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Meet new graduates who walked the stage early December

Thu. December 18, 2014

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Devin Tayne, BA in Art History

Tayne knew she wanted to become a teacher before she came to college and decided to begin by studying Art History, her favorite subject from school. She also studied History and joined the UTeach Liberal Arts teaching preparation program. During college, she developed a passion for educating the next generation about issues in art history and world history. She also grew a respect for other cultures and a desire to travel and work abroad. Tayne is now headed off to teach history in an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. Certified in teaching AP Art History, she hopes to one day teach an Art History course but isn't hesitant to sneak plenty of art history into her World History class.


Tayne said, "I'm going into a career in which I am in the position to shape many of tomorrow's minds and the Art History program has prepared me to address many difficult issues, such as gender and race inequalities, and to better the world through the power of education."

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Alejandra Amaya, BFA in Studio Art

Amaya is a nomadic Texan with a passion for the ephemeral experience of identity. She creates installations utilizing sculpture as well as performance based video art. The layers of theses mediums and others speak on the different vantage points of perception and experience. When asked about her time at the university, Amaya said, "My favorite part of being a part of the Department of Art and Art History was the privilege of working with engaged peers and challenging mentors.”


Amaya's work can be viewed on her Vimeo and website. Currently, an installation of her work is on display at By George on North Lamar as part of a final project in Margo Sawyer's installation course.

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Jonathan Gruchawka, BFA in Studio Art

Gruchawka was born in 1987 in the state of New Jersey, and has since lived in Georgia, Connecticut, Tennessee, and now, Texas. He switched the focus of his studies from biology to visual art while attending community college in Dallas before transferring to UT Austin. Upon graduation, he moved back to Dallas and is preparing to show his work in February at the Dallas Public Library, while continuing his work in sculpture and painting as well as preparing for application to MFA programs across the country.


Gruchawka described that the Studio Art program "was a complete physical and intellectual challenge that left me not only a much better artist, but also a more intelligent, confident, and wise person that somehow has more questions now than ever before."

Alumni organize and present work in exhibition at Blue Star Contemporary

Fri. December 12, 2014

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Erina Duganne, PhD Art History, 2004, co-organized Northern Triangle at Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio. The exhibition includes work by Adriana Corral, MFA Studio Art, 2013, and Ricky Yanas, MFA Studio Art, 2011, and will be on display December 4, 2014 – February 15, 2015.

David Stuart lectures at the Museo Popol Vuh

Tue. November 25, 2014

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David Stuart will lecture at the Museo Popol Vuh on December 4, 2014.

Gleen Peers participates in an international conference at Tbilisi State University in Georgia

Fri. November 21, 2014

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Glenn Peers participated in an international conference On the Edge: Time and Space to present a lecture entitled "Translating Edges in Art of the Medieval Middle East" at the Ivan Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in Georgia.

Stephennie Mulder discusses historical and cultural destruction in Syria on The Pale Blue Dot

Thu. November 13, 2014

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Stephennie Mulder discusses the looting and destruction of art and architecture in the Middle East in an interview on KVRX's The Pale Blue Dot. Her interview is accompanied by an article by undergraduate student Daniel Clay.

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