New Director of Centraltrak Gallery Announced

Former SMU Curator Hopes to Give Artists’ Residency an International Flavor

Jan. 22, 2010

A. Kate Sheerin has been named the new director of Centraltrak, a Deep Ellum gallery and artists’ residency that is part of the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.

Sheerin graduated from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in art history in 2002. She moved to Texas in 2003 and was appointed assistant curator at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum, where she developed the contemporary and regional collections, exhibitions and programming.

Since leaving the Meadows, Sheerin has worked independently on several exhibitions, including curating “El Franco Lee II” at Angstrom Gallery in Dallas and co-curating “Intimidades: Public Access/Private Views,” which opened at Banamex in Mexico City and toured through Mexico. Sheerin also has published in several exhibition catalogs and written online exhibition reviews. She is pursuing her doctorate at UT Dallas in the Aesthetic Studies program.

“We are delighted to have Kate Sheerin at Centraltrak,” said Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. “She brings an ideal combination of knowledge and experience to build on our previous success and bring the artist residency program to an even higher level of excellence and impact.”

Sheerin says her main goals for Centraltrak include “strengthening the residency’s ties in the local community and extending support for our program outside of our local community. I would like to see greater participation by visiting artists in the programming of the residency gallery, and hope to bring in artists from vibrant countries that we have not tapped so far, such as Brazil, Cuba, China and India.”

Upcoming events at Centraltrak include the “Transitive Pairings: Body Object” exhibit, running Feb. 13-April 24, and the Urban Sprawl Symposium on Feb. 20.

Centraltrak is located at 800 Exposition Ave. in Dallas. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call (972) 883-2476 or visit the gallery’s Web page.


Media Contact: Sarah Stockton, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4320, sarah.stockton@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Kate Sheerin

A. Kate Sheerin previously was assistant curator at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum.



(Photo courtesy of Kate Sheerin)

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