College of Fine Arts News

Butler Alum Shines on Mother Falcon’s National Tour

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mother Falcon photo by LeAnne Mueller

Music alumna Diana Burgess joined Mother Falcon before graduating high school. Now fresh out of The University of Texas at Austin, the cellist is on tour with the indie-pop band to promote the release of their third album Good Luck Have Fun.

Theatre Professor’s Play Selected for Humana Festival

Wednesday, November 18, 2015   |  Actor's Theater of Louisville
This Random World at Humana Festival

Playwriting and Directing Professor Steven Dietz’s play This Random World was selected for the 40th season of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. This is his fifth play to be featured in the internationally recognized event, scheduled for March 2 through April 10, 2016.

Butler School of Music Student Connects with Austin Community Through Guitar

Monday, November 16, 2015   |  The Daily Texan
Travis Marcum in The Daily Texan

Travis Marcum, Music Education Ph.D. Candidate with the Butler School of Music, was featured by The Daily Texan for his outreach within the Austin community. He serves as the education director for Austin Classical Guitar Society and also works with the Lullaby Project, which pairs expectant mothers with songwriters to produce a lullaby for the baby.

On view in the Dean's Office: Designs of the Theatre

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Twelfth Night

Before opening night, designers undertake a long process to create the visual aspects of the production the audience will see on stage. The scenery, lighting and costume design are meticulously planned by members of the creative team. Visit the Dean's Office to see the work of graduate students who work behind-the-scenes in the Department of Theatre and Dance's Design and Technology program. The collection includes theoretical projects from studio classes and realized designs for plays and dance concerts produced on campus, such as this semester's productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Wild Party.

Art History Professor Wins Hamilton Book Award

Tuesday, November 10, 2015   |  Department of Art and Art History
Stephennie Mulder Hamilton Book Award

Associate Professor Stephennie Mulder’s book on medieval Syrian shrines took the $10,000 top prize at the 2015 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards. Announced Nov. 2, Mulder is the fifth recipient connected to the College of Fine Arts to receive the university-wide award.

Art Professor featured in New York Times Style Magazine

Thursday, November 5, 2015   |  The New York Times Style Magazine
Troy Brauntuch in NYT Style Magazine

About 40 years ago, Painting and Drawing Professor Troy Brauntuch experienced a flash of “big-shot” fame. New York Times Style Magazine looks at his rise to stardom in the late 1970s and his departure from the New York City art scene a decade later. A selection of Brauntuch’s work from that late ‘70s period of his career is on view at the Petzel Gallery through Jan. 9.

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.