College of Fine Arts News

Kimbell Art Foundation to Receive 2017 Doty Award from UT’s College of Fine Arts

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Kimbell Art Foundation will receive the 2017 E. William Doty Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The college will also honor jazz pianist Helen Sung (B.M., 1993, M.M. 1995) with the E. William Doty Distinguished Alumna Award and playwright Meghan Kennedy (M.F.A., 2011) with the E. William Doty Young Alumna Award.

Dance Professor Yacov Sharir Donates Archive to Fine Arts Library

Thursday, December 1, 2016   |  UT Libraries
Professor Yacov Sharir

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.

Visual Arts Studies student takes second place in university research contest

Tuesday, November 22, 2016   |  School of Undergraduate Studies
an adult and child look at art on the wall while holding their hands in the air

Julia Caswell, visual arts studies senior and Intellectual Entrepreneurship pre-grad intern, took second place in the university’s Undergraduate Research Showdown, held Nov. 15 by the School of Undergraduate Studies. She presented her research into new strategies for digital engagement for museums through audio walks.

Vanessa Paumen discusses her work as a curator at Belgium museum

Tuesday, November 22, 2016   |  Department of Art and Art History
Vanessa Paumen

Vanessa Paumen (B.A., Art History, 1997) is a curator at the Groeningemuseum in Belgium. She recently answered questions about her work, her interest in the subject of law and justice and the advice she has for students interested in becoming curators.

‘Warrior Chorus’ promotes sharing stories between veterans and civilians

Wednesday, November 16, 2016   |  Life and Letters
Bart Pitchford stands wearing an Army uniform.

Led by Army veteran and Theatre Ph.D. candidate Bart Pitchford, “The Warrior Chorus – Humanities in Action” uses classic literature to engage veterans with their communities and to open up new dialogues about war, conflict, comradeship, country family and politics.

Russell Lee remembered as Austin names elementary school in his honor

Monday, November 7, 2016   |  The Alcalde
A man sits in a windowsill in a famous photo by Russell Lee.

As the founding photography professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Russell Lee left his mark on the program and his students. The Alcalde looks back on the famed photographer’s legacy as the Austin Independent School District names an elementary school in his honor.