College of Fine Arts News

Studio Art Graduate Students Earn Recognition from Austin’s UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

Thursday, September 10, 2015   |  The Daily Texan
Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence photographed by the Daily Texan.

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.

Art History professor weighs in on Islamic art destruction in Syria

Tuesday, September 8, 2015   |  International Business Times

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.

Butler Alum Named Director of Korean National Opera

Friday, August 28, 2015   |  Korea JoongAng Daily

Hak Min Kim (D.M.A. opera directing 2009) has been named director of the Korean National Opera in Seoul, Korea. This position is one of the most important arts positions in the country and comes at a time when opera is gaining a strong audience in Korea. Kim had established himself as the premier opera director in Korea prior to being named to the National Opera and is also an associate professor of theater and film at Kyung Hee University.

Five Longhorns on TV This Fall

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Marcia Gay Harden in Code Black

Looking for a new show to get hooked on this fall? See five shows featuring former Longhorns from the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Whether it’s drama, comedy or family-friendly, there is a little something for everyone. 

Artist Nancy Rubins’ sculpture for Landmarks featured in video

Sunday, August 2, 2015   |  artnet

Discover what went into the creation of Landmarks’ large-scale sculpture, Monochrome in Austin from artist Nancy Rubins during a video by artnet and GalleryLOG. Located at Speedway and 24th streets, the towering silver sculpture is comprised of 70 canoes and small boats.

Texas Standard interviews professor about research in performing arts audience engagement

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   |  The Texas Standard

Department of Theater and Dance Professor Francie Ostrower describes the specifics of her $3.5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation with KUT’s The Texas Standard. The research will explore both how organizations get audiences through the doors of performing arts organizations and how to keep them coming back.

Professor discusses audience engagement research with The Alcalde

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   |  The Alcalde

Department of Theater and Dance Professor Francie Ostrower discussed her $3.5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation with The Alcalde. Her research will focus on audience participation and engagement with 26 performing arts organizations as they combat a decline in attendance.

Art and Art History professor’s exhibition reviewed in the New York Times

Tuesday, July 28, 2015   |  The New York Times

The New York Times reviewed an exhibition by Michael Smith, a studio art professor in Art and Art History, on display at Manhattan’s Green Neftali Gallery through Aug. 14. Reporter Martha Schwendener describes Smith’s work as an “artistic response to the insanity of ‘adult’ society.”

Design Institute for Health featured on Texas Exes’ The Hook

Tuesday, July 28, 2015   |  The Hook

Texas Exes dedicated an episode of The Hook to the Design Institute for Health, a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the Dell Medical School. While the medical school is a year away from opening, Director Stacey Chang discusses how the institute is already hard at work.