Alumni Activities

Laura August

Laura August becomes 2021 Mellon Arts + Practitioner Fellow


Laura August (Ph.D., Art History, 2012) is a 2021 inaugural Mellon Arts + Practitioner Fellow at Yale's Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration. She will be developing new writing that expands upon one of the exhibitions she curated in 2020. The work, To Weave Blue: poema al tejido, on view from January to April in the Fogelman Galleries of The University of Memphis, was the first exhibition in the United States to center contemporary Maya art and philosophy.

Carlos Rosales-Silva featured in first solo exhibition

Ruiz-Healy Art

Carlos Rosales-Silva (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2017) will be featured in his first New York City solo exhibition at Ruiz Healy Art in Manhattan. The exhibition, Sunland Park, uses landscape and architecture to express changes in artistic and cultural histories throughout time along the border of Texas, Mexico and El Paso.

Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards promoted at Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Contemporary

Emily Edwards (B.F.A., Art History, 2015) has been promoted to assistant curator at the Dallas Contemporary. Her latest curatorial project opens in late January alongside a video, titled Doubt & Imagination, created by alumna Ariel Rene Jackson (M.F.A., Studo Art, 2019). Photo by Ariel Rene Jackson

Shaun Lane

Shaun Lane featured in virtual seminar

National Art Education Association

Shaun Lane (B.F.A., Visual Art Studies, 2014) was featured by the National Art Education Association/Professional Learning Through Research Committee in their webinar, Equitable Access: Removing Barriers to Learning in Digital Spaces. 

Mary Paynter

Mary Paynter launches site to provide income relief

The New Yorker

Mary Paynter (B.A., Art History, 2007) launched the site in the wake of SXSW's cancellation due to the pandemic. The site is a peer to peer mutual aid space that documented the individual losses of gig workers, creatives, freelancers, and contractors from Austin dependent on SXSW for income. The site was profiled and I was featured in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and CNN, among others and has provided $750M in funds. Photo by Ben Sklar

Carlos Rosales

Carlos Rosales named artist in residence at Abrons Arts Center

Abrons Arts Center

Carlos Rosales (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2017) was named an artist in residence for 2020-2021 at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City.

Barbara Zabel

Barbara Zabel continues to teach and curate exhibitions in retirement

Barbara Zabel (M.A., Art, 1971) continues to teach courses at museums in Connecticut, despite retiring 10 years ago. She also curates exhibitions, most recently "Art of the Anthropocene" at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the exhibition "Fire and Ice," co-curated with artist Timothy McDowell for the Art Department at Connecticut College. 

Miguel Aragon

Miguel Aragon awarded 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship


Miguel Aragon (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2012) has been awarded the 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the category of Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts by The New York Foundation for the Arts. In addition, Aragon has also been named a New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Fellow. Photo by Xavier Minguella

Joni Zavitsanos

Joni Zavitsanos creates new work to memorialize lives lost to COVID-19


Joni Zavitsanos (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1986) is creating an art memorial for the City of Houston, depicting more than 160 lives lost due to COVID-19. Photo by Diamantis Zavitsanos

Andrew Hinderaker

Andrew Hinderaker creates new Netflix series


Writer Andrew Hinderaker’s (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2013) new series, Away, is now streaming on Netflix. The space drama follows a woman on the first human-led mission to Mars after leaving behind her husband and daughter. Photo courtesy of Netflix

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