Department of Art and Art History News + Announcements

Professor Susan Rather Named the Inaugural Senior Scholar in the Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Tue. October 9, 2012

Susan Rather
Susan Rather with Crystal Bridges founder Alice Walton
Photo courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum

Associate Professor of Art History Susan Rather has been named as the inaugural senior scholar in the Tyson Scholars of American Art program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges, in Bentonville, Arkansas, was founded in 2005 by philanthropist Alice Walton and opened to the public in November 2011. 2011-12 is the pilot year for the scholars’ program, which has been funded by a $5 million commitment from the Tyson Family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Rather will serve in an advisory capacity as the program is developed, both during the fall semester when she is in residence, and in the spring for fellowship deliberations. At Crystal Bridges, Rather will complete her manuscript for a book titled The American School: Artists and Status in the Late Colonial and Early National Era. This study offers nuanced examination of a variety of artifacts and texts in considering the shifting image of "artist" during the defining period in our nation’s history.

Video Game by Design MFA Wins IndieCade 2012 Official Selection

Mon. October 8, 2012


The experimental 8-bit video game TRACK+FEEL II by Rachel Weil (MFA student in Design) was recently named an IndieCade 2012 Official Selection. IndieCade has been called "the video game industry's Sundance," and each year it recognizes independent video games from around the world at its annual festival in Los Angeles, CA. Weil's TRACK+FEEL II was shown on October 6 as part of the festival's open-air Night Games event.TRACK+FEEL II, which runs on a 1980s video game console called the NES, allows players to dance and create music while exploring the intersections of pixelated retro gaming, femininity, cooperative gameplay, and generative program glitching.

Faculty in the Media

Thu. September 27, 2012

Dr. David Stuart (Professor in Art History) was recently featured in Science News and the UK-based magazine, Eureka (PDF), for his discovery of an ancient Mayan text that refers to the supposed apocalyptic date, December 21, 2012. Deciphering the Mayan glyphs, Dr. Stuart suggests that the 2012 date concerns political turmoil of the time, rather than an apocalyptic prophecy. Dr. Stuart's research is supported by the Schele research fund from the College of Fine Arts and through the Casa Herrera facility in Guatemala, where he conducts a majority of his research throughout the year.

MFA Graduate Student Featured in Austin Chronicle

Fri. September 21, 2012


Photography MFA Lily Brooks' Q&A was recently featured in the Austin Chronicle. 

Beili Liu honored with 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Mon. August 20, 2012

Beili Liu

Beili Liu (Associate Professor in Studio Art) has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. The award is the Board of Regents' highest honor and recognizes outstanding faculty performance, including student learning outcomes and innovative course development.