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Barry Stone exhibition at Art Palace

Art Palace Gallery

Barry Stone's (M.F.A. '01) painting and photography exhibition Look Near into the Distance is currently on display at the Art Palace in Houston through October 26. This is Stone's second solo exhibition at Art Palace. 

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013

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Tiny Park Presents Jamie Panzer's

Tiny Park Gallery Website

Tiny Park presents Jamie Panzer (M.F.A., '93) and Joseph Noderer. Panzer's sculptures and digital works bend nature into unrealistic but believable forms. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 21 and continues through October 19. 

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jane Eifler mixed-media work

Alum and Advisory Council Member in Group Show

McMurtrey Gallery

Jane Eifler (B.F.A, '65) is included in a group show at the McMurtrey Gallery in  Houston through October 19th. Jane is not only an alum but serves as a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council. 

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013

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Alumni in Grayduck Gallery Show

Grayduck Gallery

Christina Coleman (M.F.A, '12) has been included in a group show curated by Jaime Savador (BFA 2005) at Grayduck Gallery opening on Friday, September 13th.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Robert Schenkkan's Success Continues

New York Times

Robert Schenkkan (Drama 1975) was recently named the Thornton Wilder Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. His play, All the Way (winner of the 2012 Senator Edward Kennedy Theater Prize and the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association Best New Play Award) has its East coast premier in Boston at A.R.T. in September starring Bryan Cranston.

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Alumna Lands Leadership Role at McCarter Theatre

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Erica Nagel (MFA 2008) has been named the Director of Education and Engagement at McCarter Theatre Center. She also serves as a Lecturer at Princeton University.

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Alumni Painter Michael Gillespie

Michael Gillespie (BFA '83) will participate in an artist residency program for the Red River County Historical Society in Clarksville, Texas in September. He was also one of ten finalists for the Summer Scholarship Contest at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Gillespie received a First Place Award in C.C. Young Center's The Spirit is Ageless Art Show, and had a painting on display with other award winners at the Arlington Museum of Art. 

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Alum Acts as Antiques Roadshow Appraiser

PBS

Bruce Shackelford, BFA 1975, is participating as an appraiser PBS Antiques Roadshow for his 18th season.

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Robert Pruitt Receives National Attention

Studio Museum in Harlem

Robert Pruitt's (MFA '03) exhibition "Women" is now on display at The Studio Museum of Harlem. "Women", a series of portraits of contemporary African-American women drawn in Conte Crayon, has been mentioned in the Huffington PostArt Daily and Blouin Artinfo. Pruitt lives and works in Houston. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Maxine Price, Autumn Chamisa

Maxine Graham Price

Maxine Price Website

Maxine Graham Price (B.A. Art, '59) will participate in ArtHouston's  2013 opening reception at Thornwood Gallery on Saturday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m. She will give an artist's talk with images at 2 p.m. that same day. Price will also exhibit her paintings at the Kirchman Gallery in Johnson City, TX, opening reception Saturday, July 27th from 4-8 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Group show includes MFA Alum

Gallery Black Lagoon

Gina Gwen Palacios (MFA '06) is one of 10 artists showing in the exhibit Where Shall We Go? opening Friday, July 12th at Gallery Black Lagoon. For Palacios, painting is an act of self-assertion and personal revelation. Where Shall We Go? is a collection of works that show us places and moments both traveled and imagined. Each image evokes a story remembered or wished to be forgotten. 

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Butler Alum wins The American Prize in Composition

Jonathan Santore (Music Composition, '87) won The American Prize in Composition 2013, in the category for professional composers of choral music. He is Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he has taught composition and theory since 1994, and is Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale. His composition Front Porch Poems, for mezzo, viola, and piano, is featured on the Chiaroscuro Trio's new CD New People, just issued by Albany Records; Aurelien and Elizabeth Petillot, founding members of Chiaroscuro, are also both alumni of the Butler School of Music.
 

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Weisner's Ocean Bottom Siesmometer Series

Two MFA '10 Alums Awarded Fulbright Research Grants

Kristina Felix (MFA, '10) and Christina Weisner (MFA, '10) have both been awarded a 2013 Fulbright Research Grant in Sculpture. Felix will work with indigenous communities in the Andes, where she will learn traditional methods of storytelling, weaving and textile-making while incorporating this into her studio-practice. Weisner is headed to Germany where she will research and make site-specific sculptures based on the Ries Impact Crater, one of the largest meteorite impact craters in the world. 

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013

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Group Exhibition featuring UT MFA Grads and Candidates

David Shelton Gallery

The David Shelton Gallery (3909 Main Street Houston, TX 77002) presents a group exhibition of talented MFA 2014-15 candidates and 2013 graduates; Peter Abrami, Janaye Brown, Adriana Corral, Georgia Carter, Aaron Meyers, James Scheuren and Eric Shane Swanson. Opening reception: Friday, June 28, 6:00- 8:00 pm. 

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

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Sara Frantz (MFA 2007) Featured in The 2013 Tiny Park Drawing Annual

Tiny Park Gallery Website

The 2013 Tiny Park Drawing Annual is a group exhibition focused on drawings and the concept of drawing, in the widest terms. The show includes video work, three-dimensional cut paper drawings, as well as more traditional forms of drawing. This year's drawing annual will feature artworks by Sara Frantz (MFA, Studio Art, '07), Calixto Ramirez, David Culpepper, Rob Verf (Lecturer at UT), Sam Prekop and Claude van Lingen. Opening Friday, June 28, 2013, 7pm to 11pm, at 1101 Navasota St. 

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alumni joins Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Miles Maner (Music, '07) was appointed Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Miles grew up in Austin and got his Masters in Music at the Shepherd School, then played in the Kansas City Symphony for a few years. Evidently, when CSO conductor Ricardo Muti shook his hand, he said to Miles with a twinkle in his eyes, "You do know the contrabassoon is bigger than you are.". 

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Composer, Andrew Rudin's Recent Successes

Andrew Rudin's Website

Andrew Rudin's (B.A. Music, '62) new "Sonata for Piano" was premiered by pianist Beth Levin May 5 at Spectrum in New York City. On that same day, the Dallas-based ensemble, Voice of Change, presented his "Sonata for Violin and Piano". In Philadelphia, on May 6, Lloyd Smith, cellist and Marcantonio Barone presented his "Sonata for Cello and Piano" in Philadelphia, under the auspices of 1807 & Friends. Rudin begins an operatic collaboration with Texas writer, Ann McCutchan in June. Three new CD's of Rudin's music are scheduled for release on Centaur Records. "September Trilogy" for string orchestra will have its premiere in Fall 2014 by Philadelphia-based Orchestra 200l, honoring his 75th birthday.

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013

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Celebrate the Life of Jimmy Jalapeeno

Jimmy Jalapeeno (aka Albert James Bonar, B.F.A, '70) passed away on May 22, 2013. He was a seasoned and celebrated painter and photographer. Jimmy Jalapeeno made art in Texas for 50 years and was a photographer for the Texas Historical Commission for more than 25 of them. Some of his most notable works are stunning paintings of the Texas Hill Country. 

Share your stories and celebrate Jimmy Jalapeeno's life Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, TX. For more information contact-

Jill Bedgood, jillbedgood@gmail.com, 512.431.3418

Bunnie Haigh, marian@marianhaigh.com, 512.217.3424

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jetty Deli & Food Corp Installation Drawing

Lillian Gerson presents: Jetty Deli & Food Corp

A.I.R. Gallery

A.I.R. Gallery (111 Front Street, #228 Brooklyn, NY 11201) is pleased to announce Rock Jetty Deli & Food Corp, installation by 2012-2013 fellowship artist Lillian Gerson (B.A. Studio Art, '08).

Gerson's first solo show documents and processes the complicated emotions of life in the Rockaways in the days, weeks and ongoing months following Hurricane Sandy. Through scavenged material and handmade objects, the exhibition brings attention to the small yet powerful moments of beauty that emerged from the storm's destruction. In Rockaway, the storm changed everyone's life overnight. The artist's creative projects were put on hold for months, while focusing instead on basic survival, community and re-growth. Rock Jetty Deli & Food Corp features a large-scale multimedia sculpture with audio recordings documenting the peninsula under construction. The exhibition runs May 30-June 23, 2013.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013

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Conductor Garrett Keast, '95 Music alum, is building a reputation for excellence

American conductor Garrett Keast is building a reputation for musical excellence with orchestras in Europe and the United States. In the 2012/13 season he has enjoyed successful debuts with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Philharmoniker Hamburg and the Hamburg Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, and has been re-invited a third time to conduct at the Opera National de Paris. Additionally, he has conducted the Orchestre de Paris, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, RIAS Jugendorchester and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Dates ahead include debuts with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, the Fort Worth Opera Festival, the Virginia Opera, and a return to the Hamburg Ballet. 

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013