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Art Exhibits and Pop-up shows at OC3!


223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208
De Colores Grey Space

De Colores Collective

Saturday, April 29th
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for the inauguration of De Colores Collective with it’s presentation of Grey Space, an exploration of various perspectives that focus on the topic of immigration. In conjunction with the release of the first podcast episode, a pop-up art show will be held at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center on Saturday, April 29th from 6pm – 9pm. Event is FREE and open to the public.





The 19th Annual
El Dia De Los Niños
Art Exhibit

In honor of #DallasArtMonth, Oak Cliff Cultural Center teams up with 9 DISD schools to showcase the impressive art skills of the most talented students in Oak Cliff for this year’s 19th annual Dia de los Niños Art Show! Exhibit closesFriday, April 28th, 2017.

This year’s participating schools are Rosemont’s Primary, Elementary & Middle Schools, Sidney Lanier Arts Vanguard School, Travis TAG Academy, Longfellow, Arcadia Park Elementary, and Soto Elementary. Come feast your eyes on the astute execution and fanciful expression of young, artful hands!!





IDENTITY: I Am One, I Am Many
May 6, 2017 – June 9, 2017
Reception: May 6, 2017
5:30pm – 8:00pm
“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”
– Cesar ChavezOak Cliff Cultural Center and Sunset Art Studios presentIDENTITY: I AM ONE, I AM MANY, an exhbition Inspired by the words of Cesar Chavez, Identity: I Am One, I Am Many is a group exhibition exploring the ways we define ourselves and the world around us. Identity features the works of Tina Medina, Johnathon Foster, and Iris Bechtol. All recipients of Sunset Art Studio’s artist residency program as well as Emily Riggert and Rachel Rushing, artist coordinators of SAS. These artist will look at identity through the lens of culture, politics, gender, and community to open vital discussions to our society.IDENTITY: I Am One, I Am Many will be on display from May 6, 2017 – June 9, 2017. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 6th, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Reception and exhibit are FREE and open to the public.

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IDENTITY Artist Residency Program in Oak Cliff – deadline Feb. 15

identity residency

Artist Residency Program: Proposals due February 15, 2017

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.

 -Cesar Chavez

Sunset Art Studios and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center are now accepting proposals for Identity: I am one, I am many, a collaborative residency and exhibition program.

Sunset Art Studios, from artists Rachel Rushing and Emily Riggert, is a social practice studio in Elmwood run with the core principle of connecting people with the arts in an approachable way. This focus emphasizes the value of multiple viewpoints from diverse groups of individuals. The artistic process opens up the mind to creative problem solving, and seeing complex issues in fresh ways.

In our current political climate this mentality is vital to the survival of a civil and democratic society where all people are created equal and valued equally. The arts are manifestations of these values.

Inspired by the words of Cesar Chavez, Identity: I am one, I am many is a group exhibition exploring the ways we define ourselves and the world around us. Artists in Residence at Sunset Art Studios, and the SAS coordinating artists look at identity through the lens of culture, politics, gender, community, and more to forward discussions vital to our society.

Texas is a multicultural space home to veterans, students, immigrants, entrepreneurs, artists, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends. Through this program artists are encouraged to apply whose work considers these complex identities.

Two artists will be selected for 4-week residencies at Sunset Art Studios during the months of March and April 2016. Residents will be provided with

  • Shared studio space

  • Limited studio furniture

  • Large exhibition wall

  • Connections with local community members, activists, and galleries.

  • Free WIFI

Work produced during each residency will be included in the May 2016 I am one, I am many exhibition at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center along with the work of the Sunset Art Studios coordinating artists.



Artists must be 21+ to participate in this program, and must be residents within Dallas city limits. Artists of color, LGBT+, and women applicants are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to those whose proposal incorporate community activation, participatory making or viewing experiences, and/or social engagement with the local neighborhood.

Proposals will only be accepted online HERE

Sunset Art Studios

Oak Cliff Cultural Center 

223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208


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Rachel Muldez: Quarks & Quasars at the OCCC


Rachel Muldez presents
Quarks & Quasars


January 21 – Feburary 24
Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan. 21
5:30pm – 8:00pm

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center is proud to present the works of Rachel Muldez in Quarks & Quasars. Exhibition will run formJanuary 21, 2017 – Febraury 24, 2017 at 223 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX, 75208. Reception will take pace on Saturday, January 21st, from 5:30-8pm. Exhibtion and reception are FREE and OPEN to the public.

About the Exhibit:
Rachel Muldez believes evolution is all things taking part in the changing aesthetic of the created. The further the change, the more fantastical the outcome. Through her practice, like every physical action, comes a change in the physical aesthetic of what she sees around her. Being drawn to materials with the potential of life such as seeds, sprouts,cocoons, and nests causes her to ponder about other worlds. The objects Muldez collects end up in piles in her studio and await re-examination; taking days, months, or years for Muldez to become aware of their aesthetic potential.

The natural materials Muldez uses often look otherworldly. Objects made by beings other than humans, like nests and cocoons, further impress upon her a higher level of craftsmanship which she seeks to achieve. This constant reference back to nature in her work, is due to casual nature walks both in and out of urban settings.


223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

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La Virgen de Guadalupe Reception Dec. 3


The 21st Annual La Virgen de Guadalupe

Art Exhibition Curated by Jose Vargas

December 3, 2016 – January 6, 2017
Reception this Saturday: December 3, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm
Oak Cliff Cultural Center  223 W. Jefferson Boulevard Dallas, TX 75208

This popular annual exhibition honors The Virgen de Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico. Since 1992, Jose Vargas, the curator of the exhibition, has invited talented and diverse artists every year to create expressive and imaginative works of art that pay tribute to the “dark skinned Madonna.” The show has become a tradition in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has been praised by the public for its original renditions of the iconic religious and cultural symbol. Any person visiting this exhibition, regardless of their faith or religion, can enjoy the colorful array of works of art portraying devotional and warm-hearted artistic expressions by various individuals.

Participating artsits include Janet M. Reynolds, Samuel Torres, Diane Torres, Samuel A. Garcia, Vincent Morin Jr., Ramiro Ordonez, Michele Mayfield, Francisco Delgado, Yvonne Perez, Ricardo Boisselier, Patricia Cowan, Lorena Williams, Amy J. Schultz, Denise Althea Graham, Jose Vargas, Mary Ann Turner, MAK, Liliana Ramirez, Sarita Westrup, Margaret Williams, Eva Moraga, Rebeca Navarro, Renee Padilla Quiroz, Raul Servin, Marcela Mihaloglou, Eva Azul, Juliet Rivera-Schwabe, and Alexandra Tomala.
This year Jose Vargas began a partnership with Samuel A. Garcia, a gallery curator and instructor from the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. The first collaborative project of the two curators involves an art exchange program that will allow art instructors form the border town to exhibit their works of art in Dallas. The program will also give Dallas Artists an opportunity to display their works in a similar, long-lived Virgen de Guadalupe exhibition in El Paso. The organizers of the exhibitions in Dallas and El Paso foresee that this will be the first of many future artistic collaborations.

About the Curator
Jose Vargas has curated this exhibition since 1992. Mr. Vargas is an experienced visual artist and exhibition curator who has collaborated with the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and other City of Dallas cultural centers on numerous occasions, offering curatorial, art administration, and art logistic services.


OCCC Hours: Tuesday / Thursday 1pm – 9pm
Wednesday / Friday  1pm – 6:00pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday Closed
**Open late for Special Events**
223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208


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Two Free Calls for Art from the OCCC: Dia de lost Muertos Altars & La Virgen de Guadalupe


The Oak Cliff Cultural Center is now accepting submissions for the Dia de los Muertos Altar exhibit. Building a Day of the Dead altar is an important part of this popular Mexican tradition. Families build altars weeks prior to the feast day, Nov. 2nd, often having photos and offerings dedicated to departed spirits. Artists are invited to participate by creating their unique interpretation of a Dia de los Muertos altar. Non-profit organizations and schools are welcome to submit as well. Below are a few requirements.


Altars can consist of both traditional and non-traditional mediums, such as projections, paintings, and other mediums. Altar entries must not exceed more than 4ft in width and depth from the wall.

Must include a brief description of what altar will consist of along with a thumbnail sketch of what you envision. Please mention in your description if your altar requires access to power, and if you should require a table.

Submissions are due by October 14, 2016. Selected participants will be notified on October 19, 2016. Submissions and questions can be emailed to Gerardo Robles at Gerardo.Robles@DallasCityHall.com.



Dallas artist and exhibition curator, Jose Vargas, is seeking art entries for the 2016 art exhibition. The show will be presented at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, a facility of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, from December 2, 2016 to January 13, 2017.

The central theme of the exhibition is the Virgin of Guadalupe, an important and celebrated figure in Latin American religion, art, and culture. Although the symbol of the Virgin of Guadalupe is tightly connected with the history of Mexico, people from many parts of the world have found themselves attracted to the fascinating story of the dark-skinned indigenous Madonna.

The artwork created for this exhibition must depict the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, or must be primarily based on her image. The Curator will not review entries that are exact copies or replicas of the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Instead, artists are encouraged to create unique works of art that feature original concepts and ideas, innovative techniques and great imagination. Due to the nature of the exhibition, art that is deemed offensive will not be considered.

Dates of show: Dec. 2, 2016 – Jan.13, 2017
Delivery of artwork: November 19, 2016 (4-7PM)
Reception with the artists: December 3, 2016 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)
Art pick up: January 14, 2017 (1-3 PM)

Art in all media will be considered. Artists may submit entries as prints on paper, or as digital images on a compact disc. Art should be ready for installation at the time. No artwork shall be removed from the exhibition before the closing date.

Submission of entries constitutes agreement to the conditions set forth in this document and in the Policy for Exhibitions of the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

Deadline for submission of CDs/prints with entries:
MUST BE received by November 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Click here for a downloadable application.


223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

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Paper Mache Workshop de los Muertos Oct. 15


The Oak Cliff Cultural Center’s Hispanic Heritage month honors departed loved ones with Workshop de los Muertos series Saturday, October 15th, and 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Workshop de los Muertos series is for all ages and explores crafts associated with Dia De Los Muertos altars. The workshops are free, but space is limited. PLEASE ARRIVE ON EARLY

Papermaché Calaveras: Saturday, October 15th, 4-6pm

Dallas artist Eva Azul will lead the October 15th workshop, creating Day of the Dead Papermaché. Participants will learn how to make a Papermaché Sugar Skulls using paper, glue, beads, and other items. The Oak Cliff Cultural Center’s 6th Annual Community Altar will be on display in the entrance of the center. Community members are welcome to contribute their creations and copies of personal photographs of passed loved ones to contribute to the altar.

About the Artist
Artist Eva Azul (Eva Pena) was born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico and presently lives in the city of Dallas. As a child she was passionate about handmade art and the colorful culture of Mexico. As a result of her travels and explorations has enabled her to easily tap into her imagination, resulting in a very original and distinct style. This style, known as Naive, is mostly dedicated to children.




Chocolate Calaveras: October 29th, 4-6pm

Coco Andre Chocolatier will lead the October 29th workshop, creating traditional Day of the Dead Calavera out of chocolate. Participants will learn about the significances of calaveras, how to make traditional Day of Dead designs on calavera using colorful, bright icing and beads. The Oak Cliff Cultural Center’s 6th Annual Community Altar will be on display in the entrance of the center. Community members are welcome to contribute their creations and copies of personal photographs of passed loved ones to contribute to the altar.

About the Artist
Andrea Pedraza, accomplished master of truffle creation and chocolate design, brings a delicious old-world charm to her craft. After completing her apprenticeship in the late 80s with an eminent local chocolatier, Andrea began to explore and innovate on her own, combining traditional European techniques with modern flavors from Mexico. She perfected her unique style over the following 30 years, opening her own chocolatier near Dallas’ eclectic Bishop Arts District in 2009.



223 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

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