December 2010

Art and Art History Wins at the 2010 Austin Visual Arts Awards

Among the many amazing winners of the 2010 Austin Visual Arts Awards are alumni and COFA attendees Lance Letscher, Ryan Hennessee, Don Snell and Robert Faires. Jade Walker (Director, Visual Arts Center) and Ken Hale (Senior Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts) are also receiving awards. Winners will be presented a “Fearing Award,” a bronze metal designed by sculptor Bob Coffee (UT alum) and named after Professor Emeritus W. Kelly Fearing of the Department of Art and Art History. Congrats to all of the winners!

Texas Exes eCards Connect Friends and Family

Do you know someone whose Longhorn pride is as big as Texas? Whether you’re sending birthday wishes or season’s greetings, the Texas Exes eCards are the perfect way to let your friends and family know you are thinking of them. The eCards are available to the entire UT community and each card can be personalized to include your own message.

Give a Gift, Get a Tax-Deduction

It’s not too late to make an end-of-year gift to the college. Gifts to the college not only help students and faculty, but you too. Besides that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you do something good, you will be able to claim this donation as a tax-deduction on your 2010 tax return. Make a gift to the college (you can select a department or type in a specific scholarship to support) or give a gift to The Doty Society (which provides financial assistance to students). Click here to read more about our needs for support.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Fill your heart with Christmas as the world-famous Radio City Rockettes® bring their eye-high kicks and a cast and crew of over 100 to Austin in the breathtaking RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR®! Every performance of the SPECTACULAR is a glittering present full of fun and surprises for the whole family! Parents enjoy the flawless precision of the Rockettes in numbers such as the legendary Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Children thrill as Santa takes them on a magical ride to his workshop at the North Pole, where playful rag dolls come to life! And everyone marvels at the stunning reenactment of the very first Christmas in the “Living Nativity.” Both brilliantly grand and genuinely moving, the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR creates family memories that last a lifetime!

Preparations are Underway for the Fourth Annual NY Seminar in Arts Administration

A group of College of Fine Arts undergraduates will travel to New York City to meet with arts administration professionals during Spring Break in 2011. The NYC Seminar in Arts Administration has grown to include up to eight office visits over two days and optional visits with professional performing and visual artists who are making their careers in New York City. Fine Arts Career Services coordinates this program in conjunction with Texas Exes and is still seeking volunteers to host our students at arts organizations. If you are interested in hosting a group of 15 students on March 15th and 16th, 2011 or volunteering in another way, please contact Ann McNair at annmcnair@austin.utexas.edu. Details about this year’s program can be found on the Fine Arts Career Services’ Event Page.

Steven Dietz Named Outstanding Playwright

The winners of Theatre Puget Sound’s 2010 Gregory Awards have been announced. The prizes were presented in a ceremony held in October.

Among the winners is Professor of Playwriting Steven Dietz, who was named outstanding playwright.

Art and Art History Alum Named Outstanding Young Texas Ex for 2011

Four University of Texas alumni have been selected by the Texas Exes to receive the 2011 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award. The award recognizes alumni who are 40 or under, distinguished in their fields, and have demonstrated a continuing interest in The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Exes. This year’s recipients are: Craig Allen, BA, Studio Art, 03 , BS ’03, an art director for Wieden+Kennedy Daron Roberts, BA ’01, an assistant secretary coach for the Detroit Lions, Inc.; Veronica Vargas Stidvent, BA ’96, a lecturer and program director for the McCombs School of Business and former director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; and Shaarik Zafar, BA ’97, JD ’00, the deputy chief of the Countering Violent Extremism Group at the National Counterterrorism Center.

Butler School Alumni Begin Initiatives to Give Back

Alumni from the Butler School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin have begun a variety of initiatives to support the Butler School of Music in its educational mission. Click here to read some of their stories.

Texas Prize Finalists Announced: Assistant Professor Jeff Williams Included

Houston artists Jamal Cyrus and Will Henry, along with Assistant Professor Jeff Williams, are the three finalists for the $30,000 2011 Arthouse prize, the Austin contemporary arts center recently announced.

The prize celebrates a promising Texas-based artist who has produced a significant body of work in the past two years but has not had a solo show at a major museum in the past three years.

Texas Exes Launches New Website

The Texas Exes proudly launched a new website this month. Changes to the design, structure, and navigation of the site were all made. The new site puts upcoming events, news, and involvement opportunities front and center. There is also new search functionality and an easier way to log in to the site and search the alumni directory.

Oscar Brockett Memorial Celebration

On Saturday, December 11th, friends and family gathered to pay tribute to Oscar G. Brockett, professor emeritus in the Department of Theatre and Dance. A celebration of Brock’s life, followed by a reception including an open mic session rounded out the afternoon. Photos from the celebration can be found here.