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.
College of Fine Arts News
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.
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.
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.
Between teaching classes and mentoring students, faculty members of the College of Fine Arts find the time to publish books covering a variety of subjects. Stop by the Dean’s Office to learn about 10 books published in the past year.
Hak Min Kim (D.M.A. opera directing 2009) has been named director of the Korean National Opera in Seoul, Korea. This position is one of the most important arts positions in the country and comes at a time when opera is gaining a strong audience in Korea. Kim had established himself as the premier opera director in Korea prior to being named to the National Opera and is also an associate professor of theater and film at Kyung Hee University.
Looking for a new show to get hooked on this fall? See five shows featuring former Longhorns from the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Whether it’s drama, comedy or family-friendly, there is a little something for everyone.
Discover what went into the creation of Landmarks’ large-scale sculpture, Monochrome in Austin from artist Nancy Rubins during a video by artnet and GalleryLOG. Located at Speedway and 24th streets, the towering silver sculpture is comprised of 70 canoes and small boats.
Department of Theater and Dance Professor Francie Ostrower describes the specifics of her $3.5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation with KUT’s The Texas Standard. The research will explore both how organizations get audiences through the doors of performing arts organizations and how to keep them coming back.
Department of Theater and Dance Professor Francie Ostrower discussed her $3.5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation with The Alcalde. Her research will focus on audience participation and engagement with 26 performing arts organizations as they combat a decline in attendance.