Meadows Prize Winner Tania Bruguera’s Message for the Pope

The Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows brought interdisciplinary activist artist Tania Bruguera to enact her newest public project, “The Francis Effect,” in Dallas, Texas on October 3 and 4.

The outcome of Bruguera’s SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ 2013 Meadows Prize residency, “The Francis Effect” represents an extension of her practice’s innovative blurring of art, life, and politics and aims to challenge public perceptions of immigration, redressing the assault to citizenship rights of undocumented migrants around the globe. Read more

How SMU Theatre Prepared ‘Tyrant’ Star Wrenn Schmidt

Film, television and stage actress Wrenn Schmidt (B.F.A. Theatre Studies, ‘05) visited Meadows School of the Arts recently to talk to theatre students about the industry and how her training at SMU prepared her for a career as an actress.

Schmidt, best known for her roles in Our Idiot Brother (2011), Mary and Louise (2014) and Boardwalk Empire (2010), studied in the theatre studies track within SMU’s Division of Theatre. Before SMU, she graduated high school from the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities. Read more

See the Meadows Art Faculty Work That Will Be Shot into Space

Thanks to an art collaborative in St. Kilda, Australia, works by two Meadows Division of Art faculty members will be part of a collection of 44 audio and video files to be beamed into space.

Inspired by the 1977 launch of NASA’s Voyagers 1 and 2, each of which carried a “Golden Record” time capsule depicting life on Earth, the Australian Aphids collaborative decided it was time to send a 21st-century version of the Golden Record into the cosmos. Although the original Golden Record concentrated on mathematical formulas, photos, and audio recordings of music and wildlife, the contents of the new Aphid Golden Record will be entirely artistic and cultural. Read more