Category: Art Institutions

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 2018 Advanced Exhibition Schedule

January 27 – March 18
Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings are visually frenetic, reflecting the fast-paced energy of life today. Her imagery refers to such diverse subjects as pop culture, world events, and art history in compositions with flattened, simplified forms. Abney’s works commonly incorporate snippets of text, disembodied figures and silhouettes, and geometric abstract shapes. Themes that relate to American society, including celebrity culture, race, sexuality, and police brutality, are broached in her paintings. By touching on serious subjects in a colorful palette and graphic style, Abney’s work is, as the artist states, “easy to swallow, hard to digest.”
Nina Chanel Abney, Hobson’s Choice, 2017
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
84 1/4 × 120 1/4 inches
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Museum purchase.
Image courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
February 16 – May 6
In 2007, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosted Ron Mueck, featuring the artist’s figures that are extraordinarily realistic, except in scale – they are always depicted much smaller or larger than life. The exhibition broke attendance records for the Museum as Mueck’s stunning works became a must-see for visitors from across the region. Now a decade later, Ron Mueck returns to the Modern  for a special project showcasing six major works created between 2008 and 2018, including two sculptures making their North American debut.
Ron Mueck, Woman with Shopping, 2013. Mixed media
44 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches
Photo: Patrick Gries. Copyright Ron Mueck.
Courtesy the Artist, Anthony d’Offay, London and Hauser & Wirth
March 31 – June 17

Spanning painting, sculpture, collage, and installation, Kamrooz Aram’s work investigates the complex relationship between Western modernism and classical non-Western art. By highlighting their formal connections, he reveals the typically downplayed role that non-Western art and design have had in the development of modernism and its drive toward abstraction. Challenging the traditionally Euro-centric narrative established by art history, Aram’s work sets forth to disrupt this perceived hierarchy by merging and equalizing Western and non-Western forms. The artist will present all new work for this exhibition.
Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Social Spaces (1), 2016
Oil, wax, and pencil on canvas, 90 x 78 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and Green Gallery, Dubai
Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami blurs the boundaries between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, this major retrospective features 50 paintings that span three decades of Murakami’s career, from the artist’s earliest mature works to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.

The exhibition shows how Murakami’s art is rooted in traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, and highlights the artist’s careful attention to craft and materials. It also showcases his astute eye for the contemporary influences of globalization, media culture, and the continued threats of nuclear power.
Takashi Murakami, Klein’s Pot A, 1994-97
Acrylic on canvas mounted on board in plexiglass box
15 3/8 x 15 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches
Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico
© 1994-97 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida
October 14 – January 27
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents a major survey of works by Laurie Simmons, organized by Andrea Karnes, senior curator, with full support of the artist. This exhibition will showcase the artist’s photographs spanning the last four decades, from 1976 to the present, a small selection of sculpture, and two films.
Simmons’s career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places.
Laurie Simmons, Big Camera/Little Camera, 1976
Gelatin silver print
5 1/4 × 8 inches
Courtesy the Artist and Salon 94


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566
Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm
General Admission Prices
(includes special exhibitions)
$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free every Sunday and half-price every Wednesday.
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Fri 5-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert
10 am-4:30 pm
The Modern is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.
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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Special Project Funding for Non-Profits

As part of a new Office of Cultural Affairs initiative, a funding program to support special projects for non-profit arts organizations and individual artists in any discipline has been established. Awards of $1,000 to $6,000 will be made to support projects by non-profit organizations and individual artists not currently supported in the COP and CPP programs.

The CPP-Special Support, Funding Program Application is open October 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM and closes November 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM! Go to for more information.

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Dallas Design Symposium: Redefining Space for Art – CHINATI AND MASS MOCA Nov. 5 at the Nasher

5 November 2017
Sunday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm (Check-In Beginning at 1:00 pm)
Nasher Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center


The Dallas Architecture Forum presents the 2017 Dallas Design Symposium with speakers Jenny Moore, Director, Chinati Foundation and Joseph Thompson, Founding Director, MASS MoCA.

The Chinati Foundation and MASS MoCA are two acclaimed centers for art that have repurposed abandoned spaces to create innovative and internationally recognized centers for the display of art.

The Forum’s 2017 Design Symposium will present the directors of these two centers in compelling conversation as they each overview their organization, including how the site was repurposed as a center for the display of art, often at a scale and scope not possible in more conventional settings. Ms. Moore and Mr. Thompson will highlight some of the iconic art on display at their centers.

Ms. Moore will  also overview the new master plan for Chinati, and Mr. Thompson will highlight the major MASS MoCA campus expansion that was recently completed.  The symposium will conclude with a moderated conversation and audience questions.

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The Dallas Museum of Art’s new mission statement

Dear DMA friends and supporters,

Having just celebrated my first anniversary at the Dallas Museum of Art, I am excited about the many successes that we have achieved together, and by how much we continue to learn about the ways to best serve the community. It continues to be a great honor for me to lead this institution and live in this remarkable city, and I want to thank you for your participation in and support of our many exhibitions and programs over the past year.

As we build on these successes and look forward, Museum leadership and staff are carefully examining how to continue the DMA’s achievements in cultivating connections with its existing audiences, and to make the DMA a welcoming place for our entire community. We are also reaffirming our commitment to making the DMA a 21st-century museum in every way.

As an initial step toward these goals, we have developed a renewed mission and vision for the Museum, which will serve as our guide as we create new initiatives and programs and look to the DMA’s future:

The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive.

The DMA will:

  • Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.
  • Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.
  • Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.

We are pleased to share this new mission with you, our visitors, supporters, and community. I hope that you find it compelling and will enjoy many visits to the DMA in the coming year as we embark on this new path. I also hope that by sharing in our excitement, you will continue your support of the Museum, and if you are not yet a DMA Member, that you will consider joining.

Agustín Arteaga
The Eugene McDermott Director


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A message to those affected by Hurricane Harvey from the Texas Commission on the Arts

AUGUST 28, 2017

The Texas Commission on the Arts has been following the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. We hope you are reading this message in safety and comfort.

We are working with the National Endowment for the Arts to assess the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the arts field in Texas. If your arts organization has been impacted by Harvey and/or subsequent flooding, please email TCA Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillanor call him at 512/936-6572. We understand that you may not yet know the extent of the damages you have sustained (or, in some cases, will sustain), but please check in with your organization name; your name, title, and contact information; and any information you have so far about your organization’s impacted property. If you are aware of other arts organizations affected by Harvey, please let us know and we’ll follow up with them. Professional artists, we’d like to hear from you, too.


We are compiling disaster recovery resources offered by other governmental agencies and nonprofits for arts organizations and artists. Please visit our web page for a complete list.

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The Texas Commission on the Arts receives funding from the Texas State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas: State of the Arts license plate, the Texas Cultural Trust, and Texas Women for the Arts.

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Dr. Mark Roglán Honored at 28th Annual Obelisk Awards


Each year, The Obelisk Awards recognize the extraordinary achievements that can be obtained when commerce and culture unite.

Congratulations Dr. Mark A. Roglán
The Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum

Inaugural Recipient
“Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader”

Pictured above with Kevin Hurst, Neiman Marcus Director of Charitable Giving and
Co-chair of the 28th Annual Obelisk Awards Luncheon.
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DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART announces ART BALL Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson and reveals theme, “ALL THAT GLITTERS,” for 52nd ANNUAL GALA April 22, 2017


The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) recently announced local philanthropists Ann and Lee Hobson will serve as chairs of the 2017 Art Ball and unveiled “All That Glitters” as the theme of the annual fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Museum in downtown Dallas. Proceeds from the event will support the DMA’s commitment to providing free access to its world-renowned collection, as well as various exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year.

“I’m very proud to be part of an event that supports the DMA, especially its commitment to free general admission, access, and educational programming.  All of the money raised by the Art Ball goes to toward the operating budget that supports access to art,” Ms. Hobson said. “Unfettered access to art is a cause that is very near to my heart, and it is my hope that this year’s Art Ball will allow us to share the Museum’s beautiful collection and educational resources with more visitors than ever before in 2017.”

Selected by the Hobsons, this year’s theme will embrace the romantic overtones and colors of a Parisian spring and was inspired by one of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions, Flowers in a Vase with Two Doves, by nineteenth-century French painter François Lepage. With the assistance of Todd Fiscus of Todd Events, the ethereal scene will be brought to life with extravagant floral displays, ambient music of the period and decadent shades of blue, soft lavender and ivory.

The evening will commence with a cocktail hour inspired by one of the Champs-Élysées’ most iconic landmarks, The Grand Palais. The internationally esteemed gallery was erected for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and annually welcomes more than two million visitors to revel in the glory and grandeur of French art.

Art Ball 2017 will feature a luxury live auction, sponsored by Christie’s.  The live auction will be curated by Live Auction Chairs Merry Vose and Rajan Patel and will include an array of opulent items, such as: once-in-a-lifetime travel packages, curated culinary experiences, and unique entertainment opportunities. The evening will feature a lavish multi-course seated dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering.  After dinner, an element of surprise has been added to the celebration. The DMA has announced they will not reveal the theme or any after dinner details, but promise instead to deliver “Texas-sized surprises” exclusively for Art Ball patrons invited to attend the late-night festivities.

Noted sponsors in place for the evening include: AT&T, Christie’s, Curtis Specialized Moving and Storage, Dallas Art Fair Foundation, Delivery Limited, Inc., Forty Five Ten, Highland Park Village,        J.P. Morgan, Jennifer and John Eagle/John Eagle Dealerships, Melissa and Trevor Fetter/Tenet Healthcare, Neiman Marcus, Peggy and Carl Sewell/Sewell Automotive Companies, Sidley Austin LLP, Stanley Korshak, Modern Luxury Dallas and My Sweet Charity.

Over the past 20 years, the DMA’s Art Ball has raised more than $27 million to support the Museum’s mission of engaging and educating the community through art. Last year’s event raised $1.3 million in net revenue, and the 2017 gala is expected to continue the strong tradition of giving, which has greatly benefitted the Museum and its visitors for more than 50 years.

For more information about Art Ball 2017, as well as underwriting opportunities, please visit or contact the Art Ball Office at or 214.922.1353.



Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two and a half million visitors, and enrolled more than 100,000 people in DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of Museum Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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There’s an app for that! The DMA


Explore more! The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art and spans 5,000 years of human creativity, representing a full range of world cultures. Search what’s currently on view, find works of art in the galleries and save them to your favorites, or get social and let everyone know what you’re viewing.

MORE (plus link to app download)


  • Check out what’s happening at the Museum, from exhibitions to daily activities. Filter by the type of activity you’re looking for, or search for something special.
  • Become a DMA Member and see upcoming members-only events.
  • Register for an event or purchase tickets right from your phone.
  • Locate specific works of art on the interactive map and preview what’s in each gallery.
  • Explore your way—by duration, DMA insider selection, theme, or your favorites. Don’t know where to start? Shake your phone to find something new!
  • Get social! Follow the DMA right from the app and share your favorites.


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“MakerSpace” to open in Collin County June 11




FRISCO, TEXAS (May 23, 2016) – The MakerSpace presented by Raytheon at Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco will give tinkerers, inventors, hobbyists and budding engineers access to programs, technology and tools to test, prototype, demonstrate and build almost anything they can imagine. Open to the community and groups of all ages, the MakerSpace opens to the public on Saturday, June 11, 2016, with an official ceremony at 11 a.m. The benefits of the relatively new MakerSpace phenomenon for DIY projects in design, engineering, fabrication and education for Collin County is made possible in part with a generous $50,000 donation from Raytheon Company.

“This MakerSpace provides a community anchor for a hands-on, high-tech, math and science experience that will reach schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, veterans and the general public,” said Trudy Sullivan, vice president, Communication & Public Affairs at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “It helps take learning from abstract to tangible and offers a great reward for current and future engineers.”

To celebrate the grand opening, tours of the MakerSpace will be hosted along with scheduled workshops that are open to a variety of age groups. The MakerSpace will be free with the price of regular Sci-Tech admission from June 13 – fall 2016.

Sci-Tech also will host its second annual Frisco Mini Maker Faire throughout the weekend with a family-friendly showcase of inventions, creativity and resourcefulness. During this unique festival of innovation, Makers of all kinds will demonstrate and share their skills, creations and expertise with local families and enthusiasts.

Saturday will focus on the technological aspects of the Maker movement, such as stop-motion animation and quadcopter robotics. Sunday will focus on jewelry making, sewing and more artistic making opportunities. Each day, the specialty Faire programming will be included with Sci-Tech admission.

For directions or additional information on the Faire and Sci-Tech’s summer camps, birthday party reservations, memberships and educational programs,


WHERE:  Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034



WHEN:   June 11                 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

June 11                 11 a.m. (MakerSpace Opening Ceremony)

June 12                 Noon – 6 p.m.


ADMISSION:                     Maker Faire:

Sci-Tech members                                            $5.00

General Admission (3-64)                                $10.00

Seniors (65+)                                                      $8.00

Military (ID required)                                       $8.00

Teachers (ID required)                                     $8.00

Raytheon employees and their families       $7.00

Groups*                                                              $7.00

Children 3 and under are free.


Admission to the MakerSpace will be free with the price of regular Sci-Tech admission from June 13 – fall 2016:

General Admission (3-64)                             $8.00

Seniors (65+)                                                 $6.50

Military (ID required)                                     $6.50

Teachers (ID required)                                   $6.50

Groups*                                                            $7.00

Children 3 and under are free.


*Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more if arranged in advance.

Visit the group reservation page at or call at 972.546.3050 x106.



Responding to a community demand for a cultural and educational destination, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Inc. (“Sci-Tech”) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2004 as a multi-year initiative of the Junior League of Collin County, formerly known as the Junior League of Plano. Since then Sci-Tech has found a permanent home in Collin County at the Frisco Discovery Center and offers hands-on exhibits to the next generation of engineers, scientists, educators and innovators. Sci-Tech provides dynamic education experiences to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science, math and technology. For more information about Sci-Tech Discovery Center, call 972.546.3050 or visit Join the conversation online by using #SciTechDC.

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State of the Arts, Fort Worth Art Museums May 13 FREE

Art&Seek and the Kimbell bring the popular series “State of the Arts” to Fort Worth
with an in-depth discussion between the directors of the city’s premiere art
museums—-Andrew Walker, Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Eric M. Lee,
Kimbell Art Museum; and Marla Price, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The directors will discuss the current environment of the museums and their visions for the future. This event, moderated by Jerome Weeks, senior arts reporter and producer for Art&Seek, marks the first time the three have participated in a  public forum together.

Admission is free. No reservations required. Piano Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium

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HKS Inc. named architect for new UNT College of Visual Arts and Design building


HKS Inc. named architect for new UNT College of Visual Arts and Design building

DENTON (UNT), Texas – HKS Inc., one of the largest architectural firms in the U.S., has been named as lead architect, in association with design architect Lake|Flato Architects, for the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design’s new building.

HKS Inc. is known for creating state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly structures that promote a sense of community. The firm has worked on such notable developments as the American Airlines Center and the W Dallas–Victory Hotel and Residences in Dallas, as well as UNT’s own Apogee Stadium. They will be partnering with other progressive companies to develop the project.

“HKS/Lake|Flato, along with Brightspot Strategy and our consultant team, are honored to be selected to provide programming services for UNT’s new College of Visual Arts and Design building,” said Mark Vander Voort, principal and senior vice president of HKS Inc. “HKS and Lake|Flato are a complementary and proven architectural team with a shared commitment to the design of vibrant, creative learning spaces. Brightspot is a strategic programming consultancy that partners with leading universities around the country to craft innovative, achievable strategies for their spaces, services and people.”

Greg Watts, the college’s dean, said he wants the public involved in the planning process for the new building. There will be multiple opportunities for students, faculty, staff and Denton residents – especially in the nearby area – to provide input.

“I believe that we are building a community,” Watts said. “The physical space will be our home – an iconic and transformational environment. It also will be a gateway between UNT and our neighbors, offering gallery spaces and unique cultural experiences.”

The UNT System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction is managing the project, and staff has scheduled strategy meetings and focus groups throughout February and March with UNT faculty and students to best assess needs. A program plan identifying a design approach is expected from HKS, Inc. this spring that will help develop a construction timeline.

The new CVAD building will be funded with $70 million in tuition revenue bonds approved by the Texas Legislature in spring 2013. Those funds may be supplemented by donors should the opportunity arise.

Watts said he is looking forward to having a new space to not only showcase the excellence of the CVAD’s students and faculty, but to provide opportunities for continued growth.

“This will be a site for creativity and innovation for art design thinkers and practitioners that is long overdue,” Watts said. “We are delighted that this project is underway.”


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Established in 1890, UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with 37,000 students. For 125 years, UNT has fulfilled its mission to lead the way in educating young men and women and creating leaders with great vision. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is a catalyst for creativity fueling progress, innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. As the university has grown, so has its reach and impact. UNT graduated 8,200 students last year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 100 bachelor’s, 83 master’s and 37 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s world-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day and its students and alumni are changing the world around them.

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Art House Dallas: Donations Doubled Through Dec 31st!


Friends of Art House Dallas!

Thank you for such a great year! Your generous giving has allowed Art House Dallas to flourish in 2015 and we are so grateful. This year alone, we’ve hosted over 25 programs and welcomed more than 1,000 attendees in DFW. Our events have ranged from feature film openings, toconcerts, to intimate artist dinners all over the city – and a whole lot in between. We’ve formednew alliances with West Dallas Community School, TALA (Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts), and the Faith & Work Initiative at PCPC. We’ve also continued our longstanding relationships with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas International Film Festival and ACT (Advocates for Community Transformation).

Additionally, we’ve supported artists like Kate Petty who wrote and self-published her first book, “Holes in the Plan;”  we helped Painter and Interior Designer, April Henegar, host her first art show; we gave Booker T. Washington High School Freshman and Singer-Songwriter, Parker Twomey, the opportunity to perform in front of over 1500 people; we helped Christina Sanchez get commissioned to illustrate a series of children’s books; and the list goes on and on. It’s been a great year, and with your donation, 2016 can be even better!

The New Year brings three exciting new Programs to Art House Dallas: Deploy (sending our artists into schools and hospitals), Business of Creativity (a “Business 101” for artists) and aSpiritual Formation Program. We know so many people will be positively impacted by these new programs, but we cannot sustain them without your generosity!

Please help us encourage and equip everyone to live imaginative and meaningful lives bydonating to Art House Dallas. Through your gifts

, we can ensure the success and continuation of our Programs, Partnerships and Patronage – making Dallas a more beautiful and culturally vibrant city!

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to make your tax-deductible donation now.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cary Pierce
Executive Director


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The Arlington Museum of Art Announces $550,000 gift


The Arlington Museum of Art Announces $550,000 gift

The Arlington Museum of Art announced at the opening of their new exhibit “Modern Masters” that it has secured a $550,000 gift to retire the mortgage on the building. It is the largest single gift the museum has ever received.

“Local philanthropist Sam Mahrouq and his wife, Rania, very generously gave this $550,000 gift to retire our mortgage and lay the foundation for future growth” said Chris Hightower, the museum’s Executive Director.

The recent success of the museum, the expanded programming and the collaborative effort with other Arlington arts organizations caught the eye of the philanthropist. In addition to the gift to retire the mortgage, Sam and Rania have pledged an additional $20,000 in challenge funds for facility renovations and enhancements. The Mahrouq’s will match contributions up to $20,000 to allow the museum to make needed improvements and enhancements. Updates slated for the museum include new flooring, updated lighting, enhanced gallery space and smart classrooms for children.
“This extraordinary foundational gift paves the way for the Arlington Museum of Art to continue on its upward trajectory by enhancing our facilities and programs.  We are humbled and thankful for the support and trust the Mahrouqs have placed in us,” said Hightower.

Mahrouq is an Arlington businessman and owner of Auto Max. “Rania and I are excited to support the Arlington Museum of Art. We are proud to invest in the future of the museum because of their extraordinary work in Arlington through summer art camps for at risk children for 25 years, collaborating with the other arts organizations and bringing world-class art to Arlington including Ansel Adams, Toulouse-Lautrec, Frank Lloyd Wright and Rembrandt,” said Sam Mahrouq.
“The Arlington Museum of Art is grateful to the Mahrouqs and stand ready to begin working on raising $20,000 to receive the additional challenge funds of $20,000. The museum hopes this gift will inspire others to give, thereby continuing to position the Arlington Museum of Art as a leader of the arts in Arlington. Sam and Rania Marhrouq represent the best of what we hope our children become – successful business leaders with a commitment to high moral values and to impacting the lives of others in significant positive ways,” said Hightower.

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2016 Nasher Prize Laureate: Doris Salcedo


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About Doris Salcedo

About Nasher Prize

The Nasher Sculpture Center is proud to announce Colombian artist Doris Salcedo as the inaugural recipient of the Nasher Prize, an award to be presented each year to a living artist who has made an extraordinary impact on our understanding of sculpture.  For the past three decades, Salcedo has created sculptures and installations that transform familiar, everyday objects – chairs, shoes, roses, bricks – into moving and powerful testimonies of loss and remembrance. Working in a variety of modes, from objects and large-scale installations to public interventions, she has fearlessly taken creative and political risks to challenge audiences with innovative, significant work. Salcedo’s commitment and her willingness to push artistic boundaries have already inspired a generation of artists, even as her work continues to grow and respond to many of the most salient issues facing humanity.  — from the Nasher website

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Amon Carter’s ‘Party on the Porch’ on Sept. 26


Amon Carter Museum of American Art Hosts ‘Party on the Porch’ on September 26

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art invites the community to Party on the Porch on Saturday, September 26 from 5–10 p.m. This free event marks the completion of the museum’s renovation project and includes live music, food trucks and art.

Guests can listen to three fantastic local bands, Quaker City Night Hawks, The Unlikely Candidates and Ginny Mac, and eat at a variety of food trucks, including Bellatrino, Central Market, Gypsy Scoops, Steel City Pops and Taco Heads. The Photo Bus, a vintage photo booth in an original 1966 Volkswagen bus, is coming to the Amon Carter as well, and drinks will be available for purchase from Bar Louie, who will have a full satellite bar on site. Special lighting effects throughout the evening will highlight the portico.

Ginny Mac kicks off the live music at 5:30 p.m. with a blend of country-and-western swing, Americana, hot jazz and international music. Next up are The Unlikely Candidates, a local indie rock band whose first single, “Follow My Feet,” spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Chart. Headlining the party is the four-man band Quaker City Night Hawks, whose hometown brand of southern rock combines Texas boogie, Memphis soul and heavy blues.

The extended gallery hours for Party on the Porch (until 9 p.m.) allow guests to visit their favorite Amon Carter artworks and go on a social media scavenger hunt. Docents will be on hand offering tours of the permanent collection and exhibitions.

Free parking is available at the UNT Health Science Center lot and east garage on Clifton Street (immediately north of the museum). For helpful information about Party on the Porch parking and accessibility, call 817.989.5030 or email Visit the museum’s website for a schedule of events, and follow the hashtag #ACMparty on its social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for updates. Please no pets or outside food or drink. The museum is pleased to recognize the Party on the Porch sponsors Meador Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Fort Worth Weekly.

The museum’s facade renovation began in February 2015 and included updating the glass panels and replacing the revolving front door. The new glass aids in art conservation, helps keep the gallery spaces temperate and gives visitors the ability to enjoy the downtown view from inside the museum without the barrier of shades. The new entryway allows all visitors, especially those with strollers and wheelchairs, to easily enter the museum.


“The completion of our renovation project marks a threshold moment in the museum’s history,” says Director Andrew J. Walker. “While glancing back at our history, we look forward to our future, affirming our commitment to the local community and transforming our footprint into a gathering space for all audiences.”

Source: Fort Worth Weekly

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107

  1. 817.989.5065 f.817.665.4331

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Fort Worth Public Art Seeks Public Input


Fort Worth Public Art wants to hear from you!

 Where would you put an iconic work of art? What kind of art would you like to see on Montgomery Street? 

The Fort Worth Art Commission is developing the Public Art Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan, which will be presented to City Council in September. Give us your input on proposed new projects and allocations.

Give us your input!

For more information, and to see a complete list of new projects and allocations, please go to the Fort Worth Public Art website: 

Fort Worth Public Art
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107


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Sonia King’s VisionShift


The Dallas Arts District has transformed downtown, offering new life and energy. Mosaic artist and CAC instructor, Sonia King’s VisionShift reflects the possibilities and opportunities that surround us when one is open to seeing them.

Click here to take a look at the progress of this gorgeous mosaic installation at Hall Arts. The plaza will open late summer.

–from the CAC Newsletter

Mosaic artist Sonia King creates one-of-a-kind, contemporary mosaics for gallery, architectural and home settings. Her award-winning mosaic art is exhibited nationally and internationally and represented in private, public and corporate collections. — from her bio at


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Cedars Union Survey


Cedars Union is reaching out to local artists and asking their opinion in a survey. Their projected opening date is Spring 2016.

Their message:

We at The Cedars Union are creating a one of a kind, non-profit facility in the Cedars neighborhood. Our mission is to empower artists by providing community and resources for professional growth.

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey (10 multiple choice questions) and to help us understand the needs of our Dallas artists.

Cedars Union is located at 1201 South Ervay, Dallas, Texas  75215



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FREE Sundays at the Modern for 2015


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Announces
FREE Sundays in 2015


Fort Worth, TX.-Dr. Marla Price, director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, announces FREE Sundays in 2015. Beginning in January, the Museum is offering free admission to the galleries, including special exhibitions, every Sunday through December 27, 2015.

Free admission includes docent-led tours of the galleries every Sunday at 2 pm and access to other free programs offered on Sundays periodically throughout the month, including:

  • Sundays with the Modern – Join interesting discussions with artists and scholars in front of the artworks.
  • Drawing from the Collection – Learn to draw from the best local artists while studying the world-class works on view in the galleries.
  • Drawing from the Collection for Children – Watch your little ones aged 5 to 12 learn to look, think, and draw.
  • Public Tours – Engage with art and architecture on conversational tours with knowledgeable docents. Join the discussion in English or Spanish.
  • Gallery sketchbooks for children.
  • Visit for more information, including dates and times.

The staff and board of the Modern on behalf of the Museum visitors thank the many individuals in our community who made donations to the Annual Fund in support of FREE Sundays, providing access for all to the Museum’s first-rate collection, exhibitions, and programs completely free of charge.


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Renovations at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art


Amon Carter Museum of American Art to Renovate Building Facade; Will Remain Open During Construction

For a related article see Amon Carter Museum renovations will begin Feb. 2 in the Fort Worth Star Telegram


Press release: December 2, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas—Amon Carter Museum of American Art Director Andrew J. Walker announced today that the museum is renovating parts of the building beginning February 2, 2015. The museum will remain open during the process, though some galleries will be inaccessible. School tours will continue, but no public programs or member programs are planned within the facility. The museum is also closing at 5 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the project, which is expected to last four months. All galleries are scheduled to reopen in June 2015.

The front glass facade will receive new glass panels designed to maximize control of the amount of light that enters the museum regardless of the time of day or season; the use of shades will no longer be necessary during visiting hours. This will aid in art conservation, as well as help keep the gallery spaces temperate for visitors. Renovated air handlers in the main gallery and new air handlers in the upstairs galleries will also contribute to a more controlled environment. Finally, the revolving front door will be replaced with a new entryway so that all visitors, especially those with strollers and wheelchairs, can easily enter the museum. During construction, museum visitors can enter and exit the building from Lancaster Avenue.

“Our goal is to create a superior environment for art and visitors,” Walker says. “With this renovation, we are also going ‘back to our roots’ by recreating Philip Johnson’s original design of the museum’s front facade. A renovation in the 1990s changed his design of the main entrance by adding more glass panes and a revolving door. With this update, we are returning to his original concept with fewer glass panes while incorporating better glass technology to protect the collection from ultraviolet light. This is better for the art, better for our visitors and a return to the architect’s original intent.”

The following galleries will be closed from February 2 through June 2015: the front galleries on both the first floor and the mezzanine level and the special exhibition galleries on the second floor. The museum’s front entrance and all outdoor grounds will also be closed; this includes the parking lot, plaza, portico and the area near the Henry Moore sculpture.

“The safety of our collection and visitors is of utmost priority, and both will be protected by the partial closure of the building and grounds,” Walker says. “Construction is never without some inconveniences, but we are working to minimize them. The permanent collection will remain on view during this time, and most of the public’s favorite paintings and sculptures will remain accessible.”

The museum’s collection will be hung throughout the open galleries. There will be no special exhibition in the spring, though the museum is presenting four permanent collection installations of artworks not typically on view. These include: Audubon’s Beasts (January 15–August 2), American Still Life (February 14–August 2), Like Father Like Son: Edward and Brett Weston (February 21–August 23) and Remington and Russell (February 28–June 2). Also on view is Lone Star Portraits (through May 17).

“In tandem with this construction, we are working to change the function of the main gallery from solely a place to exhibit art into one that is also a community gathering place,” Walker says. “These are the first steps in transforming our entire footprint into an interactive space for all audiences. We will ask for the community’s input on this, so stay tuned for more details.”



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Support Free Sundays at the Modern


Every Sunday. Free to everyone.  All year long.

The Free Sundays program removes the barrier of paid admission, allowing everyone access to the Museum’s world class collection and exhibitions completely free of charge, but we need your help to make this program a reality.

This is YOUR Museum. Help it become everyone’s Museum. Make a gift to support Free Sundays at the Modern.  Contribute today! 


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DMA Digitizes its Collection


Access to the DMA’s Entire Collection for the First Time

Dallas, TX—August 19, 2014— Maxwell Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, announced today the launch of an exciting redesigned digital database for the Museum’s collection of encyclopedic art through its website,  This marks the first phase of an initiative to dramatically improve online access and representation of the Museum’s global collection of more than 22,000 works of art.

By digitizing its entire collection, the DMA is creating one of the world’s most sophisticated online art collections, providing open access to its entire collection, and leading the field in the quality and depth of content available to visitors, students, teachers, and scholars.  In addition, whenever permitted by existing agreements, the DMA will release all images, data, and software it creates to the public under Open Access licenses for free personal and educational use.

Since January 2013, general admission to the DMA has been free to everyone.  With an increasing number of visitors bringing web-enabled devices to the Museum, the new online collection provides on-demand, rich content about works of art on view and in storage, allowing a broader reach for exploration of the collection.  Supplemental information, when available, will accompany objects as well as location information.  It is now possible for visitors to determine which works of art are on view and where they are located.  Additional features include high resolution object images with superior zoom functionality and the ability to share images and information on social media platforms and through e-mail.

In November 2013, an anonymous $9 million gift was announced to ensure free general admission to the DMA and enable the Museum to publish its entire collection online, including photographing the entire permanent collection.  This announcement marks the first milestone of the digitization project to be completed by 2016 or earlier.

Prior to this launch, only 7,000 works of art were published online.  Of those, approximately 3,000 were illustrated with images.  Today, the Museum’s entire collection of over 22,000 objects is available to the public via, and nearly 11,000 of those objects are illustrated with digital images.  The DMA is currently researching “orphan works” (copyrighted objects about which copyright information is lacking) and other works without clear or immediately discoverable copyright restrictions.

With this launch, images for over 4,500 objects are now available for free download without licensing fees or content restrictions. All images available via continue to be freely available for non-commercial and educational use. Over time, additional high-resolution images of all works in the public domain will be released for public use. Access to high-quality images and accurate data about each object will significantly enhance research and learning about the DMA’s collection in a way that has not been possible until now.

“It is only fitting that as one of the country’s ten largest museums and the region’s only encyclopedic art museum, the DMA should provide free access to its global collection online,” stated Robert Stein, Deputy Director. “We are striving to make the DMA among the most innovative and openly accessible museums in the country and could think of no better way to continue that process than to enhance the public’s access to the art we care for here in Dallas through this project.”

“A portion of the DMA’s collection has been available electronically for a number of years, but this new platform allows access to the Museum’s entire collection with increased content and functionality,“ added Shyam Oberoi, Director of Technology and Digital Media at the DMA. “Over the course of the next few years we will be able to refine, improve, and expand the collection content available on our website.”

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation, and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.  Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum welcomes some 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country, which currently has over 70,000 members. For more information, visit

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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Amon Carter Digitizes 35,000 Works from American Photographers


Amon Carter Museum of American Art Digitizes More than 35,000 Artworks with Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

September 11, 2014


FORT WORTH, Texas—The Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces that it has cataloged, digitized and published online more than 35,000 artworks of eight prominent American photographers of the 20th century—Carlotta Corpron (1901–1988), Nell Dorr (1893–1988), Laura Gilpin (1891–1979), Eliot Porter (1901–1990), Helen Post (1907–1979), Clara Sipprell (1885–1975), Erwin E. Smith (1886–1947) and Karl Struss (1886–1981).

Carlotta M. Corpron (1901–1988)  Eggs Encircled, 1948  Gelatin silver print Gift of the artist © 1988 Amon Carter Museum

Carlotta M. Corpron (1901–1988)
Eggs Encircled, 1948
Gelatin silver print
Gift of the artist
© 1988 Amon Carter Museum

This project was made possible by a $75,000 digitization grant the museum received from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2012.The Amon Carter owns the archives of these photographers, and the newly digitized works include all of the prints in these collections. Also digitized are 12,000 very fragile glass negatives, nitrate negatives and autochromes. Most are never-before-seen negatives that the museum is unable to display in the galleries due to format and fragility. The grant also allowed for the creation of new online collection guides that include biographical information, exhibition history, interpretative information and finding aids, which can be accessed here.

“We are tremendously pleased that the NEH grant allowed us to open the photography collection to the public in new ways,” says Andrew J. Walker, director. “The artworks of these eight artists reflect the range of American diversity in the 20th century, and the collection as a whole offers a singular view into the lives of working Americans. Also, with the addition of these works, we now offer a more comprehensive virtual guide to our collection, with a total of 60,000 works available online.”

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses one of the country’s major collections of American photography. The holdings span the history of the photographic medium in America and include works ranging from one of the earliest daguerreotypes produced in this country to contemporary digital prints. Although gallery space is devoted to photography exhibitions that rotate several times each year, thousands of images remain in storage. Providing virtual access opens eight significant archives as a continuous resource to all audiences.

“This NEH-supported initiative is the Amon Carter’s largest—and most comprehensive—digitization project to date,” says Jana Hill, collection information and imaging manager. “We are thrilled to bring the work of these eight photographers to the public in a meaningful way, particularly since many of the works are too fragile for exhibition. By offering new insights into the lives of these eight artists and providing context for their work, we hope this material will serve as an important educational resource for students, teachers and scholars in the humanities.”

Museum staff and scholars will talk about each of the eight photographers in the Amon Carter’s archives during an hour-long, live Google Art Talk on October 9 at 11 am CST. The presentation is part of Google’s Hangout On Air series and is free, interactive and accessible. It can also be viewed later on YouTube.


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Amon Carter Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant


Amon Carter Museum of American Art Receives National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant to Support George Caleb Bingham Exhibition

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa recently announced that the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Amon Carter is recommended for a $70,000 grant to support the exhibition Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River. This is the largest grant out of 45 that were awarded to Texas organizations. The Amon Carter is the only museum in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to receive an award.

Navigating the West is an important exhibition featuring 17 iconic river paintings and nearly 40 drawings, revealing for the first time how George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) created his art and artistic persona at a time when American painting, like the country, was dramatically shifting. Then and now our nation’s waterways—how they are used, controlled, and the lives of the people closest to them—remain a current and important issue. The exhibition is on view October 2, 2014 through January 18, 2015.

Acting Chairman Shigekawa says, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts.”

“Receiving this prestigious NEA grant is certainly an honor,” says Andrew J. Walker, director of the Amon Carter. “The support will help us create an exhibition that engages and resonates with our diverse audiences.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $23.4 million.

For a complete list of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art offers outstanding exhibitions and public programs for adults and children and is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m. Admission is always free. More information at

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Spring/Summer 2014 Adult Gallery Programs at the Modern


Drawing from the Collection

Learn with local artists as they lead free, informal basic drawing classes in the galleries. This class is open to adults at all skill levels; just bring a sketchbook and pencils. Registration is not required, but a sign-in sheet is available at the information desk.

First Sundays, 2-3:30 pm:

  • February 2-Devon Nowlin
  • March 2-Christopher Bond
  • April 6-Bruce Monroe
  • May 4-Christopher Blay
  • June 1-Carol Benson
  • July 6-Bernardo Vallarino
  • August 3-Clayton Hurt

In the Moment at the Modern: A Program for People with Memory Loss

This special program is designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Participants experience works of art at the Modern through intimate conversations with docents and thoughtful projects designed by the Museum’s education staff. Two sessions are offered the fourth Wednesday of each month, with space for up 20 participants at both 10 am and 2 pm. This free program includes admission to the galleries and all materials.

To make reservations, send a message to or call 817.840.2118 with your preferred date, time, and estimated number of guests.

Fourth Wednesdays, 10 am and 2 pm:

February 26, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27


 Slow Art at the Modern

The idea of “slow art” has its origins in the “slow food” movement centered on the enjoyment and appreciation of food that began in Italy in the late 1980s. The aim of the slow art movement is to break from the frenetic pace of modern life to simply enjoy works of art in a deliberate and unhurried fashion. Led by a Modern docent the third Friday of each month, Slow Art at the Modern features a 30-minute tour beginning at 5:30 pm that focuses on one work of art.

Continue the discussion afterward with happy hour at Café Modern, featuring half-price beer and wine and discounted appetizers.

Third Fridays, 5:30 pm:

February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15


Public Tours

Docents lead tours of highlights of the Modern’s permanent collection and special exhibitions Tuesday through Sunday at 2 pm. A Spanish-language tour is available on the first Sunday of each month at 2 pm. A public architecture tour is offered on the first Saturday of each month at 11 am. These tours do not require prior arrangements and begin in the Museum lobby.



Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Telephone 817.738.9215

Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566

Fax 817.735.1161


Museum Gallery Hours

Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Sep-Nov)Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm

Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices

$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)

$10 for adults (13+)

Free for children 12 and under

Free for Modern members

Free the first Sunday of every month and half-price every Wednesday.


Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm

Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm

Fri 5-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert

10 am-4:30 pm

The Museum is closed Monday and holidays including New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

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The First National Center for Arts Research Report‏


NCAR Report Is First of Its Kind for the Arts, Built on Most Comprehensive Set of Data Ever Compiled
Study Identifies Performance Drivers and Determines Value of Managerial Expertise

DALLAS (SMU) – The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, has unveiled its inaugural report assessing the health of the nonprofit arts industry. The report, available online at, is built on the most comprehensive set of arts organization data ever compiled, integrating organizational and market-level data, and assesses the industry from multiple perspectives, including sector/art form, geography, and size of the organization. The NCAR report is the first of its kind for the arts, creating a data-driven assessment of organizations’ performances industry-wide and identifying drivers of performance.

NCAR is led by faculty at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business in collaboration with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and other national partners. The vision of NCAR, the first of its kind in the nation, is to act as a catalyst for the transformation and sustainability of the national arts and cultural community. In its first study, researchers were able to determine the extent to which managerial and artistic experience and decision-making impact an organization’s performance.

“NCAR is the first organization in the country to examine the performance of the arts industry from a statistical, data-driven perspective,” said José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “Not only have we assembled the most comprehensive database and conducted the most in-depth analysis of the industry ever undertaken, but we are sharing these findings freely with the entire industry and providing tools for individual organizations to understand themselves and make changes to improve their performance. This is what makes the project unique – we are not just producing another index of how arts organizations are doing. The ultimate goal of NCAR is to improve the health of both individual organizations and the entire arts and culture ecosystem in the United States.”

To create the inaugural report, NCAR researchers integrated and analyzed data from the CDP and other national and government sources such as the Theatre Communications Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics. In doing so they created a spatial model of the arts and culture ecosystem of the U.S. The report measures performance on eight different indices: contributed revenue, earned revenue, expenses, marketing impact, bottom line, balance sheet, community engagement, and program activity. For each index, overall averages were calculated, as well as averages by sector, by organizational size, and by geographic area. These were broken down into nine different market clusters, including five cities identified as stand-alone markets (New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago).

Beyond simply reporting on performance, the NCAR study evaluated specific drivers of performance and then, controlling for these drivers, NCAR was able to create a level playing field for all organizations in order to compare performance across organizations. From this, NCAR estimated how much of the remaining performance variation is attributable to intangible, difficult-to-observe-and-measure characteristics such as good decision-making and managerial or artistic expertise and how much is simply random variation.

NCAR draws on the academic expertise of Meadows and Cox faculty in the fields of arts management, marketing, and statistics. Dr. Zannie Voss, chair and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship in the Meadows and Cox schools, serves as NCAR’s director and Dr. Glenn Voss, the Marilyn R. and Leo F. Corrigan, Jr. Endowed Professor of Marketing at Cox, serves as research director.

“In this first report we took a deep dive into eight of the areas of performance identified, and by studying these averages, tried to answer the question ‘all else being equal, what makes one arts organization more successful than another?’ Some of the findings were as one would expect, but we did find some surprises,” said NCAR director Dr. Zannie Voss. “Perhaps more than any other industry, arts organizations are driven by managerial and artistic expertise. Being able to estimate the value of this expertise in an organization’s performance is the single most valuable result of our first study.”

In 2014, NCAR will launch an interactive dashboard, created in partnership with IBM, which will be accessible to arts organizations nationwide. Arts leaders will be able to enter information about their organizations and see how they compare to the highest performance standards in each of the eight indices for similar organizations. The website will also foster public discussion of best practices and solutions and offer a dedicated YouTube channel for video responses, as well as an online resource library with helpful tools and templates.

More than a dozen visionary foundations and individual arts patrons have supported the new center with financial investments, including the Communities Foundation of Texas, M. R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation, Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, Jennifer and Peter Altabef, Marilyn Augur, Molly Byrne, Bess and Ted Enloe, Melissa and Trevor Fetter, Carol and Don Glendenning, Jeanne R. Johnson, Nancy Nasher, Nancy Perot, Bonnie Pitman, Caren Prothro, and Donna Wilhelm.

NCAR 2013 Report – Highlights

A sampling of highlights from the study:

  • Arts and cultural organizations earned an average of $22.26 per person who participated in the organization’s program offerings, with a wide spectrum when broken down by sector: from a low of $4.10 for community organizations to a high of $53.72 for opera companies, reflecting the differences in operating models.
  • The larger the organization, the higher the percentage of its operating revenue that goes to pay for artistic and program personnel compensation, and the greater the tendency to run a deficit.
  • The smaller the organization, the higher the level of expenses it covers with contributed revenue.
  • San Francisco had the highest arts and culture dollar activity per capita—$895—followed by New York City and Washington, D.C., at roughly $610 each.
  • Organizations in the Los Angeles area have the highest levels of unrestricted contributed revenue covering total expenses, the highest program revenue per attendee, and spend more in marketing expenses to bring in each attendee than other clusters, while Chicago organizations spend the lowest amount to bring in every attendee, followed by New York.

Based on the averages for each index, NCAR researchers were able to identify some factors that drive performance, including:

  • Organizational age and size (total expenses) boost performance in every case.
  • More local, national, or world premieres all lead to higher attendance and higher levels of total engagement.
  • Organizations that target children (pre-K – 12) tend to have a larger footprint, offering more programs on larger budgets and attracting more attendance and more total engagement.
  • Organizations that spend more on fundraising (including personnel) have higher contributed and total operating revenue, but also more offerings, more total engagement, and higher current assets.
  • Population has a positive effect on operating revenue, expenses, and total offerings, but a negative relationship with attendance and total engagement.
  • Households with annual income above $200,000 tend to provide more contributed revenue to local arts and cultural organizations and they drive up expenses, but they have no effect on either attendance or program revenue and they drive down total engagement.
  • Longer commute times in a community bring down performance on nearly every outcome.
  • Attendance is lower as median age in the market increases. It appears that attendance is driven more by those in the lower end of the 25-64 range.
  • Having more hotels in the market led to higher performance on nearly every measure.
  • More per capita operating revenue in an arts sector translates to higher performance on every measure for organizations in that sector. When there are more competitors per sector, contributions are spread thinner, budgets tend to be smaller, and each organization supplies fewer offerings. However, more competition does not lead to lower attendance or engagement.
  • Higher concentrations of larger corporations in the community boost marketing expenses, physical attendance, total expenses, and program salaries. There is a “big company” effect that impacts arts and culture.
  • The number of NEA and/or IMLS grants an organization receives has a positive effect on every performance outcome.

Although the performance drivers explain some level of variation in performance measures, there are intangibles, like managerial and artistic experience, that also affect performance. These Key Intangible Performance Indicators (KIPIs) can be measured only after taking into account an organization’s sector, size, location, community characteristics, local cultural policy, etc., and creating a level playing field. There is still some random variation that can’t be accounted for, but NCAR gets as close as possible to measuring how much of an impact KIPIs have on performance. The KIPIs are most valuable as a tool in examining an individual organization’s performance on different outcomes relative to the rest of the field, all else being equal.

About the Meadows School of the Arts

The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established in 1969 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music, and theatre. The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art, entrepreneurship, and change. The Meadows School of the Arts is also a convener for the arts in North Texas, serving as a catalyst for new collaborations and providing critical industry research. It shares with Cox the dual-degree MA/MBA in arts management. For more information, visit

About the Cox School of Business

SMU’s Cox School of Business, originally established in 1920 and named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978, offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate business education programs. Among them: BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Sport Management, and Executive Education. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, ranging from its Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Maguire Energy Institute ,and Global Leadership Program to its Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program and an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries.

Victoria Winkelman
Meadows School of the Arts

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FWCAC asks What Do You Want to Know About Art?


Your opinion matters!

Every July the FWADA has an exhibition of selections from member galleries at the FWCAC. Along with the Selections exhibit, we also have a panel discussion. We would like for you to pick the panel topic this year.


Respond to with your suggested topics and be entered in a raffle for a gift card from one of our sponsors: Winslow’s Wine Cafe, Piola, La Piazza, Chadra Mezza & Grill or Blue Mesa Grill.

What do you want to know about art?


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SMU Launches New National Center for Arts Research

SMU Leads Unprecedented Collaboration with National Partners to Assess and Support Health of Arts Organizations

DALLAS (SMU) — Southern Methodist University announced today that its Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business are leading a collaboration with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and numerous other partners to create a National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at SMU. The center, the first of its kind in the nation, will analyze the largest database of arts research ever assembled, investigate important issues in arts management and patronage, and make its findings available to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers and the general public. The vision of NCAR is to act as a catalyst for the transformation and sustainability of the national arts and cultural community.

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State of the Arts at the DMA videos

Videos from the State of the Arts discussion held Jan. 24, 2013 at Dallas Museum of Art. State of the Arts is a partnership between the DMA and KERA’s Art&Seek. Post on the Art&Seek’s YouTube channel:


“Are We There Yet?” Dallas, Stop Asking.

Here’s Kim Cadmus Owens, artist and associate professor, saying Dallas needs to get over that question. Part of State of the Arts discussion Jan. …


Dallas Art Collectors Need a “Sense of Fact”

Lucia Simek, Glasstire critic, says Dallas collectors need to understand artists here to be better ambassadors for the city. Part of State of the A…


Here’s Lucia Simek, Glasstire critic, on the artists who are creating new models and forming collectives around North Texas. Part of State of the…


Are Artists Responsible to their Audience? Sour Grapes’ Carlos Donjuan.

Here’s Carlos Donjuan on the responsibilities he feels toward his audience. Part of State of the Arts discussion Jan. 24 at Dallas Museum of Art. S…

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Craighead Green: Establishing An Art Fund


Craighead Green Gallery recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary, and in honor of that, Steve Green and Kenneth Craighead considered establishing a foundation. Their goal was to promote the arts and arts education, as well as create a solution for their large personal art collection and estate to further endow their legacy.


They found the logistics of setting up your own foundation daunting, and instead turned to CFT to establish a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF). Steve and Kenneth retain all control of distributing funds as they see fit, and they intend to award a grant for art education this spring.


Article by Steve Green and Kenneth Craighead on the establishments of the an art fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas:

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DMA Free Membership and General Admission


Dallas Museum of Art to Offer Free Membership And a Return to Free General Admission Starting January 21, 2013

DMA Membership and Admissions Model Sets New Standard for Visitor Engagement And Patronage, Encouraging Museum Participation and Community Building at Every Level

The Dallas Museum of Art announced today a return to free general admission and the launch of an innovative new membership model available to the public for free.

The new program, DMA Friends & Partners, approaches membership as a program of engagement that is intended to build long-term relationships with visitors and to emphasize participation over the transaction-based membership model that has become common practice among museums. Beginning on January 21, 2013, the program will enhance the DMA’s role as the region’s largest municipal museum and a vital community asset that rewards cultural participation in novel ways and provides meaningful experiences with art to visitors free of charge.

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Museums, Galleries & Arts Centers


A guide with links to museums, galleries & arts centers in the North Texas area. The last section include links to other cultural guides to the area.

Art museums in North Texas:

Community art centers in North Texas

College and university galleries in North Texas

Guides to local institutions, galleries, exhibits and events

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Art Centers in North Texas

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Nonprofit art centers and arts councils in North Texas

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