Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Dr. Christina Bain Honored with 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Mon. July 13, 2015

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Dr. Christina Bain, one of eleven faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin, has been chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

The awards program is one of the nation's largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.

Dr. Bain is an Associate Professor of Art Education. Her research interests focus on the intersection of theory with practice in art education. More specifically, her research examines the preparation and development of art teachers, both at the preservice and inservice levels, with topics including the development of teacher identity, curricular development, technology integration, arts integration, and material culture.

She is the author of Pixels are Not Paint: A Qualitative Study of the Effectiveness of the Digitalfolio as a Learning Strategy in a College Digital Art Classroom and has contributed chapters to Matter Matters: Art Education and Material Culture Studies and Remembering Others: Making Invisible Histories of Art Education Visible.

In the past, Dr. Bain has been recognized with awards including: the Texas Art Educator of the Year Award in 2011, the Texas Art Education Association’s Higher Educator of the Year Award in 2005, and the National Art Education Association Student Chapter Sponsor Award in 2009.

Each honoree will receive $25,000 and be recognized at ceremony August 19 at the JW Marriott in Austin.

“There is nothing more important at a university than good teaching,” said UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves. “I thank the UT System and Board of Regents for recognizing the work of these talented faculty members, and I thank the recipients — at UT Austin and across the UT System — for inspiring their students every day.”

Established in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who deliver the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, the laboratory, the field or online.

Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty members and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and other criteria in their evaluations including outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and motivating students in the classroom.

“These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders,” said Paul Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents.

“The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students, and the UT Board of Regents is pleased to have this opportunity to honor them.”

The full list of 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards is available here.

Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban present UNIVERSAL at Artists Image Resource

Wed. July 8, 2015

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Gate (woodblock). 2014 14” x 24”. Digital output on photo glossy paper.

Leslie Mutchler / Jason Urban present UNIVERSAL at the Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition will be on view June 20 – July 18, 2015.

UNIVERSAL is the first large-scale collaborative project by artists Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban. Both have multiple degrees in printmaking and have been working for several years to make relevant the archaic and dying craft of print. Mutchler’s most recent projects are experiential, WorkLAB Satellites and TrendFACTORY, examine the purpose and functionality of the printed form and the use of handcraft through multi-participatory installations. Urban is co-founder and co-editor of, a 2011 Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant winning blog, focused on interesting and relevant contemporary printmaking, print, and print-related issues. Urban’s most recent project, Temporary Monument, printed and installed in Doha, Qatar, focuses on the expansiveness of printed matter, text and graphic proliferation.

See more about the project or view a video.

Beili Liu featured in Austin Way magazine

Mon. June 29, 2015

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Photo by Ben Sklar.

"Beili Liu on Her Hauntingly Beautiful 'Thirst' Project & What's Next" spotlights Professor Liu in the Austin Way.

See how (and where) faculty spend their summer (Part 1 of 2)

Fri. June 26, 2015


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Eddie Chambers is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Roots and Culture: The Making of Black Britain. Upon the book’s completion, it is scheduled to be published by I.B. Tauris. Roots and Culture sets out to chronicle the evolution of Black Britain as a distinct cultural entity—a nation within a nation.

The book's thesis is that right from the earliest times of Caribbean migration to Britain in the decades of the mid twentieth century, Black people have had cause or need to fashion distinctly different manifestation of cultural expression that existed in marked contrast to the cultural sensibilities demonstrated by the so-called 'host' community. Even though Caribbean migrants essentially arrived as British subjects, they found that their Britishness and the Caribbean brand of British culture that they brought with them counted for little or nothing, amongst their fellow Brits. Instead, Caribbean migrants were obliged to formulate new ways of existing. surviving, and living, in what was in effect a culturally hostile environment.

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Jenny Muslin (right) instructs UT Austin undergraduates Lillie Leone and Michael Kilgore on the intricacies of Roman wine amphorae.

The Oplontis Project returns to the Bay of Naples for its tenth season of field work, under the direction of John Clarke and Michael Thomas (director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy and PhD in Art History, 2001). As in year’s past, the project brings together UT Austin faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and international scholars as part of its multi-disciplined study of two sites, Villas A and B at Oplontis, both located a few miles from Pompeii. This year’s excavation continues in Oplontis B, which is led by field director Ivo van der Graaff (PhD in Art History, 2013), who is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Jenny Muslin (graduate student in Art History) is leading the study of over 1000 Roman wine amphora found at the site.

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Julia Guernsey travels to Guatemala to work with archaeological materials from the site of La Blanca and to begin research on a new book. In July, Guernsey will present a paper titled Captives and Social Discourse in Late Preclassic Mesoamerica at the annual International Congress of Americanists.

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Amy Hauft is working on part of a project for Old Dominion University’s Gordon Gallery. It is a large installation and this summer is devoted to working on the floor portion of it. With the help of Eric McMaster, Hauft is 3D modeling and cutting out the parts on the CNC router over the summer. The site-responsive installation will be on view in 2017.

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Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Germany. Image courtesy of Linda Henderson.

Linda Dalrymple Henderson is in Berlin for several weeks this summer, doing research at the Staatsbibliothek. Henderson is working through the remarkable journal Die Uebersinnliche Welt (The Unseen World) of which Wassily Kandinsky was a reader (numerous issues are preserved in his archive in Munich). Published monthly from 1893 to the 1920s, it was an international spiritualist journal filled with both the latest occult news but also any scientific developments that supported interest in unseen worlds, such as X-rays, radioactivity, and electrons. It is an ideal vehicle for tracking the international cultures of science and occultism shared by modern artists all over Europe.
Henderson will speak in Madrid on June 26 at an art/science session organized by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in conjunction with the 2015 conference of a network of astrophysicists researching dark matter and dark energy, who call themselves “The Invisibles.”  She is on a panel on the theme of “Dimensionality” with Harvard physicist Lisa Randall, whose ideas about our four-dimensional space-time world being embedded in a 5-dimensional “bulk” were part of the background for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

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Joan Holladay continues to work with the designer on her upcoming publication, Gothic Sculpture in America 3: The Museums of New York and Pennsylvania. The book will be available in spring 2016. Holladay will finish an invited article on royal iconography. She will also complete the book she has been plugging away at for ages on imagery with genealogical content in the high and late middle ages.

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Susan Rather is working her way through copy-editor’s queries and making other adjustments to her 600 page book manuscript. Later, Rather will deal with page proofs, galleys, and indexing. The American School: Artists and Status in the Late-Colonial and Early National Era is forthcoming in fall from Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. These processes will take a lot of her focus this summer. Rather states, “But for any of us, drawing a long-LONG-term project to a close is pretty exciting—even if it doesn’t look like it!”

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Richard Shiff works on exhibition essays scheduled for Bridget Riley, early art of Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns, and Georg Baselitz. Shiff will also be researching the late work of Barnett Newman for an academic journal. Additionally, he will work on an essay on problems of pictorial resolution for a journal of semiotics. Longer term projects include work on a book on Donald Judd and writing on A.R. Penck that will may appear in an exhibition catalog. Shiff continues to work on a book of previously published essays.

Eddie Chambers publishes articles in Nka and Afterall Journal

Thu. June 25, 2015

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Eddie Chambers published articles in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Afterall Journal, Issue 39.

The May 2015 issue of Nka results from a 2014 CAA Panel Chambers organized and Rose G. Salseda, PhD candidate in Art History, participated.

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