IAA Emeritus Fellows


The IAA Faculty Fellows program provides UNT (Denton campus) Faculty Fellows with 100% reassignment for one semester to accomplish and present creative research projects. Participants are selected through an annual application process open to all UNT (Denton campus) full time faculty in the visual, performing and creative literary arts. The list of current and emeritus IAA fellows offers examples of projects completed or underway through this initiative.  Fellow’s activities often involve collaborations with outside artist and entities, resulting in creative works or initiatives that garner national attention and further raise the profile of the arts at UNT.

Vincent Falsetta

Falsetta, a faculty member at UNT since 1977, developed paintings incorporating the concepts and formal elements of his color studies. The works he created during the faculty fellowship are expected to be on display in group and solo exhibitions in various galleries and museums.

"It is an honor to receive the fellowship. The field of applicants was very competitive," Falsetta says. "The most important benefit of being a fellow is having the time to work. The commitment necessary to research, create and evaluate requires consistency of time and the ability to work day after day on a project."

Vincent was included in the 2013 Texas Biennial.  http://www.texasbiennial.org/

Miroslav Penkov

Penkov, a native of Bulgaria, used his fellowship to conduct research for his second book, Nominalia of the Imaginary Khans. He spent time in a village in Bulgaria's Standja Mountains that is similar to one of the locales in his novel.

"Writing a novel is often compared to running a marathon, and for good reason. Like a runner who must first train for months before taking on the 42-kilometer stretch, a writer must first do research and consider his characters, setting and story carefully before putting pen to paper," Penkov says. "I hope that this fellowship will provide me with the necessary time to research, write and rewrite my novel. On some level, this fellowship also serves as a validation -- a sign that perhaps there is promise in the pages I've already written."

Penkov's first book, a collection of short stories called East of the West: A Country in Stories, received national attention, including a feature on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" when it was published in 2011. He also is a fiction editor for American Literary Review, which is published at UNT.

Mark Ford

Coordinator of Percussion - College of Music  (2011-2012)

Ford composed a concerto for wind ensemble and percussion soloist, and Marks will write a book of poetry. The program grants faculty members release from other faculty duties to concentrate full time on creative endeavors.  Ford has composed a concerto for wind ensemble and percussion soloist. The percussion concerto will be performed and may be recorded by the UNT Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Ford also plans to create a version of the concerto for orchestra, and Innovative Percussion Inc. has agreed to publish his composition. Ford is a marimba specialist who has performed throughout the United States and the world. 

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Corey Marks

Associate Professor (English)- College of Arts and Sciences  (2011-2012)

Marks used the fellowship to work on his third manuscript of poetry. He concentrated on writing a sequence of six poems that will explore the theme of the modern zoo and “how zoos embody a complicated set of impulses: intellectual curiosity, preservation, entertainment, titillation, the performance of power,” he wrote in the fellowship application.

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David Bithell

Assistant Professor (Composition Studies) - College of Music  (2010-2011)
Bithell has worked on a composition for the New York-based new music ensemble Yarn/Wire. The work, which used interactive audio, video, and sensors, premiered in Spring 2011 in New York as part of Yarn/Wire's annual season.

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Bruce Bond

Regents Professor (Department of English) - College of Arts and Sciences  (2010-2011)
Bond is writing a full-length book of poems provisionally titled The Fire Breather.
"The book concerns the mind-body problem — the mysterious ways in which the mind is connected to the body or has some causality over the body," according to Bond. This includes personal poems about his father-in-law's Alzheimer's disease and his mother's spinal stenosis, as well as possible poems about addiction and a poem in response to writer Oliver Sacks.

More about Bruce Bond:                                              
NEA feature
Essay on Charles Wright
Features by Verse Daily
Interview about the poem "Wake"
Commentary on “Ringtone” from Best American Poetry
Amazon author's page
English Department Faculty Profile

Poems in various journals:


Lesli Robertson

Lecturer (Fibers) - College of Visual Arts and Design  (2010-2011)
Robertson traveled to Uganda in November 2010 to continue her research on bark cloth from the mutuba tree. She organized an exhibition of the works of contemporary artists and designers who use bark cloth that was on display in Spring 2011 at the UNT Art Gallery. With the help of Ugandan printmaker Fred Mutebi and Makerere University scholar Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, she also plans to hold community activities in Uganda to promote bark cloth.
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Dornith Doherty 

Professor (Photography) – College of Visual Arts and Design  (2009-2010)
Dornith Doherty used the Fellow tenure to continue her Archiving Eden photo-documentary project creating digital x-ray images of seeds and tissue samples from the collections of the research labs at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Colorado, the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. An exhibition of work related to the project was on display at UNT on the Square from November 18, 2010 through February 8, 2011.

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Cindy McTee

Professor (Composition Studies) – College of Music  (2009-2010)
Being an IAA Fellow afforded Cindy McTee the time to compose Double Play for orchestra, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and premiered in June 2010 under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She also has arranged the piece for symphonic wind ensemble, which was premiered at the University of North Texas in the fall of 2010.