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A university undergrad and graduate fibers program is on the chopping block! The University of North Texas has announced in an 8/15/18 memo that they are going to dissolve an 80 year old fibers program that is and has been successfully led by Amie Adelman for the last 18 years. This is a call to action to the fiber community at large! I am an alum of UNT and am asking you to raise your voice to the administrators and advocate for fibers as a vital fine art material in art contemporary.
Please read this article by emeritus professor and former regents professor at the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, Harlan W. Butt, to understand more fully the possible reasons behind this decision. Please take some time to write to the administration of UNT and share any and all reasons the fiber arts are vital to a 21st century art world. You can find a list of emails to direct your communications to on the Explore Fiber Fiber Art Advocacy page. Here are just a few advocacy points to consider:
Fibers is one of the most “interdisciplinary” art programs at UNT.
– Fibers blurs the lines of art, craft, and design.
– Fibers works with chemistry, biology and engineering.
– Fibers embraces 2D, 3D and installation formats.
– Fibers addresses historical techniques to cutting edge digital
– Fibers entwines ceramics, drawing, jewelry, metals, mixed
media, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and
The UNT administrators expect that the protests will fade away quickly. We must keep up the pressure to help them understand the short sighted nature of this tragic decision. Please help Amie and stand united with your fiber brothers and sisters. Let’s demonstrate the power, depth and breadth of the global fiber community!