Celebrating Diversity in Fine Arts

Houston Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock Begins Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residency Feb. 22

Monday, February 19, 2018   |  Glasstire
modern artwork with colorful acylic and mixed media on canvas.

Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will join the University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History as the spring 2018 artist-in-residence. The residency will take place from February 22-March 9, and March 19-April 6, 2018, with lectures on Thursday, February 22 and Wednesday, March 28. During this time he will also engage with UT students through studio visits and seminars.

Pakistani Musicians, Butler School of Music Faculty to Perform at SXSW

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
Singers and musicians from the U.S. and Pakistan on stage

Every year, artists of all genres travel from far and wide to perform at South by Southwest. One of these groups, Sangat, is a multicultural and transnational music ensemble that consists of members of the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Butler School of Music. Sangat’s name is Sanskrit for “a coming together."

Sole Female Jazz Major Wants Women Back in History Books

Tuesday, February 6, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
Sarah Millgan, with blonde hair and wearing a pink shirt, playing the saxophone outside

Women were restricted from jazz during prohibition because it was considered underground and dirty, Sarah said. Playing instruments was not considered ladylike or sexy, so women weren’t welcomed into jazz until the 70s and 80s. Sarah said she thinks the lack of records on women jazz musicians before then is a problem because young female musicians don’t know who to look up to.

He came to study computer science, but his love for dance brought him to COFA

Thursday, February 1, 2018
A headshot of UT student Sam Olayiwola

The dance studies senior from Mansfield, Texas didn’t always have his sights set on the big stage. A first-generation college student, Olayiwola originally came to UT Austin to study computer science, but it wasn’t until he aced his first computer science classes that he realized it wasn’t his dream. 

Award Winning Producer Speaks on Experiences in Hollywood

Tuesday, January 23, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
A black and white image of Debra Martin Chase, hollywood producer

Debra Martin Chase, award-winning producer of films such as “The Princess Diaries” and “The Cheetah Girls,” told UT students that she was motivated to create diverse roles for women because she didn’t see many people who looked like her on the screen.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards Texas Performing Arts $500,000 to support "The Power of Protest: Arts and Civil Disobedience"

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Performing Arts and Academic Collaborative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (TPA) to support The Power of Protest: Arts and Civil Disobedience, a series of performances, artists’ residencies, lectures, and community conversations over a three-year period through August 2021. This is the third award TPA has received from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2011, bringing total support of TPA programming to $1,350,000.