April 2011

2011 Central Texas Alumni Reception a Success

Thank you to everyone who turned out earlier this month to attend COFA’s Annual Alumni Reception. Not only did everyone get to enjoy the latest art exhibition in the new Visual Arts Center, but a few lucky alumni (shown here with Dean Doug Dempster) won some great door prizes! To see pictures from the event, check out the college’s Facebook page, or the college’s Website. See you next year!

Dr. David Stuart and Alumna Dr. Susan V. Webster Named Recipients of 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships

The Department of Art and Art History congratulates Dr. David Stuart (Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing) and alumna Dr. Susan V. Webster (Ph.D in Art History, 1992; and Jane W. Mahoney Professor of Art and Art History and American Studies at Williams and Mary College) for being named recipients of the 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. The annual Guggenheim Fellowships are appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Dr. Stuart was one of four to receive the fellowship in the area of Anthropology and Cultural Studies, and Dr. Webster was one of two to receive the fellowship in the area of Fine Arts Research. There were 3000 applicants this year, out of which 180 fellowships were granted.

Aeolus Quartet Wins Plowman Chamber Music Competition

The Aeolus Quartet, the resident graduate string quartet at the Butler School of Music was awarded the grand prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition this weekend in Columbia, Missouri. The competition, co-presented by the Missouri Symphony Society, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, The University of Missouri School of Music and First Baptist Church of Columbia, is one of the most prestigious chamber music competitions in the nation. The grand prize includes a cash award of $3,500. The quartet’s winning program included String Quartet no. 4 by Béla Bartók and String Quartet, Op. 13 by Felix Mendelssohn.

Alumna Playwright a 2011 Pulitzer Finalist

Lisa D’Amour (M.F.A. in Playwriting, 1996) was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in drama for her play Detroit. Premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater in September 2010, Detroit is described by the Pulitzer jury as “a contemporary tragicomic play that depicts a slice of desperate life in a declining inner-ring suburb where hope is in foreclosure.” Detroit will be produced on Broadway in early fall of 2011 under the direction of Austin Pendleton. This marks D’Amour’s Broadway debut.

UT Students Spring Into Giving

This month, University of Texas students were asked to give donations to the college or program of their choice, learning about the importance of philanthropy, and for many, they were also given the opportunity to help the Student Emergency Fund with its campaign. Check out photos from this event here.

Taking a Fine Arts Education from the Classroom to the Real World

This spring, 200 students interacted with arts professionals through four Fine Arts Career Services’ sponsored programs. Professionals in a variety of career paths shared opportunities and insights with students at The Arts Internship and Networking Fair, New York Seminar in Arts Administration, Design Professional Panel and Art Therapy Workshop. From these events, students learned first-hand that there are numerous ways to put a fine arts degree to work.

Announcement: Landmarks Video Series

Landmarks Video presents a new series of acclaimed works of video art for the 2011/2012 season, including works by Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik, Jenny Holzer, Sophie Calle, and Kalup Linzy.

The program shows the work of 12 artists annually, one per month, which are screened on a 65” high-definition media station. The media station is in an open atrium that provides stadium seating for viewing, which is located in the ART building on the corner of East 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, adjacent to art history classrooms and the Visual Arts Center galleries.

An initiative of Landmarks, the video program aims to familiarize the university community with important titles, stimulate conversation and research and situate the genre of video art alongside the presentation of more traditional works. Each video presentation is accompanied by an entry published on the Landmarks Website that provides an overview of the artist and the work of art.

Click here for the full schedule.

Alumni College…Classes Without Quizzes Set for June 21-24

Join the Texas Exes for up to three full days of classes, led by some of today’s brightest minds on the UT campus. If you are a Pre-K-12 teacher, you can receive Continuing Professional credits from the UT College of Education. To learn more and watch video from past attendees, click here.

The Class of 1961 Reunion is Here

It’s not too late to attend the Class of 1961 Reunion, scheduled this week, Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 – 28. You are still able to register by showing up the morning of the reunion at the Etter-Harber Alumni Center on campus. For more information please click here or contact Carol Barrett at 512.471.8081 or toll free 1.800.925.7483. COFA alumni are attending – you should be too!