University of North Texas

College of Visual Arts and Design

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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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Art History

Overview

Art historians enhance our understanding of art and its place within society through their research. Studying the art and architecture of diverse world cultures and periods, art historians examine the historical, social, and cultural significance art holds for its creators and users. The art history undergraduate major prepares students for graduate study in the discipline, as well as for an array of jobs in the art world and beyond. The master's degree in art history is a gateway to careers in museums and galleries, or future graduate study in preparation for an academic career.

Undergraduate Program

At the undergraduate level we offer the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art history. The BA is for students who choose to emphasize art history studies as part of a humanities degree. The program offers courses in methodologies, art history across the globe, museology, theory, criticism, and cultural history of art.

The BA program consists of 120 semester credit hours.

Graduate Program

The Department of Art Education and Art History offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Art History. The program consists of 30 semester credit hours, which includes 15-21 hours in graduate art history seminars, an optional 6 credit hour minor, a seminar in research methodology, and a 6 credit hour scholarly paper. Students may pursue graduate study in the following areas: visual and material culture of the late antique and medieval periods in Europe, the Islamic world, and South Asia; visual and material culture in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas from the 16th to the 21st Century; and historiography, methodology and theory of art and visual and material culture since 1900. Within these areas, students will find many opportunities to work with an array of faculty whose interests and expertise intersect on such issues as colonialism, postcolonialism, geography, ritual and spatial analysis, race, gender, and sexuality.

  • Further MA information and application instructions are available in PDF format: MA Application Info (opens in a separate window).
  • The MA art history program manual is available in PDF format: AH Program Manual (opens in a separate window).

Art Museum Education Certificate

Certification in art museum education is designed to provide professional training for those who desire careers in areas of art museum education and expertise in the use of art museums as education resources for school educators. The University of North Texas is ideally situated to serve as the site for a professional training program in art museum education. The North Texas area offers rich museum resources for study and practice in the field; bolstered by UNT's experienced faculty, course offerings, and educator-training opportunities.

The program consists of eighteen credit hours, including seminars in the history and theory of art museum education, current practices in museum education, roles and functions of art museums, political action and advocacy in the visual arts, and a six credit hour internship in a Texas art museum. Art museum education certification is designed to be pursued in conjunction with a graduate degree in art history, art education or studio. It can also be pursued alone with permission from the Department of Art Education and Art History.

North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium

Art historian Dr. Mickey Abel directs the North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2010. The interdisciplinary symposium features a keynote address by a renowned medievalist who also serves as discussant for the student papers. Past keynote speakers include Corine Schleif of Arizona State University, Joan Holladay of the University of Texas, Janet Marquardt of Eastern Illinois University, and D. Fairchild Ruggles of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Student presenters, selected from an international pool of applicants, have the opportunity not only to disseminate their scholarship, but also to receive feedback from leading figures in the field.

Modern and Contemporary Art Wiki

Follow this link to view the wiki of modern and contemporary art resources created by students under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Way.

Faculty & Staff

Mickey Abel, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Phone: 940-369-7204 | Email: abel@unt.edu

Mickey Abel received her B.A. and M.A. from Arizona State University and a Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She has been at UNT since 2003. Her scholarly interests center around Medieval Architectural space-its historical analysis, its contextual setting, its liturgical and experiential perception, and its geographical determinants. Dr. Abel's current research is bifurcated between work in Northern Spain and Western France. In Spain, she is engaged in a project of surveying and mapping the geographical parameters of the post-conquest (12th and 13th Century) churches built on the Sorian plain. Some of this work has been undertaken in collaboration with the departments of Geography and Archaeology employing GIS technology. Summer 2008 she took three students abroad to carry out the field work for this project. Her work in France examines the spatial/geographical relationship between the Abbey of Maillezais and its parish churches within the ancient Gulf de Picton and in the context of the historical events surrounding the Peace of God movement, as well as the political agenda of the Duke of Aquitaine, his wife, and descendents, and the social/economic life within the monastery and its landed domain. This work includes the surveying and drawing of the abbey's tower/narthex in order to determine the configuration of the now lost western portal. Future work is to include the GIS mapping of the abbey's geographical position in relation to its development of a system of dykes, levies, and canals within the gulf's marshy wetlands. Full Curriculum Vitae

Denise Baxter, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Deptartment Chair

Phone: 940-565-3986 | Email: baxter@unt.edu

Denise Amy Baxter received her MA and PhD in Art History with a Women's Studies doctoral emphasis from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Women's Studies affiliated faculty member at the University of North Texas, where she teaches courses on European art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, history of photography, gender and the visual arts, and theories and methods of art history. Her research focuses on the relationships between material culture and the constitution of the modern self. Her publications include: "Two Brutuses: Violence, Virtue, and Politics in the Visual Culture of the French Revolution" in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Life and "Parvenu or Honnête homme: The Collecting Practices of Germain-Louis de Chauvelin," in Journal of the History of Collections. She is currently working on an extended collaborative project on the visualization of the maternal and writing a book titled Fashion and the Roots of Modernism in J.-F. de Troy's tableaux de mode.

K. Donahue-Wallace, Ph.D. | Associate Professor & IADS Coordinator

Phone: 940-565-4777 | Email: kwallace@unt.edu

Kelly Donahue-Wallace received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of New Mexico in 2000. She is currently an associate professor of Latin American art and chairperson of the Department of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas. Dr. Donahue-Wallace teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American art, the history of prints, and European early modern art. Her research addresses the history of prints in eighteenth-century Mexico City and the function of prints in the colonial context. Dr. Donahue-Wallace's findings have been published in Print Quarterly, The Americas, Colonial Latin American Review, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Tiempos de América (Spain), Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (Mexico), and Aurora. Her book, Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America 1521-1821, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2008. Dr. Donahue-Wallace has also researched and published on art history pedagogy and learning objects and is a contributing co-editor of the book, Teaching Art History with New Technologies: Reflections and Case Studies. Dr. Donahue-Wallace has been the recipient of a research fellowship from Spain's Program for Cultural Coorperation, a Humanities Texas grant, a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship, the Bernardo Mendel Visiting Faculty Fellowship from Indiana University, a Telecommunications Infrastructure grant, and many UNT faculty grants. Full Curriculum Vitae

Lisa N. Owen, Ph.D. | Associate Professor

Phone: 940-369-7236 | Email: lowen@unt.edu

Lisa N. Owen, Assistant Professor of Art History, joined the University of North Texas in 2006. While her teaching areas include all aspects of Asian art, her research specialty is the art of ancient and medieval India. Her research centers on Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain rock-cut temples. Dr. Owen is interested in the way that sacred space is articulated in this medium and what this means for worshippers and devotional practice. Her interests also include the production of imagery in ancient India, patterns of patronage, and how visual forms express certain religious values and goals. Dr. Owen has presented her work at numerous venues, the most recent being the University of Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is also frequently invited to give lectures at art museums including the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Norton Simon Museum. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Owen has received a total of four faculty research grants to support her work on Indian monuments. Her current project examines Jain rock-cut monuments in Tamil Nadu and questions the saliency of employing traditional art historical categories such as "sculpture" and "architecture" to these sites that clearly function as both and more. Dr. Owen has published in the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and in the Jain journal Jinamanjari. She is currently working on a book on Ellora's Jain monuments.

Nada Shabout, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Director CAMCSI

Phone: 940-565-4027 | Email: shabout@unt.edu

Nada Shabout is an Associate Professor of Art History. Her teaching interests are in the area of Arab and Islamic visual culture, theory and history, imperialism, Orientalism and globalization. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007. She is the curator of the traveling exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, 2005-2008. Her current project is Recovering Iraq's Modern Heritage: Constructing and Digitally Documenting the Collection of the former Saddam Center for the Arts. Her awards include: TAARII fellow 2006, 2007; and Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, 2008 Lecture/Research fellowship to Jordan. Dr. Shabout has published numerous articles on modern and contemporary Iraqi art as well as examines legal and ethical responsibilities of the US in Iraq after 2003. Full Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Way, Ph.D. | Associate Professor

Phone: 940-565-4029 | Email: JWay@unt.edu

Paula Lupkin, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor

Phone: 940-565-4187 | Email: paula.lupkin@unt.edu

Kurt Rahmlow, Ph.D. | Lecturer

Email: kurt.rahmlow@unt.edu

Kurt Rahmlow received his M.A. in English from Northeastern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Iowa. His research interests include European art of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, utopian artists' communitities, intersections of art and literature, and Pictorial photography. He has had several articles accepted for publication by peer-reviewed interdisciplinary and art historical journals, and he has presented his research at annual meetings of the College Art Association, the Midwest Art History Society, the Modernist Studies Association, and the Society for Utopian Studies. In 2008, he received the Arthur O. Lewis Award from the Society for Utopian Studies for the best paper given by a junior scholar at the annual meeting of the society. He is currently preparing a book-length study of Symbolist decorative painting in France during the Belle Epoque. Dr. Rahmlow teaches introductory art history classes and advanced undergraduate courses on modern and contemporary art. Before coming to UNT, Dr. Rahmlow taught modern and contemporary art history at the University of Missouri and Virginia Commonwealth University. His research has been supported by a number of fellowships and awards, including a Seashore Dissertation-Year Fellowship at the University of Iowa.

Christina Brungardt | Lecturer

Email: christina.brungardt@unt.edu

Josh Rose | Adjunct Instructor

Email: josh.rose@unt.edu

Betsy Snethen | Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 940-565-4777 | Email: aeah@unt.edu

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