Mr. Arts Honored

One of the city's most ardent and influential patrons of the arts was recognized by the UT College of Fine Arts earlier this month. Alfred A. King, who has served as chair for the boards of Austin Lyric Opera and Laguna Gloria Art Museum (now Austin Museum of Art), and for UT's Fine Arts Advisory Council, has made contributions to the Huntington Art Gallery, and has worked with numerous local arts institutions, was presented with the William E. Doty Award for service to the arts and education of UT students. The award is named for the educator who founded the College of Fine Arts at UT and provided its leadership for a third of a century. King is only the third recipient of the award, following novelist and art collector James Michener and educator Bryce Jordan. During the school's mid-year commencement ceremony on December 7, College of Fine Arts Interim Dean David Deming presented King with the award, a medallion which Deming himself created. The dean referred to King as "Mr. Arts" and noted that his "friendship and leadership have been truly pivotal for the College of Fine Arts in so many ways." The same sentiment applies when talking about the community of fine arts in Austin. It's safe to say that the arts in our city would be much different -- specifically, much poorer -- were it not for Alfred A King. Our congratulations to this tireless cultural advocate.

More Artists Can Get Aid

As of December 1, many of Austin's artists and arts organizations are now eligible for pro bono legal and accounting assistance. That's because last month the board of directors for Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance of Austin, which has been providing that kind of help to area artists of all shapes, sizes, and disciplines since 1979, voted to raise the eligiblity cap for its services. The cap for individuals has been increased from $18,000 to $22,000, and for families, from $25,000 to $30,000. The new cap for nonprofit arts organizations is $75,000. If you're in need of their aid and expertise, or if you simply want more info on ALAA, call 476-4458.

Off the Desk

Good Eats invites you to submit your art for display in their restaurants. Beginning in January, 1997, each of the three Good Eats locations will display a series of two-month exhibits of work by local artists. The restaurant does not take a commission for sales of work displayed. To set up an appointment, call Hugh Craig at 442-1913.

The First New York International Fringe Festival is seeking participants for 11 days of multi-disciplinary, multicultural theatre next August. More than 100 companies and performing artists will be featured in 15-20 downtown venues. For an application, call 212/307-0029 or write: 445 W. 45th St., 4th floor, New York, NY 10036. Applications must be returned by February 15, 1997.

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