Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ryder Jon Piotrs: Texas Biennial 2011

The RJP Nomadic Gallery (co-founded by Richland College gallery coordinator Ryder Richards) will be a participating organization with the Texas Biennial 2011
Austin, TX

Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents Unpacking Access
Friday, April 15__ performances to begin at 7 PM and 9 PM
Austin, Texas

(for more information please visit the Ryder Jon Piotrs website)

5-ryder-jon-piotrs_marfaFormed in 2007, the roving project RJP Nomadic Gallery has both exhibited at numerous venues and served as a venue for curated exhibitions. Unpacking Access is a performance investigating the possibility of decentralizing more traditional art distribution systems. Nomadic Gallery founders and artists Ryder Richards (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Whitfill (Lubbock, TX) and Piotr Chizinski (Ithaca, NY) use a rented 40’ Ryder moving truck to transport a ‘gallery kit’ which enables them to transform the vehicle into a functioning art venue. The work seeks to import open source media concepts and values to the notion of ‘the art exhibition’, modeling alternative forms of community access, engagement and collaborative ingenuity.

During opening performances the artists park the truck, unpack and install the gallery kit. Works by the artists related to information systems will be on display. Closing performances return the arts venue to its original function, as the artists pack up the truck and drive away. Performances are filmed and broadcast online as a further gesture toward transparency and accessibility — a gesture that is intended to acknowledge its limits, as the notion of the Internet itself as truly public and accessible space is only that, a notion.

~ Virginia Rutledge, Curator of TX B 2011

Ryder Richards: Pow[d]er

3-disruption-ii-void_gunpowder-and-graphtie-on-paper_30x22-inRyder Richards: Pow[d]er
Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College- SE
2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington, TX

March 24- April 23, 2011
Opening reception: March 24, 4-6:30 PM

“Pow[d]er” explores power structures as systems of reproductive ideology and seduction. Richards, artist and gallery director at Richland College, Dallas, offers new gunpowder drawings and large sculptures drawing associations between weaponry and beauty.

The work is an investigation into the power of the subliminal ideas or ‘temes’ within society, featuring an architectural installation pulsing with activity and sound along with several new, intricate drawings, made by igniting gunpowder on paper. The imagery offers organic patterns disguising and disrupting rifles set to impregnate the space –or the mind. (insert sinister laughter here)

(Art Corridor II is located on the second floor of the C-wing of campus. )

Video of the installation piece “Power: The Combine”

DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship

TransparenciesI_KarlaHernadezRichland College Art program has submitted three artists as finalists for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship presented by DADA (Dallas Art Dealers Association).

Karla Hernandez
Samantha Mitchell
Rachel Schwarz

The scholarship encompasses the 7 DCCCD campuses, allowing 21 students a chance for the $2,500 scholarship given to one promising student. DADA coordinates the event that culminates in an art exhibition September 2011 at the McKinney Art Center in Dallas.

We are very proud of our art program and the students that make it great. This is one of several scholarship opportunities that we embrace in an effort to aid our students on their path of success.

See more about our incredible students below…