College of Fine Arts News

Training encourages, honors campus diversity

Friday, October 9, 2015
Graduate students Lauren Hanson, Angelica Sibrian, Nora Karakousoglou, Natashia Lindsey, Abimbola Adelakun, and Jess O’Rear train to become facilitators of the Inclusive Classrooms Seminar.

The College of Fine Arts partnered with the university’s Office for Inclusion and Equity within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to offer four Inclusive Classrooms seminars for 50 graduate students to create spaces where diversity is encouraged and respected.

Join the Fine Arts Library on Oct. 22 for Faculty Book Swap and Discussion

Friday, October 9, 2015   |  Fine Arts Library
Fine Arts Library Crosstalk

The Fine Arts Library is hosting a twist on the familiar faculty book reading with recently published faculty authors from the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Theatre and Dance. “Crosstalk” features six authors at various points in their careers, reading from one another’s recent books to place them in context of the field of theatre/dance/performance studies. The format is expected to open some interesting dialogue between professional colleagues who have intersecting interests, knowledge and experiences.

Art History Ph.D. Candidate Receives $20,000 Fellowship

Monday, September 28, 2015   |  Department of Art and Art History
Jessamine Batario

The Dedalus Foundation awarded Jessamine Batario, a doctoral candidate in Art History, a $20,000 Dissertation Fellowship for 2015–2016. Batario’s dissertation, “The Art and Intellectual History of Byzantine Modernism,” seeks to establish the significance of a “Byzantine Modern” art history alongside other narratives of modernism and to contribute to the discipline’s recent evaluation of institutional periodization.

Celebrate Michael Ray Charles' New Work for Landmarks at the Opening Reception and Q&A

Friday, September 11, 2015   |  Landmarks
Michael Ray Charles, (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations, 2015. Photo by Paul Bardagjy.

Landmarks, the university’s public art program, will celebrate its latest installation: (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations by artist Michael Ray Charles on Oct. 15. Suspended in the atrium of the Gordon-White Building at 24th Street and Whitis Avenue, the sculpture features hundreds of crutches assembled into interconnected forms. A Q&A with the artist will be followed by a reception with music, food and drinks. The event is free to the public with advance registration.

Studio Art Graduate Students Earn Recognition from Austin’s UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

Thursday, September 10, 2015   |  The Daily Texan
Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence photographed by the Daily Texan.

Austin’s UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum honored Studio Art graduate students Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence with an annual prize. After a decade of individual winners, this was the first year for two students to earn recognition. The Daily Texan spoke with both recipients about their work, which is on display at the sculpture garden through Nov. 8.

Art History professor weighs in on Islamic art destruction in Syria

Tuesday, September 8, 2015   |  International Business Times

As the Islamic State continues to wage war in Syria, the country’s ancient heritage sites have become cultural battlegrounds. Last month the terrorist organization posted photos online of one of Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old temples Unesco World Heritage Site burning. Department of Art and Art History’s Stephennie Mulder, an associate professor of Islamic art and architecture, spoke with International Business Times on the impact of the loss of such historical sites.