Department of Art and Art History Current Students

Student Activities


Art Related UT Student Orgs + Centers

Association of Black Fine Art Students
The Association of Black Fine Art Students is a student organization that seeks to increase interest in the study of the Art of Africa and its Diasporas, to enhance student diversity, to provide opportunities for mentorship and professional development, and establish community inside and outside in support of the Department’s Center for the Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD).

Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas (CAAD)
The Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas at the University of Texas at Austin is an intellectual organization involving scholars, historians, and critics that appreciate, study, support, foster, and promote the arts of Africa and its Diasporas.

Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS)
The Center for Latin American Visual Studies, CLAVIS-Modern + Contemporary Art, is a focal point at the University of Texas for the advanced understanding of modern and contemporary art between the Americas. As a conversational space for the creation of knowledge, its aim is to build bridges that allow the exchange of ideas, resources, and methods with other institutes in Latin America, the United States, and Europe.

Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI)
The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at The University of Texas at Austin promotes advanced research on the archaeology and visual culture of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the fifth century C.E.

Center Space Project
Center Space Project is the student organization of the Visual Arts Center. Entirely student-run, the group curates the Center Space in the VAC and organizes film screenings, events and a student publication. Center Space Project works collaboratively with fellow students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists to create engaging shows and programs, promoting a strong student presence in the VAC. Through its activities in the Center Space, the group seeks to link the student body to the larger Austin art community and provide an accessible model for students initiating their artistic careers.

Design Student Association

A student run organization for directing design education and academic-based community interaction via interdisciplinary interaction and networking. This group plans guest speakers, special trips, project portals, and group meetings to support their interests within design and communication.

Fine Arts Council
Fine Arts Council seeks to continuously raise the standard of education for Fine Arts students by facilitating student-faculty interaction, promoting academic excellence, and representing students in matters of college and university-wide concern.

Mesoamerica Center
The Mesoamerica Center is an interdisciplinary organization within the Department of Art and Art History of the College of Fine Arts. The Center aims to facilitate knowledge, learning and understanding about the ancient indigenous cultures and peoples of what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador through education, research and exchange.

UAHA: Undergraduate Art History Association
The Undergraduate Art History Association was created to promote the visual arts, to investigate career and educational opportunities of its members, to plan events and museum tours, and to establish a dialogue between all four divisions of the department.

UT Artists in Action
UT Artists in Action is the University of Texas' Student Chapter of the National Art Education Association. Our mission is to promote community dialogue about visual arts through collaborative partnerships with the UT Department of Art and Art History, art educators and organizations throughout Austin, and all members of UT Artists in Action. Our focus will be service projects, fundraisers, social outings, the exchange of ideas and lesson plans, and networking with visual arts professionals. We believe that anyone interested in the arts will benefit from our activities, so all majors are encouraged to join.

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Student Organizations
Student Activities encourages students to make the most of their college experience through involvement in student organizations. Whether you want to join an existing student organization or start a new one, we encourage you to learn about the services we provide and the leadership opportunities available to all students.

Student Government
All UT Austin students are members of Student Government. SG's mission is to represent the interests of students and increase student decision-making power; to improve campus life through the creation and continuation of viable and effective student services; to preserve and protect the traditions and legends of UT Austin; and to support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.

Gender and Sexuality Center
The Gender and Sexuality Center provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally (LGBTQA) communities through education, outreach and advocacy.

Texas Student Media (Daily Texan, Cactus Yearbook, Travesty, KVRX, KVRTV)

University Unions (Texas Union, Student Activity Center, Student Events Center)

Local Art

AIGA: American Institute of Graphic Artists-Austin Chapter

A student run organization focused on investigating the career and educational opportunities of its members, and to plan events and engage the larger campus and Austin community through client based projects. Membership is open to any UT Austin student.

Asian American Cultural Center
The mission of the Asian American Cultural Center is to provide the facilities, expertise and unique space for the sharing of culture between the East and the West in the American Experience.

Austin Art
Austin art spaces, galleries, museums, activities, events.

Austin Museum Partnership
The Austin Museum Partnership is a consortium of Austin-area museums organized in 1998 to promote collaborations for the mutual benefit of the public and the museums.

Austin Visual Arts Association
The Austin Visual Arts Association is a non-profit arts organization composed of working artists and supporters of the arts. Established in 1977 at the suggestion of the Arts Commission, AVAA (formerly Austin Contemporary Visual Arts Association, ACVAA) is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Austin.

Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton's permanent collection of more than 17,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.

Dougherty Art Center
The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) is an award-winning cultural arts center that offers a variety of visual, performing and digital arts experiences for a broad audience through its three programming components: the Dougherty Arts Center Theater, the Julia C. Butridge Gallery and the Dougherty Arts School.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of African-American historical and cultural material. The museum offers gallery and online exhibits, programs, classes, theatre productions and a genealogy center.

South Austin Popular Culture Center
The South Austin Popular Culture Center presents, exhibits, documents and interprets Austin art and culture of the past 50 years and makes that history accessible to local, national and international audiences. Our programs trace the evolution and the social context of Austin’s cultural production from the early 1960s through the present and interpret the local, state and national impact of the artists, art forms and recurrent themes that have profoundly shaped the city’s self-conception over the past 50 years.