Pflugerville Independent School District commemorated Luis “Chico” Portillo (B.M., Music Education, 1987) by renaming the Connally High School Performing Arts Center in his honor.
Spotlight on Teaching
A group of Art Education graduate students traveled to Guatemala to participate in community art-making as part of Easter Holy Week celebrations.
Julia Caswell, visual arts studies senior and Intellectual Entrepreneurship pre-grad intern, took second place in the university’s Undergraduate Research Showdown, held Nov. 15 by the School of Undergraduate Studies. She presented her research into new strategies for digital engagement for museums through audio walks.
Paul Bolin, assistant chair of the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Education Program, co-edited the book “Revitalizing History: Recognizing the Struggles, Lives and Achievements of African American and Women Art Educators.” Bolin and his co-editor Ami Kantawala were honored during a recent conference of the Texas Art Education Association.
The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Mentorship Program announced 25 Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Awards for fall 2016, including Fine Arts student Anyssa Flores, Visual Arts Studies senior.
Alumnus M. Scott Tatum discusses his first year as an assistant principal in an arts magnet school, and how his Theatre Studies education continues to shape his career.
Art Brownlow (D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, 1994) was selected as a recipient of the University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016. Brownlow has taught for over 30 years in higher education, currently as Professor of Music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Q+A with Shaun Lane, selected as TAEA Leadership Scholar and awarded NAEA New Professional Art Education Award
Shaun Lane (B.F.A. in Visual Art Studies, 2014) was selected as a 2016 Leadership Scholar by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) and has been awarded the New Professional Art Education award from the National Art Education Association (NAEA). He answered questions by email.
Launched in fall 2013, Arts Integration for Multidisciplinary Connections is an arts-based course taught by four co-instructors who represent each of the art forms: dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts. Approximately 40 undergraduates from the College of Education and other disciplines complete the course each semester.
The College of Fine Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust have formed the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative to focus on integrating fine arts education and technology. The initiative is a project-based, ﬁne arts curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional ﬁne arts education and digital media.