Canceled due to a water main break.

Oct. 28, 2023 — CVAD Celebrates 130/30 Canceled: Remarks from Dean Karen Hutzel.

Dean Hutzel shares thoughts about CVAD's history and growth. She also thanked the planning committee, students and faculty, donors, alumni, Advancement Board and our friends planning to attend.

Happy Homecoming to all; we look forward to seeing you at CVAD Celebrates next year.


From our first classes in 1883 to becoming the School of Visual Arts in 1993-94 and growing to the College of Visual Arts and Design in 2007, we have repeatedly demonstrated that art and design are essential to the human experience. It seems fitting that we honor our anniversaries with a day-long celebration to bring together everyone from our past, present, and future during UNT’s Homecoming weekend on Oct. 28, 2023.
We will host various events, including a career panel of alumni to share their stories, faculty and staff demonstrations and lectures, exhibitions of student artwork installed throughout the Art Building and in the Art Annex, light refreshments and some fun family activities. We will end the day by commemorating the recipients and donors of our many excellent scholarships. Please support scholarships and the Dean's Excellence Fund by participating in our Giving Initiative and Sponsorship Opportunities.
We hope you can join us in celebrating our college and all the people who have worked to make it one of the nation's best and largest art and design schools. If you have questions, please email

Event Location: UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry St., Denton, Texas | Art Annex: 1001 W. Mulberry St., Denton, Texas

Alumni Career PanelGoogle Map | Parking Info | Homecoming Calendar | Denton Eateries

Come-&-Go Schedule 

  • 9:30 a.m.: Art Building opens; registration and check-in | Free T-shirts with registration
  • 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Open House Activities: Meet the Faculty, Demonstrations and Presentations,  Exhibitions
  • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Toddler Bounce House canceled
  • 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Cotton candy and churro bar, snacks by Girls Who Twirl and Verde Catering 
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Exhibitions
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Face painter, outside of Room 226 — balloon twister will be walking the building
  • 11 a.m.–2 p.m.: PicFlips flipbook photo booth, outside of Room 265
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Art Annex Hours, 1001 W. Mulberry St., Denton, Texas 76201
    • M.F.A. Graduate Student Open Studios
  • 2–3 p.m.: Scholarship Ceremony
  • 3–5 p.m.: Celebration Reception
  • 5 p.m.: Art Building Closes

Meet the Faculty

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Art Education: Room 182: Ends at 10:45 a.m.: Welcome & showcase of undergraduate & graduate student work.

Art History: Outside Room 280: Light refreshments & mystery objects — drop by anytime!

Design Meet & Greet
Communication Design Graphic Design: Room 365 Current student & alumni work.
Communication Design User Experience Design: Room 284
Fashion Design: Room 243
Interior Design: Room 255 

Foundations Program Meet & Greet: Room 320
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and Noon.: Laying the Foundation
Experience a glimpse of the first year at CVAD through creative action. Experiment with solutions and explore materials in a quick collaborative activity.
Faculty: Su Yang, Rachel Black, and Meredith Cawley

Studio Art Meet & Greet
Drawing & Painting: Room 460
Metalsmithing & Jewelry: Room 170
New Media Art: Room 356
Photography: Room 362
Printmaking: Rooms 274 & 275
Sculpture: Room 153 

Demonstrations and Presentations

9:30–10 a.m.: Room 280
Art History: The Weight of Power: come & wear a Roman toga!

9:30–10:30 a.m.: Room 354 — Screening: 9:30 a.m. | Demo: 9:45 a.m.
New Media Art: Digital Embodiment, demonstrations of human interface devices & student work.

9:30 a.m.–Noon: Room 276
Graphic Design: Vandercook Letterpress Printing.

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Room 172
Metalsmithing and Jewelry: Metals Club jewelry sale.

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Room 275
P.A.N.T.S., the Printmaking student organization, hosts a sale of student-created prints in the Print Studio.

10–11 a.m.: Room 359
Photography: Portfolio Throwdown. Photography work will be installed in the classroom with students there to talk about their projects & portfolios.

10 a.m. to 1:30 pm.: Room 368
Graphic Design Workshop "Anatomy of Typefaces: A Hands-On Lab"
Faculty in Communication Design: Graphic Design will work with you through an interactive workshop exploring typefaces.

10:30–11:30 a.m.: Room 280
Art History: Ancient Faces — Masks in Ancient Greece & Rome.

10:30–11:30 a.m.: Room 275
Printmaking: Relief Printing concurrent with the demonstration.

11 a.m.–Noon
Room 170: Metalsmithing & Jewelry Demo: Personalize a Pendant. Join us for a make-&-take metal-stamping activity.
Room 180: Art Education: Celebrating research in Art Education — ongoing research by faculty & students.

Room 181: Art Education: Graduate Student Presentations
11–11:20 a.m.: Deborah Diaczenko, Art Education M.A. student & Decatur ISD Art Educator, on Critical Art Education Journal & Coca Cola, Visual Culture Research.
11:20–11:40 a.m.: Abby Drake, Art Education M.A. student, on Portrait of the first American Black President, Museum Education Experiences in Visual Culture Research.
11:40 a.m.–Noon: Chanjuan Chen, Art Education Ph.D. student & CVAD Fashion Design Faculty, Refugee Camp Stories Visual Culture Research.

Room 182: Art Education: Undergraduate Student & Alumni Presentations
11–11:15 a.m.: Kelsey Bunnell, Art Education alum & Coppell Middle School East art teacher, on designing classroom space.
11:15–11:30 a.m.: Jamie Alexander, Art Education clinical teacher: Developing Relationships with Students.
11:30–11:45 a.m.: Jessica Carpenteyro, Art Education alum & Garland ISD Art Educator: The Importance of Relationships in Teaching.
11:45 a.m.–Noon: Jaqueline Quezada, Art Education alum & clinical teacher: Planning Engaging Lessons. 

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: Room 125
xREZ Art + Science Lab Demo: Virtual reality art installation: One Arctic Night lets you jam to the rhythm of 817‚373 stars through the power of VR. Created from starlight reaching robotic telescopes in Antarctica after a 160‚000-year journey‚ the experience transports players inside a star field from the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The multi-player experience brings the rhythms of the cosmos to life in an endless remix instrument. Inside this luminous space, multiple players explore & collaboratively create new visual & sound remixes from unique data about the stars.

11 a.m.–Noon, outside Room 351: CVAD Fabrication Lab, Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies Demo: Wool and Paper Spinning.

11 a.m.–2 p.m.: rooms 366 and 367
User Experience Design: "EndoMD: Empowering Diabetes Care in North Texas" Usability Testing sessions for a new website being designed to help people living with diabetes in rural North Texas. Snacks and sugar-free beverages will be served.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 153: Sculpture Demo: Life Casting. Make & take finger & hand alginate molds & plaster casts.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Art Annex: Ceramics facilities open house & M.F.A. Graduate Student Open Studios. 

Portraits of the career panel members11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Room 223, Alumni Career Panel
Career path discussions, followed by a Q&A session.

Celia Álvarez Muñoz, 1982, M.F.A., Art
Fine artist, mixed-media conceptual artist and photographer

John Custer, 2009, B.F.A., Communication Design 
Designer, creative director, art director, and illustrator

Rance Jones, 1985, B.F.A., Art 
Fine artist, painter

Andrea Karnes, 1988, B.A., Art History 
Chief curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas

Kourtney Williams, 2010, B.F.A., Fashion Design 
Technical designer, JCPenney 

Noon–1 p.m., Room 280: Art History Demo: The Weight of Power: wearing the Roman toga — come & wear a toga!

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Room 466: Portrait Drawing Demonstration by Christian Fagerlund
Room 490, Woodshop: Canvas-Building Demonstration by Jim Burton 

12:10–1 p.m., Room 361: CVAD Fabrication Lab, Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies Demo: Fusion Laser Cutter.

1–1:30 p.m., Room 361: Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies Demo: CNC Router.

1–1:45 p.m., Room 180: Art Education Demo: Chinese Calligraphy Workshop by Jiayan Ge, Art Education M.A. Student.
1–1:45 p.m., Room 181: Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies Demo: Cyanotypes Workshop by Visiting Assistant Professor Beth Link, Ph.D.
1–1:45 p.m., Room 182: Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies Demo: Faculty Painting with Cochineal Workshop by Lecturer Trina Harlow, Ph.D.

1:15–1:35 p.m., Room 280: Homecoming Football divination. 


10 a.m.–5 p.m.: Exhibitions

Student exhibitions will be installed throughout the Art Building and in the Art Annex. 

Participating Student Organizations

Art History Society
American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA
Interior Design Student Alliance, IDSA
User Experience Student Association, UXSA
Metalsmithing and Jewelry Club
Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, PANTS
Illustration Society of North Texas   

Scholarship Ceremony 

2–3 p.m., Art Building Courtyard — to be moved indoors in case of rain to Room 100
Ceremony recognizing donors & scholars


3–5 p.m., Art Building First Floor, Room 100
Celebration Reception 


Free parking in UNT Lot 54. UNT Campus Map 


2023 UNT Homecoming Week Schedule



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