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Two faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History, Lawrence McFarland and Troy Brauntuch, have each been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City. The prestigious fellowships are granted annually, based on demonstrated achievement and exceptional promise for productive scholarship and creative ability.
McFarland and Brauntuch were among 180 artists, scientists, and scholars chosen from some 3,000 applicants. John Yancey, chair of the department, commented after hearing the news, “We are extraordinarily pleased to be one of the few university art departments in the nation that had two members of its faculty receive Guggenheim Fellowships this year.”
Lawrence McFarland, Kodak at Marble Canyon Overlook, Highway 89, Arizona
Lawrence McFarland holds the William and Bettye Nowlin Endowed Professorship in Photography and has taught in the department since 1985. He received his masters of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska in 1976, after completing his bachelor's degree in fine arts at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1973. Besides teaching on campus, McFarland has taught courses in Italy, as part of the department's Learning Tuscany study abroad program. He has received numerous awards and honors, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships and the Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in Carmel, California. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, and his photographs are included in major collections, among them the Center for Creative Photography, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Denver Art Museum. He has most recently produced a series of panoramic images in the American West and in Italy, a book of which was published by Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Troy Brauntuch, Foot
Troy Brauntuch, associate professor in studio art, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 1975 and was an adjunct professor at Columbia University before coming to the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Grants and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2009, Brauntuch was included in the exhibition, The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and his work was also featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial exhibition, Day for Night. A 2007 survey exhibition at the Magasin-Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble, France also included his work. He is counted in numerous private and public collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Brauntuch is represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and Mai 36 Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. His work is currently on view in a solo exhibition at Galerie Capitain Petzel in Berlin, and he will be included in a forthcoming exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis.