In this fourth episode of Artists Network’s Art Bound podcast, host and K Contemporary gallery owner Doug Kacena sits down with Kristy Gordon and Trey Egan, two successful artists who are also art teachers. In Art Bound episode three, we ended with our guests giving us the sage advice to drop out of art school. Here Gordon and Egan discuss just how valuable their own art educations were to their growth and careers as successful artists, as well as how teaching has taught them more than they ever could have imagined.
The art scene in Dallas has long been influenced by avant-garde women: From the The Betty McLean Gallery, which opened in 1951 as one of the first modern art galleries in Texas, to Valley House Gallery, founded by Peggy and Donald Vogel, to the visionaries of today who show no signs of slowing down.
Visit the Tyler Museum of Art this summer to enjoy the A/C and a colorful exhibition featuring three of Texas’ most celebrated contemporary artists- Shannon Cannings, Leigh Merrill, and Kelly O’Connor. Hyper-realistic paintings, refined drawings, serene prints, and campy collages provide a diorama of American popular culture reminiscent of the 1950s and ’60s. Nostalgic, charming, and sometimes questioning, the images of swimming pools, squirt guns, and vacation paradises will get you in the summertime groove!
The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality through unrestricted career support. The first year of grants was awarded in 1994 and the Foundation has funded individual artists annually since that time.
Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists whom they feel deserve more recognition for their creative achievements and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. The candidates' images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened this fall at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts administrators.
Established in 1993, the Joan Mitchell Foundation is an artist-endowed non-profit organization. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. We work to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.
In addition to the Painters & Sculptors Grant Program, other programs undertaken by the Foundation include the Emerging Artist Grant Program, free art education programming for New York City youth and young adults, grants to arts organizations, the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program that supports mature artists in the areas of studio organization, archiving and inventory management, as well as grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster. The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans is an artist residency center that hosts national and local artists, and provides public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans.
A collateral event at the Venice Biennale features a variety of work from artist in the Arab world and south Asia. In the Eye of the Thunderstorm: Effervescent Practices from the Arab World & South Asia, curated by Martina Corgnati, presents a group of artists: Rashid Al Khalifa, Sadik Alfraji, Alia Al Farsi, Shurooq Amin, Ahmed El Shaer, Simeen Farhat, Khaled Hafez, Haytham Nawar, Mahmoud Obaidi who have been selected as mid-career practioners.
Commissioned by Contemporary Practices Journal, the exhibition is a chance to see where art from this region is at right now and to get an idea of the common threads coming from the multiple artist voices.