José Bowen

Faculty in the News: April 5, 2011

Ruben Habito on CBS 11 NewsCal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise to The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Daily News on President Obama’s announcement that he was seeking reelection. The stories appeared April 4-5, 2011.

José Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed a nationally acclaimed project he helped shape – a new CD collection called The Smithsonian Anthology of Jazz with Jerome Weeks of KERA’s Art&Seek April 5, 2011. Listen to a podcast of Dean Bowen’s interview with Jerome Weeks. audio

Ruben Habito (right), World Religions and Spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, talked about the merits of meditation with CBS 11 News March 29, 2011. Watch Dr. Habito’s CBS 11 segment online. video

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about T. Boone Pickens’ advocacy for natural gas as part of a national energy plan with FOX 4 News. March 31, 2011. Watch Dr. Weinstein’s FOX 4 News segment online. video

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about living without television for The Dallas Morning News in an article published March 26, 2011.

Creative Time, Meadows School release recommendations for fostering arts in Dallas

Creative Time logoA series of recommendations for fostering the arts in Dallas has been released by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Creative Time, a New York-based public arts organization. In October 2009 Creative Time received one of the inaugural two Meadows Prize artist residency awards from the Meadows School.

Creative Time’s residency has taken the form of a yearlong study of the Dallas art community to identify strengths and potential areas for growth. During the course of three weeklong visits to Dallas over the past year, Creative Time’s team met with a wide range of members of the art community, including artists, curators, collectors, gallery owners, visual and performing arts organization leaders, school administrators, philanthropists, writers, community organizers and city officials.

“Our goal was to begin an inclusive dialogue about where Dallas could focus energies to nurture its artistic life, a conversation that we hope will continue long after our residency has ended and will lead to new initiatives, policies and opportunities for artists,” said Creative Time President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak.

Dallas skylineThe group identified 13 key elements necessary for the Dallas art community to thrive. Many are already in place and working effectively, while others are lacking or nonexistent, Pasternak said. For each element, Creative Time developed several recommendations to further strengthen programs and structures and to create new opportunities.

The 13 key elements are:

  • A sustainable artist community and opportunities for live/work space
  • Cultural institutions with international reach, innovative programs and historically relevant collections
  • Great patrons who support the creation, presentation and acquisition of art
  • Mid-sized and small art spaces that support the creation of new and experimental work by local and international artists
  • Skilled and visionary arts leaders in institutions big and small
  • Excellent contemporary art galleries with international reach
  • Residency programs for national and international artists to create in Dallas
  • Master of Fine Arts programs to train and attract artists
  • Arts education in Dallas public schools
  • Public art to engage broad audiences and activate public spaces
  • Engaged audiences
  • Experienced art writers featured daily in primary news media
  • Civic championing of the arts through policies and urban planning

A conversation about Creative Time’s study and the Dallas art community is now open to audiences online with D Magazine‘s FrontRow. Creative Time encourages everyone to read the report, consider its recommendations, and post reactions on the website at

Owen Arts Center, Meadows School of the ArtsIn addition, as a follow-up to the report, the Meadows School will host a public symposium titled “The Freedom of the City: Models of Urban Engagement and Creativity in the 21st Century” 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The event will explore new models of public art practice in the urban environment. Participants will include socially engaged artists such as Rick Lowe, creator of Houston’s Project Row Houses, and Tom Finkelpearl, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art, as well as members of Creative Time and prominent Dallas community builders. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Division of Art at 214-768-2489.

“This is an important moment for Dallas,” said Meadows Dean José Bowen. “We’ve built wonderful new performance spaces and we are clearly ambitious in our desire to be a major cultural center. The report highlights the existence of terrific collectors, patrons, artists, institutions and partnerships, but also gives us a fresh perspective on what Dallas needs to do to fulfill its promise. Mostly, we hope this report, and the symposium to follow, will serve as the beginning of a conversation for how we can make the Dallas arts community the best in the world.”

> Learn about Creative Time’s 58 ideas for action at the SMU News site
> Read the full Creative Time report (PDF format)
> Join the conversation at D Magazine‘s FrontRow
> Visit Creative Time online

Faculty in the News: Feb. 8, 2011

Meadows MuseumJosé Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about places he finds special in Dallas for an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Feb. 5, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about demographic changes in Texas and how they will affect the political landscape with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2011. He also discussed Republicans and Democrats sitting side by side at President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 23, 2011.

Jillson provided expertise for an article on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political tactics in identifying certain pieces of legislation as emergency items for an article that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 24, 2011. He also spoke with the Chronicle for a Jan. 10, 2011 story about the attention Texas will draw because of its political redness and the governor’s promise not to raise taxes.

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, wrote about why Texas lawyers should vote for the disciplinary rule referendum in a piece published by Texas Lawyer Jan. 24, 2011.

D. Aaron Lacy, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Texas Cable News (TXCN) story on a lawsuit filed by a woman who was fired for taking time off work to vote. The story aired Jan. 18, 2011.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center For Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about how Americans may be better off economically than we realize for a U.S. News & World Report article published Jan. 20, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business wrote about how the United States can reduce its oil imports by developing natural gas that’s locked in shale formations in an article published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan. 26, 2011. He also discussed the mixed North Texas economic outlook with The Dallas Business Journal Jan. 11, 2011.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the effect of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease on her family members’ relationships with each other in a story published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 18, 2011.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Salvator Rosa exhibit at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum for the Jan. 20, 2011 edition of The Wall Street Journal

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the White House oil spill commission’s call for a dramatic overhaul of the way the United States regulates offshore drilling in an article published by Reuters. It appeared in the Jan. 11, 2011 edition of The Calgary Herald and numerous other publications.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about why some religious denominations produce more political leaders in The Dallas Morning News‘s Texas Faith blog Jan. 18, 2011.

Bowen receives DHS Award for Excellence in Community Service

Jose Antonio Bowen, dean of SMU's Meadows School of the ArtsJosé Antonio Bowen, dean of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, was one of 10 recipients of the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Community Service presented Nov. 9 by the Dallas Historical Society (DHS).

Bowen, who has led the Meadows School since 2006, won the award in the category of arts leadership. The DHS said, “Bowen…has brought bold, dynamic leadership both to the school and to the arts in Dallas. He has connected Meadows with arts institutions and the area’s cultural community. He is looking ahead to history for SMU and for Dallas.”

The DHS, the oldest historical organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the area’s entire history, established the Awards for Excellence in Community Service in 1981. The awards recognize community leaders in a variety of fields who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Dallas and the surrounding area. Outstanding individuals are selected for this honor from nominations solicited from the Dallas community.

“Each year we look forward to this fantastic opportunity to honor some of Dallas’ brightest civic, cultural and community leaders,” said Jack Bunning, DHS executive director. “We’re able to recognize the generosity of these individuals and organizations, while sharing with the community-at-large the continued successes that have been achieved to benefit Dallas and her citizens.”

Award recipients are chosen by a DHS selection committee, led this year by chair William T. Solomon. The luncheon honoring this year’s recipients was held at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas. Honorary chair for the luncheon was Mary Anne Cree, longtime Dallas philanthropist, and event co-chairs were Michelle Neuhoff Thomas and Stewart Hyer Thomas.

> Read the full story from SMU News

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Meadows Prize winners eighth blackbird begin residency Oct. 17

Musical ensemble eighth blackbirdAfter months of planning, Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird (right) comes to Dallas for its first weeklong residency Oct. 17-23, 2010. As recipients of the University’s 2009-10 Meadows Prize, the group will participate in 20 different events during the week, including four that are free and open to the public: an open rehearsal, a reading workshop of student compositions, an open panel discussion, and a public concert. The sextet will return to the SMU campus in November 2010 and February 2011.

In October 2009, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts announced the first two recipients of the inaugural 2009-10 Meadows Prize, a new international arts residency: eighth blackbird and the New York-based public arts organization Creative Time.

The prize includes housing for a one-to-three-month residency in Dallas, transportation expenses, studio and office space, and project costs, in addition to a $25,000 stipend.

In return, recipients are expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations, and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas.

“The first set of the new Meadows Prizes went to two extraordinary collectives, both of whom specialize in making the seemingly impossible possible,” said Meadows Dean José Bowen. “eighth blackbird has found a way to make difficult contemporary classic music exciting, entertaining, approachable and profitable. Those are skills our students need.

“I am most happy that this residency will bring to our students not only cutting-edge music, but forward-thinking ways of presenting music and making a living in the modern musical world.”

eighth blackbird takes its name from Wallace Stevens’ poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” in which the eighth stanza reads:

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

Above, eighth blackbird members (back row, left to right): Nicholas Photinos, cello; Tim Munro, flutes; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; (front row) Matt Albert, violin and viola; Lisa Kaplan, piano. Photo by Luke Ratray.

> Find more information, including a full schedule, from SMU News
> Follow eighth blackbird on Twitter

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