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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

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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

Reef, 2005 (detail) by Taylor Winn

Taylor Winn (BA Studio Art 2011) Large Works 2005-2011 Opening Reception Nov. 10 at UT FAB Gallery

The eye-popping solo exhibit at the UT FAB Gallery, Taylor Winn: Large Works 2005 – 2011, features paintings spanning up to 7 feet tall by 15 feet wide brimming with signature comets, tornadoes and rivers of paint in sophisticated colors.  Opening reception is Thursday, November 10, from 6 - 8pm.  The exhibition runs through Dec. 16.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011

Associate Professor Teresa Hubbard (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1988) in October Issue of Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly

Associate Professor Teresa Hubbard (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1988) and partner Alexander Birchler, were included in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The article entitled, "Straight from the Art" discusses the art boom in Texas, and Hubbard is included with a group of 12 other movers and shakers in the Texas art world. 

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011

Alumni Matt Rebholz (MFA, 2008) and Monica Joy Alfonso (BFA, 2000) Featured in Art Exhibition

Gallery Black Lagoon

Matt Rebholz (MFA, Studio Art, 2008) and Monica Joy Alfonso (BFA, Studio Art, 2000) are featured in the show, Paintings, Drawings & Prints at Gallery Black Lagoon. The exhibition, which opens with a reception this Friday, Sept. 23 from 7-10 p.m., is free to the public. RSVP by calling 512/371-8838.512.371.8838

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BSOM alum, David Cloyd releases "Dear Boy," a Paul McCartney classic

David Cloyd (BM, Music Performance, 1998)

Engine Company Records

David Cloyd (BM, Music Performance, 1998) offers up a fresh take on a Paul McCartney classic—"Dear Boy" from the 1971 album Ram. "David's talents as a multi-instrumentalist and his vocal work on the song 'Unhand Me, You Fiend!' made 'Dear Boy' both an obvious choice and an ideal challenge for a new recording," says producer Blake Morgan.  Worldwide Release TODAY, September 13th, 2011 on Engine Company Records. Watch the Official YouTube Video: HEREWorldwide Release TODAY, September 13th, 2011 on Engine Company Records

Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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Bailey Receives Distinguished Book Award

This past spring Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT (UT BFA 1976) was promoted to full professor at Kansas State University where she has taught theater and directed the drama therapy program for the past 11 years.  Her recent book "Barrier-Free Theatre: Including Everyone in Theatre Arts -- In Schools, Recreation, and Arts Program -- Regardless of (Dis)Abililty" was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Book Award by the American Alliance for Theatre in Education in Chicago at its annual conference in July.  "Barrier-Free Theatre" is published by Idyll Arbor, Inc.

Posted: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mali Vargas Docktor (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2000)

Mali Vargas Docktor (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2000) will have an exhibition, Chromatone, at Evanescence Gallery during the month of September. The opening reception will be from 6-9pm on Friday, September 2nd. Chromatone is an inviting journey through color. Docktor combines formal abstraction with modern expressionism in her latest series of intensely colorful paintings as she seeks to explore the emotive effects of color.

Docktor’s work entitled Sporadic Growth was chosen by the jury to be included in the Artists Choice exhibition organized by the Alberta Society of Artists. Only 21 artworks were selected for the exhibition. The Artists Choice exhibition will be exhibited at the Alberta Society of Artists Gallery At Lougheed House in Calgary, AB from August 31- October 30, 2011.

Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011

Jennifer Remenchik (BFA Studio Art, 2009)

Red Space Gallery is pleased to present an opening reception for Jennifer Remenchik (BFA Studio Art, 2009) and her exhibition Goal. Goal explores stories of glory and disappointment in athletics.  Remenchik presents works in various media that play with the notion of the athlete’s body as a scene of drama and investigates how sports’ narratives relate to the values of our everyday lives.  The reception will take place from 7-10pm on August 27th, 2011.

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2011

Andrea Munoz Martinez (B.A., Studio Art, 2011)

ART LAB Contemporary Art Space presents works by Andrea Munoz Martinez (B.A., Studio Art, 2011) at Second Friday in Downtown Uvalde, Texas.  Borderlandia: Yo Soy La Cucaracha opens with performances, paintings, videos, food and dancing at Second Friday, August 12, 2011 at 227 N. Getty in Uvalde, Texas from 6 to 9 p.m.

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011

Rebecca Hewett (M.A. 2004, Ph.D. 2010)

Rebecca Hewett (M.A. 2004, Ph.D. 2010) has been awarded a 2011 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) as a Cultural Programs Specialist. The Public Fellows program is an ACLS initiative placing recent Ph.D.s in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector, aiming to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond.

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011

Thao Votang (B.A., 2008, Art History)

Thao Votang (B.A., 2008, Art History), along with Brian Willey are opening Tiny Park, a new exhibition series and art space located at 607 1/2 Genard Street in Austin, TX. Their first exhibition will open on Friday, September 9 from 7-11 pm and feature works by Miguel Aragon (current M.F.A. student).

Aragon’s work was recently included in New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art. Miguel will present works from a series that addresses, with a quiet and ghostly beauty, the violent drug war in Juarez.

The exhibition runs through September 24, 2011, and will be available for viewing 12 pm - 5 pm on Saturdays and by appointment.

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011

David Cloyd (B.M., Music Performance, 1998)

Following the release and success of recording artist David Cloyd’s (B.M., Music Performance, 1998) second album, I Could Disappear, Cloyd has been named Vice President of New York City record label Engine Company Records. While Cloyd is currently writing material for his next album, he and ECR are releasing a new worldwide single in August 2011, available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and everywhere else music is sold. Visit the ECR website at for more information.

Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011

Ben Aqua (B.F.A., Design, 2005)

In February and March of 2011, UT COFA alumnus Ben Aqua (B.F.A., Design, 2005) was selected to be University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's inaugural artist-in-residence at their gallery space Figure One, in collaboration with the School of Art and Design’s annual lecture series. Aqua gave a public lecture to students and faculty, ran a hands-on portrait photography workshop with 12 university students, and continued his ongoing series of photographic portraits of local personalities while in Champaign. Aqua also participated in local outreach opportunities, including a presentation and interactive portrait demonstration with an AP Studio Art class at a local high school.

At the end of the residency and workshop, Aqua and his students collaborated on an exhibition of new works created during the workshop at Figure One.

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Robert Lee Aiken III (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2011)

After returning from Iraq with what he describes as a foot "demolished" by gunfire, Robert Lee Aiken III (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2011) turned to art as a means of dramatizing the plight of fellow veterans. On July 4, 2011, Aiken was invited to lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance at an Independence Day celebration in College Station. There, he and his family were surprised with a new home thanks to Operation Finally Home. The home was in appreciation for his service to his country.

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011