Department of Art and Art History News

Beili Liu exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Wed. May 14, 2014

Steel suspended from studio ceiling
"Chine", laser cut steel, stainless steel cable, fan. Photo courtesy of the artist

Professor Beili Liu's most recent installation "Chine" will be displayed at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas May 24 through August 31. The opening reception will be held May 30 and include a talk with the artist.

Liu's time and process based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, water, these simple materials and compounds are the vehicles by which Beili Liu hand crafts microcosms of fragility and poignancy. By working on these everyday materials, Liu manipulates their intrinsic and bare qualities to extrapolate much more complex cultural narratives.

John Yancey lecture at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center

Tue. May 13, 2014

Artist standing in front of his paintings in gallery
Photo by Sandy Carson

Professor John Yancey will lecture at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center on May 22. Yancey will use his most recent body of work, Dueling Dualisms, where "references to African American quilt traditions and the complex image of the entertainer speak to the dueling realities of external image, inner-identity, and the survival of soul and dignity under the gaze and perils of an often hostile dominant culture."

Leslie Mutchler creates workLAB Satellites for Blanton Museum of Art

Tue. May 13, 2014

Artist Leslie Mutchler stands in front of her worklab stations in museum
Photo by Deborah Cannon

Professor Leslie Mutchler was commissioned by the Blanton Museum of Art to create WorkLAB Satellites. Utilizing the department's new Digital Fabrication Lab and specifically the CNC Router, Mutcher created modular stations for art making. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin spotlighted Professor Mutchler in Austin360.

Artists in Action win Outstanding Student Organization award

Thu. May 8, 2014

Three students pose with award
B.F.A. Art Education students (from left to right): Shaun Lane, Natalie Gomez, Destiny Barr

Artists in Action was awarded an Outstanding Student Organization Award by the University of Texas Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement. Students were recognized at the 2014 Tower Awards Ceremony on April 30. Artists in Action is the UT Austin student chapter of the National Art Education Association. The group aims to promote community dialog about visual arts through collaborative partnerships with the Department of Art and Art History, art educators, organizations throughout Austin, and all members of Artists in Action.

Sawyer, LaDeau, Corral group exhibition at Cinnabar

Thu. May 8, 2014

Digital rendering of driftwood
Infinite Object (Driftwood), 2014, Phil LaDeau, image courtesy of the artist

Cinnabar (San Antonio) presents an exhibition featuring works by professors Liz Ward of Trinity University and Margo Sawyer of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Ward and Sawyer's works will be on display alongside the work of their student picks: Adriana Corral (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2013), Phil LaDeau (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2014), and Clay Reuter.

The exhibition will open Thursday, May 15.