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Bill Freeman Donates Early Nike Prototype to Stark Center

Bill Freeman Donates Early Nike Prototype to Stark Center

The Nike story actually begins well before Jordan, however. It began when legendary Oregon track and field coach, and co-founder of Nike, Bill Bowerman began trying to make a better track shoe. In 1948, Bill Bowerman moved his family to Eugene where he took the head coaching job for the track and field team at...

June 21, 2023September 14, 2023
Paintings by Igor Galanin on display in the Stark Center lobby.

CLOSING SOON: Igor Galanin’s Women of Strength and Skill

Having brought a rich new color palette to the Stark Center lobby for the past eight months, the paintings of Igor Galanin, graciously on loan from the artist and his family, will be coming down from our walls and returning to their rightful homes in New York. June 9th will be the last day that...

June 1, 2023June 1, 2023
A photo of (L-R) Charles A. Smith, Joe Weider, Reg Park’s mother, British bodybuilder Reg Park, Reg’s father, and an unidentified man taken outside of the Weider offices in Jersey City.

Celebrating Jewish-American Heritage Month with Joe Weider

In celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month, The Stark Center would like to recognize Joe Weider, the man who made bodybuilding part of global culture. Born in Montreal, Canada, Weider began his athletic career as a competitive weightlifter and, during his lifetime, he led weight training from the closets and primitive gyms of the first half of the 20th century...

May 23, 2023May 23, 2023
Walter Imahara raises his arm during the introductions of athletes before competition.

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with Walter Imahara

In celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Stark Center would like to recognize the career of weightlifter Walter Imahara. Like so many other families of Japanese heritage, the Imahara family was relocated to an internment camp during WWII while Walter was only six years old. In 1955, Imahara began classes at Southwestern...

May 15, 2023October 30, 2023
Two classic theatre seats with blue upholstery. A black plaque with bronze lettering features a quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger, reads "Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life."

New Floors, New Exhibits: Time to Visit The Stark Center

Last week, much of Texas—and especially the Austin-area—was iced over after winter storm Mara made its way across the state. As a result, The University of Texas campus was closed Tuesday through Thursday as roads were covered in as much as a solid inch of ice; trees and other above-ground appendages wilted and snapped under...

February 10, 2023February 21, 2023
UPCOMING: 2023 Physical Cultures of the Body Conference

UPCOMING: 2023 Physical Cultures of the Body Conference

With the new year approaching, it’s time to mark your calendars for the 2023 Physical Cultures of the Body Conference (PCBC) on Friday, January 13th. This will be the third iteration of this international conference, and it is free and open to all on Zoom. PCBC is jointly sponsored by the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center...

December 20, 2022December 20, 2022
Info Graphic with photos and details of the Art Talk event featuring David Deming and his sculpture work.

ART TALK with Sculptor David Deming on April 27 at 3pm

The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center is proud to host ART TALK, a conversation and reception with the artist David Deming, the former Dean of the College of Fine Arts and a member of the University of Texas art faculty for 26 years who has a new exhibition of sculptural works on display in our galleries....

April 11, 2022April 11, 2022
Burnt orange graphic for the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign.

40 Hours for The Forty Acres Fundraising Campaign

As some of you may already know, The Stark Center serves as the official repository for the preservation of the UT Athletics’ archives, in addition to housing one of world’s most important libraries related to health, fitness and physical culture. The Stark Center’s holding related to UT sports includes more than 300 boxes of materials...

March 24, 2022March 24, 2022