Three students from the university’s Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy, including the Butler School of Music’s Jeffrey Olson, teamed up with two employees at the College of Engineering to create the poem, As Above, So Below. It won second place in the Department of Energy’s Poetry of Science contest, which challenged teams to convey the wonder of science using poetry inspired by a scientific image.
College of Fine Arts News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.