Author Archives: John Spriggins

A Closer Look: Parking Lot Abstracts and Artifacts by Larry Petterborg

Brazos Gallery and the Richland College Photography Department are proud to present A Closer Look: Parking Lot Abstracts and Artifacts by Larry Petterborg. Larry is a student at Richland and is under the guidance of Professor Wayne Loucas. This is an unique show in that it is a solo exhibition granted to a student currently enrolled at Richland College. The exhibition contains over 30 large format digital prints of Larry’s work on the subject matter of parking lots. Professor Loucas recognized Larry’s strong composition and design around the banal and mundane subject matter of parking lots. Larry has managed to elevate his subject to striking abstract compositions of shapes, forms, colors and textures.

The exhibition will be on view at Brazos Gallery on Richland College’s main campus 12800 Abrams Rd in Crockett Hall C140 beginning Monday May 1st through Friday May 19th. There will be a reception Wednesday May 10th from 6-8p. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 9a – 4p or by appointment. Contact gallery director John Spriggins at 972-238-6339 or by email at


A CLOSER LOOK: Parking Lot Abstracts and Artifacts

Larry Petterborg

Following retirement from Texas Woman’s University, where I taught Human Gross Anatomy in the School of Physical Therapy, I have had more time to devote to the pursuit of photography. The current exhibition is the result of a project that began in an independent studies class at Richland College. The principle aim of the project is to explore the often-overlooked visual delights of common spaces and what is more common in our car culture than parking lots? These utilitarian places where we leave our vehicles while engaged in other activities, contain unlimited opportunities for seeing the small and interesting. We hurry through them hardly bothering to notice the myriad shapes, textures, and colors that are readily apparent, if only we would take a moment and look more closely. The camera allows me to focus on and isolate small patches of an otherwise boring parking lot and turn them into exciting visual treats. Next time you are in a parking lot, slow down and look around. What fun things might you see?

Master’s Class: Annual Faculty Exhibition


Brazos Gallery and HFPA would like to invite you to view the Annual Faculty Art Exhibition beginning Nov 16th at 10am. The exhibition will be open from 10a -4pm M-F from Wednesday Nov 16 – Friday Jan 6. Please stop by and bring your students for a reception Wednesday Dec 7th from 12-1pm. This is an exciting and dynamic show, so do not miss it!!!

For question about the show, please contact the Gallery Director, John Spriggins at or 972-238-6339.

FOTOTEXAS: Texas Photographic Society Juried Exhibition


Rales Chapel, Digital Print, Thelma Pilley, Lubbock, TX

HFPA and Brazos Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition FOTOTEXAS: People, Places, and Culture, a juried exhibition of photography from the Texas Photographic Society. The exhibition opens today and will be on exhibit in Brazos gallery through Nov 11th 2016. There will be a reception Friday Oct 21 from 7-9pm in Brazos Gallery. The guest juror Dan Burkholder will be attending the reception and talking about the work along with officials from the Texas Photographic Society. Please join us Friday evening. Students are welcome as always, refreshments will be provided.

In You We Trust

Brazos Gallery and HFPA present the opening of the exhibition In you We Trust by artist and art faculty Jen Rose and Marian Lefeld. The exhibition opens Monday September 26th and will be open to the public through October 17th. There will be a reception Friday September 30th from 10a-12p,
Gallery Hours M-F 10a-4pm

Schedule of Events

In You We Trust Exhibition September 26-October 16
Opening reception: Friday, September 30 10am-12:30pm  – Speaker at 11:30

Evening Reception: Friday, September 30 6-8pm
Survivor Lecture: Friday, September 30 11:00am-12:00pm
Traffic911 lecture: Wednesday, October 5 12:pm-1pm

About the Exhibition

In You We Trust is a collaboration between artists Jen Rose and Marian Lefeld in an effort to bring awareness to the epidemic of sex trafficking of children in the United States. The sex trade is the world’s fastest growing illegal industry today, gaining ground and surpassing that of illegal drugs.  Studies cited by law enforcement and advocacy groups conservatively estimate that 100,000 children are enslaved in the sex trade in the United States.  Many of these children are homeless or runaways.

The Dallas Independent School District reports that six thousand of its students are homeless, and studies from the National District Attorneys Association estimate that one out of every three children will be approached by a pimp within 48 hours of being on the street. Staggeringly, this means that two-thousand children are potentially sold each year in Dallas County alone. The two-thousand coins created for this exhibition represent the practice of using children as currency, each coin symbolizes a child.

In You We Trust gives a visual form to the statistics. The word “You” is a call for action. We aim to create an installation that will bring attention to this social issue and open pathways for discussion and awareness to a wider public.

Be aware. If you see something suspicious, say something!

Human Trafficking 24-hr Hotline: 1-888-373-7888


If you are interested in purchasing a coin, you may do so at to help us raise money for shipping expenses and supply costs.  Purchased coins can be picked up here or we will ship them to your home.



Brazos Gallery and HFPA present the opening of the exhibition INTENSITY by artist Du Chau. The exhibition opens Monday August 22nd and will be open to the public through September 16th. There will be a reception Wednesday September 7th from 12-1pm,
Gallery Hours M-F 10a-4pm

Du Chau was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1981.Having pursued a medical career in pathology, he took a sabbatical to pursue a BFA and MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He lives and works in Dallas, Texas. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States including San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Amarillo Museum of Arts. Du Chau’s works are in the collections of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, the Dallas County Community College District Service Center, Mountain View College and Brookhaven College.

Artist Statement

Porcelain is the foundation of my work, combined with wire elements to create a quiet and contemplative charged space. My current artworks evoke childhood memories and repetitive daily activities involving knowledge and contemplation. I commit to the same activity to visualize different parts of myself. I am passionate about duplicating forms using mold making and slip casting technique. This process reveals my fascination with clay replication with subtle variations. Constant permutation is the core of my creative process.

Juried: Student Art Exhibition

juriedHPFA and Brazos Gallery present the opening of the annual Juried: Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition opens Monday April 4th and will be open to the public through April 27th. There will be a reception Wednesday April 6th from 12-1pm, where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced.
Gallery Hours M-F 10a-4pm

Founders’ Foyer Rotating Art Exhibit

Congratulations to Genn Armstrong. Featured email art detail: Genn Armstrong, Richland College, Untitled (self-portrait),
Charcoal/watercolor on paper, 2016


Please join us for the Founders’ Foyer Rotating Art Exhibit reception.

The exhibit features a diverse collection of artwork by students of the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District.

Date: Tuesday April 19, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: DCCCD Headquarters, Founders’ Foyer
1601 South Lamar St. | Dallas, TX 75215

Please RSVP to:
Suzanne Bristol 214-378-1547 or

Light refreshments
Complimentary DCCCD parking in lot at northeast corner of McKee and South Lamar

The Founders’ Foyer and Rotating Art Exhibit are made possible by a generous gift from founding DCCCD Board Vice Chair Mrs. Margaret McDermott.


RACI: The Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation Student Invitational Exhibition

HFPA and Brazos Gallery are proud to present RACI: The Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation Student Invitational Exhibition. The exhibition opens today  March 2nd and will be on display until March 28th. There will be a reception Friday March 4th from 12pm – 1pm in Brazos Gallery. Please tell your students it is free and all are welcome. Thank you to everyone who visits the gallery, your attendance is very much appreciated.

The RACI award was created to recognize students using clay in unusual or inventive ways. Artworks must include a minimum of 20% clay. Functional and sculptural work 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 in the RACI. The selected works will be judged by Mickey Bruce. Mickey Bruce is a functional potter from Forney, TX who works primarily in porcelain with brushed slip and glaze decoration.

Sepia: a legacy in photography


Richland College, in cooperation with the African American Museum at Fair Park in Dallas, TX is proud to present the opening of the exhibition Sepia: A Legacy in Photography opening February 1 2016 in the Brazos Gallery. The exhibition will feature 50 rare photographs from the Sepia Magazine photographic archive. This is the first exhibition of its kind, curated by John Spriggins, gallery director for Richland College. The opening reception will be Monday Feb 1st at 5pm in Brazos Gallery, with a lecture on the history of Sepia Magazine by Dr. Mia L. Anderson, Assistant Prof. of Communications for the University of South Alabama, beginning at 7pm in Sabine Hall 118. The exhibition will be on display for Black History Month, February 1 through February 29. Gallery hours are M-F 10am to 4pm, or by appointment.

New Exhibition: Uncharted Voices: Jenny Hong DeLaughter

Brazos Gallery and HFPA are proud to announce the new exhibition Uncharted Voices paintings by Richland Alum Jenny Hong DeLaughter. The exhibition will be open to the public Dec 14th – Jan 25th in the Brazos Gallery. On display are more that 20 works by Jenny. The colorful, lyrical, meditative paintings give a nod to the likes of De Kooning and Kandinsky.


For more information contact John Spriggins 972-238-6339 or email

Gallery Hours are from 10a – 5p M-F (most days)