College of Fine Arts News

Questions about the college? Now is your chance to Ask the Dean

Tuesday, November 3, 2015   |  College of Fine Arts Facebook
Ask the Dean

Hey students! Ever wonder about how the college stocks its vending machines? Or what resources are available to help you write an arts-focused resume? Worried how construction in the library could impact your study space? Dean Doug Dempster is ready to answer students’ questions about the College of Fine Arts.

To send a question to the dean, go to the college’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use #AskCOFADean. Answers will post online by the end of the semester.

UMLAUF Award Recipients Discuss Their Works

Monday, November 2, 2015   |  KUT Arts Eclectic
Murmurs at UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

Gracelee Lawrence and Ryan Hawk, two graduate students in Studio Art, were named recipients of this year’s UMLAUF Prize. It unusual for two students to win the award, and prize juror Suzanne Deal explains to KUT’s Arts Eclectic how this came to be. Also hear the inspiration behind the students’ work.

Art History Professor Co-pens op-ed for Huffington Post on ‘Homeland’ Graffiti

Friday, October 30, 2015   |  Huffington Post

Stephennie Mulder, associate professor of Islamic Art with the Department of Art and Art History wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post with Erica Marie Bsumek, associate professor of American History, on the textual subversion techniques used by Arabic-speaking graffiti artists on the set of the TV series Homeland. Artists hired to adorn the set in Arabic graffiti wrote messages describing the show as racist. Similar strategies were used by Native American actors in 1960s films.

As Monopoly turns 80, Design Lecturer James Walker Remembers Life’s Simpler Times

Friday, October 30, 2015   |  Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Monopoly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Design Lecturer James Walker reminisces in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on those simple times of his childhood: “rainy days, family gatherings, boredom with endless free time” that opened the door to hours of playing Monopoly with others. As the classic board game turns 80, he fears game consoles and technology will replace the simple joy of passing Go.

University students collaborate to win poetry award, bring together art and science

Friday, October 30, 2015   |  The University of Texas at Austin
As Above, So Below

Three students from the university’s Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy, including the Butler School of Music’s Jeffrey Olson, teamed up with two employees at the College of Engineering to create the poem, As Above, So Below. It won second place in the Department of Energy’s Poetry of Science contest, which challenged teams to convey the wonder of science using poetry inspired by a scientific image.

Grant Supports Creation of Makerspace in Fine Arts Library

Thursday, October 29, 2015
The University of Texas Libraries hosts a maker demonstration event at the The Perry-Castañeda Library on campus. A creative makerspace is expected to open in the Fine Arts Library in fall 2016. Photo courtesy of University of Texas Libraries.

The Hearst Foundations have awarded a $200,000 grant to the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies in the College of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin to help create a common makerspace — called the Foundry — where students can create 3-D objects, videos, apps and other creative projects in the digital arts.

Two COFA Units Come Together for ‘Musical Frankenstein Masterpiece’

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   |  Texas Monthly

To celebrate Halloween, the Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts joined forces to present the 1931 movie Frankenstein at Bass Concert Hall with a live musical score provided by the UT Wind Ensemble. Texas Monthly added the performance to its list of six statewide “must-attend” events of the week.

Fine Arts Offers First Online Course with Award-Winning Art History Lecturer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Senior Lecturer Ann Johns records the course trailer for her online class, Survey of Renaissance Through (Post) Modern Art.

Next spring the College of Fine Arts is encouraging students to attend class in their pajamas and use their cellphones to explore the world of art outside their Instagram feed. Department of Art and Art History Senior Lecturer Ann Johns is offering her popular class ARH 303, Survey of Renaissance Through (Post) Modern Art, as an interactive online course.

Design Institute for Health Digs into Extreme Outliers for Insight

Friday, October 23, 2015   |  Dell Medical School

The bell curve is a common tool for studying a class’s grades, but it also can be used in design methodologies. Design Institute for Health Executive Director Stacy Chang’s current research of extreme outliers aims to inform design for the general population. See his comparisons of health care in Sweden and Kenya at the Dell Medical School’s blog #iHopeDellMed.

Fall Orchestra Concert a “Pleasure Cruise”

Friday, October 23, 2015   |  Austin Chronicle
University Orchestra

Butler School of Music’s University Orchestra kicked off the school year with its fall performance Oct. 13. Austin Chronicle reviewer Robi Polgar described this “maiden voyage” as a “pleasure cruise” with audience-friendly music that offered “earfuls of drama.”