(April 30, 2013) -- Ken Little, professor of art in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, is one of only a handful of artists in Austin today for a ceremony recognizing the latest appointments by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Little was named the 2014 Texas State Visual Artist 3D. Created by the 77th L egislature, the positions are for one-year terms.
Appointees were chosen by a Legislature-appointed committee for the exceptional quality of their work and their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas. Additional appointments for 2014 include Dean Young as Texas Poet Laureate, Julia Speed as Texas State Visual Artist 2D and Flaco Jimenez as Texas State Musician.
"The great talents of the 2013-2014 state artists, along with all of those who were nominated, help contribute to a distinctive cultural identify that makes Texas a great place to live, work and visit," said state Rep. Ryan Guillen, chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "It is important that we celebrate the distinguished career achievements of these artists who have enhanced the lives of so many."
Representing a variety of sculptural media, Little's work has been featured in more than 250 group exhibitions, 45 solo exhibitions, and public and private collections across the United States. The work reflects his need to invent and evolve.
National and local publications including Art in America, Art Week and Sculpture magazines have reviewed his creations, and his sculptures have been featured in numerous catalogues. Little's work was the subject of two monographs: "Ken Dawson Little: A Catalog of Works" and "Ken Dawson Little: A Bestiary of Damaged Goods." His retrospective catalog "Ken Little: Little Changes" with essays by Dave Hickey and Kay Whitney was published in 2008.
A recipient of many grants, Little has received two major individual artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Industry grant from the Kohler Co., the Mid America Art Alliance Sculpture Fellowship and the Penny McCall Foundation's Visual Fellowship.
"I am honored and happy to represent UTSA statewide with this appointment," said Little. "I am hoping that this will help recruit more graduate students to our master of fine arts programs and also attract additional scholarship funding to support their work."
Since joining UTSA in 1988 as a professor in the Department of Art and Art History, Little has helped develop UTSA's graduate program into one of the nation's best, ranking No. 13 by U.S. News and World Report. The recently opened graduate sculpture and ceramic studio with world-class facilities has helped to recruit more international students to the M.F.A. program. While at UTSA, Little's students have won prizes, awards and fellowships, and some have also moved on to complete residencies.
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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