Nick Cave is the current Chairman of the fashion department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his "soundsuits" reflect both his background in costume and fashion design and an interest in traditional African arts. Cave's "soundsuits" are wearable art, made from myriad materials, including twigs, hats, socks and fur that are worn and danced in as with traditional African costume. Cave currently shows at Jack Shainman gallery in New York.
“Nick Cave’s residency and performance are significant for students as opportunities to interact with an artist who will not only share his extensive experience, but also allow students to participate as collaborators,” said Tracee Robertson, UNT Art Galleries director. “This is an opportunity for students from different arts disciplines and colleges to engage with each other through their own aesthetic languages and approaches in creating a unified work of art. The strength and breadth of the arts at UNT have uniquely prepared us for this experience.”