Houston businessman and producer Allen Becker will receive the 2016 Doty Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The Doty Award, now in its 21st year, honors individuals who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary professional achievement and/or demonstrated a dedicated loyalty to the College of Fine Arts. This year, the college will also honor Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
College of Fine Arts News
Meet the three students—representing each of the college’s three academic units—who earned recognition during this December’s graduation ceremony.
Art History Professor Linda Henderson was interviewed by the New York Times for the article, “Space, the Frontier Right in Front of Us.” She discusses some modernist painters’ fascination with the idea of a higher fourth dimension.
Jimmie Vaughan will join the Longhorn Band on Thanksgiving for a halftime show to wrap up a year as the official Texas State Musician for 2015.
The Daily Texan takes a look at Pastelegram, a nonprofit arts organization that publishes multiple online magazines and an annual print edition, all with a focus on often-overlooked materials that influence or contribute to an artist’s work. Fine Arts alumna Chelsea Weathers (M.A., Art History, 2005; Ph.D., Art History, 2013) and Art History graduate students Ariel Evans and Allison Myers edit the magazine, which began in 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Representatives from all three of the College of Fine Arts’ academic units traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in October to collaborate with high schools and programs to encourage more students to pursue higher education in the Fine Arts.