October 2008

The University Announces $3 Billion Capital Campaign

On Friday, October 17, 2008, President Powers announced that the university has begun an eight–year capital campaign aimed at changing the world through its students and faculty.

Texas Exes Honors Distinguished Alumnus Award Winners

Marcia Gay Harden, B.A., 1980, Academy Award–winning actor and graduate of the Department of Theatre and Dance was awarded the Texas Exes’ prestigious award Friday, October 17, 2008.

Grand Opening of the Co–op Fine Arts Student Center

The basement of the Doty Fine Arts Building received a much–needed renovation, allowing the Student Affairs and Career Services offices to provide student assistance in one location. In addition, the redesigned space houses a large student lounge with WiFi, an O’s Campus Cafe, an outdoor patio seating area, and a large art exhibition space.

Landmarks, the New Public Art Program on Campus

The College of Fine Arts and the university have teamed up to create the university’s first–ever comprehensive policy regarding the collection of public art on the university’s main campus.

Lyon Advertising Creates a New Look for the Performing Arts Center

Lyon Advertising is “Bringing the World to Austin” for the Performing Arts Center. New structures downtown include the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Barton Springs now boasts the Taj Mahal and a Mayan temple has sprung up on the UT campus!

Theatre and Dance Presents Steven Dietz’s Still Life with Iris

The Department of Theatre & Dance presents the magical adventure story for all ages, Still Life with Iris, written by UT‘s own award–winning professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting, Steven Dietz, October 31st – November 9th, at the B. Iden Payne Theatre.

Still Life with Iris is a sophisticated and engaging story of a courageous young girl on a journey through a magical world, hoping to find her home through memories of her past. Under the direction of nationally recognized M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth candidate, Wendy Bable, Still Life with Iris is imaginative, striking, playful, and appealing to audiences of all ages.

A World of Music at the Butler School

At UT Austin we’re fond of saying, “What starts here changes the world,” but quite often the opposite is also true. The World Music Ensembles in the Butler School of Music are one example of how the greater global community is represented in microcosm right here on the UT campus.

The Huaca El Pueblo Archaeological Project

Department of Art and Art History Associate Professor Steve Bourget is directing a critically important archaeological project at Huaca el Pueblo, near the coast of Peru.

Essence of Cool: 2009 Blanton Museum Gala honoring Jack Blanton, Sr.

Save the date! On Saturday, January 31, 2009, the Blanton Museum will hold its first gala event in the new facility to honor Jack Blanton, Sr. and celebrate the completed construction of the museum and the tremendous impact it has had on Texas and the Austin Community.

College Hires New Development Staff

The college is pleased to announce the hiring of three new staff to its development team. The new staff will bring much-–needed support to the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Butler School of Music and the Performing Arts Center.

College Holds Reception in NYC

On October 22, the college held its first college–wide reception in New York City at the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal. It was wonderful getting to see everyone and we look forward to continuing these in the future.

Radio City Rockettes – Christmas Spectacular!

RADIO CITY ROCKETTESCHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR! December 30 and 31 at the Frank Erwin Center. 10% of your ticket purchase will benefit UT‘s College of Fine Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance. This is a special UT promotion for alumni, supporters, friends, faculty and staff of the College of Fine Arts. Hurry- tickets are going quickly!