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Mission Statement

The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery seeks to showcase local, regional and national artists working in a variety of media as well as host exhibits traveling nationally. Exhibitions will enhance the education and experience of the students, faculty, staff and community at large. Lectures, workshops, and other events will accompany each exhibit to engage the public in the understanding of art.
DONATE to the H. PAXTON MOORE FINE ART GALLERY FUND
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(All donations go directly to fund visual fine arts student scholarships and awards)

The Arts and Sciences Division at El Centro College presents:

Fall 2016

Carlo Zinzi 'Happy' (2016)Carlo Zinzi "Happy" (2016)

"Utopia: Impossible States"

September 6-30, 2016
Reception: TR 9/8 2-4 pm

Participating artists include: Dwayne Carter, Danielle Georgiou, Randy Guthmiller, Rachel Muldez, Ryder Richards, Marilyn Waligore, Carlo Zinzi. Dennis Gonzalez and Danielle Georgiou will perform at the opening reception.

This group exhibition of artists will address utopian “impossible states” of ideal form, technology, and conceptualization, held in conjunction with the Freefall Festival, a series of art, poetry, film, and lecture events taking place this fall in Dallas. A diverse group of artists, including photographers Marilyn Waligore and Carlo Zinzi, sculptors Ryder Richards and Rachel Muldez, mixed media artists Dwayne Carter and Randy Guthmiller, and installation artist Danielle Georgiou will exhibit work in this show, the first in a series of events for the new Dallas-based festival.
 

"El Centro Begins" (50th anniversary exhibit)

October 10 - November 4, 2016
Reception: TR 10/13 2-4 pm

Co-organized by Wade Hyde and Marilyn Sullivan from the Fashion Marketing Program, this exhibit will feature period fashions, historical documentation on the founding of El Centro College (the flagship campus of the DCCCD), in the setting of the historic Sanger-Harris department store downtown, and artworks from early El Centro College art faculty members.
 

"Studio Active: Advanced Studio Exhibition"

November 14 - December 6, 2016
Reception: TR 11/17 2-4 pm

Annual group exhibition featuring selected students from our advanced visual fine art studio classes on campus. Selected students will show an extended series of artworks in a variety of media, ranging from painting to drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, and each will give an artists talk discussing their work at the opening reception.


Summer 2016


"#ashstudios"

June 10 – July 1, 2016
Reception: F 6/10 6-8 pm
Summer Gallery Hours: M-F 11-3

The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College announces our summer exhibition, #ashstudios, a group show focusing on the artwork and social activism of the Ash Studios art collective, located in Dallas Fair Park area. Headed by Darryl Ratcliff and Fred Villanueva, Ash Studios provides a working studio and social laboratory, as well as mentoring for emerging artists.
 
Darryl Ratcliff, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 from Davidson College, hosts the Michelada Think Tank series at Ash Studios, with workshops on cultural equity in the arts. He has hosted projects such as Soft Power: Intimacy at Zhulong Gallery, and Basquiats and Gravy at The Grove, both in Dallas.
 
Fred Villanueva received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995, before going on to study at the School of Visual Arts and Parson School of Design, both in New York. In 2009, he relocated from New York City to Dallas, purchasing and renovating the building that became Ash Studios, a former iron works factory, with the intent of establishing a painting and steel sculpture studio, along with a gallery and live/work loft.
 
They will curate a selection of art that has been produced at Ash Studios and present documentation of their social practices. A number of artists and artworks will be presented including examples of large scale painted murals, sculpture, drawings, and video. Both will be present to speak at the opening reception on Friday evening June 10th from 6-8 pm, as well as to present a workshop that is open to the public on Thursday morning June 16th from 10-11am at the gallery.

Ash StudiosPhoto of Ash Studios, courtesy of Fred Villanueva

Spring 2016


Trans.lation Vickery Meadow

Jan. 25 – Feb. 17, 2016
Reception: TR January 28th 3-5 pm
Workshop: WED February 10th 11 am - 1 pm

Group exhibition featuring artwork, documentation, video, and a workshop from Trans.lation, a socially engaged collective art community based in Vickery Meadow, an intentional refugee resettlement area home to 30 different languages and residents from Southeast Asia, Middle East, and North Africa, as well as a large African American and Latino community. Trans.lation is a catalyst for highlighting the value cultural diversity adds to Vickery Meadow’s identity.
 

Participating artists include: Afrah Alakhali, Ana Alvarez, Sahra Mohammed, Viviana Rios, Cynthia Saathoff, Alexandra Tomala, Vickery Meadow Junior Youth Group, and Zine-X
 

Trans.lation Henna Workshop (2015)Trans.lation Henna Workshop (2015)

"Young American Talent"

Juried High School Art Competition
  February 29 - March 23, 2016
Reception and Awards Ceremony: WED March 23rd 6-8 pm

Each spring, this juried competition showcases artworks from area high school art students. Organized jointly by the Visual Arts Guild at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and El Centro College, last year's version had 108 artworks chosen from 549 entries. Works in the categories of Painting/Watercolor, Drawing, Mixed Media, Digital Imaging, Photography, Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Jewelry will be featured.

This year's jurors are Carol Zou, Project Manager for Trans.lation Vickery Meadow, Arthur Peña, Dallas based artist and promoter, and Dallas scene photographer Scott McDaniel. They will choose award winners in each category, along with the overall Best of Show selection.
Mira Fradkin "The Bird and the Boy" 2015 Invitation Award WinnerMira Fradkin "The Bird and the Boy" 2015 Invitation Award Winner

"37th Annual Cecil Wallace Fordham Memorial Awards in Visual Arts"

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Date TBA

This annual one-day exhibition and awards ceremony features one visual fine arts student from each of the seven DCCCD campuses. Along with a faculty mentor, each of the chosen student artists gives a short talk on their education, artwork, and future goals, followed by a reception in the gallery to view their work.
2015 El Centro College Fordham winner Juan E. Hernandez with faculty mentor Rosemary DesPlas2015 El Centro College Fordham winner Juan E. Hernandez with faculty mentor Rosemary DesPlas

"Big Dreams: Visual Fine Arts Student Exhibition"

April 11 - 29, 2016
Reception and Awards Ceremony: TR April 21st 2-4 pm 

Each spring, we feature this annual invitational group exhibit open to all current visual fine arts students at El Centro College. Last year's show had 96 entries in the categories of Drawing/Figure Drawing, Painting, 2D Design, Digital Imaging, Photography, Printmaking, Jewelry/Metals, Ceramics, and 3D Design/Sculpture. Jurors choose award winners in each category, along with the overall Best of Show and Invitation Award. The Visual Art Scholarship and Edward M. DesPlas Scholarship are also given out to achieving fine arts students.
Isabel Montelongo "The King and I" 2015 Invitation Award Winner  Isabel Montelongo "The King and I" 2015 Invitation Award Winner

"Hip Hop Festival"

May 2-6, 2016

Exhibition held in conjunction with the annual Hip Hop Festival organized by the El Centro College Drama and Humanities Programs. Last year's exhibit consisted of photos, records, and memorabilia from the history of hip-hop. Artworks on view and performances for this year's festival will be announced.
Installation View 2015 Hip Hop Festival Installation View 2015 Hip Hop Festival

Fall 2015

Brett Dyer 'Heartbeats' (2014)Brett Dyer "Heartbeats" (2014)

"Brett Dyer: Anthroposophy"

September 8 - October 2, 2015
Reception: TR 9/10 4-6 pm

Current art instructor at North Lake College, and previous art faculty member at El Centro, Brett Dyer was the 2012 Excellence in Teaching for Adjunct Faculty award winner at El Centro College. He graduated with an MFA degree from Texas Womans University in 2005, majoring in Painting, with a minor in Intermedia Arts.

His paintings mix together acrylic, encaustic, and collage, in an eclectic and expressive style. Dyer's subjects tend toward an ambiguous abstraction, with hints toward spiritual figuration or religious symbolism, and sometimes include personal diaristic scribblings. As the artist says in regard to his choice of title for this exhibition: “The word anthroposophy comes from the Greek and has the literal meaning: wisdom about the human being (anthropos = human being; sophia = wisdom). Its broader sense is ‘awareness of our humanity’.”

Rachael Banks 'Taylor' (2014)Rachael Banks 'Taylor' (2014)

"Downtown: Visual Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition"

October 12 - November 6, 2015
Reception: TR 10/15 4-6 pm

Annual group exhibition featuring members of our visual fine arts faculty, including Barbara Armstrong, Rachael Banks, Rosemary DesPlas, Carlos DonJuan, Randall Garrett, Jennifer Guest, Matthew Guest, Omar Hernandez, Chaitra Linehan, Andy Myers, Paige Prater, Krystal Read, Josh Rose, and Pilar Zornosa. Works shown will include painting, drawing, digital art, mixed media, installation, sculpture, photography, and jewelry.

"Studio Active: Advanced Studio Exhibition"

November 16 - December 8, 2015
Reception: TR 11/19 4-6 pm

Annual group exhibition featuring selected students from our advanced visual fine art studio classes on campus. Selected students will show an extended series of artworks in a variety of media, ranging from painting to drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, and each will give an artists talk discussing their work at the opening reception.


Summer 2015

Frank Fazio 'Pac God' (2015)Frank Fazio "Pac God" (2015)

"Rough Around the Edges"

June 8 – July 2, 2015
Reception: F 6/12 6-8 pm
Summer Gallery Hours: M-F 10-3

Curated by Raymond Butler, and featuring work by: Frank Fazio, Jaime Flores, Pete Hernandez, Robert Israel, and Briena Segundo.

"Rough Around the Edges" focuses on a group of artists whose work demonstrates expressive use of line and color to distort pop culture icons, create surreal characters, and explore sentimental memories from childhood.


Spring 2015

H. Paxton Moore (1991)H. Paxton Moore (1991)

“H. PAXTON”

Jan. 26 – Feb. 5, 2015
Reception: TR February 5th 4-6 pm

A group exhibition to raise awareness for the H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery Fund, administered through the DCCCD Foundation.
 
DONATE to the H. PAXTON MOORE FINE ART GALLERY FUND
H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery Fund (link is external)
(All donations go directly to fund visual fine arts student scholarships and awards)
 

"Young American Talent"

Juried High School Art Competition
 
Sophia Haid "Isabella, a Sister" 2014 Invitation Award WinnerSophia Haid "Isabella, a Sister" 2014 Invitation Award Winner
February 16 - March 4, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony: WED March 4th 6-8 pm

Each spring, this juried competition showcases over 100 artworks from area high school art students. Organized jointly by the Visual Arts Guild at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and El Centro College, last year's version had over 540 entries to select from. Works in the categories of Painting/Watercolor, Drawing, Mixed Media, Digital Imaging, Photography, Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Jewelry will be featured.

This year's jurors are Lauren Gray, Curator of The Safe Room, located inside the Texas Theatre, Dallas Oak Cliff, Paige Prater, Director of Marketing and Exhibits at Frisco Arts, Frisco, and Casey Stranahan, Assistant Director of Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas. They will choose award winners in each category, along with the overall Best of Show selection.






 
Dwayne Carter “Study for an irrational.City” (detail) (2015) oil and pencil on wood panelDwayne Carter “Study for an irrational.City” (detail) (2015) oil and pencil on wood panel

"Dwayne Carter: Studies for an irrational.city"

March 19 - April 2, 2015
Reception: TR March 26th 4-6 pm

Dallas-based artist Dwayne Carter has been exploring the spaces in between real and virtual for many years, moving between drawing and painting, photography, video, digital imaging, and graphic design in his ongoing narrative project exploring individual and collective madness. In his newest project, Studies for an irrational.City, we tour the backdrop of Dallas as a post-apocalyptic city, in which various characters undergo a series of dramatic interactions. Working with expressive oil and pencil paintings, based on both manual and digitally collaged studies, we journey through numerous local landmarks that have fallen into disarray.









"35th Annual Cecil Wallace Fordham Memorial Awards in Visual Arts"

 
 2014 El Centro College Fordham winner Andrew Phinisee with faculty mentor Annie Chrietzberg 2014 El Centro College Fordham winner Andrew Phinisee with faculty mentor Annie Chrietzberg
April 10, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony: FRI April 10th 9-11 am

This annual exhibition and awards ceremony features one visual fine arts student from each of the seven DCCCD campuses. Along with a faculty mentor, each of the chosen student artists gives a short speech in the Student Center on their education, artwork, and future goals (9-10 am), followed by a reception in the gallery to view their work (10-11 am).
 



 


"Big Dreams: Visual Fine Arts Student Exhibition"

April 20 - May 5, 2015
Reception and Awards Ceremony: WED April 22nd 4-6 pm
Heather Shaulis "Illustrator" 2014 Invitation Award Winner Heather Shaulis "Illustrator" 2014 Invitation Award Winner


Each spring, we close out the semester with an annual invitational group exhibit open to all current visual fine arts students at El Centro College. Last year's show had 137 entries in the categories of Drawing/Figure Drawing, Painting, 2D Design, Digital Imaging, Photography, Printmaking, Jewelry/Metals, Ceramics, and 3D Design/Sculpture. Jurors choose award winners in each category, along with the overall Best of Show and Invitation Award. The Visual Art Scholarship and Edward M. DesPlas Scholarship are also given out to achieving fine arts students.

For more information, please contact gallery director Randall Garrett.
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