University of North Texas

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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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CVAD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcement | Amie Adelman featured in Atlanta Airport Exhibition

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Exhibition Information

Flight Patterns is an exhibition of fiber art sponsored byt the Art Program of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Amie Adelman's Convergence is featured amongst the works of her peers from April 2014 - April 2015.

Convergence
Convergence
70" x 40"
Stretched thread on canvas

Announcement | 500x: New Paintings Featuring CVAD Graduates

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500x Gallery
May 3 - May 25, 2014
Opening Reception May 3, 7-10pm
 
"New Paintings"
Timothy Harding and Shelby David Meier

500x Gallery announces "New Paintings" showcasing recent work by  members Timothy Harding and Shelby David Meier. Harding's work explores painting as modular units that feed off one another and their surroundings through a scrambled repetition of marks and information. Meier's recent work is about paintings; it is also about value, time, commodity and objectness.
 
 
pigweasels
Cassie Phan

subtle trespasser, video still, 2014

Rooted in an investigation of the innocuous and the nefarious, objects and video work stand in as metaphors for unrest, disgust and a resilience that is as much dependent upon as it is veiled by absurdity. The relationships formed within these visual inquiries suggest tokens of memory and a narrative that can unravel into different scenarios. With a process mining both the past and the present, the orchestration of scavenged, crafted and manipulated media often sheds light on as many questions as answers.
 
 
Downstairs Project Space:
 Scuba HI
 
Upstairs Project Space:
Tools -Bernardo Cantu, Derek Rankins and Davis Kouk

Announcement | UNT Welcomes Two Renowned Professors To Discuss Islamic Art And Politics In The Middle East

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UNT welcomes two renowned professors to discuss Islamic art and politics in the Middle East
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What: UNT’s Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute hosts “By the Pen: The Art of Writing in Islamic Art,” a lecture by Sheila Blair, Boston College professor of Islamic and Asian art. The lecture discusses the ways artists and craftsmen of the Islamic cultures have used writing to decorate buildings and objects.

When: 4-5 p.m. April 24 (Thursday)

Where: The Forum at Willis Library, 1506 Highland Ave., Denton

Cost: Free

What else: This lecture will be presented in conjunction with another lecture, “The Invention of Sectarianism as a Problem in the Middle East,” from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Forum. Dr. Ussama Makdisi of Rice University will present the lecture.

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DENTON, Texas (UNT) – Writing as decoration that adorns everything from simple dishes to expensive works of art will be the subject of a lecture by renowned scholar of Islamic art at UNT on April 24 (Thursday).

UNT’s Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute welcomes Sheila Blair, Boston College professor of Islamic and Asian art, for the free lecture “By the Pen: The Art of Writing in Islamic Art.”

Blair will discuss the history and continued use of writing by artists and craftsmen to decorate all types of buildings and objects. The lecture illustrates some of the ways they have done so, transforming writing into one of the most distinctive features of Islamic visual culture.

The lecture will include a talk about the different subjects that artists chose to inscribe on various buildings and objects, from mosques to minbars (an imam’s pulpit) to dishes and dress. Blair will discuss why writing in Arabic script is a hallmark of Islamic art and architecture and why artists and craftsmen go through great pains to add inscriptions.

The lecture will be from 4-5 p.m. at The Forum at Willis Library, 1506 Highland Ave., Denton. The program is sponsored by the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States and UNT.

The lecture will be followed by another talk titled “The Invention of Sectarianism as a Problem of the Middle East,” by Dr. Ussama Makdisi of Rice University. The talk takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Forum at Willis Library. Makdisi is a professor of history and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice. Author of Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001, Makdisi’s work explores missed opportunities for cultural understanding. By retrieving unused historical evidence and by juxtaposing for the first time Arab perspectives and archives with American ones, his work counters a notion of an inevitable clash of civilizations and thus reshapes the view of the history of America in the Arab world.

The Makdisi lecture is part of the Global Studies Faculty Seminar, an initiative to bring scholars of various disciplinary backgrounds together for necessary discussions on globalization, global connections and exclusions, and inter-cultural encounters. The discussions range from issues in current scholarship to pedagogical improvements in global studies classrooms. To find out more about the Global Studies Faculty Seminar, visit http://history.unt.edu/global-studies-faculty-seminar.

 

About Sheila Blair
Blair teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the seventh century to modern times. She offers surveys on Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism, as well as research seminars on the Silk Road, the Islamic book, and the arts of the object. She has written or co-written 17 books, including several international award winners, and more than 200 articles in journals, encyclopedias, colloquia and festschriften. She served as an artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS.

About the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute
CAMCSI is an interdisciplinary institute composed of faculty drawn from the visual arts, social sciences and humanities at UNT. CAMCSI serves as the coordinating body and the primary source of support for the various courses and academic programs that cover the Arab and Muslim worlds, which include the Arab states, Iran, Turkey, central and south Asia and other parts of the world with Muslim communities. The institute was established in 2008 with a research and service mission, to respond to the critical need for the understanding and further the interdisciplinary studies of the contemporary Arab and Muslim worlds at UNT.

Announcement | Professor Robert Jessup featured at the MAC

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Professor Robert Jessup featured at The MAC

5/10/14 – 6/28/14

Robert Jessup
Selections – New Work: 2013-2014

An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, in the Uptown District of Dallas.

Exhibitions will be on view through June 28, 2014.

The MAC welcomes Robert Jessup for a solo exhibition in the New Works Space this summer. Selections – New Work: 2013-2014 includes selected paintings from the past year, which explore his journey into a “free play of form”. The intuitive, non-representational form making gives his paintings an open ended resolution, keeping singularity in meaning out of his works. Having identity without being identifiable, the paintings are free to speak for themselves through an abstract visual narrative.

For more information, please go to the MAC website.
 

Announcement | CVAD students teaching at the DMA

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Four fibers students were selected to lead adult workshops at the DMA. One of 4 selected students, Robert Bayer, taught on April 3rd, here is a link to the DMA tumblr with images of the workshop - https://www.flickr.com/photos/centerforcreativeconnections/13697012213/in/set-72157643593683623/. 3 other students were selected for additional dates this summer, Kat Burkett, Sarah Poppelwell, and Felicia Fischer.

Robert Bayer on the left

Announcement | CVAD Emeritus Faculty member Don Schol to exhibit at PDNB Gallery in Dallas

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DON SCHOL
ARRANGEMENTS: ABSTRACT RELIEF PRINTS

April 5 - June 21, 2014

Artist Reception, Saturday, April 5th from 5 - 8 PM
 
 
 Don Schol, XII, Linoleum Cut, 2014
 
 

Announcement | CAMCSI - Arab Film Festival 2014 - Co-Sponsorship Opportunity!

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The Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI)
http://cams.unt.edu/

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CAMCSI Director: Nada Shabout, PhD
CAMCSI Coordinator: Tiffany Floyd

…creating meaningful dialogue and educational advancements in the
understanding of contemporary Arab and Muslim cultures...

Announcement | CAMCSI Is Starting A Student Chapter

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