2014 Texas Art Education Association Conference wrap-up
Tue. November 25, 2014
Shaun Lane (BFA Visual Arts Studies, 2014) was awarded the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Student of the Year Award.
Christina Bain published an article entitled "New Connections: Professional Development through Digital Storytelling" in the annual TAEA publication Trends.
Paul Bolin also published an article in Trends entitled, "Listen, Do You See That? Art Education and the Technology of Radio."
Alumna Adair Ewin receives internship at Aperture
Wed. August 27, 2014
Before Adair Ewin (BFA Visual Art Studies, 2014) heads to New York City for an internship with Aperture, a prestigious photography foundation, we interviewed her over email to discuss her upcoming move and goals.
Please describe the Aperture Work Scholar internship you were selected for.
As the Education Work Scholar I will assist the Education Director with planning, promoting, and managing all of Aperture’s education programs. It is also the responsibility of our department to give tours of the gallery space and educate groups on the history of Aperture, which is an added bonus because we have visitors from all over the world.
It is truly a blessing that I will have the opportunity to be a part of this team because their vision for the education program is innovative and inspiring and the work environment is both challenging and creative.
You applied for this internship after attending the Texas Exes NYC Seminar. What was the most eye-opening thing you learned on the trip?
The seminar was absolutely amazing. I was exhausted at the beginning of my spring semester, so thank goodness Ann Paterra, who organizes the Arts Administration-Visual portion of the seminar, was so organized. She reviewed and revised our résumés, organized meeting with arts administrators in the city, and made sure we were all completely prepared for these meetings.
The meetings were like informational interviews with visual art administrators working in NYC. It was amazing to meet with such extraordinary people working in a variety of different fields and learn about how wholeheartedly dedicated they are to promoting the visual and performing arts.
Why did you choose to apply and how will the internship help you reach your long-term goals?
I chose to apply because Aperture’s mission to promote visual literacy is directly aligned with my own goals as an art educator. Aperture’s education programs are designed to provide students with the skills to visually communicate and understand the role that visual imagery plays in their daily lives while simultaneously learning about photography as an art form.
Also, I am certain that some day I will end up teaching in a classroom where I will inevitably have conversations with students about following their fears. A move to New York was never a part of my life plan, but I knew that I could not pass up the opportunity to work at Aperture Foundation
How did the Art Education / Visual Art Studies program prepare you for this challenge?
The program is exceptional because it is so progressive. The professors are conscious of how modern art education has evolved, which allows for its graduates to go out into the working world with a clear understanding of how to better the education system rather than simply follow the norm.
Moving to NYC usually means downsizing a bit – what items could you simply not leave in Texas?
My cowboy boots! Kidding, I only have one pair of cowboy boots and I wore them when I was six-years-old. Ha!
I could not leave my dad’s old Minolta. It’s a 35mm and I adore it because he used it when traveling abroad. I can make lovely pictures with it, but I’ll have to prepare for the cost of film and printing...sigh. I also plan on bringing with me a collection of articles I was made to read for my VAS classes. Even though I won’t be in the classroom, it is important to me that I stay current about changes in art education. Those are the main things, really. I have never been one to collect and hold on to a lot of stuff, so the downsizing shouldn’t be too difficult, thank goodness!
About the Aperture Work-Scholar Program:
The Stevan A. Baron Work-Scholar Program welcomes individuals to engage in Aperture’s programs and contribute to the editing, design, production, circulation, sales, and marketing of photography’s most significant publications; the development of major traveling exhibitions; the creation of web content; and all other business operations essential to a non-profit organization.
In memory of Rebecca Brooks
Wed. August 27, 2014
Students and friends remember Professor Emeritus Rebecca Brooks as a woman with a passion and spirit for teaching. Brooks passed away earlier this year on May 21. She joined the Department of Art and Art History in 1976 and retired 33 years later, in 2009.
Brooks attended Travis High School in Austin, Texas, then went on to receive three degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. In 1968, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in Art. She went on to complete a Master of Fine Art in Art in 1970 and Doctorate in Education in 1974.
Brooks taught in the Austin Independent School District before joining the university to coordinate the student teacher program for the Department of Art and Art History. She co-authored The Way of Art: Inner Vision, Outer Expression with Kelly Fearing and Emma Lea Mayton and wrote Through Their Eyes: A Sequentially Developed Art Program and Inside Art: Culture, History, Expression.
“Dr. Brooks was passionate about the connections between the arts and broader philosophical and theoretical perspectives. Today, I am working on my Ph.D. in Art Education at the University of North Texas and I must say that Dr. Brooks was a part of my motivation to pursue this degree,” Sarah Travis (M.A. Art Education, 2008) said, “In addition to being an excellent teacher, she was a formidable woman who traveled the world extensively and forged an impressive path for herself as a female in academia—a true inspiration.”
Professor Emeritus J. Ulbricht recalls Brooks’ good eye for antique prints, her talent as a pianist, and contributions to the community of the program.
“Rebecca was a dedicated art education professional with a great personality,” Ulbricht said, “She enriched her teaching and professional activities with interdisciplinary knowledge of philosophy, science, music, theater arts, travel, and student development. It was a pleasure to work with Rebecca at UT for 33 years.”