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Annual “From Dijon to Dallas” Exhibition To Feature Xxavier Edward Carter (M.F.A. ’19) and Victor Boucon at SMU’s Expressway Tower Building, September 21 – October 5, 2019

Both Artists Chosen Through Exchange Between SMU Meadows Division of Art and École Nationale Supérieure d’Art (ENSA) of Dijon, France.


SMU’s annual “From Dijon to Dallas” exhibition, featuring two artists chosen through an exchange between SMU Meadows and École Nationale Supérieure d’Art (ENSA) of Dijon, France, will be held in Suite 180 in SMU’s Expressway Tower building, 6116 North Central Expressway in Dallas (75206), from September 21 through October 5, 2019. The featured artists are Meadows alumnus Xxavier Edward Carter (M.F.A. ’19) and Victor Boucon from Dijon.

The exhibition is part of a postgraduate fellowship program launched in 2015 by SMU Meadows and ENSA. Dallas and Dijon are official sister cities. Each year, an artist is selected from each institution to spend a six-week residency on exchange at the other, which includes studio and living spaces and an exhibition in each location.

Boucon is serving as an artist-in-residence in Dallas from September 3 to October 12; Carter will be in residence at ENSA in Dijon from September 30 to November 8. Following the Dallas exhibition, ENSA will host an exhibition of the two artists’ work at the contemporary art space FRAC Bourgogne from October 26 to November 24.

The artists were selected through a nomination process at each university, and the final selection was made by SMU Pollock Gallery Director Sofia Bastidas and FRAC Bourgogne Director Astrid Handa-Gagnard.

Xxavier Edward Carter is an interdisciplinary artist born in Dallas. He earned a B.F.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from SMU Meadows School of the Arts. In addition to being the 2019 Dallas/Dijon Fellow, he was a 2011 recipient of the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Award from the Dallas Museum of Art and a 2016 Freedom Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.


Born in Belfort, a small town in France, Victor Boucon was raised in a place where the countryside meets an industrial wasteland. In 2017, he graduated from the Dijon National School of Art and participated in the exhibition (UN)USEFUL at the art center Le Centre in Cotonou, Bénin, Africa. In 2018 he received a grant from Les Ateliers Médicis in Paris, and most recently he spent five months in residence at Les Halles du Faubourg, Lyon, France, where he created a group exhibition called Rituel de l'Algorithme.

Opening Reception to be held Saturday, September 21, 1-3 p.m. 

“From Dijon to Dallas” is open by appointment; for further information, or to learn more about the Dallas-Dijon exchange program, contact Sofia Bastidas at


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