Alumni Spotlight

Lizah Vaillancourt Named Outstanding Art Educator

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Liza Vaillancourt

Recent graduate Lizah Vaillancourt (B.F.A., Visual Art Studies, 2018) will be awarded one of the 2018 Outstanding Art Educator awards in the division of Student of Art Education from the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) during the TAEA annual conference on Nov 9, 2018. 

Steve Parker Wins Tito Prize, Solo Show During E.A.S.T.

Monday, October 22, 2018   |  Sightlines
an image of brass instruments in a sculpture

Steve Parker (D.M.A., Music, 2012) is the recipient of this year’s Tito’s Prize, a $15,000 cash award funded by the Texas vodka company and administered through Austin arts organization Big Medium, who give the winning artist a solo show staged during the East Austin Studio. Initiated last year, the Tito’s Prize is the largest cash prize granted to an Austin visual artist.

Jieun Beth Kim Named New Exhibit Coordinator at the City of Austin Central Library

Monday, October 15, 2018
Jieun Beth Kim

Jieun Beth Kim (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2013) has been named the new exhibit coordinator for the city of Austin's central library. Kim will manage 2700 sq. ft of gallery space while collaborating with outside stakeholders on projects related to the visual arts. Photo by Beck and Hall Photograhy,, @beckandhall

Harrison Butler Named Executive Director at Theatre of Arts Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles

Monday, October 15, 2018   |  Theatre of Arts
Harrison Butler

Harrison Butler (M.F.A., Theatre, 2010) has been named the new executive director of the Theatre of Arts Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles. TOA is the longest continuously running acting conservatory in Los Angeles, located in the heart of Hollywood. Butler is the 14th executive director to be hired in the history of the institution. 

Cosme Flores Cast in Power Rangers: Best Morphers

Thursday, October 11, 2018   |  Broadway World
Cosme Flores

Alumnus Cosme Flores (B.F.A., Acting, 2018) was recently cast as "Ben" in Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, set to air on Nickelodeon in 2019. Featuring an all-new cast of heroes and villains, Beast Morphers will expand the Power Rangers universe with tactical leather suits, 'Beast Bot' sidekicks and elevated battle footage.

Fulbright Scholar Oluwaseun Olayiwola Enrolled in the MFA Choreography at Trinity Laban

Thursday, October 11, 2018   |  Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
Sam Olayiwola

Oluwaseun S. Olayiwola (B.F.A. 2018) is currently a Fulbright Scholar pursuing an M.F.A. in Choreography at Trinity Laban in London, England. As an advocate for the arts and a Nigerian-American artist, Oluwaseun hopes to engage residents with dance during his two years in the program and contribute toward the Nigerian diaspora’s representation in the arts landscape.