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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Drawing & Painting

OverviewAbi Gengenbach

The major in drawing and painting prepares you to become either a self-employed artist or to pursue a master of fine arts degree. Self-employed artists show and sell work in galleries, museums and a variety of other venues. The MFA degree would open up teaching opportunities at the college and university level.

Undergraduate Program

Brian Ryden CVADAs a drawing and painting major, you will study not only drawing and painting, but also art appreciation, art history, design, printmaking and other studio arts. You will have access to well-equipped studios and instruction in a wide range of techniques.

UNT's drawing and painting students spend a lot of time in studio classes creating original works, studying aspects of the field and examining a variety of media with which to work.

A portfolio is not required for admission to the program, but transfer students may need to submit one for placement beyond beginning level classes. After completing 6 hours of beginning painting, your portfolio is reviewed by the drawing and painting faculty to determine if you can continue in the program. Before graduation, usually during your last senior painting class, you must exhibit your work in a senior show, which serves as an exit review. 

The studio art faculty are accomplished artists in their respective fields, maintaining private studios and gallery contacts. Each exhibits widely and travels extensively to maintain a current and high status in their field. 

Robin WallerAs a drawing and painting major in the studio art program, you will get a great deal of hands-on experience in your classes. Students majoring in drawing and painting have opportunities to exhibit their work in competitions that are judged by professional artists. In addition, you can show your work on campus and at local and regional galleries.

Graduate Program

Yi-Hsien ChangThe Department of Studio offers a Master of Fine Arts degree at the graduate level. The Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts offers nine areas of specialization: ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each option requires a creative project and a solo exhibition instead of a thesis. The MFA is a 60 credit-hour terminal degree requiring a minimum of 24 credit hours in the studio course of your specialization.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing & Painting is a terminal degree, requiring a minimum of 60 credit-hours of graduate level coursework. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be in the graduate drawing & painting class.

Faculty & Staff

Laura Beard | Assistant Professor

Email: laura.beard@unt.edu

Matthew Bourbon | Associate Professor

Program Coordinator | Phone: 940-369-7208 | Email: bourbon@unt.edu

Matthew Bourbon PaintingMatthew Bourbon is an artist and writer. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Bourbon earned separate undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California at Davis. Relocating to New York City, Bourbon was conferred his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. Since then, Bourbon's art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. A selection of group exhibitions include: University of Dallas, On_Game, Salone d'Arte Contemporanea, ArtExpo Trieste, Italy, Gallery 32, London Biennale 2004, Arlington Museum of Art Texas Paint, Part 1: More True Stories, and New York Arts Gallery, Drawing Conclusions II. Select solo exhibitions include Conduit Gallery, Crass, Cruel and Uncouth, and Studio 107, True Fictions. Bourbon is currently the North Texas Regional Editor for the journal Artlies, and is also a contributor to Art Forum Online, Flash Art, ArtNews, and New York Arts Magazine.

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Susan Cheal | Associate Professor

Phone: 940-369-7242 | Email: cheal@unt.edu

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Susan Cheal received her BFA from Texas Tech University and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 1990, she has exhibited both paintings and multi-media installations throughout the United States. In 2007, she was selected for participation in Texas Uprising, a survey exhibition of sculptors at multiple venues in San Antonio, Texas. Her paintings were chosen from a field of over a thousand entries, for inclusion in the October edition of New American Paintings, a national exhibit showcasing forty artists from the Southwest.

Cheal Painting Michael Duncan, curator for Art in the Metroplex, 2007, selected one of Cheal's drawings for the exhibit. She was included in 2006's Texas Paint II: Out of Abstraction, at the Arlington Museum of Art, and collaborated, with electronic music composer, Douglas Holmes, on an interactive video and sound installation, presented at Cactus Bra Gallery in San Antonio.

Other exhibitions include: Blue Star 19, in San Antonio, New American Paintings, originating at Arthouse in Austin, and traveling; the 2005 Texas Biennial, solo shows at Conduit Gallery in Dallas and Lawndale Art Center in Houston, among many others.

Cheal Painting Her current work in the area of painting uses as some of its sources, material drawn from referents to the history of painting, fabric design, Japanese prints, and exaggerated marks from methods of reproduction, which she combines in an abstract matter. Her drawings use source material such as exaggerated blow-ups of graphs, diagrams, handwriting and collage elements.

Cheal Painting Currently an Associate Professor of Art in drawing and painting, she previously taught at the University of Utah, and numerous colleges and universities in Los Angeles, including the University of California at Santa Barbara, Otis College of Art & Design, USC and Long Beach City College. She is the recipient of a WESTAF National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency grant, numerous individual artists' grants, and several University of North Texas faculty grants. She was awarded a Faculty Development Leave and Research Grant, for Spring 2008 to travel to England and Ireland, researching a project related to the topic of immigration.

Vincent Falsetta | Professor

Phone: 940-565-4025 | Email: falsetta@unt.edu

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Robert Jessup | Professor

Phone: 940-369-7225 | Email: jessup@unt.edu

Robert Jessup, Cooking with RabbitProfessor Robert Jessup has been teaching at the University of North Texas since 1991. He received his BFA from the University of Washington in 1975 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1979. He has exhibited widely and regularly since 1981 with over sixty solo exhibitions in prominent galleries in cities across the nation including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Orleans Museum, the Blanton Museum of the University of Texas, the University of Virginia Art Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Art. A ten year survey of his work will be held at the Longview Museum of Art in Longview, Texas opening May, 2009.

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Annette Lawrence | Professor

Phone: | 940-565-4020 | Email: lawrence@unt.edu | annettelawrence.net

Annette Lawrence is chair of the Department of Studio Art where she heads an accomplished faculty of twenty-five full-time artists/educators, and nineteen continuing, part-time faculty that represent nine major concentrations in the visual arts.

Elaine Pawlowicz | Assistant Professor

Phone: 940-369-8912 | Email: pawlowicz@unt.edu

Elaine Pawlowicz received her BFA from Southern Methodist University and moved to Chicago to receive her MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She continued to live and work as an artist in Chicago for the following 15 years until moving back to Dallas with her husband and two small children ages two and four. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and her paintings were published in recent editions of New American Paintings for the West and Midwest. In 2005 she completed an installation of 12 large scale paintings commissioned by the city of Chicago for Oriole Park Public Library. She has been awarded several artist residences by the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, Montana Artist's Refuge, and Pouch Cove Foundation, Newfoundland. Elaine has taught college level art for over a decade in Chicago including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Dayton. Her paintings are speckled with tiny characters that are swallowed up by neon color fields. The style is a type of magical realism. The space is flat with an idiosyncratic perspective. These highly personalized narratives are slightly ambiguous and peculiarly lighthearted.  

Angela Vanecek | Administrative Coordinator I

Phone: 940-369-7671 | Email: studio@unt.edu

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