College of Fine Arts News

Playwright Kirk Lynn Works on "Fixing Troilus and Cressida"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018   |  KUT
a black and white photo of Kirk Lynn

UT Asst. Professor of Playwriting and Directing Kirk Lynn has been fixing Shakespeare plays for years. His Fixing Shakespeare series is essentially his cover versions of some of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, updated for a modern audience while also made to fit into his own theatrical style a little better.  

In Memoriam: Former Art History Professor Terence Grieder

Monday, March 5, 2018   |  Legacy Obituary
 black and white image of Terrence Grieder

At the time of his death, Terence Grieder was Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1961 where he taught until 2000, retiring as a David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor of Art History. 

Student Perspective: Building the Raptors

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Ashton Bennett Murphy works on an animatronic raptor

Ashton Bennett Murphy, a Theatre and Dance major focusing on technical design and production, shares what it was like building the animatronic raptor costumes for the University of Texas production of the play Enron. 

Art History Professor David Stuart's New Interpretation For Aztec Sun Stone Shows It's a Named Portrait

Friday, February 23, 2018
aztec sun stone

Longstanding ideas about the face of one of the most famous works of Aztec sculpture are being challenged by a new theory from a University of Texas at Austin researcher. Art history professor David Stuart argues that the image on the Aztec Sun Stone is more than a calendar or a simple representation of the sun god, but rather a named portrait of the ruler Montezuma II as a “sun king,” dedicated a few years before the arrival of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

Alumnus Rick Church's Historic $12 Million Gift Helps Ensure Longhorn Band's Future

Monday, February 19, 2018
Rick Church shows the hook 'em sign, extending his pinky and pointer finger as horns, in front of a Longhorn band sign

Longhorn band alumnus Rick Church recently made the largest planned gift ever to the Longhorn Band — $12 million, to be exact.He also committed $7 million from his estate to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977. These gifts are in addition to his generous $350,000 pledge to support the Longhorn Band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships. Church’s remarkable generosity to the Longhorn Band and the Cockrell School was motivated by gratitude and appreciation for the people who helped shape his future.

UT Alum Earns Place in Longhorn Band History With $12 Million Donation

Monday, February 19, 2018   |  Austin American-Statesman
Texas longhorn band piccolo players on the field

A graduate of the University of Texas now holds the record for the largest planned donation to the Longhorn Band after gifting $12 million to the program. Rick Church, a 1977 engineering graduate who still plays his tuba in the “X” of the “TEXAS” formation during Alumni Band Day, also committed $7 million from his estate to the university’s Department of Engineering and the Cockrell School of Engineering, and $350,000 to the band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships, the university said.