Department of Art and Art History News

Type Hike: Exhibition Trek across the US

Fri. October 7, 2016

Centennial poster design by James Louis Walker

Type Hike, a collaborative design project organized by David Rygiol and Design lecturer James Louis Walker, will be publicly exhibited starting this December in Poler stores across the U.S. The project involves 60 designers and typographers, including University of Texas alumni Jolie Durand (B.F.A. in Design, 2016), Zachary Weiland (B.S. in Advertising, 2016) and Lauren Dickens (B.F.A. in Design, 2011).

Centennial poster design by Jolie Durand
Centennial poster design by Jolie Durand

Each designer has created a unique design for a park they love in celebration of the National Parks Service centennial this year. Exhibitions of the 60 works will begin in Laguna Beach, California and Portland, Oregon before appearing in other cities such as Charleston, Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, and Austin during 2017.

To see more designs and read more about the project, visit or follow along on instagram @typehike.

Home, Memory, and Future, a three-part exhibition features work from Studio Art professor Nicole Awai

Fri. October 7, 2016


portait photo of Nicole Awai
Nicole Awai

Home, Memory, and Future is a three-part exhibition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute in New York. The exhibition will explore the notion of home in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. This inaugural exhibition at the Center’s new location at 120 East 125TH Street between Lexington and Park Avenues is curated by Lowery Stokes Sims, Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa. Home, Memory, and Future will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality.

Awai’s work will be featured in part two of the exhibition titled “Harlem and home in the Global Context” and installed on the second floor of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. From the exhibition website, “[This floor] will feature work by painters, sculptors and installation artist that demonstrates how the concept of ‘home’ represents a universal and universally experienced concept for artists of color from diverse origins. The selected work will demonstrate how memory can be relied upon to recreate, imagine and reconstruct cultural traditions in varied efforts to establish ‘home’ in distant environments.”

The exhibition will be on view from October 15 – March 2017.

Alumna Iva Kinnaird and Shelby Meier Exhibit in Make Time

Fri. October 7, 2016

log and a fruit cake
Iva Kinnaird (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2014) is exhibiting new work this October at Texas Woman’s University galleries. The exhibition, Make Time, will be on view October 8 – November 6, 2016. 

This exhibition brings together Kinnaird and M.F.A. candidate in Studio Art at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU Shelby David Meier who are exploring the murkiness of time, particularly the manner in which it can be “made” into a physical record of a set of actions. These actions can be purposeful or wasteful, or purposefully wasteful – embodiments of the manner in which we simultaneously work for, against, or in conjunction with time.

Teresa Hubbard Presents Work in Multiple Exhibitions This Fall

Wed. October 5, 2016

hands playing piano
still from House with Pool, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

Currently on sabbatical and completing a studio residency in Berlin awarded by the Aargauer Kuratorium, Photography Professor Teresa Hubbard will have her work with collaborator Alexander Birchler exhibited in multiple exhibitions this fall.

From October 6, 2016 – February 4, 2017, The State Museum for Art and Design Nuremberg, Germany will be exploring contemporary frontiers in film and video art. Hubbard and Birchler’s Single Wide will be shown in the month of December. Other artists included in the exhibition are Johan Grimonprez, Julian Rosefeldt, Stan Douglas and others. 

Also in October, the National Gallery in Prague’s Moving Image Department will commence its 6th Chapter: Inner Lives (Of Time), exhibiting the work of Hubbard and Birchler. The sixth chapter of the Moving Image Department concentrates on two parallel and complementary themes – the (inner) architecture of time and the architecture as a vehicle of a (real and imagined) temporality. The works gathered in “The Inner Lives (Of Time)” are reveries and as such, oscillating between the states of dreaming and waking, they express the psychology of both time and architecture, and their influence upon (mainly female) protagonists’ conscious and sub-conscious acts and the actions' flow. From the trance films of the American avant-garde filmmaker and film theorist of the 1940’s and 1950’s, Maya Deren through a cinematographic masterpiece, “House with Pool” (2004) by American-Swiss filmmakers Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler down to the structural poetry of Czech artist Markéta Othová’s photography and the poetic structure of Austrian artist Josef Dabernig’s already iconic Montage-System, the exhibition loops the stories in a search for a cinematic truth and magic. 

The exhibition will be on view October 5, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Mesoamerica Center Announces New Maymester Program in Guatemala and Belize

Wed. October 5, 2016

student among ruins in Latin America
Casa Herrera is an extension of The University of Texas at Austin’s Mesoamerica Center in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua in Guatemala. This upcoming May, it will become the headquarters for the new Latin America Bridging Cultures program focused on the study of Maya and colonial heritage in Guatemala and Belize. The program offers a unique chance at the kind of experiential learning abroad that is gained during a semester-long program in only four weeks from May 31 – June 27, 2016.

“We are excited to launch this new program as a Maymester because we want to give opportunities to students in COFA to experience the dynamic history, archaeology and visual cultures of Central America,” writes Dr. Astrid Runggaldier, assistant director of the Mesoamerica Center at The University of Texas at Austin and one half of the leadership team for Bridging Cultures in Latin America alongside Dr. David Stuart. “We realized with previous programs during the academic semesters that for students in the arts – especially students who need access to studio space — it is difficult to go abroad for extended periods of time. We hope that this Maymester, open to all majors across the university, will also give our COFA students the chance to learn about and be inspired by the vibrant cultures of contemporary and ancient Latin America."

The Bridging Cultures in Latin America: Maya and Colonial Heritage program coursework relies on hands-on observation and experience throughout the dynamic countries of Guatemala and Belize. As such, students will travel extensively throughout Guatemala and Belize to experience archaeological sites, museums, villages, cooperative businesses, natural reserves and protected ecosystems, and will be matched with local family stays for their time in Antigua.

The Bridging Cultures in Latin America team is committed to reducing financial barriers to the study of Central American culture and history. Financial support for one student applicant in the amount of $1,500 to defray the cost of the program will be awarded.