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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.
The Arts and Sciences Division at El Centro College presents:

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)


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.
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"

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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