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Monday, September 14, 2015

UNT GIVING WEEK 2015, Sept 14-19

Today, we’re kicking off a celebration of UNT Giving Week – 125 hours of giving, designed to help kick off the 125th anniversary celebration. The campaign is running from September 14 through September 19 and will give you a chance to reconnect to your UNT roots and celebrate your alma mater.

The College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) assumes a critical role in building our region into a world-renowned center for culture and education. CVAD fosters creative futures for its diverse student population and the area through rigorous arts-based education, arts- and client-based studio practice, scholarship and research. Your generous support helps us to achieve this mission.

No matter where you are, I hope you’ll join me in raising the bar for UNT by visiting One.UNT.edu/Inspire125 and giving back to CVAD. On the donation form, check “other” and write in College of Visual Art and Design.

Let’s kick off the next 125 years the right way!

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blue House Too interested in showing work

Blue House Too Gallery, a new arts space in Allen, Texas is interested in showing work by CVAD students this summer, perhaps small group shows of advanced undergrads or grads. They are interested in all fine art media.

Click here for more information!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Alumnus Michael Bise - "New Drawings" opens 3/28, 2-5 pm, Artist talk 3 pm

Between You and Me  2014  graphite on paper  62 3/4" x 43"



MAR 28 - APR 25, 2015

SAT MAR 28 2-5 PM



Moody Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new drawings by Michael Bise. This exhibition is supported by the 2014 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant. Bise's work consists primarily of large-scale graphite drawings that combine autobiographical narrative with labor-intensive attention to detail, creating a disorienting relationship between personal psychology and formal picture making concerns.

Michael Bise was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2001 and his Masters of Fine Art in drawing and painting at the University of Houston in 2005. In 2014 his work was exhibited at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. His work was also included in the Texas Biennial at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio and a survey of his drawings was on view at the Galveston Arts Center in 2013. In 2012 he was awarded The Hunting Art Prize, an Artadia Finalist, and a Nominee for the Texas Contemporary Award. He has also exhibited at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. He regularly contributes criticism and reviews for the online art journal Glasstire.

The exhibition New Drawings is on view at Moody Gallery from Saturday, March 28, 2015 through Saturday, April 25, 2015. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, March 28 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with an artist talk at 3:00 pm.

MOODY GALLERY | 2815 Colquitt Houston, TX 77098
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10:30-5:00, Sat 11:00-5:00

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Graduate Open Studio Night at University of North Texas
Oak Street Hall, 1120 W Oak Street, Denton, TX
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 5pm – 8pm

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The graduate students at Oak Street Hall, 1120 West Oak Street, Denton, invite the community into their studio spaces. The event will be held from 5pm – 8pm. Graduate Students from the College of Visual Arts & Design will open their individual studio spaces for this one night. There will be artists working work on display for all to enjoy.

The event is free and open to the public.

The facility houses spaces for graduate students in the programs of Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Photography and Printmaking. Students from programs such as Fibers, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, and Sculpture will also participate by showing work in spaces throughout the building. Some artists will have work for sale.

The event is accompanied by an exhibition reception from 5pm-7pm in the Cora Stafford Gallery, located within Oak Street Hall.

The Graduate Students at UNT are calling on their community to come out and see the fresh, contemporary artwork being made right here in the Denton Community.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces New Artist Microgrant Program for North Texas Artists

New granting program to provide small-sum grants to support the studio practices of local artists

DALLAS, Texas (February 11, 2015) – The Nasher Sculpture Center announces the launch of the Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrants, a program to provide financial support to North Texas artists through the distribution of small-sum grants. The Artist Microgrants are awards that range from $250 to $1000 and are offered to local artists on a twice-annual basis to help further their personal or professional development. The microgrants aim to champion artistic excellence and encourage innovation, collaboration and engagement within the local visual art community. In addition, by bringing in jurors from the international and regional art communities to meet the grant recipients and discuss their work, Nasher Artist Microgrants will help bridge the gap between the North Texas art scene and the world.

“As a cultural center, it is essential that Dallas make an investment in its working artists to help foster and network this ever-growing creative ecosystem,” says Nasher Director Jeremy Strick, “and the Nasher Sculpture Center is proud to aid in the enrichment of this invaluable aspect of our city. We look forward to watching the continued growth of this rich artistic community.”

The jurors for the inaugural granting of Nasher Artists Microgrants are Dallas artists Frances Bagley, Annette Lawrence, and John Pomara and the Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset, as well as Nasher Assistant Curator Leigh Arnold and Nasher Curator of Education Anna Smith.

Local artists are encouraged to submit an application for review by April 3, 2015. Grantee winners will be announced on May 1, 2015.

The Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrants are now accepting submissions from artists currently residing in North Texas (Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Navarro, Ellis, Johnson, Somervell, Erath, Palo Pinto Hood, Parker or Wise County).

Applications can be found at: http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/artist-microgrants

Applicants are encouraged to check the Nasher website for further information and future open call dates.

Friday, March 13, 2015

MFA Alumnus Irby Pace: Explosions in the Sky

Galleri Urbane is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition by Galleri artist Irby Pace, Explosions in the Sky. Represented by Galleri Urbane since 2013, Pace’s “Idle Voids” series experienced widespread exposure, from the cover story of the Dallas Observer to coverage in the Huffington Post. What began as a simple idea while completing his MFA in photography at the University of North Texas has successfully come to fruition over the past two years, with works placed in numerous national and international collections.

Explosions in the Sky finds Irby Pace after a residency at the Dallas Arboretum and a trip to the vast landscape of Marfa, Texas. By using crude and readily available sources, Pace experiments with the tension of upwards or outwards movement against the downward force of gravity, creating the illusion of gravity defiance. In a tricky collaboration with nature and the urban environment, he alters the physical space with real floating colorful clouds of smoke, capturing a momentary glimpse of the vacant space. Through his latest photographs, Irby Pace will be sure to offer a view of these environments like never seen before.

Irby Pace received his BFA in Photography from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Photography from the University of North Texas in 2012. He currently is an Assistant Professor in Photography/Video at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His photography has been featured in Wired Magazine, Ripleys Believe it Or Not, and many other websites, blogs and online magazines. Explosions in the Sky is traveling from the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas.

There is a reception and preview on March 28, 6-8pm.

Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas • 2277 Monitor St. • Dallas, TX 75217 • USA

2015 Summer Workshops with Professor James Thurman

Glass Blowing & Metalworking

May 26 – June 4, 2015
The Glass Furnace
Istanbul, Turkey
No prior experience required!

Creative Connections

August 2 – 14, 2015
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deer Isle, Maine

Scholarships and possible Special Problems credit available. Contact James Thurman as soon as possible to discuss the possibilities: James.Thurman@unt.edu