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Sara Rastegarpouyani Awarded for COLA Dean’s Research Travel

Sara Rastegarpouyani has been awarded a Dean’s Research Travel Award for studying at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, during Summer 2017. She will be conducting research on Iranian Arts and Culture with the concentration on Glass Art in Iran. She is going to gather the information by observing physical masterpieces in Museum Collection, also through reading valuable books, resources, and documents there.

Her main goal for doing this research is to raise artists' awareness about this valuable glass art heritage, and the importance of Iran’s glass art to the world and exchange of ideas, strategies, and experiences.

Also, she is going to patiently use all those important information which she has gathered to share them through writing and submitting an article to these two prestigious and prominent publications which connect the artists around the world: Glass Art Society Journal, Glass Art Magazine.

UTA Alum Shuhong Wang gives presentation at the Design Lecture Series at Wenzhou-Kean University

Shuhong Wang and Gladys Chow, two graphic design UTA alumni, are working together and collaborating in China. Recently Shuhong gave a presentation at the Design Lecture Series at Wenzhou-Kean University. in his own words, "I keep development and growth as a designer and even design educator. If there is a chance, I would like to inspire younger designer and students. So I accepted an invitation from Gladys to do my presentation in the Design Lecture Series at Wenzhou-Kean University. It was my great honor as a speaker to share my story and art journey in the Design Lecture Series."


Mary Vaccaro reattributes an Old Master Drawing

Mary Vaccaro, a professor of renaissance art at The University of Texas at Arlington, has proved that a drawing in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence was the work of Denys Calvaert (c.1540-1619), an Antwerp-born artist who settled in Bologna during the Renaissance. The drawing had previously been attributed to Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), a younger Bolognese painter whose fame eclipsed Calvaert’s during his lifetime.

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FOCUS Photography students in annual Roving Museum of Photography

FOCUS- the Photographic Fine Arts Association of UTA- hosted its annual Roving Museum of Photography on November 19, 2016. Photographs by the student members of FOCUS were chosen by juror Libby Rowe, Professor of Art at the University of Texas San Antonio. In an annual tradition, FOCUS turned the inside of a 26-foot moving van into a gallery showcase, and parked the truck in front of the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in the Dallas Design District. Students displaying work included Whitney Daude, Joy Regalado, Haley Cox, Sarah Thomas, Andrea Alvarado, Jennise Burgos, Devin Rodgers, Nhu Ngyuen, Pratima Katwal, and Jayme Shedenhelm.

Professor Sedrick Huckaby Turned his Grandmother’s House into an Art Gallery

Painter Sedrick Huckaby flies under the radar. He’s a modest, earnest man with a direct gaze, unmistakable intelligence, and the convictions of a pragmatic idealist. His understated nature stands in contrast to his art-world credentials: This year alone has seen his series “The 99%” paired with Glenn Ligon’s work in a special exhibition mounted by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, as well as inclusion and commendation in the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (a museum under the auspices of the Smithsonian; the exhibit tours nationally).

Read more on Paper City Magazine

Fall 2016 Outstanding BFA Senior Awards

Congratulations to all of our students that exhibited their work this past Friday and completed their BFA degree,Specially to these students for winning the Outstanding Senior Award.

Art Education - Sandra Morante
Drawing - Tasha Johnson
Film/Video - Everett Murphee
Visual Communication Design - Karen Juarez, Holly Murphee
Sculpture - Brandi Simpson
Photography - Joy Regaldo
Printmaking - Janet Aguirre
Glass - Aubrey Barnett

Lisa Graham exhibits poster in International Poster Biennale in Mexico

Professor Lisa Graham’s graphic design work was competitively juried into the prestigious 14th International Poster Biennal in Mexico. Work selected for the exhibition was shown in an online gallery and in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, September 29-October 2, 2016. Selected work will also exhibit at the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; the ARCENA-Museum in Coahuila Mexico; and in the Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes until January 15, 2017. The International Poster Biennal in Mexico is considered to be among the top poster competitions in the world. Currently in its 14th edition, the Biennal has, across its 25 years of existence, striven to “enrich the visual language” through original contributions to the discipline of contemporary graphic design.

Rebeca Flores announced as the new board member of Dallas Film Society

The Dallas Film Society announced today the appointment of two new members to the organization’s Board of Directors, and introduced a number of new and returning sponsors for the Dallas International Film Festival. DIFF’s Call for Entries for the 11th edition of the film festival, taking place March 30-April 9 of next year, reaches its regular deadline on December 2. The new members of the board are advertising executive Eric Hirschhorn and University of Texas at Arlington adjunct professor Rebecca Flores.

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Art Therapy Workshop

An art therapy workshop is being held this Friday, December 2, at the UTA Veteran's Assistance Center. The event will be focusing on painting your future with vision boards. It's free to attend, but will be capped at 20 people. Please RSVP to Amanda Alexander at by noon this Thursday, December 1.

We will have snacks and door prizes!

Date:  Friday, December 2, 2016

Location:  UTA Veteran's Assistance Center, 406 Summit Ave, Arlington, TX

Time:  3:00PM-6:00PM

As We Lie, As We Lay at Umbrella Gallery in Deep Ellum


Cor Fahringer is an Intermedia artist and activist who currently an MFA candidate in his third year at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Intermedia Studies Program. He was raised on foreign soils and in Florida as a military brat. The exhibition As we lie, as we lay uses his own history to communicate and question norms of identity and intimacy. Through an exploration of contrasting materials such as natural and processed woods, American vernacular columns, neon, coin operated machines, music box players, and three generations of garments, he is raising questions about our current social contrasts, political structures and patriotism. The exhibition As we lie, as we lay will be held at Umbrella Gallery in Dallas, TX from December 10th to January 21st, the reception will be from 6-8pm on December 10th with the Artist talk at 7:30pm.

Fall 2016 Barnett Foundation Photography Awards

Jurors Giovanni Valderas and Kathy Lovas met on campus to look at portfolios submitted by UT Arlington photography students for the Fall 2016 Barnett Foundation Photography Awards. Giovanni is Assistant Director of Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas. Kathy is a Lecturer in Photography at the University of North Texas. Both jurors are artists whose work is widely exhibited. They selected Marlenne Aleman, Whitney Daude, and Kayla Sarver to receive the award. Each student will receive $650 and an exhibition at Gallery West. The Barnett Foundation generously funds multiple award programs in the Studio, Media Arts & Art History Department at UT Arlington. We thank the Foundation for their continuing support of our students.
(Image credits from left to right: Whitney Daude, Marlenne Aleman, and Kayla Sarver).

December 5-9.
The reception is December 7, 5-6:30, with artist talks beginning at 5:45.
Gallery West at Studio Arts Center

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts College Showcase

Current MFA Intermedia Graduate Students, Josh Dryk, Holly D. Gray and Rachel Herod, will be leading workshops at the 2016 Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts College Showcase. Workshops include alternative photographic processes and digital imaging.


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Art Education Students Participate in Nasher XChange Program

Nasher student XChange is a summit for high school and college students interested in art, politics, and pop culture. Delegations of students from North Texas are invited to spend a day at the Nasher Sculpture Center discussing art and working collaboratively with practicing artists.


UTA Art Education students, Monica Rios, Abigail Castillo-Hernandez, and Jennifer Stone, participated in the Nasher XChange program and studied the artist Kathryn Andrews' artwork. Andrews' work combines found objects, historic images, and references art movements such as Pop Art and  minimalism. UTA students also worked with DFW artists, Chris Topher, Kristen Cochren, Kevin Todora, and Randy Guthmiller, to use themes from Andrews' work to develop their own art projects. 

Find Your Space 2016

"Find Your Space" - Every year the Art and Art History Department at UTA holds multiple workshops exploring wide ranges of art styles including Ceramic Casting, Sculpting, Painting, Digital Printing, Animation, Vintage Photography, and Laser Cutting. These workshops aim to familiarize students of local community colleges, high schools, or UTA non-art majors with many different paths that they can take at UTA as an art major. The workshops are held all on the same day and are completely free with all materials provided.

Find Your Space 2016 was a great success this year with a number of students attending the workshops of their interest and learning abut the art programs that UTA has to offer.

Sonic Performance + Workshop Featuring Tatsuya Nakatani

The performance and workshop will be back-to back this Thursday – Nov. 10, starting at 12:00 noon for the performance, and 1pm for the workshop. Both will be held in the Gallery at UTA on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

Tatsuya is a dynamic performer who shapes sound (mainly percussion) as part of his art-practice – he is a consistent, long-term traveler and has managed to make a living with his practice by sharing it with others through nomadic performance. He also builds his own tools and modifies instruments for performance. Tatsuya is also responsible for creating the Nakatani Gong Orchestra – and along with it, a non-traditional language for conducting groups of performers playing traditional instruments in non-traditional ways. for more information visit

Renaissance drawing students visit to Paper Conversation Lab at Amon Carter

This semester, the students in Dr. Mary Vaccaro's seminar on Renaissance drawings had a rare opportunity to see original works on paper.  In November 2016, the class visited the Paper Conservation Laboratory of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.  Jodie Utter, the chief conservator of works on paper, and Stacey Kelly, paper conservation fellow, gave a fascinating tour of their laboratory at the Amon Carter Museum.  Jodie Utter discussed the stylistic development of Charles Russell as a draftsman with particular attention to the important discoveries she has made about the artist's use of materials.  Stacey Kelly discussed her ongoing scientific research to determine an appropriate treatment for problems of discoloration in Jose Posada's broadsheet prints.  Dr. Vaccaro's seminar deals with all aspects of drawing practice in the early modern period (1400-1600).

We, The Body, at Gallery West


We, The Body is an exhibition of recent work from the MFA candidates at the University of Texas at Arlington. Curated by MFA candidate Lindsey Larsen, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the wide range of projects, ideas, and practices that make up this specific community of artists. From intermedia to visual communication, this diverse group of students address themes that include, but are not limited to domesticity, femininity, history (both personal and collective), politics, public engagement, social issues, health services and education. We, The Body invites you to consider a profusion of individual practices as a collective representation of the community that We, The Body of students share with each other.

Exhibition: November 7 - November 11
Closing Reception: Thursday, November 10, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Daniel Reyes Film MFA wins City of Austin Cultural Arts Funding Award

Daniel Reyes, a first year MFA in Film and Video Art student, has been approved for $7600 through the FY 2017 City of Austin's Cultural Arts Funding Program for La Perla Documentary Project. La Perla Documentary illustrates one of Austin's last cantinas, La Perla, and explores the stories and history of East Austin through its frequent patrons, many who are retirees and veterans. The funds will be used towards post-production and community outreach. Daniel is co- producer and co-director on the project with Austin based filmmaker Erik Mauck. Daniel's films are influenced by growing up as a Mexican American minority in a small Texas town surrounded by chemical refineries, serving in the strict military environment of the United States Air Force, and working with homeless communities in a shelter.

Prof. Gregory Scott Cook’s Design for Modular Sound Booth for MAPC

Prof. Cook designed and constructed a modular dividing wall to be used in multiple spaces as a sound-booth for recording oral histories of past and present conferences. He used the CORRPRO CAD table here at UT Arlington to cut-out the modular pieces, and the complete disassembled structure was able to be carried in a single suitcase-sized box. Assembled, the structure measured ~9’ tall and 12’ long, and was able to be custom-constructed to fit a number of spaces at the conference both in New Albany, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky at the University of Louisville. 

Alum Hayley Fowler awarded a 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture

Hayley Fowler, an alum of the BFA program in Glass at the University of Texas at Arlington, was 
awarded a 2016 Outstanding Student achievement in contemporary sculpture, through Sculpture
Magazine.This year's program attracted large numbers of nominees from University sculpture programs 
in North America and abroad. From a pool of 326 nominees from 148 schools, the jury selected 16 
award recipients and 23 honorable menitones. Jurors for the program were Monika Burczyk, acting
director/ president of the board at post contemporary, Troy, New York, Paul Hubbard, professor of MFA 
studio art and fine arts at Moor college of art and design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Emily Nelms 
Perez, sculptor, Princeton, New Jersey. The 16 award recipients will participate in Grounds For 
Sculpture's Fall/Winter Exhibition, in Hamilton, New Jersey, from October 23, 2016 to April 2, 2017, 
and the exhibition will travel to a location to be determined in the summer of 2017

Aubrey Barnett, is awarded two year professional development in Australia

Senior BFA Glass Major, Aubrey Barnett, is awarded a two year Associate Career Development 
opportunity at the Jam Factory in Melbourne Australia. The Career Development Program is 
offered in four studio areas – glass, ceramics, furniture and metal design. It assists Associates in 
acquiring the technical, design, business and marketing skills needed to establish financially and 
culturally viable careers.
The JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design is Australia's leading organisation for the design, 
production,display and sale of work by established and emerging designer-makers. A not-for-profit 
incorporated association, it was established in 1973 to assist development of contemporary 
craft and design practice. The organization contributed to the cultural vibrancy of Australia by providing 
training, support and development opportunities for practitioners and by engaging communities 
through our exhibition, retail and education programs.

Project Barbatype at the BEEFHAUS, Dallas

BEEFHAUS, at 833 Exposition Blvd. in Dallas TX, hosts a new exhibition by UTA Senior Lecturer Scott Hilton and TWU student Bryan Wing of Project Barbatype: a series of tintypes taken at beard and moustache competitions with a Century-old large format camera, a portable darkroom, and highly toxic photographic chemicals. This work presents a raw look at facial hair that recalls the history of adornment in masculine appearance by taking portraits of members of a contemporary bearded society with an image making process that has been with us since the dawn of photography.

Project Barbatype thinks the men (and women!) who compete in these contests are marking out a new kind of masculinity, aware of the absurdity and subjective nature of gender performance. They exaggerate their facial hair to simultaneously parody, and indulge, the absurdity of inflated virility. These are the Peacocking Beard Queens. They perform, in drag, as "MEN".

Opening Reception: October 8th, 7-10 PM | BEEFHAUS at 833 Exposition Blvd. in Dallas TX.

MFA student to give Graduate Gallery Talks at Fort Worth Modern

Billi London-Gray, a graduate student in the MFA Intermedia Studio program at The University of Texas at Arlington, is presenting two gallery talks at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of the museum’s Graduate Gallery Tours Seminar. She will present each talk twice. The first talk, focused on works by Fred Sandback and Hamish Fulton, will be on Saturday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, October 11, at 5:15 p.m. The second talk, focused on the upcoming exhibition, “KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS,” will be on Saturday, November 5, at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, November 8, at 3:45 p.m. Gallery talks by Candace Carlisle Vilas, a graduate student from Texas Christian University, will follow on each date. Talks are free with museum admission. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these specialized tours.

Lisa Graham exhibits poster design in the “United Designs” in Korea

Professor Lisa Graham’s poster design is included in the 1st Selected Posters group in the “United Designs: 8th International Biennial Exhibition Posters for Environmental Awareness.” Additional posters from designers from 21 nations will be exhibited from October 1-7, 2016 in Yeon Gallery and Simhon Gallery on the island of Jeju, Korea. Sponsored by the United Designs Alliance (UDA), an international design organization, UDA “seeks unique approaches by designers from around the world” and presents interesting and thoughtful work from leading communication design professionals in their exhibitions. Professor Graham’s work has been exhibited in a variety of exhibitions around the world, including at venues in Tehran, Iran; Limassol, Cyprus; Cheonan, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; Tbilisi, Georgia; Alijo, Portugal; Ottowa, Canada and San Luis, Mexico.

“Ball is Life” by Terrence Anderson Raper

UTA film student Terrence Anderson Raper's short film "Ball is Life" has been shown in the following festivals:
Granatum Short Film Festival (Denton, TX)
Underground Film Festival (Munich, Germany)
Women Texas Film Festival (Dallas, TX)
Frame4Frame Film Festival (Arlington, TX)
Downtown Tyler Film Festival (Tyler, TX)

Ball is life has also been featured on:

"That Nerd Show"



Cutlure Buzz, City of Arlington



"Electric Feast"

Terry Bluez Hits it Home with Ball is Life

Melanie Mohler’s Experience in Korea

Melanie Mohler is a UTA senior Visual Communication major with a minor in Korean studies. She recently spent six weeks studying watercolor techniques and Korean language in an International Summer Campus program at Korea University. Through this Q&A about her experience, she hopes to encourage other UTA students to study abroad.

What first interested you in studying Korean? Why did you decide to study abroad?

I am pursuing a Minor in Korean and I felt that the experience of going abroad and immersing into the culture would be invaluable for really understanding the language, people, and environment there. I appreciate the resources I have here, but I wanted to take advantage of an incredible opportunity to visit the country.

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Elena Chudoba and Andrew Czap Featured in Top Design Publication

Packaging art by UTA students Elena Chudoba and Andrew Czap is featured in the 2016 Communication Arts Design Annual, the top design publication in the U.S. The art is part of a packaging project led through UTA’s Visual Communication program in the Department of Art and Art History.

“Patriot Paddles, a line of Ping-Pong paddles, celebrates the rush of the game and all it stands for: American history, good times and freedom. I designed packaging that can be tucked into a backpack or stored in a desk or on a shelf, as it mimics the appearance of a college textbook. Historical references pepper the design and illustration. May the force of the Patriot Paddles be with you,” said Chudoba. UTA is the only university in Texas partnering with the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF). In the unique packaging lab on campus, UTA’s Visual Communication Design program offers curriculum in the structural design of corrugated materials. Find out more about the award-winning program:

Justin Ginsberg to be a Visiting Artist in Tomaya City Institute of Glass

Justin Ginsberg has been invited to be a Visiting Artist at the Tomaya City Institute of Glass, in Tomaya Japan. Justin will lead the students of the program through a workshop focusing on action, materiality, process. and documentation. He will also be giving lectures throughout the weekend to the public, as well as demonstrating some of his own creative process.

Liss LaFleur Gives a Lecture to Advanced Glass Students

Liss LaFleur is a performance artist and media maker currently based in Texas. Incorporating feminism, body art, and archives, she produces objects as extensions of her own body to queer inherited roles tied to female ideologies. Working with a range of materials including digitally fabricated acrylic nails and teeth, traditional neon, embroidery, and video, she challenges a sense of self which is transformative, fluid, and often self-deprecating of her southern roots.

LaFleur will be giving a lecture to advanced glass students this Thursday at 2 pm in room C146 at the Studio Arts Center

Learn more about Liss LaFleur on her website here...

The Gallery at UTA Presents: Introductions 2016.

The opening reception for The Gallery at UTA’s new exhibition, Introductions 2016, drew a crowd of about 150 people, said gallery director Benito Huerta.

Introductions 2016 features paintings by Matt Clark, assistant professor in practice, mixed media works by Gregory Scott Cook, visual communication assistant professor, and film and video by assistant film professor Daniel Garcia, Huerta said in a previous Shorthorn interview.

Read more on The Shorthorn.

Professor Carlos Donjuán is featured on this week’s Art & Seek Artist Spotlight.

Carlos Donjuan's artworks -- with their haunting masked figures -- have been seen in Milan, San Francisco and Barcelona, bought by Cheech Marin (of Cheech and Chong) and they've been printed up in national magazines. But from painting colorful murals to building masks, Donjuan has continued to draw on his Mexican-American background.

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Alumni Sam Lao Mentioned on Art & Seek Website


Sam Lao is a Dallas hip-hop artist with ties to the world of visual arts. She studied graphic design at the University of Texas - Arlington and Lao uses the skills she learned in school to craft the visuals for her album covers, merchandise and music videos.

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“Designing for 1600 Penn” Ashleigh Axios artist talk

Hear about Ashleigh's path to the White House and get a behind-the-scene look at how innovative design is able to happen in-house at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue.

When and Where: Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 12:00PM | Room 358

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Linh Dao presents at Boston University Graduate Student Conference

Linh was invited to be one of the speakers at Boston University Graduate Student Conference #Screentime, Application for Emerging Technologies: Virtual Reality and Generative Art panel. She took the opportunity to talk about Virtual Reality meets Art Therapy and presented her project Fluid. #Screentime aims to explore the social, emotional, and civic implications of today’s media landscape. This conference is an opportunity to bridge diverse perspectives on the roles of users and technology in new media, and will lay the groundwork for future research. Speakers include Al Petras, Thomas Fiedler and James E. Katz.

Dr. Alexander’s Four-week Trip to Senegal

UTA Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Art Education Amanda Alexander, Ph.D., embarked on a four-week trip to Senegal in order to learn more about religion and diversity in West Africa. #UTACoLA

“Sincerely Awkward” at Circuit 12 Contemporary

"Sincerely Awkward" is a solo exhibition of mixed media paintings and sculptures at Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX by Marilyn Jolly, Associate Professor of Painting at UTA. (See artist statement below) I feel a strong connection to the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, sometimes described as an appreciation of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete and is often centered on the idea of transience. Fragility, directness/essence of a thing, repetition, imperfection, process and time, observation of the natural world; these are some of the influences on my work. It is second nature for me to notice the way things are structured and I am compelled to incorporate elements of focused organization or structure in much of my work. Attention to my breath, noticing/present awareness in my mind, body and the world around me are what I strive to understand as these aspects of my thinking inform my work. I am reminded to have a sense of humor about my own imperfections and discomfort in my human condition as I pursue my art practice. Elements of this are reflected in the awkwardness in some of my forms and the “imperfect” or layered surfaces of found materials and paint in my work. I am curious about materials and various processes and attracted to surfaces that seem to express a sense of time and use. – Marilyn Jolly, 2016

Mud is Mud at the MAC


Artist H Schenck Acknowledges Dallas LGBTQ+ Youth Through the Mud Campaign, a Social Media Takeover in August and Collaborative Exhibition


The MAC is pleased to present the final exhibition in the New Urban Landscape series, Mud Campaign by Dallas-based artist H Schenck, in partnership with Youth First Resource Center Dallas.

The Mud Campaign is a social and artistic project that bridges Dallas' LGBTQ youth and Dallas' art communities using a web presence and exhibition that will take place throughout the months of August and September. Beginning with a social media takeover in August and culminating in an exhibition, Mud Is Mud, at The MAC in September, the Mud Campaign addresses issues surrounding LGBTQ youth: homelessness, abandonment, alienation, and reclaiming identity and self.

September 17 - October 8, Saturdays 12-4 or by appointment Opening reception Saturday, September 17, 6-9
The MAC 1601 South Ervay Street 214.953.1212 Entrance at 1600 Gano St. and street parking on Gano St. FREE and open to the public

Find out more here

Friday Night Live! with Charlyn Reynolds

In June, 2016 I was invited to Gent Glas Studio, in Ghent Belgium, to have a one week artist-in-residency and also a live featured visiting artist demonstration. This was my first international invitation as a visiting artist. My proposal included working out of a hot oven called a garbage, so that the studio could get goverment funding for that specific piece of equipment. I had written a proposal towards pieces I would make out of this garage. My week included sculpting multiple intricut animals.
The final demonstration was a piece that took eleven hours throughout the day to make. It was a hybird animal that of a macaw and a crab, This specific creature focuses on shape and function similarities of the crab claws and macaw beaks. Both crabs and parrots use their drawing for a large team of seven to create final piece that lead up to the end of the week during the live demonstration. All of the claws were made prior to the assembly and kept warm in the garage. Gent Glas gave me five hours in front of the public to create and sculpt the animal body and use the team to add on all of the crabs legs and macaw head claws. The week was a huge success for the studio and for myself.

Dr. Amanda Alexander, one of the two Co-Principal investigators to receive Research Grant

Amanda Alexander

Dr. David Spark's research project, "GREEN STEAM: Using Principles of Design to Power the Development of Outdoor Educational Spaces," is a collaboration between Sparks as Principal Investigator, and two Co-Principal Investigators, David Hopman from Landscape Architecture and Amanda Alexander from Art and Art History. This project will help local schools build green spaces on their campuses using seed funds to get started. The teachers and administrators at these schools will be taught sustainable practices which incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as arts and design (turning STEM to STEAM). The project will include building a Design with STEAM website, the production of a "GREEN STEAM Guide to Effective, Attractive, and Sustainable Outdoor Educational Spaces," and the development of a Texas GREEN STEAM Conference which will be held each year. The project will start with local school districts with hopes of expanding to all of DFW and, eventually, the entire state of Texas. The Interdisciplinary Research Grant will provide funding for graduate assistants and expenses incurred by project staff who visit local school district green spaces. The Interdisciplinary Research Grant will also fund seed grants for local schools and funds for the GREEN STEAM Conference. The GREEN STEAM project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs.

Kyle Thompson wins ISC 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award

Kyle Thompson has been selected as one of International Sculpture Center's 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award recipients. The jury selected only 16 artists from the 376 student nominees and more than 959 works submitted!

As a 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award recipient, he will receive the following benefits: 


Inclusion in the Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) Fall/Winter Exhibition* October 2016-April 2017 in Hamilton, NJ

Inclusion in a feature article, a photograph of his winning submission and recognition for his school & faculty sponsor(s) in the October 2016 issue of Sculpture magazine

An ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award certificate & letter Opportunity to participate in a traveling exhibition (dates and venues to be determined)
Opportunity to apply for an ISC Residency in Switzerland, sponsored by Gertrud & Heinz Aeschlimann 

Graduate students works displayed at the Conduit Gallery.

Conduit Gallery announced the opening of Paper Weight, a group exhibition of works on paper curated by Stephen Lapthisophon. The artists in the exhibition are current and recent students of Lapthisophon's from both the University of Texas Arlington and Southern Methodist University.

Learn more here.

Students get real with gaming, design, and STEAM at UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Studio Createc hosted DFW area high school students to learn mobile game development. Each summer, the UTA Art + Art History Department offers the SEED summer workshop tuition free for a select group of high school students. Students learn the creative process and techniques required to craft a work of art during an intense two week period.

See full article here.

Sedrick Huckaby on Artist Spotlight: Monumenta, Personal and Here.

Sedrick Huckaby paints portraits of people, often his own family members. And for more than a decade now, many of the portraits he’s painted happen to be of quilts. Old-fashioned, family-sewn quilts, the kind made from bright scraps and strips of color, whatever fabric leftovers were at hand.

See full article here.

Amanda Alexander studies in Senegal

Amanda Alexander in Senegal

UTA Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Art Education Amanda Alexander, Ph.D., embarked last month on a four-week trip to Senegal in order to learn more about religion and diversity in West Africa. In April, Dr. Alexander was accepted to the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to Senegal, which was conducted by the Boston University African Studies Center.

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Matt Clark TEDx Talk about Student Entrepreneurship

matt clark at TEDx

Matt Clark is an artist and Assistant Professor of Practice at UTA. He has had a creative practice for over two decades with
professional experience in the museum, gallery and educational arenas. He received a BA Art History from Arizona State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work is included in over 20 international corporate collections
and has exhibited throughout the US since 2002. He has resided in Santa Fe, Los Angeles, London, and presently, Dallas. As a
passionate educator, he has focused on entrepreneurship and how employing entrepreneurial thinking and strategy can help students achieve their potential.


Listen to this TED talk here.

Ya’Ke Smith talks about his experience in New York City working on a new HBO TV show

Ya'Ke Smith's talks with interviewer with Stephen Becker on "The Big Screen" raido show about his six-week experience in New York City working with David Simon on a new HBO Televison series.

Listen here.

Stephen Lapthisophon mentioned on Art Forum

Coffee, seasonal fruit, spaghetti and rope”—this seemingly random list of items, which constituted the title of Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon’s first solo exhibition in Houston, flagged just some of the matter suggested by the heavily worked surfaces of the twelve recent abstract compositions on paper and canvas included in the show. There was evidence...Read More

MFA Alumnus Michael Mazurek Named Director of Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas

Michael Mazurek

Dallas’ Goss-Michael Foundation (GMF) recently announced the appointment of Michael Mazurek as its new director. Mazurek is an active Dallas artist and co-founder of the DB/Dallas Biennial series, and was originally appointed curator at GMF in January 2015. His new role as director will involve, via the foundation: “…contributing to the non-profit’s overall strategy while continuing to oversee curation and the care of the Goss-Michael Collection.”

Mazurek has also been an essential part of the GMF’s upcoming relocation within the Design District; in addition to coordinating the move, Mazurek has designed the foundation’s new space.


H Schenck speaking on education at CentralTrak Artist Residency and Gallery

From left to right:Erica Stephens, H Schenck, Thomas Riccio

Alumnus H Schenck will be speaking on a panel about the role of higher education and residency programs in the career path of an artist. The discussion will be a first in a series of discussions that will take place at CentralTrak Artist Residency and Gallery. This panel will be moderated by Dallas artist Erica Stephens and will feature artist and adjunct educator H Schenck and Thomas Riccio, performance artist and Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. CentralTrak is located in Expo Park neighborhood, at 800 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75226. All of our programming is free and open to the public.

When: Friday, May 6th at 7 p.m.
Where: 800 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75226

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Christian Vasquez’s Documentaries Highlight the Promise of Dallas

Roger Boykin

Read the article here: Dallas Morning Views

UTA Students Win Awards for “Outside the Box” Package Designs

UTAVCD - Mav Pack Overview

UTA’s Visual Communication Design program, part of the Art + Art History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, was recently ranked among the top public graphic art design schools and colleges in the nation by Career Animation Review.

UTA is the only university in Texas partnering with the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF). In the unique packaging lab on campus, UTA's Visual Communication Design program offers curriculum in the structural design of corrugated materials.

Students gain real-world experience in the packaging design industry thanks to Jana Harris, a UTA graduate and co-owner of Harris Packaging Corporation and American Carton Company. Harris and her sister Jenise Cox work closely with the Visual Communication Design program to provide scholarships and internships to students. Two UTA graduates are also now full-time employees.

During the Spring 2016 semester, Visual Communication Design seniors Elena Chudoba, Andrea Ortega, and Andrew Czap won first place in a national ICPF design contest.

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Carlos Donjuán Feat. in Huffington Post, “13 Emerging Urban Artists Who Are Making Their Mark…”

Drawing professor Carlos Donjuán features, along with many other talented artists, in the new Thames & Hudson art book titled "Make Your Mark." Huffington Post Arts & Culture features the book and artists in their article "13 Emerging Urban Artists Who Are Making Their Mark Around The World" discussing each of the artists' work.

“Having long been aware of his cultural heritage and immigrant status, Mexico-born artist Carlos Donjuán’s experience of being a Mexican living in America has not always been easy. As a child he would hear the term ‘illegal alien’ frequently, without ever fully understanding its meaning ... He interprets such childhood memories within his imagery, creating masked figures, hybrid identities and strange beasts.”



You can purchase the book on Amazon.

Art + Art History Visual Communication Award Announcement

Students at the National Student Show Conference

Art + Art History Visual Communications Department would like to congratulate the following students on being accepted to the 12th Annual National Student Show; Elena Chudoba for Adelbert’s Brewery Packaging, Pentatonix website, Journey to Mars website, Patriot Paddles packaging, Airbnb ad campaign, and for her senior portfolio entry, Susan Nguyen for BackTrack YoYo, Ellis and Hayden Wedding website, Andrew Czap for Levitt Pavilion webstie, and Patriot Paddles packaging, Lizzethe Barcenas for Sadler stationary set, and Kim Inthirath for her senior portfolio entry. This competition recognizes excellence on a national scale featuring winners in the National Student Show exhibition.

In addition to being shown in the exhibition Andrew Czap won best in category and $125 for the Levitt Pavilion website, Lizzethe Barcenas won best in category and $125 for the Sadler stationary set, and Elena Chudoba won a special judges award and $500 in copywriting for the Airbnb campaign.

Spring 2016 Barnett Foundation Photography Awards

Image (left to right): Joy Regalado, Alex Kang, Ivan Lopez

Jurors Heyd Fontenot and Deborah Hunter met on campus to look at portfolios submitted by UT Arlington Photography students for the Spring 2016 Barnett Foundation Photography Awards. Heyd is Director of CentralTrak, an artist residency and gallery in Dallas. Deborah is Associate Professor of Photography at SMU. Both jurors are artists whose work is widely exhibited. They selected Alex Kang, Ivan Lopez, and Joy Regalado to receive the award. Each student will receive $650 and an exhibition at Gallery West, May 2-6.
The reception is May 4th, 5-6:30, with artist talks beginning at 5:45.

The Barnett Foundation generously funds multiple award programs in the Studio, Media Arts & Art History Department at UT Arlington. We thank the Foundation for the continuing support of our students.

UTA Glass Accomplishments

AACG Spring 2016- Glass shot of UTA glass department students with Barbara and Dennis DuBois after touring the couple's home.

Over the past three years, the glass area has implemented many changes to the curriculum which 
assists and requires students to develop their skills in documenting their work professionally, writing
proposals, and learning how to apply for support, to further their artistic goals. It is imperative that these 
skills be developed simultaneously with their studio practice. This summer, more than ever, we are 
beginning to see the benefits to this new approach.
With a strong group of Faculty and Graduate students leading this change, undergraduate students
have sought out opportunities, to continue their education outside of UTA to further 
develop their technical knowledge, artistic development, and network. Students are taking their 
education seriously, and playing a more proactive and significant role in their own development.

UTA Glass
- 2100 Club has received $2000 from the University to help assist in travel to the International Glass Art Society Conference in New York this summer.

Justin Ginsberg Assistant Professor and Head of Glass area
- Group Exhibition: Faculty Creative works Exhibition, Arlington, TX
- Group Exhibition: Dallas Art Fair – represented by Ro2
- Group Exhibition: 500x Gallery, Dallas, TX
- Group Exhibition: Corning Historical District, curated by Yuka Otani (Presented during the International Glass art Society Conference)
- Solo Exhibition: Traver Gallery, Seattle WA (during the Seattle Art Fair)(August)
- Visiting Artists and Teaching Workshop: Toyama Institute of Glass and the Toyama Museum of Glass, Japan (September)
- Exhibition/Performance: The Chrysler Museum, Virginia (December)

Jean Fernandes - Adjunct Professor
- Artist in Residence – Pittsburgh Glass Center
- Received ½ scholarship from Urban Glass to attend an intensive workshop.
- Partner Scholarships from Urban Glass, to take a Neon workshop this summer

Neal PaustianAdjunct Professor – Studio Technician
- Solo Exhibition: Denton Arts Council
- Artist in Residence: Jyderup, Denmark
- Partner Scholarships from Urban Glass, to take a Neon workshop this summer

Michelle Pennington - Graduate
- Received a $1000 grant from the International Glass Art Society to attend the Annual Conference
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Eric HessGraduate
- Received a ½ Scholarship from the Pilchuck Glass School to attend an intensive workshop ($2000)

Nathalie Houghton Undergraduate
- Received a $1000 grant from the International Glass Art Society to attend the Annual Conference
- Exhibition – Online International Student Exhibition of Glass Art Society
- Received a Full Scholarship from the Corning Museum of Glass to attend an intensive workshop ($2000)
- Received a ½ Scholarship from the Pittsburgh Glass Center to attend a workshop ($500)
- Received a ½ Scholarship from Urban Glass to attend a workshop NYC ($500)

Aubrey Barnett - Undergraduate

- Received a work-study scholarship from the Penland School of Crafts to attend an intensive workshop ($1000)
- Exhibition – Online International Student Exhibition of Glass Art Society
- Received a Full Scholarship from the Corning Museum of Glass to attend a workshop ($2000)
- Received a ½ scholarship from the Pittsburgh Glass Center to attend an intensive workshop

Steve Pecha - Undergraduate
- $500 award from Arlington Arts League: The benefactor awards were for 3rd year student or higher

Ray QueenUndergraduate
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Lindsey LavenderUndergraduate
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Austin FieldsUndergraduate
- Exhibition/performance: Glass Fashion Show, Corning NY (Presented during the International Glass Art Society Conference)

Ethan BarnesUndergraduate
- Group Exhibition: Undergraduate and Graduate Juried Exhibition, 500x Gallery, Dallas, TX

Madeline AlmeidaUndergraduate
- 3 Month funded internship at Wheaton Arts, one of the most prestigious and oldest institutions in the US for Glass and ceramics.

Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee Book Lunch

Portrait ofDr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee

UTA is proud to host:

Dr. Mohamed M. Keshavjee

Presenting “Into that Heaven of Freedom:The impact of apartheid on an Indian family’s diasporic history”
In this book, the author, a second-generation South African, captures the history of his extended family, beginning 1894, when Jivan Keshavjee arrived as a "passenger" Indian and established his family in Marabastad, a settlement close to Pretoria, to which they were relegated by the racist legislation of the country

The Artist’s Eye, Kimbell Art Museum

The Artist's Eye
Stephen Lapthisophon
Saturday, April 2nd, 11AM

Please join artist Stephen Lapthisophon and Nancy E.Edwards, Curator of European art / head of academic services at the Kimbell Art Museum, for a gallery talk. Lapthisophon's for Mimmo Rotella will be on display at the Kimbell during the talk, and he will discuss his own artwork in relation to works in the Kimbell collection, including Francisco de Goya's Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero. Learn more

Admission is free, No reservations required.
Kahn Building Galleries

Left: Stephen Lapthisophon, For Mimmo Rotella, 2014, house paint, coffee, oil stick, spray paint, and ink. courtesy of the artist.
Right: Francisco de Goya, portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero (detail), 1795-98, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum.

UTA Glass on KDFW

Justin Ginsberg and Glass student on KDFW

Professor Justin Ginsberg and glass student, Austin Fields, discuss some of the glass pieces created by the program as well as the Annual Glass Sale on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. For more the information visit:
Watch the full clip here:

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta


The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at UTA Arlington Presents:


by  John Vlaladez, award winning filmmaker

Tuesday March 29th, 2016 | Fine Arts Building | Room 148 | 3:00 PM
Reception to follow

Co-sponsored with Art & Art History Department, for more information please contact (817) 217-2933 or visit us at

Annual Glass Sale 2016

UTA Annual Glass Sale 2016

Saturday April 2nd, 8am - 5pm (or until sell out)

About the Annual Glass Sale:
The Department of Art + Art History’s Annual Glass Art Sale was initiated on loading dock behind the art building in the mid 1990’s by founder David Keens, in order to raise money to buy raw materials, equipment, tools, and development scholarships.Over the past 20 years, the annual event has grown into a World-class showcase of glass created by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Nearly a thousand works will be available for purchase, ranging from $5 paperweights to multi-thousand dollar collector artworks. There will be a raffle, live glassblowing demonstrations, and a silent auction, which will go LIVE at 2pm. We will remain open until 5pm or until we sell out! Come early to find the best deals!

Thanks to the extraordinary support of the glass sale by members of the civic and university communities, the facility and program has expanded into one of the premier academic glass art programs in the country. The studio facility continues to operate on a modest yearly academic budget, supplemented by the funds raised during this important one day a year sale.  Sale funds are divided equally between the contributing student, and the glass studio.  The studio’s half is still used for all of our major equipment purchases, as well as buying raw materials with which we continue to repair and build our own equipment. It also provides scholarships and research support to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

We look forward to seeing you at this year's sale, and continued support of our program and the University.

Best Wishes
Justin Ginsberg
Assistant Professor/ Glass Area head
The University of Texas at Arlington

Prince V. Thomas Lecture

Prince Thomas

"How to survive as a relational, aesthetic, DIY, multi-media, interactive, installation, event happening artist"

UTA Art+Art History department is proud to host multi-media artist Prince V.Thomas for a lecture on March 28th at 12PM in the Fine Arts Building, Room 148.

Prince Varughese Thomas is a multi-media artist who is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. Being Indian by birth, born in Kuwait, naturalized in the US, and raised primarily between India and the United States, he has always felt outside the dominant culture in which he exists. This sense of being the ‘Other’ has influenced how he views the world, approaches his conceptual concerns, and creates art. With an educational background and degrees in both Psychology and Art, he investigates and deconstructs complex sociopolitical issues from the interstices in personally expressive ways that humanize his subjects by incorporating a variety of photographic, video, drawing, and installation techniques into his artwork...
Read more on artist's website.

Amanda Alexander 2016 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

Amanda Alexander

Alexandria, VA— The National Art Education Association has named Amanda Alexander, of Mansfield, TX, to receive the 2016 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the Regional level within their division. The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention in Chicago, IL, March 17-19, 2016.

NAEA President Patricia Franklin states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Amanda Alexander exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."

NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

For more information about the association and its awards program visit the NAEA website at

Huckaby Among Winners of Prestigious Smithsonian Portrait Competition

Professor Sedrick Huckaby

A University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of art has been named among seven award winners of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016 hosted by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Huckaby, an assistant professor of painting in the Department of Art and Art History, joined UTA in 2009. Sedrick Huckaby earned a commendation for “Sedrick, Sed, Daddy,” a self-portrait painting. A cash prize will be given to each of the winners announced on Friday, March 11 in Washington, D.C.

“It is definitely a great honor to be one of the artists recognized in a competition that is so highly selective,” said Huckaby, who will return to the National Portrait Gallery this summer to lead a discussion about his work. “I’m simply humbled by the experience and look forward to sharing my work with people across the nation.”

Huckaby’s painting and 42 works by the six other winning artists will be in the museum’s exhibition, “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” now through Jan. 8, 2017. The competition and exhibition will then travel to three additional museums, including the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi from June 8 through May 14, 2017.

In addition, one exhibiting artist will win the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced Sept. 20. In this part of the competition, visitors to the exhibition, both online and in the gallery, will be able to cast a vote for their favorite.

“We could not be more proud of Sedrick and his very powerful and moving artistry," said Elisabeth Cawthon, Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Of course, we will encourage our UTA students, faculty and staff to vote for him in this phase of the competition. This is simply a magnificent accomplishment and well-deserved honor.”

Cawthon noted that Huckaby’s work is representative of the University's commitment under the Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact to strengthening sustainable, urban communities through a focus on cultural and social environments.

Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today,” showcases our national conversations from the past three years.

“These works not only are geographically diverse, they also reflect discussions around gender, race, poverty, healthcare, at-risk youth, migration and the power of family. These pieces are powerful in this regard because each displays an intimate connection between the artists and their sitters.”

Huckaby joined the UTA Department of Art and Art History in 2009. He is the winner of numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Recently, his work was added to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine arts, Boston and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. A native of Fort Worth, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

Huckaby’s next local exhibition, “Three Forbidden F Words: Faith, Family and Fathers” will be held at the Valley House Gallery, 6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, beginning April 2. Visit for more information.

Competition fosters philanthropy, artistry and diversity

Held every three years, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is made possible by a gift from volunteer and benefactor Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920–2005). The competition invites artists all over America to investigate the art of contemporary portraiture. The resulting exhibition celebrates excellence and innovation, with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today.

In all, more than 2,500 entries in a variety of visual-arts media were entered into the national competition this year. Submissions included digital animation and video, large-scale drawings, prints, photographs and textiles, as well as painted and sculpted portraits.

The 43 selected finalists mark a turning point in advancing American contemporary portraiture, according to a statement from the National Portrait Gallery. The jurors considered this exhibition a synopsis of historical and cultural events that have unfolded in the past three rounds, particularly in terms of race, sexual identity, gender and concerns about protecting childhood in an age of technology and gun violence.

External jurors for the competition were Dawoud Bey, professor of art and a Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College in Chicago; Helen Molesworth, chief curator at LA MOCA; Jerry Saltz, senior art critic at New York magazine; and John Valadez, a Los Angeles–based realist painter and muralist. National Portrait Gallery staff on the jury were Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, and Dorothy Moss, associate curator of painting and sculpture and competition director.

Read the original article at

2016 Awards + Recognition

A+AH Awards and Recognition

Creative Quarterly Publication (US, Canada and the United Kingdom)
Elena Chudoba & Andrew Czap, Patriot Paddles PackagingWinner
Elena Chudobe, Adelberts brewery packagingRunner Up
Eric Ramirez, Purell ad campaignRunner Up
Andrea Norcross, Chef Logan websiteRunner Up
Austin Ryan, Child abuse poster campaignRunner Up

Published in HOW International Magazine
Elena Chudoba—Merit Award
Andrea Ortega—Merit Award

International Visual Identity (United Kingdom)
Andrea Faye Ortega—Gold
Susan Nguyen—Silver

2016 American Package National Design Awards
Andrew Czap & Elena Chudoba, Patriot Paddles
Elena Chudoba, Adelbert's Brewery
Susan Nguyen, Coord Candles

ICPF's National Best of the Best Student Design Presentation Competition
Elena Chudoba, Andrew Czap & Andrea Ortega, Find Your Way Home Alumni Welcome Pack—First Place

Fort Worth ADDY (The American Advertising Awards)
Elena Chudoba & Andrew Czap, Patriot Paddles Packaging—Best of Show, Gold (National Submission)
Chad Ryals and Major Hoffman, Melody Pop Print AdGold (National Submission)
Arvel Perry and Gabriel Guerrero, American Shredding Print Ad CampaignGold (National Submission)
Austin Ryan, Child Abuse Awareness CampaignGold (National Submission)
Hamid Hesami, Neenah Paper Annual ReportSilver (National Submission)
Susan Nguyen, Genesses Alvarez & Allison Herbst, Greenpeace Ad CampaignSilver (National Submission)
Lizzethe Barcenas, Sadler Stationary SetSilver (National Submission)
Andrew Czap, Levitt Pavilion WebsiteSilver (National Submission)
Susan Nguyen, Green’s Produce Logo DesignSilver (National Submission)
Elena Chudoba, Adelbert’s Brewery PackagingBronze
Austin Ryan, Baseline Magazine SpreadBronze
Elena Chudoba, Air BnB Ad CampaignBronze
Olamilekan Mabayoje, School Bullying Awareness CampaignBronze
Susan Nguyen, Ellie and Hayden Wedding WebsiteBronze
Andrea Ortega, Chef Logan WebsiteBronze
Sharon Tran, UTA Visual Communication WebsiteBronze
Julia Cooper, Taiheiyo Kensha Branding CampaignBronze
Lizzethe Barcenas, Kim Inthirath, Karen Nguyen & Tom Huynh, Banh De Vie Branding CampaignBronze

Efraim Franco Awarded 2016 Annual Joe Harris Packaging Scholarship

Visual Communication Design undergraduate student Efraim Franco was recently awarded the 2016 Annual Joe Harris Scholarship. Franco is a Senior in the Art + Art History Department who plans to graduate at the completion of the Spring 2016 semester. He was selected for the scholarship award based on his outstanding design portfolio, his interest in packaging design, and his potential for success in a career path related to the packaging industry.

The Joe Harris Scholarship is a $2500 award that is presented annually during the Spring Semester to one student in the Visual Communication Design area who demonstrates professional potential and exhibits outstanding work in the field of packaging design. This is the second year that the Scholarship has been awarded. This opportunity was first introduced to the A+AH Department in January 2015 by Joe, Jana and Jenise Harris, owners of DFW based Harris Packaging Corporation and American Carton Company. It is anticipated that this generous award will contribute to the success of the packaging design students at UTA and develop a strong connection between the A+AH Department and the local packaging industry for many years to come.

Dr. Mary Vaccaro’s feature article on the cover of “The Burlington Magazine”

Cover of The Burlington Magazine

In the course of her research on drawings in the Uffizi (Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe), Dr. Mary Vaccaro recently identified a double-sided drawing that has long been ascribed to the Bolognese draftsman Annibale Carracci (1560-1609), but that is demonstrably by Denys Calvaert (ca. 1540-1619), an Antwerp-born artist who settled and worked in Bologna for most of his career. It has gone unremarked, until now, that Calvaert appears to have signed and dated this drawing, and that the sketch on its verso corresponds to a documented altarpiece by him. The article, entitled “A Newly Identified Drawing by Denys Calvaert in the Uffizi,” graces the cover of the March 2016 issue of The Burlington Magazine.

Based in London, The Burlington Magazine is the world's leading monthly publication devoted to the fine and decorative arts. It publishes concise, well-written articles based on original research, presenting new works, art-historical discoveries and fresh interpretations.

“Carlos Donjuan & Marilyn Jolly: Akin” at grayDUCK Gallery

"This "Akin" is a two-person exhibition of work by Marilyn Jolly and Carlos Donjuan. There's a connection between the artists, and there's a connection between their art. The artists: Donjuan is a former student of Jolly's at the University of Texas at Arlington, and now both are part of UTA's visual-art faculty. The art: Well, yes, let's consider this.

Jolly has a variety of things displayed on the walls and on a pedestal or two and even set to roll across the planks of grayDUCK Gallery's beautiful wooden floor. You'll recognize them instantly as art. They're not imbued with the precision, the built-to-please slickness of graphic design; nor are they recontextualized readymades whose success relies on displacement and a collusion of cleverness between artist and audience.

Jolly's creations don't exist to facilitate anything but their creator's impulse to express herself via their making, and they strike your reviewer that way – as representations of nothing so much as themselves: objects composed of various surfaces marked with paint, with fabric, with swatches or blots of various media. Abstrac­tions with subjects implied but unlikely to be accurately inferred. "This probably means something," a viewer might think. "Damned if I know what, right off the bat, but it sure inspires conjecture due to its oblique yet compelling symbology." The work also inspires appreciation on a purely visual level, with jarring arrangements and textures and hues to engage the eyes, as note Jolly's pocket-enhanced Soft Steel Trap.

Donjuan, on the other hand, he's working more obvious illustration-based tactics, with his bright watercolors and acrylics serving up phantasmagorical portraits of people othered by surreal additions to (and outright transfigurations of) their physiognomy. This is in reference to the artist being "a product of illegal immigration," the show notes explain, leading him to "reflect on his upbringing and the consequences associated with illegal immigration." It's damned effective in conveying a sense of what it's like to be regarded as alien and other than legitimate in a given environment. And I'll suggest that this is where Donjuan's work is most "Akin" to, and most resonant with, Jolly's.

Because, you know how certain sectors of our society regard immigrants – especially illegal immigrants, but also just any immigrants? How swiftly the descendants of earlier immigrants can turn their distrust and disdain on the newest wave of people to reach this country? As if the original immigrants hadn't murdered their way into eventual possession of the land in the first place?

I'm suggesting that that's a version – certainly a much harsher, more virulent version – of the way certain sectors of our society also regard artists. Or, at least, artists whose works aren't easily parsed by a majority of the populace. Artists whose works might challenge the eye and provoke thoughts that are unsettling because they can't be easily defined. Artists whose success lies in creating the sort of personal, enigmatic pieces that Marilyn Jolly does.

Artists, it's been noted elsewhere, are immigrants from another country – a country of the mind. And if that country doesn't have enough in common with whatever mental territory is inhabited by a region's hoi polloi, whoa, better watch the fuck out, artists: Your odd customs and ways of expression will have little if any currency there. You'll be branded as "special," but in a way that carries a whiff of indulgence, maybe even of embarrassment, with it. If you're lucky, the worst you'll be is commercially undervalued.

Austin's grayDUCK Gallery is, so often, a whole 'nother country: a country of unique visions and diverse methods of communicating those visions. That's one of the reasons its shows – including this "Akin" one – are so worthy of your valuable time."

Review by Alan Brenner of The Austin Chronicle. You can read the review on The Austin Chronicle site here.

Documentation of the work from Ideas in Art

Ideas in Art

Michelle Pennington pieces for Ideas In Art Exhibition


see on Vimeo.


Not in Sight

see on Vimeo.


Artist Statement:


Through the process of making and viewing art, I have discovered that I do not feel connected to the traditional ways of experiencing art within galleries and museums. I am a very tactile and sensual person and because of this, I want to make work with the intention of being interacted with and to degrade overtime. The work gives the viewer the right to manipulate and change my artwork through this interaction, providing new experiences each time one views the piece. I often use motion, creating movement powered by machine or manually powered by the viewer, to incorporate and encourage a slow decay and deterioration, which becomes part of the work. It challenges perceived fears of materials, such as broken glass, creating a conflict and potentially an internal struggle for the viewer. It questions notions of how one should act in the presence of art, while inviting the viewer to act traditionally inappropriately. Although I give some directions or guidelines for each piece, I allow the viewer to set up their own boundaries as I push them outside of their comfort zone and ask them to interact with art in a more invasive way.


James S Barnett Jr. Foundation

In support of this project, the James S Barnett Jr. Foundation provides funds annually for scholarship and program event support. The amounts awarded are allocated as follows: one award of $500 for Undergraduate students Two awards of $2,000 each for Graduate students.


2016 Competition Requirements

‘Ideas in Art’ provides students with the freedom to use any appropriate media to realize their project. Candidates are required to complete an ‘Ideas in Art’ Application Packet, including a 500 word Written Proposal, along with one image with a recent work of art) by the designated deadline in the “Important Dates” above.

Kate Bingaman-Burt Lecture on March 3rd, 2016

Kate Bingaman-Burt Illustration

Illustrator and Educator, Kate Bingaman-Burt, will be giving a lecture to students this coming Thursday, March 3rd, 2016. The talk will be given at the architecture auditorium (ARCH 204) at 2:15pm. 

Check out Kate's work at

Justin Ginsberg Featured in New Glass Review 37

Justin Ginsberg Glass Piece, Alternating Entropy

One of my works was selected for New Glass Review 37 - an international annual 
juried Publication which surveys the top works of art (working with glass) of 2015. 
A total of 1122 artists from 46 countries sent 3352 images of their work for consideration, 
and 100 are selected. New Glass review is published by the Corning Museum of Glass and 
Neus Glas, a European based International art publication.
This is the 5th time in 6 years in which I have been selected.

The jurors in this years edition were 
Geoff Isles, Artist, New York; 
Silvia Levenson, Artist, Italy; 
Tina Oldknow, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass; 
Charolette Potter, Glass Studio Manager and Program Director, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Find Your Space at UTA Art

Find Your Space at UTA Art

FIND YOUR SPACE at UTA Art is a day of High School Students Art Workshops.

UTA Art Saturday - Schedule
April 9, 2016

Session 1

Fun Self-Portrait Watercolor/Gouache Paintingwith Sedrick Huckaby + Marilyn Jolly
Studio Arts Center/Room 122

Morning Session:Participants will make contour drawings of their faces from selfie photographs taken on their phone and from observation from looking in a mirror. The drawings will be layered to create an abstract image that will be used for the afternoon painting session. We will discuss contemporary portraiture in the process.

Afternoon Session:Participants will use watercolor, gouache (opaque watercolor) and mixed media drawing materials to paint the drawing made in the morning session. Creative color and texture will be encouraged. We will discuss some watermedia techniques and the use of mixed media. Participants will need to bring a cell phone. Optional materials would be drawing materials such as crayons, pastel pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal, oil pastels and inexpensive pan watercolors. Materials will also be provided.

Session 2

The Art of Glassblowing/Kiln Formed Glass—Imagery on glasswith Justin Ginsberg
Studio Arts Center – Glass Studio

An hour demonstration of glass blowing techniques in our world class facility followed by a tour of our mold and kiln areas with examples of student/faculty work. KILN FORMED GLASS – IMAGERY ON GLASSParticipants will learn a variety of techniques to form imagery on glass panels, producing a unique glass painting/drawing/photograph.

Materials: Students should bring a jump drive with 5 - 10 black and white, high contrast images. Students are required to bring closed toed shoes (no sandals or flip flops). *Pieces will be fired in ovens overnight, and can be picked up the following week.

Session 3

Shirt-O-Rammawith Nancy Palmeri + David Diaz
Studio Arts Center – Printmaking Studio

This fast paced workshops covers everything about the garment printing process including T-Shirt printing from A-Z. Participants are asked to send a black and white design that they would like to turn into wearable art. The workshop will take students through the process of screen printing on shirts and a discussion about how to set up a shirt making studio at home. Each participant will be given one shirt to print on, but are welcome to bring shirts from home if they want to print more—trading images with others is a must. Great way to expand on your wardrobe and be the talk of the town. Images must be scanned and saved as PDF files and need to be highly graphic, so draw or design away!

Session 4

3d CARDBOARD CREATIONS with Shaban Al-Refai
Fine Arts Building/Gallery at UTA

Makers unite! Come and create 3D cardboard models with our cutting edge software and machinery. Each participant will leave this workshop with a finished product that can be treated with paint or collage.

Session 5

MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO with Bart Weiss and Mark Clive
Fine Arts Building 166

Learn how to shoot a music video with live musicians on our green screen (chromakey) stage. Students will learn the basics of lighting for chromakey with multiple cameras in the morning session. In the afternoon session, students will work in our kinetic imaging lab and learn the challenges and solutions of keying and editing in Adobe After Effects and Final Cut. Materials: A USB drive (at least 12 gb) to store your footage.

Session 6

Human Powered Kinetic Sculpture With Darryl Lauster
Studio Arts Center Courtyard

Using simple hand tools, wood, metal and plastics, students will collectively design a large-scale motion-based outdoor object that is powered by human muscle. The workshop will introduce students to many examples of mobile sculpture, and explain gear, pulley and various mechanical systems necessary to operate moving objects using a transmission drive.

Session 7

Gaming Exploration: Virtual Worlds with Josh Wilson
FA 368B

Take a peak inside the game developer decision making process and how it applies to your favorite games. Explore the game engine Unity to see how art and programming come together to create virtual worlds.

**The following four photography workshops can be combined
and do one in the morning and one in the afternoon!**

Session 8

Digital COMIC BOOK ART with Andrew Ortiz
Fine Arts Building 368C

Use Adobe Photoshop to create amazing works of art. Learn experimental image blending, alternative methods of making filter/textures, the exciting new method of scaling, duplicating layers and basic masking. Handouts provided.

Materials: 3-4 comic books, USB drive

Session 9

Fine Arts Building 350

Learn the basics of darkroom printing making photograms. Students should bring interesting objects that would make shadow imprints; all paper and chemicals provided.

Session 10

Fine Arts Building 349

A workshop on making tintypes, a Civil War era hand made photographic process. Each tintype is a unique photograph, made on a metal surface and no two are ever alike. Learn how photography was done in the decades before film was ever invented. Each participant will get a 4x5” portrait of themselves that they will have helped to make.

Session 11

Fine Arts Building 376A

Learn how to prepare a digital file for printing and explore the many different materials now available for printing an image. Participants should bring an USB drive with 8 to 10 jpeg or RAW files. This workshop will begin in the morning and continue through the afternoon, students from any of the photography workshops can participate.

For Parents or Guardians


Bring your digital camera and we can review settings, lighting, and composition




Grad Students Selected for ‘Rising Eyes of Texas’

Work of Cor Fahringer, Josh Dryk and Billi London-Gray

Three graduate students in the MFA Intermedia Studio program at The University of Texas at Arlington – Josh Dryk, Cor Faringer and Billi London-Gray – will share their work in the upcoming exhibition "Rising Eyes of Texas" at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas.

This annual juried student exhibition, now in its ninth year, will feature work by 33 artists representing 16 colleges and universities in Texas. This year's juror, who will select three prize winners, is Anna Stothart, the Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rockport Center for the Arts, located at 902 Navigation Circle, in Rockport, Texas. The exhibition will be on view through April 2. For more information, visit

Billi London-Gray To Be Artist-in-Residence in Argentina

Billi London-Gray, a student in the MFA Intermedia Studio program at The University of Texas at Arlington, will be the Artist-in-Residence for the month of June at Residencia Corazón in La Plata, Argentina. During her stay she will create a body of work culminating in her first international solo exhibition, to be held in the Residencia Corazón Gallery in late June.  

London-Gray's creative practice incorporates video, photography, poetry, sculpture, drawing, public interactions, and installations. Her work utilizes systems of rules to explore the space between control and abandon, where knowledge and self-restraint grapple with wonder and self-indulgence.

Residencia Corazón has hosted a broad range of international artists since its inception in 2006.The residency's affiliated exhibition space, in operation since 2002, shares exhibitions and interdisciplinary cultural events open to the general public. It receives institutional support from the Office of the National Culture Secretary of Argentina, the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires, the Town Council of La Plata, and the National University of La Plata.

For additional information, contact Billi London-Gray at

Toccare (Non) Toccare featuring Stephen Lapthisophon

Stephen Lapthisophon

February 20, 2016, 2 - 3 pm

In celebration of the launch of a book documenting his Nasher installation, Laphthisophon will speak about the project and auxiliary subjects such as European-American culture, the artwork-as-archive, and the boundary between art and its trace.

Video Exhibition

Video exhibition

Darryl Lauster will participate in an international group exhibition of video art curated by Traverse Video and showing at the Institut Superieur des Arts de Toulouse, France, on March 18. His 2012 work “When I See the Black Hills I Will remember You” will be screened along with 19 other international works by acclaimed artists such as French filmmaker Julie Bourges and award winning German artist Bjorn Melhus.

John Hernandez’s Maximal Style

John Hernandez

With his second retrospective on view through March 30 at the Gallery at UTA, Arlington, 64-year-old John Hernandez continues to remind us, in full-blown color, that we’re never too old to be young. Since the early 1980s, the San Antonio native has surfaced now and again with exhibitions of highly eccentric painted reliefs, sculptures, and installations featuring loony, childlike imagery that’s often cleverly encoded with biting social commentary. A fan of Ed “Big Daddy Roth” and a collector of thousands of toys, vinyl records, psychedelic posters, old comic books, and original copies of Mad Magazine, Hernandez surrounds himself with pop-culture artifacts that inspire him on a daily basis.


Ya’Ke Smith, The Second Coming airing on Comcast XFINITY On Demand for the month of February

For the month of February, film professor Ya'Ke Smith's, "The Second Coming" will be airing on Comcast XFINITY On Demand. Make sure to check out the film as well as other works by Ya'Ki Smith: Facebook.

Talk at the Kimbell Art Museum

Detective Work and the Connoisseurship of Old Master Drawings
Mary Vaccaro, professor of art history, University of Texas at Arlington
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Kimbell Art Museum

About this lecture: The so-called "scientific" method of connoisseurship
was developed by the nineteenth-century writer Giovanni Morelli, who 
based his attribution of works of art on the study of minute details, or 
morphologies, favoring a close inspection of the object over theoretical 
approaches. In this lecture, Professor Vaccaro will discuss her 
long-standing interest in the connoisseurship of Old Master drawings as 
a foundation upon which to undertake other kinds of scholarly inquiry. She will 
describe the careful detective work involved in her research of sixteenth-century
 works on paper and her resulting "discoveries."

UTA’s Scott Hilton showing at Terminal 136 Gallery in San Antonio

Senior Lecturer Scott Hilton will be showing in "Woven", a two-person exhibition with sculptor Nicole Pietrantoni, in the Terminal 136 Gallery in San Antonio, TX. Scott's work, from a series titled "De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)," began with his realization that the words "text" and "texture" share a common Latin root- TEXO- to weave; to braid together; to construct with elaborate care. This surprising yet intuitively clear bond of meaning serves as the central metaphor for this suite of photographs. Language and sensation- the textual and the textural- are processes of perception. Meanings are woven from words just as lived experience is interlaced with bodily feeling. Hilton works with 19th century hand-made, physical photographic images as the ideal way to express how concepts have a tactile presence because they are woven, because they are stitched together from what Roland Barthes calls a “tissue of signs.”

The exhibition opens on Thursday Feb 4 at Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star St. San Antonio TX and runs through Feb 20. See the work at

Art Education Mélange Exhibition

Art Education Mélange brings together art educators as artists through various artistic media. Mélange, from the French language meaning a mixture, medley, or assortment, provides an intermingling of artwork, art education participants, and visitors.

Art education students are exhibiting their studio artwork in Gallery West from February 8-11 with a reception on February 9th from 5-7pm. Please join us for great artwork, refreshments, and fun.

NYT Quote: Fostering a Respectful Clash of Ideas

Amit Singh, President of Google for Work

What advice do you give new college grads? 

"They grow up learning a few things about how to approach problems. The piece that they possibly miss is that, once you’re in the real world, it’s all about other people. Giving is more important than your point of view. And learning how to get along and work together, work in a team, is the difference between frontline managers and leaders. Leaders find a way to work together. They find a solution. There’s always a way, and you’ve got to find what that way is."

Amit Singh, President of Google for Work 

Fostering a Respectful Clash of Ideas by Adam Bryant

The New York Times, Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dallas’ Great Gallery Migration Continues

Bouquet by Kenda North

Professor Kenda North was feature in the Dallas Morning News.  

Longtime Dallas artist and educator North is giving us more underwater photographs in “Flora Aquatilis.” North says the latest show is inspired by “still-life paintings. The French term for still life is nature morte [dead nature], which has a rather sad inference, yet my bouquets are indeed dying. The flowers had been made into elaborate arrangements, carefully placed to provide a splash of color at an event and then returned to the florist who created them. I rescued them for one last hurrah, suspended in a pool and bathed in summer sunlight.”

To read more about Professor Kenda North, visit

Creative Director in Residence UTA Wild Pony Editions

UTA Wild Pony Editions

UTA Wild Pony Editions to host open studio hours


With the addition of three new interns, UTA Wild Pony Editions will host it's first first regular open studio hours.
Come visit the shop starting Friday January 29th from 9am to 2pm and every Friday after that for the spring semester.Check out WP's collection of artist editions and hand-printed posters, watch the interns set-type and if you're lucky see them crank out prints on the Vandercook letterpress! WP is located in the small architecture annex, Room 102A, facing the main architecture building.

Find out more about UTA Wild Pony here

Former ice cream scooper now influential artist

Few people expected Jeff Gibbons to get where he is today.


“I worked at a Ben & Jerry’s for a while at one point in Key West,” he said. “I went from doing that to having a 4.0 and a master’s degree.”
This January, D Magazine listed the UTA alumnus as one of the biggest artists to have an impact on Dallas culture in 2016. At this time last year, Gibbons received a Dallas Observer’s Mastermind Award. Two years before that, he won the Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball prize for graduate students.
Gibbons graduated from UTA with a master’s in studio intermedia in 2013. The Dallas-based artist specializes in sculpture, although he uses various forms of art. Gibbons’ art utilizes audio, video or even motion... Read More on The Shorthorn

The art of Carlos Donjuan

Everything means nothing by Carlos Donjuan

From Outside to Inside

At the time, Javier knew more about the graffiti collective’s story than I, and informed me that the oldest Donjuan brother, Carlos, was also a professor of art at the University of Texas at Arlington, where both Javier and I had studied. I immediately began researching the Donjuans to find out more: I tracked down all of the group’s murals, visited their open studios, and eventually invited them to collaborate on a THRWD event at the former Gin Mill, where they created a painting outside during one of our monthly parties.

To a young Latino like myself, interested in the Dallas art scene but existing mostly outside of it, the work of Carlos Donjuan was embedded with the signifiers that composed my emotional identity: Love of family, honor, loyalty, heritage, along with vibrant color palettes and a unique perspective on representation in painting.

See the full article here.

The Rising Value of a UTA Art Degree


Upgraded facilities, bigger faculty translate into the school finding a spot among nation’s elite • By Bill Lace

A ribbon of blue weaves along the ceiling in UTA’s University Club. An aluminum spiral swirls skyward from the campus research quadrangle. Multicolored terrazzo airplanes stretch along the floors of 300-foot walkways in DFW Airport’s Terminal D as if queued for takeoff.   These are very different works – but with a common thread. All were done by members of UTA’s art faculty – River of Glass by David Keens, Reach by Darrel Lauster and Wings by Benito Huerta. These and several others dot the university, city and county landscapes as signs of increased visibility for the Art+Art History Department (the official name), not only among educators and art aficionados, but throughout the community...

download the full PDF Magazine here. (See pages 62-64)

H. Schenck Exhibition

H. Schenck

H. Schenck
Artist, Dallas, TX

January 12 & 13, 2016 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wriston Art Center #105 | Free and open to the public
Public Lecture at 4:30pm on Wednesday, January 13 in Wriston Auditorium

Come and experience H. Schenck develop a multi-process image as a limited edition print. All ages are welcome.

H. Schenck explores systems of social navigation by creating environments that inspire understanding, sympathy, and acceptance. H. Schenck uses a methodological aesthetic in conjunction with everyday objects/video recordings/images to explore the normalcy and struggle of navigating social structures.

Sponsored by The Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop, Dyrud Family Collaboration Grant, and the Art & Art History Department


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UTA Visual Communication Design Ranked #19 Nationally

UTA Graphic Design Ranking Visual Communication Design

The online animation, graphic design and game art school rating resource Animation Career Review [ACR] released its 2015 rankings on December 3rd and 4th. ACR receives more than 225,000 online visitors per year; 90% of these hail from the U.S. and Canada.

Of the top 25 public graphic design schools and colleges in the nation, UTA ranked #19, in a list along with Arizona State, Kansas, Kent State, Oregon State, Wisconsin, North Carolina, LSU, Purdue, Georgia and Miami University.

The criteria we used in making this list consists, in no particular order, of the following:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness

Congratulations to our Visual Communication Design faculty and students and thank you for all of your hard work!

Alumnus Jeff Gibbons Named One of Dallas’ Artists to Impact in 2016

Jeff Gibbons

"Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe

In an art scene that seems to have lost a bit of energy and urgency over the past year or so, Gibbons and Ruppe have remained unflappable. In 2015, the two artists staged a series of collaborative exhibitions featuring sound-based performative sculpture that took place in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston. Working separately, Ruppe collaborated in group shows in Switzerland and Japan, while Gibbons enjoyed shows at Conduit Gallery and Goss-Michael Foundation. Whether they continue to collaborate or decide to break off on their own, Gibbons and Ruppe used 2015 to establish themselves as two of the area’s most important working artists. —P.S."

Read the rest of the article at Dmagazine.

Professor Beth Wright Delacroix Exhibition Review on ‘The Art Newspaper’

Eugène Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus (detail of reduced replica, 1846). © Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Eugène Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus (detail of reduced replica, 1846). © Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” the French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) noted in a journal the year of his death. The second merit, perhaps, was for the painting to be influential—which Delacroix's work was, enormously. Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, a stunning exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, shows how and why he was a catalyst for the art that followed in his wake.

Delacroix liberated painting fr om the requirement that it replicate colour, form and light as we see in the real world. He used these elements expressively, with prismatic color and open brushwork, to communicate his comprehension of the great subjects of religion, literature and history, as well as to record his responses to the beautiful forms of nature. Paul Cézanne’s comment to his patron Joachim Gasquet that “we all paint in his language” is borne out here. Leading artists in every style—from Orientalism, Impressionism and post-Impressionism to Neo-Impressionism, Symbolism and Fauvism—demonstrate Delacroix’s influence on their themes, colour palettes and paint application. Paul Signac claimed Delacroix's work as the foundation of Divisionism and Pointillism. Henri Matisse throughout his career maintained an interest in Delacroix’s subject matter and vivid colour choices and travelled to Morocco in 1912, just as Delacroix had done in 1832. Pierre-Auguste Renoir took the trip himself in 1881.

In the galleries, Delacroix’s expressive representation of subjects from literature and religion appear with works by Gustave Moreau, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Odilon Redon praised Delacroix’s ability to evoke the subjective essence of meaning through colour. Delacroix’s delicate skein of brushstrokes and use of complementary colours are similarly found in works by Renoir and Claude Monet, which celebrate the shimmering movement of light on golden embroidery or tumbling seas."

Read the rest of the review on The Art Newspaper.

Syd Webb, Creative Director in Residence | Wild Pony Editions

Syd Webb graduated with a BFA in printmaking from Herron School of Art and Design in 2010. In the midst of her final semester at Herron Syd secured and opened a studio space in one of Indianapolis up and coming arts districts. Wake Press & Gallery was her first endeavor at a custom print shop where she also hosted monthly gallery openings. During this time she worked as a studio assistant to Walter Knabe. With Knabe she learned to screen print for fine art and commercial production. Deciding to return to academia for her graduate degree, Syd was accepted into UTA during the fall of 2011. In 2012 she interned at the infamous Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. It was this experience that became the catalyst for Syd’s current entrepreneurial endeavor on the UTA campus.

UTA Wild Pony Editions first coined, Mavs Letterpress+, was the brainchild of Nancy Palmeri. Syd’s goal for the UTA Wild Pony initiative is “Student Entrepreneurship through Print.” By bringing in visiting artists from across the country, producing custom prints, and running vendor booths, students who work with UTA WP will experience a commercial application for their print skills beyond campus. The current UTA WP crew consists of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Starting in the Spring 2016 semester UTA WP will host it’s first official interns who will work with Syd during open studio hours in the UTA WP letterpress studio. As the shop gains momentum it is Syd’s hope that students remain the benefactors of its success.

HOW International Design Awards

How Competition

The Art + Art History Department's Visual Communication Design program would like to congratulate Andrea Norcross Ortega and Elena Chudoba on receiving Merit Awards from HOW Internation Design Awards. This competition recognizes excellence on a global scale featuring winners that span the globe and give readers of HOW magazine a taste of design innovation on an international design scale. HOW International Design Awards will publish the winning work in the Spring issue of HOW.

  • Best of Show, Outstanding Achievement and Merit Winners will see their work in How's Spring 2016 issue.
  • The winners will be announced in a feature article on and featured in its online gallery.
  • There will be a formal announcement in the HOW eNewsletter.
  • The winners will be announced via social media.
  • Winners will be featured onPinterest throughout the year.
  • Winenrs will receive an exclusive Digital Seal to be used to promote their win.
  • Winners will receive a press release template for use in promoting their win.

Context Exhibition Juror’s Award

Darryl Lauster was awarded the Juror's Prize for his entry into the "Context" Exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles Missouri.  The juror, award winning artist and writer Buzz Spector, selected Lauster for an upcoming solo exhibtion in 2017. The exhibition's theme combines written and visual language and showcases the work of 56 national and international artists, including Tore Terrasi.

UTA Ranked in Top 25 Public Graphic Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

2015 Graphic Design School Rankings Criteria by The Animation Career Review.

The criteria based on:

  • Academic reputation
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Depth and breadth of the program and faculty
  • Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness

The 2015 Graphic Design School Rankings for The University of Texas - Arlington:

#46 nationally
#19 among public schools and colleges
#7 in the Southwest

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Barnett Foundation Photography Awards Exhibition 2015

Fall 2015 Barnett Award Winners

Image (left to right): Alex Kang, Tania Vitela, Ivan Lopez

The Barnett Foundation Photography Awards exhibition reception is Wednesday, December 9, 5-6:30 at Gallery West, Studio Arts Center. Jurors Richard Doherty, Professor of Art, TCC NorthEast and Rachel Rogerson, Director of The MAC in Dallas, selected Alex Kang, Ivan Lopez, and Tania Vitela to exhibit their work. Each student receives a $650 scholarship award. The students will talk about their work at 5:45 during the reception. The exhibition runs December 7-11.

UTA Entrepreneurship in the Arts Presents: Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals is a visual response to the ever-changing channels of communication and the way we share information. This is the conversation on conversation and ideas on how we connect.

Friday, December 4th, 2015
at Trinity Groves
3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas, Texas

Ya’Ke Smith featured on FD Magazine’s Ones to Watch List

Portrait by MEI-CHUN JAU

Dwain Ya’Ke Smith is a grinder. He’s a popular film professor at UTA, where he teaches students the rigors of production — but that’s just the day job. He’s also a filmmaker whose films tackle taboo subjects of modern African-American life, from his killer feature Wolf, about a predatory preacher, to his recent short One Hitta Quitta, about the vicious cycle of addictive Internet violence. His movies make people angry. They also make people think about things they’d rather ignore. Like other true artists, he holds a mirror up to the world at an angle that isn’t always flattering. But his images are always worth the effort. — Chris Vognar


Do You Have a Golden Eye for Design?

Eye on Design (AIGA DESIGN EXPO 3)

Do You Have a Golden Eye for Design?

This Fall 2015, AIGA UTA presents the 3rd Annual Design Expo on Tuesday, November 24 from 2:30pm-8:00pm in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activity Center (MAC).

Design Expo is an event that welcomes local and non-local professional creatives to share work, experiences, and advice with UT-Arlington students. Five designers will show you what it means to have an eye for design. There will be a chance to ask questions during Q&A sessions.

Don't let this golden opportunity pass you by! Come be inspired.


Doors open at 2:20pm. Reception with refreshments & live music will follow. This event is open to all students, faculty, & public.
See website for more details:
Frances Yllana (Dallas) Imaginuity + President AIGADFW
Charlie Howlett (Fort Worth) Schaefer Advertising
Chad Michael (Dallas) Chad Michael Studio
Nathan Walker (Austin) All The Pretty Colors (ATPC)
Arthur Eisenberg (Dallas) Eisenberg snd Associates

“Declaration” Performance

Darryl Lauster, as his alter-ego Josh Court, will debut the performance "Declaration" on the opening night of the Itinerant Performance Art Festival in Queens New York on Thursday November 11. The festival is curated by internationally recognized intermedia artist Hector Canonge and produced by Queens Media Arts Development. Itinerant 2015 takes places at multiple venues across the borough including the Queens Art Museum and P.S. 69 and runs from November 11 to 21. More than 30 artists from across the world will perform in the event.

Find Your Space at UTA Art

Find Your Space at UTA Art

A day of workshops for community college students.
Friday, November 13th, 2015

Due to limited space in many of our studios, you must RSVP for all workshops to
You can take one all-day workshop. Specify which session you are interested in. First come, first served. Details and directions will be sent in reply. Lunch will be provided. 

View the full schedule here:
Find Your Space Schedule