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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

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

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 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

Natalia Anciso Artwork

Natalia Anciso makes her Los Angeles debut at the Vincent Price Art Museum.

LA Weekly

Natalia Anciso, MFA (BA, Studio Art, 2008), will be exhibiting at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles as part of the 2013 MexiCali Biennial, titled "Cannibalism in the New World." The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 6 to 9 p.m., and the exhibition will be open until April 13, 2013.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013

Theatre and Dance Alum Keeps Busy in NYC as Broadcaster, Producer, and More

Elliott Forrest (BA, Drama, 1979) is a familiar voice for fans of classical music in New York City. He can be heard regularly on WQXR, Classical 105.9. Each year he produces an annual radio reading of A Christmas Carol and this year directed Brian Cox as Ebenezer Scrooge. Last summer, he produced an extremely successful large scale concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a new production will be created for summer 2013. Forrest has also signed a contract to create a production for the Houston Symphony in 2014. Additionally, he recently signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to write a book about classical music with Alec Baldwin.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Music Alumna Publishes Textbook on Music Appreciation

Mary Dave Blackman (Ph.D., Music Education, 1989) has published a textbook for music appreciation courses. An Introduction to Art Music is an eBook that uses listening materials from the Classical Music Library, an online resource with more than 500 university subscribers. The text is published by Kendall Hunt and approaches material from the point of view of a music educator, not a musicologist.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Art and Art History Graduate Becomes Associate Dean at Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art, London

Alumna Teal Triggs (BFA, Studio Art, 1979 and MA, Art History, 1983), was recently appointed as Associate Dean of the College of Communication at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, UK. She is also on faculty at the RCA as a professor of graphic design. 

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Annual Juried Printmaking Show poster

Gallery Black Lagoon Hosts Art & Art History's Annual Juried Printmaking Show

Gallery Black Lagoon

This year's Annual Juried Printmaking Show takes place at Gallery Black Lagoon from January 18 to February 10, 2013. Fifteen students from the UT Department of Art and Art History will feature more than 30 of their printmaking works in the annual show. The opening reception will be held January 18 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX.

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hook & Ladder Records Logo

Music Alumnus Launches Hook & Ladder Records

Hook & Ladder Records

Music Performance alum David Cloyd (BM, 1998) will officially launch Hook & Ladder Records, an imprint on ECR Music Group, on January 22, 2013.

Besides being the owner of Hook & Ladder Records, Cloyd has released two albums (Unhand Me, You Fiend! in 2009 and I Could Disappear in 2010) and is currently ECR Music Group's executive vice president of creative operations.

The label's first release, Caroline Fenn's debut album Fragile Chances, is currently slated for a worldwide release in January.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012