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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Fine arts reporter

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 University Arts Journalism Program.

Latest from Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Nancy Mims weaves an installation at the Ney Museum, other arts picks
“La Femme Boheme” is an all-female production of Puccini’s opera “La Boheme.”

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

“Nancy Mims: The Passed Looms Present.” On many of her morning walks, artist Nancy Mims wanders the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum, the historic home and studio of the German-born sculptress whose regal statuary of notable state leaders stand in the Texas Capitol.During her walks, Mims snaps photos with ...
Austin artist Jade Walker’s work focuses on color, shape and the body
Artist, mother, director of the University of Texas’ Visual Art Center, member of the city’s Art in Public Places Panel — Jade Walker wears many hats. She also has a solo exhibit at Texas State University.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Visitors hesitate at the threshold of “Four Cornered,” the new installation by Jade Walker on view at the University Galleries at Texas State University.Within the boxy, high-ceilinged gallery, the Austin artist fashioned a small, trapezoidal room that’s entered through an adjacent gallery. Only when you slip around a corner do ...
‘La Femme Bohème’ and ‘Love Me Tinder’ top Valentine’s shows
Ballet Austin’s “Carbon53,” a short ballet by Stephen Mills.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

It’s not quite Christmas when it comes to themed arts entertainment, but Valentine’s Day increasingly offers no shortage of shows pegged to its celebration of all things love and romance.Here’s our top three choices for music, dance and comedy for Valentine’s Day weekend:“La Femme Bohème.” An all-female cast and a ...
Best of the Arts: Week of Feb. 7-13
Mark Mothersbaugh, “Monument to the Conquerors of Space,” 2012.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Art“Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.” Though he’s most widely known as the co-founder and frontman of the seminal new wave punk band Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh is a creative polymath who started the band when he was an art student in the early 1970s.In the first museum retrospective of his visual art, about ...
Mark Mothersbaugh, art of the 1990s among best of Austin February arts
Mark Mothersbaugh, “Monument to the conquerors of space,” 2012.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

February is filled with flurry of new cultural happenings. Here are our picks for the absolute must-sees.“Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.” Opens Feb. 13 and continues through April 17. Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Free on opening day (Feb. 13). $3-$5 (free on Tuesdays). thecontemporaryaustin.org.Though he’s most widely known as ...
Austin playwright Kirk Lynn 'fixes' Shakespeare’s problematic plays
Austin playwright Kirk Lynn is on the University of Texas faculty and is a member of the Rude Mechs theater company.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Kirk Lynn has already fixed one of Shakespeare’s plays. Co-founder of the celebrated Rude Mechs theater collective, head of the University of Texas’ playwriting and directing program, in 2013 Lynn marshaled together his considerable talents — and irrepressible and irreverent wit — to make a very modern version of “King ...
Best of the Arts: Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6
Print Austin’s Bin Fest is Feb. 6 at the Canopy arts complex.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

Theater“Terminus.” It’s the last week to catch Gabriel Jason Dean’s critically acclaimed new modern drama about a Southern family wrestling with race, class and the forward push of history. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Feb. 6. Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. $10-$35. 512-478-5282, vortexrep.org.“Fixing Timon of Athens.” Austin playwright Kirk Lynn premieres ...
Best of the Arts: Week of Jan. 24-30
Dan Sutherland’s painting “Warm Cloud” is part of the exhibit “Staycation” at Mass Gallery.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Music“East Meets West: Music from Russia and America.” Trombonist Martin McCain Jr. is joined by pianist Artina McCain, trumpeter Kyle Koronka and trombonist Michael Martinez. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Alma Thomas Theater, Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-1378, southwestern.edu/sarofim.Line Upon Line’s “Trending.” Austin’s celebrated percussion trio will use ...
Line Upon Line gives taste of what’s hot in percussion
Line Upon Line percussion ensemble is, from left, Matthew Teodori, Cullen Faulk and Adam Bedell.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Two years ago, Austin’s always adventurous Line Upon Line percussion trio made what might not seem like an adventurous step: They established a regular season series of concerts.In essence, the trio — Adam Bedell, Cullen Faulk and Matthew Teodori — bet that in Austin they could cultivate a regular audience ...
Best of the Arts: Week of Jan. 17-23
Andy Warhol, “Onion Soup, from Campbell’s Soup I,” 1968, five-color screen print. Blanton Museum of Art collection.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016

Print Austin. Through Feb. 15. Various galleries and museums. Free. Schedule at printaustin.org.Austin boasts renowned museum print collections, several respected university printmaking programs and a long-standing and nationally recognized independent fine art printmaking scene.Enter a group of artists who lassoed that all together three years ago to launch Print Austin, ...

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