February 2010

David Ellis to Create Original Video for Landmarks

The Landmarks public art program at The University of Texas at Austin has commissioned New York artist David Ellis, known for his stunning motion paintings, to create an original video for the university.

The unveiling will coincide with the opening of the Department of Art & Art History’s new Visual Arts Center (VAC) in September 2010.

Department of Art and Art History Professor to Receive Teaching Award

Dr. Richard Shiff, who holds the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and directs the Center for the Study of Modernism at The University of Texas at Austin, will be honored with the 2010 Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award by the College Art Association (CAA).

Butler School of Music Label, Longhorn Music, Poised to Release Queenie Pie CD

The original cast recording of Duke Ellington’s only opera, Queenie Pie, is slated for release on March 27th, 2010. The ground breaking production was premiered by the Butler Opera Center in the spring of 2009 and featured internationally recognized jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford in the lead role.

Canción del Cuerpo (Song of the Body)

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance and Texas Performing Arts invite you to experience a vibrant evening of dance, expression and cultural exchange with the presentation of Canción del Cuerpo (Song of the Body), March 5 – 7 at UT’s B. Iden Payne Theatre.

Alumnus Joins Cast of HBO Series

Former B.F.A. student, Kevin Alejandro, will join the cast of HBO’s “True Blood” when the hit series returns for a third season this June. Alejandro has been cast as Jesus, a character expected to appear in nearly every episode of the season.

Texas Exes Independence Day Party

Official Texas Exes Proclamation since 1900:
“Whenever two Texas Exes shall meet on March 2, they all shall sit and break bread and pay tribute to the institution that made their education possible.” Join the Austin Texas Exes in a family-friendly Texas Independence Day celebration at Scholz Garten on Sunday, March 7. Tickets are on sale now!

UT Accordionist Joel Guzman Appears in Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges

For Grammy-winning Joel Guzman, director of the Conjunto Ensemble at the Butler School of Music, five days recording squeezebox for the Academy award nominated soundtrack leads to some unexpected screen time, and a jam session with Jeff Bridges.

Landmarks Introduces New Mobile Web Site

Landmarks, the public art program at The University of Texas at Austin, has introduced a new mobile Web site that enables visitors to browse information about works in the Landmarks collection on any Web-enabled mobile device.

Class of 1960 Reunion

Join fellow alumni and the Texas Exes on April 21-23, 2010 for two fun-filled days revisiting the same campus you roamed as a student 50 years ago. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with fellow graduates of the Class of ’60, hear insightful speakers, and tour your individual school or college. Don’t miss this chance to see firsthand the many treasures that this great University has to offer on our guided tours. Visit the Texas Exes site for more information or to register.

Surviving and Thriving at the Walnut Street Theatre

On February 15th, students spoke with Bernard Havard, president and producing artistic director of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, which boasts a subscription base of 57,000 patrons. Bernard has spent his life in theatre as an actor, stage manager, director, managing director and producer. He has been an active participant in the cultural scene of Philadelphia and beyond.