Studio Art Professor and Director of First Year Core Program Beili Liu has been awarded a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans through the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Art and Art History
UT Assistant Professor Nicole Awai has created work for a project called "New Monuments for New Cities," a public art exhibition in which artists were asked to imagine new monuments. Their designs, on posters or on renderings that will be projected, will travel to five cities in the United States and Canada next year, to be displayed in industrial reuse spaces. The works will travel to Houston, Austin, Chicago, Toronto and New York.
Assistant Professor Nicole Awai has a had busy year full of travel and making new work as she has split time between her home and studio in New York, an artist residency in New Orleans and in Austin, where she teaches painting in the Studio Art division in UT's Department of Art and Art History.
In October 2018 Linda Dalrymple Henderson, the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History, received a Leonardo Pioneer Award for her “inspiring work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology.” The award was given by the journal Leonardo on its 50th anniversary in a ceremony at the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Technologies at the University of Texas at Dallas, the home institution of Leonardo editor Roger Malina.
The student-run design agency wkrm (pronounced work room), located in the University of Texas at Austin's College of Fine Arts, helps prepare students for post-college life.
Studio Art Professor Jeff Williams has completed a massive installation, 17,000 ft² of Shade at Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR), an artist residency program building awareness about sustainability through art in Philadelphia. During his time as a former resident artist for RAIR in 2016, Williams’ utilized RAIR’s heavy equipment and waste materials creating various sculptures made out of car hoods and concrete barrier blocks.
Dr. Andrea Giunta, CLAVIS founding director and Fellow of the Chair in Latin American Art History and Criticism at UT Austin, has been named the chief curator of the 12th edition of the Mercosur Biennial on October 10, 2018. The contemporary art exhibition will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from April 9 to July 5, 2020, at the Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, the Memorial do Rio Grande do Sul and the Santander Cultural.
Studio Art Professor Margo Sawyer's work will be displayed in the public spaces and guest rooms of the Lancaster, the historical and newly re-opened art hotel in Houston.
Professor Linda Henderson will talk at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in a lecture titled, "Visions of Space and Matter: Hilma af Klint in Her Occult/Scientific Context" on October 12, 2018. Henderson is set to speak, along with an international roster of speakers, to discuss theosophy and other esoteric belief systems’ impact on 20th century development of abstraction in both the United States and Europe, and how it connects with af Klint’s work.
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the appointment of MacKenzie Stevens as its new director. Stevens joins the VAC from the Hammer Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles where she was part of the curatorial team for four years. As the director of an experiential, public-facing curatorial laboratory at UT Austin, Stevens will be responsible for providing vision and programmatic leadership in her new role at the Visual Arts Center. Stevens begins her new role on Oct. 1, 2018.