Korean culture immersion: Melanie Mohler

Melanie Mohler is a UTA senior Visual Communication major with a minor in Korean studies. She recently spent six weeks studying watercolor techniques and Korean language in an International Summer Campus program at Korea University. Through this Q&A about her experience, she hopes to encourage other UTA students to study abroad.  What first interested you in studying…

Robots pair with sonnets to assist elderly

Article originally appeared in UTA Shorthorn. By Matt Fulkerson, The Shorthorn Staff Updated September 21, 2016 All the world’s a stage, and all men and women – and robots – are merely players. Interdisciplinary researchers at UTA are blending Shakespeare’s sonnets with robotics to assist older adults in a program funded through a seed grant…

UTA hosts national gathering of leading scholars and historians of disability history

More than 50 archivists, curators, librarians, disability studies scholars, disability historians, and disability rights activists gathered recently at The University of Texas at Arlington to discuss the process of creating a national Disability History/Archives Consortium.   The Consortium will promote the integration of collections, preservation, access and development of educational resources about disability history. UTA…

Art students featured in top design publication

Packaging art by UTA students Elena Chudoba and Andrew Czap is featured in the 2016 Communication Arts Design Annual, the top design publication in the U.S. The art is part of a packaging project led through UTA’s Visual Communication program in the Department of Art and Art History. “Patriot Paddles, a line of Ping-Pong paddles,…

My Experience in India: Katelin Smith

Article contributed by Katelin Smith, Anthropology Major in the College of Liberal Arts. I suppose what originally interested me in studying Mohandas Gandhi was his iconic status–his symbolism, really. Growing up in the metroplex, I’ve had plenty of exposure to various cultures to a mild degree, but it’s not quite the same as understanding them….

Downtown Arlington Designated as Texas Cultural District

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved the designation of the Arlington Cultural District in downtown Arlington as one of only seven new cultural districts in the state. “For generations, fine and performing artists and arts organizations have attracted residents and visitors to Downtown Arlington,” said Jeff Williams, mayor of Arlington. “In the…

Faculty Spotlight: Carlos Donjuan

He’s an Oak Cliff graffiti artist who moved into acrylic paintings and watercolors. Carlos Donjuan’s artworks — with their haunting masked figures — have been seen in Milan, San Francisco and Barcelona, bought by Cheech Marin (of Cheech and Chong) and they’ve been printed up in national magazines. But from painting colorful murals to building…

Alumna Spotlight: Sam Lao

Sam Lao is a Dallas hip-hop artist with ties to the world of visual arts. She studied graphic design at the University of Texas – Arlington and graduated in 2013. Lao uses the skills she learned in school to craft the visuals for her album covers, merchandise and music videos. Lao is rather new to the world of…

UTA Department of Theatre Arts announces upcoming 2016-2017 Season

Kim LaFontaine, Chair of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts, announces the 2016-2017 Maverick Theatre Company Season. Maverick Theatre Company is offering an exceptional selection of unforgettable theatre in its 2016-2017 season. This year, MTC is producing an original musical ensemble work; a comedic farce by Moliere, a sure-fire Broadway hit…

UTA awards four 2016 Interdisciplinary Research Program grants for innovative ideas that address high-priority issues in society

UTA has awarded four seed grants to interdisciplinary research projects that address growing problems such as loneliness among the elderly, the need for sustainable green education spaces, the health crisis among urban American Indians or the mechanisms behind heart failure among the elderly. “All these awards represent important research innovations and could create a real…