College of Fine Arts News

Dance student honored with Texas Exes’ leadership award

Wednesday, March 15, 2017   |  The Alcalde
Sofia is snapping her fingers and smiling

Dance junior Sofia Aranha was one of six university students honored with the Texas Exes President’s Leadership Award. Featured in The Alcalde, this multi-talented student is double-majoring in economics and is part of the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

George Flaherty awarded the Arvey Foundation Book Award for 'Hotel Mexico'

Monday, March 13, 2017   |  Association of Latin American Art
George Flaherty holding his award-winning book

The latest book by George Flaherty, assistant professor of art history and co-director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies, was awarded the Arvey Foundation Book Award from the Association for Latin American Art during its annual business meeting at College Art Association last week.

Bart Pitchford looks at modern representations of military veterans in theater

Monday, March 13, 2017   |  American Theatre
An actor portrays a service member on stage

Bart Pitchford, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance, writes in American Theatre magazine about the representations of post-9/11 veterans in a new canon of plays. With an emphasis on psychological trauma, the article questions whether this helps or hurts a service member’s reentry to civilian life.

Paul Hatgil named distinguished alumnus at his alma mater

Thursday, March 9, 2017   |  Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Paul Hatgil sits at a table holding a cane

Professor Emeritus Paul Hatgil was named a 2016 Distinguished Alumnus from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The award was given in Boston with an exhibition of his work and hundreds in attendance. During his tenure of 34 years at The University of Texas at Austin, Hatgil instructed more than 2,000 students in the art of ceramics, sculpture and two- and three-dimensional design in the Department of Art and Art History.

Momentum is a “highly physical and emotionally urgent” dance concert

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  Austin Chronicle
Dancers pose on a white background

Dance Repertory Theatre’s spring concert Momentum was reviewed by the Austin Chronicle. The review described the concert, which reflected on the influence of African American culture on contemporary dance, as “diverse in aesthetic and focus, mostly cohered in a highly physical, emotionally urgent offering.”

UT sitarists bring culturally diverse music to Butler School

Friday, February 24, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
An illustration of a man playing a sitar.

Ethnomusicology professor Stephen Slawek created the Svaranjali Ensemble with the aim of exposing UT students to the rich cultural heritage of classical Indian music. He shared how this is also a deeply personal experience for him with The Daily Texan. The story also includes an illustration by Visual Art Studies student Madi Beavers.