Author Archives: John Spriggins

Work in Progress: Juan Cruz Installation in Fannin Hall

Juan Cruz is a budding young artist studying at Richland College. His installation  Work in Progress is a testament to his creativity, skill, and hard work at developing himself into a professional artist. Stop by and view his work in Fannin Hall Gallery East.

Masters’ Class: Annual Faculty Art Exhibition

Brazos Gallery and HFPA would like to invite you to view the Annual Faculty Art Exhibition beginning Nov 4 at 10am. The exhibition will be open from 10a -4pm M-F from Wednesday Nov 4 – Tuesday Nov 24. Please stop by and bring your students for a reception Tuesday Nov 10th 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.

Fiber Visions: works by Dallas Area Fiber Artists

Brazos Gallery and Humanities Fine & Performing Arts  are proud to present Fiber Visions: works by DAFA, Dallas Area Fiber Artists. Make sure you stop by to view this wonderful group exhibition of colorful and innovative works. Also, mark your calendar for the reception Thursday October 15th in Brazos Gallery from 12-1pm. There will be a talk given by Professor Brenda McKinney.

There will be an additional reception Thursday Oct 15th at 6pm for the public.


Opening: Oct 1
Daytime Reception: Oct 15th, 12-1pmEvening Reception: Oct 15th, 12-1pm
Gallery Talk: Brenda McKinney
Closing Date: Oct 31st

DAFA website:

Questions, contact:
John Spriggins

SEVEN: DCCCD Public Art Installation at Dallas City Hall


Seven is an exhibition conceived of by Michael Giovanni Valderas and John Spriggins. Our vision for this exhibition is to create a site-specific temporary art exhibition/installation that showcases the excellence of visual arts education provided by all seven colleges of the DCCCD. We envisioned faculty and students working together teaching and learning. As a partner in this project, the City of Dallas has agreed to allow us to use City Hall as the exhibition space.

The mission of this exhibition is twofold:
•    Educate students about public art and career opportunities associated with creating art for public spaces.
•    Develop a relationship with the City of Dallas for future exhibitions.

It was our belief that the City Hall building with its classic Brutalism architecture would be perfect for ambitious collaborative artworks. Utilizing the buildings vast spaces and creating dynamic works of art would bring a sense of excitement and electricity to the citizens of Dallas. We imagined this as an exceptional opportunity for faculty to collaborate, mentor, and educate students about the role of art in public spaces.


Brookhaven College: Constructed Nature

This installation grows along the wall and onto floor, with “wild flowers” growing out of the wood structures. These wild flowers are created out of 3D printed PLA plastic and rusted welding wire. We see the installation as referencing local flora such as vines, ivy, and wild flowers and bring textures and forms similar to the ones seen in nature. By utilizing wood, wire, plastic and moss, we have created an organic installation alluding to growth, and the reverse invasion of nature into a concrete space. The OSB plywood, masonite, welding wire and PLA plastic are left exposed and in a raw state in order to stay true to the nature of each material.

Cedar Valley College: Biolithe

Our submission to the exhibition titled Biolithe is a celebration of Texas flora and fauna.  It is the natural progression from a mural project envisioned by Epstein on the subject of sustainability that will be a permanent legacy at Cedar Valley College.  The mural is a learning lab involving 60-70 students on a subject that is an educational focus for the DCCCD.

The monolithic form of Biolithe references the dynamic architecture and inventiveness of the Dallas skyline seen through the window of the flagroom site which was selected to serve as a frame for the piece.  We see the view as part of the artistic statement.  The work is intended to showcase the plant and wildlife of our region and champion its preservation within the context of city life.

Eastfield College: Fourside/People Project

Four Sides is an installation comprised of human-scale wooden structures, each one supporting a cube the four sides of which are painted with acrylic. Each structure represents a different cultural group in Dallas with a portrait on one side of the cube, a textile pattern on one side, painted text on one side, and a scene on one side. Overall, the effect is that of a group of abstract, geometric figures standing in a public space. Spacing between structures is varied, just as space between strangers passing through the plaza or the foyer of City Hall varies. Though they stand apart as individuals, their formal similarity unites them in a community. Visitors are invited to walk between and around the structures to meet some of the many wonderful people and lifestyles of our region in Texas.

El Centro College: Downtown Botanical

This installation focuses on the unique qualities of the El Centro College campus through fashion and costume design, envisioned as the various stages of a plant’s life. A large cascading fabric curtain hangs down in the main vault at City Hall, referencing both clothing style and foliage, with accompanying finished costumes displayed formally alongside. At the reception during Dallas Arts Week, student models will give a runway show wearing the costumes from the installation. The student models from El Centro include Israel Baasha, Raymond Butler, Alah-Te’ Ix-Chel, Raul Rodriguez, Allie Ross, Heather Shaulis, Von Storey, and Vincent Williams.

Mountain View College: The Sentimental Offerings of Trade and Commerce

Touching on ideas of etiquette and femininity, Erin Stafford’s studio practice investigates the bygone era of social graces and ritualistic propriety, while also engaging the viewer with ideas of fantasy, desires and delight. With the assistance of former student Marianna Eubank, this site-specific sculpture entitled The Sentimental Offerings of Trade and Commerce was initially inspired by the long standing history of sail and trade of South East Asia where wooden rowboats are used to transport exotic goods throughout the Indochinese rivers. This historical tradition flourished until Western methods of transportation took over with more modern, perfunctory technology. The rowboat has evolved into a leisurely activity that relates to an emotional and intimate experience while touching upon themes of Romanticism and therefore the sublime. The application of the flowers in this sculpture has broad symbolic meaning: this symbol can refer to personal gestures of love or admiration, vanitas, ideas of domesticity, consumerism and memento mori. The abundant display of flora along with the rowboat infuses layered meaning onto this already loaded symbol for the human condition. The flowers physically weigh down the rowboat as if it were on the brink of submersion, allowing our notions of sentiment to sway on the cusp of our desires.

North Lake College: NEXT

City Hall serves all of the people of Dallas.

We created an installation that will represent the many genders, ages, ethnicities, income levels, and races that make up Dallas and use the City Hall. Our installation represents the diversity of Dallas and the diversity of people who visit City Hall.

The variety of shoes lets the viewer try to imagine the persons represented.  The line represents the “great equalizer”, everyone is equal, waiting in line. We chose to use concrete to fill the shoes for its visual and implied weight. Sometimes waiting in line, the line never seems to move.

Richland College: Bees

The bee population has declined in the United States over the past five decades due to environmental and ecological factors.  If the decline continues it may permanently damage our food supply because fruit and vegetable plants will not be pollinated. To bring attention to this alarming situation we created a visual interpretation of the bee decline statistics.  It is our hope that a visual representation of the statistics will have a greater impact that numbers alone.  Bees need flowers as a food source and without them they are unable to produce honey to nurture their young.  We have provided “wildflower seed bombs”, made from natural clay, compost, and wildflower seeds.  We encourage the viewers to take one and deposit in in a place where the wildflowers can flourish.  This activity engages the viewer with the installation in a positive manner and the viewer becomes a performer of the installation by extension, and an advocate of the bee population.

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.