UNT SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS OPENS ART GALLERY ON HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER CAMPUS SEPT. 10

September 9, 2005

The University of North Texas will open a new art gallery this Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. on the UNT Health Science Center campus.

The 1,650-square-foot gallery, called “UNT artspace FW,” opens at 2 p.m. Sept. 10 (Saturday) in the newly constructed Center for BioHealth, 3400 Camp Bowie Boulevard. The opening festivities and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association’s Fall Gallery Night, when thousands of people tour galleries and museums in the area.

The gallery, called “UNT artspace FW,” will primarily showcase exhibitions with UNT connections, including artwork created by the university’s alumni, faculty and students.

“A presence in Fort Worth provides us with much wider audience potential than we have previously had,” said UNT Gallery Director Diana Block. “We are becoming more visible, with more opportunities to showcase our wonderful program and more opportunities to receive public response.”

The premiere exhibition, Symbiotic, celebrates the longstanding relationship between Fort Worth’s world-class art museums and UNT, which has one of the largest art schools in the nation.

The exhibition features artwork of UNT alumni who work or have worked at the Amon Carter Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. All of the pieces are recent works, from Jennifer Pepper’s graphite drawings based on her photographs of cables protruding from computers to Brian Fridge’s silent video that comments on the vastness of the universe using real time and everyday objects. The exhibition closes Dec. 16 (Friday).

Artists in the premiere exhibition are: Robert Caslin, exhibition designer and preparator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Brian Fridge, former exhibition preparator at the Amon Carter Museum and a 2000 Whitney Biennial artist; Robert McAn, manager of membership and special events at the Kimbell Art Museum; Jennifer Pepper, former assistant curator of education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Steven Price, independent art handler and exhibition preparator who has worked in various museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Terri Thornton, curator of education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Patrick Young, independent art handler and exhibition preparator, who has worked at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Kimbell Art Museum.

The text accompanying the artwork was also written by UNT alumni who work or have worked at Fort Worth museums. Writers are: Nora Christie, Pam Hatley, Andrea Karnes, Sara-Jayne Parsons, Carmen Smith and Danielle Rissler.

In addition, the artists will talk about their works at 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Terri Thornton on Sept. 17; Brian Fridge on Sept. 24; Robert Caslin on Oct. 1; Patrick Young on Oct. 8; and Steven Price on Oct. 15.

Gallery hours are: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. on Sept. 10, the opening day.

“UNT artspace FW” is the newest in the School of Visual Arts’ complex of galleries and will offer flexible programming and an opportunity for artists to present experimental projects. The gallery was made possible with a $50,000 contribution from Fort Worth construction firm Thos. S. Byrne and a $25,000 commitment of financial resources and design from Carter & Burgess, an architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Other galleries in the UNT School of Visual Arts are:

UNT Art Gallery in Denton: The 2,500-square-foot gallery in the Art Building on the UNT campus features exhibits programmed one to three years in advance. Gallery director Diana Block is responsible for exhibitions, including works by international artists, with shows running four to six weeks in duration.

Cora Stafford Gallery in Denton: The 900-square-foot gallery on the first floor of Oak Street Hall on the UNT campus is programmed semester-by-semester, primarily for master of fine arts exhibitions and other class projects. Exhibits are typically one week in duration and are scheduled by the UNT Art Gallery, though exhibition content is not controlled by gallery staff.

For more information, call UNT Gallery Director Diana Block or her assistant Sara-Jayne Parsons at (940) 565-4005. Or call “UNT artspace FW” at (817) 735-0205.

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Contact: Ellen Schroeder (940) 369-7912, e-mail: eschroeder@unt.edu.

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