Mon. October 8, 2012
The experimental 8-bit video game TRACK+FEEL II by Rachel Weil (MFA student in Design) was recently named an IndieCade 2012 Official Selection. IndieCade has been called "the video game industry's Sundance," and each year it recognizes independent video games from around the world at its annual festival in Los Angeles, CA. Weil's TRACK+FEEL II was shown on October 6 as part of the festival's open-air Night Games event.TRACK+FEEL II, which runs on a 1980s video game console called the NES, allows players to dance and create music while exploring the intersections of pixelated retro gaming, femininity, cooperative gameplay, and generative program glitching.
Thu. September 27, 2012
Dr. David Stuart (Professor in Art History) was recently featured in Science News and the UK-based magazine, Eureka (PDF), for his discovery of an ancient Mayan text that refers to the supposed apocalyptic date, December 21, 2012. Deciphering the Mayan glyphs, Dr. Stuart suggests that the 2012 date concerns political turmoil of the time, rather than an apocalyptic prophecy. Dr. Stuart's research is supported by the Schele research fund from the College of Fine Arts and through the Casa Herrera facility in Guatemala, where he conducts a majority of his research throughout the year.
Mon. August 20, 2012
Beili Liu (Associate Professor in Studio Art) has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. The award is the Board of Regents' highest honor and recognizes outstanding faculty performance, including student learning outcomes and innovative course development.
Thu. July 12, 2012
Jack Risley, associate dean of academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), has been appointed chair and Ruth Head Centennial Professor of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.
As a teacher and administrator, Risley has held academic positions at the Yale School of Art, New York University, and the Cooper Union. He has served as a visiting lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Harvard University, and Rhode Island School of Design. His teaching has included both graduate and undergraduate courses in art.
Risley has been making and exhibiting artwork in prominent venues all over the world for the past 25 years, including exhibitions at Vienna Secession, the American Academy in Rome, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Yale University Art Museum, among others. He is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City, where he has had six solo exhibitions. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize, a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and a Marie Sharpe Walsh Art Foundation Award. He has maintained an active studio practice and notable international exhibition schedule while distinguishing himself as an academic administrator. His work as an artist has been widely featured and discussed in the art press, which hails him as a notable American sculptor.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honored to join the College of Fine Arts,” said Risley. “The University of Texas at Austin’s deep commitment to the arts sets it apart from other institutions. The College of Fine Arts has great reach, and its influence can be felt nationally and internationally. The Department of Art and Art History has a potent mix of programs each with a long and distinguished history. There is an almost alchemical mix of ingredients—keenly ambitious students, renowned faculty, a picture-perfect campus, unrivaled libraries and archives, all in the midst of a city with great charm and a sense of humor.”
Risley studied at the Cooper Union, earned a bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College and a master of fine arts degree from Yale School of Art. Risley has served on the Innovations Task Force of the International Council of Fine Art Deans since 2009. He is an active member of College Art Association, the International Council of Art Administrators, and serves on the Think Tank advisory board for Foundations in Art Theory and Education.