In 1969, Algur H. Meadows pledged $8 million to endow the arts school at SMU. University officials declared it the largest single grant ever received in the University’s history and believed it to be one of the largest ever given by an individual to an American educational institution at that time. In appreciation, SMU trustees formally declared the school’s name to be the Meadows School of the Arts.
In 2019, SMU Meadows School of the Arts celebrates the 50th anniversary of its naming. The celebration began at Meadows at the Winspear on April 4 and continues through Homecoming on November 9. During this time, we will focus on the story of Meadows and hope to expand awareness of the school’s impact over the years, including features and podcasts on our remarkable alumni and faculty from the past five decades.
Interview with DJ "Shangela" Pierce
Abbie Cleveland (Spring ’21) interviews DJ “Shangela” Pierce (’03 CCPA). Pierce performed on the GLAAD Media Awards and alongside Lady Gaga in the Oscar winning film “A Star is Born.” He has also been named to the TIME Next 100 list and is the star of the new hit show “We’re Here” on HBO. Pierce shares captivating stories from his early years, life at SMU and a glimpse into his life as a much sought-after Hollywood rising star!
Sarah Montonchaikul Interview
SMU Public Relations students Jon Evan Smelley ('22) and Morgan McCullough ('21) interview Sarah Montonchaikul ('14; Art History and French) an Objects Conservation Fellow with the Smithsonian American Arts Museum in this episode of "Hello, Hilltop!" Sarah shares experiences from her fellow role, along with other life experiences like her time at SMU. She is also a proud member of the SMU Meadows 2050 Council.
Interview with Marcello Ortega
SMU students, Angelica-Jasmine (AJ) Bates ('21), Daniel Chow ('21), and Taylor Rudell ('21) interview ceramic artist, Marcello Ortega ('14) in this episode of "Hello, Hilltop!" Marcello is a Meadows 2050 Council member. He actually earned his undergraduate degree in finance and economics in 2014, but Dean Holland selected him for the Council because he now operates his own ceramics studio in Dallas. He has effectively parlayed the skills he obtained through his undergraduate coursework into building a reputable arts practice.
Interview with Kyle Hobratschk and Travis LaMothe
SMU students Maddie Johnson ('20) and Kori Goerlitz ('22) interview Kyle Hobratschk ('11) and Travis LaMothe ('13) of 100 West Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, along with being members of the Meadows 2050 Council in this episode of "Hello, Hilltop!"
Samantha McIntyre Interview
On today's episode of "Hello, Hilltop!" Nick Deangelis (‘22) talks with Samantha McIntyre ('00; Theatre), television writer and screenwriter; along with the founding member of the Hollywood theater company, "Meadows Basement." They discuss her recent work, which includes the Netflix indie film “Unicorn Store” directed by Brie Larson and her current role as a writer for “Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC), which is currently filming its second season. They also touch on subjects like LA vs Dallas, what it takes to be in Hollywood, filming during COVID, and a variety of other topics.
Gabe Travers Interview
In this episode of "Hello, Hilltop!" SMU Political Science and Corporate Communication and Public Affairs student Isabelle Redfield ('21) interviews Gabe Travers ('07; Journalism), senior director of product development at Hearst Television. Travers shares stories from his days as a student at SMU, along with highlights from his career and plans for the future.