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Galleries showcase array of exhibitions

Artwork by award-winning guest artists, noted faculty members, students and more will be on display at various galleries on the University of North Texas campus this spring.

 

UNT Art Gallery

The UNT Art Gallery, part of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, will present the following events.

UNT Art Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.gallery.unt.edu or call 940-565-4316.

Admission is free.

•  “Cross Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World”

The exhibit will run from Tuesday through March 30.

This traveling exhibition presents the work of six international artists: Azra Akamija (Massachusetts, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ayad Alkadhi (New York, Iraq), Shoja Azari (New York, Iran), Reza Derakshani (Texas, Iran), Naiza H. Khan (Pakistan) and Soody Sharifi (Texas, Iran).

Employing a wide range of media and approaches, the artists each adapt or appropriate aesthetic strategies and themes from historical Persian and Arab traditions to address contemporary issues and artistic priorities.

The exhibit is curated and organized by Jessica Hunter-Larsen, IDEA Space, Colorado College.

Opening reception is from5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

•  53rd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition

The event will run from April 9 to 27.

The 53rd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition is supported by Voertman’s store, “a North Texas tradition since 1925.”

The Voertman competition is synonymous with student excellence in the College of Visual Arts and Design, featuring a juried selection of new works in all media by undergraduate and graduate students.

The competition is juried by Lisa Hatchadoorian, curator, Nicolaysen Art Museum.

An award ceremony and pizza reception will be at 11 a.m. April 16.

Juror Gallery Talk is set for noon April 4.

 

UNT on the Square

The following exhibitions will be at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. in downtown Denton.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

•  Eugene Martin — “Beirut, Philadelphia”

The exhibition runs through March 9

The multi-media exhibition, “Beirut, Philadelphia,” is a survey of an ongoing project by UNT Department of Radio, Television and Film assistant professor Eugene Martin, featuring art photographic prints, film and video.

In 2007, Martin received a commission to create an oral history of women in an area of North Philadelphia known to its residents as “Beirut,” a named coined during the war in Beirut, Lebanon, and after a two-week gun battle in the roughly three-block area in North Philadelphia.

Opening reception is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

 

Union Gallery

The following exhibitions will be in the Union Gallery, located on Level 3 of the University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-565-3829. Admission to Union Gallery exhibitions is free.

•  Jenn Smith

The exhibition runsthrough Wednesday.

The exhibition relates to Smith’s time in Scurry, Texas. “I’ve chosen to paint this place because I enjoy the industrial landscapes,” writes Smith.

•  CVAD Graduate Exhibition

The exhibition runs from March 4–7.

The exhibition is by students from the Toulouse Graduate School.

Reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 5.

•  Martin Back

Exhibit runs from March 18to April 4.

The installation includes various sound sculptures. “The interactive works are an invitation to exhibit-goers to make sound with simple instruments where no previous musical experience or knowledge is required,” writes Back.

Reception is from 7 to 9 p.m on March 19.

•  Samantha McNulty

Exhibit runs through March 14.

•  Blair Johnston

The exhibit runs from March 25 to April 3.

Reception is scheduled for March 26.

 

Other galleries

Three additional galleries — the Cora Stafford Gallery, Lightwell Gallery and North Gallery — show student work on a rotating basis.

For more information about these galleries, visit http://gallery.unt.edu/exhibitions.

Admission to the galleries is free.

 

Mayor Julián Castro to speak on Wednesday

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who last year became the first Hispanic to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention, will provide his views on the changing demographics of American voters and the challenges and opportunities the changes present for local, Texas and national politics during a free forum at the University of North Texas on Wednesday.

“A Conversation on Political Leadership in the Future of American Politics” begins at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum on the third floor of UNT’s University Union.

The union is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets at 1155 Union Circle. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Castro will be joined in the forum by Luís Ricardo Fraga, a professor of political science at the University of Washington who holds the title of Russell F. Stark University Professor.

Castro, a native of San Antonio, became the youngest mayor of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. when he was elected in May 2009 at age 34.

He also became the youngest elected city council member in San Antonio history when he was elected at age 26.

Castro was re-elected as mayor in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote.

As mayor, Castro created SA2020, a communitywide visioning effort turned nonprofit organization in which San Antonio residents work to achieve goals in community safety, downtown development, education and eight other areas to transform their city by the year 2020.

Under Castro’s leadership, San Antonio opened Café College in 2010, which provides any student in the San Antonio area with guidance on college admissions, financial aid and standardized test preparation.

Fraga, a Corpus Christi native, has taught at the University of Washington since 2007.

He is the university’s associate vice provost for faculty advancement and the director of the Diversity Research Institute.

In 2011, Fraga was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and was co-chairman of the Higher Education Committee that organized a research symposium, “Enriching America Through the 21st Century: Enhancing Latino Postsecondary Completion,” in August 2012.

For more information about the event, call the university’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 940-565-2456.

 

UNT College of Music presents spring events

The College of Music presents a spring season that features world-class guest composers.

For a complete list of College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the online calendar at http://music.unt.edu/calendar. For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website athttp://www.theMPAC.com.

Some concerts are streamed live online at http://UNTmusiclive.com .

•  7:30 p.m. Thursday — Wind Symphony, featuring the works of Bernstein, Grainger, Gorb and others, with conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon in the Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets are $8 to $10.

•  8 p.m. Friday — Trombone Showcase III coordinated by Vern Kagarice in Voertman Hall of the Music Building, located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free.

•  8 p.m. Friday — UNT Opera and Concert Orchestra present Pirates of Penzance directed by Paula Homer and conducted by Stephen Dubberly in the Lyric Theatre of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard. “In The Know” pre-performance lecture at 7:15 p.m. is in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room. Tickets are $15 to $35.

•  3 p.m. Sunday — UNT Opera and Concert Orchestra present Pirates of Penzance directed by Paula Homer and conducted by Stephen Dubberly in the Lyric Theatre of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets are $15 to $35.

•  8 p.m. Monday — Woodwind Faculty Recital featuring Mary Karen Clardy and Terri Sundberg, flute; James Ryon, oboe; Daryl Coad, Deborah Fabian, Kimberly Cole Luevano and John Scott, clarinets; Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon; Terence Reynolds and William Scharnberg, horn, in Voertman Hall of the Music Building, located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free.

•  8 p.m. Monday — Guest Composer Recital: CEMI Presents: Jaroslaw Kapuscinski in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater of the Music Building, located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free.

•  4 p.m. Feb. 27 — Guest Lecture by Gieorgio Sanguinetti (University of Rome — Tor Vergata) in Room 321 of the Music Building, located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free.

•  8 p.m. Feb. 27 — Concert Orchestra (chamber orchestra) and University Singers featuring Emanuel Borok, violin; Carol Wilson, soprano; Linda Di Fiore, mezzo-soprano; Clay Couturiaux, conductor, in the Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard.

Tickets are $8 to $10 for the concert.

•  8 p.m. Feb. 28 — One O’clock Lab Band: Glenn E. Gomez Endowment Concert featuring Peter Erskine, drumset; Steve Wiest, director, in the Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard.

Tickets are $10 to $15 for the concert.

 

UNT to honor alumni, supporters at event

A rock and roll legend and business leaders are among the 10 University of North Texas alumni who will be honored for their outstanding career achievements and service to UNT on Friday at the 2013 Annual Alumni Awards Dinner.

The event includes the Generations of Excellence Award — to honor a family for its support of UNT through several generations.

This year’s award recipients are:

•  The late Roy Orbison, who will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

First presented in 1965, this is the university’s most prestigious award and is given to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession, thereby reflecting a positive image of UNT.

Orbison, who attended UNT in the 1950s, launched hiscareer while at the university, when he recorded his first hit song “Ooby Dooby,” written by two UNT students.

Orbison would go on to co-write and record such hits as “Only the Lonely,” “Blue Angel,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He died in 1988.

•  Samuel P. Golden (’74), also will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

With nearly 34 years of executive leadership experience in the financial services industry, Golden currently serves as co-CEO of Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Advisory Services in Houston.

Golden is a member of the UNT Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Chilton Society, the 1890 Society and a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association.

•  Christopher Drake (’01), who will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Created in 2011 in the image of the Distinguished Alumni Award, this honor was established to recognize alumni younger than age 40 for distinguished career achievement.

Drake is the founder and CEO of FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company focused on providing clients with security solutions for websites, applications and critical data.

Under Drake’s leadership, FireHost continues to grow at a rate of 200 percent year-over-year. In 2011, the company blocked more than 50 million hacks against websites and online assets.

•  Eli Young Band members Michael Eli Diaz (’04), James Jeffrey Young (’02), Jonathan Bradley Jones (’04) and Christopher Jordan Thompson (’04) will each receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The band members, who met while attending UNT, earned their first platinum record with Crazy Girl in 2011, selling more than 1.5 million downloads of the track.

The band won Song of the Year at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards and was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Band members will not be able to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner in person because of a conflict with performance tours.

•  Michael Friedman (’72), who will receive the Outstanding Alumni Service Award.

Originally presented in 1974, this award honors individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT.

Friedman serves on the board of the UNT Alumni Association and the advisory board for the UNT Jewish Studies program, as well as on numerous other boards.

n Ernie Kuehne Jr. (’66), who will receive the Ulys Knight Spirit Award.

Presented since 1975, this award is given to any individual or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family.

In August 2012, Kuehne chaired UNT’s Basketball Enhancement Committee, which raised more than $3 million in gifts for a new basketball training facility, a state-of-the-art scoreboard in the UNT Coliseum and additional funding for scholarships.

As part of that campaign, Kuehne presented the athletic department with a cornerstone $1 million gift.

Kuehne, president and board chairman of Kuehne Oil Co., is a member of the UNT McConnell Society and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Alumni Advisory Board, and a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association and UNT Ex-Letterman’s Association.

•  The family of C. Dean Davis (‘53), which will receive the Generations of Excellence Award.

This award is given to a family for extraordinary service to and advocacy for UNT through multiple generations.

The family of C. Dean Davis (’53), founder and senior managing shareholder of Davis Fuller Jackson and Keene law firm in Austin and former chairman of the UNT Board of Regents, has a rich history with UNT that spans more than 100 years.

Since 1910, nearly 40 members of his extended family have attended the university, including his parents, sister and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

While at UNT, Davis was involved in student government and was a national debate champion before earning an honors degree in government and economics.

Davis earned the university’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 1990.

 

 


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