Alumni Spotlight

Cat Quintanillas Presents Solo Exhibition at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   |  City of Austin
Cat Quintanillas

Cat Quintanillas (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1980) presents a solo exhibition of sculptures, photography and block prints at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Friday, January 25. "Por Fin: Impresiones y Expresiones de Mexico" ("At Last: Impressions and Expressions of Mexico") reflects the artists focus on a future that is diverse and rich with her culture as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant. Many of her stone carvings reflect her personal and artistic journey to Guanajuato, Mexico to reconnect with her Mexican culture. Cat also reflects after a life of service in Austin that has included leadership roles such as serving as councilwoman and mayor of the City of Sunset Valley, Texas.

Jonas Criscoe Presents Work in Two Person Exhibition at ICOSA

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   |  ICOSA Collective
Jonas Criscoe arrows artwork

Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2006) presents work in When Everything's Been Said, a two-person exhibition at ICOSA in Austin, Texas, that explores the illusion of direction and the indeterminacy of visual language. (photo: The Downs, 12 x 18 x 3, silkscreen and encaustic on a panel, 2018)

Warren Craghead Releases Second Portrait Book, "TRUMPTRUMP Vol 2"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   |  Retrofit Comics
Trump portrait sketch book

Warren Craghead (M.F.A., Studio Art, 1996) has released his second portrait sketch book, TRUMPTRUMP Vol 2, a collection of daily "grotesque" portraits of Donald Trump, through Retrofit Comics and Big Planet Comics. 

Ali Fitzgerald Releases Graphic Memoir, "Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories From a New Europe"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   |  Hyperallergic
Ali Fitzgerald

Ali Fitzgerald (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2007) has released her new graphic memoir, Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories From a New Europe. An American expat in Berlin, Fitzgerald began running art workshops for refugees in 2015, and her book looks at their current difficulties as they seek and struggle for safety.

Natalia Ancisco's Artwork Included in Recently Released Book, "New Art, New Markets"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019   |  Lund Humphries
New Art New Markets book cover

Natalia Anciso (B.A. Studio Art, 2008), and her artwork are included in the recently released book, New Art, New Markets (Lund Humphries), written by art scholar, Dr. Iain Robertson, Head of Art Business Studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. The book surveys emerging art markets throughout the world. The author references Anciso and connects her work and her Tejano heritage with both Mexican and Texas history. 

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.