Department of Art and Art History News

Undergraduate Research Week

Students pose in front of their research poster
From left to right: Ryan Robbins, Sarah Henkel, Abbi Strickland

As part of The University of Texas at Austin's annual Research Week, all department divisions displayed, presented and discussed their work and research. For the entire week, undergraduate students presented visual work from foundations, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and transmedia throughout the art building.

At the Longhorn Research Bazaar, students from art education presented posters on topics of their research including Ethics in Visual Arts Education: Censorship, What Role Does Ethics Play in Visual Arts Education Research? and Where do Controversial Artworks Fit in the Art Education Classroom? Destiny Barr (B.F.A. Art Education, 2015) worked with colleagues Shaun Lane and Mattison Lyttle to research the topic Ethics in Visual Arts Education: Censorship. Barr described, "We looked into censorship in the art classroom and whether it is beneficial or whether it smothers the artist [sic] creativity." She continued to say, "The greatest thing was hearing different stories on censorship and how to properly collect facts and present them in a fashion that is understandable to someone who has not looked into the area we researched."

Undergraduate design students presented their visual zine, 512stew, at the Longhorn Research Bazaar. As part of design course Images in Communication, 18 students constructed their personal narrative view centered around cultures in Austin. Through the process, students learned the different roles of publication: publisher, author, editor, designer, marketer. Museum: Store was presented by 24 students from 3D Foundations who created products in response to works at the Blanton Museum of Art. Nine students who participated in our Learning Tuscany study abroad program, also displayed projects and visual works created during or influenced by their time abroad.

The second annual Undergraduate Art History Research Symposium took place during the university's research week and capstones the art history honors thesis experience. Seven art history students presented papers in their areas of research. Jen Nordhauser, who double majors in art history and biomedical engineering, said, "It was interesting going through the process of finding new images that were more conducive to a presentation." Nordhauser presented her paper on The Eternal Garden of Saint Louis: The Introduction of Naturalistic Floral Relief Sculpture at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and plans to attend medical school and pursue a masters of public heath.

Julia Wang, double major in Government with a minor in African American Studies, noted that working with a faculty adviser made her "able to clarify the presentation of my research. I was made aware of the importance of choosing words that clearly define an idea I am trying to convey." Wang presented her paper Seeing Color Beyond its Representational Purpose: Art of the Early 20th Century and plans to attend law school to pursue criminal defense. With regard to the preparation the symposium involved, Professor Louis Waldman stated, "For six weeks, our most outstanding students learn what it is to revise and rethink their research, as their faculty advisors challenge them to take it to the next level. They learn ... to use constructive feedback and fold it into their work."