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.
College of Fine Arts News
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.
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.
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).
Meet two Design undergraduates interning in New York City this summer.
Visit the Dean’s Office this summer to see albums and compositions recently released from faculty in the Butler School of Music.
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.
Several students from the Butler School of Music took top prizes at guitar competitions across the country.
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.
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.