Emily Ballew Neff, a distinguished curator of American art and the art of the American West, and the founding Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, pending approval by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.
The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts has appointed Bruce Pennycook as director of the digital arts program that will include courses in art, art history, dance and music. Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said the new program is being created to address the blurring of artistic disciplines using different multimedia technologies.
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $504,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial fellowship program to help train future museum curators. In collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts, the Blanton will pilot an innovative and rigorous program for art history doctoral students.
James Turrell unveiled his newest Skyspace at the University of Texas at Austin. It was financed through a percent-for-art policy, which direct a small percentage, typically 1 percent, of the budgets of campus construction projects to public art. Such policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions.
The latest work in The University of Texas at Austin's Landmarks public art program made its debut – Artist James Turrell's new Skyspace called “The Color Inside.” The installation is located on the roof of the Student Activity Center.
Members of the media gathered at sunset on the rooftop of the University of Texas's Student Activity Center to experience James Turrell’s The Color Inside, a new, permanent Skyscape commissioned by Landmarks, UT’s public arts program.