Celebrating Diversity in Fine Arts

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.

Butler School alumni to perform in Black Composers Concert

Friday, February 10, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
Artina and Martin McCain pose back to back

Artina McCain (D.M.A. 2011) and Martin McCain (M.M. 2006, D.M.A. 2008) were chosen to perform in the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Black Composers Concert, as part of celebrating Black History Month. The married couple spoke with The Daily Texan about this year’s concert theme and their musical inspiration.

Theatre alum joins "Hamilton" cast in Broadway debut

Thursday, December 15, 2016
J. Quinton Johnson stars as "Benny" in "In the Heights" in 2014 in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Photo by Lawrence Peart.

J. Quinton Johnson, a former student in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Hamilton.

‘Home, Memory, and Future,’ a three-part exhibition features work from Studio Art’s Nicole Awai

Monday, October 24, 2016   |  Department of Art and Art History
Nicole Awai

Work from Nicole Awai, assistant professor in studio art, is included in “Home, Memory and Future,” a three-part exhibition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute in New York. The exhibition explores the notion of home in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing.

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