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Music Alum Andrew Hallock and "Sopra il Basso" Named Resident Ensemble

Andrew O. Hallock (BM, 2002, Music Composition) and the five other musicians in the ensemble "Sopra il Basso", based out of the Hague, Netherlands, have been invited to become the Resident Ensemble for 2012 at the Academie Ambronay in France.

After graduating from UT Austin in 2002, Hallock moved to Europe to study singing at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague; he graduated in 2009. Hallock also works as a freelance instrument maker, producing a variety of historical woodwind instruments in his workshop in the Hague.

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Denny Berry Standing in a row of Theatre Seats

Theatre & Dance Alum Denny Berry Announced as Head of Musical Theatre at University of Utah

The University of Utah Department of Theatre

Department of Theatre & Dance alumna Denny Berry (BFA, 1973) was recently announced as the Head of the newly formed Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah Department of Theatre.

Berry is an esteemed director, choreographer, educator and writer both on Broadway and around the world. She looks forward to bringing together her ongoing relationship with the New York theater world and her students in the Department of Theatre.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Alumna Jennifer Chenoweth Named a 2012 New Philanthropist by GivingCity Austin Newsletter

Art and Art History alumna Jennifer Chenoweth (MFA, 1999) has been named a 2012 New Philanthropist by GivingCity Austin. Featured in the Summer 2012 issue (available online here), Chenoweth is listed in "The Entrepreneurs" section for her work as the founder of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists through the sale of one-of-a-kind original works of art.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cover of You Take if From Here

Alum Releases Latest Novel

Department of Theatre and Dance Website

Pamela Ribon (BFA, Drama Production, 1997) has just released her latest novel, You Take It From Here. Pamela has written for several television comedies, most notably the Emmy Award-winning Samantha Who?. A national bestselling author, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television. She was an contributor, where her novel about divorce and roller derby, Going in Circles, was selected as an Book Club pick. She was also a flagship contributor to Using her loyal Internet fan base, Ribon sponsors book drives for libraries in need at Visit her at or follow her @pamelaribon.

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012

Image by Skye Ashbrook

2012 Art & Art History Alum Holds Exhibition This Weekend

Alamo Drafthouse

Skye Ashbrook (BFA, Studio Art, 2012) will exhibit four videos of his work at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar location via co-production with Church of the Friendly Ghost on Sunday, July 22 at 9 pm.

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blurred Lines flyer

COFA Alumni Featured in Austin Gallery Show

Gallery Black Lagoon

This Friday, Gallery Black Lagoon will host the opening reception for Blurred Lines, their newest exhibition featuring multiple alumni from the College of Fine Arts. Cliona Gunter (BFA, 1989), David Lujan (BFA, 2008), and Stephen Schwake (Studio Art, 1999) are all participating in the exhibition featuring drawings and mixed media works.

Opening reception is Friday, July 13 from 7pm to 10pm. Exhibition runs through July 28 and is available for viewing Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm or by appointment. You can RSVP to the reception here.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Elizabeth Hill Boone

Alumna Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Alumna Elizabeth Hill Boone (MA, Art History, 1974; Ph.D., Art History, 1977) was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Academia Mexicana de la Historia, an affiliate of the Real Academia in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Boone is currently the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Don Bacigalupi

Alum Don Bacigalupi Named One of AY Magazine's Powerful Men of 2012

AY Magazine

Art and Art History alumnus Don Bacigalupi (Ph.D., Art History, 1993), was named one of AY Magazine's Powerful Men of 2012 in the Art category. Bacigalupi is currently the executive director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

He previously worked at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, California, and the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Recent Alumna Tamara Johnson Curates and Shows in New York City

Tamara Johnson's CV

Alumna Tamara Johnson (BFA, Studio Art, 2007), a graduate of the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design, recently curated a group exhibition as part of the NARS Foundation 2012 Emerging Curator Program. "Show Me Your Glands" will be available for viewing June 30 through July 29 in Brooklyn, NY at the NARS Foundation Gallery. Tamara Johnson will host a curator's talk in the gallery on Saturday, July 14 at 4 pm.

Additionally, Johnson is also curating and participating in a group alumni exhibition of RISD's MFA Sculpture department in NYC at the Rooster Gallery, opening July 12 and running until July 29. The opening reception will be Thursday, July 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Maxine Price Painting

Alumna Maxine Price Showcases Work in North and Central Texas

Maxine Price's Official Website

Art and Art History Alumna Maxine Price (BFA, 1959) will be showing her work at the Bob Fowler Retrospective Benefit Sale and Silent Auction in Wimberley, Texas. Works will be available for viewing on Friday, July 6th from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday, July 7th from 10am to 3:30pm at the First Baptist Church. Maxine will be in attendance Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm signing posters featuring her painting. All proceeds from this sale and silent auction will go to the family of Bob Fowler, a late renowned artist who was killed in a tragic accident. 

Additionally, her work is now being represented in Dallas, Texas at the prestigious Blue Print Store. Started by five leading Dallas interior designers, the Blue Print Store features high-end furniture and original abstract art.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Studio Art Alum Starts Las Manos Negras, Receives Funding

Dane Larsen's Website

Art and Art History alum Dane Larsen (BFA, Studio Art, 2008) has joined with conceptual artist Scott Gleeson to create a new controversial Dallas-based public art project, Las Manos Negras (The Black Hands). Las Manos Negras is a grassroots initiative designed to facilitate communication between day laborers, contractors, and labor advocates and to empower workers to assert their legal and moral rights to social justice. To help further this project, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded Larsen and Gleeson a coveted 2012 Idea Fund Grant.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awards ten $4,000 grants annually to support experimental public artworks. Las Manos Negras will use the grant funds to develop an audio archive of worker's narratives that have been recorded at varying Dallas construction site since August 2011. Workers stories will be available to the public through a bilingual proect website,

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012

Maxine Price

Maxine Price's Contemporary Paintings on Display

In the coming weeks, Maxine Price, BFA '59, will be showing her contemporary original paintings in two Texas galleries. First, TASTE Wine + Art Kirchman Gallery in Johnson City is honoring Ms. Price from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 and again beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.  From July 14 through August 28, Ms. Price's work will be present at Art Fest Houston in Thornwood Gallery.

Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012

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

Alumna Dawn Davis Loring Featured in Upcoming Dance Festival

Spank Dance Festival

Alumna Dawn Davis Loring (BA, Dance, 1992) and Mosaic Dance Body present Danceopoly at the Big Range Austin Dance Festival. Danceopoly is a game involving both audience and dancers and "takes a snarky look at being a struggling artist through the lens of a cheesy reality game show."

Collaborators include Dawn Davis Loring, Jennifer Micallef, Tracy Sadler Machalek, Ivry Newsome, Cinnamon Barton and Dawnerin Wilkinson.

Danceopoly will be shown at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre on June 30th at 8pm and on July 1st at 2pm.

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 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

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

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