April 2012

Meet Karoline Liu, COFA's New Director of Recruitment and Admissions

The College of Fine Arts has appointed Karoline Liu to serve as its first director of recruitment and admissions. Liu will lead efforts in the college to improve all aspects of building and sustaining an outstanding undergraduate population.

Liu comes to the College of Fine Arts from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where she has been developing and implementing recruitment strategies as well as building and maintaining strong relationships with high school teachers and college counselors at top high school arts programs. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Master's in Business Administration from SMU. Liu will join the leadership team in the Undergraduate Studies area of the college, alongside the college's assistant dean of student affairs and the director of career services.

Longhorn Night with the Round Rock Express

Join other Longhorns and special invited guests on Saturday, May 5th, for a night at the ball park. Ticket price includes admission, box seats, the All-American buffett, soft drinks and beer in the United Heritage Center. To purchase tickets, visit this link and use the code longhorns to activate the discount. For questions, please contact Gregg Miller at gmiller@rrexpress.com or call (512) 238-2223.

Alumni College Set for June 19-22

Join the Texas Exes as they host their annual event, Alumni College: Classes Without Quizzes, on the UT campus this June 19-22. While this event is open to everyone, Continuing Professional Education credits will be offered, and you can attend for all three days, or just one or two. Department of Theatre and Dance's Charlie Otte will be lecturing this year. Click here to register and learn more.

New Faculty Ensemble Debuts from Butler School of Music

The Butler School of Music announced the formation of its newest faculty ensemble, The Butler Trio. Sandy Yamamoto, violin, Joshua Gindele, cello, and Colette Valentine, piano, formed the trio in honor of Sarah and Ernest Butler, whose generous contributions have helped the arts in Austin thrive.

In May 2011, Yamamoto left the Miro Quartet, of which Gindele is the cellist, to focus on family life. However, after performing for over 15 years and across three continents, Gindele and Yamamoto could not abandon their musical bond and formed The Butler Trio along with Valentine, a well-respected and accomplished pianist. The group has plans to tour in the United States, but for now they are focusing on their debut in Austin. “We all make our home and work here in Austin, so our target audience is the incredible and loyal classical music audience in our beloved town,” said Yamamoto.

Studio Art Professor Mike Smith Publishes New Baby Ikki Book

Professor Mike Smith's (Associate Professor in Studio Art) new book Baby Ikki at the Museum was recently co-published by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Christine Burgin and distributed by Yale University Press. Formatted and designed like a children's board book, Baby Ikki at the Museum features photographs of Smith's character Baby Ikki posing in front of works at the Whitney. With wide-eyed wonder and curiosity, Baby Ikki's exploration of priceless works of art are both comedic and unsettling.

For more information click here.

New Professorship and Center Posthumously Honor Theater Historian

A new professorship honoring theater historian Oscar G. Brockett has been established in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The Oscar and Lenyth Brockett Professorship in Theatre History is the first endowment to support the creation of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. The professorship will fund faculty and student research in theater history.

“We are indebted to Dr. Brockett’s daughter, Francesca Brockett, and her husband, Jim Pedicano, for their generosity in establishing this important new professorship,” said Brant Pope, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Brockett’s greatest legacy is in promoting and encouraging scholarship in all areas of theatrical design, creation, performance and production.”

The new professorship is the first step toward creating an academic research center named for Brockett. Once fully established, the Brockett Center will be supported by various endowments, including a faculty chair and a program endowment. The center will serve as an international focal point for new programs and curricula in theater history and criticism and help to produce a new generation of scholars, educators and artists.

For questions, please contact Sondra Lomax at lomax@austin.utexas.edu or at (512) 471-6468.

Texas Performing Arts Announces 2012-2013 Season

Texas Performing Arts proudly announces the 2012-2013 Season of world-class music, dance, theatre and conversation. Performances include the Shanghai Quartet, the return of the National Theatre of Scotland, comedian Bill Cosby, the Joffrey Ballet, Disney's The Lion King and more!

Explore the entire season at http://texasperformingarts.org/season and subscribe now by calling (512) 471-4454.

UT Mariachi Ensemble and Conjunto Ensemble Perform at Historic Tejano Monument Unveiling

The UT Austin Mariachi Ensemble and Conjunto Ensemble performed at the unveiling of the Tejano monument on the State of Texas capitol grounds, March 29. Mariachi and Tejano conjunto dance rhythms are an integral component to Tejano culture and the ensembles from the university were honored and excited to commemorate the state’s monument to the culture and history of the Tejano population.

The Tejano monument is a multistatue monument on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol grounds honoring the contributions of Texas’ early Spanish-Mexican settlers and their descendants. The unveiling marked a 12-year effort by Hispanic business and education leaders to honor Spanish and Mexican pioneers who are seldom mentioned in Texas history.

Landmarks Brings Ben Rubin Installation to the University

Landmarks unveiled artist Ben Rubin's six-channel video projection entitled And That's The Way It Is in the newly dedicated Walter Cronkite Plaza on Thursday, April 19, 2012. And That's The Way It Is honors the legacy of Walter Cronkite, an alumnus of the College of Communications at the university. The video projection illuminates the face of the Communication A (CMA) Building with a choreographed text drawn from archival transcripts of Cronkite's broadcasts and recently published news. As daily news is generated, the text adapts to reflect current events - connecting the past and present.

Rubin's installation will be visible every evening from dusk until midnight in the Walter Cronkite Plaza. For more information, please visit http://www.landmarks.utexas.edu/artistdetail/ben_rubin.

MFA Student Daniel Rudin Awarded the Luce Scholars Award

Daniel Rudin (MFA, Studio Art) has been awarded the Luce Scholars Award, a competitive fellowship given to only eighteen students chosen from the 2012-2013 class across the nation. Almost 150 candidates from 62 colleges and universities were nominated. The Luce Scholars Program was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 18 Luce Scholars each year.

Theatre and Dance Alumna Gives Back After Graduation

Four years after graduation, Tanya Schurr (BA, 2008) is putting her stage production degree to good use -- but not on the stage. As production coordinator for Flow Nonfiction, this alum juggles many responsibilities ranging from accounting to office management to producing on and off-set film shoots. Flow Nonfiction is an Austin-based production company that makes documentary films for socially conscious companies both domestically and internationally. Schurr's favorite project so far is Flow Nonfiction's short film Espwa, which means "Hope" in Haitian Creole. Partnering with Proctor & Gamble's Tide Loads of Hope program, Flow Nonfiction filmed the company's volunteers delivering donated washers and dryers to a local hospital and orphanage in Port Au Prince following the Haitian earthquake. Currently, the production company is working on a film about meningitis awareness for the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Miro Quartet Performs Complete Beethoven Quartets to Close 2011-2012 Season at Butler School of Music

In preparation for an upcoming recording, the Miró Quartet will perform the complete Opus 59 "Razumovsky" Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven on May 6 in Bates Recital Hall at 4:00 pm. The quartet will perform on a special set of fine instruments on loan from an anonymous donor and Reuning & Son Violins, Boston.

For more information about the program (including ticket information and instruments to be used), please visit the web site.