Department of Art and Art History News

Karen Woodward Garcia exhibiting at Dougherty Arts Center in Austin

Fri. June 2, 2017

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Alumna Karen Woodward Garcia (B.A. in Art History, 1993) opens a new exhibition of work in June at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin. The exhibition, Work, Play, and Somewhere In Between, includes sculpture in neon, glass and clay, as well as painting, that explores the comical absurdity of everyday life.

Woodward Garcia studied Ancient and Near Eastern art as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin and especially loved her courses with professor emerita Denise Schmandt-Besserat. "I will always remember her lectures on her book and discussions of the intersecrion and interface between writing and art," Woodward Garcia said in response to recollecting her undergradute experience.

However, it was an unexpected decision to take a 3D Design course during her last semester that changed the trajectory of her work in the arts. The course eventually influenced her pursuit of her master's of fine arts degree in Sculpture, which she earned from Washington University. "Since [graduate school] I served as an educator for 10 years and as the chair of the Glass Department at the Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design in St. Louis, MO," said Woodward Garcia. "In 2010 I returned to Austin and now I'm a full time practicing artist. I always wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn't taken that one course."

Work, Play, and Somewhere In Between will be on view from June 1 - July 8, 2017 at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin. 

Nicole Awai presents at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York

Tue. May 16, 2017

Image of a collage piece made with nail polish, acrylic paint and paper
Vista 7.2: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t, Nicole Awai, nail polish, acrylic paint, reflective paper, polyester mesh, horticultural charcoal, construction foam, molded plastic forms and synthetic paper, 2015, 7" x10" x 5"

Assistant Professor of Studio Art Nicole Awai is presenting her exhibition Vistas at Lesley Heller Workspace in May. Vistas is comprised of a series Awai has been creating since the mid 2000s where she has been in part, exploring characteristics of oozing in her work. The exhibition will be on view from May 17 – June 30, 2017.

Michelle Stephens recently wrote about Awai’s work for the journal small axe in the article, “Oozing between Dimensions: Multiple Perspectives on the Real in the Works of Nicole Awai.
 

John Clarke to deliver 2017 J. H. Gray lecture at Cambridge

Thu. May 4, 2017

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Dr. John Clarke

Dr. John Clarke, professor of art history and executive committee member for the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy, has been invited to give this year's J.H. Gray Lecture, a prestigious, annual lecture series at the University of Cambridge. 

Clarke's subject, "The Look of Luxury and the Framework for Commerce at Oplontis," will examine the Roman town of Oplontis (modern Torre Annunziata), a site that like Herculaneum was buried in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. The lecture will explore two different kinds of building there, one an elite villa and the other a busy centre for the bottling and shipping of wine, and they will demonstrate how modern technologies such as geo-archaeology and isotopic analysis are throwing new light on the most important questions of social and economic history.

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