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Tequila barrel sculpted into Quetzalcoatl

Design Student Advances to National Competition

Herradura Barrel Art

Raul De Lara (registered student, BFA, Design) was awarded first prize in the Austin portion of the Tequila Herradura competition to create art from the barrels that the company uses for its product. As a result, he received a $10,000 prize, and his work now goes to Miami where it will compete for a grand prize award of $100,000.

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Test Film Poster

Alum stars in new film, Test


Alumnus Scott Marlowe (BFA, Dance 2004) stars as “Frankie” in the new film Test by Chris Mason Johnson. Test is the poignant, powerful story set in the San Francisco modern dance scene of 1985, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. It will run October 20, 7:00 PM at the Stateside.

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mark Rosen, Creative Director and Lead Guide for Museum Hack

Mark Rosen (B.A. Art History, 2009) founded the Docent Program for UT Landmarks and trained and managed the department’s first group of tour guides. After moving to NYC Mark worked with Nick Gray to structure and implement Museum Hack. As the Creative Director and Lead Guide, one of Mark's key responsibilities is to lead "highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional" tours of the Metropolitian Museum of Art. Instead of exhausting oneself on every piece in the Met's enormous collection, Museum Hack tailors a guided tour for visitors that includes "fatigue fighters," such as group huddles and little known facts about the collection to keep the viewer entertained, engaged and learning.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Barry Stone exhibition at Art Palace

Art Palace Gallery

Barry Stone's (M.F.A. '01) painting and photography exhibition Look Near into the Distance is currently on display at the Art Palace in Houston through October 26. This is Stone's second solo exhibition at Art Palace. 

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013

The Tree of Life and Death:  Dias de los Muertos 2013

Alumna Natalia Anciso to exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California

Natalia Anciso, MFA (BA, Studio Art, 2008), will be exhibiting at the Oakland Museum of California as part of "The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013" exhibition, one of the largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Northern California. Her work is dedicated to the innocent children who have lost their lives to violence in the City of Oakland. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 11 from 6 to 8 pm, and the exhibition will be open until December 8, 2013.

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013

Panzer_ Reach

Tiny Park Presents Jamie Panzer's

Tiny Park Gallery Website

Tiny Park presents Jamie Panzer (M.F.A., '93) and Joseph Noderer. Panzer's sculptures and digital works bend nature into unrealistic but believable forms. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 21 and continues through October 19. 

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jane Eifler mixed-media work

Alum and Advisory Council Member in Group Show

McMurtrey Gallery

Jane Eifler (B.F.A, '65) is included in a group show at the McMurtrey Gallery in  Houston through October 19th. Jane is not only an alum but serves as a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council. 

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013

Armor, made of synthetic hair

Alumni in Grayduck Gallery Show

Grayduck Gallery

Christina Coleman (M.F.A, '12) has been included in a group show curated by Jaime Savador (BFA 2005) at Grayduck Gallery opening on Friday, September 13th.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Erica Nagel image

Alumna Lands Leadership Role at McCarter Theatre


Erica Nagel (MFA 2008) has been named the Director of Education and Engagement at McCarter Theatre Center. She also serves as a Lecturer at Princeton University.

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

All The Way image

Robert Schenkkan's Success Continues

New York Times

Robert Schenkkan (Drama 1975) was recently named the Thornton Wilder Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. His play, All the Way (winner of the 2012 Senator Edward Kennedy Theater Prize and the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association Best New Play Award) has its East coast premier in Boston at A.R.T. in September starring Bryan Cranston.

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bruce Shackelford image

Alum Acts as Antiques Roadshow Appraiser


Bruce Shackelford, BFA 1975, is participating as an appraiser PBS Antiques Roadshow for his 18th season.

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sun Fired, 2009

Robert Pruitt Receives National Attention

Studio Museum in Harlem

Robert Pruitt's (MFA '03) exhibition "Women" is now on display at The Studio Museum of Harlem. "Women", a series of portraits of contemporary African-American women drawn in Conte Crayon, has been mentioned in the Huffington PostArt Daily and Blouin Artinfo. Pruitt lives and works in Houston. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Maxine Price, Autumn Chamisa

Maxine Graham Price

Maxine Price Website

Maxine Graham Price (B.A. Art, '59) will participate in ArtHouston's  2013 opening reception at Thornwood Gallery on Saturday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m. She will give an artist's talk with images at 2 p.m. that same day. Price will also exhibit her paintings at the Kirchman Gallery in Johnson City, TX, opening reception Saturday, July 27th from 4-8 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jonathan Santore

Butler Alum wins The American Prize in Composition

Jonathan Santore (Music Composition, '87) won The American Prize in Composition 2013, in the category for professional composers of choral music. He is Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he has taught composition and theory since 1994, and is Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale. His composition Front Porch Poems, for mezzo, viola, and piano, is featured on the Chiaroscuro Trio's new CD New People, just issued by Albany Records; Aurelien and Elizabeth Petillot, founding members of Chiaroscuro, are also both alumni of the Butler School of Music.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Group show includes MFA Alum

Gallery Black Lagoon

Gina Gwen Palacios (MFA '06) is one of 10 artists showing in the exhibit Where Shall We Go? opening Friday, July 12th at Gallery Black Lagoon. For Palacios, painting is an act of self-assertion and personal revelation. Where Shall We Go? is a collection of works that show us places and moments both traveled and imagined. Each image evokes a story remembered or wished to be forgotten. 

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Weisner's Ocean Bottom Siesmometer Series

Two MFA '10 Alums Awarded Fulbright Research Grants

Kristina Felix (MFA, '10) and Christina Weisner (MFA, '10) have both been awarded a 2013 Fulbright Research Grant in Sculpture. Felix will work with indigenous communities in the Andes, where she will learn traditional methods of storytelling, weaving and textile-making while incorporating this into her studio-practice. Weisner is headed to Germany where she will research and make site-specific sculptures based on the Ries Impact Crater, one of the largest meteorite impact craters in the world. 

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013

Georgia Carter, Timber

Group Exhibition featuring UT MFA Grads and Candidates

David Shelton Gallery

The David Shelton Gallery (3909 Main Street Houston, TX 77002) presents a group exhibition of talented MFA 2014-15 candidates and 2013 graduates; Peter Abrami, Janaye Brown, Adriana Corral, Georgia Carter, Aaron Meyers, James Scheuren and Eric Shane Swanson. Opening reception: Friday, June 28, 6:00- 8:00 pm. 

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

Image: Sara Frantz

Sara Frantz (MFA 2007) Featured in The 2013 Tiny Park Drawing Annual

Tiny Park Gallery Website

The 2013 Tiny Park Drawing Annual is a group exhibition focused on drawings and the concept of drawing, in the widest terms. The show includes video work, three-dimensional cut paper drawings, as well as more traditional forms of drawing. This year's drawing annual will feature artworks by Sara Frantz (MFA, Studio Art, '07), Calixto Ramirez, David Culpepper, Rob Verf (Lecturer at UT), Sam Prekop and Claude van Lingen. Opening Friday, June 28, 2013, 7pm to 11pm, at 1101 Navasota St. 

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alumni joins Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Miles Maner (Music, '07) was appointed Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Miles grew up in Austin and got his Masters in Music at the Shepherd School, then played in the Kansas City Symphony for a few years. Evidently, when CSO conductor Ricardo Muti shook his hand, he said to Miles with a twinkle in his eyes, "You do know the contrabassoon is bigger than you are.". 

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Andrew Rudin

Composer, Andrew Rudin's Recent Successes

Andrew Rudin's Website

Andrew Rudin's (B.A. Music, '62) new "Sonata for Piano" was premiered by pianist Beth Levin May 5 at Spectrum in New York City. On that same day, the Dallas-based ensemble, Voice of Change, presented his "Sonata for Violin and Piano". In Philadelphia, on May 6, Lloyd Smith, cellist and Marcantonio Barone presented his "Sonata for Cello and Piano" in Philadelphia, under the auspices of 1807 & Friends. Rudin begins an operatic collaboration with Texas writer, Ann McCutchan in June. Three new CD's of Rudin's music are scheduled for release on Centaur Records. "September Trilogy" for string orchestra will have its premiere in Fall 2014 by Philadelphia-based Orchestra 200l, honoring his 75th birthday.

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013