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.”...

Tags: art, science, UNT

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...

Tags: art, Comics, UNT

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...

Triggered: In 2011, professor made diamond from gunpowder; mass shootings keep gem’s gleam relevant

Sat, Jun 18, 2016 - 10:37pm

By Lucinda Breeding

Artist Shane Mecklenburger turned gunpowder into a diamond back in 2011.

The artist was on the faculty at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts & Design. He was a new media professor before moving to teach as an assistant professor on the art faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

For the installation titled “Tendered Currency,” Mecklenburger emptied the gunpowder out of a few .223 caliber bullets — the kind of bullets used in the magazine of an AR-15, a military-style semiautomatic rifle used in a number of American mass shootings. He bought the bullets...

Local business provides art instruction to Celina children

Wed, May 18, 2016 - 5:09am

By Lisa Ferguson

Besides sharing the same first name, Kelly Allard and Kelly Engelbert have a lot in common.

The women, who are neighbors in the same Celina subdivision, are both professional artists who are passionate about helping children explore their creativity.

Last year they started a business called Celina Creative Arts and hosted a series of summer art camps for kids at the Whimsy Finds store, 229 W. Pecan St., on the city’s downtown square.

They will be back at it again this summer with a pair of camps for children age 6 and older. The aptly...