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Shayne Murphy


Shayne Murphy: Transient Space
Lago Vista Gallery: Aug 29-Oct 5
Reception: Wednesday, Aug 29, 4-6:30 p.m.

Richland College presents Transient Space, new works by Shayne Murphy drawing from narrative memory and fragmented logic systems.  Utilizing multiple styles within each work Murphy fuses figurative realism with linear abstraction to create mysterious spaces within his paintings.  Developed from the distortions in dreams and memory, figures in the work take on a surreal aspect as they navigate the mathematically iconic interiors.  Murphy will be responding to the challenge of the curved walls in the Lago Vista Gallery  as the works transform into an installation, allowing a complex evolution of illusory perspectival space into physical space.

Murphy, born in Houston, is completing his Masters in Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing from the University of North Texas, Denton. His ability to balance strong design with deft rendering has earned him “Best in Show” from UNT’s Student Art Competition and a purchase award from the Beaumont Art League, as well as inclusion to Craig Head Green’s New Texas Talent 2012.


Collapse, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 60″x48″.

Capture the Flag, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 55″x70″.


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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


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Chuck Sheffield: A Quarter Milliion Hours in the Theatre… Give or Take

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A Quarter Million Hours in the Theatre… Give or Take

Chuck Sheffield
September 7-  October 14, 2011

Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
opening reception: Wednesday, September 7 from 12-1 PM

Richland College’s Lago Vista Gallery presents A Quarter Million Hour in the Theatre, featuring the set designs, models, and sculptural works of Chuck Sheffield. The exhibit displays several scale models used as physical tools for understanding design and composition related to the theatre, while also showcasing the breadth of experience culminated in Sheffield’s forty-plus years in the field. The exhibition will open Wednesday, September 7 and run through October 14th, 2011 with an opening reception and artist talk on Wednesday, September 7th from 12-1 PM.

Sheffield recently retired from thirty-seven years in the Theatre department at Richland College. Remaining creatively active, Sheffield has allowed Richland to exhibit his models, as both a documentation of his impact on the college and as singular objects requiring consideration. The pieces, developed by hand in an era of digital manipulation and laser-cutters, offer an alternative for familiarization of design and space, preferring physical manipulation and time as elements of complex synthesis.

A Quater Million Hours in the Theatre… Give or Take 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. For more information please visit our website at www.richlandcollege.edu/gallery or contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at (972) 238-6339 or rrichards@dcccd.edu.

Anima Sola by Tina Medina



Richland College’s Lago Vista Gallery is proud to present “Anima Sola” by Dallas based artist Tina Medina. Medina’s works deliver intimate portraiture concerned with cultural identity and symbolic investigation. The works take to the form of small embroidered images, watercolors, and other materials as Medina explores the boundaries between the kitsch and profound. The exhibition will run from February 23 through March 23, 2011 with a closing reception on Wednesday, March 23rd , 2-3 PM.

The title of the exhibition, “Anima Sola,” translates as Forsaken Soul or Lonely Soul, a primarily catholic symbol referencing a soul in purgatory or stasis. The works in the exhibit reference a border between representation and recognition, offering immersion into Spanish, Catholic, popular culture and Mesoamerican imagery influenced by personal narrative.

3rd-month-1-800Medina says of her work: “Recently I’ve found embroidery to be an interesting process. Satisfyingly tactile, yet slow and tedious to build, embroidery is not traditionally thought of as an art process. Usually this technique is associated with gender roles and kitsch, but I use embroidery as another artist might use a pencil. When I embroider I respond to the thread in the cloth intuitively and follow no patterns.”

“Anima Sola” and all associated events are free and open to the public. The Lago Vista Gallery, located in the Library on the Richland College campus, is open Monday- Thursday from 9 to 9, Friday from 9 to 4 and Saturday from 12 to 4. For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at rrichards@dcccd.edu.  For more information on parking please visit the gallery MAPS.

Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike

“Manifest Destiny” by Ivete Lucas & Otis Ike

dallas_MEXWENDYPRINTSep 13- Oct 6 in the Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Oct 6,12-1 pm in the LAGO VISTA GALLERY (in the Library on the Richland Campus)

VIDEO component of the exhibition will be shown from 11AM to 12PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment.

Richland College is proud to present Manifest Destiny by Austin based artists Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike in the Lago Vista Gallery. Lucas and Ike will show new works focused on the disruption of Mexico and the roles of the Mexican and American peoples. The exhibit will feature several photographs and a video broadcasting a sequence of images juxtaposing drug cartel prisoners, excess, and celebrity. Manifest Destiny will be on display from September 13th through October 6th, 2010. The artists will be present for a gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct 6th from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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Sue Anne Rische

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Sue Anne Rische
Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas

Nov 17-Dec 1, 2010
Opening: Wednesday,  November 17th at Noon

Richland College is proud to present “Preference, Cognition, and Feeling” by Sue Anne Rische. The exhibition will be on view Nov 17- Dec 1, 2010. The opening reception will be in the Lago Vista Gallery (located in the Library) on Wednesday the 17th at 12:00 PM.

Rische holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She has taught at Texas Tech University and is currently a member of the Fine Arts faculty at Collin College. She lives and works in Princeton, Texas.

Rische has attended the Hilmsen 1 Residency Program, Germany, the Vermont Studio Center and Portales Art Council Artist-in-Residence program.

Artist Statement:

With this body of work, I sought to create a space with images that encourage choices, and ask us to toy with the question of “What if?” The material I use is recycled plastic bags, which undeniably ties into the theme of choices and outcomes, though I don’t intend for the interpretation of the work to end there.  My imagery is based off of one of my favorite pastimes: the point and click adventure game.  What turns me on about these games is the puzzle solving, mysteries around each corner, and the choices we make both within them, and in playing them in the first place.

~ Sue Anne Rische, 2010

_ text below written by David Willburn, 2009_

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Sue Anne Rische works with layers of materials and meaning. Collections of religious texts and hand crafted doilies and other lace and crocheted objects are reconstructed and renewed to create visual experiences that are both spiritual and humanist. Deconstructed religious texts and thrift store doilies and table cloths are used to create delicate and powerful soft sculptures and wall mounted objects. Spirals of lines and text, and the inclusion of found and hand-written “fortunes” contribute to her explorations of identity through sacred and secular storytelling. The use of words—The Word—and language give her work its power. The layering of multiple narratives—the forgotten and hidden stories behind the hand-made fabrics and the stories told in the documentation of religious philosophies—create an experience that is private and profound.

Thor Johnson: Thorrific!

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Oct 21 – Nov 25, 2009
Opening Reception: 12-1 pm, Oct 21, 2009
Thor will give a performance at the opening reception.
Lago Vista Gallery (Library)

Richland College Galleries presents “Thor Johnson: Thorrific!” Johnson’s latest works showcase disparate styles that speak of a personal investigation and propose dualism within an artist’s work. The artists work points towards our modern connectivity as altering the individual and cultural world view. The individual experience is now myriad with inundation from multiple sources and Johnson, rather than shying away from this expansion, embraces it. The work covers topics of spiritual symbology, excess and greed in the 80’s, popular culture satire, and interactive abstract videos developed from a layering of computer based processes. His exhibit creates an authentic, complex personality filled with energy, obsession, flaws, and perseverance. The process stands as a counterpoint to the focused investigations of most contemporary artists.

Krystal Read: Recovering the Past

Krystal Read: Recovering the Past

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March 11 – March 29, 2010
Reception: Friday, March 26, 4-7 p.m. in the Lago Vista Gallery
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 25, 12-1 p.m. in the Lago Vista Gallery

Recovering the Past, an University of Texas at Dallas MFA thesis exhibition by Krystal Read explores the elusive and imaginative nature of memory.  Inspired by the discarded treasures that clutter our attics and fill antique stores, Krystal Read investigates and imbues these objects with her own fantasies. Who are the people in this photograph? How does this teacup relate to the miscellaneous knick-knacks surrounding it? With these questions in mind, Krystal attempts to recover and narrate history with prints, sculpture, and installation.

Krystal Read’s work has been shown in Dallas, Nova Scotia, and Taiwan. She received her BA at Smith College and MA from the University of Dallas. Read currently teaches art at Studio Arts in Dallas and Collin County Community College.

Please join us for the reception and the artist talk. Krystal Read will give an artist talk in the Lago Vista Gallery on Thursday, March 25 from 12-1 p.m. Richland College will host a reception for Recovering the Past on March 26 from 4-7 p.m. All events are FREE and open to the public.

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Rebecca Coffey

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: 12-1 PM Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Gallery Dates: September 9th – October 15th, 2009
Lago Vista Gallery, Library: Richland College, Dallas, Texas

Rebecca Coffey

Rebecca Coffey

The Lago Vista Gallery at Richland College presents Rebecca Coffey. Her works utilize fabric, free-hand stitching and found media to create works populated with pin-up girls, geishas and other iconic imagery. The art is created from objects found and altered by the artist. Coffey’s statement speaks of her “dedication to recycling” and states that her “greatest goal is to spread the concept of earth-friendly creativity.” The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 from 12-1 PM. The exhibition will run from September 9th – October 15th, 2009. This event is free and open to the public.

Coffey, a San Antonio artist, has shown in several galleries and is currently the artist in residence at High Wire Gallery and Studios. She has her own gallery and studio connected to The Overtime Theater for which she acts as art director. Her works have also been published and appear in several magazines.

Please join us for the opening reception and gallery talk on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 from 12-1 PM. The Lago Vista Gallery is located on Richland College Campus in the Library. Lago Vista Gallery hours are from 9AM-9 PM Monday through Thursday, 9AM-4PM Friday and Saturday 12-4PM. For more information please contact Ryder Richards, Gallery Coordinator at Richland College, at 972.238.6339 or by email at rrichards@dcccd.edu.