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David H. Elliott (B.F.A., '67)

David H. Elliott (B.F.A., ’67) presents his Painted Drawings exhibition in the fine art studio of Professor Emeritus Terence Grieder. David will present 23 recent paintings, including the new Debacle series. Other paintings are from the End of It All series.

Painted Drawings, David H. Elliott’s solo exhibition, opens Sunday, May 16th, 1 p.m.- 6 p.m., at 406 W. 35th Street, Austin, Texas

David Elliot painting with a cartoon-like airplane

Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010

Maxine Graham Price (B.F.A., '59)

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Maxine Graham Price’s (B.F.A., ’59) work is now on display at La Posada Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The next time you are in Santa Fe, you owe it to yourself to visit this historic hotel and view the wonderful collection of paintings and sculpture curated by Sara Eyestone that are on display throughout the hotel, on the grounds and in the spa. Ask Sara about a guided art tour.

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hank Hehmsoth (M.M., '76)

Hank Hehmsoth (M.M., ’76) won first place in the 2010 NACUSA Texas Composition Competition. Hehmsoth is a jazz performing artist and National Endowment for the Arts fellow. He teaches Jazz Piano/Improvisation, Composition/Arranging, Film Scoring, and Music Technology at Undergraduate and Graduate levels at Texas State University; he is also the Director of Computer Applications and is WebMaster for the School of Music.

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Eric Neuville (M.M., ’08)

Eric Neuville (M.M., School of Music ’08) will be performing in Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program’s upcoming production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in April.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010

Bryan Lester (BFA, Design, 2002)

Bryan Lester (BFA, Design, 2002) recently opened his own advertising agency based in Dallas, TX. More information about his company, The DesL Group, can be found online at www.deslgroup.com.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mali Vargas Docktor Launches Art forMS

Malinali “Mali” Vargas Docktor (BFA, Studio Art, ‘00) lives in Calgary, AB Canada and is a volunteer fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada. This year she launched Art forMS (read as “forms”) an art exhibit and fundraiser in support of the MS Society of Canada. They have many contributing artists, including Jeffrey Primeaux (BFA, Studio Art, ‘98). For more information on the event visit http://www.teamdocktor.com/art-forms.html and if interested in contributing to next year’s art exhibit, send Mali an email through her Web site.

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kenneth R. Steele (M.M., '71)

lives in Marlton, NJ, with his wife Diane. He is organist-choirmaster at Kemble Memorial UMC, Woodbury, NJ, and serves as Music in Worship R&S Chair for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Ken remains active as a choral clinician and adjudicator. He and Diane have six grandchildren, three in NJ and three in Texas.

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ariana Vincent (B.F.A., '79)

will be photographing the fitness team and sharing some insights on team building at Lifetime Fitness in South Austin on Friday evening, January 29. A few of the inspirational quotes she’ll be offering are:

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” —Michael Jordan

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

New work in "Love's Writ II" at Studio2 Gallery

Deanna Miesch (BFA in Studio Art, 1991) is currently showing new work at Studio2 Gallery in Austin, TX as part of a National Juried Exhibit, “Love’s Writ II”. She presents an installation of encaustic globes, incorporating plants (natives, invasive species) and painted imagery, conjuring ideas of how things connect in our “global” culture. “Love’s Writ II” at Studio2 Gallery will have a closing reception and Haiti Fundraiser, Saturday February 13, 1-4 pm, “Compassion Art Auction”.   A preview and presentation will be given by Dr. Fred Sorrells on his January visit to Haiti and his work with Global Art Initiative in Haiti.  The silent auction will take place from 2-4 pm.  On February 13, Studio2 Gallery will be accepting donations of much needed supplies for Global Art Initiative including:  toiletries, first aid supplies, crutches, walkers, canes.

www.studio2gallery.com
www.arttherapyaustin.com

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kevin Hanlon (DMA-Composition '83)

has been invited to an 11-week residency at the Banff Centre in January through March 2010. During that time, he will compose, collaborate, rehearse and perform with other residency artists. Large scale compositional projects supported by this process will include a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra and two song cycles based on the poetry of Stephen Crane.

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

Theatre and Dance Alumnae Heads New Department of Theatre and Dance

On September 1, Judy Sebesta (Ph.D., Theatre, 1997) became chair of the newly formed Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Sebesta plans to continue exploring accreditation for the department through the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance. For more information visit http://www.lamar.edu/newsevents/news/207_7815.htm

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

Alumnus Stars in New Play at New York Theatre Workshop

Fajer Al-Kaisi (M.F.A. ’07) in “Aftermath” Written by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank

Posted: Monday, October 5, 2009

Recent Graduate Premieres New Work at Kean University

Premiere Stages Presents,“Any Other Name,” by George Brant (M.F.A. ’08)

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009

Chappell Ellison receives Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism

Recent UT Design Division graduate Chappell Ellison (B.F.A. Design, 2007) received the prestigious 2009 Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism for her essay, “Compulsion: Where Object Meets Anxiety.” After graduating from UT, Ellison worked at web and graphic design companies before migrating to her current home in Manhattan. She is now an M.F.A. student in the inaugural class of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts.

The announcement and essay can be found on the American Institute of Graphic Arts website

Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fajer Al-Kaisi (M.F.A. '07)

featured in NY Times for his work in “The Exonerated” at New York Theater workshop.

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009

Flordelino Lagundino (M.F.A. '04)

receives Directing Fellowship at Arena Stage and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009

Barry Anderson (BFA Studio Art, 1991)

will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Syracuse University entitled, Intermissions, which places video art and photographs at multiple venues across Syracuse, making it accessible to the general community and creating many opportunities for meaningful interaction with the work.

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009

Mark Schatz (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2005) will be exhibiting his work in the Lawndale Art Center’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition in Houston, Texas.

The exhibition curated by Clint Willour, with works by Seth Alverson, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Chuy Benitez, Elaine Bradford, Mark Schatz and Emily Sloan. Exhibition on display August 21- September 26, 2009. Opening reception Friday, August 21, 2009 from 6:30-8:30pm.

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bruce Radek (B.M., M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, '78, '80)

has recently completed the inaugural US Courts, Federal Judiciary IT Fellowship in Washington, D.C. He has also been accepted into the CIO Certificate Program at the National Defense University, and is co-chair of the Attracting Talent National CIO IT Workforce sub-committee for the Federal IT 2009 Summit. This fall, he will pursue full-time Entertainment Law and Mediation Services in Nashville, TN. Currently, Bruce represents several national jazz and country music artists and bands, and plans to expand his artist list to symphonic performers and violin artists.

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2009

Steve Baldwin (Ph.D., '89)

As a doctoral graduate under Dr. Oscar G. Brockett, Dr. Steve Baldwin co-produced, researched and wrote “A Journey Through Deaf Texas,” which premiered on June 11, 2009 at UTSA-Downtown Campus in San Antonio. The 54-minute documentary covers the feats. failures and leadership of the Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD). Baldwin, a resident of Austin, developed the film with David Pierce of Davideo Productions of Seguin. In 1990 they both won the Barbara Jordan Award for a mini-documentary.

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009