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Alumna Hilary Karming Lai opens acupuncture practice in Colleyville, Texas

After earning her Ph.D. in Acupuncture last summer from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hilary Karming Lai (B.A. and B.F.A., 2007) has opened her own practice, Benefit Acupuncture, in Colleyville, Texas.

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015

Alumnus Luke Leonard to direct multiple projects this fall

Luke Leonard's (M.F.A. 2010) upcoming directing projects include the Houston premiere of Bum Phillips: All-American Opera Sept. 24, 2015 at The Stafford Centre; the Australian premiere of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field in October 2015 at the Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival; and the world premiere of Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a musical play written and directed by Luke with music by Peter Stopschinski and co-lyrics by Katie Pearl, Oct 7-25, 2015 at 59E59 Theaters in New York.

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015

Brett Mitchell

Butler School of Music Alumnus lands contract extension and promotion at the Cleveland Orchestra

Butler School of Music alumnus and conductor Brett Mitchell (M.M. 2003, D.M.A. 2005) has landed a two-year contract extension with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, along with a promotion from assistant conductor to associate conductor. Mitchell's duties will shift to those of an active conductor and will entail more opportunities leading pops, family and education programs.

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Alumna's play featured in the Austin New Latino Play Festival

Teatro Vivo ATX

Jelisa Jay Robinson's (Theatre and Dance 2014) play The Stories of Us premieres May 16 at the fifth annual Austin Latino New Play Festival. The Stories of Us is a collection of stories examining the intercultural conflict between African Americans and Latinos. Visit Teatro Vivo ATX for more information.

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Michael Arthur

An Illustrated Guide to Broadway's Airline Highway

Vanity Fair

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Lisa D'Amour (MA Theatre, 1996) was featured in Vanity Fair for her Broadway debut with Airline Highway, a new play that centers around a community of misfits in D'Amour's hometown of New Orleans. The feature was written and illustrated by D'Amour's former classmate Michael Arthur (PhD Theatre, 1999). Airline Highway premieres at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 23. 

Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015

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Shelley Wood Exhibition at Photo Méthode Gallery in Austin

Photo Méthode Gallery

Shelley Wood (BFA Studio Art, 1986) is exhibiting her photographic work at Photo Méthode Gallery in Austin, TX in a two-artist show titled, "Between the Aether." The exhibition will be on view through April 24.

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Theatre Alumna recognized as 2015 Susan Blackburn Prize Finalists

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Lisa D'Amour's (MA Theatre, 1996) play Airline Highway and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's (MA Play Writing, 2009) play The World of Extreme Happiness were finalists for the 2015 Susan Blackburn Prize, an international award for women playwrights given annually to recognize those who have written works of outstanding quality. 

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jason Kendall

Jason Kendall on The Weather Channel

William Paterson University

Jason Kendall (MA Acting, 1996) joined Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams this past month on the morning TV show "Wake Up With Al" on the Weather Channel. This series served as the only live astronomy program on national television. Check out videos of Kendall chatting about the stars here!

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015


Erik Parker

The Huffington Post

Erik Parker (BFA Studio Art, 1996) was featured in the Huffington Post yesterday for his massively colorful nature-scape paintings. His new series, titled "¿What About Now?" is currently on view at Madrid's Galería Javier López. They will make their U.S. debut this fall at New York's Paul Kasmin Gallery

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Group Exhibition: Pitch

SOIL: Artist-Run Gallery

Phil Ladeau (MFA Studio Art, 2014), Erik Shane Swanson (MFA Studio Art, 2014), and James Scheuren (MFA Studio Art, 2014) have a group exhibition, Pitch, at SOIL Artist-Run Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Pitch revels the extraordinary within common objects and occurrences through sculpture, drawing, and photography. The exhibition will run from March 5 through March 28. 

Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Grammy for Best Choral Performance awarded to Mela Dailey and Conspiraire Company

Conspiraire Company

Soloist Mela Dailey (M. Music, 2003), won a Grammy this week for Best Choral Performance as part of the ensemble The Conspiraire Symphonic Choir and their performance of "The Sacred Spirit of Russia." Dailey is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as a Butler School alumna.

Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Working Outside of the Box


In 2010, after Francis Tsai (BS in Chemistry 1990, MA in architecture 1993) had established himself as a successful freelance artist, he was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As his movements became more and more restricted, Tsai worked doggedly to adapt his drawing techniques — at first using his toes and an iPad to sketch, and now, most remarkably, his eyes. With the “Eye Gaze” technology, which uses infrared cameras to track eye movements and translate them into commands on a computer, Tsai can manipulate various softwares, allowing him to speak, write, and of course, draw. 

Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Barry Stone exhibition at James Harris Gallery in Seattle

James Harris Gallery

Barry Stone (MFA Studio Art, 2001) opened his exhibition "New Weather Weaves New Garments" at the James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. His exhibition will be on view until February 14.

Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015

Sara Frantz solo exhibition at Women & Their Work

Women and Their Work

Sara Frantz (MFA Studio Art, 2007) opened a solo exhibition at Women & Their Work in Austin, which will be on view through March 19. The exhibition, "Between Borderlands," explores the contemporary environment once-removed. 

Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015

Monkey Fortunetell

Rachel Simon Weil's creation listed as the Best Main Menu

Rock Paper Shotgun

Rachel Simon Weil's (MFA Design, 2014) creation Monkey Fortunetell was listed as the Best Main Menu by Rock Paper ShotgunMonkey Fortunetell can read your future from how you shake and cast a barrel full of monkeys, but its main menu makes one thing clear: no matter what else, 2015 will be a year for boogying hard. 

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lily Brooks solo exhibition at Aviary Gallery

Lily Brooks solo exhibition at Aviary Gallery

Aviary Gallery


Lily Brooks (MFA in Studio Art, 2014) presents recent work in We Have to Count the Clouds at Aviary Gallery in Boston, MA. The exhibition will be on display January 1 through February 1, 2015. In Lily Brooks’ series We Have to Count the Clouds, photographs function as evidence of the ways in which we comprehend, negotiate, and mediate our relationship to weather and climate. Meteorological instruments act as an extension of our senses; within them a semblance of understanding exists. In looking closely at the marks that are made–in the prediction of weather, the tracking of meteorological data, as well as on the landscape and human body itself–the work presents the visual remnants of often invisible forces.



Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Alton DuLaney on Rachael Ray Show

Alton DuLaney (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1995) made his second appearance on the Rachel Ray Show, Sunday, December 15, 2014 (episode 9051). Alton is the gift-wrapping guru of NYC, crafting extraordinaire, and LA television personality. Check out his YouTube page for gift-wrapping tips and learn how to make your own DIY Holiday decor! 

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014


Katrina Perry Recieves Residency at The Banff Cenre in Banff

Katrina Perry Website

Katrina Jane Perry (B.A. Studio Art, 2008) is a recipient of a 6-week visual artist residency at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Perry is there currently investigating the relationship between Nature and the Human Condition through the documentation of the Banff National Park. Perry works in both photographic and sculptural mediums.

Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Jarrod Beck Receives Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award

Broadway World

Jarrod Beck (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2007) was announced as the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program recipient of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award. Uplift, a site-specific installation made of recycled materials will be on view in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park from August 20, 2014 through August 2015.

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jo Ann Chapman

Jo Ann Chapman Receives Recognition

Southwestern Musician

Jo Ann Champion (B.M. Music and Human Learning, 2000) was selected as recipient of a Texas Music Educators Association Graduate Scholarship for 2014, and was selected in May as recipient of the Texas Music Educators Association Pat McNallen Scholarship for graduate study. In addition, Champion was one of 98 students at Stephen F. Austin State University nominated by the Faculty Council to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014