Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Professors in Art Education Publish New Book, Are Honored by Texas Art Education Association

Wed. October 12, 2016

Dr. Paul Bolin
Dr. Paul Bolin, editor of Revitalizing History and 2016 TAEA Distinguished Fellow

The last academic conference on the history of art education was held at The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. In 2015, recognizing a dearth of scholarship in historical research among visual arts educators, assistant chair of The University of Texas at Austin’s Art Education Program Dr. Paul Bolin and his colleagues Dr. Ami Kantawala (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Dr. Mary Ann Stankiewicz (The Pennsylvania State University) organized the first conference on the history of art education held in the last two decades. Research submitted to the conference, “Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History,” would later give rise to the forthcoming publication, Revitalizing History: Recognizing the Struggles, Lives, and Achievements of African American and Women Art Educators.



 

Edited by Bolin and Kantawala, Revitalizing History recognizes the historical role that many overlooked individuals—particularly African Americans and women—have played in the field of art education, and acknowledges the importance of history and historical research in this digital age. “The history of art education, similar to the traditional canon of art history, has been dominated by white men like Walter Smith,” remarked Bolin. “My colleagues and I felt that an introduction, or a re-visitation to the contributions of other art educators on the periphery of our historical view would challenge our field with new and more complex stories that are yet in the making, and provide a platform to sustain a vibrant culture of groundbreaking scholarship in art education. The papers submitted from faculty and researchers across the US has proven this point.”

Historical inquiry forms the foundation for much research undertaken in art education. While traversing paths of historical investigation in this field visual art educators may discover undocumented moments and overlooked or hidden individuals, as well as encounter challenging ideas in need of exploration and critique. In doing so, history is approached from multiple and, at times, vitally diverse perspectives. Revitalizing History hopes to generate conversations through publication that will encourage more interest in histories of art education, but also more sophisticated and innovative approaches to historical research in this field. Contributors to the publication include Art Education assistant chair Dr. Christina Bain and lecturer Dr. Heidi Powell, in addition to five former graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Education Program.

Heidi Powell
Dr. Heidi Powell, contributor to Revitalizing History and recipient of Higher Education Division Outstanding Art Education Award

Bolin’s commitment to pioneering scholarship in the history of art education, advancement of the field, and his long-term contributions to the work of the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) have earned him the distinct honor of being inducted as a TAEA Distinguished Fellow at the association’s fall conference this November. Additionally, Dr. Heidi Powell will be awarded the TAEA Higher Education Division Outstanding Art Education Award that goes to the nominated individual who has significantly contributed to the field of art education on the state, local and national levels.

 


 

Teresa Hubbard Presents Work in Multiple Exhibitions This Fall

Wed. October 5, 2016

hands playing piano
still from House with Pool, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

Currently on sabbatical and completing a studio residency in Berlin awarded by the Aargauer Kuratorium, Photography Professor Teresa Hubbard will have her work with collaborator Alexander Birchler exhibited in multiple exhibitions this fall.

From October 6, 2016 – February 4, 2017, The State Museum for Art and Design Nuremberg, Germany will be exploring contemporary frontiers in film and video art. Hubbard and Birchler’s Single Wide will be shown in the month of December. Other artists included in the exhibition are Johan Grimonprez, Julian Rosefeldt, Stan Douglas and others. 

Also in October, the National Gallery in Prague’s Moving Image Department will commence its 6th Chapter: Inner Lives (Of Time), exhibiting the work of Hubbard and Birchler. The sixth chapter of the Moving Image Department concentrates on two parallel and complementary themes – the (inner) architecture of time and the architecture as a vehicle of a (real and imagined) temporality. The works gathered in “The Inner Lives (Of Time)” are reveries and as such, oscillating between the states of dreaming and waking, they express the psychology of both time and architecture, and their influence upon (mainly female) protagonists’ conscious and sub-conscious acts and the actions' flow. From the trance films of the American avant-garde filmmaker and film theorist of the 1940’s and 1950’s, Maya Deren through a cinematographic masterpiece, “House with Pool” (2004) by American-Swiss filmmakers Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler down to the structural poetry of Czech artist Markéta Othová’s photography and the poetic structure of Austrian artist Josef Dabernig’s already iconic Montage-System, the exhibition loops the stories in a search for a cinematic truth and magic. 

The exhibition will be on view October 5, 2016 – January 15, 2017
 

Beili Liu Featured in the 2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, Weaving & We

Mon. October 10, 2016

blue fiber art piece
 
In September 2016, Hangzhou–an ancient silk and global city–held the second Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art. Once again an international dialogue has been created between disciplines, geographies and people.  The Triennial stages this dialogue from a fiber art’s perspective both chronologically and on a grand scale.

In 2013, the first Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art attracted over 150 thousand visitors and artists from more than 16 countries. For the first time audiences in China had an opportunity to learn about modern fiber art. At the time of the Second Hangzhou Triennial the G20 Summit will take place. Running concurrently, these two international events will run in parallel.  Two global visions converge together with the creative vitality of the art works on display.
 
The second Triennial has a distinctive theme, “Weaving & We”, a starting point for curators and artists.
 
“Weaving” is a special practice. It is embedded in narrative. It tells stories that combine a history of textile labor and production with human experience. It tells these stories with raw materials and advanced technology. Technology changes at a fast pace and so too does the perception of weavers around the world, as individuals, groups and regions.
 
The exhibition has four sections which represent the research of curators. The artists selected echo Weaving & We from a numbers of different positions and perspectives.
 

Type Hike: Exhibition Trek across the US

Fri. October 7, 2016


Centennial poster design by James Louis Walker

Type Hike, a collaborative design project organized by David Rygiol and Design lecturer James Louis Walker, will be publicly exhibited starting this December in Poler stores across the U.S. The project involves 60 designers and typographers, including University of Texas alumni Jolie Durand (B.F.A. in Design, 2016), Zachary Weiland (B.S. in Advertising, 2016) and Lauren Dickens (B.F.A. in Design, 2011).
 

Centennial poster design by Jolie Durand
Centennial poster design by Jolie Durand

Each designer has created a unique design for a park they love in celebration of the National Parks Service centennial this year. Exhibitions of the 60 works will begin in Laguna Beach, California and Portland, Oregon before appearing in other cities such as Charleston, Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, and Austin during 2017.

To see more designs and read more about the project, visit typehike.com or follow along on instagram @typehike.

Art and Art History Faculty Invited to Guest Lecture around the World

Thu. October 13, 2016

Design program Assistant Chair Carma Gorman
Design program Assistant Chair Carma Gorman

Design associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of Art and Art History’s Design Division Carma Gorman, Studio Art professor Michael Smith and Art History associate professor Dr. Penelope Davies have each been invited to give lectures in their specialty areas this fall.

In early October, Gorman gave a lecture called "What's American About American Design?" at the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, and the University of Richmond. Gorman proposes a new way of defining "American design," identifying some of its distinctive traits, and argues that the national peculiarities of U.S. design are in many cases direct responses to the globally anomalous characteristics of U.S. laws and standards.

Associate Professor Penelope Davies
Associate Professor Penelope Davies

Associate professor Davies gave a paper at The Alternative Age of Augustus conference in Cuma, Italy. Her paper, titled “Augustus’ Urban Renewal: Visionary or Derivative?”, challenges the characterization of Augustus as a visionary (e.g Favro 1998). Davies argues for the role of Republican government in preventing a unified building urban ‘program’, and the reluctance of those magistrates charged with construction to commit themselves to far-reaching public building policies. The change of urbanistic approach, she contends, came not with Augustus but with Julius Caesar.

Transmedia Professor Michael Smith
Transmedia Professor Michael Smith

Transmedia Professor Michael Smith will be speaking alongside Brandon Zech, Assistant Editor at Glasstire, at Artpace in San Antonio about the changing role of the artists and the artist as curator. As the two identities have become increasingly linked, there is a fluidity in a what role you take in the art world. The discussion hopes to parse out how this came to be.

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