Gracelee Lawrence and Ryan Hawk, two graduate students in Studio Art, were named recipients of this year’s UMLAUF Prize. It unusual for two students to win the award, and prize juror Suzanne Deal explains to KUT’s Arts Eclectic how this came to be. Also hear the inspiration behind the students’ work.
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Stephennie Mulder, associate professor of Islamic Art with the Department of Art and Art History wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post with Erica Marie Bsumek, associate professor of American History, on the textual subversion techniques used by Arabic-speaking graffiti artists on the set of the TV series Homeland. Artists hired to adorn the set in Arabic graffiti wrote messages describing the show as racist. Similar strategies were used by Native American actors in 1960s films.
Design Lecturer James Walker reminisces in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on those simple times of his childhood: “rainy days, family gatherings, boredom with endless free time” that opened the door to hours of playing Monopoly with others. As the classic board game turns 80, he fears game consoles and technology will replace the simple joy of passing Go.
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.
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.”
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.”