Next Topic: Fran Colpitt, Dee Mitchell, Peter Simek, Charissa Terranovaon On Art Writing & Art Criticism in Texas

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2012-13


NEXT TOPIC: CentralTrak's Lecture Series' will host a panel discussion on ‘Art Writing & Art Criticism in Texas', addressing:


Why 'Art Criticism'? Do we need it?

Is there a clear mission for art writing, criticism, or the role of the critic?

What's the role of expertise in writing art criticism? Does the art critic need training in art?

What's the difference between art criticism and art reporting?

What is the art critics's part in shaping an art scene?

How is social media and citizen journalism affecting the domain of 'Art Criticism'?

What is the present condition of 'Art Criticism' in Dallas?



Frances Colpitt is the Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History at TCU and a specialist in contemporary art, theory and criticism.


Charles Dee Mitchell is a freelance writer and a contributor to The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, and Art in America.


Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow.


Charissa Terranova is Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a scholarly writer and freelance curator and critic working both nationally and internationally.



Jerome Weeks is the Art & Seek producer-reporter for KERA and a professional critic for more than two decades.



'NEXT TOPIC' is a bi-weekly lecture series at CentralTrak Artists Residency and Gallery that aims to foster critical discussions on contemporary art issues among Dallas artists, thinkers, critics, educators, theorist, and shapers across DFW area.

Centraltrak, the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency Program, is an academic arts program offered by the School of the Arts and Humanities, bringing cutting-edge artists from across the globe to the only university-backed artists' residency in Texas. The Residency serves as a community center for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. Artists' studios, exhibitions, and symposia are made possible in part through the support of our Friends. We encourage you to support our organization and participate in the rich cultural offerings we host at Centraltrak.

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