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Jonathan Santore

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

Georgia Carter, Timber

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

Image: Sara Frantz

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

Andrew Rudin

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

Barton Springs, oil on canvas 1990

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

Garrett Keast image

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

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: Monday, May 6, 2013

Texas Book Festival Poster

Margie Crisp; Award Winning Author and Artist

TAMU Press

Writer and artist Margie Crisp (B.F.A. '91) traveled the length of Texas's Colorado River while researching for her book River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado. She was selected as the 2012 Texas Book Festival featured artist and The Texas Institute of Letters selected River of Contrasts as the recipient of the 2013 Carr P. Collins Way for Best Book of Non-Fiction. Crisp's sensitive tribute to the river and its inhabitants is enhanced by the exquisite art she has created for the book, which was also recently named the winner of the Ron Tyler Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture by the Texas State Historical Association.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013

Bill Craver receives Tony's Honor

Congratulations Bill Craver (B.F.A '52, M.F.A. '56 in Drama)! Bill, a distinguished Broadway producer and Company Manager, will be awarded with the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. The 2013 Tony Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 9th on CBS, and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. 

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

David Cloyd and Miranda Scoma

David Cloyd Opening for James McCartney

ECR Music Group

In a special performance, David Cloyd (B.A., Music Performance, '98) with violinist Miranda Scoma will be opening for label-mate James McCartney at the Lovin Cup in Rochester on May 14th. McCartney is currently on a 47-date, 27-state tour of the USA in advance of the release of his new album, Me (ECR Music Group).

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013

Alumna Work in iMOCA Love Book Project

Jill Bedgood's (M.F.A., '83) love book is on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) as part of the "Let's talk about love, baby" exhibition. Bedgood's love book memorializes her parent's love by creating a cast of the impressions of a pair of moth earrings her father gave her mother in 1948, while stationed in Egypt.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Scott Proctor, My Proud Mountain, 2012, mixed media

Tiny Park presents "Artifact"

"Artifact", an exhibition at Tiny Park Gallery (1101 Navasota Street, Austin, TX) opened on April 13 and continues through May 11. All three exhibiting artists, Jonathan Dankenbring, Scott Proctor and Beili Liu are Austin residents. Liu is currently an associate professor of art at The University of Texas at Austin, while Proctor received an MFA and is a lecturer at UT. Tiny Park's Associate Director Thao Votang (B.A. in Art History,'08) is currently the current coordinator of undergraduate admissions for the College of Fine Arts. Check out a great show put on by thriving UT alums. 

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Alum's First Solo Exhibition

Kathy Creutzburg, sculptor and watercolorist, graduated from UT with a B.F.A. in 1988. Creutzburg is celebrating her first solo exhibition at the Michael Mut Gallery (97 Ave C, NY, NY 10009) opening April 4. 

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013

Alum's First Solo Exhibition

Kathy Creutzburg, sculptor and watercolorist, graduated from UT with a B.F.A. in 1988. Creutzburg is celebrating her first solo exhibition at the Michael Mut Gallery (97 Ave C, NY, NY 10009) opening April 4. 

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013

Married Music Alumni Set up New Roots

Bruce Ludwick, Jr. (M.M., Organ Performance with Emphasis in Sacred Music, 2008) was appointed Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, AL as of January 1, 2013. Erin Montalto Ludwick (M.M., Vocal Performance, 2008) is from Birmingham and happy to be back home where she is setting up a private voice studio. Their wedding was at the Cathedral of St. Paul in June 2009 and was played by the late Dr. Gerre Hancock (former Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at UT-Austin). Bruce looks forward to building upon the foundation of the cathedral’s choirs to include comprehensive choirs for youth and children as well as an organ recital series.

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013

Art History Alum's New Position

Gwynn Thayer (M.A. Art History, '97) is now the Associate Head and Curator of North Carolina State University Libraries Special Collections. Thayer earned her Ph.D. in Public History in 2010. Her book "Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Advocacy, and American Popular Culture" is coming out soon. 

Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013

Congratulations to Constance Cortez

College Art Association

Constance Cortez (B.A. '81, M.A. '86) has been elected to the Board of Directors for the College Art Association. She is currently a professor in the School of Art at Texas Tech University. 

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013