New UNT ArtSpace Dallas gallery now open

College of Visual Arts Dean Robert Milnes, middle, visits with Morton Prager, left, and artist Howard Sherman ('06 M.F.A.), right, at the opening of UNT ArtSpace Dallas. Dana Tanamachi's ('07) work hangs at left, Sherman's work at right. (Photo by Michael Clements)Five illustrious alumni from the College of Visual Arts and Design had their artwork highlighted during the grand opening of UNT ArtSpace Dallas. CVAD's newest gallery is located in the lobby of the renovated UNT Systems Building at 1901 Main Street in Dallas.

"We are excited to share with residents of Dallas and surrounding areas the opportunity to view artworks from UNT's talented faculty and alumni," says Director of UNT Galleries Tracee Robertson. "This gallery brings the College of Visual Arts and Design closer to Dallas and the outlying communities."

The gallery officially opened in December but welcomed visitors from Denton, Dallas and surrounding areas for the grand opening, which featured the works of Shirin Askari ('08), a fashion alumna and former Project Runway participant; Brian Fridge ('94), whose videos are exhibited, among other places, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Howard Sherman ('06 M.F.A.), whose paintings are exhibited internationally; Erick Swenson ('99), a sculptor best known for his polyurethane resin sculptures of animals; and Dana Tanamachi ('07), known for her chalk lettering and work with Target and Nike. A trio of the College of Music's excellent jazz musicians headed by graduate student Gabriel Evans helped make the evening special.

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