*CANCELED Next Topic - Artist Talk Series Panel

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2013-14

*Canceled due to incliment weather concerns. Rescheduling to be announced, 

On December 5th CentralTrak’s NEXT TOPIC ends the fall semester by bringing together Leigh Arnold , curator of the current exhibition 'Sadie Hawkins’, educator Shilyh Warren, and visual artist and poet Rosemary Meza. The three guests will discuss feminism in art and how the pairing of the two has evolved over the years. Which glass ceilings remain to be shattered? Is feminism even important in contemporary art? Do artists care and should they? We hope you can join us for conversations that are bound to challenge preconceived notions of gender roles and female empowerment. 




Leigh A. Arnold

A curatorial fellow at the Nasher Sculpture Center and consulting curator for the exhibition “Robert Smithson in Texas” at the Dallas Museum of Art on view through April 2014. She has previously held the position of research fellow at the Dallas Museum of Art for the special project “DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present,” which culminated in an exhibition and online publication in the spring of 2013. Arnold is currently working on her PhD in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas where she plans to write on Robert Smithson's relationship to Texas. Arnold is the curator of the CentralTrak exhibition “Sadie Hawkins”.       


Shilyh Warren   

Teaches a range of courses in film studies, including documentary, independent and experimental cinema, world cinema and women's cinema. She has also taught film studies and gender studies at North Carolina State University and Duke University. She received her MA and PhD in Literature from Duke University. She also holds an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies. Currently at work on a book manuscript about feminist film culture, theory, and practice of the seventies, her most recent articles are forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media.       


Rosemary Meza DesPlas  

is a visual artist and poet from Dallas, TX. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. Ms. MezaDesPlas has exhibited locally and internationally in museums and galleries including New Mexico Museum of Art, Wade Wilson Art (Santa Fe, NM), ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation (Chicago, IL), A.I.R. Gallery (NYC,NY), Espace Kiron (Paris, France), and Actuel’Art Lagalerie (Paris, France). She will present a paper titled “Desire: The Norm of Imperfection” at the Mod Art’13 Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in November 2013. In April 2014 she will be exhibiting in Shenyang, China in “Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art”. Ms. MezaDesPlas is also a writer and selfpublished a poetry chapbook in 1995 called The Laughter Between My Legs. She is featured in the 2007 video Triumph of our Communities: Artists and Organizations produced by the Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University. MezaDesPlas has taught at El Centro College in downtown Dallas since 1999.  



On Thursday evenings once a month CentralTrak hosts a diverse series of artist's talks and panel discussions.  See www.centraltrak.org for details and updates.

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