September 2009

The Performing Arts Center is Now Texas Performing Arts

Under the new leadership of Director and Associate Dean Kathy Panoff, the University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center has a new name: Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The change actively aligns the program with its prevailing academic mission as a College of Fine Arts unit and the strong recognition and tradition associated with the University of Texas.

Hiring All Horns!

Fine Arts studens and alumni make great employees and interns! Recruit creative, hard-working and results-oriented candidates at the Arts Internship and Job Fair on Thursday, October 29 from 11:30am- 1:30pm in the Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA). There is no charge to attend but you must register in advance at Fine Arts Works. Hosted by Fine Arts Career Services. For more information, call 512/232-7333 or email Ann McNair at apermann@austin.utexas.edu.

The Butler School of Music Welcomes Four Outstanding New Faculty for the 2009-2010 Academic Year

The Butler School of Music welcomes four outstanding new faculty for the 2009-2010 academic year. After a two-year search, the Butler Opera Center now has a new musical director, James Lowe. Assistant Professor Lowe comes to us with a wide and eclectic background ranging from touring as keyboardist with Sir Elton John to conducting and directing productions at the Houston Grand Opera. The Theory and Composition division has gained a new colleague this year by way of the coveted Harrington Faculty Fellowship program. Music theorist Mark J. Butler, currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern University, will be in residence for the 2009-2010 academic year. The newest member of our string faculty, Anne Akiko Meyers, is one of the most celebrated violinists of our time, earning worldwide recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. And Daniel Tembras joins the Band Department as Assistant Director of Bands after serving as director in the Mason Public Schools in Mason, MI.

Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program has awarded Department of Art and Art History graduate student Caitlin Earley one of its prestigious fellowships. This program provides multi-year fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. Earley is pursuing a Ph.D. in the division of Art History, concentrating on the art and culture of ancient Mesoamerica.

Dr. Coleman A. Jennings, 2009 AATE Distinguished Book Award Recipient

Drama and Theatre for Youth Area Head, Dr. Coleman A. Jennings received the Distinguished Book Award from AATE at their annual conference in New York last month. Jennings was selected for his work as editor on “Nine Plays by José Cruz González Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences.”

Aeolian-Skinner Organ Shares the Stage with Gerre Hancock

On August 30, UT Butler School of Music Professor of Organ and Sacred Music Gerre Hancock hit the road to Kilgore to play an outreach recital at First Presbyterian Church with an eye toward recruiting talented organists for his ever-growing organ and sacred music program. Organists and organ enthusiasts gathered from cities from as far away as Dallas and Shreveport to hear Professor Hancock play.

Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice Publishes New Book

Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice Deborah Paredez, has announced the publication of her new book Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. Published in August by Duke University Press, the book explores the significance and broader meanings of the extensive posthumous celebration of the Tejana pop star, Selena Quintanilla Pérez, who died in 1995.

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!

Ambitious Longhorns Enjoy Spring in New York City

For the second consecutive year, College of Fine Arts students traveled to New York City to meet key professionals in arts administration. In March, 14 students met with representatives from: Lincoln Center, Americans for the Arts, Museum of Art and Design, 511 Gallery, Roundabout Theatre, Symphony Space and Flux Factory. Representatives from each of these organizations helped our students by answering their questions about career choices in arts administration. The students who attended this year’s seminar represented majors in Art and Art History, Theatre and Dance, Business and Communications. This year’s seminar included optional visits to art alumna Emily Mae Smith’s Brooklyn studio and the office of Philoctetes Project Director Bryan Doerries.