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RACI Invitational Student Ceramic Exhibition


HFPA and Brazos Gallery present the RACI: Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation invitational exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from April 13th through April 29.

The RACI award was created to reward students using clay in unusual or inventive ways. Artworks must include a minimum of 20% clay. Functional and sculptural works will be considered so long as the work is innovative in materials, form, or glaze. Faculty from each of the seven DCCCD colleges will choose three works for display. Displayed works will be judged for awards by juror, Shannon Sullivan.

Juror: Shannon Sullivan Is Associate Professor of Art at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Please join us for a reception Thursday, April 23 from 6-8pm in Brazos Gallery. Awards will be given for First, Second, and Third place.

PARALLEL: Sculpture By Ryan Goolsby


Brazos Gallery and the HFPA Department present PARALLEL: the sculpture of Ryan Goolsby. The exhibition opens March 2nd and closes March 20th. There will be a reception and artist talk on Wednesday March 4th from 12p-1p in Brazos Gallery. Please join us in the gallery or stop by for a visit. All artwork is courtesy of Liliana BLOCH Gallery.

Artist Statement

As I try to turn my gaze away from the art world, I end up seeing it in everything else I look at. This body of work comes directly from my previous work influenced by scientific documentation (and our our faith as laypeople in symbols we do not understand based on a common acceptance of them as legitimate) and furthermore how one could find importance in a symbol that they may not completely understand.

In this series I took on the chart or the graph in particular. It as a symbol used to convey a set of data in a tangible way, though relatively unchanged for some time. It holds a power that extends beyond the information contained within it. This is held in its form. Because of the extensive use of charts and graphs to convey hard facts, the information is no longer necessary to give the form an aura of importance; rather the empty chart becomes a symbol in itself.


Ryan Goolsby was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma January 7th, 1976 and grew up in Texas from the age of 5. He began to make photographs in high school, which led to a degree in photography at the University of North Texas (Denton,TX) in 2001. He moved to New York City in 2002 and shortly thereafter he began working at Christie’s auction house as an image processor, retouching photographs in their catalogs and using their photo studios at nights and on weekends to make new work. In 2011, he returned to Texas where he enrolled at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX) and completed a MFA in Sculpture in 2014. Ryan Goolsby currently lives in Dallas and works as a Technical Manager for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and is represented by Liliana Bloch Gallery (Dallas, TX).

Renowned National Geographic Photographer George Steinmetz to Speak at Richland College

Paragliding over Arakaou Niger

Dallas, TX, January 26, 2015—Richland College is proud to present renowned National Geographic Photographer George Steinmetz at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19th in the Fannin Perfrmance Hall at Richland College. Richland continues its commitment to excellence in photography by bringing world-class photographers to campus to interact with students concluding with a free public lecture, poster sale and signing. Past participants in this distinguished series include Mary Ellen Mark, Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor, Ralph Gibson, Joyce Tenneson, Keith Carter, Arno Minkkinen, Jock Sturges, Mitch
Dobrowner, and John Sexton.

Since 1986, George has completed more than 40 major photo essays for National
Geographic and 25 stories for GEO magazine in Germany. His expeditions to the
Sahara and Gobi deserts have been featured in separate National Geographic Explorer programs. In 2006 he was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to document
the work of scientists in the Dry Valleys and volcanos of Antarctica.
George has won numerous awards for photography during his 25-year career, including
two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo. He has also won
awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club and Life Magazine’s
Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards, and was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the year
in 2008.

Unrestored: Roots Flying South a photography exhibition by Anna Lee Wagoner


Brazos Gallery presents the photography of Anna Lee Wagoner in her first exhibition Unrestored: Roots Flying South. Please Join Us for the opening reception Wednesday Feb 11th from 12-1pm in the Brazos Gallery for an artist talk with Anna Lee. There will be an additional reception Wednesday Feb 11th from 6-8pm for the public.

Unrestored: Roots Flying South

In the last decade, my work has taken a particular focus on the creation of single photo studies of environmentally-worn vintage objects. I am interested in highlighting their current unrestored exterior and interior conditions through texture, patina and the effects of use and abandonment.

I drive without a plan or known destination, crossing state lines, venturing into unknown land and dead end streets. I find these subjects often abandoned to weather the elements alongside a quaint country road, hidden in an overgrown field, or left to decay in the very place that once relied so heavily upon its use. These relics are discarded, in many cases for decades, replaced by the newest invention or removed to restore without ever returning. Images silently tell a story of abandonment and neglect, economic growth, and the decline of American craftsmanship.

The simple beauty of the mundane, the lost, the neglected, is what drives me excitedly to each destination.

About the Artist

Anna Lee Wagoner is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. Her first encounter with a camera was around the age of 13, starting with disposable point-and-shoots. Once in high school, she had her first film camera, an Olympus OM-10, which provided her with a new way to look at the world. She had always been curious, particularly with the relationship of inanimate objects in rural environments. The camera gave her an opportunity to explore these relationships and to build a new visual vocabulary.

In 2010, Anna Lee received her BFA in Photography from The Academy of Art in San Francisco, California. She soon began working as a photographer and launched her own business; Roots Flying South Photography. She has traveled across the US entering her work into juried art fairs and fine art festivals. In 2013, Anna Lee was awarded “Best of Photography” at the Rockport Arts Festival. Additionally, she was selected by a jury as a Spot Light artist at the 2013 Lamar Street Arts Festival.



JooYoung Choi: C.S. Watson and the Cosmic Womb


January 20th – February 6th 2015

Brazos Gallery presents the work of JooYoung Choi: C.S. Watson and the Cosmic Womb. Please Join Us for the opening reception Wednesday Jan 21 from 12-1pm in the Brazos Gallery for an artist talk with JooYoung.

JooYoung Choi’s exhibition invites viewers to follow C.S. Watson as she explores a fantastic world called the Cosmic Womb. Using painting, collage, sculpture, installation and video, Choi collages together a multi-media experience that demonstrates the potentials of melding the personal search for self with universal wonders of the monomyth. Through figurative works, complex compositions, rich color schemes, and formal, stylistic and cultural assemblage Choi weaves together her autobiographical memoirs with pure imagination in a world of wonder and delight.


JooYoung Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to Concord, New Hampshire by way of adoption. While completing her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she was reunited with her birth-family. In 2012 Choi received her MFA from Lesley University (MA). Through painting, video art, animation and puppetry she blends auto-biographical narrative with fantasy. Her artwork is organized around a paracosm (a highly structured imaginary world) called “The Cosmic Womb”. Choi has been included in exhibitions across the United States and South Korea. In 2007 she received a Somerville Arts Council LCC Cultural Heritage Grant. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe Side Kick, as well as Korean Quarterly. JooYoung is currently an artist in residence at Lawndale Artist Studio Program. Houston, TX.


There will be an additional reception Friday evening Jan 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for the public.


Transformation: Paintings by Jennifer Morgan: EXTENDED to Jan 9th


Brazos Gallery presents its final exhibition for 2014, TRANSFORMATION: paintings by Jennifer Morgan. Jennifer is a local artist whose work has been featured in numerous exhibitions both locally and nationally. Her whimsical imagery, mixed with geometric shapes and all kinds of forest creatures, evoke a sense of surrealism. The exhibition will be on display through the end of the year. Due to the artists schedule and final exams there will not be a reception and artist talk.  Come enjoy another great artist brought to you by Brazos Gallery and Richland College.

Upcoming Exhibition: Paper Dolls by John Spriggins


Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls is title of the next exhibition opening in Brazos gallery featuring the work of Richland College Gallery Director John Spriggins. The Exhibition is set to open Monday November 10 and will close Friday November 28th.

Artists Statement

“We have no built-in sense of identity, but rather compose ourselves from pieces of popular culture.” -Sporre

Self perception is one of the most difficult issues we have to deal with in our life time. From the time a little girl picks up her first doll, wears her first dress, or has her ears pierced she is being influenced by a social standard of femininity. In time we all develop a self concept; partly from outward influences and partly from introspection. Paper Dolls is an exploration into how outward influence, particularly the media, effect women.

The silhouettes are images of women from a variety of ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. John had them pose like the childhood toy paper dolls. The paper dolls speak to the early influences much like the images of Barbie. They conform to an absurd and unrealistic standard of beauty by which many women measure themselves. The magazine covers and additional text address the, often times, nonsensical redundancy of the media in attempting to present solutions for issues surrounding self-acceptance, love and relationships, and external appearance.



Wallflowers Exhibition Opening: David Namaksy


Brazos Gallery is proud to present the opening of Wallflowers, a photography exhibition by Richland alum David Namaksy. David is currently a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce where he is studying photography. Please join us Tuesday October 21, from 12-1pm in Brazos gallery for a reception and artist talk. The exhibition open Friday Oct 17th and closes Nov 7.

David Namaksy is a former architect and video game designer and is currently pursuing a degree in fine art photography from Texas A&M University Commerce. Mr. Namaksy currently lives and pursues photography from his home in Dallas, Texas. His work has been shown in many galleries around the United States in group exhibitions.  He has been recognized in national photographic competitions and his work was featured in Photographic Forum magazine.

David Namaksy Artist Talk and Reception.

Brazos Gallery Lecture Series: Trenton Doyle Hancock


Brazos Gallery Lecture Series is proud to present its Fall 2014 guest lecturer Trenton Doyle Hancock on October 22nd at 7pm on the campus of Richland College. The lecture will take place in Sabine Hall room 117-118. Mr. Hancock will be giving a talk about his current work and his career as an international artist.

For more information contact John Spriggins at or 972-238-6339.


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