Department of Art and Art History News

Visual Art Studies Students Awarded Travel Grants to Attend National Conference

Wed. January 18, 2017

The College of Fine Arts (CoFA) and Fine Arts Career Services (FACS) have awarded eight Visual Arts Studies students with Professional Travel Grants to attend the National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) conference in March. CoFA provides these grants for travel to professional development opportunities and all enrolled undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

The 2017 recipients from Visual Arts Studies are:
• Anamarie Delgado
• Paulina Dosal-Terminal
• Anyssa Flores
• Chelsea Freestone
• Tanya Gantiva
• Elysium Gonzalez
• Hannah Luse
• Michelle Zhou

Six students—Luse, Freestone, Zhou, Gonzalez, Delgado and Flores—will be co-presenting "Game Changer: Playing with Possibilities in Preservice Preparation" with Dr. Joana Hyatt of Lamar University and Dr. Christina Bain of The University of Texas at Austin. A highly competitive conference within the field of art education, NAEA conference has an acceptance rate of 35% for presentation submissions, making UT Austin students’ achievement at the NAEA conference. Their presentation will focus on a game that the Visual Arts Studies preservice students helped to create, based on real-life teaching scenarios.
 

Rachel Stuckey (MFA in Studio Art, 2016) to Speak at Media Archaeology Lab

Tue. January 17, 2017

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As the latest artist-in-residence at the Media Archaelogy Lab in Boulder, CO, recent M.F.A. graduate Rachel Stuckey will give an artist talk on Feb. 15, 2017 about her work and the process of utilizing the intentionally obsolete tools, hardware, software and platforms available at the Lab.  

Moody Gallery in Houston to Feature Work of Dan Sutherland in ‘peat’

Thu. January 5, 2017

new abstract painting by sutherland in greens
Emerald Heart, 2016 oil on aluminum 58 1/2" x 45 1/2"

Painting and Drawing Associate Professor Dan Sutherland will exhibit new work in peat at Moody Gallery in Houston on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Directly prior to the opening reception at 6 p.m. will be an artist talk with Sutherland at 5:30 p.m.

peat will be on view from Jan 14 – Feb 18, 2017.
 

Art History Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Tue. January 3, 2017

historical black and white photograph of President Eisenhower holding up an artifact of a soldiers helmet with two other men watching
President Eisenhower examining the diplomatic gifts presented to him during a formal visit of Greek officials in 1953

Photo courtesy of Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Texas. Not to be reproduced without permission.

 

Dr. Nassos Papalexandrou, associate professor of art history, is the recipient of an NEH grant for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, where he will work as senior associate member during the Spring 2017 semester.  Nassos will conduct research on antiquities sent from Greece as diplomatic gifts for United States presidents or other high ranking officials from the late forties to the present. These antiquities reside in Presidential Libraries and Museums here in the US (under the aegis of NARA-National Archives and Records Administration) but Papalexandrou will search for further clues about their selection and presentation in numerous archives in Greece. The project was instigated by what is perhaps the chronologically most ancient artifact on display at the Blanton Museum: this is the so-called Bonham Amphora, a Greek Geometric style funereal amphora of ca 770 BCE, an Athenian product sent to Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House during the Truman Administration, as a token of thanks for Rayburn's support for economic and military assistance to Greece after WW II under the Marshall plan. The amphora is on permanent loan from the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Bonham TX, and will be featured in the new gallery dedicated to Greek, Roman and Near Eastern Antiquities at the Blanton Museum to Art (scheduled to open again February 2017).

Professor Beili Liu Named a Recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Program

Tue. January 3, 2017

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Studio Art Professor Beili Liu will receive $25,000 in unrestricted career support through the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. Established in 1993, the Painters and Sculptors Grant Program recognizes the exceptional creative achievements of painters and sculptors working today.