September 2012

Art History Professor Publishes New Book on Dürer

Dr. Jeffrey Smith's (Professor in Art History) most recent book Dürer was published in May by Phaidon Press of London. Appraised as insightful, comprehensive and a welcomed addition to existing Dürer scholarship, Smith's engaging monograph takes a fresh look at individual drawings, paintings and prints by the renowned Northern European Renaissance artist.

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Careers over Coffee – Intro Session

To begin using the Texas Exes Career Services, the Exes would like to invite you to attend an informative introductory session either in person at the alumni center or via conference call. The next session will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the alumni center. Careers over Coffee is free, but you must be a member of the Texas Exes to participate. Visit the Texas Exes site to register or learn more. And remember, you can use Fine Arts Career Services anytime. Contact the college’s career services staff by emailing facs@austin.utexas.edu or phoning 512/232-7333.

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The Scarlet Letter Among Critics' Top Picks

The Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of The Scarlet Letter was named by the Austin Chronicle's arts critics as one of their top fall season picks. Written by Michener Fellow Sarah Saltwick and directed by Steven Wilson, the world premiere brings Nathaniel Hawthorne’s timeless tale to the B. Iden Payne stage November 16 though December 7. Calling Saltwick “one of Austin's brightest rising young playwrights,” Austin Chronicle writer Dan Solomon shares “it'll be very exciting to see her interpretation of a classic work…that deals with the themes she's explored in her earlier material.”

More information and tickets for The Scarlet Letter and other Theatre and Dance productions can be found here.

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New Book on Mesoamerican Art Published by Art History Professor

Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica, a new book by Dr. Julia Guernsey (Associate Professor in Art History), was recently published by Cambridge University Press. The book examines the functions of sculpture during the Preclassic period in Mesoamerica and its significance in statements of social identity.

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New Pipe Organ Installation Underway in Jessen Auditorium

The late organ professor Gerre Hancock saw a need at the Butler School of Music for another instrument to accommodate the increased participation within the Organ and Sacred Music program. Ultimately, he seized an opportunity to purchase an organ originally made by the well-known Massachusetts maker, Aeolian Skinner. Installation of the pipe organ into Jessen Auditorium will be complete by the end of September. The instrument was the gift of Robert Sherrill (MA 1956) in memory of his late wife, Mary Elizabeth Sherrill. A dedication concert to celebrate the organ’s installation and Gerre Hancock has been scheduled for December 14th with performances by Judith Hancock and Scott Davis.

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Butler Opera Center Partners with Austin Lyric Opera for New Public Programming

The Butler Opera Center is partnering with Austin Lyric Opera this fall to bring opera performances into more unexpected public spaces. These performances of Act II from Leoncavallo’s Paglicacci will be peppered throughout Austin in the months of September and October. The locations and dates for these concerts can be found here.

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Dr. Joan Holladay Receives Colgate National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Joan Holladay (Professor in Art History) was recently appointed as the Colgate National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Professor in the Humanities. The appointment encourages distinguished educators and scholars to join the Colgate University faculty on a visiting basis for one or two semesters. Holladay, whose research centers on Gothic art in Germany and France, will begin her semester-long teaching position at Colgate next spring.

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Butler School of Music Current Students & Alumni Show Continued Excellence

Former quartet in residence, Aeolus Quartet, was recently awarded the 2012 John Lad Prize from the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Stanford University. Joseph Palmer (DMA in progress) won first prize at the Louisville International Guitar Festival and Competition and first prize at the East Carolina Guitar Festival and Competition. Chad Ibison (MM, DMA in progress) won First Prize at Eliot Fisk's Boston International Guitar Festival and Competition held at the New England Conservatory. Kai-Ju Ho (MM in progress) won First Prize in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition. Shih-Yen Chen (DMA student in progress) was also a semi-finalist in the competition.

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