College of Fine Arts News

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.

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.

Two COFA Units Come Together for ‘Musical Frankenstein Masterpiece’

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   |  Texas Monthly
Frankenstein

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.

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.”

Printmaker and Artist Visits Print Program, Works With Students on Project

Monday, October 19, 2015   |  The Daily Texan
Elizabeth Corkery in the Daily Texan

Artist and Printmaker Elizabeth Corkery spent a week with the Department of Art and Art History’s Print Program as an artist in residence. Corkery lectured and completed a project for exhibition with the help of students. One student spoke to The Daily Texan about the community-like atmosphere behind the project.

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.

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