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David McGee Works on Paper at the Gallery at UTA

January 22 – March 10, 2018

Arlington – The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present an exhibition showcasing works on paper by Houston-based artist David McGee, organized by the Houston Museum of African American Culture. The Telling and the Told, which premiered in Houston before travelling to the University of Texas at Arlington, includes over thirty watercolors illustrating an eclectic array of themes. McGee’s wide-ranging literary and pop-cultural interests are evident, and are mirrored and, frequently, amalgamated in his evocative ‘mash-up’ artworks. Benito Huerta, curator of the exhibition, selected images from several series created over the past twenty years to showcase McGee’s complex visual narratives that encompass everything from art historical references and Hip Hop music, to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and fairytales, to Cuban poetry and Greek mythology. As Huerta commented, “David’s many interests are as varied as his art. He reads the classics as well as contemporary books, but what he really likes to do is mix it up – both in his literary tastes and his art.”

Dali,2010, 30″ x 22″, Watercolor on paper, Collection of Poppi Massey, Houston, TX

David McGee was born in Lockhart, Louisiana, and he currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. He is known for his thought-provoking paintings that frequently reference literature and language, and the juxtaposition of word with image. He has been the focus of several solo exhibitions throughout the United States including venues in New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah; and his work is held in collections including The Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA); the Boston Museum of Art; The Menil Collection (Houston); the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Deceive,2015, 30″ x 22″, Watercolor on paper, Collection of Jim and Sarrah Petersen, Houston, TX

In association with the exhibition, David McGee will discuss his work in an hour-long gallery talk/dialogue with Benito Huerta on Thursday, January 25 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. There will be a reception on Friday, January 26 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks beginning at 6:30 pm. The exhibition, talk, and reception are free and open to the public.

Pimp,2010, 30″ x 22″, Watercolor on paper, Collection of Gregory and Alyssa Shannon, Houston, TX

Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.

The 2017- 2018 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, Art & Art History Department Students, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin.


All events are free and open to the public.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10AM – 5PM | Saturday, 12PM – 5PM

Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658

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Nneka Osueke: Memoirs of Self Love at ArtSpace – Metropolitan Press

Now Showing at ArtSpace at Metropolitan Press:

Nneka Osueke: Memoirs of Self Love

Showing August 7-25, 2017 | Reception August 10, 6-9pm

Join us this Thursday, August 10 from 6 to 9pm for this month’s ArtSpace reception. Nneka Osueke’s solo show, titled Memoirs of Self Love, showcases her contemplative yet bold nature, the keen eye with which she examines her inner and outer world.

From the artist:
A first-generation Nigerian with a background in fashion and psychology, Nneka Osueke picked up the drawing pencil at the age of 5, painted at 9, and sketched her first fashion illustration at 11. Her work is a direct conversation of the matters of her heart. With uses of surrealism, abstraction and sculpture, she lures out the unconscious, toying with that which reveals and hides itself in, cycles through, torments, and frees the human psyche.

You can find Nneka on Instagram @southernfriedambitious or online at www.nnekaosueke.com or www.southernfriedambitious.com

ArtSpace hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm & for the Artist Reception, August 10, 6-9pm

Open to the public, the ArtSpace gallery is located inside the Metropolitan Press building at 1250 Majesty Drive in Dallas. We feature both up-and-coming and established artists on a monthly rotation. To find out more or if you are an artist interested in showing, contact us through our website, www.metpressinc.com


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May is Black Men’s Month at SDCC! One Step Ahead Reception May 12 & Black Men’s Film Festival May 19 & 20


One Step Ahead

Opening Reception
Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Artist Talk
Sat. June 17, 2017 3:00pm – 5:00pm

One Step Ahead is a joint exhibition by Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Kahlil Robert Irving, that excavates a pivotal period of American culture and politics, examining loss as a stifling of progress. Reflecting on the affects of the assassinations of Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Barrois Jr. and Irving mine cultural iconography, both celestial and terrestrial, presenting metaphorical and juxtapositional gestures that bring historic concerns into our present condition. Through both traditional and inventive strategies of making, One Step Ahead draws from the eponymous 1967 song by Aretha Franklin, which touches on time and the inevitability of heartbreak where love is concerned. In acknowledging two lives, two assassinations, and two directions of thought towards the progress of Black life in the United States, the artist hope to prompt past, present, and future reflections on mortality, while working to translate their perspectives into alternate ways of understanding identity and protest.


About the Artists:

Lyndon Barrois Jr. has exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (St. Louis), and group exhibitions at La Esquina (Kansas City), the Chicago Artist Coalition (Chicago) and Blackburn 20/20 Gallery (New York), to name a few. He received an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. He has held residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Arteles Creative Center in Finland, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland. Barrois Jr. was a teaching artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago and a faculty member at Washington University and Webster University. He is currently the Museum Educator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Kahlil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. He recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Kansas City Art Institute, double majoring in Art History and Ceramics. Currently he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University, Irving is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. His work in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Art in Kecskemet, Hungary, and the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. His work has also been exhibited at the Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri; Glassell School and Museum of fine art, Houston, Texas; and the Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.



Black Men’s Film Festival

Friday, May 19, 2017 8:00pm

Seven Songs for Malcolm X
Produced by the Black Audio Film Collective
A Film by John Akomfrah

An homage to the inspirational African-American civil rights leader, SEVEN SONGS FOR MALCOLM X collects testimonies, eyewitness accounts and dramatic reenactments to tell the life, legacy, loves, and losses of Malcolm X.

Featuring interviews with Malcolm’s widow Betty Shabazz, Spike Lee, and many other, SEVEN SONGS looks for the meaning behind the resurgence of interest in the man whose X always stood for the unknown.

“What makes Seven Songs so provocative is that Akomfrah shows respect for many different interpretations of Malcolm, suggesting that this revolutionary figure belongs to everybody.” —The Chicago Reader

Check out the film trailer here!

Sat., May 20, 2017 8:00pm

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
Producer/Director: Karen Thorsen, Producers: William Miles and Douglas K. Dempsey

The life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist are recounted: what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted, and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” James Baldwin tells his own story in this emotional portrait. Using rarely-seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin and original scenes from his extraordinary funeral service in December 1987. His close friends and colleagues — even critics — illuminate the narrative, among them writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron, plus entertainer Bobby Short. James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket was originally broadcast August 14, 1989 on AMERICAN MASTERS

Check out the film trailer here!


The South Dallas Cultural Center has a new website!


Programs at the South Dallas Cultural Center are supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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blkART214 and Talking Sticks open April 6 at the SDCC


blkart214 april6

Opening Reception and Juror Talk
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm

blkART214 is an annual juried exhibition designed to showcase the recent work of professional and emerging artists of African descent who reside and are active in the artistic environment of the Dallas area. In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the South Dallas Cultural Center, this year’s theme is Memory, Movements and the Present Moment.

blkART214 is a component of ART 214, a collaboration between the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs cultural centers and facilities in celebration of Dallas Arts Month 2017.

Artists include:
Sanah Brown,
Spencer Evans
Rocynda Kedley
Fela Ramond
Jamal Dubose
Jazzmine Bustamonte
Johnathan Victor
Kimbra Young
Roneka Patterson
Tiffany Anderson
Jas Mardis

Annette Lawrence
Annette Lawrence is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design. She received a MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, and a BFA in Sculpture from The Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.

Talking Sticks
Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm

Talking Sticks is a new installation by Dallas Folk Artists Billy Edmond. In Talking Sticks, Emonds uses carved wood walking canes to create social commentary about Black identity.



South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh
Dallas, TX 75210
214.939.2782  http://www.dallasculture.org/SDCulturalCenter

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Irving Black Arts Council presents its 2017 exhibit: Art Inspired; opening reception Feb. 4


Exhibit dates:
February 4February 26

Reception February 4 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Meet the artists behind Art Inspired.  Free reception.

Larry Alexander, Therlee Gipson, Walter Land, and Don O’Bannon depict and celebrate African American individuals, history and culture in a variety of media including paintings, drawings, cut paper compositions, digital printmaking and mixed media.

Irving Arts Center, 333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062

Gallery Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.



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Film & Exhibits highlight Black Women’s Month at the SDCC


South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210
We bid a fond farewell to our fearless leader Vicki Meek, but we won’t skip a beat in March because it’s Black Women’s Month!

I just want to thank everyone who took time to celebrate with me as I move out of my role as Manager of South Dallas Cultural Center into my new role as full-time artist! You made my “retirement” celebration a real blast and I felt the love throughout. I hope you all will continue to celebrate by attending the remaining events planned this month as we showcase Black women making art in a variety of disciplines.

LosingGroundLosing Ground: A groundbreaking film by Kathleen Collins

At the time of her death from cancer in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker. Her second film and one of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art. Accomplished actors Seret Scott (who appeared in Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby and Ntozake Shange’s play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf”), Bill Gunn (Ganja and Hess), Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) and the late multitalented Billie Allen star in this groundbreaking film. Funny, brilliant and personal, Losing Ground should be ranked high in the canon of indie cinema.

March 18 & 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm FREE
South Dallas Cultural Center Theater


In the Words of A Sistah is back and Stronger than Ever!

B Randall always produces a spoken word & musical event that features some powerful women voices (and the occasional man!) This year’s event is no exception so you’ll want to grab some friends and get a spot for In The Words of A Sistah! For ticket info, please contact B Randall by emailingthehostbrandall@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 5 pm.
South Dallas Cultural Center Theater




We Takin’ It To The Roots Y’all!

Michelle Gibson is a force of nature and her latest dancework, “Takin’ It To The Roots” will take you on a journey to Second Line country like none you’ve ever experienced, we guarantee! Co-commissioned by South Dallas Cultural Center and Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, “Takin It To The Roots”includes original music by Brent Nance & Jason Davis, videography by Bart Weiss and script by Jonathan Norton. Musicians adding that genuine Nawlins flava are Kicking Brass Band, Brent Nance, Lin Barnett & Alejandro Perez. All seating is general but patrons purchasing their tickets online will be seated first! This production is made possible in part by National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network Creation Fund, National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Click photo for tickets!

Photo credit: Maria Nunes
March 25-27, 2016 8 pm & 3 pm
South Dallas Cultural Center Theater


“Septuāgintā duo” by T Vásquez


Fort Worth artist T Vasquez exhibits a new body of work that explores issues around domestic violence and its affect on the notion of “home”. Using highly nuanced imagery through the medium of oversized photography and photographic installations, Vásquez forces us to think about the many ways home, sweet home is disrupted even when outward appearances suggest otherwise given the nature of secrecy and shame so often a part of the domestic violence paradigm.


Blood Memory by Montoya Williams
This exciting new digital photography work by Dallas artist Montoya Williams is inspired by afro-futurism and the concept of secret technology. This exhibition represents Williams first one woman show in Dallas after returning from Atlanta, Georgia where she lived for 8 years.
Both shows close April 30, 2016.
Arthello Beck Gallery
South Dallas Cultural Center
Gallery hours: Tues.,Thurs.Fri.- 2-8 pm; Wed. & Sat. 10am-4 pm. FREE


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Burl Washington art at the Fort Worth Stock Show


Prize-winning Fort Worth artist Burl Washington will be selling and signing prints and posters of his western art at the Fort Worth Stock Show Jan. 15 – Feb. 6 in Fort Worth. For more information about his work, see http://burlwashington.com/

Burl Ives is the guest artist and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee at the

3400 Mount Vernon Avenue
Fort Worth Texas 76102

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Kijana Martin and Ayo Scott open Jan. 16 at the SDCC


“Does My Bow Tie Make it Better?” by Kijana Martin
Dallas area artist Kijana Martin exhibits a new body of work that explores the often treacherous environment African Americans must navigate in their quest to gain acceptance by White America. Using a variety of media, Martin probes the question of what will it take for African Americans to be able to be their natural selves without raising the suspicians, fears and disdain of White America and how is the sociopolitical landscape changing as a new generation of freedom fighters emerges?


HUEman nature series by Ayo Scott
This exciting new work by New Orleans artist Ayo Scott explores our relationship with technology that has us evolving but not necessarily in ways that foster humanity’s interconnectedness. Please be advised this show has nudity and some patrons may find it inappropriate for children.


Both shows open at 5-7 pm on Saturday January 16 and close February 27, 2016.
Arthello Beck Gallery
South Dallas Cultural Center
Gallery hours: Tues.,Thurs.Fri.- 2-8 pm; Wed. & Sat. 10am-4 pm. FREE

3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210

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SDCC Exhibits: Jamaal Stafford and Rosie Lee open Sept. 12


United Snakes of America by Jamaal Stafford


“Million Dollar Flows”: by Jamaal Stafford

In “Million Dollar Flows“, artist Jamaal Stafford explores the subliminal messages that surround the rap industry due in no small part to the obsession with the trappings of money and drugs in so many of the lyrics and imagery created to accompany the music. He poses visual questions about the relationship between the love of the “Bling” and the demise of talent among rap artists, making correlations between the business of the music industry and the lack of real artistry in so many of today’s rap artists. Stafford also makes commentary on the devaluation of women and extreme misogyny that seems to accompany the image of the succesfull rap artist. He poses the question of whether the notion of male/female relationships has been replaced by the love of money, sex and drugs.
Picture Our Future by Rosie Lee

Picture Our Future by Rosie Lee

Dandy Fresh Pt. 2: The Cool Kids X South Africa by Rosie Lee
“In my second series titled “The Cool Kids” I explore groups of creatives made of primarily self taught designers like the Smarteez from Johannesburg who take their love for print, color and heritage into global phenomenon and sensationalism. These young risk takers look to inspire big box fashion department stores by displaying their own unique styles. Their essence and fluidity is captured through lines and acrylic paintings giving breath to a subculture often overlooked for trendsetting ideas in fashion. The second part in the Dandy Fresh series, the works on paper, offer a sense of simplicity with neutral colors and draped textiles blurring the lines between painting and sculpture. The art examines form and color through young women and men to provide differing perspectives into the lifestyle of The Cool Kids.”~ Rosie Lee, 2015
Both shows open Saturday, September 12 at 5 pm and run through October 24, 2015.
Arthello Beck Gallery
South Dallas Cultural Center
Gallery hours: Tues.,Thurs.Fri.- 2-8 pm; Wed. & Sat. 10am-4 pm. FREE


South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210
*New Hours: Tues. Thurs. Fri.- 1-9 pm; Wed & Sat. 9-5 pm.

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