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Art and Art History Staff: New Work and Accolades

Thu. June 8, 2017

Faculty and students at the Department of Art and Art History are not the only ones changing the world with the work they do. The department's staff is equally active in the arts, both locally and nationally. Here is a sampling of some of their most recent work and acclaim:

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"World's Greatest", Amber Shields

Amber Shields, photography lab manager, has been named one of the 2017's recipients of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Award for her work, Visions of Johanne. "Visions of Johanne is a meditation on mortality told through photographing the aging process of my grandmother over the last 15 years of her life," writes Shields. "I documented the fear and isolation of aging along with the love and familial connection of a life well lived." The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project. 

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By day, kt Shorb is the Art and Art History Department's graduate coordinator, but also by day (and night) she creates work that enriches the life of theater in Austin with her collaborators at Generic Ensemble Company. Their most recent show, Scheherazade delves into Islamophobia and detention and will run from June 2-17, 2017 at The Vortex theater. KUT Austin's Arts Ecletic program did a feature on the work and The Austin American-Statesman has called it, "timely, necessary piece of political theater." 

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A Routine in Parts, Eric McMaster, two-channel video projection. (Previous work. Not a preview of TEMPO project)

Come the Fall semester, students and the Austin community will have the opportunity to see the work of Fabrication Lab manager and Studio Art Lecturer Eric McMaster in the 2017 TEMPO public art program. TEMPO is a part of the City of Austin's public art repertoire, allowing artists or artist teams to explore a range of themes suitable for the outdoor environment and provide the opportunity to create innovative, thought-provoking artworks that impact the way people experience their environment. District ten will host an exhibition of all TEMPO works during November's East Austin Studio Tour.

Teresa Hubbard Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

Sun. April 30, 2017

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Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) University honored UT Austin Professor Teresa Hubbard and colleague Alexander Birchler with honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts degrees at its 2017 Graduation Ceremony for their outstanding contribution to art and culture. 

When Hubbard and Birchler completed their MFA degrees at NSCAD in 1992, they were the first artists in North America to have earned MFA degrees based entirely on a collaborative practice and collaborative thesis. They continue to see success with this collaborative model of practice, including a recent invitation to showcase their work at the 57th annual Venice Biennale

Karen Cervantes named Teacher of the Year at Zavala Elementary in Austin

Sun. April 2, 2017

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Karen Cervantes (B.F.A. in Visual Art Studies, 2013) was named Teacher of the Year at Zavala Elementary in East Austin. Cervantes’ election to the award came after two rounds of voting among the Zavala Elementary staff.

“I focus on big ideas in my classroom: culture, tradition, identity and play,” Cervantes said. “Some of my most successful projects include a paper quilt inspired by Faith Ringgold and a ‘big idea’ of memory. We also worked on making heroic-identity self-portraits from paper cut-outs and photography influenced by Kehinde Wiley's painted portraits.”

Cervantes credits her incorporation of conceptual content into relatable art lessons to the academic work she completed at The University of Texas at Austin and the teaching of Visual Art Studies professors, Dr. Kara Hallmark, Dr. Christina Bain and Dr. Paul Bolin.  

Professor John Clarke and Oplontis Project Win Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship

Mon. March 27, 2017

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The Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University has awarded a Loeb Classical Library Fellowship to Art History Professor John Clarke and the Oplontis Project. The Loeb Classical Library Foundation awards fellowships to qualified scholars to support research, publication and other projects in the area of classical studies. With the fellowship in 2017-2018, Oplontis Project will continue their work at the site of Oplontis in Torre Annunziata, Italy.


Hotel Mexico awarded the Arvey Foundation Book Award from the Association for Latin American Art

Mon. March 20, 2017

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Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the '68 Movement by George Flaherty

Each year the Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) selects a book representing the best scholarly work published on the art of Latin America from the Pre-Columbian era to the present for the Arvey Foundation Book Award. This year, the selection committee honored Art History assistant professor George Flaherty with that award for his most recent book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the '68 Movement (University of California Press, 2016).

“In his abundantly detailed, thoughtful, and theoretically sophisticated study, Flaherty engages a pivotal episode, the 1968 massacre of 300 student protestors in Mexico City ten days before the Olympics,” said Charlene Villaseñor Black, ALAA Chair, during the award presentation. “Flaherty considers Mexico in 1968 and its cinematic, photographic, and literary afterimages in an analysis of the diverse ways in which the Tlatelolco Massacre is remembered, evoked, and memorialized.”

Flaherty publishes primarily on Latin American and U.S. Latino visual and spatial cultures since 1940, with emphasis on Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His research and teaching interests extend to Cuba, film and media studies, postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of global contemporary art. Hotel Mexico investigates the spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led protest movement in Mexico City and its representation. 

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