College of Fine Arts News

'El Rey' of mariachi music

Sunday, May 31, 2015   |  Austin American Statesman

Mariachi master and UT Alumni, Zeke Castro helped launch the first mariachi music classes in Austin in 1980. He has inspired generations of students and leads Mariachi Paredes, the mariachi ensemble at Butler School of Music.   

What Does Design Have To Do With Health?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015   |  Dell Medical School

Stacey Chang, Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health, shares in a guest column how design can improve health care. The institute is a partnership between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts.

Game and Mobile Media Applications Program Recognized in Rankings

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program at The University of Texas at Austin was recognized as one of the top schools in the country for game design and development. Animation Career Review, an organization for aspiring animation and game design professionals, ranked the GAMMA Program No. 17 in the country. It was also ranked No. 6 in Public Game Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S. and No. 2 in the Southwest.

Katie Dawson Honored with COFA Distinguished Teaching Award

Monday, May 25, 2015   |  Texas Theatre and Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Katie Dawson has been named the recipient of the 2015 College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award. The college’s most prestigious teaching accolade, Dawson’s contributions as an educator and scholar were formally recognized at the College of Fine Arts spring commencement ceremony. 

In Memoriam: Stephen Gerald

Wednesday, May 20, 2015   |  Texas Theatre and Dance

Stephen Gerald, Department of Theatre and Dance associate professor of acting, globalist theatre practitioner and scholar passed away May 20, 2015.

BBC: Up All Night

Wednesday, May 20, 2015   |  BBC

Associate Professor of Art History Stephennie Mulder speaks with the BBC about the threat ISIS poses to Palmyra, one of the great archeological treasures in the Middle East. (Her interview starts at the 20-min mark.)

UT Board of Regents honors music students

Monday, May 18, 2015   |  The University of Texas System

Five Butler School of Music students received the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities. Flutist Meera Gudipati and the UT Guitar Quartet were honored by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for demonstrating musical excellence and commitment to the arts through participation in university and community activities.

Professor of Art named Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist for 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015   |  Texas Commission on the Arts

Professor Margo Sawyer was honored by the Texas Legislature, along with Jimmie Vaughn and Joe Ely, as the one of the Texas State Artists for 2015-16. Sawyer was recognized for her work in sculpture, which “investigates the relationship between color, space and transcendence.”

Other Worldly: Inside the Virtual Reality Boom

Sunday, May 10, 2015   |  The Alcalde

Graduating senior Esteben Zaldivar, who studied in the Gaming and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) program in the College of Fine Arts, is highlighted in this interactive feature. Zaldivar worked with anthropology professors to design a virtual reality program that explores a prehistoric world.

New Leadership Named for Longhorn Band

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Scott Hanna has been named the new director of the Longhorn Band at The University of Texas at Austin. Hanna has served as the associate director of the band for the past 16 years and also will be promoted to associate director of bands in the Butler School of Music. Ryan Kelly, director of athletic bands and director of the Marching Knights at the University of Central Florida, will serve as associate director of the Longhorn Band and assistant director of bands.