Past Events

AET Grad School Information Session

Oct 19, 2018

Students in Arts and Entertainment Technologies are invited to attend an AET Graduate School Information Session.

Location: The Foundry, Third Floor in Fine Arts Library in DFA

Industry Insights with J.E. Johnson & Karen Maness of Texas Performing Arts

Oct 19, 2018

J.E. Johnson is Scenic Studio Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts and an instructor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. Johnson specializes in an emergent pedagogy to create safe, dynamic learning environments to unleash student creativity and capability. He has enabled a generation of inexperienced students to fabricate professional quality scenery for over 100 productions. He has adapted his approach for the K-12 classroom to teach children how to construct functioning clocks, automata, and large scale Rube Goldberg machines with the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars and the Austin Tinkering School. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Ready, a consulting and educational product company which has trained teachers to bring hands-on, project-driven learning into K-12 classrooms from Texas to Hawaii. Johnson has also served as a fabricator and consultant for feature films, startups, and international sculptors.

Karen L. Maness is the principal instructor of scenic art, figurative painting, and co-instructor for practical effects classes for the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre & Dance. She is the Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts, directing the scenic art execution of all Department of Theatre and Dance, and Butler School of Music Opera productions. She has worked extensively in regional theatre, themed attractions, industrial display, film. Ms. Maness studied studio art and set design at Whittier College in Los Angeles, CA and continued her studies at Cobalt Studios in White Lake, NY, and The Florence Academy of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in private collections worldwide. Ms. Maness is a proponent of digital analog fluidity for artists and hands-on, project-based, interdisciplinary team collaboration. Ms. Maness is the co-author of the award-winning The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, the definitive behind-the-scenes history of one of Hollywood’s most closely guarded cinematic secrets—painted backdrops and the scenic artists who brought them to the big screen. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop received the USITT Oscar G. Brocket Golden Pen Award (2018), and the University of Texas at Austin Cohen Hamilton Faculty Literary Award- Runner-Up (2017).

Location: DFA 1.1.04

Ragamala Dance Company

Oct 18, 2018

Admission: $10.00 - $40.00
Location: Bass Concert Hall (Map)

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Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century

Oct 18, 2018

Americans have long viewed marriage between a white man and a white woman as a sacred union. But marriages between African Americans have seldom been treated with the same reverence. This discriminatory legacy traces back to centuries of slavery, when the overwhelming majority of black married couples were bound in servitude as well as wedlock, without legal protections. After emancipation, white racism continued to menace black marriages. Recognition of the right of African Americans to enter into wedlock on terms equal to whites would remain a struggle into the Jim Crow era, and its legacy would resonate well into the twentieth century. 

Tera W. Hunter is the Edwards Professor of History and Professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of two award-winning books: Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017) and To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1997). She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, The Root.com, WashingtonPost.com, Christian Science Monitor.com, Ebony.com, (among others) and has been interviewed on National Public Radio. 

Location: RLP 1.302B (Map)

A New Menil? Reflecting on Art, Space, and Legacy as Curator of Collections

Oct 18, 2018

After being ‘off view’ for several months, the Menil Collection’s Renzo Piano building reopens on September 22 with entirely new gallery layouts and installations of artworks consisting exclusively of the permanent collection and promised gifts. Paul R. Davis addresses the collaborative curatorial and art historical process of working with the Menil’s permanent collection of nearly 17,000 objects, spanning the prehistoric to the present day, and generating new gallery displays for the arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, the Americas, and ancient to early modern Europe. 

Paul R. Davis joined the Menil in 2014 as Curator of Collections and oversees the Menil’s permanent collection of art from Africa, the Pacific Islands, the Americas, the ancient world, and medieval to early modern Europe. Before coming to the Menil, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His research focuses on the visual arts and cultures of French-speaking West Africa between the 18th and 21st century. His research on Malian visual art during colonial and post-independence eras has been published in Africa in Europe: Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century (University of Liverpool) and Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. His exhibition projects include Victor Forestier Sow: A Pioneer Malian Painter (2014), Affecting Presence and the Pursuit of Delicious Experiences (2015), and ReCollecting Dogon (2017). 

Location: ART 1.120

Info Session: Professional Development Travel Initiative

Oct 18, 2018

This info session will provide students with tips on applying for the Professional Development Travel Initiative Grant. The PDTI grant provides up to $700 per student for short-term group travel to professional development opportunities.

Location: DFA 1.1.04

Tips & Tiffs: Networking 101

Oct 17, 2018

Our Tiffs & Tips series features workshops for CoFA students on practical topics ranging from job searching to creating a resume to financial management. Come and enjoy freshly baked Tiff’s cookies while enhancing your professional development skills.

Location: DFA 1.1.04

Symphony Band

Oct 17, 2018

Headed by Director Joshua Gall, Symphony Orchestra presents a program with pieces by David Maslanka, Jan Van der Roost, Patrick Schulz, Aaron Meacham and Eric Whitacre.

Admission: Free
Location: Bates Recital Hall

Drawing and Inquiry: Core Lecture by Christine Garvey

Oct 17, 2018

This Core Lecture series talk, introduced by drawing faculty and Assistant Professor of Practice Christine Garvey, will look at drawing as a powerful language of questioning. From the first recorded marks of cave paintings, to Galileo’s drawings of the moon, these examples and others will help us consider the uniquely-human impulse to draw what we see, and drawing's evolution as a tool for expression and inquiry. Garvey will share her approach to drawing in her own work, including her 2016 Fulbright research at Florence's La Specola museum.

The AAH Core Program is a year-long experience that transforms individual incoming students into a connected community of aspiring artists, art historians, and art educators. The AAH Core Program’s purpose is to afford students in all degree programs — Art History, Studio Art, and UTeach Art — a primer in technical proficiencies and conceptual competencies to assist in their eventual entry into the various professional fields of visual art.

Location: ART 1.102

University Orchestra

Oct 16, 2018

This concert program features Ralph Vaughan Williams's Overture to "The Wasps," Maurice Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales​​​​​​​ and Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”

Admission: Free
Location: Bates Recital Hall