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Advising | Art Education | Art History | CVAD + Careeer Center | Design | Foundations | Galleries | Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies | Texas Fashion Collection 
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Academic and Student Affairs

Advising, Undergraduate

Erin Donahoe-Rankin received the 2024 UNT UCAN Advising Administrator Award from the Office of the Provost! Peers submitted nominations and presented the award at the UNT advising retreat on May 7.

Art History

Nada Shabout, professor of Art History, talked on May 6, 2024, as part of the Comini Lecture Series at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, about Jewad Selim and the Baghdad Group for Modern Art.

Katherine Santos, 2021, B.A., Art History; 2023, M.A. Art History, has accepted a two-year fellowship at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Starting in July, as the Fine Arts Library Diversity Fellow for Indigenous Art, Santos will assist with collection development, research, and programming.

Design Department

Interior Design

Assistant Professor Jeannine Vail and Associate Professor Johnnie Stark received the We Mean Green Grant for the AWARE-A Lighting Installation on Sustainability. The grant will fund the installation of the AWARE project at CVAD on the second floor outside of the ART 265 classroom, which will include an unveiling ceremony.

Jeannine Vail, assistant professor of Interior Design, prepared her students in a lighting design course to submit design outcomes for completion. Jessica Truong, majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts and Design Studies, won a Citation Award for Innovative Concept and $500 from the national Robert Bruce Thompson Annual Student Light Fixture Design Competition. Over 100 entries were submitted by various institutions, presenting seven awards. The students had to design a light fixture for a pediatric waiting room.  

Fashion Design

Assistant Professor Barbara Trippeer led the initiative and event participation for the Sustainable Design for Healthy Communities at the Greater Denton Arts Council. The event welcomed the Fashion Design Program for an interactive workshop. The Noir 6 group of Fashion Design students who grew out of the UNMT Black Student Union participated in the event. Two hundred attendees from all walks of life and all ages were invited to participate in co-creating a garment with a range of colorful appliques, embroidery, and fabric markers to embellish and add personal touches. The finished piece will become a part of the GDAC permanent collection as part of its history of connection with the local community. The event was sponsored by Singer Sewing’s branch in Flower Mound, Texas, and the Denton Greater Arts Council. The Noir 6 fashion collective garments were exhibited with work from CVAD students in the drawing and painting, photography and printmaking concentrations.

Jeremy Bernardoni, assistant professor of Fashion Design, had a productive spring semester publishing, presenting and exhibiting. His manuscript Virtual Design Pedagogy: Understanding the Metaverse and Improving Creative Design Skills Using ZEPETO studio platform™ was published in the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. He also recently presented at the American Psychological Association: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts on Maternal Influences on the Prime Aesthetic. In addition, he had two juried designs accepted into an exhibit of the Costume Society of America this summer in Washington D.C.: Zero Waste Design Method: Modern Edwardian Abstract and Zero Waste Design Method: Hollywood Golden Age Abstract.


An exhibition, “Between the Lines: A Dive into Sketchbook Realms,” by Foundations adjunct instructors Genevieve Armstrong, Francisco Alvarado Araujo, and Yuni Lee, has been selected for exhibition at the Paul Voertman Gallery for Fall 2024.

Meredith Cawley, lecturer in Foundations, has completed the Spring 2024 Certificate of Excellence for Teaching Online program, which resulted in a $1,500 professional development stipend and a CETO micro-credential. The CETO program, a hybrid professional development course offered by the UNT CLEAR faculty development team, part of the UNT Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation, is designed for UNT instructors who aim to incorporate inclusive, evidence-based teaching strategies into their online courses. 

Additionally, Cawley has been named one of UNT Special Collections 2024 Research Fellowships! This project seeks to leverage the UNT Special Collections’ Jim Marrs Archives to construct a speculative fiction narrative around bear conservation. With a 1,000 stipend, the proposed research will examine Marrs’ materials on UFOs and conspiracy theories to draw parallels with environmental stewardship and interspecies ethics. This interdisciplinary endeavor will culminate in a public presentation aiming to engage dialogue on biodiversity conservation through the prism of creative speculation.

Terry Davis, lead instructor and visual arts technician, and Binod Shrestha, director of the Foundations program, will showcase their research on AI as creative tools in the Foundations at the Cora Stafford Gallery this fall. The exhibition “Integrating AI in First-Year Visual Art and Design Education” will run in the Cora Stafford Gallery from Oct. 9 to Nov. 1, 2024. The exhibition will attempt to highlight the relevance and challenge of AI as a tool in art and design, and it aligns with the mission and vision of the CVAD Galleries. 

"Techstalgia: Echos From A Small Screen," an exhibition by Yuni Lee, an adjunct instructor in the Foundations Program, was hosted at the Women And Their Work in Austin, Texas. An exhibition catalog with text by Rachel Black, principal lecturer of the Foundations Program, is attached.


The UNT CVAD Galleries will host a robust iteration of the Texas Fashion Collection's "Labor of Luxury" exhibition from Oct.1, 2024, through Feb. 1, 2025. This project will feature over 30 ensembles from the TFC, including recent donations from private collectors and from the archive of ASHISH, a British-Indian designer who shows in Paris Fashion Week. 

Studio Art

Sarah Zapata, B.F.A., 2011, Studio Art: Fibers, participated in a major group exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London. 

Alexa Pouzar, a fourth-year undergraduate Studio Art: Photography student, is a featured artist in the spring edition of “Modern Renaissance,” a premier international art magazine created by the Culturally Arts Collective.

Jake Phillips, 2021, M.F.A. in Studio Art: Sculpture and visual arts technician for the Sculpture Lab, exhibited his artwork titled "The Show Must Go On; Giving Up is Not an Option," made of foam, epoxy, glitter, black glass enamel paint cast iron, resin, drag accessories and liquid gold, 36 x 15 x 12 inches.

Chris Meerdo, assistant professor of Photography and New Media Art, has been published in the 2024 UNT Research Magazine.

The following students received the Surface Design Association Outstanding Student Awards nominated by various members of the CVAD faculty.

Marina Cano, Fibers
Melody Drake, Drawing and Painting
Kate Arrows Enoire, Photography

Chenxi Gao, Printmaking
Lochlyn McClure, Printmaking
Jenkins McAlister, Printmaking

Hope Pell, Drawing and Painting
Robyn Rozelle, Printmaking
Vic Valdez, Drawing and Painting

The award's purpose is to carry out the Surface Design Association’s mission of supporting the field of textiles and fiber art by rewarding students' innovative work and providing exposure across SDA’s social media platforms.

Ricardo Estrada, an undergraduate in Studio Art, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award in Germany. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program recipients are selected based on their academic and professional achievement, service record, and leadership potential. 

Selected works from The Queer Birth Project, a collaborative initiative by Liss LaFleur, associate professor of Studio Art: New Media Art, and Katherine Sobering, associate professor of Sociology, are included in "Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood," at the Hayward Gallery in London curated by Hettie Judah, writer, author and art critic. This exhibition, featuring pieces by esteemed feminist artists such as Janine Antoni, Tracey Emin, Cath Opie, and Carrie Mae Weems, is set to tour the United Kingdom in 2024, with a book published worldwide by Thames & Hudson in 2025.

Texas Fashion Collection

"Labor of Luxury: The Art of Embroidery from India to the World" is on view at NorthPark Center, near the Nordstrom Court, through May 19. The project features 15 ensembles from the TFC's permanent collection, all with beading, embroidery, and surface design executed by artisans in India. A more robust iteration of "Labor of Luxury" will be hosted by the UNT CVAD Galleries from Oct.1, 2024, through Feb. 1, 2025. This project will feature over 30 ensembles from the TFC, including recent donations from private collectors and from the archive of ASHISH, a British-Indian designer who shows in Paris Fashion Week. 
Starting June 1, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will display eight floral ensembles from the TFC and the "Endless Summer" exhibition.
"Tongue in Chic: The Humor and High Fashion of Todd Oldham" will be on view at the Tyler Museum of Art from June 1 to Sept. 15. The project, hosted by the Tyler Museum, will feature 17 ensembles and dozens of accessories by the Texan designer, with materials from the Texas Fashion Collection and the Todd Oldham Studio archives.
The TFC hosted three interns this spring semester: UNT Art History graduate student Isabel Saldivar, UNT Painting/Drawing and Fashion Design undergraduate student Bella DuBose, who currently has a pop-up exhibition on view in the TFC Westheimer Research Gallery in Art Building, Room 259, and Gabby Goldstein, Central Saint Martins Fashion Theory and History undergraduate student. Goldstein will install a pop-up exhibition next week, which will be on view through May in the TFC Westheimer Research Gallery. 
This summer, the TFC will host four interns: Heather Breslin, a UNT History graduate student; Naya Oswalt, a UNT History undergraduate student; Corrina Wright, a UNT Library science graduate student; and Ainsley Imparato, a Smith College undergraduate student. They will also host a student from UNT Upward Bound.
The TFC will host one intern in the fall: Lukas Najera, a UNT Library Science graduate student.
With support from the Onstead Institute, the TFC will host two Art History graduate fellows next year: Isabel Saldivar and Jessica Worthey.
Since the start of the calendar year, the TFC has served just over 1700 researchers through research appointments and tours. Over 1,100 images of TFC activities have been made publicly available through the UNT Library Archives and the Keeper App.
Under the leadership of TFC Collection Manager Ailie Pankonien and with grant support from the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, collection digitization is nearing the halfway point, with over 60,000 images representing almost 9,500 artifacts.
TFC director Annette Becker has been accepted to present at three professional conferences.

  • Society of Southwest Archivists, May 2024, panelist, “Birds of a Feather Flock Together in GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums),”
  • Costume Society of America, May 2024, research presenter, “Creativity or Industry: Framing American Fashion through the Coty Award,” and
  • Colonial Williamsburg Symposium on Historical Dress, November 2024, research co-presenter, “Accessioning the Eighteenth Century: Situated Knowledges and Evaluating the Gentling Collection.” 

Administrative Affairs

Congratulations to Angela Vanecek on receiving a 2024 UNT Star Performer Award! The UNT Star Performer Award program provides recognition and incentives, including paid leave, for benefits-eligible staff and faculty administrator members who have made outstanding contributions to the university's values.

It’s official: the ADA Title II web and mobile accessibility regulations were published today in the Federal Register. Details are in the links below. They will be effective in June.

Alumni News

Lance Yeary facing forward, short, dark hair, mustache, red shirt, blue jacketThe Lamar Johnson Collaborative, based in Chicago, has promoted CVAD alum Lance Yeary, IIDA, LEED AP, to Principal. Yeary, 1996, B.F.A., Interior Design, designs compelling interior environments for corporate, hospitality, and multi-family settings. He collaborates with clients to infuse innovative solutions with their distinct visions, resulting in functional and user-centric spaces. 


Dean's Office

Dean Karen Hutzel accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors of the Greater Denton Arts Council.


Jeannine Vail, assistant professor in the Interior Design program, was recently interviewed by Corgan, reflecting on the five-year project from 2014 to 2019, following the completion of the UNT Art Building's renovation and new construction in an article titled "A Retrospective: The Evolution of an Arts Center." The four-story building has emerged as a transformative asset for the UNT campus. It serves as the art, design, and scholarship center, consistently serving as a venue for showcasing student work and launching creative careers. Additionally, it has become a catalyst for inspiring creativity and excitement, fostering community involvement, and promoting collaborative efforts between students and faculty.