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2018 Stories

UH Musicologist Wins ASCAP’s Timothy White Award for His Biography of John Latouche
Howard Pollack explores an obscure but fascinating lyricist in his seventh book.
No One Else: UH Professor on Book by Fluxus Scholar Dick Higgins
Natilee Harren covers “Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings” for Artforum.
Houston Matters: Events Celebrate the Contributions of Women in the Arts
Fleurette Fernando, director of the M.A. in Arts Leadership program, and Alecia Lawyer, founding director of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, discuss giving female artists a voice.
Life, Death and Healing: Hyde Park Theatre Partners with Catastrophic Theatre, UH for Will Eno’s “Wakey, Wakey”
The playwright will also serve as an artist-in-residence at the UH School of Theatre & Dance during the show’s run.
Pop-Up Art Library and Book Sale with Hot Chocolate, ‘Mystery Boxes’
Blaffer Art Museum partners with the Architecture, Design and Art Library for a special pop-up sale November 26 and 27.
Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellows Announced
Blaffer Art Museum intern Courtney Khim selected as a 2018 – 2020 fellow.
Houston Public Media Visits Alfred Leslie Exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum
Curatorial fellow Tyler Blackwell discusses “Alfred Leslie: One Hundred Characters in Search of a Reader.”
Who Says Print is Dead?
Zine Fest, co-organized by Arts Leadership student Maria-Elisa Heg, channels punk spirit of late founder.
Advocating Humanism in Graphic Design
UH professor Joshua Unikel asks big questions at design educators’ workshop.
UH Dancers Display Creativity, Skill at Annual Audience Favorite
The Emerging Choreographers Showcase presents original works by students.
‘The Debasers’ Shines a Spotlight on Compelling Band Drama
Upcoming UH student-written play follows a group of fun yet flawed musicians on their rocky road to stardom.
The Brontë Sisters’ History Comes to Life at UH
Discover the story behind one of literature’s most famous families in “Dear Charlotte” at the UH School of Theatre & Dance.
Alfred Leslie: Shape-Shifting Through the Decades
Part of Leslie’s final magnum opus is on view at Blaffer Art Museum, through January 26.
2018 – 2019 Opera Season is Right Around the Corner
Moores Opera Center season launches with “The Ballad of Baby Doe” on October 19.
Mr. Marmalade, Bring Me a Dark Comedy
Get ready to nervous laugh and self-reflect during an upcoming UH performance about four-year-old Lucy and her imaginary friend who’s anything but friendly.
Moores School of Music Graduate Student Continues to Rack Up International Awards
Carlos Cordero won top prize at the 2018 Japan International Choral Composition Competition.
UH Alum Sings Way to Top Spot at Prestigious Competition in Hungary
Galeano Salas wins Grand Prix and invitations to future opera festivals.
Watch Her Work
Groundbreaking playwright Suzan-Lori Parks gives 2018 Mitchell Artist Lecture on October 30.
Artsy News, Coogs: School Spirit Skyrockets with Gameday Murals
The School of Arts collaborates with Athletics to bring art to UH football games.
MD Anderson Art Program Helps Children with Cancer Cope
M.A. in Arts Leadership alumnus Zachary Gresham played an integral role in bringing the Postal Art Exchange Project to fruition.
UH Unites Art and Business: Training Tomorrow’s Creative Leaders
Nine new students join KGMCA’s M.A. in Arts Leadership Program.
UH Brings Colour of Music Festival to Houston
The five-days festival features performances by black classical musicians, composers and scholars.
She Should Be Revered, and She Is Not
With two more high-profile plays opening in New York this season — and a huge movie deal in the works — Theresa Rebeck’s time may have come.
Catastrophic Theatre Wants You to Get Loud in the Library
Celebrate 25 years of experimental theatre with UH School of Theatre & Dance’s long-time collaborator.
Between Me and the Sun
UH graduate students wrestle with the desert heat, memory and geo-political landscapes in new works on view in Third Space Gallery.
Power of Expression: UH Releases 2018 - 19 National Commercial
UH slam poet and theatre student Muhammad Khaerisman featured in powerful performance.
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Hosts Party in the Grove
Arts open house in Wilhelmina’s Grove showcases programs and talent.
A Perfect Marriage of Art and Space
Carlos Cruz-Diez’s “Double Physichromie” returns to place of prominence at UH.
Abstract Sculptures and Digitally Painted Portraits Headline Blaffer Art Museum Fall 2018 Exhibitions
Works by world-renowned artists Richard Rezac and Alfred Leslie debut September 7.
Special Exhibition Celebrates Life of Jazz Artist Bob Dorough
The exhibition is on view at the Music Library throughout the fall 2018 semester.
Anjelica Huston Deals with Loss, Land Battles in New Movie by UH Theatre Professor
“Trouble,” written by Theresa Rebeck, hits theaters October 5.
UH Alumnus Selected for Inaugural Cadence Pipeline New Works Fellowship
Will Inman will work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.
UH Painting Professor Wins Rome Prize in Visual Art
Michael Ray Charles looks forward to intensive research and creative exploration at the American Academy of Rome.
Connecting Communities: Bringing the Children’s Museum of Houston to Pride
In a feature for Spectrum South, arts leadership student MLe McWilliams showcases the museum as a welcoming place for all families.
UH Libraries and KGMCA Screen New Documentary “Jesse Lott: Art and Activism”
KGMCA Dean Andrew Davis will speak about the influential artist and co-founder of Project Row Houses.
New Horizons: Messages from the Directors
KGMCA leaders look forward to the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
A Bite-Sized ‘Hamlet’ Isn’t a Bad Thing
Houston Chronicle awed by “terrific performances” at the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
A Woman Playing Hamlet? Taking On Gender Roles In Shakespeare
At this year’s Houston Shakespeare Festival, many women are playing roles that have traditionally been played by men.
HSF Kicks Off Tonight
Dr. Rob Shimko, director of the School of Theatre & Dance, highlights all the festival has in store.
This Film Might Make You Live Longer
Anton Vidokle’s “Immortality for All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism” at Blaffer Art Museum proves provocative.
Rising UH Composer Hones Craft as First Bosarge Affiliated Fellow
Carlos Cordero focused on commissions during the month-long fellowship in Rome.
The Greatness of ‘Hamlet’ is the Question it Asks Us
Houston Chronicle unpacks the enduring power of the Shakespeare classic.
Houston Mayor Declares July 27 ‘Houston Shakespeare Festival Day’
HSF runs from July 27 through August 5 at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Young Audiences of Houston and UH Dance Program Launch Arts for Learning Lab
The new program is designed for professional artists interested in entering the arts education field.
Houston Shakespeare Festival’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ Casts Two Actors as Both Sets of Twins
UH alumni Crash Buist and Andrew Garrett tackle the roles originally intended for four actors.
The First Female Hamlet in This Year’s Houston Shakespeare Festival
“It’s one of the greatest roles ever written and the chance to say these words that are so iconic — to explore the journey that Hamlet goes on is a gift,” says UH alumna Shannon Hill.
‘To Be, or Not to Be?’ UH Alumna Plays the Role of Hamlet in Houston Shakespeare Festival
Powerhouse actress Shannon Hill sits down with morning dose. to talk more about the role and coming back to perform in Houston.
It’s Double Trouble at the 2018 Houston Shakespeare Festival
UH alumni Crash Buist and Andrew Garrett play two sets of twins in ‘The Comedy of Errors.’
Alumni Spotlight: Michael Thatcher Makes Broadway Debut
Michael Thatcher takes the stage in “The Play That Goes Wrong” as Robert and Trevor.
Concert Chorale Wins Grand Prize in Hungary
UH singers stunned audiences at Béla Bartók International Choir Competition.
Houston Shakespeare Festival Expands Kids Days with New Partners
Houston Public Library and Children’s Museum of Houston host events on July 19 and 25.
Powerhouse Actress Makes Houston Shakespeare Festival Debut as Hamlet
UH alumna Shannon Hill talks about preparing for the rigorous role.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts to Host Colour of Music Festival
The five-day festival will showcase musicians, composers and classical music scholars of African descent.
Moores School of Music: A Place Where Your Passion Will Meet Excellence
Study International spotlights UH in round-up of five world-class music schools.
UH Singers Head to Hungary!
Concert Chorale invited to prestigious Béla Bartók International Choir Competition.
Women Take Charge in 2018 Houston Shakespeare Festival
Enjoy free performances of “Hamlet” and “The Comedy of Errors” from July 27 – August 5 at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Texas Music Festival to Cap 2018 Season with Grammy-Winning Maestro Hans Graf
Graf returns for his first Houston to present the grand finale concert.
Agents of Change
KGMCA leaders look to the future at Association of Arts Administration Educators conference.
After Nationwide Search, Blaffer Art Museum Welcomes Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow
Tyler Blackwell brings a wealth of contemporary art knowledge to museum position.
Aspiring Actors Learn the Ropes from Theatre Pros at Camp Shakespeare
Kids work with UH theatre faculty, professional actors at new Houston Shakespeare Festival summer camp.
The Texas Music Festival At UH Is Paving The Way For Diversity In Classical Music
The long-time festival attracts top young musicians from around world to Houston, enriching our present and future music scene.
She Sings. She Dances. She Plays The Violin.
Upcoming concert at UH features Eden MacAdam-Somer, who combines the violin, singing and percussive dance into a unique performance.
Artadia Announces 2018 Awardees
“[UH Professor] Dana Frankfort’s dedication to process, formal experimentation, and the depths and pleasures of color animate a body of paintings in which she explores the legibility, visual potency, and dissolution of written words.”
Art Daybook: ‘Atlas’ Holds Up Time
Felix Kalmenson’s sculptural video installation beckons viewers with a promise of discovery, enticingly futuristic but also slightly vintage-looking.
Timothy Hester to Perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 at Texas Music Festival
The Moores School of Music professor celebrates his 27th year with the festival.
Houston Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off Season with Camp Shakespeare
The next generation of thespians learn the Bard basics.
Coming Full Circle with the Texas Music Festival
First-time TMF Orchestra Fellow Chris Grijalva performs at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, a stage with special meaning to him.
From Houston To Kabul And Back
Fredell Lack Legacy Violin Series guest artist Eden MacAdam-Somer performs at UH Sunday, June 24.
UH and MFAH Announce Partnership Focused on Latino/Latin American Art and Culture
A new collaboration offers UH students unprecedented access to museum resources.
UH Students Receive Record Number of Fulbrights in 2017-18
Madeline Styskal, a recent graduate from the Moores School of Music, heads to Russia as an English teaching assistant.
President Khator Expounds Upon the Value of the Arts at UH
At UH, we are striving to touch as many lives as we can with the rewards that the arts offer us.
UH Trumpet Player Up for Musical Challenge
Megan Wade moves closer to her dream with the Texas Music Festival.
Hear Music Made Famous in “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Texas Music Festival
“Cosmic Beginnings” features music by Strauss on June 9.
Honoring a Houston Legend
Fredell Lack Legacy Violin Series closes on June 24 with Eden MacAdam-Somer.
KGMCA Musician Joins Elite Rank of Performers at Texas Music Festival
Elena Murphy, one of only three UH clarinet graduate students, performs as a TMF orchestra fellow.
Texas Music Festival Goes to Space
Conductor Franz Anton Krager has a blast with Houston Life.
A Top Arts Destination
Public Art of the UH System is one of the most impressive collections in the nation.
Getting to Know Andrew Davis, Dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
As founding dean, Davis wants students to think about their disciplines on a holistic level and not be afraid to take risks.
Raise Your Hand: UH Student Hopes to Elevate Music Education
Christine Oakes wins new scholarship for aspiring teachers.
Radical Research: Art History Professor Named Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow
Natilee Harren’s work on Fluxus artists earned her one of ten fellowships.
Hans Graf Returning to Houston for Texas Music Festival
TMF welcomes the Grammy Award-winning maestro to UH for a concert featuring three Shostakovich works.
Demystifying Contemporary Art for Contemporary Audiences
Blaffer Art Museum gives students the chance to experience contemporary art first-hand at the University of Houston.
University of Houston Applauds KGMCA Musicologist for Outstanding Research
Moores Professor of Music Howard Pollack researches and writes about music, often by way of critically acclaimed biographies of composers.
Nationally Known Expert in Piano Teaching to Lead UH Moores School of Music
Courtney Crappell steps into the role of director on June 1.
ReProgram is the Program for UH Graphic Designers
In the Netherlands, Isabella Serimontrikul will have the chance to examine the expectations and social impact of design.
Visual Translation: International Language of Design
Award-winning designs by Camille Espinas, Julio Aguirre, Esalee Andrade-Guerrero and Isaac Sanchez address social issues and modes of communication.
Arts+Culture Looks Forward to ‘147 Devices for Integrated Principles’
Husband-wife artist duo Hillerbrand+Magsamen address the growing tension of social disconnect and denigration of human connection with this new, striking multimedia performance.
UH Dancers Shine in Introspective, Politically-Charged Works
The spring dance showcase, “Ensemble Dance Works,” runs from April 27 – 29.
Michigan Opera Theatre Welcomes UH Mezzo-Soprano as Studio Artist
Katherine DeYoung will perform in “Hansel and Gretel” and “Candide” in the 2018 – 19 season.
UH Moment: Revitalizing Buffalo Bayou
Graphic design students contribute to a valuable recreational and community space that will give life back to that area.
What Makes Museum Visits So Valuable? Blaffer Has the Answer
Student research projects explore learning laboratories and the power of students in museums.
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Review by Free Press Houston
“[T]he exhibition, as a whole, was powerful and vibrant.”
Highlights from UH’s 40th Annual Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
From neon paintings to inspired assemblage, Glasstire was blown away by the quality of work on display.
Music Fit for a Queen or Two
Arts+Culture Texas salutes Ars Lyrica Houston’s vivid “Long Live the Queen” performance, featuring UH’s Concert Chorale.
The Making of ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’ at UH
Cooglife illuminates the heart and hard work that made this show possible.
Design Project Aims to ‘Cross Horizons’ Between Second, Fifth Wards
“Encounter,” created by graphic design and creative writing students, features interactive installations in historic Houston sites along the Buffalo Bayou.
Reguarding Room Exhibition at UH Libraries
Hosted by the art collective CamLab, co-founded by UH art history professor Anna Mayer, the exhibition features miniature re-creations of feminist works of art.
CounterCurrent18 is Number 1 on Glasstire’s Top 5
The Mitchell Center for the Arts’ annual CounterCurrent festival is back with a week chock-full of performances, installations, and various other programs.
Texas Music Festival to Pack Star Power with ‘Cosmic Beginnings’
TMF launches the 2018 Orchestra Series with a space spectacular pairing of Strauss and Holst space-themed masterpieces.
CounterCurrent18 Highlights Empowerment of Women
The festival, which runs from April 10 - 15, celebrates the art of our time.
UH Students Create Public Art Project for Buffalo Bayou’s East Sector
Six site-specific interactive installations by graphic design and creative writing tap into Houston’s history.
In the Studio: The Art of Observation
Hibah Osman and Donnie Villemez craft complex modes of connection by analyzing the world around them.
In the Studio: Atmospheric Echoes
Charis Ammon and Jordan McGroary capture fleeting moments that would otherwise be lost in the day-to-day shuffle.
So, You’re Thinking of Going to the Opera…in Jeans
Moores Opera House makes opera accessible through captivating stories and expressive acting that’ll leave you saying “Oh, I’ve been through that before.”
The Cost of Competition
Hitting the high note isn’t the only obstacle UH vocal student Kanisha Feliciano has to overcome at the Mondavi Center.
In the Studio: Flashing Lights and Fluorescent Skulls
Influenced by Pop Art and humor, Alton DuLaney and Gao Hang ensnare viewers with large-scale, dynamic work.
On Loss and Love in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’
Kelsey Busboom talks about the play’s themes of coping with family death, wanting what you can’t have and actually getting it.
Meet the Artists: 2018 Fellows Make Art in the Third Ward
CASE and Project Row Houses introduce artists who aim to capture the Third Ward’s history, struggles and identity.
Buffalo Bayou’s East Sector Debuts Cool New Public Art in April
UH students and Buffalo Bayou team up for East Sector art.
Taking it Personally
Artists lead the way with poignant, political works at CounterCurrent18.
In the Studio: Historians, Ancestors and Myth Makers
History offers a trove of inspiration for Jonathan Read, Isaac Farley and Jesus Gonzalez.
A Leap of Her Own
CounterCurrent18 artist and Houston dancer Laura Gutierrez challenges the notion of where art can take place.
Suzanne Lacy: Right Time, Right Place
Experimental Action reflects on Suzanne Lacy’s powerful artist talk presented as part of UH’s interdisciplinary masterclass Against All Suns.
In the Studio: Material Motivation
Heather Bisesti and Suzette Mouchaty find inspiration in found objects and raw materials.
CounterCurrent Festival Announces Plans for 2018
Mitchell Center showcases groundbreaking local, national and international artists in free festival from April 10 – 15.
Create, Collaborate with the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
Study International spotlights the array of leading visual and performing arts programs offered at UH.
Houston Symphony’s Grammy Award-Winning Opera Staged by UH Alumna
Moores Opera House Manager Kristin Johnson (B.A. Vocal Performance Education ’99) stage directed the striking production of “Wozzeck.”
KGMCA Announces Inaugural Marie T. Bosarge Affiliated Fellowship
Moores School of Music student to spend summer residency at American Academy in Rome.
An Invitation to Perform
SingRAE Choir, led by UH alumna Alyssa Plumb (M.M. ’09), sings at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.
Major Opera-tunity: Moores Singers Win at National Opera Association Competition
NOA awards Brian Yeakley (M.M. Applied Music ’14) and Katherine DeYoung (M.M. Vocal Performance ’18) for outstanding performances.
Meet the Musicians: Jazz Festival
Enjoy the 21st annual Jazz Festival from February 23 – 24 at Moores School of Music.
Unpredictability of Past is Theme of Exhibitions at Blaffer Art Museum
Two shows that reflect on uses of history run through August 11.
This Artist is Blooming All Across Houston
Twenty-four-year-old UH artist Tyler Kay (M.A. Arts Leadership ’18) wants you to see the beauty in life.
Fridays at Moores Continues with a Night of Murder, Mystery and Intrigue
Find out “Whodunit” with AURA Contemporary Ensemble on March 2.
‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ Tackles Personality and Prejudice
Prepare to laugh and cry during the premiere of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at the UH Quintero Theatre on February 16.
A Hope and a Prayer: MSM Student Wins VoxPopuli Award at International Competition
Carlos Cordero (M.M. Composition ’18) sets St. Teresa of Avila’s prayer “Nada Te Turbe” to music for mixed choir.
Follow the Leader
Hometown “sheroe” alumna Caroline Docwra (M.A. Arts Leadership ’17) helps Houston’s artists realize their dreams.
On the Brink of WWII, ‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ Confronts Prejudice at Home
Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play opens at UH on February 16.
2017 Art in Review: 2 Fast 2 Furious
KGMCA visual artists stole the spotlight in Free Press Houston's end-of-year review.
UH Alumnus and Cliburn Medalist Returns for International Piano Festival
Kenny Broberg will perform Friday, February 2 at Moores Opera House.
Please Mind the GAP
University of Houston Graphic Alumni Partnership pays it forward to tomorrow’s designers.
Meet the Musicians: IPF
From the newly-minted to the well-seasoned — the International Piano Festival brings some of the world’s best artists to the Moores Opera House.
Texas Studio: UH School of Theatre & Dance's Elizabeth Keel
Arts+Culture Texas spotlights the KGMCA graduate playwright.
Public Art of the UH System Hosts ‘An Evening with Frank Stella’
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stella’s “Euphonia” at the Moores Opera House on February 9.
The Power of Expression
Theatre student Muhammad Khaerisman talks about his desire to create art that enables people to talk to one another.
Bloated, Full of Hot Air: Sergio Prego's Art Mimics Society
Houston Chronicle visits the conceptual sculptor's solo exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum.
Strings Attached
Moores School of Music partners with the Houston Youth Symphony to offer a hands-on internship to music education students.
A Rose-Colored Experience
The Buzz Magazines' Mackenzie Ward visits Sergio Prego's exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum.
Just an Illusion
The art of stage combat, explained by the School of Theatre & Dance's resident combat choreographers.
The Art of the Matter
Three UH artists make their mark on the city.
The Results are In: UH School of Theatre & Dance Shines in 2017
Houston Chronicle highlights University of Houston students, alumni and productions.

2017 Stories

Year in the Arts: Harvey Couldn't Wash Away Cultural Issues, Museum Construction or Show of Talent
Among Houston Chronicle's 2017 highlights are Garreth Broesche's 'Bout a Stranger' and Toby Kamps' new role at Blaffer.
Capturing the Short, Glamorous Life of John Latouche
The New York Times reviews Moores School of Music professor Howard Pollack’s biography of the temperamental but beloved lyricist.
M.F.A. Student Wins Spot on City Council with ‘Vote Art’ Campaign
Alton DuLaney (M.F.A. ’18) has big plans for the tiny town of Splendora, Texas.
Another Year, Another Big Win for Moores Opera Center
The National Opera Association awards UH for “The Inspector” and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Unveiling ‘The Angel’s Key’ at UH
The John M. O’Quinn Foundation gifts painting by Texas artist Dorothy Hood to UH in honor of KGMCA.
Meet Alan E. Hicks, Associate Producer, Stage Director and Assistant Professor at the Moores Opera Center
The Moores School of Music’s new Jack-of-all-trades talks teaching philosophy, Houston’s performing arts scene and the January operas.
History in the Re-Making: MSM Professor Revives Historical Mass
Jeffrey Sposato partners with Mendelssohn’s conservatory to bring 200-year-old music to life.
A Look At The Overlooked: Artist Turns Street Debris Into Art
Gabriel Martinez collects broken glass from the streets of Houston and makes it much harder to overlook.
Remember December: Submerged in Type
School of Art's Sibylle Hagmann reflects on the resilience of her students in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Art Show About Houston's East End on Exhibit
"Encounter," a collaborative art show by UH graphic design and creative writing students with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, is on display at the historic Sunset Coffee Building.
Arts+Culture Texas Finds Striking Beauty in 'Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely'
The solo exhibition by UH artist Gabriel Martinez is on view through January, 27.
'Here, We Go' Campaign Takes UH New Heights
Record $154M raised in 2017, including the $20M naming gift for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.
Beyond Her Wildest Dreams: UH Grad Student Joins MFAH
A practicum opened the door for Briana Gonzalez (M.A. Arts Leadership ’17).
Student Showcase a Big ‘Win’ for Undergrad Playwright
Q&A with Will Inman (B.F.A. Playwriting ’18) about his original dark comedy “Winners.”
Ignite Your Creativity: Study Music at KGMCA
Study International spotlights the Moores School of Music.
Houston Grand Opera Honors Veterans with Profound Concert Series
MSM alumnus Mark Buller (D.M.A. ’15) tapped for capstone “Veterans Songbook” composition.
Sisterhood is Powerful
KGMCA pays homage to historic Women’s Conference through multi-disciplinary art festival in the Wilhelmina Grove.
What If Grandma Was A Professional Wrestler Back In The Day?
"Luchadora!" playwright talks to Houston Matters about how studying with Edward Albee at UH shaped his writing career.
The Best of Both Worlds: Moores School of Music Sends Coogs Abroad to Music Capitol
A new exchange program allows UH students to study at prestigious conservatory in Leipzig, Germany.
High School and College Theater Taking Bold Risks
Houston Chronicle is blown away by UH's "Topdog/Underdog" production.
UH School Of Music Offers New Performance Series
Houston Matters talks to MSM's Blake Wilkins about the new music series Fridays at Moores.
UH Production of 'Topdog/Underdog' an Expressionistic Feat
School of Theatre & Dance's production of Suzan-Lori Parks' darkly comic tragedy wins over Houston Press.
Q&A with UH Alumnus, Critically Acclaimed Playwright of 'Luchadora!'
Alvaro Saar Rios (B.A. Creative Writing ’01) talks about his creative process and how Texas continues to inspire his work.
Recitals Honor Late Violinist Fredell Lack
Sharman Plesner, a former student of Fredell Lack, tells Houston Matters how her upcoming recital honors her late mentor.
GRaSP-ing the Concept: Two UH Designers Showcase Research
Jinyong Choi (M.F.A. Graphic Design ’19) and Derek Witucki (M.F.A. Graphic Design ’19) present at Graduate Research and Scholarship Projects Day.
Up-and-Coming UH Designer Rises to the Top at Live Design Challenge
Daniel Cardoza (B.F.A. Graphic Design ’16) wins AIGA’s Command X competition.
The Show Goes On...Somewhere Else: The Post-Harvey Scramble for Space
The Alley Theatre jumped on the search for a new location for Rajiv Joseph’s "Describe the Night," landing at the UH School of Theatre & Dance.
The Daily Cougar Ponders Mysterious and Perplexing 'Statue of Four Lies'
The statue, created by UH alumni artist group The Art Guys, is meant to unsettle and engage passersby.
Comedy and World Premiere Highlight UH Moores Opera Season
The 2017-18 opera season kicks off with "The Love for Three Oranges."
Seven Talented Young Houston Actors to Watch
Not one, but two UH School of Theatre & Dance alumni made the cut!
Success Story: Grad Student Joins Alley Theatre’s New Special Events Team
Rebecca Ayres (M.A. Arts Leadership ’18) brings her expertise to the historic theatre.
Success Story: Doors Open for Grad Student Using PR Expertise to Spotlight Local Arts Organizations
Kristen Turner (M.A. Arts Leadership ’18) is applying marketing skills to her true passion — classical music.
Public Art at UH System Announces Death of Beloved Artist
UH remembers Lawrence Argent, creator of "Your Move" sculpture.
Coogs Take New York
Graphic design students spend senior trip in the "City that Never Sleeps."
School of Theatre & Dance Opens Season with 'Man and Superman'
“We are quite lucky as a community that we get to present and see such a show,” says Assistant Director Sophia Watt.
Projections and Partlets: UH School of Theatre & Dance Snags Two Houston Press Theatre Awards
Alumnus Clint Allen (M.F.A. Theatre ’12) awarded for ‘Best Lighting’ and staffer Margaret Crowley for ‘Best Costumes.’
Meet Toby Kamps, Blaffer Art Museum’s Director
Q&A with Blaffer’s new director and chief curator.
Q&A with Stars of Theatre’s Season Opener ‘Man and Superman’
Dramaturg Elizabeth Keel (M.F.A. ’18) interviews Alan Brincks (M.F.A. ’18) and Madison Hart (M.F.A. ’18) about the witty battle of the sexes.
University of Houston Public Art Tours
Enjoy a stroll through campus the first Friday of each month.
'Evening at the Talk House:' A Dystopian World Where Theater is Not Valued
Catastrophic Theatre's 2017-18 season opens with "Evening at the Talk House," co-directed by School of Theatre & Dance Director Rob Shimko.
'Fridays at Moores’ Offers a Fresh Spin on Date Night
City Book talks to Associate Professor Rob Smith about the new music series and making chamber music cool.
The Show Must Go On: Alley Theatre Kicks Off New Season at UH
Alley Board Members and VIPs enjoy world premiere of “Describe the Night” at the School of Theatre & Dance.
Grad Student Leads Community Art Projects in Greece
Tyler Kay (M.A. Arts Leadership '18) broadened her career as an artist by taking her work to another part of the world.
UH to Host Alley Theatre’s Season Opener After 20-Day Scramble
School of Theatre & Dance hosts "Describe the Night" through October 15.
An Interview with The Yes Men’s Andy Bichlbaum
Free Press Houston talks to one of the founders of the artist and activist duo The Yes Men.
Houston Press Looks Forward to Yes Men at UH
At the Mitchell Center's 2017 Artist Lecture, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno will speak about employing humor as a form of activism.
Legacy of Legendary Instructor Honored with Violin Series
The Moores School of Music kicks off the Fredell Lack Legacy Violin Series on September 17 with a recital by Maurice Sklar.
Remembering Fredell Lack, Virtuoso Violinist and Beloved Professor
The University of Houston professor inspired countless students during her 50-year tenure at the Moores School of Music.
The Yes Men Blend Laughs, Progressive Activism
The Yes Men want to do the right things for the world. Always believably, and with a smile. But never with permission.
Let’s Get Lost: Enjoy the Journey with New Work by UH Grad Students, Alumni
Kinzelman Art Consulting organized the exhibition featuring Amanda Schilling (MFA ’19), Dylan Conner (MFA ’19) and three School of Art alumni.
Emerging Artist Spends Summer at Residency in Greece
Tyler Kay (MAAL ’18) led community murals on the island of Skopelos.
UH Opens Doors for Next Generation of Art Leaders
MA in Arts Leadership welcomes 13 new students this fall.
A Match Made in Venice: KGMCA Alumna Accepted to Peggy Guggenheim Internship Program
Katy Martin-Beal (MA Art History ’17) expands upon thesis at world-famous museum.
Mitchell Center for the Arts Announces Lecture Featuring The Yes Men
Glasstire looks forward to the 2017 Artist Lecture with satirical duo The Yes Men.
NPR Showcases Works by Moores School of Music Professor
‘Pipedreams’ highlights three works by David Ashley White.
Navigating the Site: Interdisciplinary Artists Investigate Ideas of Place, Geography
US-French collaboration challenges students to create site-specific work in Marfa, Texas.
Mayor Sylvester Turner Declares July 28 Houston Shakespeare Festival Day
UH-produced festival runs at Miller Outdoor Theatre from July 28 through August 6.
Festival Celebrates the Timelessness of Shakespeare's Work
The Bard's influence can be seen in today’s most popular TV shows — from House of Cards to Game of Thrones.
Land Marks: Scenes from a Borderscape
Abinadi Meza, director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives at UH, explores the spatial complexities of the US/Mexico border.
'Richard III:' The Great Persuader at the Houston Shakespeare Festival
Dylan Paul (MFA Acting ’12) joins former mentor Jack Young in this harrowing production.
'Twelfth Night' Offers a Night of Disguises at the Houston Shakespeare Festival
UH theatre alumni take the stage in this year's intoxicating romantic comedy.
From Quills to Paper Crowns: Celebrate the Bard at Houston Shakespeare Festival’s Kids Day
Join HSF at Phoenicia Specialty Foods on Saturday, July 22 for a morning of arts and crafts.
STEM on Stage: UH Theatre Students Help Kids Create Original Plays
Students intern, teach at Alley Theatre Play Makers camp.
Toby Kamps’ Big ‘Big Show’ at Lawndale
The exhibition shines a light on Houston’s contemporary art scene – and spotlights several Cougar alumni and faculty.
The Propeller Group Balances Commerce, Creativity
Houston Chronicle describes show at Blaffer Art Museum as a "spare but elegant fever dream."
‘The Hunchback’ Returns to Houston Shakespeare Festival
Jack Young, star of ‘Richard III,’ spends months preparing for the rigorous role.
From Classic Lit to Ecopoetry: UH Designers, Writers Tackle the Written Word
UH students win two SEGD awards for outstanding collaborative exhibitions.
Houston Gets $445,000 From the NEA, and Here's Every Project Being Funded
The Blaffer Art Museum and Mitchell Center each earned funding for special projects.
Success Story: Moores School of Music Alumnus Secures ‘Dream Job’
James Rodriguez (DMA Vocal Performance ’15) will head the vocal pedagogy program at Texas Christian University.
Broadway Veteran Among Cast in 2017 Houston Shakespeare Festival
“Twelfth Night,” “Richard III” come to Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer.
With Ghana ThinkTank, Houston Gets a Little Help from Afar
After watching the U.S. try to solve problems of the developing world, CounterCurrent artists have decided to “develop the First World” for a change.
Texas Music Festival’s Brett Mitchell Loves Football, Just Like You
Our guest conductor brings a decidedly everyman vibe to the conductor’s podium.
Collective Art: The Propeller Group at Blaffer Art Museum
Arts+Culture Texas delves into the geopolitical histories at play in the exhibition.
UH Names New Director of Blaffer Art Museum
Blaffer welcomes Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection, to campus.
Voice of an Angel: UH Alumna Lands Lead Role in New York City Opera Debut
Kirsten Chambers (MM Vocal Performance ’03) shines in “Angels in America.”
UH Alumnus Wins Silver at Prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition
Kenny Broberg (BM Piano '16) is first Cougar to place at the "Olympics of classical music."
Texas Music Festival Kicks Off with Spanish-Speaking Opera’s Greatest Star
Opening celebration on June 10 pays tribute to visionary composer Daniel Catán.
Adventure Awaits UH Alumnae at International Design Program in the Netherlands
Madeleine Sanchez (BFA Graphic Design ’17) and Victoria Peña (BFA Graphic Design ’17) accepted into DeProgram.
Moores School of Music Alumna is Key Player in 2017 Texas Music Festival
Yan Shen to perform on piano during the grand opening and closing night.
Interdisciplinary Artist Collective The Propeller Group Comes to UH
The exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum includes gallery talks and tours aiming to connect with Houston’s Vietnamese community.
Short Play Festival Selects UH Theatre Alumna’s New Work
A missionary explores grief and faith in Caitlin Turnage’s (BFA Playwriting ’16) “The Holes in Human Flesh.”
Blaffer Art Museum Presents First Major Exhibition of The Propeller Group
The artist collective merges conceptual art with popular media.
Performania: TexFest-ing
For Arts+Culture Texas' Nancy Wonzy, TexFest-ing is an Olympic sport.
KGMCA Celebrates First Graduating Cohort in Spring 2017
Dean Andrew Davis inspires graduating Coogs to use the life-changing power of the arts to impact the world around them.
Fun in the Sun at Bayou Greenway Day
Families made collaged “Nature Papers” with Blaffer Art Museum.
Graduate Student's "ART Rebel" Piece Provokes Discussion
Alton DuLaney is turning the controversy of the flag into art.
Egypt’s Bassem Youssef and Iceland’s Jon Gnarr Know the Power of Political Satire
Youssef and Gnarr hold a roundtable discussion on Tuesday at UH.
What's Political Satire Good For?
Bassem Youssef visits Houston to discuss the power of the joke.
Broadway World Looks Forward to the 2017 Texas Music Festival
Expect to be engaged, enraptured and invigorated when classical music's rising stars perform major classical and contemporary works.
"The Power of Political Satire" Comes to UH
Comedians Bassem Youssef and Jón Gnarr discuss satire on a global stage.
Art Daybook: A Mosque on a Flat-bed Trailer
Ghana Think Tank's Mobile Mosque rolled through Houston for CounterCurrent17.
Dallas Chamber Symphony Closes Season With Moores School of Music Alumnus
Pianist Kenny Broberg (BM '16) provided the "indisputable high point" of the evening.
Vision for Diversity Drives Founding Dean of Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
Dean Andrew Davis is committed to developing the college to its fullest potential.
Performance at Moores Opera House Sets Stage for Nation’s First Spanish Creative Writing Ph.D.
AURA Contemporary Ensemble partners with UH's Hispanic Studies department to present "In Search Of" on April 24.
CounterCurrent17's 'Snow White' Highlights Late Houston Writer’s Legacy
Houston Matters remembers writer and UH alumnus Donald Barthelme.
Houston's Most Extreme Arts Festival Offers Strange and Extraordinary Performances
CultureMap Houston digs deep into CounterCurrent17.
CounterCurrent17 Presents a Week’s Worth of World-Class Performances and Art Installations
Dynamic art programming swarms Houston this week.
An Evening in Images: Blaffer Color Splash Gala
Colorful lights lit up the 2017 Blaffer Art Museum Gala honoring Shirley Rose.
Second Annual Public Art Day Offers Priceless History Lesson
UH showcases the Public Art Collection on April 22.
Stage is Set for Experimental Art to Shine at CounterCurrent17
CounterCurrent17 promises to lead participants into some provocative territory.
Political and Promising: The 39th MFA Exhibition at KGMCA
Arts+Culture Texas considers the spectrum of work on view at Blaffer Art Museum.
Glasstire Finds Heart, Hope in UH Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
The MFA Thesis Exhibition is on view at Blaffer Art Museum through April 22.
Obscure and Exposed: Art Installation Uses UH Campus as Canvas
School of Art professor and alumna install "The Miraculous: Houston" as part of CounterCurrent17.
Meet Amanda Levy (MM Vocal Performance ’18), UH’s Juliet
“Romeo & Juliet” premieres tonight at the Moores Opera House.
UH Alumnus and Acclaimed Pianist to Perform in Ballet Orchestra Concert
The Moores School of Music and Houston Ballet Academy present a unique collaboration on April 13.
“Don’t Just Give Your Ideas Away,” and Other Advice from Mitchell Center Director
Karen Farber shares female leadership advice with Houstonia Magazine.
The Confines of Creativity: CounterCurrent Revives "Ten Tiny Dances," Features Queer Texas Artists
OutSmart takes a closer look at CounterCurrent17 programming.
The A+C TX Top Ten: April Edition
CounterCurrent17 makes the list of best upcoming events.
UH Mezzo-Soprano Wins Top Prize at National Voice Competition
Kristin Lewis Foundation awards Naomi Brigell (MM Vocal Performance ’17) vocal training in Vienna.
Public Art Day to Show Off Campus Installations
Students, faculty, staff and members of the community will soon have a unique look at a campus feature that won UH a title as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
Piano Alumnus Brings Music to Life on International Stage
Kenny Broberg (BM Piano ’16) will represent U.S. at the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition.
All the World's a Stage for Scholarship Recipients
Shunté Lofton (BFA Theatre ’15) talks about the power of scholarships and dreaming big.
CounterCurrent17 Returns with Groundbreaking Arts Programming
Free Press Houston compiles a comprehensive guide to the festival’s can’t-miss events.
Daniel Proietto at Dance Salad & CounterCurrent17
Arts+Culture Texas talks to the award winning choreographer and dancer.
Hiding in Plain Sites
CounterCurrent17 artists reveal stories throughout Houston.
A Storied Snow White Comes to Catastrophic Theatre
Donald Barthelme's postmodern adaptation of the fairytale premieres at CounterCurrent17.
Faculty Spotlight: Nancy Weems, Madison Endowed Professor of Piano
Q&A with the chair of the piano program at the UH Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.
Mitchell Center Celebrates Contemporary Art with CounterCurrent Festival
Installation meets the performing arts in the fourth annual festival.
Blaffer Art Museum Builds Bridges Through Interdisciplinary Programs
The museum serves as an arts conduit in the UH community.
UH Program Elevates Artists to Another Stage
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts students contribute to Houston’s creative economy.
Cougar Music Camps Welcome Texas Students to UH
Registration is now open for Moores School of Music band and choir camps.
Alumnus Lands Starring Role in "Hamilton"
Jonathan Kirkland (Master of Music ’12) talks hard work, singing success with The Daily Cougar.
'Memory Web' Tackles Complex Issues of Recollection
UH AURA Contemporary Ensemble partners with Psophonia Dance Company for an interdisciplinary performance.
UH American Roots Ensemble Invites Audience to Ramble ‘Round Folk Icon’s World
An immersive performance chronicles Woody Guthrie’s life and works.
Proposing Painting as a Form of Refusal
Hyperallergic finds power in the quiet resistance of Blake Rayne's "Cabin of the Accused" at Blaffer Art Museum.
UH School of Theatre & Dance Performs Julius Caesar with a Twist
Females play prominent male roles in college adaptation.
Success Story: Practicum Paves the Way for MA in Arts Leadership Alumna
Olivia Howell-Wilson (MAAL ’16) promotes STEM at the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Concert Pianist, 97, Returns to Stage After Suffering Injuries in Car Crash
Abbey Simon, super-virtuoso and founder of the International Piano Festival, makes a triumphant comeback.
CounterCurrent17 to Include More Topical Projects, Given Political Climate
Houston Chronicle speaks with Mitchell Center for the Arts Director Karen Farber about festival's diversity.
Graduate Student Selected for Prestigious National Gallery of Art Internship
Maryam Athari (Master of Art History ’17) gained a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the esteemed institution.
Center for Art and Social Engagement Partners with Project Row Houses to Launch Fellowship Program
CASE and PRH aim to better integrate the arts into the Houston community.
Spring Dance Showcase Highlights Breadth of UH Talent
“UH Goes to the MATCH” debuts original work created by School of Theatre & Dance undergraduates.
CotA Graphic Designers Sweep International Competition with Visual Symbolic Languages
Four UH School of Art students crafted award-winning designs for Globalmurmurs.
Marfa Sightings: UH Artists, French Counterparts Find Inspiration in West Texas Desert
CotA graduate students explored the town’s landscape and history.
Moores School of Music’s Concert Chorale Invited to Sing at Nationwide Conferences
Dr. Betsy Cook Weber, director of choral studies, leads UH choir to two high-profile performances.
UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Awards Innovation Grants to Cutting-Edge Creative Projects
CotA professors present groundbreaking work that showcases talent from the University and beyond.
Houston Grand Opera's Use of White Actors for Asian Roles Raises Diversity Questions
Director of the Center for Art and Social Engagement Sixto Wagan speaks up about casting diversity.
UH College of the Arts Recipient of $20 Million Gift from John P. McGovern Foundation
The College will be renamed in honor of Kathrine G. McGovern.
Bigger is Better: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Features UH School of Art
School of Art students installed environmental designs at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.
UH MA in Arts Leadership Student Preserving Houston’s Ephemeral Underground Music History
Nancy Dunnahoe (MAAL ’17) catalogs artifacts from the city’s early punk scene with Wild Dog Archives.
Moores School of Music Alumnus Joins Cast of the Broadway Smash Hit 'Hamilton'
Jonathan Kirkland (Master of Music ’12) takes the stage in Chicago as George Washington.

2016 Stories

UH CotA’s Winter Comic Opera Sets the Stage for Comedy With Two Spirited Productions
The Moores Opera Center presents “The Inspector” and “The Secret Marriage.”
National Endowment for the Humanities Supports Work at UH
Rex Koontz, director of UH’s School of Art, is expanding the museum's Latin American art archive.
UH School of Art MFA Candidate and Design Star Shines
Artist and lifestyle expert Alton DuLaney (MFA ’18) is a creative jack-of-all-trades.
The International Piano Festival Invites Houstonians to a Weekend of Recitals, Master Classes
The festival will feature world famous pianists Lucas Debargue, Danny Driver, Ann Schein and Abbey Simon.
Woven Magazine Spotlights CotA Graduate Student and Entrepreneur
Kathrine Zeren (MAAL ’17) shares her vision for sustainable fashion and socially conscious design.
CotA Theatre Professor Named University Educator of the Year
Texas Educational Theatre Association awarded Jackie deMontmollin for her contributions to theatre education.
The National Endowment for the Humanities Awards CotA Art Historian for Research
Dr. Judith Steinhoff explores the representation and performance of grief in Italian Gothic painting.
Q&A with Undergrad Playwright About Her First Production
Nicole Zimmerer (BFA ’17) discusses the family dynamics that inspired her darkly comedic play “Thicker Than Honey.”
Moores Opera Center Places Second in National Opera Association Competition
UH celebrates its sixth consecutive win with the imaginative production of “Anna Karenina” directed by Buck Ross.
UH Art History Professor Awarded for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication
Dr. Sandra Zalman was recognized for her book that investigates the reception and impact of Surrealism in the U.S.
UH MA in Arts Leadership Program Holds Key to the City for Graduate Student
For the 2016 Houston Urban Experience Mural Fest, Tyler Kay (MAAL ’18) painted from daybreak to dusk.
University of Houston Celebrates the Life of Edward Albee
The community remembered the esteemed playwright on November 7.
Houston Chronicle Interviews School of Art Director about Latin American Art in the City
Dr. Rex Koontz discusses Houston’s evolution into “a premier center for contemporary Latin American art.”
Fleurette Fernando appointed Director of new Master of Arts in Arts Leadership Program
Former Houston Arts Alliance Grants Director has joined College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences to launch new degree program.
French Connection: UH School of Art Tapped for Collaboration
An international partnership will send UH and French graduate students in search of inspiration to Marfa, Texas.
UH Moment: Mariachi Violinist
“Mariachi music is very spontaneous; it’s very on the spot. There’s no time to think. Everything is in the moment.”
Blaffer Director Claudia Schmuckli to Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Claudia Schmuckli will take on the role of Curator-in-Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Proclaims July 29 ‘Houston Shakespeare Festival Day’
The Houston Shakespeare Festival presents free productions of "Much Ado About Nothing," “Henry V” at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
UH Moores Opera Center to Celebrate 30th Season of Performances
Moores Opera Center offers Houstonians a first look at new works.
Octava App Delivering Bard Facts During Houston Shakespeare Festival
Festival becomes first theater event to provide “pop-up Shakespeare” for patrons.
Rick Lowe Joins University of Houston Art Faculty
CotA warmly welcomes Project Row House founder and Houston artist to the School of Art.
Children Participate in ‘Brain-on-Art’ Research at UH
Researchers also study the creative process of dancers, musicians and visual artists.
Houston Shakespeare Fest Picnics Made Easier by Phoenicia Specialty Foods
International market, eatery introduces Bard Boxes for convenient carry along picnics.
Local Literary Events Create New Chapter for Houston Shakespeare Festival
Houston Public Library and Brazos Bookstore host events dedicated to the Bard.
UH Hosting Creative Camps for All Ages
Blaffer Art Museum encourages young campers to explore their creativity with the annual Summer Arts Workshop.
Artist, Activist Tania Bruguera to Deliver UH Mitchell Artist Lecture
Provocative political artist to share insights on campus; reservations begin July 6.
UH Music Faculty in the Spotlight During Texas Music Festival’s Perspectives Series
The festival showcases emerging and professional talent from around the globe.