The College of Fine Arts is represented in the nominations and honorees for the Austin Critics Table Awards through the exceptional work of students, faculty and alumni.
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.
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.
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.
Pflugerville Independent School District commemorated Luis “Chico” Portillo (B.M., Music Education, 1987) by renaming the Connally High School Performing Arts Center in his honor.
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.
The Alcalde honored Charles Carson, associate professor of musicology in the Butler School of Music, in their Texas Ten list of outstanding university faculty. The honorees are selected from alumni nominations and narrowed down by the alumni magazine.
Victoria Marquez came to UT with a love of painting murals. She collaborated with the Butler School of Music to create an abstract mural that pushes her own art skills while also beautifying the music building.
The College of Fine Arts will recognize three undergraduate students for excellence during their time at UT Austin.