Exchange – Expand – Explore

ARTS X TAMU is an art symposium designed to foster innovation and collaboration in the Colleges offering degrees in the arts. This symposium brings faculty and students together to engage, interact and share ideas as they present new works, research and performances in a variety of formats.   This symposium will run in the Fall and in the Spring semester with a different focus for each. The Fall semester will emphasize research and theory in the arts while the Spring semester will highlight the performance aspect of the arts. Faculty and students from all three Colleges are encouraged to present their research and practice.

Spring Symposium | April 11, 2016 | 7pm-10pm

Applications Due March 15, 2016

Submit all completed applications to

ARTS X Spring Application for Performance/Exhibit

Special Guest:  Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Photo By: Kevin Gliner Photography

Photo By: Kevin Gliner Photography

Founded in 1999, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company is one of the longest-standing modern dance companies in Austin. Their mission is to provide engaging contemporary dance performances for the general public and supports arts education and community well being through outreach and enrichment programs.

They have a 15-year history of presenting original works, collaborating with other dance companies, musicians and designers, and directing outreach programs for foster girls in residence at The Settlement Home. They also present the annual Austin Dance Festival, a series of modern dance concerts presenting the work of emerging and established artists for Austin audiences.

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company is one of Austin’s most critically acclaimed modern dance companies. In 2014, it received the Austin Critics Table Awards for both Best Dance Concert and Best Choreographer.

In addition to dancing for Austin audiences, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has toured extensively throughout Texas and has performed in several major North American cities as well, garnering critical acclaim from the Dallas Morning News, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the New York Times among others. The company also accepts numerous invitations to perform at dance festivals, teach at professional conferences and direct artist residencies for schools and universities.


Fall Symposium | November 9th | 5pm-10pm

Anthony Photo_Tommy Lavergne

Guest Speaker: Anthony Brandt


Why Minds Need Art

Drawing on his upcoming book with neuroscientist David Eagleman, Dr. Brandt will illustrate that creativity is not a luxury or gift but rather an essential feature of human cognition.  Citing examples from within and beyond the arts, he will explore a new cognitive framework whose goal is to describe the mechanisms underlying all innovative thinking.  He will close by describing how this model could help the arts play a more central and crucial role in education and society.

Anthony Brandt is an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, winner of a 2013 Adventurous Programming Award from Chamber Music America and ASCAP.  Recent commissions include a chamber opera about post-traumatic disorder, Ulysses, Home, with a libretto by playwright Neena Beber, works for the SOLI ensemble, the Moores School Percussion Ensemble, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and a six-month installation in Houston’s Market created with artist Jo Ann Fleischhauer and composer Chapman Welch.  An album of his vocal music, including his chamber opera The Birth of Something with a libretto by playwright Will Eno, is available on Albany Records.
Among his other projects, Dr. Brandt has organized two international conferences at Rice on “Exploring the Mind through Music,” co-authored a paper on music’s role in early language acquisition for the journal Frontier, and is a principal investigator in a study about music and stroke recovery at Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine.  He is currently co-authoring a book about creativity with neuroscientist David Eagleman and organizing Rice’s third “Exploring the Mind through Music” Conference that will take place in June 2016.