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Spring Art Roundup

Works by Meadows art students and faculty in exhibits, workshops, press and juried shows

Amazonia, 2012, by Matthew Cusick.

Amazonia, by Matthew Cusick, 2012.
Inlaid maps, travel magazines, on panel. 33" x 23".

Detail of Geronimo, by Matthew Cusick, 2007.

Detail of Geronimo, by Matthew Cusick, 2007.
Inlaid maps on panel, 30" x 24".

Watching, by Michelle Mackey, 2012.

Watching, by Michelle Mackey, 2012.
Latex enamel on Yupo, 8 x 10" (without frame)

David Dreyer, M. E. not I, 2012

M. E. not I, 2012 by David Dreyer. Oil and graphite on canvas. 24”x 32”.

Brittany Ransom: New Media Workshop at Dallas Contemporary

Explore the boundaries between art, nature and interactive technology at a new media workshop led by Brittany Ransom, assistant professor of digital/hybrid media and video art, at the Dallas Contemporary art museum on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. Free for Dallas Contemporary members; $10 non-members. 161 Glass Street, Dallas, Texas, 75207. Contact Dallas Contemporary at for more information.


The New York Times once described Matthew Cusick’s (M.F.A. Art ’13) art as “…visually arresting and conceptually provocative.”  Online art newsletter Electric Beef agrees and recently selected Cusick as their Artist of the Week, touting his unusual use of maps as a medium. Fragments from maps are meticulously cut and laid into collages depicting Native Americans, landscapes crisscrossed with roadways and more, producing an effect that is both curious and intricate. “Maps have all the properties of a good brushstroke,” says Cusick. “They have nuance, density, line, movement and expression.”

Resonance of Place: David Dreyer Exhibition at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Paintings and sculpture by Adjunct Instructor David A. Dreyer (Art B.F.A. ’90, M.F.A. ’92) are on exhibit now through March 16 at the Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden. In the exhibition catalog essay on Dreyer’s American Southwest-inspired works, Professor of Art Philip Van Keuren says the viewer glimpses not just another world but Dreyer’s highly personal encounter with, and interpretation of, that world. “He distills infinite visual and sensory stimuli he encountered while working in the field into the relatively few interactions present in these works, allowing us to enter, if only in a small way, his original experience of turning those initial observations into another place (the work of art).” Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas, 75254.

Adjunct Professor Michelle Mackey Finalist in Dave Bown Competition; Featured in Inaugural Show at Fort Worth Drawing Center  

Adjunct Professor Michelle Mackey was recently selected as one of 25 finalists in the fifth Dave Bown Projects Semiannual Competition for her work, Bootlegger. The competition received entries from over 40 countries and was curated by Karl Hecksher, owner, K5 Editions, New York; Andrea Karnes, curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Mary Kate O’Hare, curator, American Art at the Newark Museum.

Mackey’s work was also selected to be in the inaugural drawing exhibit at the Fort Worth Drawing CenterContemporary Drawing Today features the work of 20 emerging and established artists. Gallery hours are currently by appointment only. Contact Gallery is located at 6324 Hart St.,  Fort Worth, Texas 76112.

Student Art in the Public Eye

Twice a year, the students in Professor Barnaby Fitzgerald’s intermediate painting class exhibit their work in the atrium of the Whitestone Reit Corporation in Dallas. “The students are very surprised and pleased to see 'classwork' in a professional venue,” says Fitzgerald. “It reinforces the notion that art is being practiced seriously when one is learning and that professional quality begins before one graduates.” See the current exhibition, Interior with Lamp, at Whitestone Reit, 4144 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75204; 214-824-7888.

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