A painting by the famous Renoir. A sculpture by National Medal of Arts honoree and alumnus Jesús Moroles. A dump truck filled with native Texas plants, making a statement about water conservation. Those are but three of the 36 art works on UNT Art Path a self-guided walking tour of art on campus. Visitors can pick up a color-coded, pocket-sized map that will give them the story behind the art.
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“Artworks have been important elements of the university for many years,” says UNT Art Gallery Director Tracee W. Robertson, who directed the project. “The tour introduces people to artworks or spaces they hadn’t noticed before and provides new information about favorite pieces. What I’ve learned about the works on campus has also taught me about life at UNT, giving me a sense of belonging.”
The two-part tour starts with artist Gerald Balciar's bronze eagle, In High Places, outside the Hurley Administration Building. Visitors will see other eagle sculptures inside the Hurley Administration Building before heading out to the Library Mall and inside Willis Library, where Renoir's painting hangs in the Rare Book Room.
The tour also highlights the works of faculty, alumni and students -- including two student oil paintings in the General Academic Building. Those student works were purchased in 2009 by the Art in Public Places Committee with a grant from Wells Fargo.
Other works include well-known artist Daniel Bozhkov's Rainmakers' Workshop, a rainwater catchment system. The piece, created in conjunction with the UNT WaterWays conference, features a dump truck filled with native Texas plants irrigated with water runoff from the Art Building's roof.
Works on the tour have been acquired through donations, student projects, purchases, and commissions. The Art in Public Places program was initiated in 2009 to integrate new artworks into the campus environment.
The Art Path tour will be updated as new works are added and iconic spaces are created on campus through the Art in Public Places program.
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.firstname.lastname@example.org.