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Stitched: Subculture/Subtext

Stitched: Subculture/Subtext
Marshall Thompson, Joy O. Ude, Delaney Smith
October 18-November 2, 2012
Opening reception: Thurs., Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m



Stitched: Subculture/Subtext
Marshall Thompson, Joy O. Ude
Brazos Gallery: Oct 18- Nov 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artist Demo: Wednesday, Oct 24, 2 p.m.

Richland College presents Stitched: Subculture/Subtext featuring Marshall Thompson and Joy O. Ude, Oct. 18-Nov. 2, 2012, in the Brazos Gallery, Richland College. Curated by Anne Lawrence and Victoria DeCuir, Stitched examines the subversion of traditional handcraft techniques to express signifiers of subculture through image and text. The opening reception will be Thurs., Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Marshall Thompson first used counted cross-stitch to evoke the sentimental in Good/Bye, 2000, made for his final participation at the Good/Bad Art Collective space in Denton, Texas. Thompson, known for his use of technology, including circuit bending, combined with a devotion to details when fabricating his sculptures or wall pieces, found in cross-stitch a synthesis of his particular skills and interests. He uses specialized software to draft his cross-stitch patterns, reducing them to images much like those found in 8-bit gaming, then meticulously follows a rigid set of self-imposed standards for the technical execution. Thompson draws on the vocabulary and images of geek subculture, making references to classic comics, elementary school portraits, the Satanic music scare, and television sitcoms. The work is overtly humorous and deliberately sentimental in a way that both acknowledges and disguises the nostalgia and its accompanying sense of loss.

Thompson and others have subverted traditional needlepoint gender and imagery associations. Sometimes called “manbroidery,” there is an entire community online that shares images, tips, and inspiration on flickr, Facebook, and blogs, encouraging every man and woman to take up the needle and stitch their own favorite Sarah Silverman quote.

Joy O. Ude’s work includes embroidered and silkscreened panels that investigate the displacement, misplacement, misspelling, and dispelling of racially ambiguous language and which involve a merging of handcraft, mechanical, and digital techniques. In all of these works, Ude thinks about a sense of identity constructed through language – written as a profile status on Facebook and pieced together using embroidery floss on Nigerian wax fabric – and through a sense of place, which takes the form of written directions screen printed on stitched panels as part of the “Make Yourself at Home” project with fellow University of North Texas graduate student, Delaney Smith.

Ude is motivated by an interest in culturally constructed notions of race and how the language of race is used and misused by both the people whose Facebook status she trolls, but also by the artist, as she picks and chooses phrases and words from those statuses. These snippets are de-contextualized and then painstakingly embroidered on Nigerian wax fabric, loaded with references to the artist’s heritage. Ude explores an affected use of language in a casual and social setting that is mediated by a distance provided by that very context, that is, a faceless digital community where social mores and distinctions are more easily displaced and even perverted. In her work, Ude incorporates not just craft, but also reference to craft through mechanical and digital means, into a conceptually-driven practice that investigates notions of heritage and home, and reflects her understanding of a constructed identity through language and subtext.

Thompson was a member of Good/Bad Art Collective for four years; he received a double B.F.A. in sculpture and metalsmithing from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Notably, he was included in Come Forward: Emerging Art in Texas, at the Dallas Museum of Art and recently debuted his cross-stitch art in Seattle. Thompson works as a microchip layout designer at Texas Instruments. Ude received a BFA in fashion design and is a current MFA candidate at UNT. Currently, her work is included at CraftTexas 2012 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This summer, she was included in a group graduate student exhibition at Cohn Drennan Contemporary in Dallas.

John Penny

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John Penny
Slow Measure: for Cornelius
Brazos Gallery: Sept 13- Sept 28
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept 13, 4-6:00 p.m.

Richland College is proud to present Slow Measure: for Cornelius, an installation in the Brazos Gallery by Maryland Institute College of Art professor John Penny. A series of recorded “events,” including several constructions, will occupy the gallery paying homage to mentor and composer Cornelius Cardew. Referencing the space between abstract notation and drawing, Penny’s works will consider drawing as a material record of an action, as a non-autographic other composed of non-standard materials. Please join us at the opening reception for this reconsideration of drawing as constructed events on Thursday, September 13th from 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

Deriving the term “allographic” from Nelson Goodman’s “Languages of Art”, Penny’s works embrace the handling of material and it’s subsequent physical transformation as implied drawing, allowing the acts to convey the genus of idea rather than presenting ideological distillation through standards of traditional drawing. The subtle, conceptually formulated works espouse a formal beauty, often executed with reference to measurement, mark making, and spatial or time consideration.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: John E. Penny has taught sculpture, drawing, fine art, and theoretical studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art, UK, he then completed his MFA in sculpture, with a minor in drawing, at Ohio State University. In 2003 he received a PhD in theoretical studies from the University of Leeds, UK. Since 1974 he has exhibited work in Australia and Great Britain, and recent work has been exhibited in Baltimore. Occasional writings have been published in Australia, Great Britain and the USA. He currently teaches in the Baltimore area.

More information on Allographic drawing: ALLOGRAPHIC DRAWING synopsis

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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New Mexico Workshop 18

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Richland College presents the 18th Annual New Mexico Workshop Photography Exhibition.

Brazos Gallery (C140) from June 8- July 20, 2012.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m.

Live Music by Jazz Harpist CARLOS GUEDES
by Blue Mesa

Participating artists: Jessica Bennett, Sara DelRegno, William Deniger, Stephen Evans, Steve Flatt, David Namasky, Peter Nguyen, Alcione Otero, Sandra Prevott, Helen Rieger, Valerie Tan, Aaron Thomas, Earl Ward, Roy Cirigliana, and Wayne Loucas.

Selected images on-line at: www.richlandcollege.edu/photography

Richland College Map to Brazos Gallery.

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Annual Student Art Exhibition, 2012

Annual Student Art Exhibition, 2012

April 5-April 13
Brazos Gallery


Juror: Ruben Nieto, painter and UTD Centraltrak PhD candidate
Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 4 pm at Soft Earth Gallery (F-270)
Reception and juror talk: April 5, 12-1 PM

About our Juror:
“Ruben Nieto, (born in Guantajuato, Mexico) is a UT Dallas doctoral candidate and artist in residence at Centraltrak. He has re-imagined his childhood love for comic books with a new engaging perspective translated through his works of art. He transforms the comic book into highly energetic and visceral paintings which re-contextualize the imagery. He spent hours researching the history of comic books both from a political and creative perspective, the history of text, Andy Warhol, and techniques of Master painters like Millet.” ~ Arts and Culture Magazine interview

This year, due to pro-active advocates of the Richland College Art Department, we have tripled our prize money for student awards: Best in Show ($175), 1st Place ($125), 2nd Place ($100), and 3rd Place ($75), 3 honorable mentions ($50), and we have included the annual “Jen Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation” ($250).

— Best in Show ($175.00)

Josh Siguenza: Reliquaries of a Second Hand Calamity
[ Instructor: David Collins ]

— 1st Place

Kristina Thomas: Untitled
[Instructor: Eric Eley]

— 2nd Place
($100.00) —

Joel Gonzalez: Hershey’s Felt
[ Instructor: Eric Eley ]

— 3rd Place ($75.00)–

Betty Levy: Pipes
[ Instructor: Keith Williams ]

— Honorable Mention

Jessie Moncrief: Study of Youth and Wisdom
[ Instructor:  Ryder Richards ]

— Honorable Mention

Cindee Kueny: Maze Surface
[ Instructor: Jim Stover ]

— Honorable Mention ($50.00)–

Esteban Tijerina: Bonding Affection
[ Instructor: Brenda McKinney ]

Artist Talk: Jon Shumway and Ian F. Thomas

Artists Talk and Image Presentation
Jon Shumway and Ian F. Thomas

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The McKinney Ave. Contemporary: Friday, March 9th, 5:30 PM
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204

themac-incidentaltransformationsPartnering with the MAC in efforts to continue Richland College’s innovative programming Pennsylvania-based artists Ian F. Thomas and Jon Shumway will give an artist talk and image presentation about their collaborative installation: Incidental Transformations on display in the Brazos Gallery at Richland College.

Projecting digital video and light onto ceramic forms, the Pennsylvania based artists offer a reexamination of traditional media and a restructuring of gallery usage. Erecting several walls and blacking out windows, the installation engages interior/exterior dynamics, requiring audience members to disrupt lighting patterns and projections as they navigate the re-situated space.

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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.


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Dwayne Carter: Midway to Madness

Midway to Madness
Dwayne Carter

Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Jan9 – Jan 27, 2011
Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 12-1 PM

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Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents Midway to Madness, a series of large scale digital prints by Richland Faculty Dwayne Carter. The banner size images blend photography and digital painting into narrative compositions, echoing their origin from Carter’s self published photo novella: Midway to Madness #2. Copies of the zine will be available during the exhibition and at the reception on Thursday, January 26 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The exhibition will run from January 9th through January 27th, 2012.

page17Referencing madness in contemporary society, the story focuses on groups and individuals competing for power. Non traditional in approach, the works utilize a pop culture format handled with a painterly style to convey conceptual and emotive resonance. Characters in the narrative experience betrayal and torment as they compete for control of the fictional circus midway serving as an analogy for social order. The edgy narrative reflects Carter’s long term interest in story telling and his continued work with the figure.

Dwayne Carter has exhibited his digital art, figurative paintings, animations and videos in the Dallas area for almost thirty years. Carter has participated in recent art events and exhibitions at the Latino Cultural Center, Kessler Theater and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Midway to Madness and all related events are free and open to the public. The Brazos Gallery, located at 12800 Abrams Rd, Dallas, is open from 10 AM – 4 PM, Monday- Friday with extended viewing hours by appointment. For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at (972) 238-6339 or rrichards@dcccd.edu.

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REVIEW: Dallas Arts Revue “Can Painting be Saved?” by Michael Helsem

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Work: Annual Art Faculty Exhibition

Annual Art Faculty Exhibit

Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Nov 17-23, 2011
Opening Reception: Nov. 17, NOON.

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Participating faculty include:

Dwayne Carter, Roy Cirigliana, David Collins, Colette Copeland, Sheila Cunningham, Eric Eley, Tim Jones,  Wayne Loucas, Brenda McKinney, Robert Galindo, Tom Motley, Vicki Mayhan, Ryder Richards, Jennifer Rose, Jim Stover, Keith Williams, and Kristin Vilbig

Regional JURIED High School Art Exhibit

colette-about_picRegional HS Art Show
Brazos Gallery: Oct 27- Nov 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct 27, 4-7 pm

JUROR: Colette Copeland
We are pleased to have Colette, an extraordinary artist, arts writer, and new instructor at Richland College juror this years exhibit.




3rd Place

Meghan Dahlke’s “Pandora’s Ball: Tears of Joy or Sorrow”

color photo            Garland HS            J. Thompson            Senior


2nd Place

Darby Fields’ “Untitled”

watercolor, crayon        Rowlett HS            C. Wilkinson            Senior


1st Place

Estella Garza’s “Urban Totem”

mixed media, ceramic          North Garland HS            L. McBride            Junior

List of all participants: Richland High school juried exhibit-2011_participants

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