Alumni News

Audrey Bounds

Audrey Bounds becomes director of event booking

Wednesday, September 16, 2020   |  Austin FC

Audrey Bounds (B.A., Music, 2015) has joined Austin FC, The 27th Club in Major League Soccer, as the Director of Event Booking. Photo by Anne Claire Patterson

Andrew Hinderaker

Andrew Hinderaker creates new Netflix series

Monday, September 14, 2020   |  Thrillist

Writer Andrew Hinderaker’s (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2013) new series, Away, is now streaming on Netflix. The space drama follows a woman on the first human-led mission to Mars after leaving behind her husband and daughter. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards curates and commissions newly created video by fellow alumna Ariel René Jackson

Wednesday, September 2, 2020   |  Dallas Contemporary

In January 2021, Dallas Contemporary will open a newly created video by Ariel René Jackson (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2019.  Ariel René Jackson: Doubt & Imagination was commissioned by the show's curator, Emily Edwards (B.A., Art History, 2015). The video debuts a lyrical film essay, combining poetry, memoir and research overlaid with in-camera effects.  Film still courtesy of Ariel René Jackson

Nicole Oglesby

Group of Theatre and Dance alumni collaborate on new radio play

Monday, August 31, 2020   |  Heartland Theatre Collective

A group of alumni from the Department of Theatre and Dance collaborated recently on a new radio play. The creative team for Passage, a radio play by The Heartland Theatre Collective, includes Nicole Oglesby (B.A., Theatre, 2016), playwright and producer, directors Marian Kansas (B.A., Theatre, 2016) and Rosalind Faires (B.A., Theatre, 2015) and writer/performer Will Douglas.

Veronica Boccardo

Veronica Boccardo cast as lead actress in debut acting role

Monday, August 10, 2020   |  Amazon

Veronica Boccardo (B.F.A., Dance, 2017) was cast as the lead actress in her first debut acting work in the short dance film, Ms. Anita. The film has been selected to be streamed as part of the Amazon Prime video platform this year and has won awards at the Accolade Global Film Competition, The IndieFest Film Awards, the 53rd World-fest Houston International Film Festival and the Lift-off Global Network in London and Sydney. The film has been selected for the Lake Travis Film Festival. Photo by Aditya Ali

Gay Gaddis

Gay Gaddis inducted into 2020 McCombs Hall of Fame

Monday, August 3, 2020   |  McCombs School of Business

Gay Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1977 ) has been inducted into the 2020 McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. The award is the highest honor given by the McCombs School of Business recognizing individuals for their outstanding work and contributions to the business and educational community. Gaddis is the founder of The Think Tank (T3), an Austin-based advertising agency and marketing consultancy, which grew to be the largest advertising agency in the country owned by a woman.

Gay Gaddis

Studio Art alumna Gay Gaddis hosts a series of live leadership webinars

Monday, July 13, 2020   |  Webinars

Gay Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1977) is hosting a series of live leadership webinars between July 15 and Aug. 12. The series, “Eating Risk for Breakfast” includes advice found in Gaddis' book, Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business & Life. Gaddis is the founder and CEO of T3, an Austin-based advertising agency.

Sean Meyers

Vanguard Reed Quintet release debut album

Wednesday, June 24, 2020   |  Vanguard Reed Quintet

Sean Meyers (A.D., Woodwinds, 2020) alongside Vanguard Reed Quintet, release a debut album in June. The full-length album, Red Leaf Collection, features six world-premiere recordings of compositions for reed quintet. The ensemble has won Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Second Prize at the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and Honorable Mention at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Photo by Curtis Noborikawa III

Constance Cortez

Constance Cortez receives 2020 Digital Extension Grant

Wednesday, June 10, 2020   |  American Council of Learned Societies

Constance Cortez (M.A., Art History, 1986) received a 2020 Digital Extension Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies for her work "Generative Rhizomes: Extending Digital Discovery of Mexican American Art,” the first national-level digital portal focusing on Mexican American Art.

Tamara Johnson

Tamara Johnson to present Nasher Windows exhibition

Monday, May 18, 2020   |  Nasher Sculpture Center

Tamara Johnson (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2007) is set to present the Nasher Sculpture Center's Nasher Windows exhibition, a new series sited within the Nasher’s entrance vestibule on Flora Street, from May 22 through May 27. As an homage to the Nasher collection, Johnson created a piece titled "Deviled Egg and Okra Column.” The work is a nod to Brancusi’s "Endless Column,” and features a mirroring tower of stacked deviled eggs and pickled okra, cast in resin and spanning the height of the vestibule space. Photo by Trey Burns

Natalie Svacina

Natalie Svacina named 2020 Western Region Museum Education Art Educator

Monday, May 11, 2020   |  National Art Education Association

Natalie Svacina (B.A., Art History, 2006) was awarded the National Art Education Association’s 2020 Western Region Museum Education Art Educator Award. She was recognized for her exemplary contributions, service and achievements. She currently serves at the Education + Residency Director at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas, where she oversees all of HCCC’s educational programming, including hands-on activities, workshops, camps and the artist residency program. Photo by Andrew Buckler

Ruben Balboa

Ruben Balboa accepts new position at Illinois State University

Monday, May 4, 2020

Ruben Balboa (D.M.A., Strings and Harp, 2020) will serve as Instructional Assistant Professor of Viola,  Assistant Director and Master Teacher for the ISU String Project for the 2020-2021 academic school year at Illinois State University.

Roberta Rust

Roberta Rust releases CD and performs recitals

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Anthony Gatto

Anthony Gatto releases two albums

Friday, April 3, 2020   |  New Focus Recordings

Anthony Gatto’s (M.M., Composition, 1991) two newest albums, The Making of Americans and Wise Blood, were commissioned by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and are set for release in July 2020 by New Focus Recordings. The first opera is based on the novel by Gertrude Stein while the second is based on the novel by Flannery O'Connor. Photo by Chris Larso

Andrew Rodriguez

Andrew Rodriguez featured in streaming production from Actors Theatre of Louisville

Friday, April 3, 2020   |  Professional Training Company

Andrew Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2019) will be a featured member of the 2019-2020 Professional Training Company for the play Are You There? This production depicts how technology has revolutionized the way we communicate with each other and can be streamed from the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays. Photo by Jonathan Roberts

Hayley Austin

Hayley Austin to publish her first monograph

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   |  Kris Graves Projects

Hayley Austin (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2009) will publish her first monograph, “The Springs,” with Kris Graves Projects in April 2020. The book is comprised of photographs taken in Las Vegas in 2018 and is a limited edition, with only 250 copies available for pre-sale.

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