External Media Mentions Archive

March 2023 to July 2023

March 13, 2023: Kinfolk House co-founder, artist and Art League Houston 2022 Artist of the Year Letitia Huckaby, CVAD visiting assistant professor in Studio Art is featured in Ebony magazine's article titled "3 Artists from 'Emancipation: the Unfinished Project of Liberation' Share Their Work" about the new exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Huckaby's projects in the exhibition focus on the legacy of emancipation within contemporary African American communities. The exhibition is on view through July 9.

May 2023

May 3, 2023: "In Memoriam: A Personal Recollection of Vernon Fisher " in Glasstire: Texas Visual Art online magazine written by Matthew Bourbon, CVAD professor, Studio Art: Drawing and Painting.

January 2023 to February 2023

Jan. 5, 2023, article by Lucinda Breeding-Gonzalez, Denton Record-Chronicle: During a press tour of the newly furnished and completed Frisco Landing, the new UNT campus in Frisco, people gathered in the main stairwell. They stood underneath the new public art installation, designed and created by UNT senior Archit Karkare. The three forms suggest feathers, a reference to UNT’s mascot, the eagle. Read or listen to the article.

January 2023

Jan. 23, 2023: Sculpture student's talent ‘Soars' in Frisco Branch Campus

The new public art installation called 'Soar' hovers 10 feet above the floor at UNT's Frisco Landing.

University of North Texas sculpture major Archit Karkare's career is soaring, and he hasn't yet graduated. Karkare's 'Soar' sculpture was chosen from a dozen entries. 

The design was the result of a class assignment. View the video from NBCDFW-TV.

Jan. 21, 2023: The City of Bedford's city council commissioned a sculpture to honor the history of the 232-acre Boys Ranch Park, which operated from 1949 to 1957 to provide housing for boys who were wards of the state. During her internship with the City of Bedford, artist Jessica Green (2022, B.A., IADS) was tasked with designing a public sculpture that incorporates respect and remembrance of the past while embracing the future of the Bedford community. Green worked closely with the City of Bedford during a five-month internship to research the history of the Boys Ranch through archived newspaper articles and documents. Green also interviewed Bedford residents, city staff, and former residents of the Boys Ranch. The documents, interviews, and stories provided the narrative that Green translated into the sculpture's design. Read more about it on the City of Bedford website and the Map of Memories website.

September 2022

Sept. 15, 2022: "No one tells a true-crime story quite like Laura Evans." The September/October 2022 issue of FYI50plus online magazine features associate professor and art crime expert Evans for her recent presentation to a UNT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute audience. Evan's lecture titled "Murder, Mayhem and the Mafia: Caravaggio and the Theft of His Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence" is the first presentation of the newly named Debbie and Neal Smatresk OLLI After-Five Series, which took place at the Robson Ranch Clubhouse in Denton, Texas. President and Mrs. Smatresk, many UNT President's Cabinet members and college deans also attended. Evans is the CVAD Art Museum Education Certificate program coordinator and works with graduate students pursuing a career in art museums. Written by Jordan Williams, OLLI communications strategist, the magazine article is available online, "Treasures and Thieves, Tracing Art Crimes through the great museums of Europe."

Laura Evans speaking from a podium with an image projected on a screen in the background

May 2022

May 21, 2022 — "Expressive Watercolor Paintings Are Candid Snapshots of People Living in the Moment" that are described in an article by Margherita Cole in the online newsletter, "My Modern Met," featuring paintings by Stephen Zhang, CVAD alumnus and assistant professor in Communication Design.

While versed in a variety of media, he prefers watercolor as his material of choice, he said. “I have a special connection with watercolor since it bridges Eastern and Western artistic traditions,” Zhang tells My Modern Met. “When I paint, I take advantage of contradictions inherent in the medium—between complexity and simplicity, controlling and letting go, external and internal, and permanent and temporary. My painting always starts with something that moves me, and then it begins to take on its own path.” Read the article.

Rosemary Meza-Desplas smiling at the camera, long black and white hair, red lipstick, pink crocheted necklaceMay 12, 2022: The Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation today announced the newest cohort of the Latinx Artist Fellowship — a multi-year initiative administered by the US Latinx Art Forum in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Alumna and multidisciplinary artist Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, B.F.A., 1984, Studio Art: Drawing and Painting, is among the 15 artists selected. In its second year, the fellowship recognizes 15 of the most compelling Latinx visual artists working in the United States today and aims to address a systemic lack of support, visibility, and patronage of Latinx visual artists — individuals of Latin American or Caribbean descent, born or living in the United States. Read more.

March 2022

March 7, 2022: In "A Conversation with Lauren Cross, Curator of the 2022 Contemporary Art Month Perennial Exhibition," the March 7 edition of Glasstire, online art magazine, includes an interview by Ashley Allen. This year's Contemporary Art Month titled "Interior Realities," and curated by CVAD Assistant Professor Cross, showcases work from 17 San Antonio artists and will be on exhibition at two locations in San Antonio, Texas: Sala Diaz, from March 10–April 20, and the Southwest School of Art, from March 5–April 6. Every year during the month of March, as part of its mission, CAM offers a platform for artists, performers and curators to show off all the artistic creativity San Antonio has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, artist studios, and various unconventional locations across the city. Cross, artist, curator and scholar, serves as the CVAD program coordinator and core faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies program. Her research addresses interdisciplinary topics within the visual arts and design, including critical theory, social practice, art entrepreneurship/arts administration, curatorial studies/museum studies, multiculturalism, and women's and gender studies.

March 8, 2022: SAAM, the online blog of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, features an article in its March 8, 2022, edition about CVAD Associate Professor Alicia Eggert, Studio Art: Sculpture, to discover the inspiration behind her "monumental neon artwork" titled "This Present Moment" (2019-2020) artwork. The article, "Contemporary Craft: This Present Moment," reveals that the artwork is based on a quote from the revolutionary futurist Stewart Brand’s book, "The Clock of the Long Now" (1999), inspired the title of the exhibition "This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World."This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World" marks the 50th anniversary of SAAM’s Renwick Gallery by celebrating the dynamic landscape of American craft. The exhibition explores how artists — especially women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and Native artists — have crafted spaces for daydreaming, stories of persistence, models of resilience, and methods of activism that resonate today. In order to craft a better world, it must first be imagined. This story about Eggert's art is part of a series that takes a closer look at selected artists and artworks with material drawn from exhibition texts and the catalogue.

February 2022

Feb. 15, 2022: The March 2022 edition of "Texas Monthly" features alumna Nosheen Iqbal, Communication Design: Graphic Design in "Colorful Threads Come to Life in Wall Hangings by a Richardson Artist," written by Sierra Juarez. Iqbal incorporates her Pakistani heritage into the embroidery and wood pieces that she crafts in her home studio in Richardson, Texas. To see some of her creations, visit her website.

Feb. 16, 2022: NBCDFW-TV reporter Noelle Walker caught up with TFC Curator and Director Annette Becker to give Dallas viewers a look at "Delight: Selections from the Texas Fashion College," the Spring 2022 exhibition in the CVAD Gallery. Watch the interview on NBC DFW-TV.

January 2022

Jan. 2, 2022: The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has named UNT CVAD alumna Mary Mbongo Nangah, Ph.D., 2015, Art Education, as a 2022 Carter Community Artist. Nangah is an instructor at Texas Christian University, School of Art, in the Department of Art Education. Originally from Cameroon, she earned an M.F.A. in 2009 from Parsons, the New School for Design in New York. Her pedagogy is grounded in postcolonial studies and critical multiculturalism to foster art education that is critically cognizant, inclusive and equitable. In her work at TCU, Nangah is a diversity, equity and inclusion faculty advocate for the College of Fine Arts, working to support students, faculty, and staff in facilitating DEI initiatives. View the NBC TV story about Nangah.

December 2021

Dec. 29, 2021: "County Line Magazine" of Ben Wheeler, Texas, features an article, "The Black Dress: A Classic Backdrop for Tyler Museum's Golden Anniversary" that includes the Texas Fashion Collection artifacts in the museum's exhibition, "The Black Dress: Selections from the Texas Fashion Collection and Works by Nancy Lamb." Open through Jan. 30, the exhibition celebrates the impact of the iconic black dress on fashion and social gatherings since its popularization by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in the 1920s. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas, and the Texas Fashion Collection of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. Texas Fashion Collection Director Annette Becker and Tyler Museum of Art Curator Caleb Bell co-curated the exhibit.

Dec. 10, 2021: Professor David Stout, composition studies and coordinator for the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, has put forward two CVAD students in the spotlight. Work by graduate student Diana Rojas-Ponce, ('20, B.F.A., Studio Art: New Media Art), and Zuyva Sevilla, undergraduate, is highlighted in an article by graduate student J. Andrew Smith, College of Music. As intermedia artists who exemplify the collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit of iARTA, both Rojas and Sevilla, have pulled from many different disciplines to create innovative and sophisticated approaches to their practice as artists. Read the article on the iARTA news web page.

November 2021

Nov. 9, 2021: Curbed.com, an online real estate and urban design part of "New York Magazine" features 2005 Studio Art Drawing and Painting alum in "Baseera Khan's Fever-Induced Works about Home" in the Performances Section. Khan's performance collapses the boundaries between the isolated domestic life of the early-pandemic era with the (sometimes) socially rich online one. The rehearsals and recordings of the show were live-streamed by the Chelsea art space the Kitchen, and Khan is currently fundraising to film a pilot. 

September 2021

Sept. 23, 2021: Lowriders take Jefferson Boulevard on Sundays. Mónica Salazar, Art History lecturer, helps explain why in a Sept. 23, 2021, article in Al Día news, "Lowriders se toman Jefferson Boulevard los domingos en Oak Cliff." Lowriders are a symbol that represents the mixture of American car culture with Mexican culture's iconography, such as images of the Virgin of Guadalupe and pre-Columbian images, Salazar said. A lowrider, or low rider, is a customized car with a lowered body. These customized vehicles generally are painted with intricate, colorful designs, rolling on wire-spoke wheels with whitewall tires that are usually smaller than the original wheels, ranging down to 13 inches. With the origins of lowriders in California, how did the culture arrive in Texas? Salazar explains that the migration of Californian families to the Southwest expanded the culture of the lowriders to other states. Car clubs also began creating chapters outside of California. Article in English: The ‘Sunday Cruise’ celebrates family and culture of lowriders in Dallas’ Hispanic community.

August 2021

Aug. 5, 2021: Marco Werman, host of The World, public radio’s longest-running daily global news program, speaks with Nada Shabout, Regents Professor of art history and coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas. Listen to the broadcast titled "U.S. to return 17,000 artifacts and treasures to Iraq."


Aug. 3, 2021: The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, named artist Karla García, CVAD alumna, as one of five winners to receive the 2021 Nasher Artist Grant. Garcia will use her grant to build a stand-alone studio for her ceramics practice, she said. The grant will allow her a safer space to make the work that “speaks of Mexican culture, migration, and Mexican-American identity, as related to my experience.” The dedicated studio space will encourage García to expand her practice, making larger works and exhibitions possible, including an outdoor installation of her unfired clay sculptures sited in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, which will result in the publication of an artist book documenting the works. García also hopes the grant will provide support to acquire permits to move the installation across the border to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

April 2021

April 19, 2021: The Texas Association of Schools of Art's Artovation 2021 Student Exhibition included Kaitlin West, graduate student, Studio Art: Sculpture, in its congratulatory message of the selected and winning artists. West earned second place for her sculpture titled "That Shadow That Never Leaves You." Additional exhibits selected for the graduate student show from CVAD are Emily Potts, Maria Haag, Kyung Hee Im, Cosmo Jones, Saxon Martinez, and Jae-Eun Suh. Undergraduate exhibits selected for the show included art by Paul Armstrong, Riley Barkowsky, Sanah Brown-Bowers, Andrea Burciaga, Alexandra De Leon, Whitney Ethridge, Maya Heidel, Roxana Hernandez, Clara Limberg, Christopher Novinski, Trang Nguyen, Zoe Pitts, Jacqueline Scherf, Chloe Trent and Abby Zechman.

October 2020

Oct. 2: Ro2 Art, a contemporary art gallery in Dallas was named the "Best Art Gallery" in the 2020 Dallas Observer Awards and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery is co-owned by UNT alumnus Jordan Roth. The Ro2 Art represents Brooks Oliver, assistant professor, Studio Art: Ceramics.

September 2020

Sept. 29: Glasstire Texas Visual Art, "Meet the Fall 2020 Artspace San Antonio Residents Selected by Guest Curator Lauren Cross." The artists selected by Cross, assistant professor and program coordinator for Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies, include CVAD alumna Letitia Huckaby, ('10, MFA, Studio Art: Photography).

Sept. 15: “Area 3” artists from CVAD Alicia Eggert, interdisciplinary artist and associate professor of sculpture, Zak Loyd, visual arts technician, New Media Art, Zuyva Sevilla, sophomore, pre-major in studio art, will participate in "Area 3," an immersive art exhibition; Glasstire: Oct. 1, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021, AURORA, the Dallas-based, artist-run biennial, will exhibit from the safety of the viewer's car in “Area 3” in a 100,000 square-foot parking garage in downtown Dallas. 

Sept. 15: Jennifer Way, Ph.D., professor, Art History; Denton Record-Chronicle: Pandemic productivity: Quarantine sends people into the garage and craft rooms for handmade diversions

Sept. 13, 2020: Alumna Deborah Kuster, ('04, Ph.D., Art Education; '02, Graduate Academic Certification in Art Museum Education); Arkansas Online, Fiber art exhibit at UCA celebrates suffrage; Threads through time at UCA.

Sept. 11: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student; North Texas DailyUNT couple writes bilingual children’s book to help youth navigate COVID-19

Sept. 9: Jason "JJ" Thomson, ('19, M.F.A., Studio Art: Metalsmithing and Jewelry) recently accepted a position as the digital fabrication lead technician at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.

August 2020

Aug. 29: Dana Tanamachi, ('07, B.F.A, Communication Design, stamp designer and lettering artist; Michael's, Made by You™, Michael's Makers: Made by Dana.

Aug. 27: Stephen Zhang, ('94, M.F.A., Communication Design) assistant professor, Communication Design; Ari Brielle Edwards, ('16, B.A., Interdisciplinary Art and Design); Patron MagazineOur Faces, Our Voices Exhibition

Aug. 22, 2020: Dana Tanamachi, ('07, B.F.A., Communication Design), stamp designer and lettering artist; The Rafu ShimpoA show of gratitude in a postage stamp

Aug. 19: Dana Tanamachi, ('07, B.F.A., Communication Design), stamp designer and lettering artist; Houston ChronicleUSPS releases new "Thank You" stamp designed by Houston artistThank You Stamp

Aug. 14: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student; Texas Standard"A Denton Couple Wrote a Bilingual Book to Encourage Kinds to Wear Masks"

Aug. 13: Karla García, ('19, M.F.A., Studio Art: Ceramics and Museum Education Certificate); Nasher Windows, Karla García's Home and Land Project, Nasher Sculpture Garden, Dallas

Aug. 12: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student; The World, public radio program, Corona Virus Art: "A Texas couple wrote a bilingual book to encourage children to wear masks"

Aug. 11: Morgan Everhart ('13, B.F.A., Studio Art: Drawing and Painting), AucArt interview, In the Studio with Morgan Everhart

Aug. 9: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student; The Armenian ReporterNorth Texas Couple Pens Bilingual Kids Book On Importance Of Wearing A Mask 

Aug. 6: Liz Trosper, lecturer, Foundations; "Glasstire, Texas Visual Art", Top Five: 1. Liz Trosper: Dandelion and Rose Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas; Exhibition: through Sept. 25, 2020. 

July 2020

July 30: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student, Art Education; Art and Seek, Dallas, A Denton Couple Wrote A Bilingual Book To Encourage Kids To Wear Masks

July 30: Douglas May, assistant professor, Communication Design: Graphic Design, has been awarded a Gold Award for his logo design for Skunkworks Custom Guitars and a Silver Award for his poster design for Haas Moto Museum, in the Graphis Design Annual 2021.

July 30: Jake Dockins, ('20, B.F.A., Studio Art: Photography), Mariah Tyler, ('14, B.F.A., Studio Art: Photography); Dallas Morning NewsNorth Texas artists launch auction to raise money for racial justice and pandemic relief

July 29: Arianna Morales, ('16, B.F.A., Studio Art: Metalsmithing and Jewelry), founder of Brasscopper Art; Austin Monthly, August 2020 edition; Brasscopper Handcrafts Unique Metal Masterpieces.

July 27: Liss LaFleur, assistant professor of Studio Art: New Media Art; Less Than Half blog of the 50 Women Project with Hall W. Rockefeller, founding editor; Women of Texas: Liss LaFleur

July 24: Paula Lupkin, associate professor, Art History; UNT Libraries Special CollectionsPaula Lupkin, wins a fall 2020 Coursework Development Grant 

July 23: Liss LaFleur, assistant professor, Studio Art: New Media Art; UNT’s Liss LaFleur named 'Citizen Artist Fellow' by the Kennedy Center

July 21: Liss LaFleur, assistant professor, Studio Art: New Media Art; Glasstire, Texas Visual Art: Humble, TX Native Liss LaFleur Recognized as a 2020-2021 Kennedy Citizen Artist Fellow

July 20: Jennifer Way, professor, Art History; The Journal of Modern Craft; book review of "The Politics of Vietnamese Craft: American Diplomacy and Domestication" by Bic Tieu; and related interview by Sarah Grant.

July 17: Annette Becker, curator, director, Texas Fashion Collection; 28-minute video, Conversations with Keren Ben-Horin

July 15: Annette Lawrence, professor, Studio Art; Lauren Cross, assistant professor, IADS; Dallas Museum of Art Uncrated Blog, Connections Across Collections: C3 Visiting Artists

July 15: J. Abe Marin, ('16, B.A., Interdisciplinary Arts and Design Studies), board member, Denison Arts Council, Denison, Texas; HeraldDemocrat.com: Local artist shares story, dreams for GC art community

July 13: Joseph Guzman, ('15, B.F.A., Studio Art: Sculpture), entrepreneur and founder, Visiona Creative Services, Dallas; Voyage Dallas: Meet Joseph Guzman of Visiona Creative Solutions

July 13: Katayoun Bahrami, graduate student, Studio Art: Fibers; Voyage Dallas: Meet Katayoun Bahrami

July 9: Christine Sanders, ('99, B.F.A., Visual Art Studies), educational coordinator, Greater Denton Arts Council; UNT Career Center interview: Soaring Beyond: Christine Sanders

July 9: Lauren Cross, assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Design Studies; Glasstire, Texas Visual Art: Top Five: July 9, 2020. What Artists Are Listening to Right Now

July 7: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student, Art Education; Omaha World-HeraldTo show love amid COVID-19 fears, Texas couple creates a bilingual book to help kids cope

July 6: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student, Art Education; The Sacramento BeeThe News & Observer, The State, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Modesto Bee, Belleville News-Democrat, Sun Herald, Bradenton Herald, Tri-City Herald and Rock Hill Herald

July 2: Hannah Davis, senior, Communication Design: User Experience; NT DailyUNT artist uses painting and design to convey internalized thoughts

July 1: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student, Art Education, The Dallas Morning NewsTo show love amid COVID-19 fears, North Texas couple creates a bilingual book to help kids cope 

June 2020

June 29: Morgan Grasham, (M.F.A. candidate, Studio Art: Sculpture, New Media Art); Glasstire, Texas Visual Art: Fort Worth’s Artspace111 Announces Cash Winners of Texas Juried Exhibition

June 29: J. Tate D. Hollingsworth, ('19, B.F.A., Studio Art: Drawing and Painting); Voyage Dallas: Meet Tate Hollingsworth of Hollingsworth & Co. in North DFW

June 26: Letitia Huckaby, ('10, M.F.A., Studio Art: Photography); Glasstire, Texas Visual Art: Artists Letitia and Sedrick Huckaby Declare “END RACISM NOW” On Fort Worth’s Main Street

June 23: Alisa Otto, adjunct faculty, Fashion Design; Voyage Dallas: Meet Alisa Otto of Ottoman Threads in North Dallas

June 23, 2020: Jacob Phillips, ('21, M.F.A., Studio Art: Sculpture), teaching fellow; Voyage Dallas: Meet Jacob Phillips

June 20: Nada Shabout, professor, Art History; Arab NewsCulture 'offers hope in post-pandemic world,' Saudi forum told

June 16: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student, Art Education, Scripps National News; YouTube: Bilingual book answering questions and addressing emotions around kids wearing masks and NBC5-TV Dallas: Denton Couple Authors Bilingual Book to Help Kids Deal with Face Mask Fear

June 16: Marcy Bishop-Lilley, ('16, M.F.A., Studio Art: Painting and Drawing), student services coordinator, UNT Career Center; Voyage Dallas: Meet Marcy Bishop-Lilley

June 12: Jennifer Way, professor, Art History; Twitter Conference: Pandemic, Crisis, and Modern Studies, Countervoices, Centre for Modern Studies, University of York, York, England; Program: Dr. Way, 5:30 p.m. Time in England; 11:30 a.m. CST: Making Craft and War: COVID-19 and the War-Related, Craft Therapies of Americans since ca. 1914. Twitter: @cmodspgforum1 and #cmodspan2020.

June 10: Martha Samaniego Calderón, graduate student, Art Education; Denton Record-ChronicleNew bilingual book to help children navigate masks in the pandemic 

June 9: Nada Shabout, professor, Art History; Interview by Melissa Gronlund in Arts and Culture, The National: 'Archives tell us different stories about how things were': Inside the journey to document Modern Arab art

June 8: Jeremy Diamond, (2020, B.F.A., Studio Art: Metalsmithing and Jewelry); Voyage Dallas: Meet Jeremy Diamond

June 1: Kay Seedig, ('17, M.F.A., Studio Art: Printmaking) CVAD visual arts technician, Foundations; Voyage Dallas: Meet Kay Seedig  

May 2020

May 28: Kushal Bastakoti, class of 2021, Studio Art: Drawing and Painting; Shoutout DFW: Meet Kushal Bastakoti: Artist (link expired).

May 18: Diana Rojas-Ponce, ('20, B.F.A., Studio Art: New Media Art); Voyage Dallas: Meet Diana Rojas

May 11: Mary Johnson, lecturer, Studio Art; Voyage Dallas: Meet Mary Johnson

May 2: Alicia Eggert, assistant professor, Studio Art: Sculpture; Glasstire, Texas Visual Arts: Checking in With: Alicia Eggert 

April 2020

April 3: Letitia Huckaby, ('10, M.F.A., Studio Art: Photography); Glasstire, Texas Visual Art: Five-Minute Tours: Letitia Huckaby at Foto Relevance, Houston