March 2011

Calling All Central Texas Alumni!

Join the college and fellow alumni on Tuesday, April 5th from 6 – 7:30 pm in the new Visual Arts Center for our annual alumni reception! We’ll have food, live music and prizes, so stop by and enjoy the latest exhibition at the Visual Arts Center, showing off the work of our graduate students and graduating seniors. Make sure to RSVP to cofarsvp@austin.utexas.edu

COFA Remembers Artist and Art Educator Kelly Fearing

Artist, art educator and University of Texas Professor Emeritus Kelly Fearing died on March 13th at his home in Austin, at the age of 92 due to congestive heart failure.

Fearing taught at the university from 1947 – 1987, and was presented the College of Fine Arts’ E. William Doty Award in 2007, the college’s highest honor, recognizing him as an individual of distinction in his field who has demonstrated extraordinary interest in the college.

The Class of 1961 Reunion is Almost Here

Join the College of Fine Arts and the Texas Exes on April 27-28 for the Class of 1961 50th reunion! Renew old friendships, tour your college and see firsthand the many treasures the university has to offer. For more information, visit the Texas Exes’ site.

Eli Wallach Receives the 2010 Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

As the volcanic, voluble outlaw Tuco in Sergio Leone’s classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), Eli Wallach was the perfect foil for Clint Eastwood’s laconic Blondie. He may have played the “Ugly” of the title, but he made it look good.

That magnificently multidimensional performance typifies the work Wallach has been renowned for since the 1940s and continues to do well into his nineties, with recent appearances in “The Ghost Writer” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” both released in 2010. As an actor, Wallach is the quintessential chameleon, effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role

Brooklyn-born and Method-trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Wallach left New York to attend The University of Texas at Austin. There he picked up a skill that would serve him well in the years to come – he learned to ride a horse.

Fine Arts Students Make an Impression at the Arts Internship and Networking Fair

Over eighty-five students convened in the Fine Arts Co-op Student Center for the Spring 2011 Arts Internship and Networking Fair on March 8, 2011. Twenty-one employers were in attendance, representing a variety of performing and visual arts organizations and businesses in the Austin area. A complete list of attending employers can be found here. Students took advantage of the opportunity to hear directly from company employees about what they do, and reported that the fair gave them an idea of what opportunities are available in the arts. Several additional campus career fairs are scheduled for Spring 2011.

Do you know any current juniors or seniors? The Harry Ransom Center will provide seniors or advanced juniors with experience in the nature and operations of a major humanities research center through their Fine Arts Internship Program. The experience interns gain will benefit them in their own research projects, in possible graduate studies, and in exploring career options in such fields as librarianship, museum studies, archival or curatorial work, public affairs, marketing, public programming, and event management. Students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible to apply.

Festival of Children’s Voices at Texas Performing Arts

Enjoy a remarkable evening of music as Texas Performing Arts presents the The Choir of St John’s, Cambridge, in concert with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) and the University of Texas Festival Youth Chorus. The 250-voice Festival Youth Chorus consists of young choristers from Austin area schools, churches, and area choirs.

The program includes acappella performances and a presentation of Mozart’s brilliant Coronation Mass performed by the St John’s College Choir and the UTSO. The program by the all-male choir, all choral scholars at St John’s College, will include well-known American standards and a joint performance by The Festival Youth Chorus and orchestra. The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, is one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world – known and loved by millions for its recordings, broadcasts and concert tours. Under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha, the choir performs a broad spectrum of choral music that spans some 500 years. The choir has a distinguished tradition of religious music and, since the 1670s, has maintained a College Choir whose main duty is singing the daily services in the College Chapel.

Team Risk: UT Students Create a Safe Place for their Classmates to Make Daring New Stage Work

Courtney Sale will tell you flat-out that the reason she’s in Austin is the Cohen New Works Festival. Two years ago, when the New York City-based theatre artist was looking to obtain her master’s degree in directing, she made a point of arranging her interview at the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance when its biennial showcase of original student-generated work was in full swing. Sale was warned that it might not be the optimal time for an interview, given the way the department pretty much shuts down all week for the festival’s dozens of performances and exhibitions, but she would not be deterred. And once she experienced for herself the electric atmosphere that pervades the Winship Drama Building throughout the NWF, that was it for Sale. “The festival sealed the deal for me,” she says. “The intermingling of the graduates and the undergraduates and the energy about creating their own performance was so palpable in this building. The risk. It was thrilling.”

The University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival runs March 28- April 2.

Sol LeWitt’s Circle with Towers Acquired by Landmarks

The concrete block structure Circle with Towers (2005) by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) has been purchased by Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, from the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York.

Circle with Towers will be at the entrance to the new Dell Computer Science Hall and the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, which is currently under construction on the east side of Speedway between 21st and 24th streets. The unveiling of the work will coincide with the opening of the computer science complex in September 2012. The work will join Landmarks’ permanent collection of public art on the main campus.