George Flaherty, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, has been named as the new director of Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), a physical and intellectual hub at The University of Texas for the advanced understanding of modern and contemporary art from throughout the Americas.
College of Fine Arts News
The University of Texas at Austin has released a digital edition of The Collections, the first encyclopedic account of the university’s repository of cultural artifacts. With more than 170 million objects, the university outpaces the largest collections in America and rivals many in variety and importance. Available for free download, the broad distribution of the e-book and searchable PDF enables worldwide access to the university’s distinguished collections.
Charles O. Anderson, associate professor and head of the Dance program in the Department of Theatre of Dance, received the college’s Distinguished Teaching Award for his contributions as an educator and artist. Formally recognized at the College of Fine Arts 2017 spring commencement ceremony, he will receive a monetary prize and is invited to present the keynote address for the 2017 winter College of Fine Arts commencement.
Marianne Gedigian, professor of flute in the Butler School of Music, was announced as a 2017 inductee into the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
Three of the four 2017 Roy Crane Awards for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts went to students within the College of Fine Arts. Dance and economics senior Sofia Aranha, graduate theatre student Jacqueline Heimel, and music composition doctoral candidate Alex Heppelmann were all honored in this year’s category of performing arts. To be considered, students must be nominated by a faculty member.
Public Art Dialogue turns its attention to public art on college campuses in its most recent volume. Alongside thoughtful contributions from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and authors from the University of Leeds, PAD features an interview with Andrée Bober, director of Landmarks at The University of Texas at Austin. Conducted by Amanda Douberley, the interview traces the formation of the Landmarks collection and provides a framework for successful public art programs.
The University of Texas at Austin mourns the loss of world-renowned mezzo-soprano and alumna Barbara Smith Conrad (B.M., Music Studies, 1959), whose distinguished career has touched the lives of audiences around the world. Conrad died from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease on May 22.
Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies Director Bruce Pennycook was named the 2017 recipient of the Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies for his leadership, design and creativity in undergraduate programming.
Beili Liu, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, was named 2018 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist by the Texas Legislature.
The Austin American-Statesman highlights the latest play by Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Drama, 1975) that will be performed at Brockett Theatre in August. “Building the Wall,” is set in West Texas two years into the future and will be directed by Brant Pope, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.