History of black community in Denton front and center in art exhibit Freedman's Town 2.0

Later this month, the Denton Black Film Festival will open with four days of film about the black experience. The vast majority of these films highlight situations faced outside of Texas, and some were even filmed outside of the United States.

But what of the stories of Dentonites? Since its inception, Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) director Harry Eaddy said one thing lacking from this festival has been the authenticity in a way that is engaging to audiences. But this is an issue no more, thanks to Freedman Town 2.0, part art exhibit, part documentary showing at UNT on the...

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UNT alumnus latest exhibit follows one family's life

The Lost Pines Art League is proud to present an educational and uplifting photography show about the exhibition The Upshaws of County Line follows one family from everyday events, such as a game of dominos, to important milestones such as births and funerals.

But what makes the Upshaws unique is where they lived - County Line, a freedom colony in East Texas formed in the 1870s by newly freed slaves on land that they owned.

The photographs, taken by University of North Texas alumnus Richard Orton, will be...

In The Lab Where Art and Science Fuse

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

By Jerome Weeks 

I’m wearing 3D glasses in a pitch-black room at UNT, and I’m facing a screen the size of a wall. This entire lab is a virtual reality projection room with 10-channel stereo sound. And what’s on screen looks like intersecting streams of stars. Or like Dallas from a DC-9 at night — all those lines of glowing lights going off into the distance.

“So what you’re seeing now looks like a 3D galaxy,” says Ruth West, director of the xRez Art & Science Lab at UNT.” But with your arm movements, you can move this entire galaxy around.”...

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Exhibit shows impact of illustrated stories

Thu, Sep 8, 2016 - 7:20am

By Lucinda Breeding

Josh Rose said he probably never would have ended up teaching art if it weren’t for comic books.

Rose is a University of North Texas graduate and El Centro College art history professor who loves comics. As a kid, Rose said, he savored the stories and the drawings of caped crusaders, masked villains and garden-variety human beings who became greater than they believed they’d be — whether from a spider bite or childhood trauma.

“In a lot of ways, they got me into the art field,” said Rose, the curator of the upcoming Greater Denton Arts Council exhibit “Heroes in the Making: The Art of...

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UNT Art alum to offer workshop at the Conroe Art League

Thu, Jul 21, 2016 - 4:00am

With an interest in our physical and personal relationship with books, Delaney Smith, a contemporary fiber artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books, will share some of her insights into pushing the boundaries of the formal structure of a book in a workshop titled “Natural Dye and Bookmaking” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 organized by the Conroe Art League at the Gallery at the Madeley Building, 127 Simonton Street, Conroe. The workshop will focus on two simple processes, natural dye on paper and simple book making techniques. Using common dye sources like avocado, onion...