Department of Art and Art History News

Tyler Tschirhart receives Center for the Study of Ancient Italy Summer Fieldwork Fellowship

Fri. April 29, 2016

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The Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI) is pleased to announce Tyler Tschirhart as the recipient of the 2016 CSAI Summer FIeldwork Fellowship. An art history and biochemistry double major, Tyler is a junior who is working on an honors thesis that focuses on renovations of the Horologium Augusti by the Emperors Domitian and Hadrian.

The CSAI fellowship will pay for Tschirhart to travel to Italy and participate in the Oplontis Project May 22 – June 17, 2016. This CSAI excavation project studies two ancient Roman sites at Oplontis, a seaside town destroyed by the same eruption that covered Pompeii. In addition to getting the chance to excavate at Oplontis Villa B, he will work on research projects with the project's directors, Professor John Clarke and Dr. Michael Thomas. This research will include the opportunity to study and catalog wall painting fragments with Professor Clarke and document architectural masonry with Dr. Thomas. This trip will be Tschirhart's first to Italy.

"Last year, I found my calling in art history and quickly fell in love with the the way in which politics shaped the city of Imperial Rome," says Tschirhart.

Tschirhart hopes to go to graduate school in order to earn his Ph.D. in Roman art and architecture. He is also interested in antiquities law and the antiquities market. His hobbies include keeping up with world news and politics, watching movies and television shows, and collecting trivial knowledge.

"Reflections on African and African Diaspora Art" by Eddie Chambers on CAA Reviews

Tue. April 26, 2016

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"Reflections on African and African Diaspora Art" by Eddie Chambers was published in CAA Review.

The Alcalde features Young Bloods exhibition by Center Space Project

Mon. April 25, 2016

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Photo by Jessilee Shipman

The Alcalde, the official publication of the Texas Exes, featured Young Bloods, an exhibition by Center Space Project.

Ryan Lauderdale presents work in group exhibition at Carroll/Fletcher

Mon. April 25, 2016

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flora extrusion/funerary, 2016, rormica, wood, fluorescent light, glass, standoffs, extruded aluminum, hardware, vertical power strip, candle, long-stem rose, 70 x 4 8 x 36 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ryan Lauderdale (B.F.A in Studio Art, B.A. in Art History, 2005) presents work in Dense Mesh, a group exhibition at Carroll/Fletcher in London. The exhibition will be on view April 14 – May 25, 2016.

Undergraduates in Design explore Chicago through Professional Development Travel Initiative Grant

Thu. April 21, 2016

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Photo by Maddie George.

“Design careers are unique to the needs of the cities they are stationed in,” says Design junior Brianna Graves. “I needed to see how things were done in different cities.”

Maddie George, Brianna Graves, Hillary Henrici, Emily Jarvis and Jenny Seh traveled to Chicago, funded by a Professional Development Travel Initiative (PDTI) grant, and toured design studios. The College of Fine Arts PDTI program funds professional development trips in the United States for undergraduate students.

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Inside Beyond Design Studio.

After being in Austin for much of their college careers, the group wanted to explore other options and decided on Chicago. One of the design studios they visited, Knoed Creative, is run by a husband and wife team.

“Their work and workspace seems like a dream,” says Emily Jarvis. “Getting to hear their personal stories of how they got where they are was inspiring and realistic at the same time.”

The students witnessed what it is like to work in smaller studios as well as the benefits and downfalls of larger studios. The designers they met discussed salaries and shared personal stories about their careers.

“Many of the successful people that we met actually had a rocky start, which was surprising yet comforting,” describes Hillary Henrici. “The designers we met said that any sort of direction that they were heading in after graduating college usually didn’t go as planned—for better or for worse.”

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View from envisionit agency.
They all agreed that the best memory of the trip was getting the chance to experience real snow in April. And the most important lesson learned?

“Be excited about what you’re doing! They can tell when looking at your work!” remarks Maddie George.

Read more about their trip on their blog.

Dana Suleymanova is pursuing her B.F.A in Studio Art.