Department of Art and Art History News

Alumna Ariana Vincent Invited to Participate in Multiple Exhibitions

Sun. December 11, 2016

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Ariana Vincent, “Golden Chalice”, photograph

Latest work from Ariana Vincent (B.A. in Studio Art, 1977) was exhibited in Houston-based 8th Annual Chinese Brush Painting show in November 2016.

Vincent’s work will also be shown at Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees along with the work of fellow artist Gail Threinen at the Old Bakery Emporium in Austin on February 3, 2016. Vincent will exhibit her Flowers of Heaven series and Threinen will exhibit her Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy.

The opening reception for Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m.
 

Students and Faculty Attend Texas Art Education Association's Annual Conference

Fri. December 2, 2016

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(Left to right) Julia Caswell, Chelsea Freestone, Hannah Reed, Madison Weakley, Dr. Christina Bain, Katie Gregory, (below) Courtney Jones.

This past month, Visual Art Studies students attended the Texas Art Education Association’s annual conference in Dallas. The conference seeks to promote quality visual arts education as an integral part of learning in Texas through the professional development and advancement of knowledge and skills, representation of the art educators of Texas, service and leadership opportunities, and research and development of policies and decisions relative to practices and directions in visual arts education.

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(Left to right) Madison Weakley, Hannah Reed

Awards for excellence in the field were given to UT Austin faculty members Paul Bolin for TAEA Distinguished Fellow and Heidi Powell for TAEA Higher Education Division Outstanding Art Education Award. In addition, faculty, current and former Visual Art Studies students presented research and best practices in a variety of conference presentations. Included among the presentations were current senior Julia Caswell’s “The Walking Classroom: Audio Walks and Engagement," which explored how interactive audio walks may be implemented in the art classroom, and alumnus Shaun Lane and Shelby Johnson's “Myth vs. Reality: Student Teaching,” an investigation of students’ relationships with student teachers vs. in-service teachers. Faculty members Christina Bain and Heidi Powell presented a workshop titled "Animating Your Curriculum" that taught how to integrate time-lapse software into an art education curriculum. 

Christina Bain also presented a two hour workshop, "Penelope Paper Strip, Puppets, and Paper Sculpture," with VAS students Courtney Jones, Hannah Reed, Madison Weakley, Katie Gregory, Chelsea Freestone and Julia Caswell that explored how storytelling can set the stage for teaching basic paper sculpture techniques. This conference presentation was a natural extension of previous research presented at the International Society for Education through Art annual conference. Research from contemporary art educators at The University of Texas at Austin innovates upon current practices, incorporating elements of gamification and technology. "I think technology has always been a focus of art instruction," said Bain. "As technologies of the times change, so too does instruction. Technologies spotlighted in conferences such as TAEA dovetail with the general push in education to focus on 21st century learning skills."  

Eric Benson (M.F.A. in Design, 2006) Publishes Book for Graphic Designers

Fri. December 2, 2016

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Design to Renourish by Eric Benson (M.F.A. in Design, 2006) and Yvette Perullo was published this fall.  

Design to Renourish is a book for graphic designers that helps to integrate sustainability into their workflow through a design process called systems thinking. This process asks the graphic designer to approach a design problem by being more informed and aware of and influenced by the impacts that material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet and, consequently, on us.

The book not only walks the reader through how to design with nature as a model, but also offers solutions to the real life challenges of working with the client to create sustainable work. Through ten case studies that feature interviews with international design teams who embrace a sustainable systems methodology, the reader will gain valuable insights on how to design to renourish for positive change.  

Design M.F.A. Students Invited to Apply for Fall 2017 Design Institute for Health Research Fellowships

Thu. December 1, 2016

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The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin announces two Design Institute for Health Research Fellowships open to graduate students entering the M.F.A. Design program in the Department of Art and Art History in fall 2017.

Fellowship awards include:

  • Full tuition and health insurance
  • Fellowship/work stipend of $25,000 per year
  • The opportunity to work with the university's Design Institute for Health, a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and College of Fine Arts

Applicants to the M.F.A. Design program whose backgrounds and statements of intent suggest an interest in and aptitude for the field of healthcare design (broadly conceived to include the design of systems, services, devices and interactions) will automatically be considered for the fellowships; no separate application is required.

About the Department of Art and Art History
The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most diverse in the country. It includes programs in Art Education, Art History, Design and Studio Art. The M.F.A. Design program’s cohorts of four to seven students work closely with faculty in small classes with individualized instruction. Drawing on the extensive resources of a tier one, comprehensive research university, the program allows self-directed students the opportunity to tailor their coursework to pursue an area of academic concentration and to focus on graphics, objects, interactions, systems and/or services.

About the Design Institute for Health
The Design Institute for Health (DIH) is a first-of-its-kind initiative applying a creative design-based approach to the nation’s health care challenges and rapidly integrating that perspective into medical education and new community health programs in Central Texas. The DIH is a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and is a resource to the community. The DIH works across Austin’s new medical district with invested stakeholders on projects to meaningfully change health experiences and reimagine care delivery. The institute is led by two veterans of the internationally recognized design firm IDEO: Stacey Chang, IDEO’s former managing director of health and wellness; and Beto Lopez, former head of systems design at IDEO and a UT Austin alumnus.
 

Kim Gant (Ph.D. candidate in Art History) Named New Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Chrysler Museum

Mon. November 28, 2016

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Doctoral candidate in art history Kim Gant named new McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. Gant comes to the Chrysler Museum after serving as the Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum.