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Stay updated. Get the latest news and information about CVAD happenings about faculty and student exhibitions, achievements and announcements. In the Archives you read more about previous accomplishments and events. Note: If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office,, 940-565-2855. Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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CVAD is always in the news!

From noteworthy exhibitions, performances and programming to faculty, staff and guest exhibitions, CVAD is always in the news.
Liss LaFleur

Liss LaFleur selected as Kennedy Center 2020-21 Citizen Artist Fellow

July 9, 2020 — The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts selected Liss LeFleur, associate professor of studio art, as one of only seven Citizen Artist Fellows for 2020-2021...
Need help with school supplies? Contact the Learning Center

Need help with school supplies? Check out the School Supply Pantry

Need some help with school supplies? The School Supply Pantry operated by the UNT Learning Center provides students with items that are necessary to be successful in their classes. Students can request up to 10 free items...
Book cover detail, hands making a basket, book by Jennifer Way

Craft has seen a surge during the pandemic, but turning to art amid turmoil is not new says UNT art historian

Turning to craft in a time of turmoil is not unprecedented, according to art historian Jennifer Way, professor of art history. People have used craft as a means for therapy and wellness, cultural heritage and political activism in periods of...
CVAD Student Computer Lab

CVAD IT Services provide remote online access to connect to software from home

The CVAD Student Computer Lab and CVAD computer classrooms are currently closed to on-campus visitors due to COVID-19. However, computers in the CVAD lab and classrooms are configured so...
Drawing of an ID card

How do I get my ID card?

Notice from Student Financial Services Students: ID cards for students who have submitted their photo online to Student Financial Services will be distributed during the month of August in the third-floor Event Hub...
Detail of pencil art by Kenturah Davis, woman in profile

Onstead Institute collaborates with Lewisville ISD, provides Diversity in the Art Classroom Workshop

The Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design provided professional development content to 60 art teachers in the Lewisville Independent School District. The workshop led by...
Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson featured in a podcast: how design processes can fuel business projects

June 16, 2020 — In a podcast facilitated by Daniel Litwin, MarketScale interviewer, Michael Gibson, UNT professor of visual communication design, explains why, in design, he celebrates failures for their learning potential. The intent was...
Memo from Dean Watts, July 2, 2020

Message from our Dean: Campus Reopening plans for CVAD

While the campus will reopen on July 6th our CVAD operations will be very limited. The main building will be open 10:00AM – 3:00PM on Thursdays, otherwise it will remain closed. Our intent is to continue to keep to a minimum the number of ...
Galleries closed to public, open for curricular needs

A Message from the Galleries Director

I wanted to reach out to you in regards to the upcoming Fall 2020 Semester and the CVAD Galleries. We are closely following UNT’s response and return to campus plans. At this time, public gatherings are being limited, there is a need for social...
Juliana Morris

Onstead Institute, CVAD Galleries select new fellow in museum education

Julianna Morris, pictured here, art history graduate student, recently was selected as the 2020-21 Onstead Institute, CVAD Galleries Fellow in Museum Education. Morris will gain experience working and learning aspects of museum education as...
Message to students from Dean Watts

Message from our Dean: CVAD Update for Fall

As our university continues with its plans to provide safe educational environments for the Fall 2020 semester, I am writing to share what is happening in your home college to support you, our students, as well as the faculty, staff and teaching...
UNT CVAD User Design and MA in IxD Recyclar Student Project

UNT CVAD Comm Design Student Project: Recyclar

Dallas is one of the largest producers of garbage in the U.S. The people who live and work there generate approximately 2.2 million tons of waste that winds up in area landfills each year. That’s the equivalent of slightly over 1,000 Nimitz-class...
UxD Student Project, Steps for Change

UxD students’ design work nominated for international “new talent” design award

June 16, 2020 — UNT CVAD Communication Design, User Experience Design second-year students Brittney Dang, Olivia Moten, and Amanda Griffith learned that “Steps for Change,” an interactive design project they designed featuring...
People sitting on a beach, ocean

CVAD Comings and Goings: it's a Busy Summer

Congratulations, well wishes and gratitude fill our hearts as the CVAD community changes. The following changes in CVAD are effective for the fall semester unless indicated with a different date.
Black square

Message from our Dean: A Statement Against Racism, Discrimination and Prejudice

Dear College of Visual Arts and Design community, At the outset I will be very clear – prejudice has no home in CVAD, and it should have no home anywhere. I respect and support Black Lives Matter. I am angry and I cannot come to terms...
Bookcover detail of person wearing a mask with a Monarch butterfly on it

Art Education student publishes Behind My Mask in English and Spanish

Martha Samaniego Calderón, CVAD Art Education graduate student, and Daniel Heiman, assistant professor of bilingual education in the UNT College of Education, collaborated to publish Behind My Mask, Detras de me cubrebocas, a 36-page...
Re.Fresh, a contemporary art exhibition

CoLab accepting artworks for Re.Fresh, a juried art exhibition in celebration of its re-opening

Submissions are being accepted through July 29, 2020 for Re.Fresh, an open-themed, contemporary and fine art exhibition, in anticipation and celebration of the relaunch of UNT CoLab, formerly UNT on the Square. The exhibition is ...
Bison head drawing in pencil

Lewisville Arts Advisory Board selects CVAD student's sculpture proposal for LLELA

May 5, 2020 — A proposal by Christopher Novinski, an undergraduate in Studio Art: Sculpture, was selected and approved for installation by the members of the Lewisville, Texas Arts Advisory Board. Novinski's sculpture will be a large-scale steel...
Mary A. Johnson, artist

Voyage Dallas checks in with Artist Mary Johnson

Voyager Dallas caught up with Mary Johnson, CVAD lecture in Foundations, to ask her a few questions for an article, Meet Mary A. Johnson, that appeared in the May 11, 2020 edition. When asked about her plans for the future...
UNT Great Grads selected from CVAD

UNT selects six CVAD students as spring 2020 Great Grads

Each spring, thousands of University of North Texas students earn their degrees and become UNT alumni. Every one of them should be tremendously proud of everything they've accomplished in their time in Denton. In celebration of...
Detail of a drawing by Merfat Bassi, yellow ball

Art Education Journal publishes CVAD Alumna Merfat Bassi's article

Written by CVAD alumna Merfat Mohammed Bassi, ('19, Ph.D., Art Education), “Using a Mindfulness Software Application to Practice Art-Making and Meditation,”  was published in the March 2020 issue...
Artist Relief

Artist Relief Grant Opportunities

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States...
Liss LaFleur

Sightlines checks in on Liss LaFleur teaching, making art from home

While the coronavirus stay-at-home, work-safe-order is still firmly in place, Sightlines recently reached out to Liss LaFleur, assistant professor, Department of Studio Art, to check on our how some in our cultural community are...
Colton White

Dallas Observer interviews Colton White, UNT alumnus, performance artist and ‘intimacy activist’

Alumnus Colton White, (2016, B.F.A., Studio Art: New Media), recently featured in the Dallas Observer, was asked about performance art and his intimacy activism: “Performance art is about trust, about intimacy, about storytelling in a way — it’s...
Pedram Baldari holding a woodwind instrument to his mouth

Pedram Baldari joins CVAD to teach sculpture

“I am very pleased that Pedram Baldari will be joining us this fall as an assistant professor in sculpture,” said Lauren Lake, chair, Department of Studio Art. “I want to thank the faculty search committee members: Alicia Eggert, chair, Brian...