Department of Art and Art History News

Michael Smith’s ‘Timeline (1951–2016)’ Reviewed by Frieze

Mon. January 2, 2017

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Professor Michael Smith’s show at Dan Gunn gallery, Timeline (1951-2016), recently received a review from Elvia Wilk of Frieze.

 


 

Archaeological Institute of America Honors John R. Clarke with Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement

Mon. January 2, 2017

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In early January, Dr. John Clarke will receive the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement at their annual conference in Toronto. This award recognizes the archaeologists, educators, authors, and others who pursue human knowledge through archaeology and related disciplines. Clarke has been selected for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement, along with his notable contributions in both teaching and service.


 

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.
 

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.  

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."