Alumni Activities

Gay Gaddis founds “Women Who Mean Business” at McCombs School of Business at UT Austin

McCombs Magazine

This fall, McCombs Hall of Famers Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Arts, 1978), awarded in 2020 and honored at the upcoming 2021 Awards Ceremony, and Lynn Utter launched a new development program at the McCombs School of Business entitled, "Women Who Mean Business." The brainchild of Gaddis, the program propels female leaders forward in their careers, while offering business owners a resource for nurturing diversity and strong leadership skills.

Gay Gaddis will be inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame

Texas McCombs

Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1978) is the only female recognized in this year's ceremony and the 11th female recipient since the McCombs Hall of Fame began over 40 years ago in 1980. Gay is being recognized for illustrious career as an entrepreneur, author and artist. Gay is the founder of T3, an innovative digital advertising agency that she grew into the largest female-owned agency in the U.S. under her leadership for over 30 years.

Gay Gaddis to debut a collection of Texas landscape and skyscape paintings at the Worrell Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico this fall

Gay Gaddis

Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1978) also released a limited-edition silk "Burnt Orange Victory Scarf" featuring an original painting with 100% of proceeds benefiting a scholarship for a University of Texas student.

Robert Faires retires from the Austin Chronicle

Austin Chronicle

Faires (B.A., Studio Art, 1980) bids farewell to the Austin Chronicle after working as its first and only Arts editor for 35 years in his last article, Last Bow of an Accidental Critic.

Lydia Street Gallery presents Steven Bernard Jones: "Zero to Sixty" reception

Jones' (M.F.A, Art Education/Visual Art Studies, 1990) exhibit will be from Friday, August 6th through Thursday, September 16, 2021. The reception will be Friday, August 27th, 6-9 p.m., where Jones will be in attendance.

Dr. Amelia Kraehe has been appointed the inaugural Associate Vice President of Equity in the Arts for Arizona Arts at the University of Arizona

Beginning Aug. 2, Kraehe (M.A., Art Education, 2007) will partner with Arizona Arts leadership to promote transparency and coordination around the division’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, leading effective strategic planning with collective goal setting.

Adriana Corral to receive inaugural $50,000 U.S. Latinx Artist Fellowship


Corral (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2013) was selected by a jury of six Latino curators from a mix of three mainstream art museums and three contemporary art museums founded by Latinx people for their local communities.

The Bartlett Project: Glasstire interview with artist Emmy Laursen


Thw Bartlett Project would require artists who could work collaboratively, would respect the existing communities and stories of the town, and could navigate their practice within the complications of the pandemic lock downs. Laursen (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2015) was that person, and as an artist, she welcomed the challenges that flexibility required.

Ariel Rene Jackson & Michael J. Love

Ariel René Jackson and Michael J. Love awarded $15,000 Tito’s Prize

Sight Lines

Ariel René Jackson (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2019) and Michael J. Love (M.F.A., Theatre, 2020) were awarded the 2021 $15,000 Tito’s Prize. The award, sponsored by Tito’s Homemade Vodka and organized by non-profit Big Medium, was presented to these Autin-based artists for their project “Descendance.” The film features a performance by Love and an original score by jazz musician Joseph C. Dyson Jr.

Jonas Criscoe

Jonas Criscoe featured in new art exhibition

Columbia University

Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2006) has  work featured in Art in Isolation, an exhibition hosted by The Macy Art Gallery at Columbia University. 

Back to top