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Explore Our Recent and Upcoming Virtual Events:

We want to keep our community entertained and educated with the fantastic events we have been able to offer virtually. Below, you'll be able to watch our events from wherever you are, using any internet-connected device. These performances, exhibitions and lectures can expand your knowledge while connecting you to your fellow students, faculty, alumni and the School of Arts and Humanities as a whole.

The spread of COVID-19 must be prevented, but with technology and the hard work of our staff, faculty, and students, we will continue to virtualize the events we can. Please see our events page for the most comprehensive list of our future events.

Below you will find our virtual events, continuously updated, in reverse chronological order with the most recent event at the top.

Thank you for your interest, and please stay healthy and safe everyone.

Virtual Book Launch: Dr. Matthew Brown's "Science and Moral Imagination"

Join us for a conversation about the Dr. Matthew Brown's new book Science and Moral Imagination. The book challenges the idea that science and values cannot and should not influence each other. He argues that science and values mutually influence and implicate one another, that the influence of values on science is pervasive and must be responsibly managed, and that science can and should have an influence on our values. This interplay, Brown explains, must be guided by accounts of scientific inquiry and value judgment that are sensitive to the complexities of their interactions. Science and Moral Imagination will be published in November 2020.

Dr. Matthew Brown will read an excerpt from Science and Moral Imagination. Dr. Kevin Elliot, Michigan State University, will moderate the conversation about the significance of values and science interaction and its significance in today's science and technology driven world. An audience Q&A will follow.

The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. via WebEx. (Click this link at 2 p.m.)
Meeting Number: 145 959 5711 | Password: Bw7DaFV67yJ (29732386 from phones)

UTD's "how to" guide to WebEx

Virtual Book Launch: Dr. Matthew Brown's Science and Moral Imagination

November 20

Nuclear Okra: A Fusion of World Music, Classical, Jazz, and Flamenco, on flute (Miranda Arana) and guitar (Larry Hammett)

Nuclear Okra will be paying tribute to longtime guitar benefactor Russell Cleveland, whose generous contributions to the world of Classical Guitar have benefited a far-reaching public with UTD as its epicenter. Nuclear Okra is a flute & guitar duo featuring local favorites, Larry Hammett and Miranda Arana. They play a lively fusion of folk, flamenco, balkan, jazz, and classical genres. Their concerts feature beautiful flowing video-collages that add a visual dimension to their musical compositions. Nuclear Okra has performed locally and internationally, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Spain, Armenia, Greece, France, and Turkey.

The stream at 8 p.m. on November 18 will be on the University of Oklahoma's School of Music's live stream page.

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Demo Video

Nuclear Okra: A Fusion of World Music, Classical, Jazz, and Flamenco

November 18

Guitarist Eddie Healy and Mezzo Soprano Brandi Estwick

Co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities and Eastfield College.

Eddie Healy and Brandi Estwick will be performing works by Schubert, Giuliani, Brouwer, Sagreras and more.

The event will be live-streamed on the Dallas College - Eastfield Campus Recital Page on Facebook at 1 p.m. on November 11.

View the event program.

Guitarist Eddie Healy and Mezzo Soprano Brandi Estwick

November 11

Light Waves - Artist Talk: Mona Kasra

Live-streamed artist talk with Mona Kasra was held on WebEx on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. Below, you can watch the recorded artist talk on YouTube.

Mona Kasra

Mona Kasra, Lost in a Forgotten Place, 7 minutes 14 seconds, Virtual Reality, 360 film 4k 3D, July 2019.

Mona Kasra, Lost in a Forgotten Place, 7 minutes 14 seconds, Virtual Reality, 360 film 4k 3D, July 2019.

Light Waves - Artist Talk: Emily Loving, Tim Kolczak

Live-streamed artist talks with Emily Loving and Tim Kolczak were held on WebEx on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Below, you can watch the recorded artist talks on YouTube.

Emily Loving and Tim Kolczak



Tim Kolczak, SFC Michael Rodriguez (Army Special Operations, OEF Veteran), 2019, White Gloss Metal.

Tim Kolczak, SFC Michael Rodriguez (Army Special Operations, OEF Veteran), 2019, White Gloss Metal.

Falling Into The Unknown - COVID Reflections

COVID Reflections is a collaborative work inspired by the thoughts and emotions of students in Owen's Dance for PD® Dallas virtual dance classes—a group of people with Parkinson’s disease who have been isolated for six months due to the pandemic, yet were brought together through their common interest in dance. The UTDance Ensemble has created movement to express those shared emotions in COVID Reflections, performed on the UT Dallas campus. The dancers with Parkinson’s will perform remotely and be part of the final collaborative choreographic project.

COVID Reflections was released on October 31 at 10 a.m. and can be watched on YouTube and Facebook.

Falling Into The Unknown

October 31

Virtual Book Launch: Dr. Kimberly Hill's "A Higher Mission"

A Higher Mission explains the transnational influence of American historically black colleges and universities through the careers of alumni who became Presbyterian missionaries to the Belgian Congo. The book is part of the New Directions in Southern History series, and it is available through the University Press of Kentucky and the UTD Libraries website.

Kimberly Hill read an excerpt from A Higher Mission. Pastor John Guthrie of the First Presbyterian Church of Roswell, NM (UTD Ph.D. Physics, 1989) moderated the conversation concerning the religious and social significance of African American leadership. An audience Q&A followed.

View the recording

Virtual Book Launch: Dr. Kimberly Hill's A Higher Mission

October 30

Teach-In: Border Policing and ICE

Join us for the next teach-in, "Border Policing and ICE," a conversation with a UT Dallas alumna, faculty members, and a community leader via Teams on Friday, October 30 at 12 p.m.!

View the recording of the event

Featuring:

Meha Srivastav, UTD alumna, will talk about her experiences working at the Hermanos en el Camino migrant shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Monica Rankin, A&H Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives, will give brief historical background on Central American immigration.
S. Deborah Kang, A&H associate professor of History and Fellow of the Anne Stark and Chester Watson Professorship in History, will discuss the history of border policing in the U.S.
Lorena Tule-Romain, co-founder of ImmSchools and the Education Coordinator for the North Texas Dream Team, will discuss the realities of living with fear of raids and deportation and the ways Texas families are facing these challenges.

In advance of this teach-in, check out this CometCast podcast with Raul Hinojosa, Director of Community Engagement at UTD, discussing DACA, prejudice, and other challenges immigrants confront today!

Teach-In: Border Policing and ICE

October 30

Senior Recital: Tristyn Linde

Tristyn Linde's senior recital was live-streamed on October 23 at 7 p.m. on the A&H Youtube.

Their interest in languages is the focus for this recital, which features seven different languages. Tristyn is an Arts and Technology major scheduled to graduate this December and is completing a minor in performing arts. A mezzo-soprano, they are currently the Vice President and Marketing Coordinator for Comet Opera and have performed as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina and Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, as well as being in rehearsal for Hanna Glawari in Lehar’s The Merry Widow with that organization. Their vocal repertoire also includes non-operatic works by Debussy, Brahms, and Grieg. They would love for you to tune in and hear them perform arias and art songs from the baroque era to the 20th century.

View program

Senior Recital: Tristyn Linde

From October 23

Translating the World, episode 4

In this new episode of Translating the World, Dr. Rainer Schulte and Dr. Sarah Valente speak with German publisher and editor Christine Becker about the life and works of her late husband Jurek Becker. Jurek is the author of highly acclaimed works of literature, who garnered international acclaim with his debut novel Jacob the Liar, the first comic novel on the Holocaust. Christine Becker has edited many of Jurek’s works, including a most recent collection of postcards, Am Strand von Bochum ist allerhand los - Postkarten, which was highly praised by critics in Germany.

You can listen to this episode and all previous episodes at AnchorFM. The podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Be sure to subscribe and share with your colleagues, friends, family, and anyone who might be interested in a conversation about international literature and culture.

Translating the World

Translating the World

Photoworks 2020

Photoworks 2020 represents a selection of creative work completed by advanced photography students from the University of Texas at Dallas, curated by faculty member Marilyn Waligore.

View the exhibition online

Exploring portraiture as a method of collaboration, these photographers discover the expressive potential of this exchange and the possibilities of human form.  Meanwhile, photographic records of architecture reveal a city undergoing transformation through a revisiting of familiar Dallas landmarks.

Exhibiting artists include Tony Boykin, Megan Martinez, Kevin Ong, and Jacob Tran.

Photoworks 2020

Online Art Exhibition

Francesca Brunetti: Post-terrona

Post-terrona. A drawing project about an imaginative reconfiguration of the southern Italian woman.

View the exhibition online

Terrone is a pejorative term used by northern Italians to address and describe southern Italians. The English words “hick”, “hayseed”, or “redneck” function as rough translations. Yet these words do not capture the specificity of terrone, its unique connection to geography—the south of Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. Rooted in the world “terra”, which means ground, terrone suggests the action of working the land by a poor and uneducated person. The reference to the ground is also connected with the color brown as a way to address the fact that people from the south of Italy have darker skin than people from the north.

The term “terrona”, the female form of “terrone”, refers to the southern Italian woman. My drawings represent the southern Italian woman according to how she has been traditionally represented—even caricatured—in a variety of media as loud, uneducated, impulsive, possessive, maternal, buxom, and attractive. By adopting a simple and minimalist drawing style I isolate, appropriate, and focus on these features of the terrona in order to shift the dialogue. With these drawings, my goal is to transform the meaning that traditional culture assigned to her. I do this by adopting a reductive drawing style to challenge the conventional representations of the terrona’s body where I emphasize the use of ink and line to allow the terrona’s gesture, pose, and facial expression to become primary. By embracing black and white my drawings suggest the design of a new type font that I use to create an unconventional language to describe the terrona.

Post-terrona

Online now

Teach-In: Diversity Work at UTD

View recording.

Leaders in diversity work at UTD (and beyond) participated in a conversation on the meaning of "diversity work" on campus and discussion on questions such as:

• What labor is currently being done, and who is doing this labor?
• What are the challenges facing diversity workers on campus at UTD?
• What more can we do as a community to support equity and diversity work?
• What does an equitable, diverse UTD look like and how will we know when we have achieved it?

Featuring:

Bruce August, Jr., Assistant Director of Programming & Marketing for the Multicultural Center at UT Dallas.

Dr. Kimberly Burdine, a licensed psychologist who serves as Assistant Director, Training Director at The University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center.

Brianna Hobbs, Assistant Director of Experiential Programs in the University Career Center. Additionally, she serves as the President of the Black Faculty & Staff Alliance employee resources group at UT Dallas.

Poe Johnson, Assistant Teaching Professor of Media and Communications at Drew University.

Jacqueline Prince, Assistant Director of Women’s & Gender Equity Programs in the Gender Center at UTD.

Teach-In: Diversity Work at UTD

From October 2

Translating the World, episode 3

Dr. Rainer Schulte, professor of arts and humanities and Katherine R. Cecil Professor in Foreign Languages, is excited to announce the third episode Translating the World with Rainer Schulte, a new podcast of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In this episode, guest host Dr. Shelby Vincent, research associate in the Center for Translation Studies and lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities, interviews Colombian writer, art critic and curator, Juan Cárdenas and translator Lizzie Davis about Juan’s English-language debut novel Ornamental (Coffee House Press, 2020). Ornamental is a beautifully dark and eerie novel full of tension narrated by an unnamed researcher who is running experiments on study participants referred to only by number. His life in the pharmaceutical lab is juxtaposed to his life with his wife, an artist, who, as are all the other characters in the novel, referred to only by her role.

The Translating the World podcast is produced by Dr. Sarah Valente, visiting assistant professor in the School of Arts and Humanities. The new episode will air on Friday September 25th at 10 a.m. at anchor.fm/translation, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify and will be available on demand on these platforms.

Translating the World

Translating the World

Teach-Ins: African Americans and Human Rights

On September 17th, students, faculty, and staff participated in a read-in of the 1946 National Negro Congress Petition to the United Nations, a groundbreaking document which provided the inspiration for the Civil Rights Congress petition, "We Charge Genocide," presented to the UN in 1951. 

A recording of the live event is available for viewing here

Distinguished guest, Dr. Marvin Dulaney, Associate Professor of History Emeritus at UT Arlington and namesake of the DFW branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), will introduce the petition and offer some context on the local work of scholars to sustain African American Studies in the DFW area.

Dr. Kimberly Burdine, Assistant Director, Training Director and Psychologist in the Student Counseling Center at UT Dallas will discuss the emotional impact of hearing the trauma-informed demands of this freedom-making document read aloud by speakers inhabiting different identities, histories, and lived experiences. 

If you'd like to receive regular updates on teach-in events, please sign up to be on the teach-in email list.

Teach-Ins: African Americans and Human Rights

Teams video from September 17

Naked, with Fur - A 2020 View of Works by UT Dallas' Visual Arts Faculty

The SP/N Gallery is launching its new 2020-21 Exhibition Season with a panorama of artworks featuring its Visual Arts Faculty. It has been over a decade since we last executed such an exhibition. In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, this show of force promises to bring a mix of relief, consternation, reflection and distraction concerning these complex times of uncertainty. Works represent a multitude of mediums encompassing traditional to new media and expanded fields of research.

The gallery and exhibition will be virtually accessible only—no public access. UT Dallas ARTS classes (enrolled students) and instructors are allowed under only very specific circumstances. Full details are within the gallery exhibition website.

View the gallery exhibition online

Exhibiting Artists Include:
Andy Amato, Rebecca Booker, Kristen Cochran, Colette Copeland, Val Curry, Diane Durant, Trey Egan, Ian Etter, Brian Fridge MaryEllen Lacy, Stephen Lapthisophon, Peter Ligon, Emily Loving, Daniel Martinez, Greg Metz, Cynthia Miller, Inki Min, Daniel Martinez, Jeffrey Miranda, Marcy Palmer, John Pomara, SV Randall, Andrew Scott, Carle Shi, Lorraine Tady, Audrey Travis, Liz Trosper, Marilyn Waligore

Facial Disruption 2 by John Pomara

Online now

Translating the World, episode 2

Dr. Rainer Schulte, professor of arts and humanities and Katherine R. Cecil Professor in Foreign Languages, is excited to announce the second episode Translating the World with Rainer Schulte, a new podcast of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

This new episode features Ellen Elias-Bursać, one of the most prominent translators of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian of our time. Her well-known translation of David Albahari’s novel Götz and Meyer is one of the more outstanding that came into the picture in recent years and had a really great impact in the United States. As the current president of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), Ellen shares her insights and vision for the future of translation studies with Dr. Rainer Schulte and podcast host Dr. Sarah Valente.

We invite everyone to listen to this episode which will air on Friday, September 11 at 10 a.m. and will be available on demand at anchor.fm/translation and all podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Translating the World

Translating the World

Five-Minute Tours: Colette Copeland at SP/N Gallery

Colette Copeland, whose work is part of our current faculty show "Naked, with Fur," has been featured in a five-minute tour on Glasstire's website.

You can watch it directly on Glasstire's YouTube.

In her most ambitious work to date, Copeland debuts her recent work researching her ancestor—the notorious outlaw Jesse James. Comprised of a three-year performative journey exploring ancestral legacy, gun violence, fake news and criminal celebrity stardom.

The exhibition includes a 22-channel video installation, framed solar plate etchings, as well as an original musical score composed by Dallin B. Peacock and an original audio guide featuring the acclaimed Dallas actor Ike Duncan. Copeland’s fascination with Jesse James stems from childhood family lore—tales of her blood kinship to the notorious outlaw Jesse James. Her great-great-grandmother’s 2nd husband Billy James was Jesse and Frank James’ first cousin. Over the past three summers, the artist traveled to the sites where Jesse James lived and outlawed, filming and leaving her DNA in the form of a lock of hair at each site. The performative journey/quest spanned 9 states and over 4000 miles. The project addresses the cultural mythos of criminals, specifically how the icon Jesse James was/is presented and commodified in books, films, comics and historical sites, as well as the current and problematic fascination with DNA networks such as ancestryDNA.com.

“In the wake of the continued horrific gun violence and murders of black Americans by law enforcement, the work takes on a new context. Visitors to the gallery will view the videos through gun scopes, asking them to question and confront their own perceptions about guns and gun control.”
– Colette Copeland

Colette Copeland

Colette Copeland

Encore Performance: Reflections on Common Ground

Join us for a trip back in time to October 20, 2018 with Reflections on Common Ground. We'll premiere this production on August 29 at 8 p.m. on the A&H YouTube and Facebook. Watch with others online during the live stream or view it at your convenience at a later time and date.

This collaborative project from the Fall of 2018 brought together the UTDance Ensemble and the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective with live music performed by the UT Dallas University Choir and Chamber Singers (directed by Jonathan Palant with Artem Arutyunyan playing piano). Additionally, this particular performance featured The Dallas Street Choir (directed by Jonathan Palant with Mary Medrick playing piano) as an opener.

In this production, residency artist Jennifer Mabus premiered new choreographic work joined by a variety of new dance works from Micki Saba, Melissa Johnson and Misty Owens.

Encore Performance: Reflections on Common Ground

Live-streamed August 29 at 8 p.m.

Translating the World

Dr. Rainer Schulte, professor of arts and humanities and Katherine R. Cecil Professor in Foreign Languages, launched Translating the World with Rainer Schulte, a podcast of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas on August 28, 2020.

The podcast highlights translators who give presence to foreign writers in English, interviews with writers and their translators, portraits of contemporary international writers, and bilingual readings of poetry. The Podcast is for people who are interested in international literature and cultures.

The podcast is available on anchor.fm/translation and on all podcast platforms such as Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Portraits of World War II

Translating the World

Portraits of World War II

The Ackerman Center Podcast presented a special series, "Portraits of World War II." This three-part series featured beloved A&H professors, brilliant scholars, and longtime UTD legends Dr. Rainer Schulte, Prof. Frederick Turner, and Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth. The premiere episode launched on August 2nd featuring Dr. Rainer Schulte. August 9th the podcast featured Prof. Frederick Turner. The series concluded with Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth on Sunday, August 16th. Please tune in to these special episodes to learn about World War II's impact in the childhoods and lives of these remarkable individuals. All podcast episodes are accessible and available on Anchor.FMApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

Portraits of World War II

Portraits of World War II

Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond

Inspired by student outrage and global anti-racist activism, faculty, staff, and students have organized a series of teach-ins organized around the theme of "Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond."

Interrogations of Police Violence

Featuring poetry readings organized by Nomi Stone, Sabrina Starnaman, and xtine burrough, and a conversation to follow with UTD faculty Anne Gray Fischer, UTD student Bryson Royal, and community leaders Jodi Voice Yellowfish (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Texas) and Christopher Robinson (Faith in Texas).

A recording of this Zoom meeting has been posted on the A&H YouTube.

One Breath Poem - "A Small Needful Fact"

A Needful Message is a telematic call and response project in which the voice expresses a poem or poetic phrase with the limitation of speaking in just one "unit" or a single exhale.

In this edition of One Breath Poem, LabSynthE's fifth iteration on this interactive sound project, was prompted by the uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism during the summer of 2020. In this version we center Ross Gay's poem, "A Small Needful Fact," which explores the beauty of a man's life and legacy of his death in the span of a breath.

A recording of this Zoom meeting has been posted on the A&H YouTube.

History, Holidays, Monuments, and Memorials

Participants include UTD Students Axum Taylor, Tamara Havis, UTD assistant professor of history Ben Wright, UTD PhD alum and SMU Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History Sharron Conrad, the founder of Remembering Black Dallas George Keaton, and author of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution Lindsay Chervinsky.

A recording of this Zoom meeting has been posted on the A&H YouTube.

Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond - Interrogations of Police Violence

Zoom meeting from August 6

Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond - One Breath Poem

Zoom meeting from August 6

Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond - History, Holidays, Monuments, and Memorials

Zoom meeting from August 6

Ackerman Center Podcast

The Ackerman Center Podcast was created in response to a need to connect in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It streams on Anchor.FM as well as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and a few other services. Visit Anchor.FM for the listing of podcasts.

Follow along to explore Holocaust-related topics during the time of our shared new virtual realities. Hosted by Dr. Sarah Valente, visiting assistant professor of Holocaust Studies, and Dr. Nils Roemer, interim dean of the School of Arts & Humanities and director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. New episodes are available on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Ackerman Center Podcast

Sundays at 10 a.m.

Encore Performances: UTD Pep Band & Percussion Ensemble's Spring 2019 concert

Enjoy a 36-minute long virtual encore performance of our UTD Pep Band and Percussion Ensemble at their Spring 2019 concert on Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

The video was live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages, and is available for later viewing thereafter.

Encore Performances: UTD Pep Band & Percussion Ensemble's Spring 2019 concert

Live-streamed July 31 at 8 p.m.

Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond

White Supremacy, Merit Scholarships, and UT Dallas

Inspired by student outrage and global anti-racist activism, faculty, staff, and students have organized a series of teach-ins organized around the theme of "Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond."

This conversation focused on merit scholarships at UTD and the ways that colorblindness sustains racial inequities on campus. A recording of this Zoom meeting has been posted on the A&H YouTube.

Due to technical difficulties, the first conversation had to be canceled and will be rescheduled for August 6th.

Teach-Ins: Living Legacies of White Supremacy at UTD and Beyond - White Supremacy, Merit Scholarships, and UT Dallas

Zoom meeting from July 23rd

Encore Performances: Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and University Orchestra's Fall 2019 concerts

Enjoy hour-long virtual encore performances of our UT Dallas Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and University Orchestra's Fall 2019 concerts!

Wind Ensemble from December 8, 2019: Premiering June 26 at 8 p.m. via live-stream on our YouTube and Facebook pages, and available for later viewing thereafter.

String Orchestra and University Orchestra from December 8, 2019: Premiering June 27 at 8 p.m. via live-stream on our YouTube and Facebook pages, and available for later viewing thereafter.

Encore Performance: UT Dallas Wind Ensemble from Dec. 8, 2019

Encore Performance: UT Dallas String Orchestra and University Orchestra from Dec. 8, 2019

Live-streamed June 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.

Encore Performances: Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and University Orchestra's Spring 2019 concerts

Sit back, relax and enjoy hour-long virtual encore performances of our UT Dallas Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and University Orchestra's Spring 2019 concerts!

Wind Ensemble from May 5, 2019: Premiering June 19 at 8 p.m. via live-stream on our YouTube and Facebook pages, and available for later viewing thereafter.

String Orchestra and University Orchestra from May 5, 2019: Premiering June 20 at 8 p.m. via live-stream on our YouTube and Facebook pages, and available for later viewing thereafter.

Encore Performance: UT Dallas Wind Ensemble from May 5, 2019

Encore Performance: UT Dallas String Orchestra and University Orchestra from May 5, 2019

Live-streamed June 19 and 20 at 8 p.m.

Gimme Shelter

50 years ago (the birth year of UT Dallas), "Gimme Shelter" was recorded by the Rolling Stones (Dec 1969). It is considered one of their greatest hits and that of "Rock and Roll", both by music critics and fans. "Oh, a storm is threat’ning, My very life today, If I don’t get some shelter, Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away"

On this 50th anniversary of what Mick Jagger recalls as "a very moody piece about the world closing in on you a bit,... recorded in a time of war and tension and often used to evoke natural disaster", it seems an almost prophetic if not ironic reflection as we endure today's "storm" tagged "COVID 19"—and consequently on UT Dallas' 50th anniversary. So respectively we ask "what are the students of our Visual Performing Arts Studio Program producing in this precarious, pandemic time? How are they re-negotiating their identities relevant to the extended isolation and loss of classroom community?" As you will experience in this diverse exhibition—there is a myriad of personal expressions that defy a common unified chorus in favor of very individual responses falling under the dictates of this new "shelter in place" mandate. Here, Graduate and Undergraduate works are combined to inform this narrative.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our students, staff, faculty and our patrons in the wake of COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended our live SP/N Gallery exhibitions that we may offer this show as a "virtual online tour" presentation of our "select" student artworks from the 2019-20 season. We thank you for your continuing support of the Arts and we welcome you to check out this highlighted, socially distant, but revealing viewing!

View the virtual tour online on Artsteps. We recommend doing so on a computer with Firefox or Chrome browser.

Gimme Shelter

Minchae Cho, Colors at Home - Orange, Digital Image

Gimme Shelter

Beginning May 22

Congratulations Graduates, Spring 2020

Congratulations Graduates Spring 2020

We'd like to congratulate our graduates for their achievements during this extraordinary time by sharing photos of a sample of our graduates this semester from the School of Arts and Humanities on our Facebook page.

Texas Visual Arts Association High School Art Competition (TVAA)

Due to the spread of COVID-19, this exhibition was cancelled early.

However, Cynthia Miró (an MFA alum) filmed this mesmerizing 13 minute tour of the artwork on display:

YouTube

Additionally, Professor Greg Metz and Brian Scott produced this 5 minute tour on Glasstire narrated by Greg Metz.

Glasstire

A survey of amazing young talent here in Texas. The competition was open to all high school students in the state. Traditionally, around 150 pieces were selected from more than 1,000 submissions. The exhibition shows the vast range of young talent in Texas, in all imaginable media.

TVAA

Art exhibition video tours

Musica Nova: Bach! Beethoven! Bartok!

Watch the performance on YouTube or Facebook.

Bach:  Concerto No. 6 in F for two flutes, keyboard and strings, BWV 1057
Heather Hansen & Louis Lu, flutes; Mikhail Berestnev, piano

Bartók:  Rumanian Folk Dances and Allegro Barbaro
Heather Hansen, flute & piccolo

Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Mikhail Berestnev, piano

Students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra and Chamber Music Ensemble perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez.

The players are performing chamber-style, without a conductor.

Musica Nova: Bach! Beethoven! Bartok!

Musica Nova
Classical music performance video

Spring Festival

The Student Arts Festival has traditionally featured the work of over 600 students from more than 40 courses. The festival has offered audiences the opportunity to roam across campus, taking in art exhibitions and classical, jazz, theatre, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be presenting some portions of the festival virtually, while others will be cancelled.

Creative Writing:

"Surrounding My Dog" by Shannon Schaffer - The story of a dog and his companion as they navigate the dangers of a sidewalk destroyed from road work.

"Morning Love" by Jane Saginaw - A poem.

Visual Art:

Where Everything Gathers by Aaron Roe - Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition. View full details.

Gimme Shelter - some of our best undergraduate and graduate students’ works from Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 in a virtually presented online exhibition beginning May 22nd. View full details.

Music:

Jazz Piano recital by Luke Coffman - Luke performs "Forest Flower" by Charles Lloyd, "Stella by Starlight" by Victor Young/Ted Washington, "Someday My Prince Will Come" by Frank Churchill/Larry Morell, "Solar" by Miles Davis, "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Moment's Notice" by John Coltrane, and "Here's That Rainy Day" Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke. View full details.

Cello recital by Jonathan Moore - Jonathan performs Joseph Abaco's "11 Caprices for Cello, Caprice No. 1"

Flute recital by Merry Wang - Merry performs Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partita for Solo Flute in A Minor, BWV 1013 (Movement IV: Bourrée Anglaise)"

Flute recital by Zia Kim - Zia performs an excerpt from Cécile Chaminade's "Fluter Concertino, op. 107"

Musica Nova: Bach! Beethoven! Bartok! on YouTube and Facebook. We are streaming our previous December 7, 2019 concert in place of the cancelled spring concert. View full details.

Student Arts Festivals

Beginning May 4

Jazz Piano recital by Luke Coffman

Luke Coffman's jazz piano recital from Spring 2020, a student of Kelly Durbin.

YouTube video

Facebook video

Performance list:
Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd
Stella by Starlight: Victor Young/Ted Washington
Someday My Prince Will Come: Frank Churchill/Larry Morell
Solar: Miles Davis
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado): Antonio Carlos Jobim
Moment's Notice: John Coltrane
Here's That Rainy Day: Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke

Luke Coffman

May 4 - May 16
Jazz piano recital video

Aaron Roe: Where Everything Gathers

Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition: Where Everything Gathers by Aaron Roe

View the exhibition online.

In the mind of the owner, an object may hold a residual presence of the person, place, or event for which it is significant. Objects may linger because of their perceived usefulness or rarity. As a collage artist and family history enthusiast, Aaron Roe has amassed a collection of items he examines through photography. These objects have found their way to him through family members who know his interest in ancestry, antiques, and collage work. Some items find a way into artworks, and others form the clutter of sentimental debris and things that may one day be useful.

Aaron Roe: Where Everything Gathers

May 1 - May 16
Art Exhibition website

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The tragic play by Goethe tells the story of Dr. Faust who sells his soul for knowledge. This performance is based on a new translation by Drs. Fred Turner and Zsuzsanna Ozsváth.

Directed by Raphael Parry

The Faust "radio play" is available between April 26 and May 9. After May 9, only the non-audio version of the production will be available for viewing. Listening will be limited to registrants, listenership is limited and expires after May 9. Registering will grant registrants access to a website on which they can listen to the radio play and view the dramaturgical materials, which will include historical images, prints, and interviews with the design team.

Free passes are available until May 9 or until the show has sold out, whichever comes first. Visit faust.utdallas.edu to view. After May 9, only the non-audio version the production will be available for viewing.

Warning: Faust contains adult content and language.

Faust

Dramaturgical website

Comer Collection: Greatest Hits

Diane Durant, director of the Comer Collection, shares some of the greatest hits from the Comer Collection as well as some general background information about how the collection came to be in this narrated video.

Comer Collection Greatest Hits

Comer Collection video

Light Waves - Narrated Video Tour

Enjoy the art gallery in a lovely, new, narrated video format.

Light Waves

Art exhibition video tour

Light Waves - Artist Talk: Alan Govenar

A live-streamed artist talk with Alan Govenar was held on WebEx on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. Below, you can watch the recorded artist talk on YouTube.

Alan Govenar

Alan Govenar, Stewpot Series #1, Unidentified woman helps feed the homeless, Canton Street, Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2014.

Alan Govenar, Stewpot Series #1, Unidentified woman helps feed the homeless, Canton Street, Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2014.

Light Waves - Artist Talk: Giraud Polite, Cynthia Miller

Live-streamed artist talks with Giraud Polite and Cynthia Miller were held on WebEx on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Below, you can watch the recorded artist talks on YouTube.

Giraud Polite

Cynthia Miller

Giraud Polite, DC3 Plane, Iceland, 16x20, digital photography printed on paper, 2015.

Giraud Polite, DC3 Plane, Iceland, 16"x20", digital photography printed on paper, 2015.

Light Waves - Artist Talk: Lupita Murillo Tinnen, David Witherspoon, Diane Durant

Live-streamed artist talks with Lupita Murillo Tinnen, David Witherspoon, and Diane Durant were held on WebEx on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Below, you can watch the recorded artist talks on YouTube.

Lupita Murillo Tinnen

David Witherspoon

Diane Durant

Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Aqui, 11x14 inches, digital inkjet print, 2019

Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Aqui, 11x14 inches, digital inkjet print, 2019

Light Waves - A Photography and Video Based UT Dallas Alumni Exhibition

Light Waves features the work of graduate student alumni from the University of Texas at Dallas in a survey exhibition to celebrate the university’s fiftieth anniversary. These artists employ light as one of their creative materials, and continue to influence dialogues in the field through exhibitions, publications and education. The exhibition is curated by Professor Marilyn Waligore, Director of the Photography program in the School of Arts and Humanities, who has created an online gallery to view the works of art.

Among those chosen to represent Visual Arts graduate alumni in photography, and related areas such as video and design, are: Mona Kasra, David Witherspoon, Reynaldo Thompson, Giraud Polite, Christi Nielsen, Tim Kolczak, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Lillian Love Kennedy, Emily Loving, Cynthia Miller, Lilly Albritton, Sheila Cunningham, Eric Baze, Alan Govenar, and Diane Durant.

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Tim Kolczak, CPL Josue Barron (USMC, OEF Veteran), 2018, White Gloss Metal, 24 x 36 inches

Tim Kolczak, CPL Josue Barron (USMC, OEF Veteran), 2018, White Gloss Metal, 24 x 36 inches

Piano Recital: Mikhail Berestnev

Mikhail Berestnev performed works by Franck, Ravel, Rodríguez, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

The performance was recorded and can be watched in the best quality on Facebook. However, if you are unable to watch the Facebook version, please try watching on YouTube. Note: due to copyright claims, portions of the videos were removed or muted automatically by Facebook and YouTube. We suggest watching the Facebook video, as it had fewer claims.

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Piano Recital: Mikhail Berestnev - Works by Franck, Ravel, Rodriguez and Prokofiev

Piano Recital: Mikhail Berestnev

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