June 2010

Congratulations 2010 Graduates!

May marked the 127th Commencement on the UT campus, and at the COFA ceremony, these new alumni did not let past graduates down. Presiding deans often remark, "this is the College of Fine Arts, where acting out is not only allowed, but many days is the entire point," and we definitely saw students who "acted out" one last time. Guests enjoyed the decorated mortarboards, and many of the dance majors danced across stage as they received their diplomas. One graduate even wore a ballet costume complete with tutu, and a male graduate did the splits! Congratulations to the newest members of the COFA alumni. Please stay in touch! Don't forget to share your pictures from this special occasion on our Facebook site!

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VAC: Grand Opening Celebration Weekend

Be the first to experience and enjoy a spectacular weekend of art, performances, discussions, tours, talks, festivities and libations as we premiere our inaugural exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center. Your participation and support will play a vital role in the growth of the VAC as a new center of our dynamic community.

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Austin Goes Classical

The Butlers School of Music was pleased to co-sponsor Austin Goes Classical, the world's most prestigious international classical guitar competition, hosted by the Austin Classical Guitar Society, June 22-27 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The competition, consisting of 60 events in 6 days, was one of the greatest collaborative classical musical festivals ever to come to Austin. Several faculty from the Butler School of Music participated in the festival, including performances by Internationally renowned classical guitarist Adam Holzman, with the Miró Quartet.

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Theatre and Dance Alumni, Success from Broadway to Hollywood

Theatre and Dance alumnus Kevin Adams (B.F.A., Theatrical Design, 1984) won a Tony Award for "Best Lighting Design of a Musical" for his design of American Idiot. The award marks a third-career win for Adams. Todd Lowe (B.F.A., 1999) plays "Terry Bellefleur" for a third season of the hit vampire drama True Blood, while Kevin Alejandro (B.F.A., attended ‘95-'99)joins the cast as "Jesus," a character expected to appear in nearly every episode of the season.

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Future Arts Leaders Travel to New York

Ten COFA students, two students from the College of Communication and the assistant coordinator for Fine Arts Career Services braved hurricane force winds and massive flight delays to participate in the third annual Arts Administration New York Seminar over spring break. The twelve students visited The Public Theater, BMI, Inc., the Guggenheim Museum, Flux Factory, Signature Theatre, Creative Capital and Symphony Space to discuss career options in arts administration. Students also participated in two optional site visits with College of Fine arts alums Thomas Heflin (D.M.A., 2009) and Katie Archer (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2002).

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The Texas Exes Celebrate 125 Years

Did you know (or remember) that part of the College of Fine Arts was once located in the Littlefield House on the corner of 24th St. and Whitis Ave.? Learn the interesting and sometimes humorous history of how the Texas Exes came to be headquartered across from the Darryl K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on San Jacinto Blvd. by watching this Texas Exes short video.

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2010 Austin Critics Table Awards

The Austin Critics Table has chosen their favorites for the year in Theatre, Design, Dance, Visual Art and Classical Music. Among the top picks are UT Theatre and Dance students, faculty, alumni and friends for their outstanding achievements in the fields of direction, performance, design and movement. The 2010 awards were presented at an informal ceremony on Monday, June 7 at Cap City Comedy Club.

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Texas Performing Arts Featured Performances

The Texas Performing Arts has exciting 2010-2011 performances scheduled. Come and join in the fun and see performances such as: Melissa Etheridge, MOMIX: Botanica, Shrek the Musical, Radio City Christmas Spetacular, and much more! Check out the 2010-2011 featured performances.

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