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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

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

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

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

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

Lori Bade (D.M.A., '94)

Mezzo Soprano and Professor of Voice at Louisiana State University was, in 2007, appointed Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Music. Most recently she has added to her administrative duties the appointment of Interim Director of the School of Music (2009-10 academic year). In addition, she continues to perform and, in 2007, premiered the vocal/choral work for mezzo soprano, chorus, and orchestra, A Procession of Seasons by Stephen Paulus, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and Canterbury Choral Society. Most recently she was guest soloist performing Durufle’s Requiem and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. During the Summer of 2008, Dr. Bade was guest professor of voice in Salzburg, Austria with the University of Miami Salzburg Summer Vocal Program where she will return to teach once again in the Summer of 2010. Lori and her son, Michael, live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upcoming solo performance of Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, July 2009.

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mary Ellen Cavitt (Ph.D., '98)

has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching for the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Texas State University, San Marcos. Dr. Cavitt also earned tenure this spring at Texas State University and serves as an Associate Professor of Music Education.

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Zoë Charlton (M.F.A. Studio Art Painting, 1999)

earned her tenure in April 2009 at American University in Washington, D.C. In the fall, she will become the area head in studio art. She has had 2 solo shows every year for the last 3 ­ 4 years, along with participating in many group shows. View some of her artwork at the above link.

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009

Alumna Marcia Gay Harden Wins 2009 Tony Award

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, “God of Carnage”

Posted: Monday, June 8, 2009

Annika Marie (Ph.D. Art & Art Hisory 2006)

has been appointed assistant professor of art history in the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kate Cullen Roberts (M.F.A. '07)

featured in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at New York’s Public Theater through May 24. Read more in the NY Times article, “Old Hickory, That Emo Punk, Singing and Dancing to Fame”

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009