The high school musicians are honing their skills at the first-ever Longhorn Summer Mariachi Camp at the University of Texas this week.
College of Fine Arts News
Hidden Skyspace on the horizon for University of Texas: James Turrell spreads the dazzling lights love
With a fall opening date looming just on the horizon for the James Turrell Skyspace, the Austin project has flown under the radar in recent months as an unprecedented level of national media attention highlighted three national retrospectives.
Paul Olefsky, a cellist celebrated for his rich tone, impeccable musicianship and commitment to the work of contemporary composers had taught at Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin since 1974.
The US Embassy Welcomes Secretary of State John Kerry to UT Austin's Mesoamerica Center in Guatemala
Kerry was accompanied by members of the U.S. Embassy and representatives from UT Austin including Jack Risley, chairman of the Department of Art and Art History; David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center and a professor of art history; and students studying abroad at Casa Herrera from the university’s College of Education.
Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of this enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization. COFA's David Stuart started a blog for scholars and amateurs.
For Isaac Gomez, theatre is not merely entertainment, it’s a life-changing event. Gomez, who recently won a George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence is a double major in theatre and dance and journalism.
Dr. Michael Thomas, codirector of the Oplontis Project leads a team that discovered a wine "ngociant" outside Pompeii.
Dr. Michael Thomas, codirector of the Oplontis Project near Pompeii and director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii. He and his team have been freshly appraising two Oplontis villas, mostly excavated in the 1970s and '80s but never fully studied.
William Craver, BFA in Drama 1952, MFA in Drama 1956 will receive a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.
Congratulations to William Craver, who will receive a Tony Honor on June 9. He has worked on more than 50 Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. He has been Associate Producer of a CBS-TV mini-series, a feature film released by Columbia Pictures and co-Producer of a Movie of the week for CBS.
Turk Pipkin to Keynote the College of Fine Arts Commencement Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin Spring 2013
Writer, actor and filmmaker Turk Pipkin will be the speaker for the COFA Spring Commencement held in Bass Concert Hall on May 17, 2013.
"Turk Pipkin is an inspiring example of a successful artist who has shown the energy and creativity to give back in socially conscientious ways. He's a fine example of what COFA would aspire to for our graduates of 2013 and beyond," said Douglas Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
Pipkin is a co-founder of the global education nonprofit The Nobelity Project and the director of three feature documentaries about global problems and solutions - Nobelity, One Peace at a Time and Building Hope. A SXSW Audience Award winner, Building Hope tells the story of the Nobelity Project's partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area's first high school. In addition to his work on film for The Nobelity Project, Turk also oversees the nonprofit's partner projects in Kenya, Nepal, Honduras and the U.S., and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum of Social Entrepreneurs.
Turk is also the author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson. The film version of his novel When Angels Sing, starring Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Connie Britton, had a world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Fest. Turk's work as an actor includes The Alamo, Friday Night Lights, Waiting for Guffman and a recurring role in HBO's The Sopranos.
“Three generations on each side of our family dating back to the 1930's attended UT,” said Pipkin. “They went on to become doctors, professors, lawyers, investment bankers, artists and filmmakers - we've spanned it all. Nowourdaughter Katie Rose Pipkin is graduating with a BFA from the College of Fine Arts this year and our daughter Lily who is enrolled to begin Plan II next fall.”
Past COFA commencement speakers have included UT alumni Barbara Smith Conrad, celebrated MET opera singer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest.
The World Premiere of MAD BEAT HIP & GONE at Zach Theatre - written and directed by Steven Dietz, Theatre & Dance's playwriting professor
MAD BEAT HIP & GONE opens April 3 at Zach Theatre, written and directed by Steven Dietz, the most-produced playwright in America and playwriting professor from Theatre and Dance. The work was co-commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts.