College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD)

Professor to exhibit retrospective in Dallas

Sat, Sep 10, 2016 - 8:44pm

Harlan Butt, a University of North Texas Regents Professor of Art, will exhibit his work in a retrospective in Dallas in October.

“Extraordinary Journey: 40 Years of Art Metalwork by Harlan W. Butt” opens Oct. 15 at UNT ArtSpace Dallas, 1901 Main St.

The exhibition will feature images of nature, often with incorporated text, including poetry he created while teaching at UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design. The earliest pieces in the exhibit were made in 1978.

One series of works is vessels that have been inspired by his trips to a dozen national parks since 2003. He likes the form of the vessel for its...

UNT professor gets grant for health sensor

Sat, Jul 30, 2016 - 4:01pm

University of North Texas associate professor Ruth West received a $100,000 grant from the National Academics of Science Keck Futures Initiative to create a new kind of health sensor.

West participated in a seed group at the initiative’s conference called Art and Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation and Realization that plans to research and develop wearable and internal sensors to help different bodily systems communicate with each other.

West and her group will work to create the sensors over the next two years.

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...

Bounty of color

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 - 4:09pm

By Lucinda Bredding

Denton motorists have likely noticed the new, more colorful exterior of Cupboard Natural Foods at 200 W. Congress.

A summer mural painting class at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design has spent the past five weeks painting the east and west outside walls at the natural foods market.

Professor Kate Colin has taught the summer school course for the last few years.

“Previously, the murals have been painted in the Lightwell Gallery [on the first floor of the UNT Art Building],” Colin said. “The only drawback there is that they get painted over.”


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...