The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 80
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With an artistic
Staples and Brad
in the Union Art
Photo by Daniel
exhibits during a
show in the early
The University Art Gallery and the Union Art
Gallery provide students the opportunity to exhibit their work.
enter competitions and learn the skills required to put on a show
W hi hile almost out the door Mick-
ey reached down and grabbed
his treasured tackle box, rushed
to his banana yellow Monte
Carlo, jumped in and started on
his trek. This was not a voyage to Lake Dallas
to catch a few rays and some fish, but an
excursion to the Art Building to (hopefully)
catch some A's and not drown in the shark
pool of competition. Mickey was only one of
many students who had chosen to study art as
a major. Most of these students hoped to have
their work displayed and for some, the only
chance came in the form of one of the two
galleries on campus.
The University Art Gallery, located in the
Art Building, was directed by Diana Block.
This gallery was primarily used for curated art
shows, traveling arts shows and Master of Fine
Arts degree exhibitions. Besides being the
home of nine museum quality exhibitions each
year, the Art Gallery was also the annual site
for the annual Voertman's Competition.
Whereas the University Art Gallery was
geared more toward artistic work from indi-
vidual shows outside of campus, the Union
Art Gallery was directed more toward student
participation. For the seventh year in a row, an
art show entitled "Art for All Senses" was
presented in the gallery. "This exhibition was
especially designed to educate the non-handi-
capped and provide a service for the handi-
capped," said Mary Finley, Union Art Gallery
Director. All art exhibits were hung on the
wall at lower levels enabling small children
and handicapped individuals to easily view the
work. Title cards were printed in both brail
and type face and rope was placed for the
visually impaired to help direct them to the
artwork. As an added touch, blindfolds were
provided so that sighted individuals might ex-
perience the unique art through other senses.
Another yearly event held in the Union Art
Gallery was the Student Art Competition. In
this contest, NT student participants were able
to enter any work that was completed in the
past year that was small enough to fit in the
gallery. Other than these restrictions, anything
was fair game to enter. "There were 408 entries
this year and we expect a sizable increase next
year," Finley said.
In honor of NT's 100th birthday, three Cen-
tennial prints were donated to the school for
sale. These prints were designed by NT pro-
fessors Judy Youngblood and David Blow
and by NT alumnus Mike Hart who ran Dal-
Press. Only one hundred
copies of each print were
made, the first of which
was held for the university _
art collection. Dr. Jack
Davis, Centennial Print
helped to start a Centen-
nial Printmakers Club. In the club, an artist
would produce a new print each year to be
added to the collection. "Hopefully it will
become a tradition," Davis said.
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