Department of Art and Art History Tour

Celebrating 75 years

Mon. April 28, 2014

Alumni and faculty surround cake in visual arts gallery
Alumni and faculty celebrate 75 years

The Department of Art and Art History celebrated its 75th anniversary on April 5, 2014 with an open house and alumni reception. Our faculty, staff and students offered over 25 activities during the open house. More than 200 guests enjoyed activities including letterpress demonstrations with the Rob Roy Kelly collection, tours of The Color Inside, a skyspace by James Turrell, an interactive timeline of the department’s past 75 years, art history graduate student debates, and construction of an alfombra.

Following the open house, the department hosted an alumni reception held in the Visual Arts Center. Over 200 alumni were in attendance. Every decade since the department began awarding degrees in the 1940’s was represented and two alumni were present from our very first graduating class!

It was with great excitement that the department opened its doors to the public and reconnected with its alumni.

Studio Art MFA Open Studios

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Department of Art and Art History Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Mon. March 3, 2014

archival photo of people in painting class

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with an open house, Saturday, April 5, 2–5 pm and alumni celebration reception. Inaugurated as the Department of Art in 1938, the department now supports degree programs in Art Education, Art History, Design and Studio Art, internationally recognized research centers and the Visual Arts Center, a vibrant exhibition space for contemporary art.

The 75th anniversary is a prime opportunity to reconnect with alumni and friends of the department, as well as learn about emerging technology in the arts. Alumni, the university community and the general public are invited to participate in a variety of demonstrations of new technology, view student art, hear presentations, take part in family friendly activities and more.

Following the open house, an alumni reception will be held in the Visual Art Center’s galleries. For more information on attending, please contact Katie Anaya,

Looking to the future, the department’s comprehensive programs speak to the rich academic experience fostered by the department’s faculty, students, alumni and The University of Texas at Austin as a whole. “The 75th anniversary represents the perfect time at which we can celebrate the shared history of our department’s community. We’re excited to engage with our alumni, along with our faculty and students, in continuing to create the very best environment for the practice, study and critique of the visual arts,” said Jack Risley, Department Chair and Ruth Head Centennial Professor.

Please visit for more information on anniversary events.

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