Celebrating Diversity in Fine Arts

UT Grieves Loss of Opera Star and Alumna Barbara Smith Conrad

Monday, May 22, 2017   |  UT News
Barbara Smith Conrad gestures with her arms to a crowd

The University of Texas at Austin mourns the loss of world-renowned mezzo-soprano and alumna Barbara Smith Conrad (B.M., Music Studies, 1959), whose distinguished career has touched the lives of audiences around the world. Conrad died from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease on May 22. 

Beili Liu named a Texas State Artist of 2018

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  Glasstire

Beili Liu, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, was named 2018 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist by the Texas Legislature.

Dance student honored with Texas Exes’ leadership award

Wednesday, March 15, 2017   |  The Alcalde
Sofia is snapping her fingers and smiling

Dance junior Sofia Aranha was one of six university students honored with the Texas Exes President’s Leadership Award. Featured in The Alcalde, this multi-talented student is double-majoring in economics and is part of the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Momentum is a “highly physical and emotionally urgent” dance concert

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  Austin Chronicle
Dancers pose on a white background

Dance Repertory Theatre’s spring concert Momentum was reviewed by the Austin Chronicle. The review described the concert, which reflected on the influence of African American culture on contemporary dance, as “diverse in aesthetic and focus, mostly cohered in a highly physical, emotionally urgent offering.”

UT sitarists bring culturally diverse music to Butler School

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
An illustration of a man playing a sitar.

Ethnomusicology professor Stephen Slawek created the Svaranjali Ensemble with the aim of exposing UT students to the rich cultural heritage of classical Indian music. He shared how this is also a deeply personal experience for him with The Daily Texan. The story also includes an illustration by Visual Art Studies student Madi Beavers.

Dance concert celebrates the influence of black culture on modern dance

Monday, February 13, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman
Momentum in Statesman

This week the Department of Theatre and Dance opens the dance concert Momentum, an eclectic group of dances that tell a collection of stories about how African diasporic culture has influenced contemporary dance. Charles O. Anderson, head of the dance program, discussed with the Austin American-Statesman the inspiration and student work that went into creating this unique show.

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