College of Fine Arts News

Art History Professor Wins Hamilton Book Award

Tuesday, November 10, 2015   |  Department of Art and Art History
Stephennie Mulder Hamilton Book Award

Associate Professor Stephennie Mulder’s book on medieval Syrian shrines took the $10,000 top prize at the 2015 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards. Announced Nov. 2, Mulder is the fifth recipient connected to the College of Fine Arts to receive the university-wide award.

Art Professor featured in New York Times Style Magazine

Thursday, November 5, 2015   |  The New York Times Style Magazine
Troy Brauntuch in NYT Style Magazine

About 40 years ago, Painting and Drawing Professor Troy Brauntuch experienced a flash of “big-shot” fame. New York Times Style Magazine looks at his rise to stardom in the late 1970s and his departure from the New York City art scene a decade later. A selection of Brauntuch’s work from that late ‘70s period of his career is on view at the Petzel Gallery through Jan. 9.

Questions about the college? Now is your chance to Ask the Dean

Tuesday, November 3, 2015   |  College of Fine Arts Facebook
Ask the Dean

Hey students! Ever wonder about how the college stocks its vending machines? Or what resources are available to help you write an arts-focused resume? Worried how construction in the library could impact your study space? Dean Doug Dempster is ready to answer students’ questions about the College of Fine Arts.

To send a question to the dean, go to the college’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use #AskCOFADean. Answers will post online by the end of the semester.

UMLAUF Award Recipients Discuss Their Works

Monday, November 2, 2015   |  KUT Arts Eclectic
Murmurs at UMLAUF Sculpture Garden

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.

Art History Professor Co-pens op-ed for Huffington Post on ‘Homeland’ Graffiti

Friday, October 30, 2015   |  Huffington Post

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.

As Monopoly turns 80, Design Lecturer James Walker Remembers Life’s Simpler Times

Friday, October 30, 2015   |  Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Monopoly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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.

University students collaborate to win poetry award, bring together art and science

Friday, October 30, 2015   |  The University of Texas at Austin
As Above, So Below

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.

Grant Supports Creation of Makerspace in Fine Arts Library

Thursday, October 29, 2015
The University of Texas Libraries hosts a maker demonstration event at the The Perry-Castañeda Library on campus. A creative makerspace is expected to open in the Fine Arts Library in fall 2016. Photo courtesy of University of Texas Libraries.

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.

Fine Arts Offers First Online Course with Award-Winning Art History Lecturer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Senior Lecturer Ann Johns records the course trailer for her online class, Survey of Renaissance Through (Post) Modern Art.

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.

Two COFA Units Come Together for ‘Musical Frankenstein Masterpiece’

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   |  Texas Monthly

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.