Department of Art and Art History News

Michael Smith featured in The Brooklyn Rail

Fri. October 9, 2015

AMan sitting on bench under a tree at sunset looking at chapel
Image courtesy of the artist.

The Brooklyn Rail reviewed Professor Michael Smith's recent show Excuse Me!?!…I’m looking for the “Fountain of Youth" at Green Naftali Gallery in New York.

Three things you didn't know about Assistant Professor Jiwon Park

Thu. October 8, 2015

orange block of color

Jiwon Park joined the Department of Art and Art History as an assistant professor in Design this year. She shared three facts about herself over email:

#1 My favorite color is Neon Orange: Pantone 804 and 805.
It's a creative color. Also when you stare at it, it makes you feel happy and sometimes hungry. I get annoyed when people say, "Oh you must be happy walking around the UT campus filled with orange." UT Austin's burnt orange is so burnt that it is much closer to brown!

#2 I'm a rare art book collector.
In my library, there are limited edition collectibles, signed copies, and rare first editions. They are the most valuable (and expensive) things I possess.

One of my favorites is a book collaboratively produced by a Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom and conceptual artist Job Koelewijn titled The Road Not Taken. The poem "The Road Not Taken," written by Robert Frost, is repeated over 730 pages and printed with ink mixed with a base of beef bouillon. The hard cover book was published in an edition of 123, all of which were displayed in the artist's exhibition in Amsterdam in 2000.

If you happen to be in London, visit Marcus Campbell Art Books. It's around the side of Tate Modern, and they stock a variety range of rare art books at a fraction of the price.

#3 I own over 50 pairs of stiletto heels—all above 4 inches in height.

Marya Spont-Lemus featured for FrankenToyMobile project

Wed. October 7, 2015

white cube and hexagon shapes on green background

Marya Spont-Lemus (M.A. in Art Education, 2010) was featured in Newcity Design for her project, FrakenToyMobile.

Olivia Martin Moore installation on view as part of TEMPO project.

Mon. October 5, 2015


Steel architectual frame with one corner leaning on limestone rock in field
Memorial, 2015, steel.

Olivia Martin Moore (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2011) presents work as part of the City of Austin's public works program TEMPO. Her piece, Memorial, gives note to the eight convicts who died while quarrying this site when it supplied limestone rock to build the Texas State Capitol. Memorial is on view at Convict Hill Quarry Park until January 18, 2015.


Penelope Davies presents paper at international conference

Mon. October 5, 2015

white overlapping hexagon and cube forms on green background

Penelope Davies presented her paper “The Politics of Place: Competing for Presence on the Ancient Via Appia” at the September 2015 The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, Twelfth International Conference in Alba Iulia, Romania.