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  • CVAD Alum Carl Finch heads the two-time Grammy winning band, Brave Combo.

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  • The CVAD Art Education Doctoral Program is a nationally ranked program, #13 in North America

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  • One of every fifteen students at the University of North Texas is a CVAD major! 

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  • UNT is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

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  • Art Education faculty members Chris Bain and Nadine Kalin served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Art Education, one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

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  • UNT‘s MFA program ranks in the upper 25% nationally according to US News and World Report

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  • CVAD‘s Communication Design students won nine of fifteen Best of Show prizes in this year‘s Dallas Society of Visual Communication 4th Annual National Student Show.

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  • As of Fall 2008, all new CVAD MFA students will receive $1000 scholarships.

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  • In Spring 2008, CVAD donors sponsored over $50,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students!

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  • The CVAD NAEA student chapter won the 2008 Student Organization Distinguished Service award from the University

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  • The Department of Art Education and Art History prepares more art teachers each year than any other university in Texas.

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  • CVAD‘s Ph.D. program in Art Education is among the top-rated programs in the U.S.

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  • Recent graduates of the art history program have pursued advanced degrees at University of Texas, Tufts University, University of Rochester, City College of New York, University of Arizona, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University.

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  • CVAD art historians were the first UNT faculty chosen to participate in UNT‘s Next Generation course redesign. This program is considered to be a national model.

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  • The Department of Art Education and Art History faculty includes presidents of three national and international professional societies and the 2006 Art Educator of the Year.

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  • CVAD offers regular opportunities to study and travel in countries such as China, England, Ireland, Russia, and Scotland.

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  • CVAD‘s Texas Fashion Collection includes over 15,000 fabulous dresses by designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, de la Renta, and many others.

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  • CVAD Art Education alum Susan Gabbard is the former president of the National Art Education Association.

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  • CVAD alum, sculptor, Jesús Moroles, is on the Board of the Smithsonian Institute

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  • “I learned a lot about the creative process for producing a complete original work.”

    - Jezzalie Gill (Drawing 1)

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  • CVAD‘s Texas Fashion Collection includes over 15,000 fabulous dresses by designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, de la Renta, and many others.

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  • CVAD Art Education alum Susan Gabbard is the former president of the National Art Education Association.

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  • CVAD alum, sculptor, Jesús Moroles, is on the Board of the Smithsonian Institute

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  • Interior Design MFA student Greta Buehrle was named one of two IDEC Foundation Graduate Scholars for 2009.

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Alumni Profiles

Angel Cabrales

Son of a Rocket Scientist

Angel Cabrales was recently featured in the El Paso Times for his work at University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

Cabrales, in the Visual Art Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, said he wants his students to begin thinking about art in three dimensions, while at the same time using their creativity to apply different materials in their final pieces

"Anything and everything is sculpture material," Cabrales said. "They can make art with anything."

Read the full article at: El Paso Times

 

John Adelman

Layering, Ink and Component Parts

John Adelman photo by Marc Brubaker

photo by Marc Brubaker for Houston Press 100 Creatives

John Adelman, CVAD MFA graduate in Drawing and Painting, is currently being featured in a solo show at the Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas.

Adelman and his work are also featured in the Houston Press Art Attack Blog, in a series on 100 Creatives in Houston. Adelman's work is featured in the series in an article by Marc Brubaker, July 12, 2011

You can find more about John and his work at:

Ben Barry

Designing for Facebook

Born in Ada, Okla., but raised in Texas near Austin, Ben Barry is now in Silicon Valley working as a designer for Facebook, where his focus is on developing Facebook's online presence, voice and brand. "It's an exciting opportunity to be able to focus on developing such a young brand that millions of people all over the world already interact with on a daily basis," says Barry. "I am immensely interested in the massive potential that we have to influence social change by encouraging an atmosphere of openness and sharing."

Examples of Barry's recent work for Facebook can be seen at f8 Conference (2010) and the Serendipity Vignette (2010)

Before taking on this challenge, Barry, a graduate of the University of North Texas, worked for the design firm and screen-printing shop The Decoder Ring in Austin. There he honed his skills with a range of clients, doing packaging, merchandising and a lot of screen-printed posters. He's also an alumni of John Bielenberg's experimental design education program, Project M, where he explored the role graphic designers can play in encouraging social change.

Barry's work often displays a pared-down sensibility. "Visually, more often than not, my work is graphically simple with a limited palette of bright colors," he says. "It seems to work for me with my limited drawing ability, and I really admire the economy of one and two-color design work." UnderConsideration's Armin Vit appreciates Barry's approach. "Everything is perfectly crafted," Vit says. "[Barry's design work] is varied, and it has a very engaging vibrancy that I would deem as decidedly American—something I mean as a compliment, and reflected in his great use of typography and imagery."

In addition to his work with Facebook, Barry notes, "I'm also focusing more on personal projects again, and developing a series of screen-printed posters designed by my friends and me. I'm still running an online design community called TheRoot42, and I want to focus on developing it even more over the next couple of years." Begun in 2001 by Barry and collaborator Ian Shannon, TheRoot42 was originally a public art and design forum. It is now a tight-knit private group—with members accepted by application—that serves the needs of a unique creative community of web and graphic designers, photographers, typographers, musicians, painters, animators, screen printers, bookbinders, illustrators, cartoonists and programmers.

Ben BarryAs Vit notes, "Ben doesn't seem to sit back and wait for thingsto happen. He goes out and gets it. Whether starting TheRoot42, signing up for Project M or doing self-initiated posters, he has that design curiosity that makes for endless success."

"January/February 2009 STEP's Emerging Talents for 2009: Global, Authentic, Transformative" by Terry Lee Stone

See Ben Barry's work at: www.designforfun.com

Andrea Karnes

Alumni Featured in Texas Monthly

Andrea Karnes, museum curatorAndrea Karnes, who grew up in Fort Worth, earned art history degrees from the University of North Texas and Texas Christian University. She has worked at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth since 1989.

"This is my twentieth year at the Modern, and I still get the question, What is a curator? Traditionally it meant "caretaker of the objects," but now, in the context of a modern art museum, it's the person who has the idea for an exhibition, negotiates to borrow artworks, arranges how those pieces will be displayed, and writes the accompanying catalog, which requires a lot of research. In a way, being a curator is analogous to being a lawyer. You have to pick an argument about a certain artist or group of artists and try to convince viewers of that argument.

"For example, I'm currently working on a big show featuring the young American painter Barnaby Furnas. This exhibition, which will open in 2012 and be called “States of Glory,” aims to prove that he’s one of the best artists of his generation. Some of his abstract paintings are only five strokes on a gigantic canvas, which is a scary thing to do, considering he’s coming several decades after the Abstract Expressionists. His historical subject matter is interesting too, because he picks figures—Civil War soldiers, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown—who are heroes but have some tragic aspect to them. He’s really bold.

The Modern’s chief curator, Michael Auping, always reminds me that you can only do so many shows in your career, so each one needs to be something you absolutely want to do. I keep a lot of files on artists, and when I’m convinced one is worth pursuing, I arrange to see his or her work in person. I try to go to New York twice a year and the West Coast at least once a year, and I go to the biennial international art exhibitions—there’s one in Venice—because I get a lot of mileage out of those. I also get leads from artists I’ve worked with, and I do a ton of studio visits. On average it takes three or four years to put a show together, so it’s a challenge to stay fully engaged, but I don’t get tired of these projects.

The Modern has about 53,000 square feet of gallery space, and it usually takes a minimum of fifty works to fill one floor. Because somebody owns each piece of art, there can be a lot of negotiating—and paperwork—to get the ones we want. Most collectors feel a responsibility to the artist to let his or her work be seen, but there have been times when I couldn’t convince someone to lend us something.

There’s an empty office upstairs that we call the “war room,” where we have huge floor plans of each gallery laid out on tables. The preparators make scaled-down maquettes of each piece of art, and I move those around to figure out how they should be arranged. But even though I know the ambience of the space and the works intimately, the arrangement always changes when the art arrives and we unwrap everything. Then I’m pacing around the galleries, looking at each piece, thinking, How should I move it around? How can I make it better within the exhibition? And maybe there’s a work that can’t be opened until its courier arrives to watch as it comes out of its crate and is hung on the wall, which means I can’t change my mind later on. So that’s part of the puzzle too.

I’m an anomaly in the curator world because I’ve spent my whole career at the same museum. I grew up going to the Modern, but it wasn’t until my mother took me to Italy when I was twelve and we went to the museums in Rome, Florence, and Milan that I realized how much art reflects the time, history, and culture of a place. Then, when I was in high school, I went to Holland as an exchange student. I explored the city of Lei-den, which is Rembrandt’s hometown, and all these great museums, like the Rijskmuseum, in Amsterdam, and I knew, “All right, when I go home, this is what I’m pursuing.”

Now, I had no idea what that meant in terms of a job, but after pursuing an art history degree in college, I found a position as the receptionist at the Modern. I worked my way up to research assistant and then took over as registrar, which meant that, much like a school registrar keeps track of each student, I had to keep track of each object. So if somebody wanted to borrow one of our Anselm Kiefers or Andy Warhols, I had to accompany the artwork wherever it went. It was the coolest job on the planet; we had very active loans, so I saw much of Europe, the U.S., and Mexico. Still, what I really wanted was to be a curator, so I decided to get a master’s degree in art history. Slowly but surely, I was promoted to assistant curator and then to associate curator and finally, in 2005, to curator.

Two of the pieces I’ve helped acquire for the permanent collection have become especially popular. One is Kehinde Wiley’s Colonel Platoff on His Charger. It’s of a young, urban black guy who has replaced the original sitter in what looks like an eighteenth- century equestrian portrait. I think one of the reasons it’s a favorite is because a lot of high schoolers and college students relate to the young man. The other is Sharp’s Rifle Shop, by Rosson Crow, who is a darling of the art world right now. She’s painted things that you recognize, like cabinets that hold guns, and combined them with sprays and drips of paint all over the canvas, so that it looks like a fireworks display. People respond to it because it’s so energetic—it’s one of our largest paintings—but also because she’s from Texas.

Both Wiley and Crow have been the subject of a “Focus” exhibition, which is a small show I put together three times a year to feature different emerging contemporary artists. For many, this is their first solo museum show, and it’s my job to help them edit their work; I’ll look at, say, a hundred pieces and choose the ten that should be included. In December we’ll be featuring Erik Parker, a San Antonio native who creates these funky, tragic portraits in bright colors. They usually include a phrase—“Why me?” or “Player hater”—that is a satirical commentary on our culture. It’s satisfying to work with artists like Parker who are young in their careers. You don’t know where they’re going to be in ten years, but it’s exciting to know that you could be a stepping stone for them along the way.

As Told To Jordan Breal of Texas Monthly Online on July 21, 2010

Garland Fielder

New Alumni work at Holly Johnson Gallery

A Theory of EverythingHolly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of, Garland Fielder: Modulations, an exhibition of recent paintings and sculpture. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, October 16 2010, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through December 18th.

Born in Houston, Texas in 1971, Fielder currently resides in Austin where he is pursuing a Masters of Architecture at the University of Texas. Fielder's education is as robust and diverse as his artwork. He received a BA in philosophy and creative writing from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MFA from the University of North Texas.

OctahedronMost recently, Fielder was included in the New American Talent exhibition, a two-year traveling exhibition originating in Austin. For the second time, Fielder will be featured in the juried exhibition in print, New American Painting (West edition #80), published this fall. Other recent exhibitions include; an artist residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China; The Focus and Azalea galleries in San Francisco, CA; The University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland; The Commerce Street Artist's Warehouse, Houston, TX; and Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX. His art criticism has appeared in various arts magazines such as Artforum.com, Art Lies, Glasstire, and Art Papers.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, please visit Holly Johnson Gallery.

Cecelia Feld

CVAD alum to be featured at Artspace 111

Cecelia Feld and her art workCecelia Feld, a 1976 graduate of CVAD's MFA program, has been producing, exhibiting and selling art for over 30 years. She grew up in New York City and received a B.A. from Hunter College. Cecelia has lived and worked in Dallas, Texas since 1969. She has shown her work in numerous juried and solo exhibits. Her artwork is in a number of private and corporate collections including Frito-Lay, I.B.M. and Delta Airlines. Ms. Feld is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Visual Artist Fellowship (Peterborough, New Hampshire) and a Residency/Fellowship in printmaking at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont. Her prints on paper explore the possibilities of the interaction of line, shape, color and texture in monotypes and collagraphs.

Her most recent work will be featured in a solo show at Artspace 111, 111 Hampton Street, Fort Worth Texas Thursday, May 20, 2010, from 6-9 pm. See CVAD announcements and http://www.studio7310.com for details about the upcoming exhibition and her successful career in art!

Texoma Living article by Giner Mynatt: Have an art filled (pdf)

Erick Swenson

CVAD Grad to Hold Third Show at James Cohan Gallery, New York

Untitled (Velvet Horn)CVAD alum Erick Swenson (BFA Studio Art, Painting and Drawing, 1999) is holding his third show at the James Cohan Gallery in New York. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have also been held at the Savannah College of Art and Design,the UCLA Hammer Museum, Q.E.D in Los Angeles, and Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany. Swenson’s works have been featured in group shows including Art in America Now, Shanghai MOCA (200&) the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum , NYC (2004), and Springtide at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2005).

A complete biography and articles about Swenson’s works can be found at the James Cohan Gallery.

Dr. Glenny Beach

CVAD Art Education Alum receives Oklahoma Governor's Art Award for 2009

Gleny Beach

Article Credit: "Southeastern Update" November 2009,  Southeaster Oklahoma State University 

Ron English

Ron English: Redefining culture
By Ernestine Bousquet
UNT North Texan - August 7, 2009 http://northtexan.unt.edu/content/redefining-culture

English crashed his way into popular culture, co-opting billboards and subverting the corporate message to get people to think about what they are consuming. He got attention during the 2008 presidential campaign when he created his "Abraham Obama" portrait for posters and murals that melded the faces of the presidential icon and the presidential hopeful. The Obama campaign commissioned the piece, though English decided on the image. He studied photography at UNT with Brent Phelps, professor of studio art, and Skeet McAuley, former professor, who both served as his mentors and as role models of working artists. They coaxed the shy artist out of his shell. 

Ron English

For English, college was a springboard from his working class background into the world of art. And even though he was a photographer, he approached it with an artist's eye, taking photos from unusual perspectives and experimenting with trickery in his landscapes. "My art wouldn't be what it was if I hadn't been a photography student first," English says. It was the political activists he later lived with in Austin who made him rethink his billboard art.

 

"They thought it was interesting that you give away art to the public," he says. "They said you should use it as a message." English is still influenced as much by the people around him as he is by his own personal philosophy. And although he now calls himself a pop artist, he was first turned off by pop art's superficiality. But in his hands, billboards of Bart Simpson and paintings of Marilyn Monroe are social commentary. "Pop art can either be art that is popular or art that comments on the popular culture. And at its best, it's both," English says. "The role of the artist is not to answer questions, but to ask the questions and to get people to think about things."

Photograph courtesy of Ron English

 

Eric McGehearty

Story of Art & Life Featured in the Dallas Morning News

Eric McGehearty received his MFA in Sculpture from UNT in 2004. His work has been shown nationally in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Art at Florida State University and at the Piedmont Arts Museum in Virginia. Since graduation, he has been active in public art commissions for the City of Fort Worth with his "United We Stand" recognized by the Americans for the Arts as one of the forty best projects in 2007. In 2009 his sculpture will be included in the Armory Show in New York and in a one person show at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas TX. TCC Eric McGeheartyMcGehearty has struggled with dsylexia throughout his life. He has never, with his own eyes, read a book. As a child, he realized how differently he relates to the written word and to the process of reading. "I approach literature from the perspective of a person who cannot read or who does not have access to written material," says Eric. "By combining the logic embedded in language with the irrationality of thinking without words, my art work engages questions about how we understand the world." Eric's work has been exhibited at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and at the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as at a number of galleries and schools. His "United We Stand" - an outdoor bronze sculpture and window installation commissioned for Fort Worth's Fire Station #8 - was nationally recognized at the 2007 Public Art Year in Review as one of the 40 best public art projects of the year. He is an inspirational speaker working with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, sharing his struggles and successes as a dyslexic. His art work reflects his difficulties reading and helps audiences see into the world of print disability.

A story about McGehearty's art and life was featured in this Sunday, February 15th issue of the Dallas Morning News in the Guide Daily Arts and Lifestyle section as well as the Dallas Morning News online. The story was written by staff writer Nancy Churnin. Also a video interview with Eric will be released on the Dallas Morning News website to coincide with the story. The story both describes Eric's newest work, "Locked Behind Words" Fort Worth, Texas as well as exploring Eric's life as a Dyslexic. In the article, Eric credits part of his success to his Sculpture Professor Mike Cunningham at UNT:

"It was in graduate school that he had a second breakthrough that inspired him to create many of his current pieces. He had sculpted a bronze statue of Sisyphus, who was condemned by the gods to a life of eternal struggle, pushing a rock up a mountain that was always doomed to roll back down to him. "My professor told me he could see the struggle in the piece but wanted to know where it was coming from in me. I told him about my dyslexia for the first time. And he said, 'I would like to see your struggle in the work - not just anyone's struggle.' I hadn't ever thought about doing art that was about me. But that gave me permission."

Eric's latest work and Installation "Locked Behind Words" (pictured) is also featured in the article. It is a special Installation by Eric McGehearty in the library of Tarrant County College Northwest Campus in Fort Worth curated by Winter Rusiloski.

To learn more about Eric McGehearty and work visit his website www.ericmcgehearty.com.

Sonya Vasquez

Artist at Grand Prairie wax museum sculpts Obama figure

Most of America has seen President Barack Obama at least once in the last several days – in newspapers, on television and the Internet. But Sonya Vasquez has been studying every detail, gesture and expression on his face for quite some time. And she'll continue to do so, meticulously, over the next several weeks as she sculpts a wax figure that will go on display in March at Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax Sonya_VasquezMuseum in Grand Prairie. Video Artist creates sculpture of Obama for Grand Prairie wax museum 01/25/2009 More general news video View larger E-mail Clip More Video News Videos UFC fighter Rashad Evans discusses his professional career Prank posts zombie warning on electronic road sign in Austin TCU professor leads double life as Dumpster diver The $20,000 statue will be located in the hall of presidents – beside such notables as George Washington and on the pedestal currently occupied by former President George W. Bush. Last week, Vasquez continued the delicate task of sculpting the head in her office inside the museum. Her walls are virtually covered with pictures of Obama from various perspectives and with different expressions. The artist decided to present a smiling Obama, because that's how he appears in many of his public events. "We decided to use a smiling face, rather than a serious one," said the former University of North Texas student. "I tried to find pictures in which he has the same expression – looking on the Internet, in magazines and any place I could think to look. "I spend the day watching Obama videos on the Internet to try to capture his character," she added. The wax figure will sport a jacket like the one Obama wore when he took the oath of office Tuesday and will be displayed behind a podium bearing the presidential seal. Vasquez wanted to finish the sculpture by Inauguration Day, but doing an entire statue is not easy – and this one is going to take about three months. The challenge, she said, will be Obama's eyes. "His eyes have been the most difficult for me," she said. "I've been stuck on that for days. It's so much easier to do the smiling face because you have more muscles to work with. But making it look natural is the challenge." When Obama's head is completed, it will be sent to Florida, where another artist who specializes in hair can put on the finishing touches. Afterward, Vasquez will make a mold for the body, using a model with roughly the same build and stature as Obama. "Many people will never get to see Obama in person," Vasquez said. "This may be the closest they'll ever come. So I'm taking my time to make sure I have a really good likeness, so that people can enjoy it." Vasquez has worked at the museum for 10 years and has sculpted dozens of figures, including Britney Spears, Johnny Depp, Lance Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe and Johnny Cash. The latter is still her favorite. "I loved working on the Johnny Cash figure," she said. "I'm a big fan of his music." As a little girl, Vasquez loved to draw. But when she visited the museum, she knew that's what she wanted to do. "That experience really opened my eyes," she said. "I had never thought of making three-dimensional pictures." That also inspired her to study sculpting at UNT, focusing on portraits. She eventually landed a job at the Grand Prairie museum, where she also did the sculpture of former President Bush.

Jesús Moroles

Gretchen Bataille: Artist Jesús Moroles for Texan of the Year

His art took him from the cotton fields of Texas all the way to the White House. His granite sculptures and plazas express art in unexpected places: building lobbies, city squares and public parks.

Born to cotton-pickers in Corpus Christi, Jesús Moroles displayed an artistic talent from a young age and experienced early success as a painter and silk-screener. But it wasn't until he attended the University of North Texas that he had his first experience with sculpting and encountered a mentor who stoked this passion.

Jesús is my nominee for Texan of the Year because he has defied the odds to bring art into our everyday existence and help shape the way we live. Believing that art can make a difference in people's lives, he has shown us that it has value beyond a museum and should be part of the natural world. Art can motivate us to follow our passion, as it has for Jesús, and art can move us, as it has for the thousands of people who have walked through his granite-and-earthen monument for the Houston Police Officers Memorial.

For his achievements, Jesús recently received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and art patrons by the U.S. government. He also is a recipient of the 2007 Texas Medal of the Arts Award by the Texas Cultural Trust.

Just as important, Jesús embodies the American Dream, the tale of a man born into poverty who got an education, worked hard and paid his dues to become the success he is today. And he is a man who believes strongly in using his talent and success to lift up our communities. His story is one that we should never tire of hearing, because it is a reminder that education will take us anywhere we want to go, even places we never dreamed about.

His story strikes a particular chord for me, because, as president of one of Texas' largest and most diverse universities, it is my mission to give rise to many more students like Jesús. And as president of Jesús' alma mater, I am proud that we helped launch his career. He took a workshop with Luis Jiménez, who lectured at the university, and after earning his B.F.A. through our College of Visual Arts and Design, Jesús spent a year as an apprentice learning from the master sculptor. He spent another year in Italy, and during a visit to Monte Altissimo, where Michelangelo acquired his marble, Jesús was inspired to create sculptures in harmony with nature.

Since then, Jesús has crafted works that reflect our place in nature. He has honed a signature style to symbolize that relationship, carving and polishing half of a granite slab while leaving the rest raw and untouched.

His work is shown throughout the world, in museums, in corporate and public spaces and in private collections. His piece Stele Gateway graces Lubben Plaza in downtown Dallas, across from the Belo Building. Lapstrake, across from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is one of his most visible. His work was part of the landmark exhibition Contemporary Hispanic Art in the United States, which was shown at major American museums. He received a Visual Arts Fellowship and his pieces were included in a two-year traveling museum exhibition. He also earned a National Endowment for the Arts Matching Grant for an environmental installation of 45 sculptural pieces and fountains for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

In becoming one of the world's master sculptors, Jesús is a role model for anyone who believes that art can change lives, whether one is creating it or experiencing it.

Original article can be found in the Denton Chronicle.

Judith Garrett Segura

CVAD Alumna has multi-faceted career

Judith Garrett Segura. B.A., M.A., M.F.A., is an independent consultant advising clients on history and archives projects, historical and interpretive exhibits, and fine art acquisition and installation. She retired as president and trustee of The Belo Foundation at the end of 2004, after a 24 year career at Belo Corp. Judith SeguraWhile at Belo Corp. she was also curator of the company’s 300-piece collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by Texas artists, which she began assembling in 1986. She recently completed a scholarly history of Belo Corporation, the oldest company in Texas, which was published by the University of Texas Press and issued in September 2008. The title is Belo: Newspapers to New Media. Segura drew on company archives and private private papers, to document and explore chapters of the rich, cultural life of Texas. Tracing the company’s history from the time of the formation of Texas as a State, highlighting the role of the press in communities from Galveston to Dallas, and revealing the changing technologies from telegraphs to typesetting to the Information Age, she charts not only the company’s history but the changing nature of our society. She currently is heading an archives project for T. Boone Pickens, including development of a new energy research library and museum at Oklahoma State University.

Ms. Segura is also a published poet and author of two other non-fiction books. Her poetry was selected for the DART “Poetry in Motion” project, which places poetry on all of the DART trains, and she has recorded one CD of her poetry. Her non-fiction works are Texas Monthly Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Texas (1987) and Texas Monthly Guide to Dallas (1992). She is also a visual artist, recently commissioned by the University of North Texas System to design and install three permanent creations as part of the architectural plan of the first building on the new permanent campus of UNT Dallas. Additionally, her work in drawing and photography is included in several corporate and private collections.

In her volunteer community service, Ms. Segura is currently vice-chair of the executive advisory council of the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the executive board of the Central University Libraries at Southern Methodist University; and the advisory council of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is a former trustee of the Old Red Foundation, which operates the Old Red Museum in Dallas, the Dallas Police Foundation; the Dallas Historical Society; and Paul Quinn College.

Howard Sherman

Painter wants viewers to "want to laugh while taking a cold shower"

Born in Houston, Howard Sherman completed his MFA at the University of North Texas. Since graduating, Sherman has enjoyed critical successes, sold-out and near sold-out gallery shows. Mr. Sherman is two-time finalist for the highly coveted Hunting Prize; one of a very few emerging artists to make the final round of consideration amongst veteran Texas talent. He is a finalist for a slot in the ArtPace 2009 Residency program. Sherman's work has been printed in several art periodicals, including the juried regional New American Paintings book. This fall, the Museum of South East Texas in Beaumont, and the Galveston Arts Center will host a traveling solo exhibition of Sherman's paintings and drawings.

Green Tongue - acrylic painting by Howard Sherman.

Green Tongue, 2007
oil, acrylic and marker on canvas
80 X 70 inches
Copyright 2008 Howard Sherman, courtesy Gerald Peters Gallery.
Photo: Harrison Evans

Howard Sherman strives to make viewers "want to laugh while taking a cold shower". Sherman deftly infuses his work with wry humor. Urban modern iconography's heroic neo-Abstract Expressionist canvases pay subtle homage to some of art history's greatest masters. Francisco de Goya's powerful masterpiece "Saturn Devouring His Son", Francis Bacon's "Figure With Meat," Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Lewis' stained canvases, Wassily Kandinsky's lyrical use of line and color, as well as the gestural abstraction of Franz Kline, Wilhelm DeKooning, Jackson Pollack and Arshile Gorky live symbiotically within Sherman's contemporary context of narrative cartoon and vector-based mark making. Aggressive and physical brush strokes coupled with heightened color palettes bring attitude and life to the work.

Michael Faircloth

Designing Man

Michael Faircloth's designs in one word are elegant.  He fully understands the relationship of the woman and the design - the extension of the individual through the created garment. The statement Michael's designs make for his clientele is one of quiet assurance, grace. That intuitive pulse is intrinsic; the creations are impeccably tailored with 'flattering precision.' "My intention," says Michael "is to enhance a woman's own style and attitude." Michael established his first couture salon in Dallas in 1983 after graduating from the School of Visual Arts at North Texas, a place where examination of garments by designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta and Hubert de Givenchy in the Texas Fashion Collection provided him with an inner view to genius, the first architects of modern couture. "That was an experience that few Schools can provide at that level. The Collection is one of the most unique and impressive in the country," comments Faircloth. Michael Faircloth gained international recognition when asked to design the inaugural wardrobe for First Lady Laura Bush, a client for over 13 years. The gown made a strikingly beautiful statement about the incoming First Lady. This tradition of designing inaugural gowns is now being passed on to the first woman president of the University of North Texas, Dr. Gretchen Bataille. The upcoming inaugural for the new president on April 13th, 2007, will unveil a new Faircloth design. "This is a wonderful opportunity to create something for UNT's first woman president in its 116 year history. She is a beautiful, strong and creative individual, capturing that in the design is quite exciting." Following the inauguration, the gown will find its home in the Texas Fashion Collection. For more information about the Inaugural activities and to reserve a table for the Inaugural Emerald Ball, whose focus is the creation of new needs-based undergraduate scholarships, visit www.unt.edu. Join in the celebration.

Shirin Askari

Shirin Askari: Classroom to Catwalk
Posted on Wed, 08/05/2009 to the North Texan 
By Michelle Hale

Shirin wearing one of her designs

Shirin Askari sewed her first dress at the tender age of 7. Seventeen years later she's putting the skills she began learning so young to the test on the megahit reality show, Project Runway.

Askari honed her skills at UNT, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design in May, 2008. Later that summer, after scrapping plans for a trip to Europe due to a knee injury, Askari found out about Project Runway's selection process. With only 3 days until the application deadline, she put together an audition video and submitted it along with her designs for consideration. She sailed through the interview process and got the call to join the cast for the show's 6th season at its new home on Lifetime.

The season premiere airs Aug. 20, and with the show's taping finished, Askari talked in a phone interview about her experience with reality TV, her UNT education and her love of fashion.

Shirin wearing one of her designs.
(Photo by Paul Hayashi)

For the full interview and related materials, read the original article at The North Texan.

Coral Bourgeois

Coral Tiles

Coral BourgeoisCoral Bourgeois (www.coralbourgeois.com), a 1976 graduate of the BFA program in Drawing and Painting from the Department of Art at North Texas State University (now CVAD at UNT) resides in Pawtucket RI, a historic district in Providence where she moved in 1992 with her family. Coral had lived for eighteen years in New York after graduating where she established a successful career as an artist.

At North Texas, she worked with Bob Wade, whom she credits with giving her the idea of moving to New York where she established a successful career making paper jewelry. She employed as many as fifteen people at this work at one point but she returned to her earlier passion and focus on painting, changing over to a more sculptural application, making tiles first on paper and then on wood for larger installations. Her recent work is installed in libraries, hospitals, schools, foundations, restaurants, and homes throughout the world and even at sea on Royal Caribbean ocean liners. Completing several large commissions each year, her gridded forms include hand drawn and found images, textures, and patterns. An article about Coral and her work appears in the January 12, 2012 edition of the online journal, The Genteel http://www.thegenteel.com/articles/design/coral-tiles and you can see Coral demonstrating and talking about her work on YouTube at http://youtu.be/z3Ed88tPtT8.

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