Thu. December 13, 2012
Dr. David Stuart recently calmed nerves in a special segment of Academic Minute on NPR member station WAMC focusing on the ominous (and rapidly approaching) apocalyptic date, December 21, 2012. Stuart reassured listeners nationwide that the ancient Mayans viewed December 21 as a date of great meaning and importance, but never actually predicted an end to the world. Thanks Dr. Stuart, looks like we’ll be finishing up our holiday shopping after all.
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
Kara Hallmark’s (Lecturer in Art Education) most recent publication, American Folk Art: A Regional Reference, is a two-volume collection of essays that examines the life and work of 300 artists through a series of biographies organized by geographical region. The book also includes essays on these different regions and an overview of American Folk Art.