Professor William Lewis, Frank C. Erwin Centennial Professor in Opera and professor of voice at the Butler School, was appointed to the rank of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (the Order of Arts and Letters) for his comprehensive work with French music worldwide. Professor Lewis spent 35 years with the Metropolitan Opera, and the last 20 with the Butler School of Music. He has sung in every major opera house in the world, performing 140 major roles in 10 different languages. On Dec. 2, the Tower at The University of Texas at Austin shone orange in recognition of his achievement.
Department of Theatre and Dance lecturer in playwriting and directing Kirk Lynn has been honored as one of the 2011 United States Artists Fellows. This prestigious award grants 50 of America's finest artists with individual fellowships of $50,000. Lynn, as one of the founding co-producing artistic directors of the Rude Mechanicals (an ensemble-based company), has written and adapted more than a dozen plays including Lipstick Traces, Cherrywood, The Method Gun, and I've Never Been So Happy, a Western Operetta. I've Never Been So Happy received the NEA New Play Development Award and was recently performed in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
Jason Urban (lecturer in studio art) is the recipient of a Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for his work on Printeresting. Founded in 2008 by Urban and two collaborators, Amze Emmons and R.L. Tillman, Printeresting serves as an online source that showcases innovative print work and posts on a wide range of print-related content including news, reviews, technology and other critical developments in the field. The $30,000 grant will be used to support further development of Printeresting by funding essential costs such as travel and technology.
Longhorn Music released a new album, featuring the UT Jazz Orchestra directed by Jeff Hellmer, titled In the Thick of It. The disc features compelling compositions by UT students Mike Sailors, Gabriel Santiago, and Marcus Wilcher, as well as the music of jazz faculty member, John Mills. In the Thick of It is available on iTunes, and will be available from Naxosdirect.com in January.
Alvin Rangel, M.F.A. candidate in dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has garnered attention lately from the Austin Chronicle for his performance skill and technique. A native Puerto Rican, Rangel has been featured in the past Theatre and Dance production "Mapping Desire" by Holly Williams and the department's fall showcase on December 2nd and 3rd. His current research centers on examining the development phase of tango, more specifically the practice of men dancing tango with other men, which will evolve into a choreographic work, presented in March.
The Department of Art and Art History is proud to announce a new graduate MFA seminar course starting in spring 2012. The class, titled Staying in the Game will focus on preparing studio artists for success in their professional careers. Leading the seminar will be Austin-based visual arts executive Sue Graze.
This course was made possible by the department’s recent award of the Market Place Empowerment for Artist (MEA) program grant, funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF). The two-year, $40,000 grant will fund the series in its development stages. The University of Texas at Austin is one of only five universities receiving the MEA grant.
Sue Graze previously served as executive director of Austin’s Arthouse at the Jones Center for the past 13 years. During her tenure, she established an active, internationally recognized contemporary art exhibition program, and was responsible for a major award-winning facility renovation and expansion completed in the fall of 2010. Graze served two years as assistant director of programs and senior curator at the Miami Art Museum. Prior to that post, she served as director of the Center for Research in Contemporary Art at The University of Texas at Arlington, and also served as the curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.
The Texas Performing Arts Campus and Community Engagement program is designed to provide in-depth, exclusive arts activities. Programs include special evenings for homebound seniors and their caregivers, pre and post-performance lectures, and much more. To download their Insider's Guide for 2011-2012, click here.