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Menuhin violin competition uses world’s best to help Texas’ neediest fine arts students

Austin American Statesman

Dean Dempster of the College of Fine Arts discusses the long-term impact the Menuhin Competition will help children who desreve better educational opportunities in the arts.

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014

Dweller Painting by Michael Sieben

In UT’s Visual Arts Center, an Underground Skateboard World

The Alcalde

Artist Michael Sieben, BFA ’99, is the Visual Arts Center’s artist-in-residence this spring and has created an underground skateboard world—complete with a clubhouse, a skate ramp, a campfire ring, and a mysterious cast of characters known only as the “The Dwellers.”

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The artists visit Michael Heizer’s Double Negative.

Girls Gone West

The Alcalde

Five Longhorns set out on a 10 day, 4,000-mile journey to explore the great Earthworks of the American Southwest. The result: a new art exhibit in the Center Space of the Visual Art Center that opens January 31.

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Theatrical performance of Catalyst

Stage technology has changed the way theatre is made. So who’s training the new makers?

American Theatre

Stage technology has changed the way theatre is made. So who’s training the new makers? American Theatre points to UT Austin and the work led by Professor Charles Otte.

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Actors in a scene from Edge of Peace, theatrical performance.

UT Theatre and Dance Community Recognized in The Austin Chronicle's "Top 10 of 2013"

Texas Theatre & Dance

Congratulations to the Department of Theatre and Dance productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends named as top picks of 2013 in The Austin Chronicle’s annual list of standout performances.

Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014

My Fair Zombie: Chris Montalvo and Allie Donnelly

A new musical by the 'Urinetown' team is born on the 40 Acres

The Austin Chronicle

Tony Award-Winning Duo Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s new project, a subversive zombie musical was commissioned by True Love Productions. Kotis, Hollmann, and director Sean Daniels tapped into the talents of University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Lyn Koenning and Natasha Davison and their students to workshop the musical this fall.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013

Joseph V. Williams II playing guitar

Joseph V. Williams II, classical guitarist and composer, is the 2013-2014 Composer in Residence for the Austin Classical Guitar Society

The Daily Texan

As the 2013-2014 Composer in Residence at the Austin Classical Guitar Society, Williams is involved in everything the society does, from creating learning modules for students to writing new musical pieces for ensembles and groups. He is a UT alumnus (DMA '13).

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Emily Ballew Neff

Emily Ballew Neff has been appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

The University of Oklahoma

Emily Ballew Neff, a distinguished curator of American art and the art of the American West, and the founding Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, pending approval by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Michael Smith

‘Rituals of Rented Island,’ Performance Art at the Whitney

The New York Times

A new exhibition at the Whitney takes a look at performance art’s beginnings and includes works by Art and Art History Professor Michael Smith. Check out the slide show.

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013

Bruce Pennycook

Digital arts convergence focus of new UT program

Austin Business Journal

The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts has appointed Bruce Pennycook  as director of the digital arts program that will include courses in art, art history, dance and music. Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said the new program is being created to address the blurring of artistic disciplines using different multimedia technologies. 

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013