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2017 Stories

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 Craft 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 the 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 the 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.
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 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
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, 2017.
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, 2017.
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 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, 2017.
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, 2017.
“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 Arts + Culture's 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 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 Weber, director of choral studies, leads CotA 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.
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, 2016.
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, 2016.
UH Music Faculty in the Spotlight During Texas Music Festival’s Perspectives Series
The festival showcases emerging and professional talent from around the globe.