Two January Exhibitions at the Art Galleries at TCU


Happy Holidays from The Art Galleries at TCU! 
We will be closed December 21st – January 15th. Please mark your calendars for the two shows opening mid-January, and we hope to see you in the New Year. 
Contact: Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU, 2900 W Berry St, Fort Worth, TX  76109, 817-257-2588,
*** Fort Worth Contemporary Arts ***
1 – 7
Amanda Arredondo, Mason Bryant, Courtney Hamilton,
Alyssa Hawkins, Fernando Johnson, Layla Luna & Max Morris
January 16 – March 7, 2015
Opening reception Friday January 16th, 6 – 8pm
An algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for making calculations or processing data. It is a process through which decisions are made and insight is refined, providing solutions to problems or organizing large amounts of information into intelligent categories. In the 21st-century algorithms have become seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives, including use in smart phone apps and retail promotions, to the choreography of our traffic lights.
In the artist’s studio an algorithm translates as practice. Not in the preparatory or repetitive sense but as an organic form of experimentation that explores technique and materials through a series of steps and missteps. As a reflection of their very different practices, 1 – 7 presents the work of current TCU M.F.A. students whose works respond to the idea of algorithms in art-making. Within the parameter of 1 – 7, the artists’ reflect on possibilities in making which involve the presentation of a number of objects and ideas, or a progression of processes and narratives.
Much of Amanda Arredondo’s recent painting and drawing reflects her childhood and family life in Del Rio, TX, and focuses on surreal cultural juxtapositions involving ritual, superstition and symbols.   
Mason Bryant uses found objects, text and audio to create unusual archives that appropriate and recontextualize information as banal as telephone hold music or conversations captured by eavesdropping in public places.
The art of workmanship preoccupies Courtney Hamilton who explores craft and display through traditional techniques such as basketry and by responding to the limits and suggestions of materials in found objects.
In her investigation of the connections between language and form, using materials such as sheetrock and lace, Alyssa Hawkins critiques contemporary perceptions of identity and accepted notions of what is masculine and feminine.
Documentation and the process of archiving inform Fernando Johnson’s sculptural installations which reveal ambient sounds as a series of fragmented gestures and poetic codes.
Layla Luna scrutinizes her concept of a “dream house” through a series of drawings which dismantle an architectural structure to reveal a metaphor formed from a sense of longing, belonging and home.
Interested in the relationship between technology and painting, Max Morris conjures brightly colored non-objective canvases that suggest a relationship to fractals and juxtapose the gesture of paint against the swipe of the digital.
Don’t miss an opportunity to meet our graduate students and find out more about their work during these artist talks which are free and open to the public:
January 31st, 2pm
  • –    Amanda Arredondo
  • –    Mason Bryant
  • –    Courtney Hamilton
February 21st, 2pm
  • –    Alyssa Hawkins
  • –    Fernando Johnson
  • –    Layla Luna
  • –    Max Morris
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at 2900 W Berry St. on the edge of the TCU Campus, Fort Worth, TX 76109. Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 5 pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.
For more information about this exhibition, images for press, or details about other activities of the Art Galleries at TCU, please contact Sara-Jayne Parsons, Curator,, 817-257-2707, or Devon Nowlin, Gallery Manager,, 817-257-2588.

*** Moudy Gallery ***
States of the Union:
Highlights from the TCU Permanent Art Collection
Moudy Gallery, January 20 – Feburary 19, 2015
Opening Reception Tuesday, January 20th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Art Galleries at TCU are proud to announce the first public exhibition composed of selected highlights from TCU’s permanent art collection. The fruit of a semester-long project assigned to the first-year Master of Arts students in Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite’s art history seminar, The Art Museum, this exhibition constitutes a landmark in the history of TCU. In the spirit of the United States President’s annual State of the Union address, this premier exhibition of TCU artworks seeks to engage the community in a visual exploration of historic issues our country has faced and continues to confront.
The works on display present American history and politics as interpreted by artists, some of whom were employees of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), civil rights leaders, and military veterans.  The artists featured in the exhibition are Will Barnet, Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Romare Bearden, Larry Rivers, McKie Trotter, Andy Warhol, Bill Mauldin, Luis Jiménez, Antonio Alvarez and Jane Stuart. Stuart’s iconic portraits of George and Martha Washington mark the entrance of the exhibition. In diverse ways and differing media, the works on display provoke intriguing questions regarding national identity, values, and conflicts. By referencing or being influenced by American history and politics, the artworks instigate a consideration of our relationship to our national past.
This display of selections from the permanent art collection will be the first in a series of exhibitions that contribute to TCU’s learning environment.
This exhibition curated by TCU M.A. Art History students: Cathryn Bidal, Lola Clairmont, Alexa Ibarguen, Anna Kern
Please join us for a panel discussion on the themes and works in the show, featuringTCU Professors Rachel Livedalen, Jim Riddlesperger, and Mark Thistlethwaite.
February 4, Moudy Gallery, 5:30 p.m
Moudy Gallery is located in the Moudy North building on the TCU Campus, 2805 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129. Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday, 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free.
For more information about this exhibition, images for press, or other activities of the Art Galleries at TCU, please contact Sara-Jayne Parsons, Curator,, 817-257-2707, or Devon Nowlin, Gallery Manager,, 817-257-2588.
2900 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76109


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