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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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