College of Fine Arts News

Paul Olefsky, Butler School of Music Professor Emeritus Dies at 87

Thursday, June 6, 2013   |  The New York Times

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 ancient Maya meet the modern Internet

Monday, May 27, 2013   |  The Washington Post

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.

Isaac Gomez - Class of 2013 - What Starts Here Changes the World

Sunday, May 12, 2013   |  University of Texas at Austin

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.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013   |  The Wine Spectator


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.

Turk Pipkin to Keynote the College of Fine Arts Commencement Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin Spring 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 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.