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

Ansel Adams’ photos and a new spin on a classic political satire
Ansel Adams’ photographs of the Southwest are on exhibit through Dec.4 at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Contributed

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Art“Ansel Adams: A Southwest Legacy.” An exhibit highlighting the photos Ansel Adam made in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona includes dramatic vistas of Big Bend National Park, intimate close-ups of nature in New Mexico and portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe and others. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to ...
Contemporary art exhibit probes African-American identity
The exhibit “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is at the Carver Museum through Nov. 5. In the foreground are wood and found-object sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist James Maurelle. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin photos/American-Statesman

12:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Many people recognize “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as the title of an 1969 autobiographical novel by Maya Angelou, but Austin artist Deborah Roberts points to the original author of the phrase, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, as the inspiration for the smart group exhibition she’s organized at the ...
Longtime patrons give $3 million to Ballet Austin to pay for new works
Sarah and Ernest Butler, center, with dancers from Ballet Austin’s Butler Fellowship Program.

10:43 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Set to embark on a pioneering monthlong tour of China, Ballet Austin announced Saturday that it has received a $3 million gift from longtime supporters Ernest and Sarah Butler. The donation will establish an endowment dedicated to new ballet productions.Ballet Austin officials said the Butlers’ gift makes it the only ...
Kronos Quartet plays a pair of concerts during UT residency
The famed Kronos Quartet plays two concerts as part of its residence at the University of Texas this week.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

MusicKronos Quartet & Rhiannon Giddens. The boundary-breaking string quartet lands a weeklong residency at the University of Texas and two shows this week. On Tuesday, Kronos debuts Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 7, which the composer wrote just for the ensemble, and performs Mary Kouyoumdjian’s acclaimed “Bombs of Beirut.” On ...
Arts seasons open with new dance, theater, music and more
Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre will stage a third, and new, iteration of its theatrical dance piece, “The Bowie Project.” Contributed by Kirk Tuck

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

It’s underway: Austin’s cultural engine begins its roar in September.Here’s our roundup of what’s on the arts horizon this fall and into the new year, from the Austin-centric to the international touring shows, from the traditional to the most cutting-edge.Given Austin’s changing urban landscape, many arts groups now operate among ...
Austin artists march on City Hall, say lost venues pose ‘a real crisis’
Amy Morrow emerges from a coffin in the intersection of Congress Avenue and 2nd Street during a "Save Our Spaces" protest march from the Austin Convention Center to City Hall organized by the Austin Creative Alliance on Wednesday September 14, 2016. 

5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Carrying colorful signs reading “Save Our Theaters” and “The arts make Austin weird,” a group of artists paraded though downtown Austin to City Hall on Wednesday to call attention to the growing lack of affordable spaces for the city’s creative community. “We want the City Council to know that we’re ...
Ballet Austin embarks on a pioneering tour to China
Stephen Mills’ choregraphy is firmly rooted in classical ballet — such as the movements for “Liminal Glam,” shown here — yet is distinctely contemporary, something Chinese audiences are growing increasingly interested in. (Contributed by Tony Spielberg)

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Ballet Austin dancers Ashley Lynn Sherman and Paul Michael Bloodgood talk of things both abstract and practical when they consider the company’s 31-day, 16-show tour to China next month.Yes, there’s the trailblazing chance to showcase Austin’s artistic industry quite literally halfway around the world.“It’s a very Austin, very contemporary show ...
Tips from a pro for Perry’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ debut
In 2010, Austin choreographer Allison Orr staged “T is for Two Hundred Two-Steppers on the Steps of the Texas Capitol.” Laura Skelding/American-Statesman 2010

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Politics is a dance like no other. But as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes to the dance floor Monday in “Dancing With the Stars,” perhaps a few pointers are in order. After all, a few inaugural balls, a stint as Texas A&M; University’s head Aggie Yell Leader and an ...
Sarah Frankie Linder creates a different kind of rock concert photo
Sarah Frankie Linder, “Depeche Mode at ACL Fest, Austin TX Oct. 11, 2013.”

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Rock concert photographs are among Austin-based Sarah Frankie Linder’s stock-in-trade.Some of her commercial and photojournalism gigs include shooting shows for Pitchfork Media and BrooklynVegan.But once concert shoot were finished, Linder increasingly found herself looking over her images and growing curious about how else to creatively depict the vibrant energy and ...
Political satires, a propaganda exhibit among best in September arts
Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth sings the Austin created “Mozart Requiem Undead” on Sept. 16. Contributed by Bonica Ayala

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

With the presidential election just two months away, Austin arts groups key in to the times with several plays, a modern opera and an important exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.Roomful of Teeth and “Mozart Requiem Undead.” A beyond-capacity crowd of about 2,000 showed up in 2014 for ...



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