College of Fine Arts News

A new musical by the 'Urinetown' team is born on the 40 Acres

Wednesday, December 11, 2013   |  The Austin Chronicle

Tony Award-Winning Duo Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s new project, a subversive zombie musical was commissioned by True Love Productions. Kotis, Hollmann, and director Sean Daniels tapped into the talents of University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Lyn Koenning and Natasha Davison and their students to workshop the musical this fall.

Emily Ballew Neff has been appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Monday, November 4, 2013   |  The University of Oklahoma

Emily Ballew Neff, a distinguished curator of American art and the art of the American West, and the founding Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, pending approval by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Rituals of Rented Island, Performance Art at the Whitney

Thursday, October 31, 2013   |  The New York Times

A new exhibition at the Whitney takes a look at performance art’s beginnings and includes works by Art and Art History Professor Michael Smith. Check out the slide show.

Digital arts convergence focus of new UT program

Wednesday, October 30, 2013   |  Austin Business Journal

The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts has appointed Bruce Pennycook  as director of the digital arts program that will include courses in art, art history, dance and music. Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said the new program is being created to address the blurring of artistic disciplines using different multimedia technologies. 

Blanton Museum Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Train Future Curators

Wednesday, October 30, 2013   |  The University of Texas

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $504,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial fellowship program to help train future museum curators. In collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts, the Blanton will pilot an innovative and rigorous program for art history doctoral students.

If You Build It on Public University Campuses, 1 Percent Must Be Public Art

Thursday, October 24, 2013   |  The New York Times

James Turrell unveiled his newest Skyspace at the University of Texas at Austin. It was financed through a percent-for-art policy, which direct a small percentage, typically 1 percent, of the budgets of campus construction projects to public art. Such policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions.

Our Country's Good

Wednesday, October 23, 2013   |  The Austin Chronicle

As staged by UT, this drama of convicts making theatre in colonial Australia is fascinating to watch.