Arts Bullets

Relive your prom with Coda Theater Project; see Jaxon's artwork in a museum (of sorts); the Blanton receives $100,000 for its first show in its new building; and travel is in the cards for two AMOA leaders

<i>From</i> <i>Decay, New Life</i>,<i> </i>by Jack Jackson
From Decay, New Life, by Jack Jackson

The prom – maybe you loved it, maybe you hated it. Either way, you owe it to yourself to go back, Jack, do it again. Relive the hormone-charged glory of your youth or exorcise the misery of your zit-plagued adolescence and do it the way you wish you had. Coda Theater Project gives you the opportunity with Prom 2004!, a fundraiser at Club DeVille on Saturday, May 29, 7-10pm. In addition to live music by Avi Hartman, Madam I Madam, and Le Gay, a prom king and queen will be crowned. For more information, call 826-2132 or e-mail

Jack Jackson – or more simply, Jaxon – is getting attention from a museum ... of sorts. The underground comix pioneer and widely praised cartoonist-historian is the subject of an exhibition at the new Museum of Popular Culture, 1516-B S. Lamar. It will give you the pleasure of seeing the meticulous original artwork that has graced such books as Comanche Moon, Los Tejanos, The Secret of San Saba, and Lost Cause. The show opens with an artist's reception on Sunday, May 30, 7:09pm, and will remain on display through July 9. For more information, call 440-8318 or e-mail

The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is nothing if not eager to get into its new home. While the facility's opening is still 21/2 years away, the museum already knows what its first major exhibition in the space will be: "Luca Cambiaso: Master of the Renaissance in Genoa." And it's already receiving financial support for the show, set for January-May 2007: a $100,000 gift from the AT&T Foundation.

Austin Museum of Art Executive Director Dana Friis-Hansen is going to participate in this year's Museum Leadership Institute, a professional development program for museum executives, July 10-30 at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

James Tisdale, ceramics program coordinator at The Art School at AMOA, has been invited to be an artist in residence at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary. The all-expenses-paid four-week program treats artists to a private studio, living quarters, and equipment, so their sole responsibility is to pursue and develop their art.

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