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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.


Richland College
12800 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75243

Master Works


Brazos Gallery would like to invite you to the opening of Master Works: The Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring work by Richland College Full-time and Adjunct Art Faculty. You are welcome to bring your students, or if you would like to schedule a time with John Spriggins the gallery director please contact him using the information provided below. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

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John Spriggins, BFA, MA
Gallery Coordinator
Richland College
12800 Abrams RD
Dallas, TX 75243

Jake Allee Workshop – June 20th

Richland is proud to announce that Jake Allee will be giving a workshop at Richland College this Thursday, June 20th, from 10am-4pm.  The first part of the day will be focused on brushwork techniques on paper.  Students are invited to participate by bringing their own bamboo or watercolor brushes and 300lb cold-press watercolor paper.  Richland will provide some watercolor paper to Richland students while supplies last.  In the afternoon Jake will demonstrate some of his building techniques in clay.

Jake is currently teaching at Coloratdo Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.  He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad including locations such as Spain, Croatia, and Australia.  You can review Jake’s diverse works in clay and on paper at

For questions and information contact Jen Rose at 972-761-6837

Annual Richland Student Exhibition

Annual Richland Student Exhibition
April 11- May 3, 2013
Reception: Thursday April 11, 12-2pm
Juror: Jeff Zilm
Brazos Gallery

Cash prizes for 1st – 3rd place and Director’s Choice Award

About Jeff Zilm:

Jeff Zilm attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a BA in art history, and Southern Methodist University, where he earned his MFA. Zilm’s work has been exhibited throughout Texas and New York since 1996. His most recent solo and two-person exhibitions include, The Book I Read was in yr Eyes The Meth I Smoked was in yr Purse at Preteen Gallery, Mexico City; Cheats at the Compact Gallery in San Luis Obispo; An Introduction to Temporal Cloaking at the Oliver Francis Gallery; Gaffes and Informations at Ft. Worth Contemporary; 7023629730 at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, TX; and A Social Acid (leaked) at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, TX. Zilm has served as artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX and was the 2002 Dallas Museum of Art Otis and Velma Dozier Grant recipient.


Annual Digital Media Showcase

The Multimedia Learning Center and the Office of Student Life are sponsoring several notable speakers this April. Times for the talks are listed below along with several other events of interest.

Jeremy Strick
Director, Nasher Art Museum
Topic: “Contemporary Artists”
April 8, 2013 at 10:00 in SH118


Marni Shindelman
Independent Artist focusing on site specific art and experimental new media
Wednesday April 17th at 6:30 PM in SH118
TBA: reviewing student work, Thunderduck Hall, T246


Peter Doroshenko
Director, Dallas Contemporary
Topic: “That’s Just Wrong! What you need to know to be an artist.”
Thursday April 18th at 10:00AM in Sabine Hall, SH118


Squirrel Eiserloh
Game Designer / Programmer
SMU Guildhall Faculty
Friday, April 18th at 1:00 in Sabine Hall, SH118
Topic: “Principles of Game Design”



Nick Pappas
Game Environment Artist
Friday, April 19th at 2:30 in Sabine Hall, SH 118

Topic: “Normal Mapping!”

Also on view:

RCHS Capstone Presentations
April 17th and 18th between 4:00 and 7:00 PM in El Paso Hall, near the cafeteria


Special Exhibition of

100×100=900 (100 video artists to tell a century)
Video Art from an International Selection of Artists.
Work will be shown April 17-19 outside T246 and other locations.


Hybrid World, Hybrid Culture
Multimedia / Game Student Art Exhibition

Lago Vista Gallery
Reception, April 17th at Noon, Lavaca Hall
Exhibtion continues: April 4 – May 2


Game Project Development Student Team Presentations
Friday Afternoon, April 19

Sabine SH118 (Before and after guest lectures)

Other Times: TBA

more information can also be found on the Richland’s Multimedia webpage