As students return to campus eager to start a new year, many will join clubs and groups to meet new people and build specialized skills. Landmarks has two distinct volunteer programs that help keep our program running. Landmarks Docents are trained to lead visitors on tours of the collection. They learn about important trends in modern and contemporary art, how to engage with their audience, and public speaking skills. Landmarks Preservation Guild (LPG) helps maintain the works of art in the collection.
Coming in at Number Six was Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. The Alcalde waxes poetic on James Turrell’s The Color Inside on the roof of the Student Activity Center, and champions the more than 40 works of public art Landmarks brings to the central campus.
Landmarks is pleased to announce the acquisition of a second work of art by artist Nancy Rubins. Drawing (2007) is located in the Norman Hackerman Building, adjacent to her massive assemblage of aluminum canoes and small boats Monochrome for Austin.
“With their complementary explorations of material and process, and of dramatic challenges to gravity and stasis, the two works by Nancy Rubins now in the Landmarks collection make a powerful joint expression of the vitality of abstraction” said art critic Nancy Princenthal.
For Sound in Sculpture's third installment, Butler School of Music composition students tackled the newly installed public works of art at Dell Medical School. Landmarks, Texas Performing Arts, and the Butler School of Music partnered with Fusebox Fest to delight attendees with original music inspired by Marc Quinn, Ann Hamilton, and Seymour Lipton. Composers included Austin Ali, Grace Ma, Ben Stevenson, Jessy Eubanks, and Nicholas Perry Clark.
Landmarks announces a significant addition today: the commission of a monumental mural by artist José Parlá. The site-specific work will be an integral part of Robert B. Rowling Hall, the new graduate education building for the McCombs School of Business. Rowling Hall was designed by Ennead with Jacobs and is scheduled to open Spring 2018.
The University of Texas at Austin has released a digital edition of The Collections, the first encyclopedic account of the university’s repository of cultural artifacts. With more than 170 million objects, the university outpaces the largest collections in America and rivals many in variety and importance. The full 720-page volume is published online. Available for free download, the broad distribution of the e-book and searchable PDF enables worldwide access to the university’s distinguished collections.