Conversation with photographer Mark Klett at The Harry Ransom Center September 14, 2017 at 7pm

Photographer Mark Klett and curator Jessica S. McDonald discuss Klett’s enduring engagement with the changing American landscape. Since participating in the renowned Rephotographic Survey Project (1977–1979), Klett has investigated time, perception, and the history of photography in projects such as Revealing Territory(1982–2004), Reconstructing the View (2007–2010), and Camino del Diablo (2013–2015). Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies.

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Professor Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler in Conversation with curator Veronica Roberts at the Blanton Museum Sept 7, 2017 from 6:30 – 7:30pm

In conversation with Blanton curator Veronica Roberts, the Austin- and Berlin-based artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler will discuss their film installation, Giant, and the experience of representing Switzerland in the current Venice Biennale.

The program will take place in the museum’s auditorium, located in the Smith Building across the plaza from the museum.

Hubbard/Birchler in Conversation with Curator Veronica Roberts

UMLAUF Prize 2017 winner and former MFA student Bucky Miller: Grackle Actions opening September

Exhibition Opening: September 5, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum (UMLAUF) is proud to announce that this year’s UMLAUF Prize winner is photographer and multi-media artist Bucky Miller. The UMLAUF Prize honors an outstanding graduate student in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin with an exhibition and lecture at the UMLAUF, and a cash award. After touring graduate student studios in April 2017, Juror Bill Arning selected third-year MFA candidate Bucky Miller.


World-renowned sculptor, Charles Umlauf, taught at The University of Texas for forty years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1981. His work acknowledged his artistic forbears while presenting new approaches that looked toward the future. In that spirit, the UMLAUF Prize celebrates emerging artists. While the exhibition is popular with those familiar with our Museum, the Prize’s contemporary subject matter always brings an entirely new audience to our Garden.  


Miller is working on an exhibition of photographs and furniture that exploit the particularities of the architecture both inside the gallery and out in the garden.


Wednesday, September 27, 7pm
2017 UMLAUF Prize
A conversation with Bill Arning and Bucky Miller on the UMLAUF Prize 2017 exhibition.
 This lecture series accompanies each year’s exhibitions, supporting development of critical perspectives and encouraging a deeper understanding of art.
Free & open to the public.

Digital photography lab re-opens to students after renovation

The Department of Art and Art History celebrated the completion of the digital photography lab renovation on May 1. The renovation is the first of a three-phase project to revitalize the program’s facilities, thanks to funding from Elena and Everardo “Evvy” Goyanes.

Last updated in the 1960s, this phase of construction transformed an area from five separate film rooms into a large smart classroom teaching space with 12 new Apple computers, two high-resolution scanners and two flatbed scanners. One film room is still available for students, as beginning black-and-white photography is still taught using film. Once students move into color, they switch to digital.

“This is nice, because before we had to go downstairs for digital,” said Griffith Greer, studio art junior. “Now it’s in the same spot and a lot more convenient.”

Evvy Goyanes, a photographer himself, said it was delightful to see the completed work and the rest of the photography facilities. His wife Elena is a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council, which has spent time looking at how to upgrade existing college facilities.

“I wish I had had a space like this,” he said as he toured the facility alongside department chair Jack Risley and College of Fine Arts Dean Doug Dempster. The couple also had a chance to meet with students in an advanced photography course and see some of their work.

“This lab renovation was much needed, and it is the kind of gift that will keep on giving to current and future photography students and artist educators,” said photography professor Teresa Hubbard. “We are so grateful that the Goyanes family have believed in the photography area enough to give us a grant for this important renovation.”The Goyanes with a group of photography students

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Professor Anna Collette exhibits ‘Gathering Ground’ at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY

Gathering Ground
Photographs by Anna Collette
May 3 – June 18

The upstairs gallery features a solo exhibit of the latest work by Brooklyn based photographer, Anna Collette, entitled ‘Gathering Ground’. In this series, Collette, captures vignettes of Live Oaks that were devastated by a flood in Central Texas. The once lush creek bed had been brought to a dry and ashen landscape, where the resilient Oak trees acted as a net, catching the scattered natural debris brought along with the momentous rush of water. Collette photographed the accumulation of limbs and branches caught in the trees. Week after week, she returned to the creek with a large 12×15 foot studio backdrop and made singular portraits of the trees and debris, fixating on their hanging limbs and severed sticks. The photographs, emphasizing the frail grey tree limbs strewn with forest material against stark white backgrounds, present haunting images of nature’s true power over our environment. Read more here.

Professor Anna Collette in two-person exhibition ‘Foraged’ at Grizzly Grizzly in Philadelphia, PA

Anna Collete and Jessica Lund-Higgins
April 7 – 29, 2017
Opening Reception: First Friday, April 7th: 6-10PM
319 N 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia PA


This April, Grizzly Grizzly is proud to present Foraged, a two-person exhibition that rethinks traditional divides between artist and landscape.  No longer passive observers, Anna Collette and Jessica Lund-Higgins both glean elements from their environment – to different ends.  Anna Collette creates poetic, studio photographs through formal reduction, and Jessica Lund Higgins builds evocative small-scale sculpture influenced by personal memory and consumer culture.

In her photographic series Gathering Ground, Anna Collette examines the wake of seasonal flooding in Central Texas. Travelling to the site months after the event, the artist trespasses, collecting a new series of work that relates to the history of portraiture.  She explains part of the process: “Week after week, I returned with a large 12×15 foot studio backdrop and made singular portraits of the trees and debris, fixating on their hanging limbs and severed sticks.”


New class this fall – Contemporary Issues in Photography: The Single Problem

Each year the photography department offers a different topic in its Contemporary Issues class. This fall 2017, Professor Teresa Hubbard will teach Contemporary Issues in Photography: A Single Problem. In this class, students will be introduced to artists and artistic strategies embracing the potential of ‘constraint’ or ‘limitation’ as a means of innovative and generative creative production. A single problem will constitute the semester’s entire work, with each student having the opportunity to develop and intensely concentrate on one subject, employing new techniques of photographic craft as a means toward making a personal, creative body of work. Don’t miss out on this one-time opportunity! 

Fall 2017 ART 376K, T/TH 2-5pm


March Lab Closures Update

Monday, March 6, lab closes at 4pm for Viewpoint lecture and reception

Tuesday, March 7, 4 – 5:30pm for Viewpoint lecture

March 13-17 (spring break), the lab will be closed Monday and Wednesday and open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 – 4pm

Photo Lab Closures for Spring 2017

The labs will closed the following times this semester including:

Thursday, January 26           Ann Hamilton                      12 – 1 pm

Thursday, January 26           Ann Hamilton                      5 – 7 pm

Monday, February 6             Viewpoint Lecture Series and reception    4 – 10 pm
Tuesday, February 7            Viewpoint Lecture Series    4 – 5:30 pm

Monday, March 6                Viewpoint Lecture Series and reception    4 – 10 pm
Tuesday, March 7                Viewpoint Lecture Series    4 – 5:30 pm

March 13                            Closed
March 14                            Open 9 – 4pm
March 15                            Closed
March 16                            Open 9 – 4pm
March 17                            Open 9 – 4pm

Monday, April 17                 Viewpoint Lecture Series    4 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 18                 Viewpoint Lecture Series    4 – 5:30 pm

Friday, May 5                        Last Day Lab is open