Art show part of Fine Arts Series discussion of race relations
As part of a multidisciplinary event on race relations, the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design will present an exhibition of a new series of mixed media drawings by artist Zoë Charlton, exploring social and racial interactions.
In Saint of the Suburbs: Recent work by Zoë Charlton, the artist combines the black female figure and the suburban ideal to create a sublime and simple beauty. The exhibition will be on display from Oct. 15 through Nov. 7 in the Art Gallery on the UNT campus. Admission to the exhibition is free. Gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
In conjunction with the art exhibition, the UNT Fine Arts Series will present a lecture and panel discussion on race relations Oct. 25.
Speakers will discuss the state of race relations 200 years after the U.S. Congress declared that importation of enslaved Africans was to cease. The event, titled "1808-2008: What's Next? (200 Years of Race Relations in North Texas)," is scheduled from 1 to 4:15 p.m. in the Silver Eagle Suite of UNT's University Union, located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. Charlton will be among four speakers on the panel. A reception following the panel discussion will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery foyer.
Charlton is an assistant art professor at the American University in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at Florida State University, Tallahassee in 1995, and a master of fine arts degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1999. She is represented by Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., and has been widely exhibited in the United States as well as Poland, Switzerland, and England. She will be exhibited at the Frieze Art Fair 2007 in London.
The College of Visual Arts and Design, formerly the School of Visual Arts, is one of the largest, most comprehensive visual arts programs at a public university in the southwest and one of the largest in the nation. More than 2,200 art majors pursue work from the baccalaureate through the doctorate in 13 academic degree programs and one graduate certificate program in art museum education. The college has nationally ranked graduate programs in art education and studio art and design.