Juror – Sara-Jayne Parsons
500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist–run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas’ most anticipated annual juried competitions. Expo 2017 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment). All work must be ready to hang.
Juror is Sara-Jayne Parsons. As the Director of the Art Galleries at TCU in Fort Worth, British curator Sara-Jayne Parsons drives the international vision of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts and promotes professional development of students and local artists through programming in Moudy Gallery. Her curatorial practice is informed by working in collaboration or close partnership with artists to produce new art works through commissions, exhibitions and artist residencies. Artists she has worked with in this way include John Akomfrah, Ayman Baalbaki, Sonia Boyce, Jyll Bradley, Sebastiaan Bremer, Gina Czarnecki, Hew Locke, RAWIYA, Janek Schaefer and Emily Speed.
Before moving to Fort Worth in 2014 Parsons was the Exhibitions Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, UK, where for eight years she produced a diverse, contemporary exhibition programme. In that time she was also a collaborative member of the curatorial team for the Liverpool Biennial (the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK) and produced notable commissioned works by Daniel Bozhkov, Khalil Rabah, The Royal Art Lodge and Ranjani Shettar. She has also published critical writing in various contemporary art magazines including Source, Art Monthly Australia and ArtLies, and has published essays in numerous exhibition catalogues.
Current projects Parsons is working on for Fall 2017 include the US premiere of “Finding Fanon,” a 3-part film series by UK artists David Blandy and Larry Achiampong, a commission by Panamanian artist Cisco Merel and the presentation of “Iamuslima,” an exhibition by New York-based, Texas artist Baseera Khan.
Exhibition runs from October 7 – November 5, 2017
500X Gallery, 500 Exposition Avenue Dallas, TX 75226
Deadline: September 15, 2017