Department of Art and Art History Facilities

Courtyard Gallery

Located on campus at the university's AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, the Courtyard Gallery presents a wide range of artwork produced by faculty and alumni from the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts.

Past Exhibitions

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Jeff Williams

February 12 – May 2, 2015

Jeff Williams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Plymouth, Michigan. His work questions the relationships between materiality, abstraction, and their correlation to time. He studied at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998, and his Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 2002. From 2006–2008, he was a fellow and artist-in-residence at the Core Program at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He received the Texas Prize from The Contemporary Austin in 2012.  Williams lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Austin, where he is an assistant professor in Sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.

Gathering Ground
Anna Collette

October 2, 2014 – February 6, 2015

Gathering Ground is a series of photographs made in the Onion Creek area of Austin and represent the beginning of Collette's exploration in her new environment as a recent transplant to the city. They capture the staggering beauty of damaged trees following the October 2013 floods in south Austin. Collette leverages her medium to register images narrowly perceptible to normal vision and, consequently, our conception of the natural world.

Anna Collette joined the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in Photography in 2013. Collette received her MFA from the Yale School of Art and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. She lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Anna Krachey

May 1 – September 26, 2014

Anna Krachey was born in 1979 in Nashua, New Hampshire and received her MFA in photography from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Her work has been featured in 15 to Watch: New Art in Austin at Austin Museum of Art, 31 Women in Contemporary Art Photography at Humble Arts Foundation at Affirmation Arts in New York, and Always the Young Strangers at Higher Pictures in New York. Krachey currently lives in Austin, where she is a lecturer in photography at St. Edwards University and a member of the photography collective Lakes Were Rivers.

Dueling Dualisms
John Yancey

February 13 – April 25, 2014

Born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, IL, John Yancey received his BFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980. After receiving the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship in 1991, Yancey attended Georgia Southern University where he received his MFA. Yancey relocated to Austin in 1993 to join the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. He served as the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 2005–2011 and holds the John D. Murchison Regents Professorship in Art.

Process Drawings
Beili Liu

September 12, 2013 – February 7, 2014

Beili Liu was born and raised in China. Liu received her MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2003 and joined the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Liu received a Distinction Award at the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, the Walter and Gina Ducloux Fellowship in 2011, and a University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.

Works on Paper
Thuy-Van Vu

April 25 – August 30, 2013

Thuy-Van Vu was born in Phoenix, AZ. She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin in 2006, where she was a recipient of the David Bruton, Jr. Graduate Fellowship. Vu's work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad.

Interim Whimsey
Lee Chesney

January 31 – April 19, 2013

Associate Professor Chesney received his BFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1969 and his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1972. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in competitive and invitational exhibitions throughout the world.

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Susan Whyne

September 13, 2012 – January 25, 2013

After receiving her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in 1968, Associate Professor Whyne moved to the Bay Area where she received an MA in painting from San Francisco State University. She joined the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas in 1977. She was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1980 and 1989 as well as a Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 1994.

An Inquiry Concerning
Colin Doyle

April 26 – August 31, 2012

Colin Doyle was born in Dallas, Texas in 1988. He received BAs in Studio Art and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. In 2011 he was nominated for the George Mitchell Award and in 2010 he received the Zelman Endowed Scholarship. After he graduated from UT, Colin started Myna Studio Co-op, a space designed to help young artists maintain their practice. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Sarah Canright: Watercolors
Sarah Canright

February 2 – April 20, 2012

Sarah Canright received a BFA in painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. Canright was included in 1974 Whitney Biennial and had solo exhibitions at the Pam Adler Gallery and Franklin Furnace. In the course of her career, she has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts grants and has held numerous teaching positions before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Most recently, Canright had a solo exhibition at the CUE Art Foundation in New York (fall 2011).

Vast Hedge / Vestige
Dan Sutherland

September 15, 2011 – January 27, 2012

Dan Sutherland is a professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Sutherland has exhibited work throughout the US including in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth. He is currently represented by Moody Gallery in Houston and David Shelton Gallery in San Antonio.

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Karri Paul

May 5 – September 2, 2011

Karri Paul received her M.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008, a graduate certificate from the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1999, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1998. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her writing has appeared in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, Boston Review, Fence, Poetry International, and elsewhere. She founded The O. Press, which produced a number of limited edition letterpress broadsides and artists' books. Paul has taught for a number of institutions including the Maryland Institute, College of Art and Johns Hopkins University. She currently teaches at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Life Lines
Sandra Fernández

February 3 – April 28, 2011

Assistant Professor Sandra C. Fernández, an Ecuadorean-American artist, received her B.S. and M.F.A. in art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She studied printmaking techniques at ‘Taller Tres en Raya’ in Madrid, Spain. She has received New York Foundation for the Arts grants and was selected for the Pan-am Public Art Project: Art without Borders, Women's Pavilion in Buffalo New York. Her awards include the Women of color Slide Portfolio: Hispanic national Juried Project, and the participation in the SERIE Project, a Latino Arts organization based in Austin, Texas. Fernández's works are held by private, public and corporate collectors, including the Kohler Art Library in Madison, Wisconsin, Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, France, The Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana in Quito-Ecuador, the Mexic Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, among others.

Four Letter Words
Michael Mogavero

September 9, 2010 – January 27, 2011

Michael Mogavero received his M.F.A. from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. Since that time his solo exhibitions have been held at the Holly Solomon, Ruth Siegel & Oscarson Siegeltuch Galleries in New York, Galerie Six Freidrich in Munich, Germany, and Galerie Corinne Hummel in Basel, Switzerland. Group exhibitions include “200 years of Drawing” (a survey of drawing in the last two centuries) at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and “Back to the USA” (a survey exhibition of contemporary American art which traveled throughout Europe). Public collections of his work include AT&T, The Prudential Insurance Company, the Walker Art Center, and the Princeton University Art Museum.

Jennifer Chenoweth

May 13 – August 27, 2010

Jennifer Chenoweth has an MFA degree in studio art from The University of Texas at Austin, an MA degree from the “great books” program at St. John's College, and a BFA degree in painting and sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. Chenoweth has exhibited work in numerous places, including, most recently, the Red Dot Art Fair in London, the Bridge Art Fair in Miami, Art Santa Fe, Art City Austin, Art Night Austin, and the East Austin Studio Tour. Inspired by the four elements (earth, water, air and fire), her flowing wall installation for Wayfinding will create a unique topography that utilizes the full length of the gallery space and includes such unique media as ink drawings on rice paper, torch-cut metal, dripped paint, and repeating, spiraling cones cast in plaster.

Green Space / Outer Space
Leslie Mutchler

February 4 – May 7, 2010

Leslie Mutchler, assistant professor and area head of 2D Foundations in the Department of Art and Art History, has created a new series of digital collages that are culled from catalogue glossies such as IKEA, West Elm, and Pottery Barn to create both fictional and real realms focusing on the current use and misuse of ‘green space’ and ‘outer space.’ By rethinking the model of efficient, built and controlled environments, Mutchler's collages present these relevant environments in favor of commodity and purchase power, without the restriction of waste. Mutchler was recently awarded the John D. Murchinson Fellowship in Art, the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in the Arts Fellowship, and the Creative Research Grant, all from University of Texas at Austin. Mutchler's work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the country, including ones at the Crane Arts Center in Philadelphia, the Harvey Gallery at Miami University in Ohio, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City, and the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee. She has been included in a series of group exhibitions at venues around Texas, including Cactus Bra in San Antonio, dberman Gallery in Austin, and Box13 Art Space in Houston.

New Work from Carmel, CA
Kenneth Hale

September 1, 2009 – January 29, 2010

Hale received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. His paintings, prints, and drawings have been widely exhibited and collected. One-person exhibitions have been held in numerous cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bangkok, Madrid, Dallas, San Francisco, Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Professor Hale's prints are represented in collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, the Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, the Atlantic Richfield Collection, the American Airlines Collection, the McNay Art Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth.

Synchronicity of Color
Margo Sawyer

January 24 – May 9, 2009

Margo Sawyer received her MFA from the Yale University sculpture program in 1982. She is a Professor of Sculpture/Studio Art in the MFA program at The University of Texas at Austin. Sawyer was part of the collaborative team, headed by San Francisco landscape design firm Hargreaves Associates and architect Larry Speck of Page Sutherland Page Architects to design a new park in downtown Houston, called Discovery Green. Sawyer created four site-specific works for the park that integrate art and architecture entitled Synchronicity of Color.

Tracing: Images of Italy
Lawrence McFarland

September 29, 2008 – January 10, 2009

Lawrence McFarland received his MFA from the University of Nebraska in 1976 and is a William and Bettye Nowlin Endowed Professor in Photography in the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded three NEA fellowships (1978–79,1984–85, and 1990–91) and a Friends of Photography Ferguson Grant. His photographs are in numerous collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, among others. He has worked on several documentary projects including the Central Arizona Cannal Project creating a body of work to help document and preserve the endangered sacred land of the Navajo tribe. Most recently he has produced a series of panoramic images in the American West and Italy.

Broken Gold
Jonathan Faber and Barry Stone

May 14 – August 28, 2008

The phrase ‘Broken Gold’ is borrowed from the pawnshop's marquee. Like pieces of broken gold rendered down and returned to elemental forms, Jonathan Faber and Barry Stone's exhibition, Broken Gold, is a synthesis of drawings and photographs poured in together to create one unbroken visual idea. Jonathan Faber graduated from the UT Austin MFA program in 2003 and is currently a Lecturer at both the University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University in Georgetown. Barry Stone graduated from the UT Austin MFA program in 2001 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography in the College of Art and Design at Texas State University–San Marcos.