Amber Welch, head of technology enhanced learning for the Fine Arts Library, writes about challenges and opportunities they faced in building The Foundry in Texas Libraries magazine. This September, the makerspace will mark its one-year anniversary.
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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.
This summer, the Fine Arts Library will continue to transform its spaces to serve the needs of students in the College of Fine Arts and across the university. This month, contractors will demolish the book stacks and internal walls of the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Library to create large classrooms with adaptable technologies, a high-tech teaching lab, dedicated design studios, a state-of-the-art audio studio, seminar rooms and faculty offices for the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies and the Center for Integrated Design.
New technology available in The Foundry is sparking creativity and expanding opportunity.
Artist Yael Kanarek discussed with The Daily Texan her week as The Foundry’s first artist-in-residence.
This week, The Foundry hosts its first artist as part of the Kirby Attwell Guest Artist Residency Program. New York artist Yael Kanarek joins the maker space of the Fine Arts Library to workshop with students from various College of Fine Arts programs and explore uses for the visualization and production technologies in The Foundry. She will conclude on Friday with a public talk about her work.
The Fine Arts Library has received archives of noted dancer, choreographer, teacher and innovator Yacov Sharir. A faculty member in the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance for almost forty years, Sharir has pioneered the use of new technologies, including virtual reality, intelligent fabrics and interactive systems in performance.
The University of Texas Libraries and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin are launching a new productivity space that will allow users to take ideas and turn them into reality. “The Foundry,” a new maker space set to open in the Fine Arts Library (FAL), will provide tools for pursuing creative impulses and ideas within a space where students can gather to create independently or collaboratively.
The Hearst Foundations have awarded a $200,000 grant to the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies in the College of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin to help create a common makerspace — called the Foundry — where students can create 3-D objects, videos, apps and other creative projects in the digital arts.