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Alumna Katy O'Connor Featured in Exhibition at Generous Art Newsletter

Alumna Katy O'Connor (MFA, Painting, 1999) is having a studio sale at Generous Art Gallery to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region. On view from May 25 to September 10, 2012, the sale will be hosted at Texas French Bread in Austin, TX. All artworks are original oil paintings on canvas and panel. Forty percent of all sales will go toward the Austin Stands with Planned Parenthood campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Art History Alumna Opens Gallery in New Space

Tiny Park Gallery

On Friday, June 29th, alumna Thao Votang (BA, Art History, 2008) and her partner, Brian Willey, will reopen their gallery, Tiny Park, into a dedicated space at 1101 Navasota Street in Austin, Texas.

The opening will coincide with the opening of "Greatest Hits", a group exhibition featuring all of the artists previously featured in their home-based gallery. Featured artists include Michael Sieben, Sam Prekop, Deborah Stratman, Miguel Aragon, PJ Raval, Nick Brown, Leah Haney, David Culpepper, Stephanie Serpick and Rob Lomblad.

A reception will be held June 29th from 7pm to 11pm and the exhibition runs through July 28th. Viewing of the exhibition is available from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays and by appointment.

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tiny Park text on top of red tree image

Art History Alumna To Move Living Room Gallery To Dedicated Space


In May, after the close of its current show, alumna Thao Votang (BA, Art History, 2008) and her partner, Brian Willey, will move their living room art gallery, Tiny Park, into a dedicated space at 1101 Navasota Street in Austin. Votang and Willey plan to open the first show in late June or early July. 

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Texas Guitar Quartet Releases Debut Album, "Red"

Texas Guitar Quartet

The Texas Guitar Quartet, comprised of BSoM graduates Isaac Bustos (DMA, Music, 2010), Jonathan Dotson (DMA, Music, 2010), Alejandro Montiel, (DMA, Music, 2009) and Joseph Williams II, released their debut album titled "Red" in March of 2012. Produced in Houston, the recording contains new pieces and arrangements for guitar quartet, including the world-premiere recording of Antoine de Lhoyer's "Air Varié et dialogué" and Joseph Williams' "Red" quartet. For more information, please visit

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cover of Engaging ANcient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras Guatemala

Art History Alumna's Book Published

University of Oklahoma Press

The University of Oklahoma Press announced the publication of Megan E. O'Neil's (MA Art History,1999) book Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala. In this book, O'Neil discusses how ancient Maya people interacted with sculpture in the culture.

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Alumna Amy Williams Opens Solo Exhibition in Brooklyn

440 Gallery - Brooklyn, NY

The 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York presents Petits Fours, a solo exhibition by Amy Williams (BFA, 1999). A site-specific installation, Petits Fours consists of gilt-framed photographs, gilt-framed mirrors, and a dramatic color of wall paint, all in examination of the extravagance of King Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles.

Petits Fours opens Thursday, May 24th and will run through Sunday, June 24, 2012. A reception for Williams will be held May 24th from 6 to 8 pm. The 440 Gallery is located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alumna Megan Liu Kincheloe Has MFA Thesis Exhibition at Pratt Institute

Alumna Megan Liu Kincheloe (BFA, Studio Art, 2009 and BA, Psychology, 2009) will have her MFA Thesis Exhibition entitled "The Habit of Scales" at Pratt Institute, Steuben South Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The opening reception will be held May 7, 2012 from 5 to 9 pm.

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Alum Don Bacigalupi and partner Dan Feder pose in their colorful home

COFA Alum Don Bacigalupi Featured in NY Times' T Magazine

The New York Times' T Magazine

Art History alum Don Bacigalupi (MA, 1985 and Ph.D., 1993) is featured in the New York Times' "T" Magazine. The article discusses his new home, life, and career as Director of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bacigalupi, his partner Dan Feder, and their son Guston moved to Bentonville from Toledo, Ohio, where Bacigalupi was director of the Toledo Museum of Art.

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012

COFA Alum and Student Featured in Upcoming Tiny Park Gallery Show

Tiny Park Gallery, located in Austin, Texas, will premiere their 2012 Drawing Annual on May 4th and will feature one UT alum and a current student, Miguel Aragon (MFA student) and Leah Haney (BFA, 2010). The exhibition will focus on drawings and the concept of drawing. The opening will be on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 7 pm to 11 pm and will continue through May 20, with viewings available on Saturdays from 12 pm to 5 pm and by appointment. Tiny Park Gallery is located at 607 1/2 Genard Street.

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art Of The Art Assignment" cover

Alum Noah Dillion Contributor to New Publication from Paper Monument

Paper Monument Publications

Noah Dillion (BA Studio Art, 2008) is a contributor on a recent publication from Paper Monument entitled "Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment". The anthology features essays, drawings, and assignments from over 100 contributors including John Baldessari, William Pope.L, Mira Schor, and many others. The publication examines art education and in particular the art assignment from introductory exercises to graduate-level experiments. For excerpts, reviews, and to purchase the anthology, click here.

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012

Alumna Suzanne Bocanegra Presents Piece at the Fusebox Festival

Suzanne Bocanegra

From April 27th to April 29th, Suzanne Bocanegra (BFA, 1979) will do performances of her piece "When a Priest Marries a Witch: An Artist Talk by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Paul Lazar". First premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2010, Bocanegra will perform her work as part of the Fusebox Festival, an annual contemporary art and performance festival that takes place each April in Austin, TX.

Performances will take place at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre on:

April 27th at 9 pm, April 28th at 1 pm, and April 29th at 7 pm.

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012

Tom Livesay

Alumnus Thomas A. Livesay Retires from the LSU Museum of Art

Thomas A. Livesay (BA, 1968 and MFA, 1972), executive director at the LSU Museum of Art, announced his retirement from the institution on March 30, 2012. Livesay has been the director of the museum since January of 2007.

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012

The members of The Virtuosi Quintet

The Virtuosi Quintet Premieres Work in New York City

The Virtuosi Quintet

The Virtuosi Quintet, founded by alumnus James Jeter (BM, 1971), bassonist, performed the world premiere of Jim Lahti's "Woodwind Quintet," written for Dr. Jeter, on March 25, 2012 at St. Malachy's Church in New York City. Works of Bach, Bozza, Grieg and Reicha were also featured. The other members of the Virtuosi include Karla Moe, flute, Bette Condon, oboe, Larry Tietze, clarinet, and Janet Lantz, horn.

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alumna Natalia Anciso (BA, 2008) Has Museum Show Debut

Art Fix Daily

Graduate Natalia Anciso will have her museum show debut on March 30th at the San Jose Museum of Art. Having just wrapped a showing at the 4th Chicana/o Biennial at MACLA in San Jose, CA, Natalia will debut an installation at the "Mexicanismo through Artists' Eyes" exhibition along with internationally-renowned Mexican and Mexican-American artists including Betsabee Romero (Mexico City), Margarita Cabrera (El Paso, TX), Enrique Chagoya (San Francisco), and others.

The exhibition opens March 30th and runs until September 23, 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

From Ultra Madre presents materials from Alum Andres Bedoya's performance installation

Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement

Ultra Madre, the performance installation by Andres Bedoya (BFA, 2001), was originally presented at the Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia, in 2009. Installed within the main arch of the museum's patio, for approximately one hour participating women lay still with their long hair cascading down the 15-foot structure. The current show, From Ultra Madre, presents materials generated during its 18-month development.

On view from February 24 to March 17 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street at Pitt, New York, NY 10002. Opening reception is today, February 24, from 6 to 8pm. Additional information here. Maps and directions can be found here.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012

Alums Featured in KLRU's Arts in Context episode on Newsletter, founded by alumna Jennifer Chenoweth (MFA, 1999), was featured in an episode of KLRU's Arts in Context last night, Thursday, February 23rd. The 30 minute episode featured interviews of several Generous Artists including alumna Judith Simonds (MFA, 1994) as well as Jennifer Balkan, Wells Mason, Stella Alesi, and Virginia Fleck. The full episode is available to watch online on Vimeo.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012

Artwork done by Nashville-area students for the gallery show.

Alumna Lindsey Bailey spearhead's Deliciously Happy gallery show

Deliciously Happy's Website

Alumna Lindsey Bailey (BFA, 2008), graduate student at Belmont University, has spearheaded a project that brings together Belmont University sculpture students and Nashvilla-area schools. Starting with a campaign on Kickstarter, Bailey raised over $4,000 to fund 12 of 24 workshops, a documentary film crew, and transportation for students to the gallery opening at Belmont University. The exhibition, titled Deliciously Happy, features the results of the collaborative workshops between Belmont students and Nashville students. It will be on view from February 29th to March 30th, with a reception on March 1st from 5 - 7pm, at Gallery 121 in the Leu Center for Visual Arts.

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012

Tatiana Youbetchabootskaya image

Alum Mike McKinley to Publish Memoir

Austin Chronicle

Mike McKinley (BFA, 1977) is currently writing a memoir on his time spent in the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the New York-based parody ballet company. McKinley spent around a decade with the company as his alter-egos, ballerina Tatiana Youbetchabootskaya (pictured left) and danseur Igor Teupleze. His memoir is titled Blood and Satin: Confessions of a Drag Ballerina. 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will perform at the Long Center Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30pm in Dell Hall. For more information on the performance call 474-5664 or visit

Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Alum Featured in Solo Exhibit in San Antonio

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center

Alumna Connie Swann (BFA, 1996) will be featured in a solo exhibit in March at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, TX. Titled Spaces in Between, the exhibit will run from March 2 - March 25, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, 6pm - 9pm and on First Friday, March 3rd, 6pm - 9pm.

Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dimensions: Constructed Exploration and the Painted Print

Alumnus David Lujan (BFA, 2006) Featured in Art Exhibition

Gallery Black Lagoon

David Lujan (BFA, Studio Art, 2006) is featured in the show, Dimensions: Constructed Exploration and the Painted Print at Gallery Black Lagoon. The exhibition, which opens with a reception on Friday, February 3 from 7-10 p.m., is free to the public. RSVP on the Gallery Black Lagoon's Facebook event page.

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012