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The Blaffer Art Museum is displaying the exhibition “Buildering: Misbehaving the City” through Dec. 6. The museum also is presenting the first solo exhibition of contemporary artist Miguel Amat. Amat's exhibition runs through Dec. 13 and includes a selection of works created between 2006 and 2013. Amat investigates topologies of infrastructure, development and power that put forward notions of ideological flexibility.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed Aug. 1 as Houston Shakespeare Festival Day in honor of the event’s 40th anniversary. The School of Theatre & Dance produces the annual festival.

This summer, five students from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture unveiled projects as part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale, a major contemporary art and architecture exhibit that takes place every two years. The college’s exhibition “Risky Habit[at]: Dynamic Living on Buffalo Bayou,” offers an overview of Houston’s Buffalo Bayou and its relationship to the city. The projects and others are on view through Nov. 23.

Andrew Davis, associate professor of music theory and director of the Moores School of Music’s (MSM) graduate studies, was named the director of MSM.

This fall, Theresa Rebeck started her tenure at UH as distinguished visiting professor of playwriting. Rebeck’s plays have been produced on and off Broadway. She also has written extensively for television and was the creator and an executive producer of the NBC series “Smash.”

In August, alumnus Michael Ray Charles, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary artists, returned to UH as a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting. Charles’ critical and commercial success includes representation in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Poet and visual scholar Roberto Tejada joined the Department of English and its Creative Writing Program as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing. His work has been recognized with numerous fellowships and grants, including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Raymond Harvey was named the Moores School of Music’s new music director for the Moores Opera Center. Harvey recently served as music director a Kalamazoo, Mich., Symphony Orchestra.

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