May 2011

New Endowed Scholarship in Photography

The Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce a new endowed scholarship, generously donated in honor of faculty emeritus Russell Lee and approved by the Board of Regents on April 19, 2011. The Russell Lee Endowed Scholarship in Photography will support talented undergraduate students in the department with an interest in photography. Russell Lee was a renowned artist and established the photography program at The University of Texas at Austin. This scholarship fund was created through the generosity of various students, colleagues and friends of Russell Lee and will live in perpetuity as a lasting memory to his legacy.

Although the initial funding minimum was reached this spring, fundraising efforts for this scholarship continue toward the ultimate goal of upgrading the scholarship to a prestigious Endowed Presidential Scholarship. For more information on supporting this scholarship or other initiatives in the Department of Art and Art History, please contact Andrea Keene at 512-471-9270 or

In Memoriam: Dr. Paul Reinhardt (1929-2011)

Dr. Paul Reinhardt passed away on April 29, 2011, in Silver Spring, Maryland. He served The University of Texas at Austin for 28 years as a professor and student advisor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, during which time he also served as head of the department’s costume design program, supervisor of the costume construction shop and curator of the historical clothing collection.

Sandy Yamamoto Announces Departure from Miró Quartet After 15 Years

After fifteen exhilarating and triumphant years as a violinist with the Miró Quartet, Sandy Yamamoto has decided to step aside in order to focus on her family. Sandy’s final performance with the quartet was on May 8th, at Bates Recital Hall at The University of Texas Butler School of Music. The Miró Quartet will continue to tour actively while an international search is undertaken to locate Sandy’s successor.

David Stuart’s The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012 Released by Random House

Dr. David Stuart’s new book, The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012, was just released by Random House. In this book, Dr. Stuart takes a hard look at the frenzy over 2012 and offers a fascinating and accurate trip through Mayan culture and belief.

The Order of Days establishes how the idea that the “end of the Mayan calendar,” which supposedly heralds the end of our own existence, says far more about our culture than about the ancient Maya. It explores how the real intellectual achievement of ancient Maya timekeeping and worldview is far more impressive and remarkable than any of the popular, and often outrageous, claims about this advanced civilization. The book ultimately concludes that the ancient Maya were worthy of study and admiration not because they were strange but because they were altogether human, and they developed a compelling vision of time unlike any other civilization before or since.

David Stuart is the Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing in the Department of Art and Art History.

Sciolino Artist Management Appoints Alumni Mollie Alred as Associate

Sciolino Artist Management (SAM), a Manhattan-based artist management firm with a select roster of classical soloists, ensembles, and conductors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mollie Alred as Associate. A native of Texas, Alred first explored arts management during her studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where in 2008 she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, and a Performance Certificate in Harp. Prior to joining SAM, she maintained a career as a freelance harpist and held internships at the Zach Theatre in Austin and the New York office of music publisher Boosey & Hawkes. While still an undergraduate, she worked as a retreat coordinator at The University of Texas at Austin, where she managed a large staff of student volunteers.

Texas Performing Arts Celebrates 30 Years


Texas Performing Arts is turning 30, and we have a lot to celebrate! Over the past three decades, Texas Performing Arts has sold more than six million tickets to more than 4,500 performances. We are proud to continue this legacy with the announcement of our 30th anniversary 2011-2012 season.

COFA Alumni and Friends Provide Insight on Going from Grades to Green

On May 9th, students began the transition from grades to green with the help of several local Austin professionals and COFA alumni. Fine Arts Career Services offers the Grades to Green Job Search Crash Course biannually to prepare students to search for professional opportunities in and out of the arts. This semester’s sessions included discussions on marketing a fine arts major to potential employers, networking, etiquette, resume reviews and an alumni panel. Guest resume reviewers Maggie Bang (B.B.A., Marketing, 2009) of Texas Performing Arts, Daphne Holland of the Dougherty Arts School, Jennifer Chenoweth (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2009) of Fisterra Studio, and Shannon Stagner of The Department of Art and Art History provided students with 10 minutes of individual, real world feedback on their resumes. Our guest reviewers brought years of combined experience to make sure students showcase their qualifications effectively through their resume. Grades to Green culminated in an alumni panel. Panelists Sidney Pan (Theatre & Dance, 2006), David Tenorio (B.F.A. Studio Art, 2009) and Wade Yost (B.M., Music Performance, 2006) shared candid insights about their various paths in the arts. FACS would like to thank these alumni and friends who made the Grades to Green Workshop a success!

2011 Austin Critics Table Awards Nominees

For the 19th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year’s most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The Department of Art and Art History, the Butler School of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends are well represented on this year’s list of nominations.

CULTURED AUSTIN: How the Arts Reflect our Community

On June 8th, the Texas Exes Austin Professionals will present a panel of alumni who are immersed in the local cultural landscape. With backgrounds in visual and performing arts, art advocacy, local music and cultural events, they will present a diverse insight into the Austin arts scene. Learn about how the arts enrich our lives and what advocacy efforts are providing support. Hear about how the arts help shape local culture and positively impact our economy. Register NOW for an evening of lively and informative dialog.

David Ellis Wins Top Prize at PULSE New York

David Ellis is the recipient of the New York 2011 PULSE prize for his new work, True Value (Paint Fukette), a kinetic sound installation of old paint cans, created in collaboration with composer Roberto Lange.