Department of Art and Art History News

Alumni Spotlight: Milady Casco, MA in Art Education, 2010

Wed. April 29, 2015

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Paul Bolin: It's been a few years since you've graduated, what have you been up to?

Milady Casco: Since graduating in 2010, I have been living in Guatemala working as the on-site coordinator for Casa Herrera, UT Austin’s academic research facility in Antigua. Casa Herrera is operated by the Department of Art and Art History and serves as an extension of The Mesoamerica Center. After almost 4.5 years on the job, I have helped facilitate a number of study abroad programs, academic residencies, and conferences in the areas of archaeology, anthropology, education, and visual culture. Our programs keep growing every year! This summer 2015, we will be welcoming 50 study abroad students from UT Austin and other US academic institutions.

PB: Why were you interested in working in Guatemala at Casa Herrera? How did it fit into your past research?

MC: I initially arrived to Casa Herrera for the first time in 2009 as a student visiting researcher through Casa’s academic residency program. I lived in Casa Herrera for three months and dedicated my time writing my master’s thesis, which was a case study about art education and issues of cultural identity at the Museum of Art in El Salvador (MARTE). I never expected that this residency would be a turning point for me professionally.

During my time in Antigua, I was captivated by the city’s colonial charm, but more importantly I was drawn to learning about the indigenous communities and Mesoamerican history that form the basis of Guatemalan culture and society today. There were many parallels that I had made between the histories and art practice of El Salvador and Guatemala. The more I learned, the stronger I desired to return to Guatemala and continue exploring themes that I had researched in my thesis.

When the opportunity to work at Casa Herrera as a staff member came about, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the job for me. Not only did it give me the chance to work in Central America (which had always been a personal goal of mine), but also to interact with a dynamic group of anthropologists, archaeologists, artists, linguists, and historians working in Guatemala. The best part of my job has been sharing all that I have learned to help create new and exciting experiences for other UT students who participate in Casa Herrera programs.

PB: What advice would you give to the newest graduates from the program?

MC: Be open to every opportunity and task that presents itself. Sometimes the most challenging situations can turn out to be the most transformative experiences.

Solo Exhibition of work by Ian Pedio, MFA Studio Art 2002

Fri. April 24, 2015

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Image courtesy of the artist

Ian Pedigo (MFA in Studio Art, 2002) presents work in The Arrows Like Soft Moon Beams, his fourth solo exhibition at 65Grand in Chicago. The exhibition will be on view April 17 – May 23, 2015.

Associate Professor Carma Gorman lectures at Interrogation intellectual property rights: fashion and design conference

Fri. April 24, 2015

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Carma Gorman presents a lecture entitled, Why post-war American businesses embraced corporate identity design, at the University of Leeds. The lecture is part of the conference, Interrogating Intellectual Property Rights in Fashion and Design on June 12, 2015.

Alumna Rachel Simone Weil collaborates with Rhizome

Fri. April 24, 2015

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Founder of FEMICOM Museum, Rachel Simone Weil (MFA in Design, 2014) works with Rhizome to preserve work by Theresa Duncan. The project and work was featured in artnet news.

Sandra Fernandez presents work at Arte Giappone

Fri. April 24, 2015

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Assistant Professor Sandra Fernandez presents work in an exhibition, Integrations, at Arte Giappone in Milan, Italy. The exhibition will be on view April 23 – May 8, 2015.