UNT art galleries showcase wide array of exhibitions this spring

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 19:34

DENTON (UNT), Texas –  Artworks by award-winning guest artists, noted faculty members, students and more will be on display at various galleries on the University of North Texas campus this spring. Please include the following information about the university’s art exhibitions and other visual arts-related events in briefs and calendars.

UNT Art Gallery

The UNT Art Gallery, part of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, will present the following events. UNT Art Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.gallery.unt.edu or call 940-565-4316. Admission is free.

CVAD Collections, Cultures & Collaborations Series

The Joy Losee Collection: Art and Dress Along the Silk Road

Now – Feb. 9 (Saturday)

The sixth annual Collections, Cultures, and Collaborations exhibition, featuring non-western traditional cultural garments from The Joy Losee Collection, recently donated to the Texas Fashion Collection. Garments in this exhibition come from Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, India, Turkey, Egypt, Nubia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. The exhibition will explore the meanings the garments communicate, beyond formal qualities, as representatives of place and context. Also featured will be related research by CVAD students.

Curated by Myra Walker, Director, Texas Fashion Collection. Images available.

Family Saturday in the UNT Galleries: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. February 2 (Saturday)

“Weaving Culture with Art and Story” featuring storytelling and art activity


Cross Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World

Feb. 26 (Tuesday) – March 30 (Saturday)

This traveling exhibition presents the work of six international artists: Azra Akšamija (Massachusetts, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ayad Alkadhi (New York, Iraq), Shoja Azari (New York, Iran), Reza Derakshani (Texas, Iran), Naiza H. Khan (Pakistan) and Soody Sharifi (Texas, Iran). Employing a wide range of media and approaches, the artists each adapt or appropriate aesthetic strategies and themes from historical Persian and Arab traditions to address contemporary issues and artistic priorities.

Curated and organized by Jessica Hunter-Larsen, IDEA Space, Colorado College

Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 28 (Thursday)


53rd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition

April 9 (Tuesday) – April 27 (Saturday)

The 53rd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition is supported by Voertman’s store, “a North Texas tradition since 1925.” The Voertman Competition is synonymous with student excellence in the College of Visual Arts and Design, featuring a juried selection of new works in all media by undergraduate and graduate students.

Juried by Lisa Hatchadoorian, Curator, Nicolaysen Art Museum

Award ceremony and pizza reception: 11 a.m. April 16 (Tuesday)

Juror Gallery Talk: 12 p.m. April 4 (Thursday)


UNT on the Square 

The following exhibitions will be at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. in downtown Denton. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


David Blow – Retrospective

Now – Feb. 9 (Saturday)

Three decades of work from David Blow, University of North Texas professor emeritus of communication design, are shown. The exhibit features approximately 80 prints, serigraphs from Blow's World and Americana series, and digital prints from his Nature series.

Presented by the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and the College of Visual Arts and Design


Eugene Martin – Beirut, Philadelphia

Feb. 18 (Monday) – March 9 (Saturday)

The multi-media exhibition, Beirut, Philadelphia, is a survey of an ongoing project by UNT Department of Radio, Television and Film Assistant Professor Eugene Martin, featuring art photographic prints, film and video.  In 2007, Martin received a commission to create an oral history of women in an area of North Philadelphia known to its residents as “Beirut,” a named coined during the war in Beirut, Lebanon, and after a two-week gun battle in the roughly three-block area in North Philadelphia.   Images available.

Opening reception: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Feb. 21 (Thursday)


Union Gallery

The following exhibitions will be in the Union Gallery, located on Level 3 of the University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 940-565-3829. Admission to Union Gallery exhibitions is free.


Through Jan. 31 (Thursday)
Project Green

Seniors in the CVAD Fashion Design department used organically grown materials, post-consumer materials and/or found objects to highlight the growing concern for social responsibility and cutting down on waste.

Feb. 4 (Monday) – Feb. 27 (Wednesday)
Jenn Smith

The exhibition relates to Smith’s time in Scurry, Texas. “I’ve chosen to paint this place because I enjoy the industrial landscapes,” writes Smith.
Reception: February 5 (Tuesday) – 7-9 p.m.


March 4 (Monday) – March 7 (Thursday)
CVAD Graduate Exhibition

Exhibition by students from the Toulouse Graduate School.
Reception: March 5 (Tuesday) – 7-9 p.m.


March 18 (Monday) - April 4 (Thursday)
Martin Back

The installation includes various sound sculptures. “The interactive works are an invitation to exhibit-goers to make sound with simple instruments where no previous musical experience or knowledge is required,” writes Back.
Reception: March 19 (Tuesday) – 7-9 p.m.


April 8 (Monday ) – April 18 (Thursday)
International Show


April 22 (Monday) - May 11 (Saturday)
Angie Vu & Breena Buettner

Reception: April 23 – 7-9 p.m.


The following exhibitions will be displayed on the outside wall of the Union Gallery

Jan. 28 (Monday) - Feb. 14 (Thursday)
Cheyanne Elvin & Laura Garcia
Reception: Jan. 29 (Tuesday)


Feb. 18 (Monday) - March 14 (Thursday)
Samantha McNulty
Reception: Feb. 19 (Tuesday)


March 25 (Monday) - April 3 (Wednesday)
Blair Johnston
Reception: March 26 (Tuesday)


April 8 (Monday) – April 18 (Thursday)
Earth Week


April 22 (Monday) -May 11 (Saturday)
Christena Dowsett
Reception: April 25 (Thursday)


Other Galleries

Three additional galleries – the Cora Stafford Gallery, Lightwell Gallery and North Gallery – show student work on a rotating basis. For more information about these galleries, visit http://gallery.unt.edu/exhibitions. Admission is free.


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