Monthly Archives: September 2009

Ian O’Brien: Deadly Habits

UTSA Satellite Space
November 7 – November 23, 2008

Ian O'Brien

Ian O'Brien

“Ian O’Brien’s work focuses around a fictional town entitle Grip River in which he is the sole bureaucrat/figure head. Ian’s narcissistic world is bogged down with an endless array of tasks, red tape, and paperwork, making his work futile in nature. Ian O’Brien records the futility of his work through installation, performance, and viewer participation.” UTSA also offers up a MFA show, Four Walls One Room, by Vicki Stephens.

Viscious Pink: Mary Benedicto


Video of  Mary Benedicto‘s VISCIOUS PINK

Dallas new media artist and sculptor Mary Benedicto’s installation in the storefront project space, St. Angela of the Toucans, strikes irony by way of a neon explosion of color and form. It is a shrine to the Dollar Store, consumer indulgence, and the related promise of a consumer paradise.

Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Sept. 12. Gallery hours are Wed. – Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Centraltrak is located at 800 Exposition Ave., Dallas, 75226. For more information, visit

Art, Science & Sustainable Community Symposium

Art, Science & Sustainable Community Symposium

Thurs, Jan 28th:     LEED Platinum Science Building Dedication
Sat, Jan 30th :        Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium
Sat, Jan 30th :         Regional Juried Exhibition, Water: More or Less

Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium
christaylor landarts-040905_wendover_mwm_136Richland College hosts a discussion on the role of water within the new model of sustainability. The symposium centers on themes of the built environment’s response to preserving ecology, striking a symbiotic equilibrium between human development and nature, and utilization of science towards creative responsibility.

Keynote speaker: Ignacio Bunster: Lead Architect on the Trinity Lakes Park Design, Dallas, Texas

Round Table Discussion 1:
Responding to the World : community produced ideas, science allowing for responsible design
Paul Villinski: artist
Chris Taylor: Landarts, Landscape Architect
Moderator: (TBA)

Round-Table Discussion 2:
Developing a sustainable future: growth through engagement with ecology and the arts
Karla Klay: Artist Boat: Executive director
Sarah Jane Semrad: La Reunion: Co-Founder, Dallas TX
Architect from La Reunion’s Board
Moderator: (TBA)

Symposium Schedule:
1:00 PM    Refreshment and Check-in
1:30 PM     Dance Part I: Shelly Cushman’s “Choking the Earth? Just take off those clothes and join the water in D-Flat “ (15 mins)
1:45 PM    KEYNOTE: Ignacio Bunster (Trinity, water)
2:30 PM     Dance Part I: Shelly Cushman’s “Choking the Earth? Just take off those clothes and join the water in D-Flat “ (10 mins)
2:45 PM    Announcement of Breakout session options, Sabine Tours, Juried art show, student artshow, Larry Kirkland public art piece, etc…
(Refreshments provided during transition.)

3:00 PM
(option to participate in Breakout 1 or Breakout 2)
Responding to the World
Developing a Sustainable Future
3:50 PM    End Breakout sessions – Light Refreshments in Sabine
4:00 PM    Tours of the new LEED Platinum Sabine Building lead by
Will and Perkins Architects (3 to 4 groups)
(Remember to view the student artwork in Lago Vista, Fannin Lobby, and elsewhere.)
4:45 PM    Re-convene as we move to the Brazos Gallery
5:00-7 PM     Opening reception for WATER: More or Less (with Refreshments)
5:30 PM     Juror Talk & Awards Presentation: Paul Villinski, Brazos Gallery

John Frost : A Cell of One’s Own

A Cell of One’s Own: John Frost
Old Jail Art Center
Opens Saturday, Sept. 26
Through January 24. 325-762-2269

John Frost's "Wake"

John Frost's "Wake"

A Cell of One’s Own – John Frost is the fourth in a series of exhibitions featuring a contemporary Texas artist.  Individual artists are invited to create an exhibition of their work within upper galleries of the museum’s historic 1877 old jail building. In this site-specific installation, Frost takes ordinary materials, plywood and tree limbs, and transforms them into recognizable objects and forms. These objects, within the context of the installation, represent observations, contemplations and personal opinions about the current state of the environment, society, and economy.” Don’t miss this show!!

No. 3: What you do after No.2

The Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents “No. 3: What you do after No.2”

Opening Reception: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Waypoint Gallery, Marfa, Texas

Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery

Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery

The Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents No.3: What you do after No. 2, an exhibit of contemporary Texas artists held in conjunction with the Waypoint Gallery. The group show will feature new pieces questioning and commenting on the nature of a nomadic gallery, societal perceptions and personal identity.  The artists work in a range of media including steel, ceramics, installation and painting.  The nomadic gallery event will coincide with the Chinanti Open House weekend, October 9th and 10th, 2008.  Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 10th, 2008. During the opening reception the Thrift Store Cowboys, Tyler T. and Los SOBs will provide music.  This event is free and open to the public.

No.3: What you do after No. 2 will feature work by artists Piotr Chizinski, Mark Collup, B.C. Gilbert, Nathan Green, Anna Krachey, Andrea Moon, Cat Prose, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische, Brian Wheeler, Jeffery Wheeler, Jonathan Whitfill and David Willburn.  With installation work and outdoor pieces by Emily Bales, Shreepad Joglekar, Chad Plunkett, Nola Richards, Charlie Scala, Ian F. Thomas and Christopher Walnoha. Each artist has developed a method of assessing and refining their work that not only confronts, but also speaks of aesthetics and unique presentation. Several of the artists display a tongue in cheek humor while commenting on grave issues that face our world, while others focus their energy on process and engage the complexities of material and mind.
Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is a collaborative art group based celebrating our third year of exhibits by returning to Marfa, the site of our first nomadic exhibition. The gallery is comprised of a 24 foot Ryder moving truck converted into a sophisticated gallery space complete with track lighting. The Waypoint Gallery generously offered space to the RJP Nomadic Gallery for this year’s exhibition. Waypoint Gallery is located at 208 South Summer Street, Marfa, Texas.

For more information please call Ryder at 806.790.5508 or go to
This event is possible thanks to generous support from Ryder Rentals.

“This Would Be a Big To-Do in Georgia,”

Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents

“This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia”

works by Jim Burton and David Willburn
September 9 – October 9_ Artist reception: Thursday, October 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.



Household furnishings have inherent meaning.  Chairs, tables, lamps, and the various collectibles one may choose for interior decoration are often used to announce taste, style, and sensibility, and often at the peril of economy and functionality.  Used objects–thrift store bargains, roadside detritus, and garage sale finds–possess a different kind of meaning, one that is often forgotten.  In the hands of Jim Burton and David Willburn, these discarded objects hold the potential for new narratives, lending themselves to reexamination.  Chairs, tables, lamps, and figurines are altered in both subtle and peculiar ways.  What may have been once discarded is now repurposed, but for all the wrong reasons.  The old, ugly and outdated is made peculiar, their histories and meanings circumvented and repurposed. 

This is Willburn and Burton’s second exhibition together and their first collaboration.  Their sensibilities merge in this show to represent the sad and sentimental, while keeping an air of whimsy.  Their backgrounds and the current themes in their own work lend bits of sentiment that are at times in harmony, while at others being slightly and uncomfortably out of sync, giving This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia a rich cultural significance and wit. 

Jim Burton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Valdosta State University, and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas.  David Willburn received his Bachelor and Master of Arts and from Vermont College.  They both live and work in the north Texas Metroplex.

For additional information contact David Willburn at 972-860-7162 or

Bryce Lafferty: Vicious Candied Dreaming

Through Saturday, September 26
Visual Art League of Lewisville
official website

Lafferty: 3-D watercolor

Lafferty: 3-D watercolor

Bryce Lafferty’s three-dimensional watercolors are a smattering of color and pattern. They sometimes resemble toys, fruit, birds and anatomy. Raising young children has influenced his outlook on art making – he attempts to elevate the childlike experiences of fun, naiveté, day dreaming and discovery to the level of fine art.

Bryce lives in Denton, TX with his wife and two young children. He teaches Watercolor and Drawing at Richland College in Dallas and at the University of North Texas. Having recently graduated in December of 2008, Vicious Candied Dreaming is Bryce’s first solo exhibition since receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree.

Bryce Lafferty exhibits at Craighead Green
Lafferty- To see time fly

Lafferty- To see time fly

Richland Adjunct Art Instructor Bryce Lafferty was selected as an exhibitor in the annual New Texas Talent hosted by Craighead Green Gallery. Mr. Lafferty was one of 43 artists selected out of 370 entrants. Conceived in 1994 by Craighead Green Gallery, New Texas Talent is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market. Through their participation in the show, some artists have been offered representation by galleries and/or have been extended invitations for inclusion in future exhibitions.


Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor

Jerry & Maggie E-Vite

Thursday, October 1
7:00-9:00 PM
Fannin Performance Hall (F-171)
Lecture and Book Signing

Richland College presents a lecture and presentation by photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, husband and wife artists. The event is sponsored by the Richland College Photography Presentation Series, the Office of Student Life, and the Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division.

Jerry Uelsmann received his B.F.A. degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his M.S. and M.F.A. at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960. He became a graduate research professor of art at the university in 1974 and is now retired from teaching. Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow at the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of The Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more that 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past 40 years.

Maggie Taylor graduated from Yale University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in philosophy. In 1987 she received an MFA in photography from the University of Florida. After 10 years of creating vibrant color still-life images with a view camera, Taylor began to work with the computer in 1996. By placing objects directly on the glass top of the scanner, she is able to create a unique type of digital image that has some photographic qualities. Many of the images feature portions of her drawings, as well as found objects and bits of old tintype photographs. Taylor’s still-life photographs and digital images have been exhibited in more that 80 one-person exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in Europe. In 1996 and 2001 she received one-year State of Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowships.

For more information please contact Wayne Loucas: