External Events Archive

March 2023

Feb. 12–April 30, 2023: Associate Professor Liss LaFleur is included in The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's exhibition, "I’ll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen," a thematic group exhibition that examines the screen’s vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. This exhibition surveys more than 60 works by 50 artists over the past five decades. The artists examined screen culture through various media such as paintings, sculptures, video games, digital art, augmented reality, and video.

March 29, 6–7 p.m. CST: The Costume Society of America invites its members to learn about the Texas Fashion Collection at its monthly Dress and Drinks meeting. Annette Becker, TFC director, provides an online behind-the-scenes tour showing CSA the space that holds nearly 20,000 garments and accessories while highlighting a few TFC treasures.

March 3–25, 2023: The UNT CoLab presents "Morsel," an exhibition of works by Donny Nie, visiting assistant professor in Studio Art. The opening reception is March 3, 6–8 p.m., 207 N. Elm St., Denton, Texas, 76201. The exhibition features a collection of small-scale abstract oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and glass sculptures.

April 2023

February — April 2023: The Texas Fashion Collection offers programs through the UNT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Open to OLLI members, these two opportunities offer interesting ways to engage with the TFC's world-class collection.

Feb. 14 and 27: Annette Becker, TFC director, presents "All That Glitters," a lecture about the democratization of sparkle through 400 years of fashion history – previously offered at Robson Ranch and UNT OLLI classroom.

March 3 and April 13: Ailie Pankonien, TFC collection manager and Onstead Fellow and Katherine Santos, Art History graduate student, will present a workshop called "Benefit of the Mount: Creating Custom Cases at the TFC," a hands-on opportunity to learn about creating supports for artifacts.

Please contact OLLI for more information.

The word electric is written as a neon sign in pink with green and purple circles.April 8, 8–10 p.m.: The City of Bedford is teaming up with Studio Art course students to host a one-night art exhibit in lights titled “Electric!” on April 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Generations Park at Boys Ranch, 2801 Forest Ridge Dr. At this free exhibit, Generations Park will be transformed into a glowing outdoor gallery with more than 20 sculptures, all using light as their medium.

This exhibit is possible thanks to sculpture students and the “Art in Public” class at UNT, led by Alicia Eggert, associate professor in Studio Art: Sculpture, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary artist who often uses neon as a medium for her art.

In addition to the exhibit, DJ Phonixx will provide tunes for the evening, and food trucks will be on-site. All ages are welcome.

February 2023

Texas Metalsmithing Symposium collage of various works by the artistsFeb. 11, 2023: James Thurman, association professor in Studio Art: Metalsmithing and Jewelry, presents at Texas Metals Symposium, hosted online by Texas Tech University, on Feb. 11. The Symposium is a significant annual event featuring internationally renowned metalsmiths and jewelers.

In addition to Thurman, this year's presenters include the following artists.

  • Lauren Kalman, associate professor at Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Bruce Metcalf, studio jeweler and writer, Montclair, N.J.
  • Mary Pearse, associate professor of art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
  • Linda Threadgill, studio artist, Santa Fe, N.M., and professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisc.

White ceramic bowl made in layers with slots throughoutFeb. 18–May 28, 2023: Studio Art Assistant Professor Eliza Au will be included in the exhibition, "Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design," at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Feb. 18–May 28, 2023. Her piece, "Slot Bowl," will be shown in the exhibition and was acquired by the MMFA through the Stewart Program for Design. The exhibition highlights the breadth and complexity of design pieces made by American and Canadian women by situating these works against the backdrop of social, political and personal issues that shaped their experiences across time. The exhibition also considers the intersectionality of gender, identity, race, culture and class to better understand women's varied roles and achievements. It traces the development of educational and professional opportunities available to women, the evolution of the status of crafts, and the women’s rights movement's impact on their practices. Finally, beyond revisiting traditional definitions of design, the exhibition opens a window to a world of magnificent beauty and skill. Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest art museum in Canada and a leading museum in North America. Eliza Au is originally from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She received a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. Artist residencies she has attended include Greenwich House Pottery, New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Ore., and the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, N.Y.

September 2022

Faculty Highlight: Professor of Art History Jennifer Way delivers a conference keynote lecture "Questions of interraciality in Lewis Wickes Hine’s photograph of WW1 craft therapy for the American Red Cross" on Sept. 13, 2022, at the University of Huddersfield, in Huddersfield, England. The title of the international conference is "Crafting Identities: Handicraft Programmes in Times of War, Genocide and their Aftermaths, c.1890-1950." The conference brings together historians and art historians to explore the aesthetics and function of craft in reconstruction and rehabilitation programs aimed at restoring or re-making the self, the community or the nation. Also explored are what material objects can reveal about creative expression, emotional survival and new craft identities and practices in these contexts.

August 2022

Alumna in the News: The International Center for Medieval Art names UNT CVAD alumna Tania Kolarik, 2015, M.A., Art History, as the new assistant editor for the ICMA Newsletter. Kolarik, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will be in charge of the events and exhibitions section and general editing of the newsletter. Kolarik also will be chair of the 2023 Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference in Montreal, Canada, April 12-16, 2023.

May 13—Aug. 7, 2022: "Sanctuary" is a solo exhibition of works by Studio Art Assistant Professor Eliza Au May 13–Aug. 7 at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Ariz. A site-specific installation, the exhibit is constructed from three large stoneware lattice screens. The exhibition investigates the role patterns play in sacred spaces and how such spaces facilitate and fulfill the human quest for meaning and understanding of the unknown. By bringing historical patterns into a contemporary context, Au strives to create a meditative space without a direct connection to religious ideology. 

Aug. 6, 2022: Associate Professor Alicia Eggert’s neon installation “This Present Moment” is the inspiration for the title of the Renwick Gallery’s latest exhibition of contemporary craft. At the Renwick Gallery, craft that captures our polarized times is on exhibition and featured in a  "Washington Post" article by Kriston Capps.

May 2022

March 7–May 15, 2022: The Milliners Guild and Texas Fashion Collection announced its collaboration on a fashion exhibition titled "Hats: Humor and High Design." Free to all NorthPark Center visitors the exhibition celebrates fashionable laughs and headwear as a space for stylistic experimentation. Featured designs include the top 10 finalists of the Milliners Guild "Bes-Ben: Humor and High Design Hat Competition" alongside contemporary and historic milliners such as Stephen JonesCigmond Meachen, Byron LarsBenjamin Green-FieldCristóbal Balenciaga, and Jack McConnell. The exhibition was curated by Annette Becker, director of the Texas Fashion Collection, and Laura Del Villaggio, milliner, teacher and member of the Milliners Guild.

Exhibition Dates, Hours and Location: March 7–May 15, 2022
Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. | Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225

March 2022

March 30, 2022: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will present Distinguished Research Professor Dornith Doherty, Studio Art: Photography, showing her photographs and discussing her concern with our stewardship of the natural environment. Her series "Archiving Eden," features photographs of seeds and seed banks to document the complex issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in preserving biodiversity in wild and agricultural species.

On March 30, 2022, 4–5 p.m. CDT, in an online presentation, Doherty will join Scott Wing, co-curator of the "Unsettled Nature" exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to talk about why seeds can be poetic, how seed banks represent both optimism and pessimism, and what role art can play in educating people about climate change.

This program is part of a series of conversations with artists featured in Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans.


March 16–19, 2022: This year's National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, NCECA, Fertile Ground Conference in Sacramento, Calif., included a concurrent exhibition titled "A Flower Blooms in the Desert: Investigations of Agricultural Microcosms." Works by CVAD Assistant Professor Eliza Au, Studio Art: Ceramics, and alumnus Juan Barroso, 2020, M.F.A., Studio Art: Ceramics, were included in the exhibition.

June 2021

Through February 2022: Professor Dornith Doherty, Studio Art: Photography, is one of seven contemporary artists featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibition, "Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans." As humans shape the world in ways big and small, intentional and unintentional, visible and invisible, the artists in this exhibition challenge viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet.

September 2021

Sept. 21, 2021: UNT President Neal Smatresk will deliver the annual State of the University address at the Murchison Performing Arts Center celebrating UNT’s recent accomplishments, and debut his video address outlining our strategic focus for the new year. A reception to follow will honor Nada Shabout, art history professor and a 2020 recipient of the Kuwait Prize for Arts and Literature from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.