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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

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

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

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

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Erik Swanson at Farewell Books

Erik Swanson

Erik Shane Swanson's (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2014) exhibition "sub" is on display Farewell Books (Austin). 

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Adriana Corral Interview by Amethyst Beaver

Blanton Blog

Adriana Corral's (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2013) interview by Amethyst Beaver (M.A. Art History, 2011) is live on the Blanton's Blog.

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stephen Blackburn

Stephen Blackburn's Premiered "Douglass"

Hollywood Fringe

Stephen Blackburn's (M.A. Play Writing,1997) one-man drama "Douglass" comprised the first of three short plays interwoven by director Julianne Just in the Onion Creek Productions presentation Lincoln Adjacent at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Dan Duling's Continued Playwright Success


Dan Duling (Ph.D. Playwriting and Criticism, 1977) just closed "The Art
Detective," at the 2014 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. This was Duling's 34th year as scriptwriter for this world-renowned theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants. Blending live narration, an orchestra playing original music composed for each "living picture," and state-of-the-art stage illusions, the Pageant of the Masters is an 81-year-old theatrical phenomenon. 

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014

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Adam Crosson Wins 2014 Umlauf Prize

Umlauf Website

Adam Crosson (M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art) received the 2014 Umlauf Prize. Crosson was selected by Juror Suzanne Deal Booth and was awarded an exhibition at the Umlauf. Intermodal will be on display September 5 through October 19 alongside Reflect, an exhibition of works by Professor Margo Sawyer.

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014

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Jeremy Marks, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Trombone News

Jeremy Marks (D.M.A. Brass/Woodwinds/Percussion, 2013) was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor of Trombone & Euphonium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. 

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014

Katie Edwards on KUT


Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum Curator, Katie Robinson Edwards (Ph.D. Art History, 2006) was interviewed on KUT. Her new book, "Midcentury Modern Art in Texas", is on sale through UT Press

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dr. Rad Thomas

Dr. Thomas on Permanent Exhibition in Virginia

Dr. Rad Thomas (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1957) completed a portrait of retiring federal judge Samuel Wilson for permanent exhibition in the Poff Federal building, Roanoke, Virginia. Thomas completed his doctorate under Dean Doty and helped supply the research material used to bring dance into the College of fine Arts. 

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scott Proctor show

Scott Proctor Exhibits in Houston

The Mariago Collective

Scott Proctor (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2007) is included in a two-person exhibition at The Mariago Collective (Houston). The exhibition will be on display through September 6 and opens August 2.

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Osborn Landscape

Photographer Mike Osborne's First Book

Art Book

Photographer Mike Osborne (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2006) recently published his first book, Floating Island. The project revolves around the border-straddling community of Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada, located on the fringe of the Great Salt Lake Desert. The photographs, shot during Osborne's time as a participant in the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Wendover Residence program, have appeared on Hyperallergic,, and Wired.

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Shelley Wood Photo

Shelley Wood Exhibits in Austin

Photo Methode Gallery

Shelley Wood's (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1986) exhibition Texas Soil is on view at the Photo Methode Gallery in Flatbed Press (Austin). The exhibit was an Art Pick in Tribeza, and Austin Culture Map

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014