College of Fine Arts News

Austin elementary school named after professor who founded UT photography program

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Russell Lee

An elementary school in Central Austin will open its doors this month with the new name of Russell Lee Elementary School. The namesake is the famed photographer and founding professor of the photography program in what was then the Art Department in 1965. Lee (1903–1986) was a social documentarian and artist best known for his documentary photography for the U.S. Farm Security Administration between 1936 and 1942.

Theatre and Dance advisor recognized for dedication to students

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Mark-Anthony Zuniga

Mark-Anthony Zuniga, associate academic advisor to students in the Department of Theatre and Dance, was awarded the University of Texas at Austin chapter of the Academic Counselors Association’s Dedication to Students Award.

Art History Professor Emeritus recounts her life from France to Texas

Tuesday, July 26, 2016   |  Austin American-Statesman
Denise Schmandt-Besserat

A mother of three who decided to go back to school, Denise Schmandt-Besserat went on to discover the origins of writing. Get to know this Department of Art and Art History Professor Emeritus through a beautiful profile by Austin American-Statesman’s Michael Barnes.

Theatre’s Charlotte Canning awarded NYU’s Joe Callaway Prize

Wednesday, July 20, 2016   |  New York University

New York University has awarded the Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theater to University of Texas, Austin Professor Charlotte Canning for her On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). 

Landmarks adds work of two artists to new Dell Medical School campus

Thursday, July 7, 2016   |  Landmarks
Marc Quinn, Spiral of the Galaxy, 2016. Reproduced by permission of Sotheby’s. Courtesy of Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin.

Landmarks, The University of Texas at Austin’s public art program, announces two significant additions: the recent acquisition of Marc Quinn’s 2013 sculpture, Spiral of the Galaxy, to be unveiled in September 2016; and the commission of O N E E V E R Y O N E, a community-based photography project by Ann Hamilton (January 2017). Both works will be installed at the university’s Dell Medical School and are funded through a percent-for-art allocation that sets aside 1- to 2-percent of capital improvement projects for the acquisition of public art.

Board of Regents honors Theatre professor for teaching excellence

Friday, June 24, 2016   |  University of Texas at Austin

Andrew Carlson, clinical assistant professor of performance as public practice in the Department of Theatre and Dance, was one of 11 UT Austin faculty selected for the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. 

Graduate student spends summer at the Smithsonian Institute

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Veronica Rivera Negron

Originally from Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Theatre and Dance Graduate Student Verónica Rivera-Negrón is off to do a fellowship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Rivera-Negrón is working on the project “Commemorating the Centennial of the Jones Act: Research and Programming,” under the Latino Museum Studies Program. The Jones Act is the legal document that declared Puerto Ricans United States Citizens in 1917.