"...At last, Doug Dempster can take that pesky "interim" out of his job title. The University of Texas professor has been running the College of Fine Arts over on the 40 Acres since the retirement of previous Dean Robert Freeman in August 2006, but in an acting capacity, while the university undertook a national search for a permanent successor..."
"...The quiet floor has been like that since the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building opened at the University of Texas in 1979: a repository of books, periodicals, journals, scores, and other collection materials in the UT Fine Arts Library (FAL)..."
"...For months, the fate of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas has been unclear and the subject of much debate. Now, the reports are in, recommendations made and accepted, and the result is: The Doty Fine Arts Building's fifth floor will continue to hold the FAL collection and be upgraded to better serve faculty, students, and other users...."
"...The source of the record donation – the largest ever to a music school at a public university – was hardly a surprise. Ernest and Sarah Butler are well-known and active in the local cultural scene (he serves on the UT College of Fine Arts Advisory Council; she's chairwoman of the Ballet Austin board of directors and a member of the Blanton Museum Council), and they have a history of major gifts to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts..."
"...Until now. "We've long been having discussions in the College of Fine Arts about whether or not we should be offering a musical-theatre program," says Bob Schmidt, the interim chair of UT's Department of Theatre & Dance..."
"...This time of year, most talk about the University of Texas concerns the football team, but the arts may generate some chatter this week with the news of two major commissions: from public art program Landmarks, a massive mural by José Parlá and from the College of Fine Arts, an opera about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera...."
"...The technological explosion of the 21st century has profoundly effected our lives, inundating our senses with endless streams of information and mutating pop culture into bizarre forms at warp speed. Even something as high-brow and historically analog as fine arts education can’t resist the effects of these developments...."
"...They are Austin's cultural heroes. They are individuals who have founded local arts institutions and nurtured their development, pioneered forms of creative expression on the stage and on canvas, and shared their knowledge and experience with new generations of artists..."
"...The reason for this is a hefty $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Texas Performing Arts, that presenter of concerts, plays, and other performances at the University of Texas..."
"...As Bass Concert Hall went dark for its long renovation in 2007, the University of Texas Performing Arts Center of which it's a part lost its director; Pebbles Wadsworth, who had run the UTPAC since 1992, announced she would retire in January 2008. But no sooner did Bass' lights come on again last month than the UTPAC had a new leader..."
"...The movement for Tune in/Spin out is structured in two parts, much of which was worked out on a computer choreography program called Life Forms. The first part of Tune in/Spin out is a series of short dances, "then, abruptly, it will become something else." What exactly that something else is, Cunningham will decide when he gets to Austin..."
"...Except, down the dark, empty back halls -- somewhere -- there was a light on, or one about to go on; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet player, bandleader of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and arguably one of the most influential young jazz musicians of his generation, was doing a little after-hours teaching. Sharing a piano bench in the bulding's green room with a student, Marsalis was passing along the educational moment of a lifetime. "I know people have mixed feelings about Wynton Marsalis," asserts Cynthia Patterson Quinn, program manager for the University of Texas' Performing Arts Center, "but there's no one who's as dedicated to young people as him..."
"...This week, Wilson was appointed interim director of the Blanton, effective immediately. "Ann Wilson's long professional experience with art museums and her familiarity with the Blanton make her uniquely qualified to see the museum through a seamless interim period while the College of Fine Arts seeks the next great director of the Blanton," says Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts...."
"...The hottest arts venue in town this week? The UT Law School...."
"...Boxer graduated Brown University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in English and American literature and earned her master's degree in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin this year. She has had a varied career in arts, agriculture, community and non-profit work, including an apprenticeship at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in California and work with a literary organization in Taos, N.M..."
"...Or maybe the chance to get back in the classroom was part of the draw. (Come fall, he'll also be a professor of art and art history in the University of Texas College of Fine Arts.) Possibly he liked the idea of serving as special adviser to President William Powers Jr..."
"...Art history students Andy Campbell, Erika Cole, Rachel Mohl, and Ashley Schmiedekamp continued the CRL tradition of organizing two-part summer exhibitions featuring MFA candidates from UT's College of Fine Arts. According to their curatorial statement, "Making It Alone" highlights artists working in the studio environment..."
"...I went to school with this idea that I might stop dancing and just pursue being a producer, being a presenter. I called it "arts administration" – they don't really have an arts administration program over at UT, but that's what I was kind of putting it in the box of..."
"...Food, football, and fiddle music: Beyond these three cultural cornerstones, there is little to motivate the artistes in the two great states. Neither can claim a homegrown helping of the fine arts (no matter how many paintings Fort Worth can afford), and opera lovers in either state are in slim company indeed..."
"...Over the past few seasons, the athletic young dancer with the large, soulful eyes has proven himself a chameleon of the ballet. He has dazzled us in serious parts well-suited to his age and skills -- in Ulysses, his Telemachus was a coiled spring of frustration -- but he's been equally striking in comic roles, crafting a coy, impetuous, otherworldly Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a sly, languid partner to Karen Kuykendall in a segment of Kisses, and a classic nerd awkwardly attempting balletic grace in the spoof The Nutzy Nutcracker..."