.