The Department of Art and Art History Launches New Professional Practices Series in Spring 2012

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce a new graduate seminar course starting in spring 2012. "Staying in the Game" will focus on preparing studio artists for success in their professional careers. Austin-based visual arts executive Sue Graze will lead the seminar.

"Ms. Graze brings to us a wealth of experience and knowledge of contemporary art," said Interim Chair Lee Chesney, "and is the perfect individual to teach a graduate course on professional practices in the arts."

This course was made possible by the department's recent award of the Marketplace Empowerment for Artists (MEA) program grant, funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. The two-year, $40,000 grant will fund the series in its development stages. The University of Texas at Austin is one of only five universities receiving the MEA grant.

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation seeks to promote innovative solutions to basic and enduring problems in the United States through grant-making programs related to art, environment and learning disabilities. The foundation also hosts periodic meetings of nonprofit organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders with common goals.

Graze previously served as executive director of Arthouse at the Jones Center for the past 13 years. During her tenure she established an active, internationally recognized contemporary art exhibition program, and was responsible for a major award-winning facility renovation and expansion completed in the fall of 2010. Graze served two years as assistant director of programs and senior curator at the Miami Art Museum. Prior to that, she served as director of the Center for Research in Contemporary Art at The University of Texas at Arlington and also as the curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.