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[Letter from Mitch Jericho to Jack Davis, October 23, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Mitch Jericho to Jack Davis, Dean of the School of Visual Arts, in regards to the upcoming Young Audiences conference being held from April 24th to the 28th in Dallas. Jericho has mentioned that he asked Jeffrey Patchen to be a speaker on Saturday, the 27th and that Patchen has sent a confirmation of his appearance, however, Jericho writes that his budget is limited and was wondering of Davis is interested in having him come talk to his students and staff. Jericho has also written to Bill McCarter to ask if they are interested in Patchen for the institute.
Date: October 23, 1995
Creator: Jericho, Mitch
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jack Davis to Mitch Jericho, October 24, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis to Mitch Jericho, in regards to Jeff Patchen speaking at the Young Audiences conference in Dallas. Davis and his NTIEVA co-director Bill McCarter have discussed bringing Patchen to the University of North Texas, however, there is no justifiable reason to bring him to the School of Visual Arts since Patch is a musician. Davis is planning on sharing Jericho's letter to the David Sharder, Dean of the College of Music as he might have an interested in Patchen speaking with the music faculty.
Date: October 24, 1995
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Richard Colwell to Jack Davis]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Richard Colwell, New England Conservatory, to Jack Davis, in regards to a newsletter that North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts has sent to the conservatory. Colwell writes that while reading it, he became inspired and admitted that they've been sloppy about their curriculum and will take Davis's lesson summary and implement that into their work.
Date: 199u
Creator: Colwell, Richard
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jack Davis to Kenneth Bird, May 27, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis to Kenneth Bird, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools, in regards to NTIEVA's participation in Westide Community Schools - Prairie Visions Art and Technology Integration Project. Davis writes that as one of the Getty Regional Institutes, NTIEVA would be involved in Year IV and participate in the projects components such as the curriculum development, instruction strategies, developing electronic portfolios and other computer-based education projects. In the rest of the letter Davis writes about their other projects with the Dallas Museum of Art and Prairie Vision for the past decade and the strides they've made towards their goals.
Date: May 27, 1995
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Allison Perkins to Bill McCarter, August 11, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Allison Perkins, Education Director, Amon Carter Museum, to Bill McCarter, in regards to leaving her position at the Amon Carter and leaving Texas for southern California to work for the J. Paul Getty Museum as the Education Manager for Family, Teacher, and School Audiences. Perkins writes how sad she feels leaving her many friends, colleagues and the members of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts and hopes she can get together with McCarter before her departure.
Date: August 11, 1995
Creator: Perkins, Allison
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jack Davis to Sara Chapman, October 12, 1994]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis, UNT, to Sara Chapman, in regards to their conversation days prior with Davis offering suggestions on how to handle "Friends" award nominations in the future. Suggestions such as the person making the nomination provide additional information besides a letter, the general background on the nominee, contributions to the field of art, letters from two other individuals who support the nominee. This way the committee would have more to consider in their deliberations.
Date: October 12, 1994
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jack Davis to David Kesterson, March 21, 1994]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis, NTIEVA to David Kesterson, to request more space for North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts by wanting access to Rooms 305 & 303 B in Marquis Hall, UNT. Davis understands that the need for space is great, but NTIEVA has proven themselves to be a viable operation with consistent external funding for its program, along with a major outreach for UNT. Davis writes that in the last five years the Institute has generated more than 1,400,000 in grant funds and has only grown more steadily with each passing year. Thus with the expansion of the program, Davis requests more space to continue their operations as their previous space has become overly crowded.
Date: March 21, 1994
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Press Information Release, 1995 Doctoral Fellowship In Art Education Award by the Getty Center, April 5, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a press release, from the Getty Center in regards to the 1995 Doctoral fellowships, that has been awarded to two students. Melinda Mayer, of Pennsylvania State University and Melody Milbrandt, of Florida State University have been awarded the fellowships in the field of visual arts education by the Getty Center, the awards will provide the scholars $12,500 in grant money to support their research. The press release goes into further details about what each student will be researching.
Date: April 5, 1995
Creator: Getty Center for Education in the Arts
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

The Exploration of Surface and Texture on the Inside and Outside of My Sculpture

Description: After generating work for many years in an intuitive, “truth to materials” mindset my intent was to explore the interior possibilities of my sculptural forms and relate these if possible, to the exterior. Alongside this exploration of the interior I introduced surface texture and color onto both interior/exterior surfaces. In some cases the work had undergone a change, which lent new meaning and provided new relationships to exist between the interior/exterior of my sculpture. Not all of the work was satisfactory to me, though I feel there were many positive results from work that may not have been successful. I found that the integration of the interior/exterior dialogue into my existing work provided new meaning allowing new relationships within the work that had not existed previously.
Date: December 2002
Creator: Holt, John
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Letter from Jack Davis and Bill McCarter to Edith O'Donnel, December 13, 1994]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis and Bill McCarter to Edith O'Donnell, of the O'Donnell Foundation, in regards to a meeting that Davis and McCarter had with O'Donnell and two other women named Carolyn and Rebecca, as they discussed their ongoing activities with the Getty Center for Education in the Arts. Also they write about their deep interest in Advanced Placements, AP, and wanting to incorporate AP training into their institute. Since their meeting of November 7th, they've given serious considerations to the topics discussed upon the AP goals and objectives for art history and studio art and are enclosing an analysis of the goals and objectives for O'Donnell's review. Enclosed with the letter are an Essential Elements chart, Observations on Content and Structure and Logistical Observations for the AP.
Date: December 13, 1994
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack & McCarter, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Making the Man: 'Suiting' Masculinity in Performance Art

Description: This paper examines research on the significance of clothing, specifically, the "men's suit," in select examples of contemporary American performance art. Drawing on sociology and art history, it considers the suit as a form of communication, and it suggests that performance artists Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and Vanessa Beecroft have used the "men's suit" to explore and communicate something about masculinity as a socially and culturally constructed hegemony.
Date: March 31, 2005
Creator: Cornwell, Alicia & Way, Jennifer
Partner: UNT Honors College

Moving in a New Direction: An Exploration in Kinetics

Description: Movement, whether conveyed through an actual motion or a gestured implication, remains an underlying theme in my creative process that started with my earliest works. I explored different aspects of kinetic sculpture, because I am seeking new ways to create motion such as experimenting with circulating air, wind, and the use of water features. I created a series consisting of three to five kinetic sculptures which do not rely on sound or direct viewer manipulation.
Date: August 2004
Creator: Illy, Etienne
Partner: UNT Libraries

Eplucher Les Oignons (Peeling the Onions)

Description: My creative intent is to connect with viewers at an emotional level. My chosen metaphor is “Peeling the Onion.” The implication of the metaphor is that understanding is achieved after one looks below the surface and views the underlying “layers.” The challenge is to find images that are personally interesting and also connect with the viewer. At times the creative process proceeds in linear manner and at other times it seems to take on a life of its own. During my search for a balance between the literal and ambiguous, I explored the circle, the spiral and the sphere. Printmaking offers unique opportunities to produce evocative imagery. Drawing is the basic tool I employ to define form and my use of printmaking processes allows for evolving the image over time. The immediacy and spontaneity of my drawings is combined with a methodical approach to image development. Exploring the spiral, sphere, circles and the metaphor “Peeling the Onion” has provided me a means of giving a form to my concepts and hopefully a connection with the viewer.
Date: December 2002
Creator: Wester, Judith C.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Formal Concerns in Conceptual Sculpture

Description: The problem I choose dealt with a new material to use in conceptual art. Since the nature of my work deals with ribbed sculptural forms that explore conceptual abstractions of recorded observations, I investigated a new material called composites. A composite is defined as two or more materials that are combined to share the best qualities of both. Laminated foam core, nylon fabric weave, vinyl, and resin composites may introduce an aesthetic and structural advantage to traditional material such as wood and metal. Innovations in laminated composites and methods of joining unfamiliar materials could offer an advantage for these new sculptures. A series of six ribbed sculptural forms were constructed, which consist of laminated composite material relating to personal observations expressed in my journal in the last quarter of the year 2000. The material was introduced in the desire for a cohesive formal relationship between the concepts and the forms. Patron, 2001 Mixed Media, 19"x 8"x 4"; PDQ, 2001 Mixed Media, 10"x 8"x 2"; PDQ2, 2001 Mixed Media, 21"x27"x3"; Bishop, 2001 Mixed Media, 23"x11"x5"; Coaster, 2001 Mixed Media, 14"x12"x9" and Putsch, 2001 Mixed Media, 69"x48"x24".
Date: May 2001
Creator: Stromberg, Matthew Gray
Partner: UNT Libraries

Sequence without Uniformity

Description: The inspiration for my undergraduate body of work is derived from my fascination with Henri Matisse, Jacob Lawrence, and the Impressionists. I suddenly became captivated with the Impressionist movement and the independence of abstraction. I set into motion a series of paintings and drawings featuring random African-Americans and African society representatives in vibrant color and abstracting forms, and was specifically concerned with altering the form outside of the realistic area. While in graduate school, I began to think about how the transformation from realism to abstraction combined with the conception of mortal to the immortal. I worked through ideas to see exactly where these views began, and where they would take me as an artist. Almost immediately I experimented with random figures found specifically in the N'debele culture in South Africa. In addition, I incorporated abstraction and expressive marks within the figure and slowly introduced cut paper, flat imagery and abstraction with the realistic figure. This became very challenging but I was determined to unite these ideas successfully. More recently, my work has concentrated on the essential elements that have influenced my work as an artist, which recedes to childhood. The main elements most prevalent within the work is rhythm and space. I learned to use the musical rhythm as an instinctive reference point, as well as exploring issues of space and solid areas of flat color, thus I strived to unite all areas together to create an integrated composition.
Date: August 2002
Creator: Woodford, Nicole Yvonne
Partner: UNT Libraries

Preconceived Notions of Scale Relationships

Description: I proposed in my paper to use juxtaposition of unexpected scale in my sculpture, with the expectation that it would create an unexpected tension that is visually stimulating to the viewer. I achieved this by creating disharmony in scale between an object that is perceived as miniature and an object that is perceived as gigantic within each sculpture. I then asked three questions of these sculptures: Was I able to alter the viewer's preconceived notions of the miniature and the gigantic through the manipulation of the size relationship between two objects within each sculpture? Which of these preconceived notions of the miniature or the gigantic became dominant as the main focal point in each sculpture? Did this intentional use of disharmony in scale stimulate enough of my interest to continue investigating this idea? I wrote about three sculptures that had been made for this project. The first was Manifest Destiny, a seven and a half foot tall bronze piece depicting an oil drill with a platform in the shape of the state of Texas. On the platform a gigantic bronze figure rides a miniature bronze donkey across the platform. The second bronze sculpture I wrote about was Gulliver in Suburbia; standing seven and a half feet it depicts a large bronze figure trapped within a miniature ship that stands on stilts. The last piece a wrote about was I've Outgrown This One House Town, a seven foot three inch tall bronze sculpture which depicts the frame of a house with a frame chair and bed inside. On top of the house a bronze figure sits on the roof as if it were riding a horse. I judged all three pieces to be successful and they answered all of the questions affirmatively.
Date: December 2002
Creator: McClung, Jeffrey Bruce
Partner: UNT Libraries

Unity: When the Two Become One

Description: Jewelry has been used as a gift exchange between lovers for many centuries. It has been conveyed in a variety of forms to symbolize the meaning of love. This body of work is associated with glory of love, of sexual experience between lovers representing the idea of unity when two parts become one unit, not only in the physical sense, but also in the psychical sense. The works were divided into three series including three pair of rings, two pair of lockets, and five pair of necklaces. The erotic expression has been addressed on every piece in an abstract way counting design motifs, material used, and interaction within the piece itself. Moreover, each piece has romantic meanings and essential aspects as a symbol of love.
Date: December 2002
Creator: Pimolket, Noppakamal
Partner: UNT Libraries

Transplants

Description: The body of work originating from this Problem in Lieu of Thesis consists of paintings on canvas that incorporate representations of plant material. The impetus for the paintings was black and white photocopies created from mounds of plant material placed on a copy machine. The resulting copies contained forms that were organic in appearance, but unrecognizable as known objects. Parts of the most interesting and ambiguous copies were used to develop the imagery of the paintings. The new forms served the purpose of creating visual interest from unexpected images. Combined with traditional painting techniques, the selected forms produced paintings of mysterious and playful worlds similar to those parts of the environment not readily accessed, such as galactic space, microscopic organisms, and ocean depths.
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Date: December 2004
Creator: Holden, Susan Morrow
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Space Vessels

Description: The submarine and the spaceship fit in perfectly with the ideas of permanence and protection on which my work has been focusing. It is not coincidental that I have long been fascinated with the shapes and mechanisms of these vehicles. They are complex machines designed for a complex function; I find the precision of this to be appealing. I have used their shapes and mechanisms as design aspect in my thesis work. Also, in the studio, I have developed a type of Damascus steel bowl by modifying a technique once used for making gun barrels. I have made three small vessels inspired by spaceships and submarines using this modified technique.
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Date: May 2004
Creator: Herndon, Mark
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The Evolution of Form

Description: A craftsman’s work evolves with time, new forms arise and old forms become more refined. This research attempts to study the evolution of pots over a designated period of time. The key findings include that the approach to glazing was relatively unchanged by the evolution in the work. However,the refinements that occurred in the work allowed the glazes to impart wonderful characteristics to the forms on which they are used.
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Date: May 2000
Creator: Dotter, David D.
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Art or Craft?

Description: I chose to exhibit sculpture and classical style vessels together to encourage discussion about whether ceramics should be considered a fine art medium. I was interested in experimenting with different forms and textures in order to see which combination would captivate the viewing audience the longest. I found that massive textural sculptural forms held the attention of the viewer more so than did the classical smooth surfaced vessels.
Date: May 2004
Creator: Snelson, Jason
Partner: UNT Libraries

Crystalline Surface Challenge

Description: Ever since I became interested in the world of ceramics, crystalline glazes have been the most fascinating and challenging to me. Even though crystalline glazes are the most difficult and elusive to potters, their spectacular results (when done right) keep me coming back. Over the last year I have developed a crystalline glaze that yields consistent and excellent results. During this period, I have worked with these glazes in the traditional manor, being that they are only applied to smooth porcelain vessels. My proposal will be to attempt crystalline glazes on different surface textures.
Date: May 2004
Creator: Rostagno, Nicholas
Partner: UNT Libraries