College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD)

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...

Texas Gets Its Own Version of Parsons: New College Design School Comes From the Man Who Dresses the City’s Finest Ladies

Wed, May 18, 2016 - 6:17am

By Jane Rozelle

Dallas fashion designer Michael Faircloth has long crafted couture for the city’s brightest, from philanthropists Dee Wyly, Ellen Winspear, Tiffany Divis and Lee Ann White to former First Lady Laura Bush, who wore a stunning red Faircloth gown to the 2001 Inaugural Ball.

He donates his fashionable talents to charity, having co-founded DIFFA’s legendary denim jacket...

New art at UNT aims to help visitors find inspiration

Fri, Mar 18, 2016 - 8:00am

The University of North Texas’ new University Union features creative artwork that captures some of UNT’s best characteristics.

Two commissioned pieces – “Ocean of Possibilities” and “Quiet and Soaring” – were installed Jan. 19 in the union’s food court and meditation room, respectively.

More than 300 artists had applied for a commission in spring 2014 from UNT’s Art in Public Places program to have their artwork displayed at the union. A selection committee made up of regional art professionals, students, faculty and administrators selected the pieces.

“Ocean of Possibilities”

The artwork of alumna...

Project combs through cultural views on natural black tresses

By Britney Tabor

As a child, Terresa Hardaway equated beauty with long, straight, silky, chemically processed hair.

At age 5, she wore her hair in braids and cornrows. By second grade, she began recognizing physical differences between her hair and her classmates’. Hardaway wanted relaxed hair, a perm, like her older sister Nicole. A perm removes the kink or curl from a black person’s hair texture, creating a bone-straight or relaxed look.

Hardaway’s mother wouldn’t allow it. She was too young to perm her hair. Young Terresa became jealous that her oldest sister was allowed to get perms while she and her...

Voices of Kurdish women

Thu, Jan 14, 2016 - 8:00pm

A project in a University of North Texas graduate art class depicts the plight of three generations of Kurds who have lived under the Saddam Hussein regime and, now, ISIS.

Joy Ellis, who took a class in the College of Visual Arts during the fall 2015 semester, made an intricately detailed book featuring the stories of the Kurdish family from Iraq who were refugees in Iran. She got the stories from her sister who lives in Iraq with her husband, a worker for a non-governmental organization there.

“I think an important part of art is activism,” Ellis said. “As an artist, I have a strong conviction to do good in the...