Among his many accolades, Michael Faircloth was chosen to design former first lady Laura Bush's gown for the 2001 Presidential inauguration. The gown is now part of a permanent installation at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Finding success in the art world

The path to greatness

Denton, named “the best small town in Texas,” combines an active music and arts scene with a family-friendly hometown feel.

UNT students also benefit from our proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Our growing region has the second highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and hosts seven major art museums, making it the ideal location for our art and design students to find valuable internships and great career opportunities.

Our graduates have successful careers as studio artists, designers, art educators and art historians.

Notable alumni of the College of Visual Arts and Design include:

  • Anila Agha (’04), artist who won the two top prizes at ArtPrize 2014, the international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Heather Amuny-Dey (’97), vice president and creative director, Nike Global Design
  • Shirin Askari (’08), fashion designer and Project Runway contestant
  • Victoria Bleakley-Stefos (’07), technical designer for fashion design label The Row
  • Ron English (’84), pop artist whose work has been used in presidential campaigns, billboards, album covers, and The Simpsons
  • Brian Fridge (ʼ95), video artist whose work was included in the 2005 Turin Triennial, and the 2000 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 
  • Amy Hofland (’97), executive director for the Crow Collection of Asian Art
  • Elayne Rush (ʼ00), registrar for the DeKooning Foundation
  • Stephen Sills (’73), principal of Stephen Sills Associates, and recently included in Elle Décor’s A List of the Top 25 Designers
  • Sunny Stafford (’03), executive creative director, digital at Victoria’s Secret
  • Erick Swenson (’99), internationally recognized sculptor whose work was included in the 2004 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, and at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, in 2012 
  • Dana Tanamachi (ʼ07), graphic designer and chalk letterer whose work has graced the covers of O, HOW and TIME magazines