Honoria Starbuck, Ph.D.
Teaching Artist

My inspiration flows from the history of art beginning with prehistoric cave art. Using art history as a starting point, I explore color, shape, narrative, and the infinite ways in which art materials can interact.

International Artist
I have been and active artist in the global Mail Art Network since 1989. As a mail artist my work has been shown in art festivals, Mail Art congresses, museums, galleries, and private settings around the world including in the Venice Biennale.

My teaching philosophy is to energize students by starting from their interests, such as video games, fashion, and animations. Together we explore contemporary trends compared to art historical examples to find lessons that align with student goals.

Creative Process
My process engages chance and unexpected connections based on art historical contexts, contemporary experiences, and the manipulation of a variety of materials. My works are gestural and calligraphic painting in watercolor, India ink, pastel, collage, graphite, rubber stamps, text and acrylics. My media includes digital drawing tools such as Paper53 on the iPad.

In summary, I explore and share creative visions with my students, within the Mail Art network, on the web through this website, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter and my 18-year blog at honoriartist.livejournal.com.


Assistant Professor of Practice and Foundations Lead. School of Design and Creative Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin, teaching Design Foundations and Portfolio. 2020 – Present

Professor, Art Institute of Austin in the Foundations Department teaching life drawing, anatomy, observational drawing, fashion drawing, and design fundamentals. 2009 – 2020

SXSW South by Southwest Interactive Programming Committee 2013 – Present 

SXSW EDU South by Southwest Education Advisory Board 2013 – Present


The University of Texas at Austin

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Communications, and Fine Art
– Dissertation Research on the Mail Art Network

Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology
– Created First Cyberspace Opera

BA in Fine Arts


Email: honoria.starbuck@gmail.com
Prints — www.saatchiart.com/honoriastarbuck
Blog — honoriartist.livejournal.com
Opera — cyberopera.net
Research — Clashing and Converging: Effects of the Internet on the Correspondence Art Network

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