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The College of Visual Arts and Design Foundations and Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies present a 38-student class exhibition!


Exhibition: “Not Your Mother’s Paper Dolls,” curated by Meredith Cawley

Sept. 26–Oct. 6, 2022

University Union Gallery

Reception: Sept. 29, 5–6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Please join us!


Foundations and IADS students visited the Patricia Fertel Paper Doll Collection in the UNT Special Collections of the University Libraries. The visit was part of their Spring 2022 Digital Tools and Technologies course taught by Meredith Cawley, adjunct faculty.


During the visit, students viewed the dolls up close, taking note of details such as color, construction and material.


The artifacts date from 1865 through 2020 and feature celebrities, fashion and popular culture. The materials cover each period’s style and popular culture and give a glimpse of publications from Europe and the U.S.


Students responded to Cawley’s prompt, “If a paper doll is a time capsule of the prevailing social norms and mores, then what does a current paper doll have to say about contemporary culture?” Many students chose to answer by creating self-biographical dolls about their heritage or relationships or a new world to explore.


Participating Students

Rosa Acevedo

Leigh Aliel Cabuslay

Yendalexy Avila

Alan Bruce

Madison Burns

Tracy Campos

Yadira Cervantes

Christine Chen

Jayda Davis

Alexandria Erwin

Sheyenne Gibson

Taylor Harlan

Abigail Harris

Yara Hoteit

Emily La

Clara Luft

Amy Lyons

Jaryn Macdonald

Maddalena Miniscalco

Itzel Orduna

Sole Oren

Manuel Parra 

Monsserath Quintana

Genessis Ramirez

Madison Ramos

Hannah Reed

Brittany Rodriguez

Treena Sath

Alaina Schuele

Keeley Seim

Reagan Shaw

Addison Stevens

Vanessa Taylor

Morgan Thompson

Sabrina Vitela

Lili Walker

Robert Williams

Veronie Xavier


Image: A card in the style of an old paper-doll booklet cover in a butter yellow with a white framed area in the center with tabbed paper doll clothing and accessories with four covers of paper dolls from the collection.

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