This fall, the College of Visual Arts and Design launches Conversations: Art, Politics and North Texas, a series organized by art historians Lauren Cross and Jennifer Way, featuring five North Texas artists/scholars who work at the intersections of art, politics, cultural equity, and history. Each invited artist/scholar will engage in a discussion about their socially engaged work as it relates to urban contexts, civic institutions, culture, and history within various cities in North Texas. While grounded in our region, the Conversations series will give participants and their audience an opportunity to consider local art politics in comparison with other regions or the nation.
Additionally, each artist/scholar in the series will illustrate what counts as politics, including implications behind the pushback and the accessibility of opportunities for artists/scholars attempting to create cultural equity in their local art communities. Each conversation will take place on a Thursday evening between 6:00-7:30 pm in Art Room 101 located in the Art Building on the University of North Texas Denton campus.
- September 29– Christopher Blay, Artist and Curator at Art Corridor II at TCC Southeast Campus
- October 27– Lauren Woods, Multimedia Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor SMU (UNT alumni)
- February 2– Sara-Jayne Parsons, Curator TCU Art Galleries, and Giovanni Valderas, Assistant Director of Kirk Hopper Fine Art and Vice Chairman of Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
- March 2– Darryl Ratcliff, Artist, Co-Founder of Ash Studios and Michelada Think Tank Center, and City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs.