Public Art & Grant Writing Symposium, "Percent for Art" finalist presentations

UNT's new Art Building will feature a newly commissioned artwork by an internationally recognized artist as part of the UNT Percent for Art program. Hear from the artists who were chosen as finalists. A free Public Art Symposium, open to the public, will feature artists presenting their existing bodies of work, including studio practice and public art projects, as well as a panel of public art experts. The weekend will also include Student Professional Workshops.


  • Mark Dion – American conceptual artist whose installations frequently use nature and science
  • Jim Campbell – San Francisco-based artist known for using LED lights in his public art and installations
  • Jean Shin – New York City-based artist who takes everyday objects to use in sculptures, videos and installations
  • Matthew Ritchie – British artist who uses drawings, paintings and installations to represent the vastness of the universe
  • Humberto Campana – Brazilian-based designer who, with his brother Fernando, takes ordinary materials to make furniture

Keynote Panelists

  • Veronique le Melle, Director, ArtPace San Antonio, and formerly director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism for Queens, NY, and president and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts
  • Martha Peters, Public Art Vice President, The Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
  • Norie Sato, Artist, UNT Art Collection and City of Fort Worth Art Collection

The keynote panel is designed to present ideas about the practice and impact of collecting public artworks, from national, civic, and campus perspectives. The purpose of the panel is to articulate the relationship between art and architecture and the impact of art on one’s experience of place.

Dates & Locations:

  • FRIDAY, SEPT 8th - UNT Student Union Room 333
    10am Coffee reception with UNT President, Neal Smatresk
    10:30am Keynote Panel on Public Art
    1pm Reconvene
    1:30pm Percent for Art Finalist Lectures: Mark Dion, Matthew Ritchie, and Jean Shin
    5pm Reception
  • MONDAY, SEPT 11th - UNT Student Union Room 333
    10am Percent for Art Finalist Lectures: Humberto Campana and Jim Campbell
    12pm Reception

A ONEEVERYONE book by Ann Hamilton will be given away as a door prize after each public event, courtesy of Landmarks at University of Texas, Austin. Free, numbered tickets will be provided at the beginning of the events on Sept 8 and Sept 11, with a drawing for a single book at the end of each event.

Student Professional Workshops (UNT students only)

Norie Sato will conduct a Public Art 101 workshop with topics including how to translate studio practice into a public arena, how to find and apply for public art commissions, and what it takes to realize public works of art.

Immediately following, there will be a grant writing workshop with CVAD arts professionals sharing the how-tos of identifying and applying for grants and other funding to support student projects. These two events are open to UNT students only.

  • SATURDAY, SEPT 9th - UNT Student Union Room 385
    10am-12pm Public Art 101 workshop with Norie Sato
    1pm-3pm CVAD Grant Writing 101 workshop

Lunch and refreshments provided, free. Space is limited. Reserve a space by emailing or calling 940-565-4005. Please let us know which workshop you'd like to attend, or both!

For more information about any of these events, email UNT Gallery at or call 940-565-4005.