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2016 State Fair of Texas: Visual Arts Highlights


Fried food, carnival rides, the animal barns, and Big Tex are the mainstays of the fair experience, but don’t forget the arts! The 2016 State Fair of Texas opened on Friday, September 30 and extends through October 23. For more information see the website: http://www.bigtex.com

Artwork from the annual Creative Arts contests are on display in the Creative Arts Building. Results are already posted for the Arts: http://bigtex.com/creativearts/caresults/. Check out the prize winners!

statefairsistine-chapelAn unexpected treat in the Women’s Building this year is the exhibit of the murals from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. The visitor can explore the expertly reproduced artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel. http://bigtex.com/?s=michelangelo

The Fall Garden Program is back again and includes an outdoor sculpture exhibit .  Local artists loan the State Fair sculptures so visitors can enjoy and interact with the artwork.  More here:  http://bigtex.com/fun/gardenshow/


Fair Park has a long history of spectacular art and architecture, with monumental sculpture and murals from the Art Deco period. A recent book Fair Park Deco, published by TCU Press, is an in-depth look at the design of the Texas Centennial Exposition.

The Texas Discovery Gardens, located on the Fair Park grounds, hosts regular art exhibits. The current exhibit is Outdoor Places, featuring David Schulze.

The African American Museum of Dallas has a small but rich collection of African masks, folk art, sculptures, gold weights, and textiles. The museum also hosts art exhibits.


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O’Keefe Studio Lecture Series, Sculpture Sessions & Critique



Presented by Michael O’Keefe at the The O’Keefe Studio
580 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 290, Richardson, TX 75080


$15 admission

2014 Thursday Evening Lecture Series

Thursday, March 20th, 7pm

What is Abstraction?

This talk and powerpoint presentation will tackle the idea of abstraction in relationship to the visual arts. We will consider the way the terms “abstract” and “abstraction” are typically used and the possible problems with various understandings of these terms. Most of all, this talk will offer a deeper understanding of various abstract vocabularies, making it easier for participants to succeed in using or viewing an abstract artistic vocabulary.

Thursday, April 24th, 7pm

Sensuality, Seasickness, St. Sebastian, Secret Societies, and a Joust of Great Egos: A Stroll Through The DMA

This talk and powerpoint presentation will examine a handful of works from the Dallas Museum of Art that are, most likely, often overlooked by visitors. Michael will share some insights into each the works that deal with the curious themes mentioned in the lecture title. Be surprised by the works that Michael has chosen to highlight while enjoying insights into many time periods, cultures, and artistic concerns.

Thursday, May 29th, 7pm

Michelangelo in Dallas

Did you know that there are reproductions of 8 Michelangelo sculptures here in dallas?! This talk and powerpoint presentations will expose the whereabouts of these sculptures and will take a closer look at the artistic concerns and developments of the great Michelangelo as seen in these 8 sculptures. We will also discuss the quality of these reproductions and consider the affect on the overall value of a work of art when it is a reproduction rather then the original.



Sculpting the Human Head and Moving Into Abstraction

4 sessions with a model: Tues., 1:30–4:30 Mar. 25, Apr. 1, 8 15
4 sessions moving into abstraction: Tues., 1:30–4:30 Apr. 22, 29, May 6, 15


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