Learning with Landmarks

Learning with Landmarks is a dedicated blog series highlighting the unique and innovative ways that students and other scholars use the collection. Landmarks’ blog, Latest, features timely updates on new installations, public programs, event announcements, volunteer and internship opportunities, and a range of other initiatives. To view the entire series, click the button below.

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In May, Landmarks partnered with the Fitness Institute of Texas for a movement-infused tour of the collection. Landmarks’ education intern, Abby Drake, reflects on the tour and recounts the innovative ways the collection inspired physical activity and movement.

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Education Coordinator, Catherine Whited looks at a mobile inspired by Beth Campbell's "Spontaneous Future(s), Possible Past(s)."

This semester, I had the great privilege of working with Mk Haley and her students for the course, Themed Entertainment Design. As part of this Arts and Entertainment Technologies class, Professor Haley challenged her students to reimagine what an art tour could look like using highly engaging tools from gaming models. With Landmarks as their inspiration and the renegade tours of Museum Hack as their guide, each student chose a work in the collection and applied the principles of “Games, Guides, and Gossip”: 

A photo of Thomas Rodriguez; He is smiling and has brown hair and black glasses on and is wearing a navy blue jacket

Landmarks recently announced the return of Sound in Sculpture, our annual collaboration with the Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts. In advance of the program, we sat down with one of this year’s composers, Thomas Rodriguez. A 3rd year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Minor in Arts Management and Administration, Rodriguez wrote a work inspired by Joel Perlman’s Square Tilt.

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Girl Day 2020: Making monumental sculptures out of everyday office supplies 

By Marissa Dunagan


Girl Day at UT Austin is an annual event hosted each February by the Cockrell School of Engineering as part of Engineers’ Week. The university-wide event invites elementary and middle school girls to participate in STEM-based activities to learn about engineering and technology. The tradition that began in 2001 with 91 participants expanded in 2020 to reach 8,000 young girls.   


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Myfawny Shepherd was the 2019 Education Intern. She is a senior studying Studio Art in the College of Fine Arts. Read about her experience designing a guided tour for visitors based on opposing perspectives that can be found in several works from the Landmarks Collection.

Headshot of Austin-based composer, Matthew Lyons

Earlier this year, Landmarks launched Songs in the Skyspace, a new music series hosted inside James Turrell’s Skyspace The Color InsideThe series features a variety of performers from campus and community, including Austin Classical Guitar. For their first performance, ACG commissioned Austin-based composer Matthew Lyons to write a piece in response to The Color Inside. The work was premiered on 24 November and an encore performance will be held on 15 December.

We recently sat down with Matthew Lyons to learn more about his process and his composition for the Skyspace.