Next Topic - Artist Talk Series

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: The Dallas Contemporary
Admission: Free
Season: 2013-14

Location: The Dallas Contemporary/ dcU
161 Glass St Dallas, TX 75207

Modern society and technology have made it very easy for the average individual to experience art passively without careful contemplation or necessary productive reaction. Many have combated this by developing artwork that aims to inspire more active social engagement. During the month of October Dallas will premiere the work of three renowned ‘Social Practice’ artists: Janeil Engelstad, founder of the ‘MAP’ project, and two ‘Nasher Xchange’ Artists Vicki Meek, independent curator and cultural critic, and Rick Lowe, creator of the widely successful ‘Project Row Houses’. CentralTrak brings these artists together for one night only, through the gracious hosts of The Dallas Contemporary (dcU), for a panel discussion that promises to be both lively and informative.

Janeil Engelstad-
The founder of MAP (Make Art with Purpose) is organizer and producer of the ‘Dallas MAP Project’, A festival and exhibition of projects that restore and preserve the environment, promote social justice and advance human knowledge and well-being, Dallas - Fort Worth. She is an internationally known Artist, lecturer, social practitioner, Fulbright Scholar and an advocate for critical cultural development through the arts.

Vicki Meek-
A nationally recognized artist residing in Dallas whose public arts commissions and installation artworks are noted for engaging their viewer in an effort to foster dialogue on difficult subject matter. Meek is an independent curator and writes cultural criticism for her blog, Art & Racenotes. She is currently the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for National Performance Network.

Rick Lowe 
A Houston-based artist who is internationally respected for one of the most successful community art projects in the world, ‘Project Row Houses’, located in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. In addition to Project Row Houses, Lowe has worked as a guest artist on a range of projects, including the Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Public Library; Small Business/Big Change in Anyang, South Korea, the Borough Project for the Spoleto Festival 2003 in Charleston, S.C.; and the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida to name only a few.

Greg Metz-
Greg Metz has held a Senior Lecturer position in the Arts and Performance program since 1994. He holds a B.F.A. degree in from East Texas State University (1974) and an M.F.A. degree in from Indiana University (1979). He was awarded a fellowship to study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art (1973) and Indiana University Graduate Program. He has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally in a variety of venues including: Grand Palace, Amsterdam, Koln Cathedral, Koln Germany, General Post Office, Dublin, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Washington National Mall, Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Art Museum, Arlington Art Museum and numerous public and private collections. His work is primarily issue oriented and political in nature focusing on art as propaganda and editorial, earning him reviews in San Francisco's Art Week, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Mother Jones, San Diego Chronicle, Boston Herald, Washington Times, NPR radio, New York Times as well as numerous regional publications.

The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency – 

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