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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Reporter/Arts Critic

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.


Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia Univ. Arts Journalism Program.

Latest from Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin

Recent landscape work has cleared portions of the Laguna Gloria lakeside of invasive species, revealing views that haven’t been seen in years, including the view of the lake from the Driscoll Villa. Below is Liam Gillick’s site-specific sculpture “Raised Laguna Discussion Platform (Job 1073),” installed last September.

Van Ryzin: Landscape architects begin imagining a new Laguna Gloria

There’s been more to see in the past year at Laguna Gloria, the 12-acre lakeside estate belonging to the Contemporary Austin, the organization that resulted from the 2011 merger of Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art.Last year, museum leaders announced a new mission for Laguna Gloria, defining the site ...

Artist Judy Youngblood creates a new mixed media installation for “Time and Weather: Judy Youngblood” Exhibit continues through June 7. Flatbed Press & Gallery,

Arts picks: Events happening April 20-26

“Time and Weather: Judy Youngblood.” Artist’s reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours: 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit continues through June 7. Flatbed Press & Gallery, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. 512-477-9328. www.flatbedpress.com.Artist Judy Youngblood — whose work ...

For his “Recycled Sounds” project, Austin composer Steve Parker will install creative instruments of found objects — all playable music instruments, like the one pictured — in Austin’s City Hall parking garage.

Arts pick: Stage your own concert with recycled instruments in Austin City Hall parking garage

Monday“Recycled Sounds.” Imagine passing through the parking garage under Austin City Hall and finding a curious tangle of plastic tubes, metal pipes, drumsticks, plastic buckets — all playable music instruments, free for anyone to explore.As part of the Fusebox Festival, Austin composer Steve Parker stages “Recycled Sounds,” a project that ...

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UT appoints new director of Butler School of Music

The University of Texas announced Monday that Mary Ellen Poole, dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has been appointed director of  UT's Butler School of Music and holder of the Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music. Poole has been dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music ...

Sam Green and Yo La Tengo will perform “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” on April 17.

Arts scene: Picks for April 13-19

“In the Heights”: 2 p.m. Sunday and April 19, 7 p.m Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-April 19. B. Iden Payne Theatre, Winship Building, University of Texas campus. $15-$25. 512-477-6060. www.texasperformingarts.orgDirected by artist-in-residence Jerry Ruiz, University of Texas theater department presents Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical set in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood ...

Austin playwright Steve Moore has written works for the stage, but his latest will be delivered by text over six months.

Van Ryzin: Your cellphone’s the stage for Steve Moore’s text-only play

Steve Moore admits that he has been a bit cranky about the whole texting thing from time to time. “I’m not a Luddite,” says the respected Austin playwright, who, by the way, has done technical writing for IBM for years. But if you’ve spent your artistic efforts over the past ...

Tom Molloy, “Native,The Pass” graphite on paper, 2013, from the artist’s solo show at Lora Reynolds Gallery through May 10.

Up on the walls: A round-up of some current gallery exhibits in Austin

Spring has sprung. So has a new crop of gallery exhibits around town.“Leslie Wilkes: Optic Verve”10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 18. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. Free. 512-477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.orgMarfa-based artist Leslie Wilkes describes her geometric abstract paintings as “ kind ...

Van Ryzin: Austin’s Vault Fine Art Service fills growing need with city’s first high-end storage space

Van Ryzin: Austin’s Vault Fine Art Service fills growing need with city’s first high-end storage space

The new art storage facility of Vault Fine Art Services looks as innocuous as any other warehouse: On the outside it’s the indeterminate shade of industrial white of so many modern warehouses; on the inside it’s a voluminous high-ceiling concrete-floored space. But soon the warehouse will be filled with A-list ...

British dance troupe Motionhouse performs Friday at Bass Concert Hall.

Arts scene: Picks for April 6-12

Motionhouse: “Scattered.” 8 p.m. Friday. Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas campus. $28-$38. 512-477-6060. www.texasperformingarts.org From England comes Motionhouse, a dance company that’s as much modern acrobatic circus as it is high-tech visual illusion.Seven dancers perform on an infinity stage where movement and film integrate on a huge curved floor ...

Hannah Kenah and the ensemble rehearse “From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach,” a new play by Sibyl Kempson performed as part of the Fusebox Festival, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Sprawling ‘Pig Pile’ offers unusual theatrical experience

The rehearsal logistics for “From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach” — a new play by Sibyl Kempson opening Friday at the Salvage Vanguard Theater — are far more unusual than for most theatrical productions. For one thing, the play starts outside the theater’s front door. Then, ...

 

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