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Ceramics Department participates in Empty Bowls

Richland’s Ceramics department is participating in “Empty Bowls.” The  nationwide charity and benefit movement’s Dallas Chapter is sponsored by the North Texas Foodbank.



Friday, March 9, 2012, 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Dallas, TX 75201

“Empty Bowls began as a small fundraising project that has now grown into a worldwide fundraising event. In 1990, a group of Michigan high school students, along with their art teacher, began actively searching for a unique way to help end hunger. After many ideas, they settled on a fundraiser where people of all kinds would be able to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread served in a decorative ceramic bowl. Guests of the event were asked to keep the bowl as a reminder of those who suffer from hunger. Empty Bowls events are now held all over the world and have raised millions of dollars toward the fight against hunger.

Empty_Bowls_2007_074.jpg.380x380_q85“Empty Bowls is unique in that it does not have headquarters, directors, or guidelines. Each city’s event is a unique experience unmatched by any other. The Dallas chapter of Empty Bowls was started up by John Williams, potter and former owner of Trinity Ceramic Supply Inc., and his wife Darlene Williams. Thanks to the hard work of John, Darlene, and everyone involved, Empty Bowls has grown into a successful event in the heart of Dallas. Dallas’ Empty Bowls has benefitted countless North Texans in need, providing 2.5 million meals over the last twelve years!”

For more information on Richland College’s participation, please contact Jen Rose: jrr8430@dcccd.edu

for more information on Empty Bowls in Dallas: http://www.ntfb.org/d_empty_bowls_info.cfm

to purchase tickets to the event: http://www.ntfb.org/d_empty_bowls_info.cfm


Benjamin Terry  and Giovanni Valderas

January 11-March 29, 2012


Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
artist reception: Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4-7 PM

Richland College presents Fragment, new art installations by artists Benjamin Terry and Giovanni Valderas. Expanding their unique styles of painting and figure/ground abstraction the artists embrace the challenge of working on two curved walls in the Lago Vista Gallery. Both artists currently explore notions of loss and erasure through layering, providing persistent figurative content as a platform for conceptual and formal inquiry. The exhibition will run from January 11th through March 29th, 2012 with an artists reception on Thursday, February 9th from 4-7 PM.

giovanni-full3 Valderas focuses on personal relationships and situations to generate his imagery. After rendering  the figures Valderas builds up heavily textured areas with paper and collage techniques, eradicating detail while enhancing focus on the fragmented content. Similarly, Terry draws a series of self-portraits, carefully obliterated and cautiously revealed to present a disrupted narrative. At once densely layered yet achromatically subtle, the works reveal only fragments of face, garment, and intent. Benjamin Terry and Giovanni Valderas are both completing their MFA in Painting at University of North Texas, Denton.

Fragment and all related events are free and open to the public. The Lago Vista Gallery, located in the Library at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 9AM-9 PM Monday through Thursday, 9AM-4PM Friday and Saturday 12-4PM.


www.benjaminjamesterry.com  _ BenjaminTerry_statement-resume2011

www.giovannivalderas.com   _  GiovanniValderas_resume-statement2011


Art and Seek


Reconstructing Perspective


Chaddy Dean Smith and Andrew Douglas Underwood
September 8- 24, 2011

Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
opening reception: Thursday, September 8 from 4-7 PM


Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents Reconstructing Perspective, featuring the multi-perspective landscapes of  Chaddy Dean Smith and the research-inspired displays of Andrew Douglas Underwood. The exhibit re-evaluates optical and historical objectivity as inevitably subjective, offering geographic sites as the source of inquiry. The exhibition will open September 8 and run through September 24th, 2011 with an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, September 8th from 4-7 PM. The exhibition will be open from 2-4 PM on Saturday the 24th of September for the DADA Fall Gallery Walk.

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featuring Nathan Green, Jeff Mueller, Thor Johnson, Monica Vidal

March 10-27, 2011
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 10, 4-7 PM


 Richland College’s Brazos Gallery hosts “Construct,” featuring Nathan Green, Thor Johnson, Jeff Mueller and Monica Vidal. The exhibition contains undulating video patterning, meticulously crafted narratives, and spatial/perceptual inquiries. The vibrant and multi-faceted art works challenge and captivate viewers while avoiding prescribed methodologies. The exhibition will take place from March 10 through 27, 2011 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 10 from 4-7 PM.

The works in the exhibition offer a complex assortment of experiences united by a perceptual bombast. Each artist creates from individualized methodologies –appropriated graffiti, digital mandalas, personal mythology, and spatial inquiry— offering contemporary diversity charged with visual dynamism.

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About his choices for the exhibition, curator Ryder Richards says, “The ability to attribute rational constructs upon art simultaneously sabotages and enlightens the viewing experience. It seems to be what we do: ask questions of the work we find compelling. For this exhibit the artist’s pieces offer stories of individual construction and process, but in the end can no longer be contained by rational answers as the works form an individual experience.”

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D Magazine: How Community Colleges are changing the Dallas Art Scene

The schools may be small, but they’re taking risks and creating galleries for alternative art and artist interaction.

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If you had walked into Richland College’s Brazos Gallery on the evening of September 3, 2010, you would not have seen a single painting on a wall, sculpture on a pedestal, or print in a frame. Instead, you would have seen a strange, machine-like object in the center of the room, flashing lights and laser projections. The piece, Personal Victories, by artist Richie Budd, wasn’t exactly something you would find in the galleries in the Design District. It was a multimedia experience, the kind of art spectacle that you imagine confronting in a gallery in London’s Tate Modern or at a special installation at Mass MoMA. But was it art? It felt more like a performance than object.

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Alvaro Perez: “Gun. Fly. Plane. Brain.”

Gun. Fly. Plane. Brain.

Alvaro Perez

Brazos Gallery: Sept. 29- Oct. 21
Artist Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-7 PM

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Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents Fort Worth artist Alvaro Perez’s new sculptural works in Gun. Fly. Plane. Brain. Machined from aluminum or acrylic, the works take the form of small interchangeable discs arranged as diagrammatic directions portraying iconic symbols such as planes, bullets, or birds. Acting as both narrative structures and linguistic, conceptual traps, the works question our current sociological climate and the folly of simplification in the face of increasing turmoil and complexity. The exhibit will run from September 29th through October 21st, 2011 with an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, September 29th from 4-7 PM.

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Ergonomics of Futility

As part of Richland College’s visiting artist program Ian F. Thomas will give a demonstrative workshop involving ‘image transfer on plaster.’
Thursday, Nov 18th, 2010 in Room F175 (ceramics area).

While in Dallas Ian and cohort Shreepad Joglekar will have a performance exhibition in Oak Cliff… see below:

ergonomics1-web“The Ergonomics of Futility”
An Installation/ Performance by Sheepad Joglekar and Ian F. Thomas.
Saturday, Nov 20th, 7-10 PM
Location: 411 N. Tyler, Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX
(close to the MFA Gallery)

Sheepad and Ian’s work explores the inefficiencies found in complacency, inflation, futility and politics. The Ergonomics of Futility will utilize and demonstrate, through performance and installation, the inevitable, redundant conflicts between idealism and the real. It is expected to present complex critiques of socio-economic hierarchies that are entangled in everyday life. Employing diverse methods, this one-night-only happening will shine a light on issues that impact all of us.

BREAKDOWN: Ian and Shreepad will come to Dallas from Pennsylvania and Victoria, TX (respectively) on Wed the 17th. Ian will do a workshop at Richland College on Thursday the 18th for the Richaland College Clay Club. “Ergonomics and Futility” will be opening Saturday,  Nov 20th in Dallas.


07-thomas_ianIan F Thomas is formally trained with an MFA  in Ceramics from Texas Tech University and currently teaches for Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Shreepad Joglekar has an MFA in Photography from Texas Tech University and is an instructor for The Victoria College in Victoria, TX. Meeting in school they developed their original collaborations utilizing hybrid methodologies including sculpture,  drawing and performance to realize their ideas. In Dallas the duo will create a performance based installation focused on economic futility… mostly contradictions involving work and money. Of the diverse methods mentioned, the artist will most likely employ students, volunteers, or day laborers to create then destroy objects and money conflicting the time/cost paradigm. The event should include several local participants who will repeatedly perform futile actions related to commerce and manual labor.

_________ REVIEW of the show: Dallas Arts Revue _______________

_________ REVIEW of the Show: Ryder Richards _________________

“Response” by Culture Laboratory

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“RESPONSE” by Culture Laboratory in collaboration with Ben Lewis
Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
February 03 – March 03, 2011

Closing Reception, March 03, 2011

Ben Lewis, of “Art Safari,” London, has offered a statement to the members of Culture Laboratory Collective: Nowadays we must distinguish between the deeply superficial and the superficially superficial. In “Response” the artists have each taken a word from the statement and developed art, interpreting and elaborating on their piece of the sentence. Richland College’s Brazos Gallery hosts the exhibition from February 3 through March 3, 2011. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 4-7 PM.

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Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis is an award winning film maker, writer and director. His BBC series, “Art Safari”, offers witty investigations and interviews with contemporary artists and dealers which provide a glimpse into the complex, and baffling, world of contemporary art. In “Response” Lewis offers a paradoxical statement, embraced and dissected by a group of twelve contemporary artists.

The exhibition pinpoints the individuality of the participating artists and their localized attempts to remain part of the larger group discussion, while inversely opening the artist community to influence from an outside source.  The exhibit allows multiple interpretations and relational aesthetics, favoring the complexity of individuation and community vitality over homogenization.

Culture Laboratory Collective comprises a diverse group of 12 American artists working loosely around the question of social cohesion within the context of aesthetic fragmentation. The members, scattered across the nation, have developed an online community, exchanging ideas as an ongoing investigation in media interchangeability and communal dissonance.


To be held in the Brazos Gallery at Richland College, Dallas. Closing reception and all related events will be free and open to the public.
was curated and coordinated by Ryder Richards.

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Culture Laboratory members:: Sarah Haven, Piotr Chizinski, Loren Erdrich, JD Durham, Brian Jobe, Shreepad Joglekar, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische, Kale Roberts, Ian F. Thomas, Dryden Wells & Jonathan Whitfill
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Glasstire_ Spring Preview 2011 :: recommended exhibits in Dallas

TTU alumni_ blog post

D Magazine_ article by Peter Simek

Press Release:: Response by Culture Laboratory and Ben Lewis

2010 DADA Scholarship exhibition

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Edith Baker Art Scholarship Exhibition
Sep 4- Oct 3, 2010 … presented by Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA)

Shadows (3)Richland College has submitted works by Zachariah Montoya and Robert David Reedy for inclusion in the exhibition and the opportunity to win a $4,000 scholarship from DADA.

 Opening Reception:
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free
Opening reception for Edith Baker Art Scholarship Juried Exhibition with Dallas County Community College District.
Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Boulevard in Irving.

The DADA Scholarship Committee juried the 14 finalists chosen by visual art faculty members of the Dallas County Community College District. The winner receives $4,000, a mentorship and an internship with a DADA member of his or her choice.

Below… photos by Zach Montoya and prints by Robert Reedy.

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About Robert David Reedy:

My art is an amalgamation.  I feel that my work is best described as an exploration of materials and mediums.  I am driven by a variety of influences and techniques in which one explorative experiment leads me towards new concepts of direction within my work.  I maintain a strong process oriented studio practice where in all mediums from oils, ceramics, printmaking, and multimedia tend to inform one another; deriving a synthesis of technique.

I am currently working with digital imaging and silkscreen processes to complete multiple series that investigate past and future archetypes, myth, and pop-culture belief structures. Video has also become important to my creative process. I am becoming highly entranced by the idea of experiential art forms where in the art itself is not tangible and can only be experienced.  Video is allowing me to shape and mold these fleeting moments of experience into an editable expression of time and space.  Within these contexts I am playing with ideas concerning altered views of reality where in meaning is derived through transitions of perception.  My current video work depicts internalized conflicts as well as project based documentations.

Over the last six months I have been experimenting with sound art.  I have joined forces with a few artist peers and have formed a sound art group called Binary Sound Machine.  We have performed our improvisational soundscapes at multiple venues including: the Balcony Club, the Winedale Tavern, Mighty Fine Arts, and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary.  Binary Sound Machine has also recently been awarded the Meet the Composer grant in which the funding will be utilized for public outreach workshops that demonstrate creative processes utilizing currently available technology.  A performance by Binary Sound Machine will conclude these scheduled event workshops and is to be held  and sponsored by the McKinney Avenue Contemporary on October 22nd and 23rd.  My work with Binary Sound Machine has in turn led me to form a smaller collaboration of new media artists called Orchestra Out Of Tune in which sound, video, and scripted performance are utilized.  Orchestra Out Of Tune will be performing in their first public performance at the Logo Vista Gallery at Richland College on August 25th.

I am currently an enrolled student at both Richland College and the University of Texas at Dallas.  I have received an Associates of Arts degree from Richland College where I am an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and a contributing member of the Art Club.  I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas where I anticipate graduation within the class of 2012.  A Masters of Fine Arts Degree is certainly in my future plans though I wish to work within a commercial design career path before attaining my MFA.  I am interested in the shifting tides of marketing as it drifts exponentially towards digital media and further away from television, radio, and print.  I feel that I am situated within a unique point in this digital revolution and desire to make contributions towards its fruition.

About Zachariah Montoya:

I, Zachariah Montoya am a photographer, a poet, a drawer, a painter, a calligrapher, and a tattooist. In other words, I am an artist. I am both an amateur and a professional, I pursue the arts with passion and when I can, I make my living doing so. Originally from El Paso, TX I had the fortune of being raised in a multicultural world thus gaining more than one perspective about everything, including art. What it is, what it means, how it can be interpreted and how to use it as a tool to express myself.

Influenced and inspired by a myriad of artists from Michelangelo and Van Eyck to Patrick DeMarchelier and Art Wolfe. I quite rapidly evolved into an artist of many disciplines, using the various techniques and styles I love to help spur me into my own world of art and creativity.

At the age of 19 I moved to Canada briefly and joined a small circle of artists who called themselves The Loop Society, and began to experience another culture and perspective, which opened my eyes yet again to the power of art. Now seeing that art is a breaker of barriers and understanding that it knows no limitations, I pursued travel with the intention of sharing life and art with anyone and everyone.

Continually traveling I soaked in all that I could from the artists around me, from graffiti artists to sidewalk chalk artists. Spending time in Albany, NY, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Seattle, WA, San Diego, CA, Kansas City, MO, Tampa, FL and now Dallas, TX. I have allowed the beauty of the world to awe me time and time again, and desire to share that with others. In my quest to share I have been blessed to show my art and photography in numerous galleries throughout The United States and Canada. I have had my works published in 5 books and a number of newspapers.

My other real passion in life is helping children. One of the great desires in my heart is to attain funds through my art in order to aid orphanages and medical clinics in Third World countries and would like to run a local free studio that children can come to and express themselves creatively. I have volunteered with several ministries in Juarez, Chih, Mexico that did relief work and look forward to doing so again.


:::: Press Release from DADA ::::

Presents Edith Baker Art Scholarship Exhibition

Featuring Visual Art Students of DCCCD

Sept. 24, 2010 at Irving Arts Center

The Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) 25th anniversary festivities begin with a reception for the winner of DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund on Friday, September 24, 6–8 p.m., at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard. The DADA Scholarship Committee juried the seven finalists chosen by visual art faculty members of the Dallas County Community College District. The winner, who will be announced that evening, will receive $4,000, a mentorship, and an internship with a DADA member of his or her choice. The reception is free. The exhibition runs Sept. 4-Oct. 3, 2010. Call 214-914-1099 for more information, or visit http://www.dallasartdealers.org/artscholarship.php.

The finalists are Francisco Alvarado and Brain Hauser of Brookhaven, Suzan Hawkins and Mary Thomas of Cedar Valley, Thien Ho and Antony Sarelli of Eastfield, Gonzalo Trujillo and Caitlin Ramsey of Mountain View, Christopher Gonzalez and Pavlina Panova of North Lake, Zachariah Montoya and Robert David Reedy of Richland, and Raymond Butler and Janet Aguire of El Centro.


In celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2005, the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) created the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, honoring the respected owner and director of The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas. One of DADA’s founding members, Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. The Edith Baker Art Scholarship benefits a student pursuing study of the visual arts through a cash award and career development activities such as a gallery show, a mentorship, and an internship. Proceeds from individual donations, annual DADA events, and collection jars at each DADA member location support the Edith Baker Art Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit www.dallasartdealers.org or e-mail info@dallasartdealers.org for more information.


The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center’s 10-acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, features two fully equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden. The Arts Center – a department of the City of Irving – was designed to accommodate a wide range of cultural and civic needs. Visit http://www.irvingartscenter.com for more information.

“Trajectory” by Ryder Richards, Dallas

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1608 Main St. Dallas, TX 75201
WHEN: Aug 7- 24, 2010.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 7, 6-9 p.m.

“Trajectory” is presented by Ro2 Art at ThirdSpace, benefiting Dallas Public Arts Project. Ryder Richards’ new drawings, installations, and sculptures are derived from the ballistic trajectory of a .243 Winchester rifle. The works explore the physical and metaphorical quandary of a trajectory as a quantified destiny, attempting to alter the predetermined path. The works will be on view August 7th through the 28th, 2010. Please join us for the opening receptions Saturday, August 7, 6-9 p.m.

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