October 2010

Assistant Professor Beili Liu wins 3rd place in ArtPrize

Beili Liu, assistant professor in studio art, has won 3rd place in the second annual ArtPrize competition. Held each year in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the competition is open to artists from around the country and awards over $450,000 to the winners, who are decided by public vote. Lure/Wave, Grand Rapids, Liu’s installation of red thread and sewing needles based on an ancient Chinese legend about soul mates, was installed in the UICA-Fulton Gallery.

Texas Performing Arts Displays Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Texas Performing Arts, in partnership with AIDS Services of Austin, is proud to display panels from The AIDS Memorial Quilt honoring some of the greatest names associated with the arts, now through Monday, November 1st in the Bass Concert Hall Lobby.

Founded in 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS.

Panels displayed in Bass Concert Hall include Alvin Ailey, Rudolph Nureyev, Robert Joffrey, Robert Maplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Freddie Mercury.

The panels are on display in the Bass Concert Hall lobby through Monday, November 1st and can be viewed free of charge Monday through Friday, 11 AM – 2 PM. Bass Concert Hall is located at E. 23rd St. and Robert Dedman Dr.

Department of Theatre and Dance Hosts The Texas Theatre Educators’ Forum

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance will host the Texas Theatre Educators’ Forum on October 28th and 29th. The Forum is an intimate, by-invitation only event for high school theatre educators and fine arts administrators from across the state of Texas.

When: 8:00 – 9:30 PM, Thursday, October 28th and 9:00 – 5:00 PM, Friday, October 29th

Where: F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN), located at the intersection of 23rd Street and San Jacinto

Registration is Now Open for the 2011 Maya Meetings

The Mesoamerica Center is thrilled to present new and exciting scholarship on Mesoamerican philosophies of time, calendar and prophecy, concepts that operated in the heart of ancient Aztec and Maya notions of the universe and
humanity’s place within it. Through archeology, iconography and newly deciphered texts, we will examine how these time concepts exerted a powerful influence on ancient history, ritualism, and daily life. Today, these ancient ideas, or misunderstanding of them, resonate within very influential “New Age” thinking about the year 2012 and its significance, making a search for Real Mesoamerican concepts of time and prophecy as important as ever.

Please join us in Austin, Texas for what promises to be an engaging and timely discussion.

Art Night Austin: E.A.S.T. After Party

On Friday, November 12th, join Landmarks for an after party on Austin’s east side with special guest, David Ellis. To celebrate the university’s recent commission of Ellis’s motion painting, Animal, Landmarks is collaborating with Art Alliance Austin and East Austin Studio Tour for a special night of entertainment at Pine Street Station. The after party also celebrates local artists and follows the Art Night Austin E.A.S.T. official preview tour.

Aeolus Quartet Releases Debut Album

Longhorn Music proudly announces its latest release: Aeolus Quartet plays Brahms and Bartók. The recording is the capstone achievement of the string quartet’s first year in residence at the Butler School of Music and marks their debut on the Longhorn Music label. Recorded live, the album will be released in CD and digital formats in November 2010, distributed by Naxos. The album will be available at major music retailers nationwide, including amazon.com and the iTunes music store.

Department of Theatre and Dance Celebrates a Fantasticks Weekend!

On October 15th and 16th the Department of Theatre and Dance celebrated the golden anniversary of the longest-running musical in American theatre history, THE FANTASTICKS written by University of Texas College of Fine Arts alumni Tom Jones (B.F.A. ’49, M.F.A. ’51) and Harvey Schmidt (B.F.A. ’52).

The Austin Chronicle cover story, written by Robert Faires, highlighted these Broadway icons and the distinguished history of the department and its talented alumni.

Read more about the sold-out event in the weekend recap by The Austin American-Statesman’s Michael Barnes.

Texas Exes Career Events

Join the Texas Exes for Entertainment 3.0: How Digital and Social Technologies are Changing the Way We Work and Play on Wednesday, November 10th from 5:30 – 9 PM at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.

Other upcoming career events in Austin:
*Careers over Coffee Session- November 4th & 16th, Austin
*UT Professional Development Center’s “Career Transitions” Class – November 4th & 5th, Austin

For those not in the Austin area, try these events:
*Careers in Conference Session- November 9th & December 2nd, conference call
*Career “Resume & Networking” Teleclass – November 18th, conference call

UT Jazz Orchestra Brings Original Jazz to Empire Theatre

EVENT: The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin presents the UT Jazz Orchestra, live in concert at the Empire Theatre in downtown San Antonio. The afternoon will include music by UT student and Faculty composers.

WHEN: Sunday, November 21, 2010

WHERE: Empire Theatre, 208 East Houston St. San Antonio, Texas

TICKETS: $20.00 On sale October 21st at www.majesticempire.com

Arts Internship and Resource Fair

The Fine Arts internship and Resource Fair will be held on November 2, 2010 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at The University of Texas College of Fine Arts in the Co-op Fine Arts Student Center (DFA 1.101). Students and alumni are invited to attend to learn about internship opportunities. In addition, students and alumni will be able to visit with local organizations who support artists, designers, and performers in a variety of ways.