Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Art 'n' Facts: Sketching with the DHV Collections June 2018

Are you curious about the hidden collection of Dallas Heritage Village? Do you like to doodle in the corners of your pages? For Art n’ Facts, The Cedars Union is partnering with DHV to combine two of our favorite things: artifacts and art. It was just meant to be.

The first Saturday of each month will feature various artifacts from the Village’s collection storage and an artist to teach you how to sketch these historic pieces. 

Be sure to bring a sketch pad and pencils (or other dry media). Your $10 fee covers the two-hour program as well as the ability to walk around the Village afterwards and get inspired for future drawings on your own using your new drawing techniques.

This month's featured artist is Shelby Orr.

 Shelby Orr

Shelby Orr

Shelby Orr (moderator) is an artist based in Fort Worth, TX working in photography, video, and sound. Her work has been shown at The Masur Museum, Houston Center for Photography, Spiva Center for the Arts, and, as a finalist for the 8th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, was included in the 2016 Berlin Foto Biennale. Along with her photographic and video work, Orr writes and performs sound compositions and is one-half of the experimental music group KITBASHES.

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Jun
13
12:00 PM12:00

Creative Lunch + Learn: First Amendment

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In 2018 Arts Counsel Texas is partnering with The Cedars Union to bring you monthly Creative Lunch + Learns.

Led by Michael Heinlen and Thomas Maddrey, these Lunch + Learns discuss legal and business scenarios facing artists and creatives today.

For this month's Creative Lunch + Learn, Michael Heinlen will be answering questions about the First Amendment, free speech, and art.

This seminar will be held at The Cedars Union, 1201 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215. 

** Parking can be found in the lot adjacent to 1201 S. Ervay Street, as well as on either side of the street.**
 

*Space is limited and an RSVP is required.* 

http://bit.ly/CLL201806RSVP

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Jun
10
2:30 PM14:30

Rauschenberg-inspired Cardboards Workshop

Exploring Rauschenberg at The Dallas Public Library

Adult Summer Program Series

Cardboard Sculpture Workshop

2:30pm-4:30pm
Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, 4th floor

Are you a fan of Robert Rauschenberg? Looking for ways to get creative on a small budget? Then join us for Rauschenberg-inspired programs this summer at The DPL!

The Cedars Union is collaborating with the DPL to highlight the library’s permanent collection of art. This summer, we are featuring the work of Texas-born artist Robert Rauschenberg.

Rauschenberg worked in a wide range of mediums that included painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography over his long career. He pushed the boundaries of art and artmaking by often using easily accessible, low-cost, or “found” materials to create unique works of artistic expression.

This Sunday, June 10th at 2:30pm, join artist Shane Culp for a cardboard workshop to create your own Rauschenberg-like cardboard sculptures.

Come early for a Talk & Tour of the DPL collection, spotlighting Rauschenberg’s mirrored Plexiglass serigraph prints at 1:30pm.

This special summer program series will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

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Jun
10
1:30 PM13:30

Rauschenberg's "Star Quarters" Talk & Tour

Exploring Rauschenberg at The Dallas Public Library

Adult Summer Program Series

Art Collection Talk & Tour

1:30pm-2:30pm
Meet on 4th floor

Are you a fan of Robert Rauschenberg? Then join us for Rauschenberg-inspired programs this summer at The DPL!

The Cedars Union is collaborating with the DPL to highlight the library’s permanent collection of art. This summer, we are featuring the work of Texas-born artist Robert Rauschenberg.

Rauschenberg worked in a wide range of mediums that included painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography over his long career. He pushed the boundaries of art and artmaking by often using easily accessible, low-cost, or “found” materials to create unique works of artistic expression.

Join art historian and CU's Director of Programs, Consuelo Gutierrez along with art librarian Tiffany Bailey for a Talk & Tour of the DPL permanent art collection. We will be spotlighting Rauschenberg’s mirrored Plexiglass serigraph prints "Star Quarters, I-IV" that are on display on the 2nd floor of the library.

Afterwards, you can join a cardboards workshop to create your own Rauschenberg-like cardboard sculptures at 2:30pm in the Lillian Bradshaw Gallery on the 4th floor.

This special summer program series will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.

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May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Matthew Bowdon, Dalahast Studios

Reception: 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tour: 7:30pm - 8:00pm

Space is limited! RSVP by email to:  cgutierrez (@) cedarsunion.org

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Join us as The Cedars Union welcomes Matthew Bowdon. Matthew is the co-founder of The Cedars Union and co-owner of Dalahast Studios. He is an industrial designer and is behind the design of The CU's micro-studios. For this special Creative Careers Showcase presentation, he will be talking about his career as well as how he developed the micro-studio design, its fabrication, and how these micro-studios fit within the space. 

Matthew will also give a sneak preview tour of the micro-studios in situ at The CU's facility at 1219 S. Ervay Street following the presentation.


The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.


 Matthew Bowdon

Matthew Bowdon

Matthew Bowdon

Industrial designer Matthew Bowdon is the Lead Designer of Dalahast Studios which he co-founded with his sister, fibers artist and furniture designer, Megan R. Bowdon Wilkinson. The Fort Worth, TX. based studio which they call “The Compound” serves as both shop and gallery and merges their backgrounds in furniture, production, and industrial design. His practice incorporates cutting edge processes like, additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and rapid conceptual CAD with a mixture of sustainably sourced traditional materials, modern composites and plastics. His work focuses on high end commercial and residential custom furniture and hardware, utilizing short run, lean manufacturing techniques to maximize the output of their small studio. Matthew co-founded The Cedars Union, an Arts Incubator in the Cedars neighborhood of South Dallas, which provides studio space, tools, and programs to support emerging makers, designers, and creatives in becoming financially sustainable and successful in their practice. He graduated in 2008 from Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design. Matt lives in Fort Worth with his cat named Jack.


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May
21
12:00 PM12:00

Creative Lunch + Learn: May Kick-Off

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In 2018 Arts Counsel Texas will be partnering with The Cedars Union to bring you monthly Creative Lunch + Learns.

Led by Michael Heinlen and Thomas Maddrey, these Lunch + Learns will discuss legal and business scenarios facing artists and creatives.

During this meeting, we will be discussing the upcoming Creative Lunch + Learn season.

*Space is limited and an RSVP is required.* 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-lunch-learn-may-kick-off-tickets-45941976689

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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

SOLUNA & The Cedars Union present Breaking Shadows

 World Premiere of  Breaking Shadows  by artist Jennifer Wester

World Premiere of Breaking Shadows by artist Jennifer Wester

Event starts at 8:00 pm

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Tickets: $19

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The Cedars Union will host the world premiere of “Breaking Shadows,” as part of the inaugural partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's SOLUNA festival. Jennifer Wester, an interdisciplinary artist and former professional figure skater, will transform a section of The CU's parking lot into a skating rink for this one-night-only event. An atmospheric original musical composition of sounds harvested from Wester's skates will accompany the performance.

 

In the News

 

"Why You Should Care About Soluna."

– Jennifer Smart,
   Dallas Observer

"Soluna Festival cranks up the volume for 2018."

– Michael Granberry,
   Dallas Morning News

 
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Jennifer Wester is a multimedia artist with a degree in Computing and the Arts from Yale University. Prior to which she compiled an extensive resume in figure skating, including 5 years on Team USA in international competition and multiple professional ice shows and tours. A native of Dallas, she returned to the city in 2016 and now resides in Oak Cliff where she is currently expanding her artistic portfolio of works centering on life-long passions.

Artist Statement

The body without a shadow is a body in the dark. The shadow without a canvas is an infinite projection of invisibility. Movement needs parameters to be received just as a viewer needs perspective.

Breaking Shadows employs ice-skating as the medium to explore the play of shadows of the self – how they interact with each another and with the body. It captures and presents perspectival shifts of the self as its focus moves from the figure to umbra and back again and while the skater’s form flows through space simultaneously in motion and motionless.

The work creates an experiential commentary on the often-overlooked components of the self that make up the whole. An atmospheric musical composition of sounds harvested from ice-skating will accompany the performance, transforming an empty parking lot into a skating rink of enlightenment.


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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Sammetria Goodson

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Join us as The Cedars Union welcomes Sammetria Goodson, an Art Law Attorney who focuses her practice on copyright, trademark, business formation, non-profit formation, contracts/transactional work, licensing, and entertainment law, as well as outside general counsel service.

Sammetria will share her journey, wealth of experience, and career advice.


The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.


 Sammetria Goodson

Sammetria Goodson

Sammetria Goodson

Sammetria is an attorney  who works with a wide array of creatives doing cool stuff. Sammetria primarily focuses her practice on copyright, trademark, business formation, non-profit formation, contracts/transactional work, licensing, entertainment law, outside general counsel services and if need be, litigation. She brings her experience in high-stakes corporate marketing and sales, a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Leon W. Tucker, heavy litigation practice, and transactional work with creatives to her legal practice.

Sammetria has a passion for working with people and organizations in creative industries, which was ignited by exposure to the Arts growing up in Houston, Texas. Sammetria holds a BBA in Marketing and a BA in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a JD from Temple University, Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA. Sammetria has worked with artists, arts organizations, and creatives for fifteen years - well before going to law school to practice Art Law. Currently, Sammetria is a Board Member for Lone Star Wind Orchestra; a member of the UT College of Fine Arts Advisory Council; a pro-bono attorney for Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts; and a member/supporter of various local and national arts organizations. 

Sammetria considers it a privilege to come alongside creatives and small business owners as they pursue their dreams and build their companies. She loves being a part of her clients' "A" team.


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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Exposure: Photography Book Publishing panel discussion

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Join us for a critical discussion about the different aspects of self-publishing photography books. The panel is made up of local photographers who have published different kinds of photographic projects and will delve into their experiences, strategies, and approaches to working with various publishers and editors.

Photo books will be available for purchase.


 Sophia Bastidas

Sophia Bastidas

Sofia Bastidas (moderator) is a curator and cultural producer working with artists, scholars and organizers. Bastidas received a B.A. in art history from Florida International University, with a focus in contemporary art. In 2012, she founded Dwelling Projects, an itinerant residency program that generates partnerships with artists, institutions and alternative spaces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bastidas has curated and organized exhibitions at Spinello Projects (Miami), Bakehouse Art Complex (Miami), Dimensions Variable (Miami), Espacio 20/20 (Puerto Rico) and The Girls’ Club Collection Annex Space (Fort Lauderdale), among others. In 2015, she was Cannonball’s local artist-in-residence and co-organized TVGOV, an independent research group that aims to direct government towards preservation of territory, as land and sea.

 

 Rachel Cox

Rachel Cox

Rachel Cox lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Prints from Cox’s series have been presented at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, and the Philadelphia Photo Art Center.  Cox has shown work internationally at The Musee del'Elysee, in Switzerland, Museo Amparo in Puebla, MX, at the 2016 PHOTO London, and was recently selected to present her work at the 2016 Nanjing International Art Festival at the Baijia Museum in China. In 2015 Cox was one of three American artists to be included in reGeneration3: New Perspectives in Photography, a worldwide survey of contemporary photographers curated and hosted by the Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Additionally in 2014, she was nominated for the Paul Huff FOAM Award given by the Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, a worldwide internationally acclaimed photography prize for artists under 35. Cox’s work has recently been published in Vice MagazineThe Huffington Post,  Feature Shoot MagazineDodho Magazine, the British Journal of Photography,  and The Guardian

 

 Dornith Doherty

Dornith Doherty

A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Dornith Doherty received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake and is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, the University of North Texas, and the Houston Center for Photography. She received the Honored Educator Award from the Society of Photographic Education South Central Conference in 2012 and the Texas Legislature named her 2016 Texas State Artist 2D.

Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions in the U.S. including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; FotoFest; the New Mexico Museum of Art; the Galveston Art Center; the Indiana State Museum; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and the Tucson Museum. She has also been featured abroad at museums and galleries in the Netherlands, England, Spain, Wales, Czech Republic, and Argentina. She has been invited to present scholarly papers and artist talks at over 80 institutions and conferences worldwide.

Doherty’s work is in numerous permanent collections including the City of Denton; the Centro de Fotografía; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Museet Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez, Santa Fe, Argentina; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Texas Tech University; the Sheldon Swope Art Museum; the University of Texas at San Antonio; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and the Yale University Library.

Doherty’s work has been featured by American Photo IndexAmerican Way magazine, art ltd. magazine, BBC’s Focus magazine, Dallas Morning News, Du magazine, Elizabeth Avedon Journal, Feature Shoot, Fool magazine, Fraction magazine, Houston Chronicle, Hyperallergic, I Love Texas Photo, Modern Luxury Dallas, New Yorker: Photo Booth, Oxford American Journal, Oxford Literary Journal, Patron, Photo-eye, SHFT, Smith Journal Australia, SPOT, Texas Monthly, Tomboy TartsWall Street Journal, and Wired magazine, among others.

 

 Jeanine Michna-Bales

Jeanine Michna-Bales

Jeanine Michna-Bales is a visual activist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationships between past and present within a social context. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text and audio into her projects.

A comprehensive publication of the Underground Railroad series, Through Darkness to Light, was released in 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and includes a foreword by Andrew Young. An accompanying traveling exhibition through ExhibitsUSA is currently touring the country through 2022. Images from this series have appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the United States, including Moving Walls 23: Journeys at Open Society Foundations in New York City and Washington DC, Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape at MOCA | Jacksonville, and upcoming Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.

Her work has been featured in numerous publications and online blogs, including New York Times Lens Blog, UK Daily Mail, In Sight by The Washington Post, Smithsonian.com, Virginia Quarterly Review, Transition from Harvard University, Geo Historie, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File. Michna-Bales was named to the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014 and most recently in 2017.

Among other honors, her work was selected for the 2016 Documentarian of The American South Collection Award from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. She was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize at PhotoNOLA 2015, resulting in a solo show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016.

Whether exploring the darkened stations along the Underground Railroad, long-forgotten nuclear fallout shelters, or the invisible epicenters of environmental turmoil, her work seeks out places that are hidden in plain sight. She conceives and presents her projects in a way that spark curiosity about a given subject and encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds.

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Mar
10
4:30 PM16:30

Add to c(art): In Conversation with George Zupp and Jordan Roth

Is selling art online a brisk or risky business? Join us for a practical and philosophical chat with artist George Zupp and gallerist Jordan Roth who will share their experiences ranging from cautionary tales of selling on eBay to favorable stories of selling on sites like Artsy.

 

George Zupp

 George Zupp

George Zupp

George Zupp is a self-described Texas neo regionalist and collector who has more than 800 items on eBay since 2004. He attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where he studied sculpture as a graduate student.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Roth 

 Jordan Roth 

Jordan Roth 

Jordan Roth is a co-owner and gallery director for Ro2 Art, a full-service art gallery and advisory in Dallas, he runs alongside his mother, Susan Roth Romans. Growing up around the art business, Jordan's career path seemed an obvious one. From the time, as a child, he played “gallery” at his mother's MJS International Fine Art in Fort Worth, the influence of art has been a dominating force in his life. Jordan officially gained employment in art galleries in 2005, working his way to Director of two Dallas galleries before joining forces with his mother in 2009, to form Ro2 Art, which has operated as many as three full-time spaces at once, in it's almost four years in operation, producing more than 100 exhibitions to date. Ro2 Art has been named Best Art Gallery by The Dallas Observer, and is a proud member of CADD, the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas.

Jordan thrives on his involvement in philanthropic endeavors within and outside of the art world. From 2008-2016 Jordan  served on the art committee for Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, acting as art co-chair for their annual Art+Advocacy auction in 2012, which netted over $500,000 for DCAC. Jordan holds a position on the board of directors for The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a nonprofit arts space founded in 1994. Jordan also leads the organization's MAC PAC initiative. In 2012, Jordan accepted, on behalf of Ro2 Art, the prestigious Obelisk Award, presented by The North Texas Business Council for the Arts. 

 

FB Event Page: 

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Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

Bright Futures: New Media Art panel discussion

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Join us for an insightful discussion with DFW area artists working at the crossroads of art and technology. The panel will discuss the many avenues artists are working in today as new forms of technology are being developed and how it is shaping contemporary art.


 Nick Bontrager

Nick Bontrager

Moderator: Nick Bontrager

Bontrager is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media Art at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Bontrager received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Art & Technology at The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the University of Houston.

Bontrager is an interdisciplinary maker whose work and research explores born-digital narratives, game-based interactions and collaboration, and the idea of replicas or facsimiles as tools of preservation or understanding.

Bontrager has most recently begun working with Adam Fung in a collaborative making process stemming from unfamiliar environments with the goal of producing unexpected results. Their collaboration, Drone Beuys, operates at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology where materials and imagery are dynamically utilized and white-cube aesthetics are augmented to suggest open-ended or ongoing possibilities.

In addition to teaching and exhibition of his artwork, Bontrager is also currently working with the NASA Lunar Sample Laboratory in Houston, Texas to conserve and repair original drawings and documents related to Apollo-era specimens recovered from the Moon.

 

 Kris Pierce

Kris Pierce

Kris Pierce is an artist working in Dallas, Texas. His work explores notions of power, value, and states of consciousness in the context of our modern digital world. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces, including recent and upcoming solo and group exhibitions at the Hiroshima Art Center, Japan; CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea; Gallerie Se Konst, Falun, Sweden; Réunion, Zurich, Switzerland; Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio; the Dallas Museum of Art; and Ryan/Lee Gallery in New York City. Pierce has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Texas.

 

 Julie Libersat

Julie Libersat

Julie Libersat is an intermedia artist and art educator based in Denton, TX. Born in Kerala, India and raised in Philadelphia PA, Libersat received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. After living in India for eight years, Libersat returned to the United States and received an MFA in New Media in 2016 as well as a Masters in Art Education from the University of North Texas. Libersat has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, School 33 in Baltimore, The Center for Art and Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France, Currents International New Media Festival, Paseo Taos and Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. She has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, the Onstead Masters Fellowship, the 2014 CADD FUNd grant and the Velma and Davis Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Sculpture Magazine online. Libersat is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Design and Technology at Texas Woman’s University.

 

Other panel speakers include Tramaine Townshend

 

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Jan
27
4:00 PM16:00

Outside In: In Conversation with Andy Don Emmons & Brian Green

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For decades, the art world has struggled to create a label for untrained artists who create works of genius and are considered to be outsiders. But in 1982, a group of artists that make up what is now considered the American self-taught canon of “outsider art” were featured in the seminal exhibition “Black Folk Art in America” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Since then, a growing number of “outsider,” “self-taught,” or “visionary” artists have been collected by large museums, prestigious galleries, and wealthy patrons. It now begs the questions: What does “outsider artist” really mean? And have all the outsider artists already been discovered?

Curator and artist Andy Don Emmons will discuss the latest discovery by antiques collector Brian Green of never-before-seen works from self-taught artist Joe Schwartzwald. Schwartzwald died in 2016 and left behind a limited body of work made from a fallen tree at his home in Irving, Texas. Join The Cedars Union for an intimate and lively conversation about the artist and the private exhibition of his work presented by Shotgun Artists Collective.

Space is limited. Email your RSVP to cgutierrez (@) cedarsunion.org.

For more information about the exhibition, call Andy Don Emmons at (903) 390-3003.

This program is co-organized by The Cedars Union and Shotgun Artists Collective.


 Andy Don Emmons

Andy Don Emmons

Andy Don Emmons, Jr. is an artist and curator from Fairfield, Texas. He graduated with a BFA from Sam Houston State University where he focused on sculpture. After college, he traveled and visited many Outsider artists from the Deep South, building his collection from his visits with these artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 Brian Green

Brian Green

Brian Green is a buyer and seller of antiques and collectibles. He is a beard farmer, chihuahau lover, and an avid collector of the strange and unusual, especially amazing trash cans.

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Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Billy Zinser, projekt202

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 Billy Zinser

Billy Zinser

Billy Zinser is a Creative Director + UX Strategist for projekt202. He first started his career as an artist and educator and later became the Gallery Director for Marty Walker Gallery. After years in the art world, he was recruited to join the team at [x]cube GAMES as Principal Art Director and later became Director of Strategy + Design for [x]cub LABS. Zinser describes himself as a designer, artist, tinkerer, problem-solver, and fun-maker.

Zinser attended the University of Texas at Austin.


The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Kate Aoki, DSGN

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 Kate Aoki

Kate Aoki

Kate Aoki holds a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington and a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She started her career working for the Dallas Museum of Art and later embarked on a luminous architecture career path, working for firms such as JHP Architecture / Urban Design; Morrison Dilworth + Walls; and Good, Fulton & Farrell. Kate has served as a juror on several art and architectural committees. She is also on the Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum and leads DAF's new Design Society.


The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.

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Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Yearly Wrap-Up Roundtable

This is our version of “stump the chumps.” Bring your questions about the business of art and legal issues facing creatives, and we’ll do our best to answer them. It’s all fair game!

This year we will be adding a few stories from recent cases and clients to help illustrate some of the things we have discussed.


Arts Counsel Texas is a non-profit organization that supports the North Texas arts community by facilitating meaningful communications and relationships through education, legal advocacy, and collaboration. The Cedars Union has partnered with Arts Counsel Texas to provide legal advice to the artists, designers, and other arts professionals. These monthly Lunch and Learns are offered once a month and cover a new topic each time.

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Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Zac Harmon, Musician & Arts Administration

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The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.

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Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Bring Your Own Beamer Cedars

 Flier design by Adam Pacione.

Flier design by Adam Pacione.

Saturday, October 14th, 7-11PM
Dallas Ambient Music Nights performance 8-10:30PM
Sandwich Hag will be selling banh mi sandwiches onsite

The Cedars Union and The MAC are pleased to present Dallas’ first adaptation of Bring Your Own Beamer Cedars (BYOB Cedars) on Saturday, October 14, 7-11PM. This one-night-only outdoor exhibition invites artists and creators of all disciplines to bring their own projector (often referred to as a “beamer” in Europe) and media player and cast visual content onto the walls of buildings throughout the Cedars, showcasing the vibrant arts community and walkability of the historic neighborhood. BYOB Cedars consists of an open call to the public and an exhibition of time-based works by Nick Bontrager, Chuck and George, Adam Fung, Julie Libersat, Sean P. Miller, Christi Nielsen, Kris Pierce, Carolyn Sortor, Alison Starr, Tramaine Townshend, Fabiola Valenzuela, among others, and a performance organized by Dallas Ambient Music Nights from 8-10:30PM.

Participate or observe – everyone is invited! Those interested in participating need only bring a projector of any kind (LED, LCD, mini, overhead, slide carousel, homemade, etc.), media player, and their time-based artwork – something old, or new, or experimental. Participants are encouraged to arrive anytime between 7-10PM and may check in at The Cedars Union or The MAC where they will be directed to an available location. Maps will be available at any participating venue. 

Venues include The Cedars Union, The MAC, and various locations in between.

In support of artists and arts organizations affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, The Cedars Union and The MAC will collect donations to benefit the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund. 

Harvey Arts Recovery Fund was launched by not-for-profit organizations dedicated to serving the Greater Houston arts and cultural sector. The Fund will provide aid to individual artists who suffered personal and professional losses during Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed, as well as financially assist small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations rebuilding after Harvey. More info atwww.harveyartsrecovery.org

BYOB, an open-source idea initiated by Rafaël Rozendaal in Berlin, is an exploration of the medium of projection. According to its founder, “BYOB is a celebration of the new world we live in and a glimpse of what computing could look like in the future. Today the internet is confined to screens. Tomorrow information will surround us, composing our surfaces, defining our spaces, enmeshing itself with the ether. A moving image is never an object, and when it is coupled with the increased flexibility of portable projection, the realm of experience quickly expands.” Since its first iteration, this exhibition has been held worldwide. Find out more here: www.byobworldwide.com

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Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Trademarks and Social Media Discussion

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In this Lunch 'n Learn, Attorney Thomas Maddrey of Maddrey PLLC will be discussing two topics he often gets questions about: the use of trademarks for artists and the best practices for artists to promote their work on social media. Don't miss this opportunity to ask questions and gain some inside knowledge about the best way to cover these topics!

To RSVP for this seminar, send an email to Beth Vaughan at beth (@) maddreypllc.com.


Arts Counsel Texas is a non-profit organization that supports the North Texas arts community by facilitating meaningful communications and relationships through education, legal advocacy, and collaboration. The Cedars Union has partnered with Arts Counsel Texas to provide legal advice to the artists, designers, and other arts professionals. These monthly Lunch and Learns are offered once a month and cover a new topic each time.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

PARK(ing) Day Dallas

PARK(ing) Day Dallas promotes social interaction, civic engagement, critical thinking, and creativity through individual generosity and play. On the third Friday of September each year, Dallas joins other cities around the world in temporarily transforming parking spaces into parks. Various city departments, individual residents, organizations and businesses transform parking spaces into areas for relaxing, networking and entertainment. The streets of downtown Dallas annually become a working urban laboratory, showcasing creative ideas from citizens and music from local entertainers. Learn how you can become part of the movement this year!

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Neil Sreenan, HKS

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Laurie Evans Studio, 3rd floor
Reception: 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.

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 Neil Sreenan

Neil Sreenan

Neil Sreenan is the Global Intranet Content Manager at HKS. Previously, he was the Imaging Services Specialist before moving into the role of Manager of Digital Asset Systems at the Dallas Museum of Art. Before joining the DMA, he was Director of Adult & Public Programs at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. His museum career has focused on providing access to art online through large-scale digitization projects. He earned a Masters in Art Education with a Museum Certification from the University of North Texas as well as a Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman's University.

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Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

No Pictures Please: Fair Use in the Visual Arts panel discussion

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J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Laurie Evans Studio, 3rd floor
Reception: 6pm-6:30pm

Fair use is being celebrated as a powerful tool for the arts, and many museums, art history professors, art critics, and artists have exercised their right to the fair use of images of works of art. However, not everyone has embraced fair use and/or have a more conservative approach to its application. Using the relatively new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts developed and published by The College Art Association, this panel discussion will cover many of the principles of the Code and will explore how artists and art professionals in the DFW area have approached fair use in their day-to-day work.

This program is brought to you by The Cedars Union in conjunction with Arts Counsel Texas.

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 Consuelo Gutierrez

Consuelo Gutierrez

Consuelo Gutierrez (moderator) is currently the Director of Programs & Membership at The Cedars Union. She was previously head of the Imaging Services Department where she oversaw all Rights & Reproductions issues at The Menil Collection in Houston including exhibition and marketing materials, ads, website, and media coverage. Her professional experience includes over 10 years as a graphic designer before starting her career as an arts professional. She first worked on a large-scale digitization project for the Dallas Museum of Art and then later joined Artstor, a non-profit founded by the Mellon Foundation in New York, where she worked with over 125 museums, libraries, archives, photographers, and artist estates worldwide to grow the image collections in the Artstor digital library, an online resource for teaching and study.

Gutierrez earned both a B.F.A. and an M.A. in Art History from the University of North Texas and is currently working toward an M.S. Information Sciences, focusing on imaging, archives, and digital curation.

 

 Stefanie Ball

Stefanie Ball

Stefanie Ball is the Publications Manager at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her professional experience includes editing museum publications at the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her work entails editing museum Calendars and Program magazines, exhibition materials, press releases, signage, and books. She has also managed museum website, assisted with budgeting, managed publication project schedule, acquired images, and negotiated publishing contracts.

 

Thomas Maddrey is the founding partner and lead attorney for Maddrey PLLC. Prior to this, Maddrey was a commercial photographer, entrepreneur, and gallery owner. His entrepreneurial endeavors and artistic background give him a unique perspective on the laws and cases facing those groups. His practice includes art law for artists, galleries, collectors, and museums; entrepreneurship; copyright law; and estate planning.

Maddrey's photography training was at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA where he obtained his first bachelor’s degree. Next, he obtained a Business degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. He then obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in Dallas.

 

 Josh Rose

Josh Rose

Josh Rose is an Art Historian and Museum Educator living in Dallas. He currently serves as full-time faculty at Brookhaven Community Collage teaching Art History and Art Appreciation courses and previously taught at El Centro Community College. Additionally, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including specialized topic classes on Surrealism, Postmodernism, and the history and culture of comics. Rose has also worked in Museum Education, most recently serving as the Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs at the Dallas Museum of Art. He has previously worked in the Education departments at art museums in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Rose has a B.F.A. in Painting and an M.A. in Art History from the University of North Texas. In his spare time, he helps organize and leads the Dallas Comic Book Club, a comic and graphic novel-focused reading group.

 

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Erica Felicella

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Erica Felicella is an artist and creative professional focusing on performance, installation and new media living in Oak Cliff – Dallas, Texas. She was previously the Executive Director of the nonprofit Art Conspiracy or Art Con for short and is a community activist for creativity and the artists that live within it. She specializes in all things creative from her own projects, collaborative projects and consulting with other individuals and companies.

She is actively involved in her local art community not only as an artist, organizer, consultant and a mentor to new and emerging artists, but also as a creative in constant search for new and exciting ways to share her own unique perspective with the rest of the world. 

 

Anne Lenhart is the Collections Manager for the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. Previously, she was the Registrar of the Collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she worked for almost 12 years. As Collections Manager at Meadows, she handles all image rights and reproductions requests.

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Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

Transformative Fair Use - A Head to Head Discussion

In this unique session, attorneys Michael Heinlen and Thomas Maddrey present a back and forth discussion about what makes a work “transformative” in the eyes of the courts and in the eyes of the art community. Short presentations of each side will give way to a group discussion on the nature of transformation both in art and in the law.

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Arts Counsel Texas is a non-profit organization that supports the North Texas arts community by facilitating meaningful communications and relationships through education, legal advocacy, and collaboration. The Cedars Union has partnered with Arts Counsel Texas to provide legal advice to the artists, designers, and other arts professionals. These monthly Lunch and Learns are offered once a month and cover a new topic each time.

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Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Shane Culp – Homer Learning

The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.


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Shane Culp

 

 

 

With over 15 years in the game industry, Shane Culp's professional experience includes working both in the U.S. and abroad. He's developed casual games for LEGO, Adult Swim, Star Wars, Nokia and Verizon, among other Fortune 500 companies. He was Director of Development for the Online Game team at MTV Networks, specializing in synchronous multiplayer games. Later, he developed Facebook social games at Large Animal Games and built a browser based virtual world for a Finnish educational media company. His most recent project has been a mobile app for interactive children's stories.

Culp earned a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting at UNT while also studying computer science. He was also a member of Good/Bad Art Collective, incorporating computers, video, installation, and performance into new media works. He was also a member of Mission Giant, an experimental electronic group that used elaborate and conceptual video projections in their performances. Recently, his work has shifted to researching, designing, and constructing experimental electronic devices influenced by early analog synthesizers.

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Aug
2
12:00 PM12:00

Arts Counsel TX Lunch 'N Learn: What Should I Not Do?

Every artist fears doing the “wrong” thing. Whether that is in signing a poorly written contract, accepting money personally instead of through your business, or myriad other possible mistakes. In this unique session, a panel of an attorney, and accountant, and an artist will discuss their views on the thing that are hardest to remedy, and ways to avoid trouble in the future.

To RSVP for this seminar and reserve lunch (because they always fill up), send an email to Tom Maddrey at tbm@maddreypllc.com, or give his office a call at 214-702-9862. 

This program is brought to you in partnership with Arts Counsel Texas.


Arts Counsel Texas is a non-profit organization that supports the North Texas arts community by facilitating meaningful communications and relationships through education, legal advocacy, and collaboration. The Cedars Union has partnered with Arts Counsel Texas to provide legal advice to the artists, designers, and other arts professionals. These monthly Lunch and Learns are offered once a month and cover a new topic each time.

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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: Saba Besier – Mary Kay

The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business and would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.

J. Erik Jonnson Central Library,
Laurie Evans Studio, 3rd floor


 Saba Besier

Saba Besier

Saba Besier is a strategic and visionary interactive and rich media specialist with 20 years of strong hands on design experience, high integrity, leadership, and management. Specialized in interactive and rich media design with a diverse history of client work. Comprehensive expertise in elevating brands through online marketing.and broadcast. Her past client list includes Sony, The History Channel, Pfizer, Maybelline, Showtime, DeBeers, Becks Beer, M&M’s-Mars, Bayer, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Bloomingdale's, Mary Kay, and numerous emerging luxury home decor and fashion brands.

Besier is also a published and gallery-represented painter and ceramist. Her father, Dr. Shams Rasheed, was a prolific fine art photographer, and they collaborated on works together such as a series of paintings for Crate & Barrel.

A Pakistani-born American, she has spent her career and education living in London, New York, and Dallas. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of North Texas in Denton and her MFA in Painting & Digital Arts from Pratt in New York City.

Find out more about Saba Besier here:  www.sababesier.com

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Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Careers Showcase: John Durbin – Reel F/X, Flight School Studio

The Creative Futures Career Showcase is a program series that highlights working professionals who have found unique careers that utilize their art education and/or creative talents. Speakers will share their journey, wealth of experience, career advice, and present their portfolio of past and recent work. Anyone interested in hearing how these creative professionals found their niche in different areas of business or would like to gain insight into their careers can attend.


John Durbin is an animator at Reel F/X - Flight School Studios. Previously, he was an Animation Supervisor at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA. He moved to Shreveport from Dallas to work on a short film called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2011. Although animation is his primary area of expertise, he is well-versed in the pre/post production process – from writing to the final edit. He has a special affinity for 2-D animation and motion graphics. He attended Texas State Technical College - West Texas.

Durbin is also a musician, sound designer, and part-time DJ. He loves synthesizers, turntables, amplification, and Ableton Live.

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