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John Sigmund (M.A., Art Education, ‘08)

John Sigmund has been hired as the new Manager of National Programs with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in New York, which administers The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010

Lisa Becker (M.F.A., ’95)

Lisa Becker will launch the grand opening of the new CU Art Museum on September 24th, a project she been working on for many years in beautiful Boulder, CO. Becker was recently honored by the Advisory Board who raised the naming funds and chose to name the lobby/entrance hall of the new CU Art Museum in Becker’s honor.

Becker has been very busy with a superb but small staff, planning and mounting inaugural exhibitions in the museum’s five new galleries. In addition to the galleries, the new museum also includes state-of-the-art collections storage, a collection study center, an education/workshop room and wonderful exhibition preparation facilities.

In addition to the new museum building, the new Visual Arts Complex also includes a second building with 165,000 square feet of studio and teaching space for the Department of Art and Art History at CU’s campus, and a large auditorium beneath the new CU Art Museum.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010

James Willard Pierce (B.F.A., Studio Art, ’09) and Robert Boland (M.F.A., Studio Art, ’07)

James Willard Pierce and Robert Boland will be exhibiting their work in “Methods of Entanglement.” Join the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and MASS Gallery on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at TACC Visualization Laboratory, ACE 2.404a, The University of Texas at Austin. This exhibition presents digital and interactive artwork from local and national artists. Meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP to

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010

John Hopkins (Ph.D., ’10)

John Hopkins (Ph.D., ’10) was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Getty Research Institute to write a book on the genesis of Roman architecture and its effects on Roman art and society. Hopkins will be in residence at the Getty through 2011. John was also awarded the UT Outstanding Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts, a first for the Department of Art and Art History.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010

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

Photo of Robert Schenkkan

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

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

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

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