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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

Maxine Price Painting

Alumna Featured in Gallery Shows Around Texas

Maxine Price (MFA, Art, 1959) is featured in three upcoming gallery shows around Texas.

From December 1 through December 22, Price's works will be showcased at  Femme in Austin, TX at The Russell Collection. Featuring eleven of the women artists represented by The Russell Collection, Price will be present at the artist reception on December 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In Houston, Thornwood Gallery's end of the year group show will run December 1 through January 2. The opening reception will be held December 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Finally, the Kirchman Gallery's Holiday Extravaganza event in Johnson City, TX will also feature works by Price. Stop by on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for light finger food, wine and champagne.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alumna Featured in Kirchman Gallery Holiday Show

Kirchman Gallery

This November, Maxine Price (BFA, 1959) is featured in the Kirchman Gallery Holiday Show. The show opened on November 11th with live music from Homer Whisenant. The Kirchman Gallery is located at 213 North Nugent Street in Johnson City, TX.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Work by Leah Haney

Tiny Park Gallery Presents "Divergent Space"

Tiny Park Gallery

Tiny Park Gallery, co-run by Thao Votang (BA, Art History, 2008) and Brian Willey, will present "Divergent Space", a one-person exhibition of new paintings by Leah Haney (BFA, Studio Art, 2010). The opening will be on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm and the exhibition will be available for viewing through January 5 on Saturdays from 12 pm-5 pm. 

Tiny Park Gallery is located at 1101 Navasota Street in Austin, TX.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

East Austin Studio Tour Showcases Alumni Around Austin

East Austin Studio Tour

Running from November 8 to November 18, the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) features artists, studios, exhibition spaces, pop-up shows, and tons of art-centered events that highlight the Austin arts scene.

Many COFA alumni will also be participating in EAST. Thao Votang (BA, Art History, 2008), along with her partner Brian Willey, will be participating through their gallery Tiny Park while Art Therapy Austin, owned by Deanna Miesch (BFA, Studio Art, 2006), will exhibit new work for one day only on November 11th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012

Studio Art Alum Showcases Work in Brooklyn

Recession Art

Arts organization Recession Art is hosting a group show called Prolonged Exposure, hosted at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY. The show will feature alumna Megan Liu Kincheloe (BFA, Studio Art, 2009) and is on view through November 10th.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Still of a scene in The Rock of Abandon

Play Writing Alum Debuts Production in LA

The Fierce Backbone theater company, co-founded by alum Stephen Blackburn (MFA, Play Writing, 1997), had the world premiere of their work The Rock of Abandon on October 20th. Directed by Tiger Reel and written by Stephen Blackburn, The Rock of Abandon will run through November 18th at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012

Jonas Criscoe (BFA 06) awarded a Jerome Emerging Printmakers' Residency at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis MN

HighPoint Print Center

Beginning in September, Jonas Criscoe along with two fellow residents will receive nine months of access to Highpoint's fully-equipped printshop as well as technical support, critiques with area arts professionals, a stipend for printmaking supplies and the opportunity to work in a collaborative workshop environment that encourages experimentation and growth. The program will conclude with a group exhibition in May 2013 featuring work created by the artists during their residency. The residency, funded with a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, is open to emerging Minnesota printmakers — defined here as artists who show significant potential, yet have not received a commensurate amount of professional accomplishment or recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. The three new residents were selected on the basis of their dedication, interest, and potential in printmaking and the artistic merit of their work. Utilizing a variety of lithographic and relief techniques, Jonas Criscoe plans to continue his explorations on the theme of place. Specific focus will be given to examining how commercial signage and structures have shaped the urban landscape around Highpoint, the community's interaction with these objects and their deterioration due to wear and exposure.

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Abstract Artwork by Marcia Santore

Alumna Marcia Santore Featured in Riverhead, New York Exhibition

East End Arts Council Gallery

Art and Art History alumna Marcia Santore (BFA, 1982) has two of her paintings included in the exhibition Joy at the East Ends Arts Council Gallery in Riverhead, NY. The exhibition runs from August to October 2012. All of the artworks featured, including the two by Santore, can be seen on the East End Arts Council's Facebook page.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012

Music Alum Becomes Co-Editor of New Arts Journal


Butler School of Music alumnus Dr. Gary Beckman (Ph.D., Musicology, 2007) has become co-editor of a new journal - Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. The inaugural issue will be published on September 1, 2012. 

Dr. Beckman is currently a musicology professor and the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Alumna Liza Binkley Reviewed in The London Times

Official Facebook Page of Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite, a play currently featuring alumna Liza Binkley (BA, Theatre and Dance, 2007), recently received a four star review in The London Times. Presented in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, Presidential Suite by B&G Productions (New York) runs through August 18, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Inside view of the Derek Eller Gallery

Art and Art History Alum Curates Exhibition in New York City

Derek Eller Gallery

Art and Art History alumnus Isaac Lyles (BA, Art History, 2004), Associate Director of the Derek Eller Gallery in New York City, has curated an exhibition titled Sweet Distemper.  Reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum, Modern Painters Daily, and others, Sweet Distemper features works by artists Anna Betbeze, Samara Golden, Tamara Gonzales, Davina Semo, and Despina Stokou.

On view through August 16, 2012 at the Derek Eller Gallery in New York City, NY.

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012