Meadows School of the Arts - General Information
The Meadows School of the Arts educates visionary artists, scholars and arts
and communication professionals so that they may have a sustainable, transformative
impact on both local and global society.
Founded through the generosity of Algur H. Meadows, his family, and the Meadows
Foundation, the Meadows School is recognized as one of the nation’s premier arts
schools. It offers intense specialized education in the communication, performing
and visual arts to arts majors, and provides a rich variety of course work for students
from other disciplines exploring the arts as part of their liberal arts education.
In addition to working closely with a nationally renowned faculty, Meadows
students have access to many eminent visiting professors, artists and scholars, as
well as the annual winners of the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the
Arts. Recipients of the award spend several days in residence at Meadows in personal
interaction with students. They have included playwright Edward Albee,
filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, television
producer and journalist Don Hewitt, actress Angela Lansbury, artist Jacob Lawrence,
musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, playwright Arthur Miller, soprano
Leontyne Price, cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, composer and lyricist
Stephen Sondheim and dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor. The Meadows School
also offers one of the nation’s finest university complexes for instruction, performance
and exhibition in art, art history, arts administration, communications,
dance, music and theatre.
The Owen Arts Center houses the Greer Garson Theatre (a classical thrust stage),
the Bob Hope Theatre (a proscenium theatre), the Margo Jones Theatre (a black
box theatre), Caruth Auditorium (which includes a 51-stop, 3681-pipe Fisk organ),
the Charles S. Sharp Performing Arts Studio, the O’Donnell Lecture/Recital Hall,
and several smaller performance spaces, as well as classrooms, studios and rehearsal
areas. The Doolin Gallery in the Owen Arts Center and the Pollock Gallery, housed
in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, are the art exhibition spaces of the Division
of Art. Student work is exhibited and critiqued in the Doolin Gallery. Exhibitions
organized in the Pollock Gallery provide students, faculty, staff and the community
with opportunities to experience a thoughtful and wide array of exhibitions representing
diverse artists, time periods and cultures.
The Meadows Museum exhibits one of the finest and most comprehensive collections
of Spanish art outside of Spain, including works of such masters as El
Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Montañes, Murillo, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso, Gris, Miró
and Tápies. The Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection includes important works
by such modern sculptors as Rodin, Maillol, Lipschitz, Henry Moore, Marini,
Giacometti, Noguchi, David Smith and Claes Oldenburg.
The Umphrey Lee Center serves as home to several of the communication arts
areas. A journalism complex, including a television studio, computer labs and
editing suites, opened in 2002.
The four-story Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library is adjacent to the Owen
Arts Center and houses all arts library collections, a slide library, an audio/visual
center, and the Center for Instructional Technology in the Arts. The G. William
Jones Film and Video Collection, a part of the library’s holdings, is housed in the
Greer Garson Theatre’s 3,800-square-foot refrigerated storage vault, with screening
rooms also in the building.
All first-year undergraduates spend at least one year in Dedman College before
transferring officially to Meadows. Students are assigned an academic adviser in
Dedman College based on their intended majors. Arts students have advisers who
specialize in those disciplines. In the first year, students combine liberal arts
courses with the introductory course requirements of their intended major. After
transferring into Meadows, normally in the sophomore year, students continue to
combine courses in the major with general education requirements. Meadows
considers the General Education Curriculum to be an important part of the education
of its students.