CentralTrak presents: The Paintings of *George W Bush

Photo Credit: Katherine Robertson

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2013-14

* Facsimiles presented in this exhibition are an homage to the benign art of George W Bush


On April 5, 2014, George W Bush's first public art exhibition will be celebrated at his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas.  The artists' residency and art space known as CentralTrak, also in Dallas, Texas will present a companion exhibition in a nearby neighborhood.   To honor the former president's artistic achievements, artist/curators Morehshin Allahyari and Julie McKendrick have organized a collaboration with “Children of Artemis - Sketch Cult” – a regularly assembled group of Dallas-based artists at CentralTrak who make art in a communal setting.  The exhibition will feature faithful reproductions of George W Bush’s paintings by the "Children of Artemis" as well as a personal appearance by *George W. Bush (in actuality a George W. Bush  look-alike).


The reception is on Saturday, April 5 , from 7pm to 10pm, at 800 Exposition Avenue.   *George W. Bush will be in attendance and available to pose for photographs and answer questions about his inspirations, techniques and future artistic projects.  Attendees are encouraged to add to the celebratory mood with creatively-themed costumes such fluffy bath-time robes or amateur painter's smocks or even attend the event as a presidential pooch or kitty cat!



Morehshin Allahyari

A new media artist and an art activist. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her creative and research interest encompasses experimental 3D animation, digital filmmaking, installation, performance and extensive activity as a cultural curator. Coming from a social science background, the topics of her practice include political and social art, creative writing, art activism, and collaborative art. Morehshin’s animated films and curatorial projects have received worldwide acclaim. She has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and conferences in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, North and South America. She recently received the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough award from Dallas Museum of Art and was an artist in residence at the Film and Media program at the Banff Centre in summer of 2013. Morehshin is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Art and Technology department at the University of Texas in Dallas.


Julie McKendrick

Julie Mckendrick is an interdisciplinary artist based in Denton, Texas primarily working within the experimental art community locally and internationally. Her work focuses on creating immersive audio and visual environments. She mixes antiquated technologies and themes with contemporary processes as a way to communicate the saturated life of the literal and essential existence. Julie aims to reveal the “hidden” stories between the lines of process.  She also performs in the musical duo Vulgar Fashion, which structures performance and album releases on American sociocultural issues. Vulgar Fashion’s debut album release received national and international reviews.



The Children of Artemis - Sketch Cult

Founded by artists, Erik Schuessler and Jeremy Johnson, The Children of Artemis- Sketch Cult is a bi-weekly sketch group formed as a way to facilitate productive social engagement between local artists in the Dallas Metroplex area. The work from each session is archived as a record of activities. The Children of Artemis resides at CentralTrak and meets every other Wednesday night from 7pm-10pm.



CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.


CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.




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