Alumni News

Deanna Miesch

Deanna Miesch opens fine art gallery

Monday, March 29, 2021   |  Lydia Street Gallery

Deanna Miesch (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1991) recently opened Lydia Street Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery located in the East End IBIZ District in Austin. Miesch brings her unique understanding and appreciation of art and artists from her decades of work in the field of Art Therapy and her own art practices to the exhibition’s focus on mid- and late-career artists from Austin and afar. Lydia Street will focus on artists currently living in Austin or who have lived in Austin and have strong ties to the community. Image courtesy of Deanna Miesch

Justin Badgerow

Justin Badgerow debuts first solo piano album

Monday, March 29, 2021   |  Divine Art Recordings Group

Justin Badgerow (M.M., Piano, 2001) recently released his debut solo piano album, Reminiscences of Brazil, with Divine Art Records. The album is available from all streaming sites, Amazon and at Photo by Sam Interrante

Troy Armstrong

Troy Armstrong selected as escape room game designer

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Troy Armstrong (M.M., Composition, 2016) was selected as a game designer for The Escape Game. In this role, Armstrong will create puzzles and challenges for various escape rooms and write the music and sound effects for new products. His most recent work can be heard in the soundtrack and sound effects for The Escape Game’s recently opened in-person game, The Depths.

Michael J Love

Michael Love named Princeton Arts Fellow

Tuesday, March 9, 2021   |  Lewis Center at Princeton University

Michael Love (M.F.A., Performance as Public Practice, 2020), an interdisciplinary tap artist whose work bridges Black queer and Black feminist studies, has recently been named a Princeton Arts Fellow. The two-year fellowship is awarded to prestigious artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise. Photo by Cindy Elizabeth courtesy of Lewis Center Princeton Arts

Ariel Lee

Ariel Lee named in Forbes List of founders

Thursday, February 25, 2021   |  Forbes

Ariel Lee (B.A., Studio Art, 2020) has been named in the Forbes Next 1000 List in the first cohort of 250 founders. This list showcases the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups in every region of the country. Her company Remane offers a platform to identify hair needs for each individual’s hair type to recommend a customizable hair regimen. Photo courtesy of Ariel Lee

Tamara Johnson

Tamara Johnson organizes education-based exhibition program

Wednesday, February 10, 2021   |  Sweet Pass

Tamara Johnson (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2007) has organized Sweet Pass Sculpture Park’s new education-based exhibition program, Sweet Pass Sculpture School. The program consists of a two-week intensive in Dallas, a year-long remote mentorship for research and project development and a concluding exhibition centered at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park. Artists invited to participate will engage in site visits, lectures, screenings, readings and dinners and will meet with local cultural producers, thinkers and experts to collectively explore the city of Dallas and the surrounding region.

Joshua Shank

Joshua Shank uses choral music to raise COVID-19 funds

Monday, February 1, 2021

A new choral work by Joshua Shank’s (D.M.A., Composition, 2016, Musicology, 2019) was performed by 34 choirs in a nation-wide effort to raise money for professional musicians decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The consortium of choirs from 21 states raised more than $10,000 for relief.

Laura August

Laura August becomes 2021 Mellon Arts + Practitioner Fellow

Monday, February 1, 2021   |  Yale RITM

Laura August (Ph.D., Art History, 2012) is a 2021 inaugural Mellon Arts + Practitioner Fellow at Yale's Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration. She will be developing new writing that expands upon one of the exhibitions she curated in 2020. The work, To Weave Blue: poema al tejido, on view from January to April in the Fogelman Galleries of The University of Memphis, was the first exhibition in the United States to center contemporary Maya art and philosophy.

Carlos Rosales-Silva

Carlos Rosales-Silva featured in first solo exhibition

Monday, January 25, 2021   |  Ruiz-Healy Art

Carlos Rosales-Silva (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2017) will be featured in his first New York City solo exhibition at Ruiz Healy Art in Manhattan. The exhibition, Sunland Park, uses landscape and architecture to express changes in artistic and cultural histories throughout time along the border of Texas, Mexico and El Paso.

Kimberly Archer

Kimberly Archer's work presented at presidential inauguration

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Kimberly Archer (D.M.A., Composition, 2003) has been selected by the president’s own Marine Band to compose a new work to be premiered during the presidential Inauguration ceremony. The work, “Fanfare Politeia,” celebrates the traditions of a free and fair election and a peaceful transfer of power. Photo courtesy of Murphy Music Press

Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards promoted at Dallas Contemporary

Wednesday, January 20, 2021   |  Dallas Contemporary

Emily Edwards (B.F.A., Art History, 2015) has been promoted to assistant curator at the Dallas Contemporary. Her latest curatorial project opens in late January alongside a video, titled Doubt & Imagination, created by alumna Ariel Rene Jackson (M.F.A., Studo Art, 2019). Photo by Ariel Rene Jackson

Dawn Davis Loring co-writes a Dance Appreciation textbook to be published this month

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Dawn Davis Loring (B.A., Dance, 1992) co-wrote a Dance Appreciation textbook, along with Julie Pentz, to be published by Human Kinetics this month. Their book comes from an inclusive point of view, discussing differently-abled bodies, highlighting creative and geographical diversity, and it contains a thread of discussion throughout regarding the importance of social media, YouTube, and streaming services on creating, learning, and disseminating dances including a multiplicity of voices. 

Shaun Lane

Shaun Lane featured in virtual seminar

Wednesday, December 9, 2020   |  National Art Education Association

Shaun Lane (B.F.A., Visual Art Studies, 2014) was featured by the National Art Education Association/Professional Learning Through Research Committee in their webinar, Equitable Access: Removing Barriers to Learning in Digital Spaces. 

Mary Paynter

Mary Paynter launches site to provide income relief

Wednesday, December 9, 2020   |  The New Yorker

Mary Paynter (B.A., Art History, 2007) launched the site in the wake of SXSW's cancellation due to the pandemic. The site is a peer to peer mutual aid space that documented the individual losses of gig workers, creatives, freelancers, and contractors from Austin dependent on SXSW for income. The site was profiled and I was featured in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and CNN, among others and has provided $750M in funds. Photo by Ben Sklar

Megan Rabuse

Megan Rabuse stars in online musical production

Wednesday, December 2, 2020   |  Human Resources: The Musical

Megan Rabuse (B.A., Theatre & Dance, 2019) stars in new online production titled Human Resources: The Musical. The work is an internet-based livestream through Zoom and YouTube. Photo courtesy of Human Resources: The Musical

Clare Croft

Clare Croft awarded prize for her work in dance research

Monday, November 23, 2020   |  Dance Studies Association

Clare Croft (Ph.D., Theatre, 2010) has been awarded the 2020 Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for excellence in dance research from the Dance Studies Association, the leading organization in dance studies research. Croft’s work, “Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings,” was commended by the award committee for its boldness in demonstrating and embodying the generative potential of coalitional and collaborative Dance Studies work on queer dance.

Julie Bistolfo

Julie Bistolfo launches business for online baby music

Monday, November 9, 2020   |  Rockin By

Julie Bistolfo (M.M., Music and Human Learning/Music Education, 2017) launched a business for live online baby and toddler music. She has been a credentialed teacher for over 10 years and is using her skills in a new way to create a community during a time of disconnect.

Jocelyn Chambers

Jocelyn Chambers composes music for documentary

Monday, October 26, 2020   |  Chicago Film Festival

Jocelyn Chambers (B.M., Composition, 2017) composed the music for Mama Gloria, a documentary directed by Luchina Fisher. The film premiered on Oct. 14 in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Chambers also spoke on a panel run by the Association of Music Producers focusing on "African American Composers in Advertisement Music."

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