College of Fine Arts

Houston Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock Begins Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residency Feb. 22

Monday, February 19, 2018   |  Glasstire
modern artwork with colorful acylic and mixed media on canvas.

Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will join the University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History as the spring 2018 artist-in-residence. The residency will take place from February 22-March 9, and March 19-April 6, 2018, with lectures on Thursday, February 22 and Wednesday, March 28. During this time he will also engage with UT students through studio visits and seminars.

UT Alum Earns Place in Longhorn Band History With $12 Million Donation

Monday, February 19, 2018   |  Austin American-Statesman
Texas longhorn band piccolo players on the field

A graduate of the University of Texas now holds the record for the largest planned donation to the Longhorn Band after gifting $12 million to the program. Rick Church, a 1977 engineering graduate who still plays his tuba in the “X” of the “TEXAS” formation during Alumni Band Day, also committed $7 million from his estate to the university’s Department of Engineering and the Cockrell School of Engineering, and $350,000 to the band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships, the university said.

Alumnus Rick Church's Historic $12 Million Gift Helps Ensure Longhorn Band's Future

Monday, February 19, 2018
Rick Church shows the hook 'em sign, extending his pinky and pointer finger as horns, in front of a Longhorn band sign

Longhorn band alumnus Rick Church recently made the largest planned gift ever to the Longhorn Band — $12 million, to be exact.He also committed $7 million from his estate to the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977. These gifts are in addition to his generous $350,000 pledge to support the Longhorn Band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships. Church’s remarkable generosity to the Longhorn Band and the Cockrell School was motivated by gratitude and appreciation for the people who helped shape his future.

Why Students From All Majors Need to Know Design Thinking

Monday, February 12, 2018
students surround a table filled with yellow post-it notes in the school of design and creative technologies

Assistant Dean Doreen Lorenzo, director of the School of Design and Creative Technologies and the Center for Integrated Design, believes design thinking is a way of approaching problems that can help in any field. That's why students from any major at the university can take design-thinking classes through the Center for Integrated Design. 

Pakistani Musicians, Butler School of Music Faculty to Perform at SXSW

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
Singers and musicians from the U.S. and Pakistan on stage

Every year, artists of all genres travel from far and wide to perform at South by Southwest. One of these groups, Sangat, is a multicultural and transnational music ensemble that consists of members of the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Butler School of Music. Sangat’s name is Sanskrit for “a coming together."

Associate Professor Roxanne Schroeder-Arce Awarded Educator of the Year

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   |  Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc.
Associate Professor Roxanne Schroeder Arce

Associate Professor of Theatre Education (UTeach Theatre) at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance  Roxanne Schroeder-Arce is given the Texas Educational Theatre Association's Higher Education Teacher of the Year award. 

Sole Female Jazz Major Wants Women Back in History Books

Tuesday, February 6, 2018   |  The Daily Texan
Sarah Millgan, with blonde hair and wearing a pink shirt, playing the saxophone outside

Women were restricted from jazz during prohibition because it was considered underground and dirty, Sarah said. Playing instruments was not considered ladylike or sexy, so women weren’t welcomed into jazz until the 70s and 80s. Sarah said she thinks the lack of records on women jazz musicians before then is a problem because young female musicians don’t know who to look up to.

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