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Maxine Price Painting

Alumna Featured in Gallery Shows Around Texas

Maxine Price (MFA, Art, 1959) is featured in three upcoming gallery shows around Texas.

From December 1 through December 22, Price's works will be showcased at  Femme in Austin, TX at The Russell Collection. Featuring eleven of the women artists represented by The Russell Collection, Price will be present at the artist reception on December 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In Houston, Thornwood Gallery's end of the year group show will run December 1 through January 2. The opening reception will be held December 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Finally, the Kirchman Gallery's Holiday Extravaganza event in Johnson City, TX will also feature works by Price. Stop by on Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for light finger food, wine and champagne.

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Work by Leah Haney

Tiny Park Gallery Presents "Divergent Space"

Tiny Park Gallery

Tiny Park Gallery, co-run by Thao Votang (BA, Art History, 2008) and Brian Willey, will present "Divergent Space", a one-person exhibition of new paintings by Leah Haney (BFA, Studio Art, 2010). The opening will be on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 7pm to 11pm and the exhibition will be available for viewing through January 5 on Saturdays from 12 pm-5 pm. 

Tiny Park Gallery is located at 1101 Navasota Street in Austin, TX.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Alumna Featured in Kirchman Gallery Holiday Show

Kirchman Gallery

This November, Maxine Price (BFA, 1959) is featured in the Kirchman Gallery Holiday Show. The show opened on November 11th with live music from Homer Whisenant. The Kirchman Gallery is located at 213 North Nugent Street in Johnson City, TX.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

East Austin Studio Tour Showcases Alumni Around Austin

East Austin Studio Tour

Running from November 8 to November 18, the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) features artists, studios, exhibition spaces, pop-up shows, and tons of art-centered events that highlight the Austin arts scene.

Many COFA alumni will also be participating in EAST. Thao Votang (BA, Art History, 2008), along with her partner Brian Willey, will be participating through their gallery Tiny Park while Art Therapy Austin, owned by Deanna Miesch (BFA, Studio Art, 2006), will exhibit new work for one day only on November 11th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012

Studio Art Alum Showcases Work in Brooklyn

Recession Art

Arts organization Recession Art is hosting a group show called Prolonged Exposure, hosted at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY. The show will feature alumna Megan Liu Kincheloe (BFA, Studio Art, 2009) and is on view through November 10th.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Still of a scene in The Rock of Abandon

Play Writing Alum Debuts Production in LA

The Fierce Backbone theater company, co-founded by alum Stephen Blackburn (MFA, Play Writing, 1997), had the world premiere of their work The Rock of Abandon on October 20th. Directed by Tiger Reel and written by Stephen Blackburn, The Rock of Abandon will run through November 18th at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012

Jonas Criscoe (BFA 06) awarded a Jerome Emerging Printmakers' Residency at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis MN

HighPoint Print Center

Beginning in September, Jonas Criscoe along with two fellow residents will receive nine months of access to Highpoint's fully-equipped printshop as well as technical support, critiques with area arts professionals, a stipend for printmaking supplies and the opportunity to work in a collaborative workshop environment that encourages experimentation and growth. The program will conclude with a group exhibition in May 2013 featuring work created by the artists during their residency. The residency, funded with a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, is open to emerging Minnesota printmakers — defined here as artists who show significant potential, yet have not received a commensurate amount of professional accomplishment or recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. The three new residents were selected on the basis of their dedication, interest, and potential in printmaking and the artistic merit of their work. Utilizing a variety of lithographic and relief techniques, Jonas Criscoe plans to continue his explorations on the theme of place. Specific focus will be given to examining how commercial signage and structures have shaped the urban landscape around Highpoint, the community's interaction with these objects and their deterioration due to wear and exposure.

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Abstract Artwork by Marcia Santore

Alumna Marcia Santore Featured in Riverhead, New York Exhibition

East End Arts Council Gallery

Art and Art History alumna Marcia Santore (BFA, 1982) has two of her paintings included in the exhibition Joy at the East Ends Arts Council Gallery in Riverhead, NY. The exhibition runs from August to October 2012. All of the artworks featured, including the two by Santore, can be seen on the East End Arts Council's Facebook page.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012

Music Alum Becomes Co-Editor of New Arts Journal


Butler School of Music alumnus Dr. Gary Beckman (Ph.D., Musicology, 2007) has become co-editor of a new journal - Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. The inaugural issue will be published on September 1, 2012. 

Dr. Beckman is currently a musicology professor and the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Alumna Liza Binkley Reviewed in The London Times

Official Facebook Page of Presidential Suite

Presidential Suite, a play currently featuring alumna Liza Binkley (BA, Theatre and Dance, 2007), recently received a four star review in The London Times. Presented in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, Presidential Suite by B&G Productions (New York) runs through August 18, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Inside view of the Derek Eller Gallery

Art and Art History Alum Curates Exhibition in New York City

Derek Eller Gallery

Art and Art History alumnus Isaac Lyles (BA, Art History, 2004), Associate Director of the Derek Eller Gallery in New York City, has curated an exhibition titled Sweet Distemper.  Reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum, Modern Painters Daily, and others, Sweet Distemper features works by artists Anna Betbeze, Samara Golden, Tamara Gonzales, Davina Semo, and Despina Stokou.

On view through August 16, 2012 at the Derek Eller Gallery in New York City, NY.

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Music Alum Andrew Hallock and "Sopra il Basso" Named Resident Ensemble

Andrew O. Hallock (BM, 2002, Music Composition) and the five other musicians in the ensemble "Sopra il Basso", based out of the Hague, Netherlands, have been invited to become the Resident Ensemble for 2012 at the Academie Ambronay in France.

After graduating from UT Austin in 2002, Hallock moved to Europe to study singing at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague; he graduated in 2009. Hallock also works as a freelance instrument maker, producing a variety of historical woodwind instruments in his workshop in the Hague.

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Denny Berry Standing in a row of Theatre Seats

Theatre & Dance Alum Denny Berry Announced as Head of Musical Theatre at University of Utah

The University of Utah Department of Theatre

Department of Theatre & Dance alumna Denny Berry (BFA, 1973) was recently announced as the Head of the newly formed Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah Department of Theatre.

Berry is an esteemed director, choreographer, educator and writer both on Broadway and around the world. She looks forward to bringing together her ongoing relationship with the New York theater world and her students in the Department of Theatre.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Alumna Jennifer Chenoweth Named a 2012 New Philanthropist by GivingCity Austin Newsletter

Art and Art History alumna Jennifer Chenoweth (MFA, 1999) has been named a 2012 New Philanthropist by GivingCity Austin. Featured in the Summer 2012 issue (available online here), Chenoweth is listed in "The Entrepreneurs" section for her work as the founder of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists through the sale of one-of-a-kind original works of art.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cover of You Take if From Here

Alum Releases Latest Novel

Department of Theatre and Dance Website

Pamela Ribon (BFA, Drama Production, 1997) has just released her latest novel, You Take It From Here. Pamela has written for several television comedies, most notably the Emmy Award-winning Samantha Who?. A national bestselling author, Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television. She was an contributor, where her novel about divorce and roller derby, Going in Circles, was selected as an Book Club pick. She was also a flagship contributor to Using her loyal Internet fan base, Ribon sponsors book drives for libraries in need at Visit her at or follow her @pamelaribon.

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012

Image by Skye Ashbrook

2012 Art & Art History Alum Holds Exhibition This Weekend

Alamo Drafthouse

Skye Ashbrook (BFA, Studio Art, 2012) will exhibit four videos of his work at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar location via co-production with Church of the Friendly Ghost on Sunday, July 22 at 9 pm.

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012

Elizabeth Hill Boone

Alumna Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Alumna Elizabeth Hill Boone (MA, Art History, 1974; Ph.D., Art History, 1977) was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Academia Mexicana de la Historia, an affiliate of the Real Academia in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Boone is currently the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Don Bacigalupi

Alum Don Bacigalupi Named One of AY Magazine's Powerful Men of 2012

AY Magazine

Art and Art History alumnus Don Bacigalupi (Ph.D., Art History, 1993), was named one of AY Magazine's Powerful Men of 2012 in the Art category. Bacigalupi is currently the executive director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

He previously worked at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, California, and the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blurred Lines flyer

COFA Alumni Featured in Austin Gallery Show

Gallery Black Lagoon

This Friday, Gallery Black Lagoon will host the opening reception for Blurred Lines, their newest exhibition featuring multiple alumni from the College of Fine Arts. Cliona Gunter (BFA, 1989), David Lujan (BFA, 2008), and Stephen Schwake (Studio Art, 1999) are all participating in the exhibition featuring drawings and mixed media works.

Opening reception is Friday, July 13 from 7pm to 10pm. Exhibition runs through July 28 and is available for viewing Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm or by appointment. You can RSVP to the reception here.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Recent Alumna Tamara Johnson Curates and Shows in New York City

Tamara Johnson's CV

Alumna Tamara Johnson (BFA, Studio Art, 2007), a graduate of the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design, recently curated a group exhibition as part of the NARS Foundation 2012 Emerging Curator Program. "Show Me Your Glands" will be available for viewing June 30 through July 29 in Brooklyn, NY at the NARS Foundation Gallery. Tamara Johnson will host a curator's talk in the gallery on Saturday, July 14 at 4 pm.

Additionally, Johnson is also curating and participating in a group alumni exhibition of RISD's MFA Sculpture department in NYC at the Rooster Gallery, opening July 12 and running until July 29. The opening reception will be Thursday, July 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012