March 2010

Springbox interactive agency develops branding for the Visual Arts Center

Opening to the public in September 2010, the new Visual Arts Center (VAC) at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes a branding experience built from the ground up by the creative group of Springbox interactive agency.

As an adaptive reuse of the space in the Art Building formerly occupied by the Blanton Museum, the VAC is part of the Department of Art and Art History and will serve as an exhibition and research space highlighting internationally-acclaimed artists, students, faculty and alumni through its multiple programs.

M.F.A. Student Garners National Award

Third year M.F.A. in costume design candidate, Ariana Schwartz, has been awarded the prestigious Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design and Technology Award. Presented by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), The Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential in the areas of costume design or technology in the performing arts while pursuing a graduate degree.

Butler School of Music Hosts Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer William Bolcom

The Butler School of Music is hosting Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom for a residency in Spring 2010 as part of their annual Visiting Composer Series. During his residency, Bolcom will be awarded the Eddie Medora King Award. Presented bi-annually by the Butler School of Music, the King Award is a $25,000 prize given to a living composer for his/her outstanding contributions to the modern music repertoire. The residency includes the world premiere of a new chamber orchestration of Bolcom’s highly acclaimed opera A View from the Bridge.

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Don’t Forget – the Class of 1960 Reunion is Next Month!

Join COFA and your fellow alumni on April 21-23 revisiting the same campus you roamed as a student 50 years ago. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with fellow graduates, hear insightful speakers, and on Thursday, April 22, you’ll get to have lunch with COFA Dean Doug Dempster and tour your department! Visit the Texas Exes site to register.

Fine Arts Career Services Internship and Networking Fair

March 30, 2010, 11:30AM – 1PM
Co-op Fine Arts Student Center DFA 1.103

The Fine Arts Internship and Networking Fair was designed with Fine Arts students in mind! Students and alumni were able to meet with organizations and employers who employ Fine Arts students in a variety of internships and jobs.

Contact Fine Arts Career Services to learn about available internships and talk with professionals about who they are and what they do.

Actor and UT Alumnus Visits Theatre and Dance

In Austin to accept a Texas Film Hall of Fame Award from the Austin Film Society, San Antonio born actor, Bruce McGill (B.F.A. Drama ’73) spent Thursday’s lunch hour sharing experiences and wisdom with students, faculty and staff from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Travel this Summer with the Flying Longhorns

Join the Texas Exes’ Flying Longhorns as they travel the globe! Trips range from Washington, D.C. in the spring, to exploring Iceland this June. Texas Exes Distinguished Alumna honoree Sara Martinez Tucker is even hosting a dinner at her home during the trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley. Visit the Texas Exes site to learn more about these and other amazing upcoming trips.

2nd Annual Texas Exes Young Alumni Crawfish Boil and UT Baseball Game

Join the Young Alumni Group for the 2nd Annual Texas Exes Austin Crawfish Boil! The crawfish boil will take place before the UT baseball game against Kansas on Saturday, April 10. They’ll have all-you-can-eat crawfish and a ticket for the game for $22, or you can buy a crawfish-only ticket for $16. Ticket price includes crawfish with corn, potatoes and sausage as well as cupcakes for dessert and water to drink. The event is BYOB, so bring your own stocked cooler. This event is open to members and non-members, but members will receive a special commemorative item, so be sure to bring your membership card or Life Member keychain. The registration deadline is April 1, 2010. There are a limited number of tickets, so register early to make sure you get to go! Register now.

Rappahannock County

In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, a new musical work by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Mark Campbell will have its world premiere performances beginning April 12, 2011; the same day that Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in 1861. The new work has been co-commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Opera, the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, and the Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas in Austin.

Rappahannock County will premiere during the Virginia Arts Festival, offering multiple public performances as well as student matinees in the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Virginia from April 12-17, 2011. This will be followed by performances in Richmond at the Modlin Center, September 9-16, and at the Texas Performing Arts in Austin, September 18-25.

Butler School of Music Flute Studio- A Major Presence at 2010 National Competitions

This spring, the flute studio at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music has had great successes around the nation. Under the mentorship of Professor of Flute Marianne Gedigian, four students were awarded top honors at some of the nation’s most prestigious competitions.