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Sunyong Chung (B.A., '81)

Sunyong Chung (B.A., ’81) will have two sculptures, a gigantic porcelain torus and dancing paper, on display at the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), May 22- August 15, 2010. Chung will be at AMOA July 10th at 1pm and July 15th at 7pm.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

David Wyatt (B.A., '95)

David Wyatt (B.A., ’95) and Rachel Wyatt (B.J., ’00 & M.A., ’04) of Wyatt Brand, an Austin-based boutique design and PR firm, has been chosen by the Texas Cultural Trust to execute dual design and public relations campaigns for the 2011 Texas Medal of Arts- the signature biennial event of the organization spotlighting and celebrating the creative excellence, exemplary talents, and outstanding contributions by Texans in selected categories.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Judi Krant (B.A., '94)

Judi Krant (B.A., ’94) is the writer and director of the film “MADE IN CHINA,” which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature last year at SXSW. The film has recently been picked up for distribution with IFC (

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

David H. Elliott (B.F.A., '67)

David H. Elliott (B.F.A., ’67) presents his Painted Drawings exhibition in the fine art studio of Professor Emeritus Terence Grieder. David will present 23 recent paintings, including the new Debacle series. Other paintings are from the End of It All series.

Painted Drawings, David H. Elliott’s solo exhibition, opens Sunday, May 16th, 1 p.m.- 6 p.m., at 406 W. 35th Street, Austin, Texas

David Elliot painting with a cartoon-like airplane

Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010

Hank Hehmsoth (M.M., '76)

Hank Hehmsoth (M.M., ’76) won first place in the 2010 NACUSA Texas Composition Competition. Hehmsoth is a jazz performing artist and National Endowment for the Arts fellow. He teaches Jazz Piano/Improvisation, Composition/Arranging, Film Scoring, and Music Technology at Undergraduate and Graduate levels at Texas State University; he is also the Director of Computer Applications and is WebMaster for the School of Music.

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Maxine Graham Price (B.F.A., '59)

Maxine Graham Price’s (B.F.A., ’59) work is now on display at La Posada Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The next time you are in Santa Fe, you owe it to yourself to visit this historic hotel and view the wonderful collection of paintings and sculpture curated by Sara Eyestone that are on display throughout the hotel, on the grounds and in the spa. Ask Sara about a guided art tour.

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Eric Neuville (M.M., ’08)

Eric Neuville (M.M., School of Music ’08) will be performing in Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program’s upcoming production of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in April.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010

Bryan Lester (BFA, Design, 2002)

Bryan Lester (BFA, Design, 2002) recently opened his own advertising agency based in Dallas, TX. More information about his company, The DesL Group, can be found online at

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kenneth R. Steele (M.M., '71)

lives in Marlton, NJ, with his wife Diane. He is organist-choirmaster at Kemble Memorial UMC, Woodbury, NJ, and serves as Music in Worship R&S Chair for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Ken remains active as a choral clinician and adjudicator. He and Diane have six grandchildren, three in NJ and three in Texas.

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ariana Vincent (B.F.A., '79)

will be photographing the fitness team and sharing some insights on team building at Lifetime Fitness in South Austin on Friday evening, January 29. A few of the inspirational quotes she’ll be offering are:

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” —Michael Jordan

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mali Vargas Docktor Launches Art forMS

Malinali “Mali” Vargas Docktor (BFA, Studio Art, ‘00) lives in Calgary, AB Canada and is a volunteer fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada. This year she launched Art forMS (read as “forms”) an art exhibit and fundraiser in support of the MS Society of Canada. They have many contributing artists, including Jeffrey Primeaux (BFA, Studio Art, ‘98). For more information on the event visit and if interested in contributing to next year’s art exhibit, send Mali an email through her Web site.

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

New work in "Love's Writ II" at Studio2 Gallery

Deanna Miesch (BFA in Studio Art, 1991) is currently showing new work at Studio2 Gallery in Austin, TX as part of a National Juried Exhibit, “Love’s Writ II”. She presents an installation of encaustic globes, incorporating plants (natives, invasive species) and painted imagery, conjuring ideas of how things connect in our “global” culture. “Love’s Writ II” at Studio2 Gallery will have a closing reception and Haiti Fundraiser, Saturday February 13, 1-4 pm, “Compassion Art Auction”.   A preview and presentation will be given by Dr. Fred Sorrells on his January visit to Haiti and his work with Global Art Initiative in Haiti.  The silent auction will take place from 2-4 pm.  On February 13, Studio2 Gallery will be accepting donations of much needed supplies for Global Art Initiative including:  toiletries, first aid supplies, crutches, walkers, canes.

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kevin Hanlon (DMA-Composition '83)

has been invited to an 11-week residency at the Banff Centre in January through March 2010. During that time, he will compose, collaborate, rehearse and perform with other residency artists. Large scale compositional projects supported by this process will include a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra and two song cycles based on the poetry of Stephen Crane.

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

Theatre and Dance Alumnae Heads New Department of Theatre and Dance

On September 1, Judy Sebesta (Ph.D., Theatre, 1997) became chair of the newly formed Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Sebesta plans to continue exploring accreditation for the department through the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance. For more information visit

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

Alumnus Stars in New Play at New York Theatre Workshop

Fajer Al-Kaisi (M.F.A. ’07) in “Aftermath” Written by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank

Posted: Monday, October 5, 2009

Recent Graduate Premieres New Work at Kean University

Premiere Stages Presents,“Any Other Name,” by George Brant (M.F.A. ’08)

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2009

Chappell Ellison receives Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism

Recent UT Design Division graduate Chappell Ellison (B.F.A. Design, 2007) received the prestigious 2009 Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism for her essay, “Compulsion: Where Object Meets Anxiety.” After graduating from UT, Ellison worked at web and graphic design companies before migrating to her current home in Manhattan. She is now an M.F.A. student in the inaugural class of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts.

The announcement and essay can be found on the American Institute of Graphic Arts website

Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Flordelino Lagundino (M.F.A. '04)

receives Directing Fellowship at Arena Stage and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009

Fajer Al-Kaisi (M.F.A. '07)

featured in NY Times for his work in “The Exonerated” at New York Theater workshop.

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009

Barry Anderson (BFA Studio Art, 1991)

will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Syracuse University entitled, Intermissions, which places video art and photographs at multiple venues across Syracuse, making it accessible to the general community and creating many opportunities for meaningful interaction with the work.

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2009