Thu. December 13, 2012
Associate Professor in Studio Art Beili Liu, along with Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Christy Ten Eyck and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) have been invited by Women & Their Work to collaborate on the project, THIRST, in 2013. The project is funded through a $50,000 Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation awarded to Women & Their Work. Envisioned as a large scale, site specific installation located on Lady Bird Lake, THIRST will memorialize the loss of the over 500 million trees that died in the drought of 2011.
THIRST will acknowledge the devastating impact that changes in weather patterns have had on Austin and also sound a call to action for conservation and sustainability. Aldo Leopold, the father of conservation ecology, said we must learn to “think like a mountain” when considering the balance of an ecosystem. THIRST will seek to help us learn to think like a drought.
Tue. November 27, 2012
Since 1954, the Texas Architects Design Awards program has recognized outstanding architectural projects by architects practicing in Texas and has promoted public interest in architectural excellence. The annual competition focuses statewide attention on the quality of our built environment while highlighting the important role architects play in every community. Thirteen projects were selected for 2012 Texas Society of Architects Design Awards from a total of 227 entries. For a complete list of those projects, including images, read the full article.
Tue. November 27, 2012
Thuy-Van Vu (MFA Studio Art, 2006) recently created the cover artwork for the experimental music trio of Leonel Kaplan, Christof Kurzmann and Edén Carrasco for their latest album, Casa Corp. Vu’s artwork, consisting of 200 photo transfers and an original oil painting, centers around architectural disintegration, a theme with strong connections to the ephemeral music of Casa Corp. Dromos Records, a non-profit record label that promotes collaborations between music and the visual arts, released the album in mid November.
Thu. November 15, 2012
Dr. David Stuart has been awarded a UNESCO medal for his lifetime contributions to the study of ancient Maya culture and archaeological sites, including those categorized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is the first time UNESCO World Heritage Centre has awarded this honor in Latin America. Other recipients honored at the ceremony were the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Archeology and History of Mexico), archeologist Enrique Nalda (inmemoriam), and the magazine Arqueología Mexicana. The medal recognition was instituted by the United Nations in 1948, and is awarded to recipients for their important work in cultural and historical conservation.
Francesco Bandarin (Italy), Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, stated in his presentation of the award that “Dr. Stuart’s research has contributed to the study of Maya culture in its archeological and anthropological dimensions, and Maya culture is now highest in the UNESCO list of world heritage conservation. Therefore UNESCO recognizes the importance of Dr. Stuart’s work in the field”
“This is a special time for Maya archaeology and epigraphy. Until recently we were never in a position to talk about the history of Maya civilization; now we have identified their dynasties and studied their politics and societies; but there is yet a lot of work ahead of us,” said Dr. Stuart.
For more information on the award visit the INAH website.
Tue. October 30, 2012
Rob Verf (Lecturer in Studio Art), well known for his conceptual installations and paintings that explore how beings, forms and colors leave impressions in space, recently completed an autobiographical book that provides insight into his work and artistic perspectives. Rob Verf- El Momento, was published by Elaph.com in Buenos Aires and launched in conjunction with Verf’s recent solo exhibition Versatil at the Museo Castagnino in Rosario. The book is currently available at renowned bookstores in Buenos Aires and Rosaio, Argentina, as well as Gallery Helder in The Hague, Netherlands.