Department of Art and Art History Award or Honor

Q+A with Kim Gant, doctoral candidate in Art History

Tue. November 25, 2014

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Please describe your background.

I am proud to say I am a born and bred Chicagoan, though I technically grew up in the city of Evanston, Illinois. I decided against staying at home for college, and did my undergraduate degree at Pitzer College, which is one of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California. I then moved to New York to work and got my master's at Columbia University. I decided that I wasn’t finished with school and am pursuing my doctorate here at UT Austin. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Art History. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are also in Art History, though I spent some time working in advertising and marketing before I went back to school.

Why did you decide to attend The University of Texas at Austin?

I applied based on the recommendation of my adviser at Columbia. She told me that UT Austin was expanding their areas of specialization in the Department of Art and Art History and that they had just hired two professors who focused on my specialty, African Diaspora. After visiting, I felt like it was the right fit, so I accepted my offer of admission.

You recently received a CCL Mellon Foundation Fellowship and spent some time in NYC. What did you learn from the fellowship?

The CCL Mellon Seminar was an amazing experience. The seminar confirmed my desire to work in the museum profession. I spent two weeks in New York with a group of 12 other art history doctoral students from around the country. As a group we visited museums, met curators, conservators, administrators, etc. and discussed the discipline of art history in conjunction with practical experience in art institutions. I also got a professional mentor who I am able to keep in communication with about issues and concerns with regard to career advice, etc. It’s a great opportunity for any student interested in positions outside academia.

Can you describe your upcoming pre-doctoral opportunity at the Newark Museum?

The fellowship is a new program where I will be working under Dr. Christa Clarke, the Senior Curator of African and Ocean Art and Art of the Americas. I will be spending my time researching the current collection for re-installation slated for 2017. I am also thrilled that I have the opportunity to suggest new acquisitions, work with living artists, and be a part of the Newark Museum staff and the art community in and around New York at large.

What will you miss about Austin and the university?

I will miss the academic environment of UT Austin, especially my fellow graduate students who have been a great support network for me both professionally and academically. I will also of course miss the weather and quality of life. Though Austin has increased in terms of cost of living since I moved here, it's still well underneath the prices of NY. I’m hoping to live in the Jersey City area, which is a little less expensive and has some actual grocery stores. It sounds random, but having to move from a real supermarket to a corner store with higher prices is not something I am going to enjoy.

What are you most excited about with regard to your upcoming move?

I am really excited to be back in New York and just feel the energy of the city and the people who live there. I am also excited to be able to work in a museum again, which re-energizes me with regard to my dissertation research. Additionally, I will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects that connect to my research overall and keep my mind stimulated.

William and Bettye Nowlin Professorship supports research and work by Teresa Hubbard

Tue. November 25, 2014

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Giant, 2014, production still. Courtesy the artists, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York), and Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin).

Teresa Hubbard joined the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History in 2000, attracted by the university’s status as a Tier One research institution and the numerous archives on campus.

“I continue to admire and learn from the research being conducted by my colleagues throughout the department and campus,” Hubbard said. “Equally inspiring is the level of critical inquiry our students are engaged in with their own work.”

Since 1990, Hubbard has worked collaboratively with Swiss artist and life partner Alexander Birchler. Their practice includes photography, video, and sculpture that asks the viewer to reflect on memory, place, and cinema.

“It is a great honor to be awarded the William and Bettye Nowlin Endowed Professorship,” remarked Hubbard. “The endowment plays a very important role in providing the opportunity for me to constantly challenge my practice, take creative risks, and further my work.”

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Giant, 2014, high definition video with sound. Photo by Frederik Nilsen. Courtesy of the artists, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York), and Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin).

Hubbard / Birchler’s most recent projects were displayed in the internationally traveling exhibition Sound Speed Marker. The exhibition was presented at Ballroom Marfa and is currently on display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland. In 2015, Sound Speed Marker will travel to the Blaffer Museum in Houston. A monograph of the exhibition will be published in March 2015.

In the past, Hubbard / Birchler have presented work at Venice Biennial, the Tate Museum Liverpool, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Kunsthaus Graz Austria, and the Mori Museum in Tokyo. They are represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, Galerie Bob van Orsouw in Zürich, Galerie Barbara Thumm in Berlin, Galerie Vera Munro in Hamburg, and Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin.

Anna Krachey Fall 2014 International Artist-in-Residence and exhibition at Artpace

Thu. December 11, 2014


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Image courtesy of the artist and Artpace San Antonio. Photo by Mark Menjivar.

Anna Krachey (MFA Studio Art, 2007) was selected as an International Artist-in-Resident at Artpace San Antonio. Krachey presents the resulting work in an exhibition that will be on display November 13, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

The exhibition was reviewed by the San Antonio Current.

Linda Dalrymple Henderson receives 2014 SLSA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue. October 28, 2014

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Photo by Stan Schnier.

Linda Dalrymple Henderson was honored by the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. During the award presentation at the annual conference, SLSA stated, "Her work has helped to redefine the ways in which scholars now understand the development of modern and contemporary art, particularly its relationship to science and mathematics."

Chair of the Department of Art and Art History Jack Risley remarked, “The SLSA is spot-on when they describe Dr. Henderson as ‘a model of interdisciplinary enquiry and academic generosity.’ Linda is a legendary scholar and equally known as a fierce advocate for her students.”

Henderson’s extraordinary research, the enduring impact of her mentorship, and long-time contributions to the SLSA were among the many reasons for her recognition.

“I’m thrilled and humbled at this award,” Henderson described. “In 1993, I had started regularly attending the conferences of what was then the Society for Literature and Science (SLS). Finding such a stimulating group of colleagues working across disciplinary boundaries, I began inviting art historians and artists to participate on SLS panels.”

She continued to invite over 40 colleagues to SLS events. “In 2003, we had a large enough contingent to militate for the addition of 'Arts' to the name. As a result, an important new space has been created for interchange among arts-related scholars and technology-oriented practitioners at SLSA.”

The department congratulates Henderson on this award.

“Art Historians are not only judged by the depth and originality of their research, but also for how effectively they open up intellectual possibilities for subsequent generations of scholars,” said Risley. “That is Dr. Henderson’s legacy.”

Adam Crosson featured in The Daily Texan

Wed. October 1, 2014

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Adam Crosson (MFA candidate in Studio Art) was featured in The Daily Texan. Crosson speaks about the Umlauf Prize and his exhibition Intermodal. The exhibition is on display, alongside Reflect by Margo Sawyer, through October 19, 2014 at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

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