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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.

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)

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.