Rafael Davila treats preparation for an understudy role as if he were going on stage. That discipline paid off last month, when the Butler Opera Center alumnus took the stage of the Metropolitan Opera with just over an hour’s notice.
College of Fine Arts News
Professor Emeritus Paul Hatgil was named a 2016 Distinguished Alumnus from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The award was given in Boston with an exhibition of his work and hundreds in attendance. During his tenure of 34 years at The University of Texas at Austin, Hatgil instructed more than 2,000 students in the art of ceramics, sculpture and two- and three-dimensional design in the Department of Art and Art History.
If you are heading to South by Southwest this year, don’t miss these alumni, faculty and students participating in various areas of the festival.
Dance Repertory Theatre’s spring concert Momentum was reviewed by the Austin Chronicle. The review described the concert, which reflected on the influence of African American culture on contemporary dance, as “diverse in aesthetic and focus, mostly cohered in a highly physical, emotionally urgent offering.”
David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center in the Department of Art and Art History, discussed his passion for Mayan history with NBC Dallas as related exhibition opens at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Ethnomusicology professor Stephen Slawek created the Svaranjali Ensemble with the aim of exposing UT students to the rich cultural heritage of classical Indian music. He shared how this is also a deeply personal experience for him with The Daily Texan. The story also includes an illustration by Visual Art Studies student Madi Beavers.
The New York Times’ T Magazine addresses the importance of the 1980s “Pictures” artists in today’s image-saturated environment. Studio Art Professor Troy Brauntuch is one of the artists of this movement.
Doreen Lorenzo, executive director of the Center for Integrated Design, discussed with the Austin American-Statesman how the program is integrating design thinking into undergraduate curriculum by plugging industry professionals and techniques into the the classroom.
Artist Yael Kanarek discussed with The Daily Texan her week as The Foundry’s first artist-in-residence.
Yevgeniy Sharlat, associate professor of composition and music theory at the Butler School of Music, was selected by Kronos Quartet to compose a new string quartet piece in celebration of music group’s 50th anniversary. It is part of the larger project, Fifty for the Future.