July 2008

UT PAC’s Bass Concert Hall Reopens With Stellar Broadway Season!

Broadway Across America has announced a WICKED five-show 2008-2009 Season in UT Performing Arts Center’s newly renovated state-of-the-art Bass Concert Hall set to reopen in late January of 2009! In celebration of the new and improved Bass Concert Hall, Broadway Across America is bringing Austin a landmark year showcasing an expanded five-show season including LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, AVENUE Q, RENT and WICKED.

More Than Acting: Excellence in Playwriting and Drama and Theatre for Youth

George Brant, recent graduate of the James A. Michener Center for Writers, has won the 2008 Keene Prize for Literature for his original play, “Elephant’s Graveyard.” One of the largest student literary awards, the Keene Prize honors Brant’s work with a $50,000 award.

Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth candidate, Wendy Bable, has been named a 2008 Winifred Ward Scholar. Bable is the ninth student from the UT Austin Department of Theatre and Dance to receive this national recognition for her outstanding scholarly and artistic ability in the area of drama and theatre for children.

Brant and Bable’s achievements reflect the talent of students dedicated to the various fields of theatrical study.

The Fruition of Recruitment: The Department of Art and Art History Welcomes Its New Creative Leaders

The Department of Art & Art History at The University of Texas is one of the largest and most diverse art programs in the country. Each year, the department eagerly awaits the new faces and talent of incoming freshman and this year proves no different. In fact, the students entering this fall represent the successes of new recruiting efforts accomplished by the department.

East Meets West: The Blanton Museum of Art Presents Two Extraordinary Print Exhibitions

This summer the Blanton Museum of Art presents Exquisite Visions of Japan, a beautiful exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the James A. Michener Collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The exhibition provides viewers a rare opportunity to examine the history of the medium from its inception in the 17th century through the 20th century, highlighting the techniques, processes and subjects that characterize these remarkable works. It includes fifty prints from master Japanese printmakers including Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

Also on view this summer, the Blanton Museum of Art presents an important exhibition of prints drawn exclusively from its renowned collection. The Language of Prints will provide an opportunity for seasoned connoisseurs to view a comprehensive section of the Blanton’s collection, as well as serve as an overview to anyone who has ever wondered about the importance of prints or how to read the nuanced craftsmanship behind these complex works on paper.

Butler School of Music Students Visit U.K. for Maymester 2008

Recent Butler School of Music graduate Nick Likos (B.M. Music Studies, 2008) reports on his experiences visiting England with fellow music students this last May. The class was allowed the rare opportunity to attend rehearsals with some of the world’s most renowned choirs, including King’s College, St. John’s College, St. Paul’s, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

College of Fine Arts is Coming to the Big Apple

On October 22, the College of Fine Arts will host its first College-wide alumni reception in New York City. If you are in the tri-state area, keep a look out in your mailboxes for more information. We hope to see you there!

We Want You to Mentor the Next Generation of Fine Arts Alums!

Who influenced your current career or graduate school path with words of advice? Who shared their insight on your industry with you? Whether it was a UT alum, professor, friend, colleague, or supervisor, many of our professional paths are influenced by those around us. You can do the same for current Fine Arts students and fellow alumni. Current students frequently come to FACS seeking an alumni mentor. FACS is seeking alumni mentors in ALL career paths. Sign up to be a mentor today through Fine Arts Works!

Let Out a Big Yell for UT!

Last year, the Texas Exes UT’s Heritage Society and the Spirit and Traditions Council hosted its first ever Big Yell. More than 225 alumni and students attended a pre-yell feast and then learned and recorded a series of old University yells from the 1890s-1910s – many of these hadn’t been heard in more than 80 years. The next Big Yell is currently set for September 24, 2008.

UT’s 3rd Annual Alumni Pride Event

The Texas Exes Austin Network is having its 3rd Annual Alumni Pride Event on Friday, September 12 from 7-11pm at the Bob Bullock State History Museum.