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UNT CVAD's Transformation Made Possible by Many Donors
Oct. 12, 2019—The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design celebrated its expanded and renovated $70 million state-of-the-art facility, thanks in part to dedicated donors who supported this visionary project.
The 238,000-square-foot, four-story, open-concept building features named spaces that honor the friends of UNT who are leaving a lasting legacy in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
- Cora Stafford Gallery
- D. Jack and Gail C. Davis Conference Room
- Gloria and Bruzzy Westheimer Texas Fashion Collection Research Gallery
- Milnes Advising Center
- Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Auditorium
- Onstead Institute
- Paul Voertman Gallery
- Ray and Georgia Gough Design Research Space
- Samson Family Critique Space
- Susan J. Gabbard Art Education Classroom
“Our donors stepped up in a big way on this project,” said David Wolf, vice president for University Advancement. “Their generosity helped transform CVAD artistic initiatives into a world class space where UNT students and faculty will thrive for years to come.”
CVAD facilities now seamlessly marry new construction to the existing building, allowing almost all of the college’s award-winning programs to be housed in the same space. Now one of the most technologically advanced art facilities in the world, CVAD’s new home enables UNT’s community of artists, designers and scholars to develop and grow into the creative leaders of tomorrow.
The building’s fabrication labs foster innovation with 3D modeling and printing capabilities, multi-axis routers and digitized textiles equipment. And the New Media Art program—a discipline that combines new technology with traditional art forms — now has access to digital studio that is adjacent to a full-scale photography studio.
The courtyard, sky bridges and floor-to-ceiling windows allow passersby a view of UNT’s innovative creativity, and visitors who come inside will be treated to galleries featuring a wide variety of works by renowned, emerging and student artists.
“UNT’s community of artists and scholars is incredibly grateful for the donors who collaborated with us to provide critical support for program initiatives benefitting from this one-of-a-kind space,” said Greg Watts, dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. “The building’s design is intended to encourage curiosity, and we hope the community always will feel invited in to see the work this project has made possible.”
Deans Davis and Milnes continue to build on their legacies
Tour CVAD's newly renovated building and you will find spaces named for donors who helped create one of the most technologically-advanced art facilities in the world — including the D. Jack and Gail C. Davis Conference Room and the Milnes Advising Center, named in honor of two former CVAD deans.
"l'm grateful to be in partnership with former deans who continue to invest in the college's exciting future.'' says Greg Watts, CVAD dean. "Along with providing important scholarships, their gifts are supporting spaces that are critical to our college and places of immense impact for our students."
Jack Davis, an Emeritus Professor with a 40-year tenure at UNT, oversaw the art school's transition to a college and served as its Founding Dean from 1993-2004, and renowned ceramics artist Robert Milnes continued transforming the college into one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts programs until his retirement in 2014. Both former deans have given generously to support student scholarships and help fund a world-class space for the college's unique resources and award-winning programs.
"I enjoyed and was inspired by my time at UNT — great students, great colleagues," says Milnes. "Karen and I are focused on opportunities for people to do something wonderful that will change their lives."
As the college continues to thrive, Davis and Milnes continue to build on their legacies.
"Having invested 40 years of my career in the University of North Texas, I am grateful for all of the opportunities that UNT afforded me," says Davis. "My wife, Gail, and I are pleased that we can support CVAD with annual gifts and with planned gifts through our estate."
Creativity takes many shades at UNT, and former CVAD deans Jack Davis and Robert Milnes have long been dedicated to forging opportunities that help innovative students thrive.