College of Fine Arts News

Doreen Lorenzo on integrating design industry into curriculum

Monday, February 20, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman
Doreen Lorenzo sits in her office

Doreen Lorenzo, executive director of the Center for Integrated Design, discussed with the Austin American-Statesman how the program is integrating design thinking into undergraduate curriculum by plugging industry professionals and techniques into the the classroom.

Dance concert celebrates the influence of black culture on modern dance

Monday, February 13, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman
Momentum in Statesman

This week the Department of Theatre and Dance opens the dance concert Momentum, an eclectic group of dances that tell a collection of stories about how African diasporic culture has influenced contemporary dance. Charles O. Anderson, head of the dance program, discussed with the Austin American-Statesman the inspiration and student work that went into creating this unique show.

Butler School alumni to perform in Black Composers Concert

Friday, February 10, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
Artina and Martin McCain pose back to back

Artina McCain (D.M.A. 2011) and Martin McCain (M.M. 2006, D.M.A. 2008) were chosen to perform in the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Black Composers Concert, as part of celebrating Black History Month. The married couple spoke with The Daily Texan about this year’s concert theme and their musical inspiration.

The Foundry welcomes first artist-in-residence Yael Kanarek

Wednesday, February 8, 2017   |  UT Libraries
A woman breaks through a wall as part of an art exhibition

This week, The Foundry hosts its first artist as part of the Kirby Attwell Guest Artist Residency Program. New York artist Yael Kanarek joins the maker space of the Fine Arts Library to workshop with students from various College of Fine Arts programs and explore uses for the visualization and production technologies in The Foundry. She will conclude on Friday with a public talk about her work.

D.M.A. student awarded distinguished Japanese government scholarship

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Nathan Mertens holds a saxophone

Nathan Mertens, current D.M.A. student at the Butler School of Music, was awarded the Monbukagakusho Research Student Scholarship to study in Japan for two years. The fellowship will enable him to do research at Kunitachi College of Music with Masato Kumoi, famed Japanese saxophonist from the Masato Kumoi Sax Quartet. As such, he will be the first American saxophonist to formally study in Japan with this program.

Eddie Chambers discusses the importance of Black History Month

Thursday, February 2, 2017   |  Dallas Morning News
Eddie Chambers

Eddie Chambers, professor in the Department of Art and Art History, makes a case for the importance and relevance of celebrating Black History Month in an opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News.

$5 million gift supports study, performance and creation of American music

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   |  Butler School of Music
A hand strums a guitar

A newly established $5 million endowment will advance the study of music produced by Americans — from roots to jazz to film music to the concert hall — at the Butler School of Music. University of Texas alumnus Richard E. Rainwater (B.A., Mathematics, 1966), a Fort Worth investor and fund adviser, left $5 million in his charitable trust for the Center for American Music.

Crowdsourcing medical data through gaming

Friday, January 13, 2017   |  Austin Chronicle
Paul Toprac and Matt O'Hair study a computer screen.

The Simulation and Game Applications (SAGA) Lab, an R&D initiative of the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies, is testing how crowdsourced data-gathering in mobile game apps can help obtain medical data that would be prohibitively expensive otherwise. 

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