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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: 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

Alum Travels from England to Perform in Cohen New Works Festival

The University of Exeter's Drama Department is performing their original show, More than the Sum, as part of the Cohen New Works Festival. UT alum, Avital Stolar (B.A.T.D. 2011), is now working on her Masters in Theater at Exeter and traveled from England to her alma mater to perform. Stolar explained, “Through connecting the two universities, we have engaged in a cultural exchange in which masters theater students from UT and Exeter share ideas from across the world and explore them in rehearsals. Meeting together in Austin will enable our collaborators from UT to see the final product they helped to create. As applied theater students, we all have an interest in developing artwork with the community and are excited to learn from each other about different ways of working with young people."

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013

Studio Art Alum Authors and Illustrates Award-Winning Book

Margaret Crisp (B.F.A. 1991) authored and illustrated, with linocuts and lithographs, a book on the Texas Colorado River. Entitled River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado, her book was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2012 and was awarded the 2012 Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History or Culture by the Texas State Historical Association. Margaret was also a selected Author at the Texas Book Festival, as well as the 2012 poster artist.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013

David Viscoli (B.M. 1987) Wins Award

David Viscoli, Professor of Piano, (B.M. 1987) was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book cover for Singer and Actor

Theatre and Dance Alum Authors Book

Alan E. Hicks (DMA, 2009) authored a book entitled Singer and Actor: Acting Technique for the Operatic Performer. The book was published by Amadeus Press in paperback in 2011 and ebook formats in 2012 and contains contributions from Professor Franchelle S. Dorn.

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013

COFA Alum Finds Success in the Middle East

Fadi Skeiker (Ph.D., Theatre, 2009) is currently assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Arts and Design and assistant professor at the University of Jordan. In addition to his work in academia, he has continued to lead practice-based research projects in the field of applied theatre in Jordan, using theatre as a tool to address issues related to women, youth and social change.

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Alexandre Dossin

Pianist Alexandre Dossin (DMA, Music, 2001) Shines in Latest Recital

The SunBreak

Alexandre Dossin (DMA, Music, 2001) is a tenured faculty member at the University of Oregon. His recordings include: Russian Transcriptions, to be included in Naxos' ongoing international series "Complete Piano Works by Franz Liszt," which was released in July 2012; Rachmaninoff: Prelude in c# minor, op. 3 no. 2, Preludes op. 23; recording and editorial work, Schirmer Performance Editions, released in November 2012; Rachmaninoff:  Preludes op. 32; recording and editorial work, Schirmer Performance Editions, to be released in 2013; and Leonard Bernstein: Piano Works, Naxos American Classics Series, to be released late 2013. A full discography is available at

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013

COFA alum Don Bacigalupi

Art and Art History Alum Promoted to President of Art Museum

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Don Bacigalupi (M.A., Art History,1985; Ph.D., Art History,1993) has been named president of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In this newly created position, Don will serve as a member of the board of directors and will advance the Museum’s national and global special initiatives and work closely with the board and staff leadership.

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013

Sonya Berg Artwork

Tiny Park Gallery Presents Exhibition by Alumna

Tiny Park Gallery

Alumna Sonya Berg (MFA, 2010) opens her one-person exhibition at Tiny Park Gallery in Austin, TX on Friday, March 1, 2013. Running through March 30th, the exhibition will showcase Berg's mixed media works.

The opening reception is on Friday, March 1st from 7pm to 11pm. Tiny Park Gallery is located at 1101 Navasota Street and is open 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays and by appointment.

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Justin Tucker on the field in his Ravens uniform

Music Alum Plays Part in Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Win

The Washington Examiner

Congratulations to alum Justin Tucker (BA, Recording Technology, 2011), former Texas Longhorn and current kicker for the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie Tucker hit two crucial field goals in the fourth quarter as the Baltimore Ravens survived a furious second-half rally by the San Francisco 49ers en route to a 34-31 victory and the Super Bowl title on Sunday, February 3rd.

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013