Fine Arts Series

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The Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series began as the Lyceum Series in 1903 when UNT was North Texas Normal College. The series has grown over the past century while never losing sight of its purpose. In all our endeavors we hope to enrich UNT students' lives and provide a higher quality of life here at North Texas.

As the Fine Arts Series enters its 112th season, we hope to entertain and educate our campus community by presenting an exciting series of performing, visual, and literary arts events. All UNT Fine Arts Series performances are presented free of charge to UNT students.  In honor of the commitment that Dr. and Mrs. Rawlins have for UNT students and the Arts, the students at UNT proudly propose to rename this series The Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series​

Fine Arts Series 2015

Permanence and Impermanence

September 10th - November 17th, 2015
September 10th - Opening Reception from 5-7pm
UNT Art Gallery
No tickets required

Permanence and Impermance is a group exhibition featuring the work of American artists Marion Belanger, Susan Geothel Campbell, Anna Collette, Terry Evans, Aspen Mays, and Trevor Paglen. The work in this exhibition has been organized around ideas of permanence and impermanence, with each of the selected artists challenging our expectations of what is constant and what is mutable. The notions of permanence and impermanence influence our observation and comprehension and may be measure din terms of lifetime (ongoing) for half-life (decreasing). The artists remind us that when considering environmental change, what may appear to be temporary, may in fact inadvertently become longstanding; and conversely, the ground underneath our feet, although seemingly steadfast, may be shifting.

RJ Mitte:
"Overcoming Adversity: Turning a Disadvantage into a Advantage"

October 29, 2015 at 8pm
Murchison Performing Arts Center

RJ Mitte played Walt, Jr. the son of the cancer-stricken science teacher-turned-drug manufacturer Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad. Like his character on the show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although his is a milder form of the disability. In 2014, Mitte will begin a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama, Switched at Birth, playing Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works at the free clinic. Beyond his acting, Mitte is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. Currently, he is working with PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention on a nationwide campaign designed to educate those who see bullying, leveraging peer-to-peer support.

Eighth Blackbird

November 11, 2015
Murchison Performing Arts Center

The chamber music group, Eighth Blackbird, combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy award winning musicians entertain and provoke audiences across the country and across the world.

Siona Benjamin

Opening Reception TBD
Dates TBD
UNT Art Gallery
No Tickets Required

Siona Benjamin is a painter, originally from Bombay, India, and now living in New York, whose work reflects her complex cultural background and her desire to contribute to a re-evaluation of notions and concepts of identity and race, toward the growth of understanding. She is inspired by early traditional styles of painting, such as Indian or Persian miniatures, Byzantine icons, and Jewish and Christian illuminated manuscripts. She blends these forms with contemporary pop cultural element to create a unique vocabulary.

W. Kamau Bell
"The W. Kamau Bell Curve: How to End Racism in About an Hour"

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 7pm
University Union Ballroom

Just like skinny jeans, superhero movies, and celebrity weight loss, racism continues to make a comeback. Luckily for us, campus speaker W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of it all. “The Curve” is a comedic, topical exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. “The Curve” is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories, knowledge-dropping, and solo theatrical performance.

Danilo Pérez & Panama 500

Gomez Residency Artists
With the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
March 3rd, 2016 at 8pm
Murchison Performing Arts Center

Panama 500 is pianist/composer Danilo Pérez' most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what Pérez calls "three-dimensional music." Pérez blends jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music. The first half of the concert will feature the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, led by Jay Saunders, with guest artist Danilo Pérez. The second half features Danilo Pérez and Panama 500, joined by members of the One O'Clock Lab Band for the final selection.

The Story of Silk

April 22nd, 2016 at 8pm
University Union Lyceum

Pathbreakers in their own right, vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan and pianist Anil Srinivasan rewrote the presentation format of South Indian classical music when they first collaborated in 2006. Their work has traveled extensively since then, and they've released nearly eight albums, working on their ninth. They have been TED INDIA speakers, documented on Singapore's national television and featured at top festivals worldwide, in addition to being national award winners in their own country. The Story of Silk is a coming together of the classical piano with the Carnatic voice, exploring concepts of mythology from across the Indian subcontinent through music and poetry across the ages.

15th Annual Campus Songwriters Competition

April 28th, 2016 at 7:30pm
University Union Ballroom
No tickets required

The 15th Annual Campus Songwriters Competition will present the best student songwriters from UNT. Students will compete for the top prize, an invitation to perform at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Students can submit their original works for consideration in March 2016. Be sure to check out website for updates!


Ticketing Information

Unless specified, tickets are available at the Information Center in STUB, or by calling (940) 565-3805. Free tickets are available for UNT students with a valid ID and discounted tickets are available for UNT faculty, and staff.


Persons needing special assistance should contact TTY at (800) 735-2989 Call: (800) 735-2989 a minimum of one week in advance of the program.

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