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Raymond Uhlir (B.F.A, ’02)

Raymond Uhlir (B.F.A, ’02) recently showed work from his painting and drawing series Relatively Epic along with new work by fellow UT alum, Faith Gay, at D. Berman Gallery in Austin, Texas.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010

Melissa Recalde (M.F.A., ’10)

Melissa Recalde (M.F.A., ’10), recently graduated from UT and from her position as a voice coach through the Voice Studies Program. After graduating, Recalde was cast as an actor in Bug at Hyde Park Theatre, worked as a voice coach at Southwestern University for a summer theatre camp, and signed with The Atherton Group Talent Agency for commercial, television, and film in Texas.

Recalde’s immediate goals are to move to Los Angeles to begin working as an actor in television and film; and, Recalde would like to work in a university, magnet school, or studio setting to teach acting and voice.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010

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Robert Schenkkan (B.F.A. in Drama, '75)

Robert Schenkkan (B.F.A. in Drama, ’75) received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Writing, Miniseries for his work on The Pacific. The World War II drama tracks the intertwined real-life journeys of three U.S. Marines across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater. The Pacific received a total of 24 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries.

Schenkkan is the author of The Kentucky Cycle, Tony Award nominee and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In addition to his artistic achievements, Schenkkan has been recognized as a UT Distinguished Young Alumnus, and is a member of the Friar Society. Schenkkan is co-writer on episodes 4, 6, 8 and 10, and co-producer on all 10 episodes of The Pacific.

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Carole McIntosh Sikes: Recent Paintings - A Closer Look

Carole Sikes (B.F.A., '56 and M.F.A., '64)

Sikes’ artwork will be on display from July 14 – Aug. 23 at Laguna Gloria’s Gatehouse Gallery, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX. A reception will be held on July 22, 2010 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m- 3:00 p.m., Monday- Friday

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

David Cloyd, I Could Disappear album cover

David Cloyd (B.M., '98)

David Cloyd Music

David Cloyd’s (B.M., ’98) second album, I Could Disappear, follows on the national success of his debut effort, Unhand Me, You Fiend!, delivering a powerful collection of performances unlike any in his past—solo, in the studio. Visit Cloyd’s new web site to learn about his albums and merchandise.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010

 2012 - Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book cover

Mark Van Stone (Ph.D., '05)

Mark Van Stone (Ph.D., ’05) has written a new book, 2012 – Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya. It is a full-color, 170-page book inspired by Maya inscriptions, astronomical knowledge, math, and myth. Van Stone has spent the last several years researching “What the ancient Maya actually said about 2012.” The result is based entirely on science, archaeology, decipherment, and PreColumbian art. To make this arcane material as accessible as possible, he examines aspects of this phenomenon in 38 short, digestible essays, which one can read in any order.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Constance Cortez (B.A., '81; M.A., '86)

Constance Cortez (B.A., ’81; M.A., ’86) was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in April 2009. She has two volumes coming out in September 2010: “Carmen Lomas Garza” (UCLA, A Ver Series) and a co-edited volume (with John Beusterien) “Death and the Afterlife in the Early Modern Hispanic World” (University of Minnesota Press, Hispanic Issues On-Line). She is currently co-organizing the 2nd Triennial for the Association of Latin American Art with Virginia Fields. The symposium will be held November 12-14 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunyong Chung (B.A., '81)

Sunyong Chung (B.A., ’81) will have two sculptures, a gigantic porcelain torus and dancing paper, on display at the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), May 22- August 15, 2010. Chung will be at AMOA July 10th at 1pm and July 15th at 7pm.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

David Wyatt (B.A., '95)

David Wyatt (B.A., ’95) and Rachel Wyatt (B.J., ’00 & M.A., ’04) of Wyatt Brand, an Austin-based boutique design and PR firm, has been chosen by the Texas Cultural Trust to execute dual design and public relations campaigns for the 2011 Texas Medal of Arts- the signature biennial event of the organization spotlighting and celebrating the creative excellence, exemplary talents, and outstanding contributions by Texans in selected categories.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Judi Krant (B.A., '94)

Judi Krant (B.A., ’94) is the writer and director of the film “MADE IN CHINA,” which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature last year at SXSW. The film has recently been picked up for distribution with IFC (

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 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

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 and if interested in contributing to next year’s art exhibit, send Mali an email through her Web site.

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.

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