ATEC Says Goodbye to Two Honored Guests

larner-x-woodAfter a year-long stay in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, two sculptures created by Liz Larner will be leaving campus December 3.

The pieces were commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center for the museum’s 10th anniversary, citywide exhibition Nasher XChange, which began Oct. 19, 2013.

larner-x-steelLiz Larner, a Los Angeles-based artist, created two versions of a piece titled, X, for the Nasher XChange. The sculptures offered a glimpse into the process of making art. A wood version of the work, which is located inside the Building, embodies the intersection of traditional sculpture media and new technology. A mirrored, stainless steel version is located outside at the Building’s courtyard.

The work has inspired numerous conversations and reflections, and been a central point for intellectual discourse among UT Dallas faculty and associates.

ATEC Meets Korean Wave



Propose a creative idea that uses Art and Technology that inserts it into the art forms of the Korean Wave to further empower it.

What is Korean Wave?

Korean Wave is the cultural phenomenon of Korean entertainment and popular culture being adopted all over the world in pop music, TV dramas and movies.

CNN reported in December 2010 that Korea has become the “Hollywood of the East” over the past decade. Korean TV dramas first made their way into the Asian continent and K-pop, Korean pop music, is gaining momentum worldwide. For example, Psy’s Gangnam Style became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views.

More information about Korean Wave can be found at

Challenge and Scope

The Korean Wave surge began with TV and music as cultural exports. In an effort to further the creativity of the Korean Wave, we are asking ATEC students to combine technology with pop culture as an artistic expression. The objectives are to find ways to connect ATEC to Korean Wave and new ways to express and interact with it.

Let your imagination flow, and be creative.

Your proposal submission format may be in the form of any of the following:

  • PowerPoint or Keynote
  • Word document or PDF

If you have any questions regarding the contest, please send them to


There will be three awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively.

  • 1st place will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
  • 2nd place will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • 3rd place will receive a $500 scholarship.

Winners will have the privilege to be involved in the development of their proposal, where as needed.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Is the proposal feasible?
  • Is it creative?
  • Does the proposal adhere to the challenge and scope?
  • Does the proposal feature more than one way to enhance or empower the Korean Wave?


To be eligible for this contest, you must be a currently enrolled student (undergraduate, graduate or doctorate) in the Arts and Technology, Emerging Media and Communications, or Arts and Humanities program at The University of Texas at Dallas. You must also agree to transfer by assignment any and all rights you may have in the proposal to The University of Texas at Dallas and The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System,

You may submit your proposal as an individual or group. Group awards will be distributed evenly among the group members.

How to Enter

  1. Download and fill out the Korean Wave Assignment Form.
  2. Scan it in and include it with your proposal files in the zip file.
  3. Upload your submission to the  ATEC Meets Korean Wave Contest Entry Form.

Fill out all the fields and make sure you submit your proposal files via a ZIP file. The ZIP file should include both the proposal files and assignment form.

Having Trouble Entering via Website?
If you are experiencing technical difficulties entering via the website. Then, you may also email your submission to

Please include the following in the email:

  • Subject: ATEC Meets Korean Wave Submission
  • First and Last Name
  • Phone
  • Preferred Contact Email
  • Major
  • Expected Graduation Date
  • Proposal Title
  • Your zip file attached (Proposal files and assignment form should be in the ZIP file)

Contest Entry Deadline

All entries are due by March 23, 2015

ATEC Program Receives EDGE Award


EDGE is the Economic Development, Growth & Expansion initiative of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP). Each year, REDP, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the Richardson rotaries recognize Richardson companies and organizations that have achieved extraordinary success and/or made a significant investment in Richardson.

T1503he new Richardson EDGE awards Luncheon (formerly the Business & Industry Awards event) will recognize Richardson businesses and organizations with seven awards in the following categories: Commercial Real Estate Project, Community Service, Environmental, International, Newcomer,
Public/Non-Profit/Education, and Richardson Loyalty.

EMAC Student Designs Winning Logo for Championship T-Shirts

Dylan Carroll
Dylan Carroll

UT Dallas senior Dylan Carroll has found a way to put his interest in graphic design to good use.

The emerging media and communications major is the first UT Dallas student to win a design competition for the American Southwest Conference championship T-shirts.

His design will grace the front of the black “ASC Champions 2014-15” T-shirts worn this year by all ASC conference champion team members — from baseball to volleyball — during their postgame celebrations.

Carroll’s design is the ninth artwork selected in the ASC Championship T-Shirt Design Challenge, open to students of member institutions.

Carroll, who plays on the UT Dallas men’s golf team, heard about the contest from the athletics department and decided to give it a try. The top prize included a $100 award.

Contest rules were specific: The design had to include the official ASC logo as well as the phrases “Champions” and “2014-15.” Entries could have no more than three ink colors, and designs had to stand out on a black T-shirt.

ASC Shirt Design
The design will be on shirts worn by 2014-15 ASC champs during postgame celebrations.


“I went with gold, which obviously stands out against black. I did three or four designs and moved the pieces around. I used the NBA championship shirts as a reference. Eventually it looked good,” he said.

“I’m honored to be the first winner from UTD,” Carroll said. “This was an opportunity for me put my experience to use — and I’m glad I did.”

Graphic design is just one of his artistic interests. Carroll has been interested in fine arts since attending Garland High School, and chose UT Dallas for its arts and technology programs. He hopes to shoot action sports in Colorado when he graduates.

“It’s a way to express myself creatively. No one can really live off of fine arts, but with cinematography, motion graphics and programming, I thought I could possibly do something with that,” he said.

His prize-winning T-shirt design will be added to his portfolio.

And he’ll likely keep up with golf, too. Carroll has played competitively since high school and has been on the UT Dallas men’s golf team since he was a freshman.

“My granddad got me into it. I like that it’s an individual sport, and I like that it is hard. I like challenges, and he was definitely an influence for me,” Carroll said.

ATEC Professor Explores Applications for Non-narrative Animation

ATEC Colloquia Series

Thursday, Nov. 6

Noon – 1:00 pm

ATC 3.914

Eric Farrar Assistant Professor

Abstract: This talk will feature work being done on an ongoing collaborative research project between ATEC, Computer Science, BBS and the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.  The project utilizes motion capture technology along with tools and techniques normally used in film and game production to create a clinical tool for speech therapy.  The talk will explore additional uses and applications for 3D animation in non-narrative capacities.


Bio: Eric Farrar is an Assistant Professor of Computer Animation in the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program at UT Dallas.  With a background in music and visual communication design, he completed an MFA in Computer Animation and Visualization working through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. He then went to work for the Los Angeles based visual-effects studio, Rhythm & Hues where he worked as a character rigger, creating bone and muscle systems for digital characters.  Films on which he worked include Night at the Museum and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.  Eric is currently teaching courses in 3D animation including the Animation Production Studio course as well as courses focused on character rigging, which introduce students to some of the more technical elements of preparing 3D models for animation.