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Auction of art by Professor Emeritus Jack Sprague to benefit scholarships for communication design students

Feb. 25, 2022: Today, we highlight and appreciate Douglas J. “Jack” Sprague, professor emeritus, creative director, art director, communication designer, architect and artist for his continued support of CVAD students.

Teaching communication design at UNT from 1990-2010, Jack Sprague was inspired to create a body of work for sale with 100% of the proceeds of the sales going to the Jack Sprague and Michael Estes Communication Design Scholarship Fund that he and his partner established in 2010.

Don’t miss the auction! Currently, for auction are pieces of Sprague’s body of work titled “American Indifference.” To view the pieces, visit the Sprague-Estes website at SpragueEstes.com, or visit the Ray and Georgia Gough Design Research Space in the UNT Art Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. until March 16, 2022.

Banner images:
Image 1:
“Praying for Armageddon”
24 x 8 x 8 inches
Clay sculpture with matte-black glaze. A lone 1.5-inch figure stands upon the domed top. The top edge of the sculpture features bullets as a decorative pattern. The body of the sculpture is black and features the trajectory of bullets and bombs. Detail of a portrait of Jack Sprague in black-and-white, with the small, silhouetted figure of a man in the distance.

Image 2:
“Sea of Lies”
24 x 4 x 10 inches
Clay sculpture with a grey field that creates the illusion of the sky above a white sea. Human heads are tilted back in anguished expressions in black glaze floating in the water. A lone 1.5-inch figure stands on the top edge of the sculpture with his shoulders hunched over.

Image 3:
Black-and-white head-and-shoulders portrait of Sprague in an outdoor arid environment — a man with a mustache and beard looking at the camera, a silhouette of a man in the background. Quote by Sprague: "I am and always have been an issue-driven artist and educator."

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