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Dr. Michael Thomas

Dr. Michael Thomas, codirector of the Oplontis Project leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii.

The Wine Spectator


Dr. Michael Thomas, codirector of the Oplontis Project near Pompeii and director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii. He and his team have been freshly appraising two Oplontis villas, mostly excavated in the 1970s and '80s but never fully studied.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013

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William Craver, BFA in Drama 1952, MFA in Drama 1956 will receive a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.

Tony Awards

Congratulations to William Craver, who will receive a Tony Honor on June 9.  He has worked on more than 50 Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. He has been Associate Producer of a CBS-TV mini-series, a feature film released by Columbia Pictures and co-Producer of a Movie of the week for CBS.  

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Turk Pipkin to Keynote the College of Fine Arts Commencement Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin – Spring 2013

Writer, actor and filmmaker Turk Pipkin will be the speaker for the COFA Spring Commencement held in Bass Concert Hall on May 17, 2013.

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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The World Premiere of MAD BEAT HIP & GONE at Zach Theatre - written and directed by Steven Dietz, Theatre & Dance's playwriting professor

The Austin Chronicle

MAD BEAT HIP & GONE opens April 3 at Zach Theatre, written and directed by Steven Dietz, the most-produced playwright in America and playwriting professor from Theatre and Dance. The work was co-commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013

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The Playwright's Horizon 2013-2014 season includes work by Kirk Lynn.

The New York Times

The Playwright's Horizon 2013-2014 season includes “Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra,” a new play by Theatre & Dance resident playwright and director Kirk Lynn (Rude Mechs).

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Playwright Steven Dietz's "Rancho Mirage" Receives Rolling World Premiere

National New Play Network

Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage will receive four productions through the National New Play Network's Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2013/14 season. 

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013

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COFA alumn Don Bacigalupi took on one of the biggest gambles the art world has ever seen—and made it look easy

The Alcalde

Don Bacigalupi, MA ’85, PhD ’93 (Art History), joined Crystal Bridges as executive director. It is the biggest new museum of American art in more than 50 years built in  Bentonville, Arkansas by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton. He now serves in the newly created position of president and was appointed to Crystal Bridges Board of Directors.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013

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UT makes big leap in public art

Austin American Statesman

Landmarks,The Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin announces that "Circle With Towers” and “Wall Drawing #520” by Sol LeWitt   will be officially dedicated March 21, one of several events to mark the opening of the new Dell Computer Science Hall and Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Center.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013

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Arts Fuel the Texas Economy

Texas Cultural Trust


Texas’ Arts and Culture Industry plays a major role in the state’s overall economy. The nearly 10,000 Arts and Culture Industry businesses located throughout Texas employ over 110,000 workers.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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The UT Wind Ensemble mentioned in NY Times

The New York Times

The UT Wind Ensemble got a nice credit in a NY Times review of a Juilliard performance of Corigliano's Circus Maximus in Carnegie Hall. 

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013