Austin Alumni Reception 2012


Welcome alumni! As graduates of the college, you hopefully attended most of your classes, relaxed under the big oak trees and spent many a late night preparing for a performance, exhibition, test or term paper. And when you graduated, you helped to lay the road for future generations of artists, scholars, and arts patrons.

Please stay in touch with us often and check the College of Fine Arts site for information about events (including images from those events) and alumni announcements. Your shared successes and challenges will help us to better prepare our next generation of alumni.

You can also learn more about departmental activities by visiting the departments directly: Butler School of Music, Department of Art and Art History, and Department of Theatre and Dance Alumni page.

Alumni in the News

Group Exhibition: Pitch

SOIL: Artist-Run Gallery

Phil Ladeau (MFA Studio Art, 2014), Erik Shane Swanson (MFA Studio Art, 2014), and James Scheuren (MFA Studio Art, 2014) have a group exhibition, Pitch, at SOIL Artist-Run Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Pitch revels the extraordinary within common objects and occurrences through sculpture, drawing, and photography. The exhibition will run from March 5 through March 28. 

Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Grammy for Best Choral Performance awarded to Mela Dailey and Conspiraire Company

Conspiraire Company

Soloist Mela Dailey (M. Music, 2003), won a Grammy this week for Best Choral Performance as part of the ensemble The Conspiraire Symphonic Choir and their performance of "The Sacred Spirit of Russia." Dailey is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as a Butler School alumna.

Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Working Outside of the Box


In 2010, after Francis Tsai (BS in Chemistry 1990, MA in architecture 1993) had established himself as a successful freelance artist, he was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As his movements became more and more restricted, Tsai worked doggedly to adapt his drawing techniques — at first using his toes and an iPad to sketch, and now, most remarkably, his eyes. With the “Eye Gaze” technology, which uses infrared cameras to track eye movements and translate them into commands on a computer, Tsai can manipulate various softwares, allowing him to speak, write, and of course, draw. 

Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015