December 2009

Theatre and Dance Alumna Marcia Gay Harden is Commencement Speaker for UT’s May Ceremony

Marcia Gay Harden (B.A. ’80), the first University of Texas at Austin graduate from the Department of Theatre and Dance to receive an Oscar, will be the speaker for the 127th Spring Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 22, 2010.

“I’m thrilled and honored to speak to these bright young minds, ready to go out and improve our world,” said Harden. “They are the new philosophers, scientists, artists and economists, and it will be exciting to watch them discover their gifts.”

Her speech will be presented on the university’s Main Mall in front of the Tower during a festive ceremony that traditionally draws thousands of students, their parents and guests to the campus.

Lyle Lovett Engages Students

Before his recent show at Bass Concert Hall, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band hosted a group of University of Texas and Austin Community College students at a sound check and engaged them in a Q&A session with the entire band, sitting at the front of the stage. The students then came back that evening to see Lyle and His Large Band perform before a capacity crowd. This experience was made possible by Texas Performing Arts’ PopEd 101 program, which is generously underwritten by National Instruments. PopEd 101 offers students opportunities to learn about the commercial music business, utilizing these performers and the highly skilled technical and production crews that travel with them. Students learn about careers and training for such areas as booking, marketing and production.

Miró Quartet Plays to Rave Reviews at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC

The Miró Quartet, the Butler School of Music’s renowned faculty string quartet, performed Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, op. 132 to delighted audiences December 2 and 3, as part of The Lincoln Center’s acclaimed New Visions Series, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

Alumni, Get Your Horns Up!

The college and the university want to hear from you! In an effort to stay better connected, the university would like to hear how you are changing the world. Just take a picture of yourself and upload it along with your bio here and tell your friends to do the same. What starts here, changes the world!

Alumnus Kurt Mueller (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2008) has curated the exhibition Diamond Life, featuring new work by Jillian Conrad (Houston, TX) and Moo Kwon Han (New York, NY) at Unit B Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.

Regarding the content of the exhibition, Mueller writes, “Jillian Conrad and Moo Kwon Han create idealized spaces, fictive structures of time and place through which we are invited to renegotiate our relationship to the real. . . Conrad and Moo Kwon’s works pull from natural science-geology, physics, biology-but repurpose its phenomena lyrically, as narratives of discovery and forms of accretion, as metaphors for the creative process. Drawings are sculpted, calligraphic poems are performed, and the world is revealed as a multi-faceted prospect: still-forming.”

Butler School of Music Flute Studio Sweeps MTNA State Competition

Three flautists from the studio of Professor Marianne Gedigian were the sole winners of this year’s Texas MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Division Competition. This accomplishment is even more remarkable when considering that the competition is open to all woodwind instrumentalists in Texas between the ages of 19 and 26.

Today’s Interns, Tomorrow’s Professionals

Each semester, College of Fine Arts students gain valuable professional experience through participating in professional internships. During the fall 2009 semester, seven students completed an internship and received academic credit through an internship course overseen by Fine Arts Career Services. The course culminated in a final presentation attended by the students, Fine Arts staff, and the internship supervisors.

Experience the Fine Arts interns’ adventures in marketing, public relations, songwriting, production, design, curating, and administration by viewing their weekly BLOGS. If you are interested in hosting an intern, please contact Fine Arts Career Services at (512) 232-7333 or

Theatre and Dance Announces 2010 – 2011 Production Season

“Exciting new work, a celebration of our glorious musical theatre history, and (once again) an opportunity for our students to shine a bright light of creativity at The University of Texas. The 2010 – 2011 Department of Theatre and Dance season will offer spectacular and ground-breaking work -to be anticipated…to be treasured…and surely not to be missed!”, says Interim Chair Holly Williams, as The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance proudly announces the 2010 – 2011 production season.


Ever feel like you don’t know where to go to find current information about research, teaching, events, etc on the UT Web site? Launched earlier this month, KNOW plans to change all that. By visiting the KNOW site linked to the university’s homepage, visitors will find information sorted by general topic. Check it out and you’ll be in the KNOW.

Support The Doty Society

As the end of the year draws near, we hope that you will consider supporting students and faculty in the college by giving a gift to The Doty Society. Gifts to The Doty Society provide scholarship assistance, research funding, awards for teaching excellence and technical and artistic support. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be designated to a specific department. Just add the department’s name in the special information box on the giving page.

Celebrate 100 Years with the Graduate School

The Graduate School is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and is asking all master’s and doctoral graduates to share stories of their graduate experience. Alumni can share their stories and pictures online and each story will be considered for inclusion in a hardcover book to be released fall 2010. If your story is chosen to be included in the publication, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book.