Department of Art and Art History News

Four favorites from Assistant Professor Nicole Awai

Thu. October 15, 2015

image of a large sandwich with tomatoes and sprouts
Image of a Shark & Bake sandwich

Nicole Awai joined the Department of Art and Art History as an assistant professor in Studio Art this year. She shared four of her favorite things over email:

#1 Pelau, Shark & Bake and Doubles
I love food in general, and I am an adventurous eater. Every so often I crave my Trinidadian dishes such as Pelau, Shark & Bake and Doubles.

#2 Spoonbill & Sugartown
When I am in New York City I have to go to my favorite independent bookstore, Spoonbill & Sugartown in Williamsburg. They sell art, architecture and design books, journals, and magazines. The store has yet to be compromised by the insane gentrification of that area. Good Lord, I have spent so much money there! Even when I don't have money, I still manage to buy stuff there!

#3 Cricket
In my teens and twenties I seriously followed Cricket. I grew up in the era when the West Indies 11 Cricket Team dominated world cricket! The West Indies (11 Anglophone Caribbean nations including Guyana on the South American mainland) play internationally as one team. It was so much fun! I really want to follow it again.

#4 The Young & The Restless
It is not an obsession, but I do check in regularly (at least three or four times a month) on The Young & The Restless. Maybe it has to do with its generational appeal and continuity. If I have not seen it for a long time and I am completely lost I text a well-known performance artist friend of mine and he catches me up.

Essay by Nicole Awai featured on Art Matters

Mon. October 12, 2015

colorful design drawing on white paper
Image courtesy of the artist.

An essay by Nicole Awai is featured on Art Matters in recognition of her 2013 award.

Michael Smith featured in The Brooklyn Rail

Fri. October 9, 2015

AMan sitting on bench under a tree at sunset looking at chapel
Image courtesy of the artist.

The Brooklyn Rail reviewed Professor Michael Smith's recent show Excuse Me!?!…I’m looking for the “Fountain of Youth" at Green Naftali Gallery in New York.

Three things you didn't know about Assistant Professor Jiwon Park

Thu. October 8, 2015

orange block of color

Jiwon Park joined the Department of Art and Art History as an assistant professor in Design this year. She shared three facts about herself over email:

#1 My favorite color is Neon Orange: Pantone 804 and 805.
It's a creative color. Also when you stare at it, it makes you feel happy and sometimes hungry. I get annoyed when people say, "Oh you must be happy walking around the UT campus filled with orange." UT Austin's burnt orange is so burnt that it is much closer to brown!

#2 I'm a rare art book collector.
In my library, there are limited edition collectibles, signed copies, and rare first editions. They are the most valuable (and expensive) things I possess.

One of my favorites is a book collaboratively produced by a Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom and conceptual artist Job Koelewijn titled The Road Not Taken. The poem "The Road Not Taken," written by Robert Frost, is repeated over 730 pages and printed with ink mixed with a base of beef bouillon. The hard cover book was published in an edition of 123, all of which were displayed in the artist's exhibition in Amsterdam in 2000.

If you happen to be in London, visit Marcus Campbell Art Books. It's around the side of Tate Modern, and they stock a variety range of rare art books at a fraction of the price.

#3 I own over 50 pairs of stiletto heels—all above 4 inches in height.

Marya Spont-Lemus featured for FrankenToyMobile project

Wed. October 7, 2015

white cube and hexagon shapes on green background

Marya Spont-Lemus (M.A. in Art Education, 2010) was featured in Newcity Design for her project, FrakenToyMobile.