Matthew Collings Lecture

TWU Department of Visual Arts welcomes British artist, writer, television documentary producer and art critic for a lecture on March 20th, 11am to 12 noon at the MCL Building, 101 Auditorium, Denton TWU campus.

Biggs & Collings

In a joint enterprise, Biggs and Collings create autonomous abstract paintings that take their place in a modernist tradition going back 100 years, inflected by a conceptual practice that challenges an absolute reading. For their exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts the artists stage an inquiry into what it might mean for art to be its own thing in an age of suspicion. The installation, with its wall text, jewel-like oil paintings, and collage of gray surfaces both depicted and actual, amounts to a tournament of color, conflict, abstraction, disappearance and redaction, in which Biggs and Collings throw punches in an argument with post-post modernism.
The lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition opening at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts on March 23rd.

For more information on the lecture, please contact: Vance Wingate 940-898-2533 / vwingate@twu.edu / www.twu.edu/visual-art.

For maps and directions to TWU and the Multipurpose Classroom Laboratory Building (Bell Avenue between E. College and Grove St.): http://www.twu.edu/map_denton_campus.asp

Francisco Alvarado, Brookhaven College

Sonrisa by Francisco Alvarado

Sonrisa by Francisco Alvarado

DADA is pleased to  introduce one of the 14 Edith Baker Art Scholarship finalists, Francisco Alvarado of Brookhaven College. Alvarado’s Sonrisa has been selected for the September 25th exhibition at the Irving Arts Center.

In his self portrait titled, Sonrisa, Alvarado explores gender and the iconography that often defines it.  Alvarado’s work often deals with defining memories of symbols and traditions. The Brookhaven art student works with watercolors, oils, woodcuts, found objects and  photographs to explore the meaning of these rituals.

Although currently working on 2D and 3D projects, Alvarado says he would like to begin working with large-scale pieces and materials.

The Edith Baker Art Scholarship and juried exhibition is an exciting opportunity for Alvarado. Since materials can be expensive, this would be a chance  to fund the ambitious side of his work. But, it also allows Alvarado a chance to show his work to larger audience.

“As a shy art student, I hardly ever have the confidence to seek exposure,” Alvarado says. “Being able to have work displayed in a gallery is already a great achievement for me. I am honored to have been included in this show, alongside many other great artists.”

After completing Brookhaven’s program, Alvarado plans on earning a BFA in printmaking or painting and then an MFA. He would like to teach abroad, most likely returning to his native Mexico.

Two more nominees for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship

Christopher Gonzales

Christopher Gonzales

North Lake College’s Art Department professors have selected Christopher Gonzalez and Pavlina Panova as nominees for this year’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship.

Gonzalez and Panova will join Brookhaven art students Francisco Alvarado and Brian Hauser along with Mountain View students Caitlin Ramsey and Gonzalo Truijillo for the  September 24, 2010 Edith Baker Art Scholarship exhibit. The group exhibit will feature the work of selected DCCCD art students. DADA’s  Scholarship Committee members will jury the show and determine the recipient of this year’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship.

This year’s exhibit takes place September 24, 2010 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd in Irving. And, on September 25 DADA’s Fall Gallery Walk with Panel Discussions and the 25th Anniversary Party will take place. Make note of the October 10th premier of the film looking at the Dallas visual art scene for the past 25 years that is in honor of the establishment of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Endowment Fund. Viewing is Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2 p.m.- 2:45 p.m., the Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 North Harwood Street in Dallas’ Arts District.

For more information or to donate to the Edith Baker Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund go to http://www.dallasartdealers.org/artscholarship.php

The annual DADA Fall Gallery Walk will be Saturday, Sept. 25. It begins with panel discussions to educate the public and artists from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. The Walk (really a car ride) begins at 2 p.m. at any of DADA’s 37 member galleries, museums and nonprofit art spaces. This FREE event goes until 8 p.m. and allows art lovers to socialize and roam (in a car) from gallery to gallery all in one day. Donation jars for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship will be on hand along with refreshments, artists and art professionals.

An After Gallery Walk Party will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St. at Riverfront. In honor of the DADA art movement, the party will be multi-disciplinary, featuring the arts of fashion, visual art, theater, dance, music, cooking and bartending. Paper City, Wendy Krispin Caterer, Inc., Darian Thomas Fashion, and The Dallas Conservatory are sponsors. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at  www.dallasartdealers.org or at the door. Maps for the Spring Gallery Walk will be available at each location or at www.dallasartdealers.org as a downloadable pdf. Hours may vary; please see individual listings. Call 214.914.1099 or e-mail  info@dallasartdealers.org.