Equity in the Arts Fellowship Exhibition

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The Inaugural Talley Dunn Gallery  Equity in the Arts Fellowship Exhibition
Jer’Lisa Devezin, Nitashia Johnson,  and Kevin Owens June 12 – August 7

Talley Dunn Gallery is honored to announce an exhibition featuring the works of artists in the inaugural Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship cohort. Jer’Lisa Devezin, Nitashia Johnson, and Kevin Owens each present a distinctive body of work emblematic of their outstanding respective practices in sculpture, photography, and painting. This exhibition brings the vibrantly dynamic creative energies of Dallas’ contemporary art scene uniquely into view through the works of three artists who have sculpted, photographed, and painted their own terms of social engagement during these unprecedented times. After a year of shared learning and discussion, please join the gallery in celebrating the work of these talented emerging artists.
Watch: Get to know each artist from the 2020-21 TDG Equity in the Arts Cohort

 Jer’Lisa Devezin
is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Devezin creates mixed media works using ceramics, metal, fibers, and video/performance. Her work addresses stereotypes projected onto Black women, while exploring the intersection of Black womanhood and the effects of social constructs that uphold white ideas of gender and patriarchy. She received her BA from Dillard University in 2011 and earned her MFA from Southern Methodist University in 2019. Devezin’s work is currently on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Nitashia Johnson is a multimedia artist from Dallas, Texas. Her photographic series The Self Publication endeavors to uplift the Black community in showcasing the beauty of her subjects and their stories. Johnson attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, received her BFA from Texas Woman’s University in 2012, and received a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art & Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. She is a first-round Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence and the creator of The Smart Project, a creative after school program for artistic teens.

Kevin Owens is a Dallas-based painter and arts educator invested in questions of representation and abstraction. In his work, the artist explores how the world is seen through the eyes of others. His practice reflects on the subconsciously destructive effects of instability on society through the use of traditional painting techniques, drawing media, and gestalt principles. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and went on to receive his BFA in painting and drawing from Stephen F. Austin University. He was a resident artist with La Reunion, TX and City Square, where he worked on  community based public art projects as a teaching artist. 

Talley Dunn Gallery strongly believes in creating opportunities for racial equity in the Texas arts community. The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship strives to foster the development of emerging Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color in North Texas, whose artmaking forms the backbone of our cultural landscape. In line with Talley Dunn Gallery’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism in our community, the gallery pledges to provide the fellowship with $15,000 of funding over the next five years with the hope that it continues indefinitely. This fellowship will be just one component of a larger vision for programming and resources the gallery will invest in supporting Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color.
Art institutions are complicit in the conscious and unconscious ways artists of color have been denied equal access to resources for success in the arts. These social inequalities can only be remedied with explicit actions to structurally change our unspoken norms. Talley Dunn Gallery acknowledges the social and economic injustices artists of color face and is committed to advancing racial equity through the support of those whose voices are vital in our communities. Gallery hours
Tuesday-Thursday from 10 am – 5pm by appointment only Friday-Saturday 12 pm – 5 pm (no appointment required) 
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