The Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank drew strong emotions for audiences despite its well-known storyline. Austin Chronicle reviewer Shanon Weaver writes that “every element demands attention and respect.”
College of Fine Arts News
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.
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.
Learn about the reinvention of medical education through Fast Company magazine’s look at the Dell Medical School. Part of that innovation includes a partnership with the College of Fine Arts on the Design Institute for Health.
Fine Arts Diversity Committee offers grants to support diversity programming in the College of Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Diversity Committee (FADC) is pleased to announce a new initiative, funded through dedicated funds from the Provost’s Office, to encourage cross-college collaboration on diversity and inclusion through sponsorship of distinguished visitors to the UT campus and College of Fine Arts (COFA).
This fall, graduate students in the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Design and Technology program created projection and set design for UT President Fenves’ inauguration.
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.
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.