June 2009

In Memoriam: Bob Anderson

Faculty member, Bob Anderson passed away suddenly the last weekend in May. He was the Foundations director and area head for Printmaking, teaching Drawing and Printmaking to countless art students. Bob received his B.A. from California State College in the early 70’s, and joined us at UT in 1988, where he has remained ever since. We are deeply saddened by this loss and will miss him greatly.

In Memoriam: Albert Gillis

The University of Texas Butler School of Music remembers Professor Emeritus Albert Gillis, who passed away on Wednesday, May 27, in San Diego, CA at the age of 93.

Gillis had a long and distinguished career as a musician and teacher. He left an enduring, strong legacy at The University of Texas at Austin as a member of the music faculty for ten years, 1948–1958. Because of his creative genius as the first director and organizer of The University of Texas String Project, this program’s innovative ways of training string students and teachers has been internationally recognized and replicated for more than 60 years.

For those who wish, memorial gifts in Albert Gillis’ name may be sent to: The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music: Albert Gillis Fund, 1 University Station, E3100 Austin, TX 78712-0435

The Doty Society

The Doty Society is the newest way for you to “pay your education forward,” funding student and faculty needs while keeping the artistic and educational talent in Texas. Memberships begin at $100 per year and can be paid in as little as four installments of $25. We’ll even remind you! Your donation also helps raise the college in the rankings of US News and World Report, adding value to your own degree.

Commencement 2009

The 2008-2009 school year came to a close with the graduation of almost 200 College of Fine Arts students. This marked the first Commencement ceremony in the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall, which reopened in January. For those of you that remember the ceremony, the students did not let the opportunity to “perform” pass them up, and many took full advantage of being onstage before a packed house.

2009-2010 Texas Performing Arts Season Announced!

Now under the leadership of incoming Director Kathy Panoff, The University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center is thrilled to unveil the 2009-2010 Texas Performing Arts. From a rare opportunity to spend an evening with iconic comic artists Art Spiegelman and Robert Crumb, to the fresh percussive innovation of New York’s So Percussion, to an intimate solo acoustic evening with seven-time Grammy® Award-winning Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil, the 2009-2010 Texas Performing Arts Season continues a rich tradition of bringing the world to you!

“Texas Performing Arts is a more comprehensive reflection of all we do as a university-based arts center,” explains Kathy Panoff. “It’s a name that reflects the remarkable work that UT faculty, students and staff do on our stages; in our resident arts departments’ classrooms and studios; in our production shops; and in the educational outreach activities we provide for the Austin community.”

Future Arts Administrators Travel to New York

Braving snow and below-freezing temperatures, eleven College of Fine Arts students visited the Big Apple over Spring Break to explore career opportunities in arts administration. The seven organizations, of varying missions and sizes, that participated in the second annual New York Seminar included The Museum of Arts and Design, Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center, American For The Arts, 511 Gallery, Symphony Space and Flux Factory.

Career Divas Dialogues

Visit the Career Divas each Wednesday morning, from 10:30 – 11:30, in the Co-Op Fine Arts Student Center. This is an opportunity to meet informally with career advisors and other job seekers about any questions/issues you might have regarding your career search. Career Diva Dialogues is open to fine arts students and alumni so please join us over coffee and sweets.

Career Services in Portland

Friday, June 12 marked the college’s first alumni event in Portland, held by Fine Arts Career Services. If you attended, we hope you enjoyed yourself and broadened your network. As the college travels around the US in the coming months, we plan to hold similar events. We hope you can join us!

Alumni Web Site Survey Results

A Texas-size thank you to those that answered the college’s request for your input on our current Web site. You spoke and we listened. We are excited to announce that beginning this fall, we will reveal our new Web site and logo. Our new site will provide better access to the information you want and we’re even turning this quarterly e-newsletter into a monthly one.

The survey results will open a pdf that is 87KB. You will need to download Adobe Acrobat to view these results, http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Marimba Magic Across Texas

Butler School of Music student Philip Welder’s spring tour of San Antonio, Victoria, and Hondo, Texas puts UT Percussion Studio in the limelight and provides newfound inspiration to students, parents, and friends alike.

Theatre and Dance Alumni Profile: Dustin Wills

Named Artistic Director of Austin’s Tutto Theatre Company in 2008, playwright and director, Dustin Wills (BA in Theatre and Dance ’06), has received impressive accolades for his work following graduation. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline received eight Austin Critics Table Award nominations, a win for Best Direction in 2006 and The Austin Chronicle’s pick as one of the “Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2006”. His directorial work of Eve Tulbert’s Ashes, Ashes received a spot on the Chronicle’s “Top Ten” list in 2007.

Alumna Marcia Gay Harden Wins 2009 Tony

Marcia Gay Harden (B.A. ’80) accepted the Tony for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play” Sunday night for her role as “Veronica” in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage. The award marks a first career win for Harden. Her Broadway debut as “Harper” in Tony Kushner’s, Angels in America, garnered two Tony Award nominations in 1993.

Kevin Adams (B.F.A. ’84) received two nominations for “Best Lighting Design of a Musical” for his work on Hair and Next to Normal. Adams won the Tony for “Best Lighting Design of a Musical in 2007” for his work on Spring Awakening. He took home his second career Tony Award in 2008 for “Best Lighting Design of a Play” for his design of The 39 Steps.

The Department of Art and Art History Announces the Online Alumni Works Registry

The Alumni Works Registry allows graduates of the UT Austin Department of Art and Art History to connect with a wide range of opportunities in the department and beyond. The registry will serve as a source from which the department can select work to be included in exhibitions, publications, and web galleries; registrants will also have their work featured publicly on the site.

No fee is required to join the Registry, but all registrants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree from the UT Austin Department of Art and Art History. You may submit up to ten digital files of your artwork, your website address, and a current resume or curriculum vitae. Please read more about the Alumni Works Registry. We look forward to hearing from you!