Gay Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1977) dedicated her career to advertising. But recently she has returned to painting and reignited her passion for art, beginning with the landscapes and skyscapes of her Central Texas ranch. In April, Gaddis presents her work in a solo exhibition in New York City.
College of Fine Arts News
Design junior Whitney Chen spent a fairy-tale week in January at the Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters to compete in a college design competition. The team from The University of Texas at Austin included Chen and three engineering students/alumni and took second place at the 25th Imaginations Design Competition.
The Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’is and the Architecture of Coexistence by Stephennie Mulder won Iran’s Book of the Year World Award and inclusion in the ALA Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles.
An exhibition co-curated by John R. Clarke, professor of Art History, and Elaine K. Gazda, entitled Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii, opened Feb. 19 at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has launched the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies to equip creative students with technological skills for the 21st-century economy. The center will facilitate the creation of new works and inventions that explore, expand and transform the arts and technology.
Theatre Assistant Professor Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and Theatre Studies senior Andrew Valdez are featured in Teatro Vivo’s Austin Latino New Play Festival. Both wrote plays for young audiences, which will be read during the festival Feb. 25-27.
San Francisco-based opera composer Jake Heggie discusses his work and his weeklong residency at the Butler School of Music with the Austin American-Statesman.
UT’s Visual Arts Center Director Jade Walker (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2005) has a solo exhibition “Four Cornered” on view at Texas State University through March 10. We caught up with Walker recently to ask her about “Four Cornered.”
A joint exhibition between M.F.A. candidates from UT Austin and the Rhode Island School of Design was reviewed by Glasstire. “A Sponge & A Sigh,” on view at the Museum of Human Achievement through Feb. 22. A second part of the exhibition will highlight different works by the students in Providence in March.
Chicago’s American Theater Company named Will Davis (M.F.A., Directing, 2013) its new artistic director. Davis, 33, is a New York-based director and choreographer, who will move to his new gig in the Windy City this fall, reports the Chicago Tribune.