November 2010

Theatre and Dance Hosts Acclaimed Actor for Student Q&A

Asked by a University of Texas student whether she ever foresaw an acting career crowned by more than 100 major awards, Meryl Streep cackled. “This is so sick,” Streep said to more than 400 film and theater students in the Payne Theatre on Friday (November 5th). Then she explained how, in acting class, she was directed to picture something that would make her cry on stage. She refused to think of anyone in her family dying, so “I suddenly imagined I was the most famous actress in the world, and really, really old – 45. And I’m on stage at the Academy Awards, announcing my retirement – because I was so old.”

To read more from Michael Barnes, click here.

Remembering Dr. Oscar G. Brockett Public Memorial Celebration

A public memorial celebration for Dr. Oscar G. Brockett will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in the B. Iden Payne Theatre in the Winship Drama Building.

Immediately following the celebration, there will be a reception in the Brockett Theatre/Winship Atrium.

Please know that there will be an opportunity at the reception for friends to speak, if they wish to offer a tribute or share a story about Dr. Brockett.

Launch of Landmarks Video

Landmarks Video launches an ongoing series of some of the most highly regarded and influential works of video art from the past five decades, including works by Richard Serra, William Kentridge, Bruce Nauman, and Joan Jonas. An initiative of Landmarks, the video program aims to familiarize the university community with important titles, stimulate conversation and research, and situate the genre of video art alongside the presentation of more traditional works.

The program shows the work of 12 artists annually, one per month, on an ongoing basis which are screened on a 65” high-definition media station. The media station is in an open atrium that provides stadium seating for viewing and is located in the ART building on the corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, adjacent to art history classrooms and the new Visual Arts Center galleries.

Landmarks Video was inaugurated with the commission of David Ellis’ Animal which will be on view until Nov. 30. The commission represents the first work of video art to be acquired by the university’s growing public art collection.

From Classroom to the Real World: Fine Arts Students Put Their Degrees to Work

Nine fine arts students are sharing their internship experiences via the Fine Arts Career Services Blog. The blogs are part of the Fine Arts Internship course. Students enrolled in the course not only reflect on their experiences, but also discuss and analyze the impact of what they learn in their degree programs, gain practical experience at the internship site, and put this in the context of their own professional aspirations. Check out the blogs to see our students in action…you’ll be amazed!

The Doty Society – Make Your Gift Today

When you attended UT, would a scholarship have helped you attend a conference or study abroad? Perhaps you received some sort of funding while you attended the College of Fine Arts and can remember how much that meant to you and your family? Each year, students such as Amrita Adhikary (pictured here) receive tuition assistance that allows them to pursue their studies in ways unimaginable. Donors to The Doty Society last year sent Amrita (graduate student in design) to India, where she was able to create a line of disposable dinnerware as an alternative to Styrofoam and develop low cost toilets for India’s underserved communities. To support students such as Amrita, make a gift to The Doty Society today.

1st Annual Thanks Day at UT

Did you know, that the tuition and fees that students pay only covers the costs of their education each year until November? The rest is made up of funding from donors, grants, state support, etc. As a way of thanking all of the people who make our students’ educations possible, the university created Thanks Day. Students around the university and COFA signed thank you cards that will be included in donors’ thank you letters. If you’ve made your gift this year, thank you for your support, and if you would like to make your first gift, or an additional gift to The Doty Society (and receive one of those great thank you notes) click here.

Art History Students Present New Research at Annual Conference

In late October, eight Ph.D. students in Art History presented new research at the 2010 annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Indianapolis. The team, along with scholars from other universities, put together a three-part panel titled “From Synaesthesia to Cyborgs: Science and the Visualization of Higher Realities in Modern and Contemporary Art,” and presented scholarship that addressed a broad historical range of ways in which 20th-century artists used scientific advancements as a means to visualize alternative realities. The artists examined in this panel drew from fields as diverse as sense physiology, the occult, robotics, and new theories of cinema in order to create art that furthered the quest for a heightened experience of the world or an expanded consciousness of the self.

The team included Katie Anania, Ashley Busby, Kate Green, Peter Mowris, Roja Najafimoghaddamnejad, Melissa Warak, and Chelsea Weathers.

UT Chamber Singers to Perform in Waco, Texas

The UT Chamber Singers will perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Under the direction of Dr. James Morrow, the group will perform sacred repertoire as part of an evening service at the church. Butler School Professor of Organ Gerre Hancock will also perform.

UT Gets a New Look

Check out the university’s new home page! Receiving on average about 170,000 unique visits and more than 4.3 million hits per day, the redesigned page will better communicate to its varied audience.

Mike Osborne’s Photo Series Featured in The New Yorker Magazine

A photograph by Mike Osborne, lecturer in photography and department alumnus (MFA in Studio Art, 2006), recently accompanied an article in the October 11 issue of The New Yorker magazine. The photograph is one of eight that make up Enter the Dragon , a series Osborne shot in China. A slideshow of the complete series was featured in the magazine’s iPad edition and can also be viewed on Osborne’s website. Subsequently, an interview about the series by photo editor Whitney Johnson appeared in the magazine’s online column, Photo Booth.

Alongside Evan Osnos’s story about China’s economic boom, is a photograph of an oversized advertisement, featuring the hosts of China Central Television. This image, like others from Mike Osborne’s series “Enter the Dragon,” explores radical modernization in cities across China. But they do more than provide a fleeting glimpse of China today; exaggerated colors and tight cropping that emphasize the distorted scale of urban environments encourage us to look closely at and try to understand our surroundings.

An Evening with Best-selling Author, Journalist, and Food Activist Michael Pollan

“In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called ‘Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,’ by Michael Pollan.” – New York Times

In celebration of Edible Austin Eat Local Week (December 3-11), Texas Performing Arts presents a fascinating evening with bestselling author, journalist and food activist Michael Pollan, Friday, December 10 at Bass Concert Hall. For the past twenty years, Pollan has written about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect, challenging the way Americans think about eating.