(April 16, 2012) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo joined Department of Art and Art History faculty members and graduate students on Thursday, March 29 to celebrate the opening of the new Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio on the Main Campus.
The 13,000-square-foot building on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus incorporates 18 graduate studios split evenly among graduate ceramics and sculpture students. Additional studios feature workspace areas for 3-D design, welding fabrication, glazing and covered outdoor forging.
Funding for the new building came to the forefront three-and-a-half years ago when $3.5 million was allocated for construction, along with $200,000 for new equipment.
The facility will assist the department with recruiting efforts to attract more students from across the United States and abroad.
"We are pulling in an international student body in both the undergraduate and graduate programs," said Gregory Elliot, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. "We have had students enrolled in our programs from England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Africa and other countries."
The department includes 539 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each semester, between 2,300 and 2,600 students enroll in its art courses.
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History offers bachelor's and master's degrees in studio art and art history. Students can study in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, art history, ceramics, sculpture and new media. Class sizes range between 15 and 30 students.
In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UTSA sculpture program No. 13 in the nation among 250 schools offering similar programs.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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