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Episode 20: Riley Holloway

“One of the greatest benefits to being independent is the relationship you have with the client…you get to be there and have a conversation of why they purchased something and why they hung it where they hung it.”

 

Riley Holloway is a Dallas-based artist whose dynamic portraits capture the faces of the world around him. A 2015 Hunting Prize finalist, he has attended The Art Institute of Dallas, the Florence Academy of Art, and the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2013, Holloway completed a unique residency at The Fairmont in Dallas, which was accompanied by a solo exhibition in the hotel’s gallery at the completion of his time there. He has been in a number of group exhibitions and repeatedly featured in solo exhibitions at Fort Works Art in Fort Worth. In addition, he completed a prominent public art mural commission for a municipal court building in downtown Fort Worth and was recently added to the Dean Collection, a contemporary art collection owned by hip hop producer Kasseem Dean (AKA Swizz Beatz) and his wife, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.

I recently sat down with Riley at his studio in Dallas where we discussed growing up in an artistic home, studying in Florence, the impact of the right artist residency and what it’s like to have Sedrick Huckaby as your mentor.

Website: rileyholloway.com

Instagram: @hollowayfineart

 

 

  

Episode 19: Dornith Doherty

“I tend to think of it being about place, the landscape and the environment and how our interaction with those places affects those landscapes.”

 

Dornith Doherty is an artist whose work stimulates conversations around the world’s ever-changing ecology. A native of Houston, she obtained her BFA from Rice University and her MFA in Photography from Yale. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas, where she has been on the faculty since 1996. Dornith is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior, among many others. In addition, she was recognized by the Texas State Legislature as the 2016 Texas State Artist for 2D work. Doherty’s work has been exhibited extensively domestically and abroad and can be found in the permanent collections of prominent institutions such as the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her project entitled Archiving Eden looked at the infrastructure around the preservation of the world’s plant life through the utilization of seed banks, as well as looking at the inner beauty of the seeds themselves. That work drew the attention of major media outlets and resulted in a host of artist talks around the world, including TEDx Monterey.

I recently sat down with Dornith at her current show at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas where we discussed growing up in Houston, the rigors of the Yale MFA, man’s impact on the environment, photographing the world seed bank vault in the arctic, backyard coyotes and the future of the banana.

Website: dornithdoherty.com

Instagram: @dornithdoherty

 

 

Episode 17: Maggie Adler

“What we do as curators at museums is a form of teaching for students we may never meet”

 

Maggie Adler is Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, where she organizes exhibitions that explore the breadth of American art that exists within and outside of the museum’s collection. A native of rural New York, she received her higher education at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she obtained a BA in classical languages and art history and a Masters in art history. Prior to the Amon Carter, Maggie held positions at Williams College Museum of Art and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, as well as a fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition to her curatorial duties, she also serves as co-chair for the Association for the Historians of American Art. Though her research focuses on nineteenth-century art, she is also passionate about collaborating with contemporary artists to create large-scale commissions and has worked with Jenny Holzer, Pepon Osorio, and Gabriel Dawe on site-specific installations. She is currently planning a major commission with artist Mark Dion and collaborating on a traveling exhibition pairing Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington.

I recently sat down with Maggie in the main gallery of the Amon Carter where we discussed her attraction to Williams College, her love of Winslow Homer, the color theory of Michel Eugène Chevreul, her winding career path, what makes the Amon Carter unique, and finding contemporary work that fits within the museum’s narrative.

Website: cartermuseum.org

Instagram: @theamoncarter

 

Homer’s copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

Sketch of Winslow Homer’s brother Charles from his annotated copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

Annotated pages from Winslow Homer’s copy of “Chevreul On Colours”

William Wegman speaking with high school students from Lawrence, MA at the Williams College Museum of Art (2007).

Thomas Hart Benton, Poker Night (from A Street Car Named Desire), 1948, Whitney Museum of American Art

Winslow Homer, Undertow, 1886, oil on canvas, The Clark

Frederic Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Plexus No. 34 by Gabriel Dawe, site-specific installation at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Jasper Cropsey, The Narrows from Staten Island, 1868, Oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Dornith Doherty in the incline gallery at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Episode 16: Sara Cardona

Sara Cardona is a Dallas-based artist who creates abstract collages and reliefs. These pieces, which often evoke organic shapes and forms, draw inspiration from colors and textures found in a diverse variety of media. Originally from Mexico City, Sara has spent the majority of her life in and around Dallas. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, she spent a year at the Kansas City Art Institute before receiving her Bachelors from the University of Texas in Austin. Sara later received her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and completed a residency at the renowned Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is currently completing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. After fifteen years of teaching arts related courses at Richland College, Sara recently took on an arts administration role at Teatro Dallas. Her work is consistently included in solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and she is represented in Dallas by Kirk Hopper Fine Art.

I recently sat down with Sara at her home-studio in Oak Cliff where we discussed growing up in a family of creatives, returning to one’s roots, carving out time for one’s craft, the evolving art scene in Dallas, Bangladeshi movie posters, and her grandfather’s relationship with Diego Rivera.

Website: saracardona.com

Instagram: @tintaseca

    

    

 

 

Episode 15: Webb Gallery

Bruce and Julie Webb have owned and operated the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas since 1987. The art gallery is a destination for collectors worldwide who share the Webb’s fondness of art in its rawest and most authentic form. Bruce funneled the eccentricities of his family’s history and a childhood combing through flea markets to develop a love for the odd, handmade and unique. He and Julie have worked over the last 30 years to curate an aesthetic that recognizes contemporary folk art that in Bruce’s words “feels like it’s from another planet.” The couple’s world-class collection of art from fraternal organizations (like the Masons and Odd Fellows) led to Bruce co-authoring a fully-illustrated book on the subject in 2016 titled As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930. The Webbs are a household name in the world of “outsider art” and are participants each year in New York’s Outsider Art Fair.

I recently sat down with Bruce and Julie at their gallery where we discussed flea markets, punk rock, Free Masonry, hobos, folk art, the uniqueness of Waxahachie, their friendship with David Byrne, and spending half the year on the road finding treasures.

Website: webbartgallery.com

Instagram: @webbgallery

 

Episode 14: Nancy Lamb

Nancy Lamb is a long-admired artist that has been a fixture in the Fort Worth art and social scene for decades. A native of Fort Worth, she chose to stay close to home by studying art at Texas Christian University. Nancy first gained recognition in her hometown through a series of art classes that she taught at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History which included her production of 3D work. But Nancy is probably best known for her large-scale oil paintings of candid Fort Worth society scenes. These paintings can be found in exhibitions at home and worldwide, such as the Florence Biennale, as well as being a popular choice in private and corporate collections. Nancy is represented in Fort Worth by Artspace 111.

I recently sat down with Nancy at her home studio where we discussed growing up in Fort Worth, the disappearance of small town Texas culture, the upkeep of her four acres, going to parties, experiencing loss and what to do with thirty years of photographs.

Website: nancy-lamb.com

Instagram: @nancylamb1956

 

Episode 13: Nic Nicosia

Nic Nicosia is an internationally-recognized artist who recently returned to Dallas after ten years in Santa Fe. Nic gained notoriety in the early eighties as one of the leaders of the staged photography movement. He has been selected for the Whitney Biennial twice – once for his photography and once for a film. He has also been selected for participation in Documenta, the Kassel, Germany-based art exhibition which gathers the best of the art world for site specific works every five years. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, amongst many others. He has been the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston hosted a 20-year retrospective in 1999 which subsequently travelled to other venues; and in 2012, a major retrospective of his life’s work was published by the University of Texas Press. Nic is represented in Dallas by Erin Cluley Gallery.

I recently sat down with Nic at his home studio where we discussed growing up in Dallas, studying filmmaking, being part of a movement, the changing art world in Santa Fe, the willingness to continue to try new things, and the measurement of time.

Website: nicnicosia.com

Instagram: @nicnicosia

 

     

Episode 12: Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe is a Mexican-born artist living in Dallas who utilizes miles of vibrantly-colored sewing thread to create soaring installations that evoke a sense of viewing rays of light. The breadth of his work revolves around the use of sewing and embroidery materials to explore issues of pain, equality and gender roles, but it’s his highly popular Plexus series of installations that has garnered him acclaim worldwide. Gabriel obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico before moving to Montreal to pursue a career in graphic design. In 2008, he relocated to Dallas where he obtained his MFA from the University of Texas – Dallas and was part of the highly-touted Centraltrak residency program. Over the last eight years, Gabriel has installed temporary or permanent works in over 35 private and public institutions worldwide, including the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art where his Plexus 34 is on display in the Philip Johnson designed space until September 2, 2018.

I recently sat down with Gabriel at his Dallas studio where we discussed his childhood in Mexico, his grandmother’s influence, his life as a graphic designer in Canada, the importance of Centraltrak, experimenting with glass, and his discomfort with heights.

Website: gabrieldawe.com

Instagram: @gabrieldawe

 

   

      

Episode 11: Debora Hunter

Debora Hunter is a Dallas-based photographer who taught art and photography at SMU for 40 years. A native of architecturally-rich Oak Park, Illinois, her work reflects an acute awareness of architectural space and the ability to capture the unique characteristics of a specific place. Deborah obtained an undergraduate degree from Northwestern before obtaining her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under photography giants Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. She has been part of group exhibitions at a variety of institutions, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Light Factory, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and MOMA, as well as solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the George Eastman House.

I recently sat down with Deborah at her home studio in Dallas where we discussed her childhood riding the “L” to the Art Institute, the emergence of photography as an area of arts study, her love of Taos, planting roots in Dallas and what it’s like to be a classically-trained photographer in the age of Instagram.

Website: deborahunter.com

Instagram: @debora__hunter

 

                  

Episode 10: Liz Trosper

Liz Trosper is a Dallas-based artist whose work utilizes assemblage and digital imaging to challenge the conventional definitions of painting. She came to painting after the prolonged study of political science and public administration, as well as professional experience in the public sector. Liz obtained her MFA at UT Dallas, a program that focuses on the intersection of traditional art theories with emerging technologies. While there, she was a resident at UTD’s highly touted CentralTrak residency program. Liz is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, and her work has been shown in art spaces such as The Dallas Contemporary, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Richland College, UT Dallas, Academic Gallery in New York and many other galleries and exhibition spaces. She is a lecturer at UT Dallas and curates a nonprofit experimental art space in Dallas called Umbrella.

I recently sat down with Liz at her Deep Ellum studio where we discussed growing up in the suburbs, the landscape of community-level politics, studying philosophy, using technology in the studio, and the satisfaction of finding your life’s calling.

Website: liztrosper.com

Instagram: @lizzytrosper