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SDCT's Top 10: Year in Review

Look back on the show-stopping events, national recognition, and milestones we're celebrating from the 2022-2023 academic year.

Still image from Yuliya Lanina exhibition at the Ney Museum Community Art Bash featuring an interpretive self portrait

Who Runs the World? AET Professor Yuliya Lanina and the Women's Experience at the Elisabet Ney Museum

November 7, 2023

On October 21, the Elisabet Ney Museum hosted Re-Imagining the Ney: A Community Art Bash. German-American sculptress Elisabet Ney’s mission was brought to life by Austin contemporary visual artists Agustina Rodriguez, Lisa B. Woods, and SDCT’s very own Yuliya Lanina. The AET Assistant Professor presented four sets of artwork that showcased the struggles, creativities, and common lived experiences of womanhood.

Tower and Littlefield Fountain with tulips 2023

Researchers, Authors Celebrated at University Co-op Awards

November 7, 2023

The Creative Research Award was presented to Professor Kate Catterall for “Drawing the Ring of Steel.” The one-day theatrical event in Belfast commemorated the 30-year ethno-nationalist conflict known as the Troubles in Northern Ireland, specifically focusing on the 2.2-mile security cordon of 12-foot-tall steel, concrete and barbed wire barricades that encircled Belfast.

Performers occupying Royal Avenue at the location of a drop arm barrier that permitted buses through the center and secured the space between two checkpoints

“It’s not just a memory. It’s inhabiting history.” Professor Kate Catterall Awarded for Unearthing Belfast’s Buried Past

October 30, 2023

In March 2022, Associate Professor of Design Kate Catterall landed in Belfast, UK to rehearse and launch her free, citywide, 12-hour commemorative event “Drawing the Ring of Steel.” This past September, she was honored with the UT Co-op Research Excellence Award in Creative Research for her scholastic journey and work.

Meet the team of AET students that make up Merge Conflict Studio

Professor Shannon Murray Chats with Merge Conflict, the Student-Run Studio Behind ‘Re:Fresh’

October 25, 2023

Arts and Entertainment Technologies professor Shannon Murray sits down with AET students Melody Geiger, Will Sords, Joseph Horak, Connor Blankenship, Karina Teruya, and Ethan Godwin to talk about their original video game Re:Fresh.

Members of Longhorn Gaming testing out the new Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena

Esports Arena Unlocks Learning Opportunities

October 25, 2023

The new 3,400-square-feet Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena outfitted with high-performance Alienware equipment transformed the historic Texas Union Underground into a place to game, compete and find community. Listen to this 3-minute story featuring Arts and Entertainment Technologies Chair Michael Baker to hear why Longhorns and academic partners are excited about the arena’s possibilities to unlock learning opportunities in creative technologies and other industries.

David Sheilds posing in front of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection during his visit in Fall 2023

Hot Off the Press: Former Design Faculty David Shields Talks Preserving Wooden Legacy of the RRK

October 23, 2023

Last week, Shields returned to the Forty Acres to discuss his 408-page book The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection: A History and Catalog at the Harry Ransom Center. In his book and research blog, Shields explores Kelly’s history with the collection, the stylistic development of wood type, and the textual history of each typeface.

Portrait of Michael Ray Charles

Design Professor Michael Ray Charles Among 2023/2024 Texas State Artists

October 17, 2023

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) recently announced the 2023 and 2024 Texas State Musicians, Poet Laureates, and Artists. These designations are made for “the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas.”

Sydney Parks headshot

New Faculty Member Q&A: Sydney Parks, Assistant Professor of Practice

October 12, 2023

Sydney Parks is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of virtual and physical space. Currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at The University of Texas in Austin, she has previously taught as a Teaching Fellow in painting, drawing, and virtual reality art at the University of Houston. Learn more about Sydney in this Q&A.

Daphne Hancock in white medical coat next to image of a stethoscope

Dell Med, Round Two: Meet Daphne Hancock, M.D., MPH

October 5, 2023

Daphne Hancock, M.D., MPH, was inspired by the compassionate care delivered by residents and faculty members during her time as a medical student at Dell Med. Now she has the opportunity to continue to provide care for and invest in the Austin community as an internal medicine resident.

Jiabao Li and her team record sounds of the glacier used in the multisensory VR film Once a Glacier

Animal Agency in the Anthropocene

October 4, 2023

Assistant Professor Jiabao Li's futurism is guided by the dignity of other beings. (Previously published in Arts Next 2023)