Opening Reception for Tech Talk: The Joan Davidow Collection

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery
Admission: Free

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Opening Friday, September 19, 2014 at UT Dallas' newest facility, the Edith O’Donnell Art & Tech building, major art professor John Pomara curates Tech Talk with collector/contemporary art advocate Joan Davidow.  To honor Davidow’s newly announced and placed gift of her contemporary art collection, Tech Talk features works she has collected over a 20-year period by 15 emerging and mid-career Texas artists whose themes and methods reflect the budding technology of our era.  UT Dallas President David Daniel and Arts & Humanities Dean Dennis Kratz will welcome a gathering of students, artists, teachers, collectors and arts advocates to honor this highly inventive and meaningful gift to the university. 


“Contemporary art addresses the life we’re living right now, and it’s very satisfying and exciting to be able to share it with new generations of UT Dallas students and faculty, for whom I have a great deal of affection and respect. These works deserve to live and be seen, and I hope they will inspire and educate those who have the chance to experience the collection.”

-Joan Davidow


“Joan's gift is both personally generous and symbolically brilliant. Thanks to her, innovative works by young, rising Texas artists will grace the buildings of a young Texas university that is rapidly rising to international prominence,”

-Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the university’s School of Arts and Humanities and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities.


“As an important Dallas-based arts administrator and journalist, Joan Davidow has been actively involved in the fluorescence of the rapidly growing local arts scene. Through this, she has built an unrivaled collection of the works of young Texas artists at the turning points in their career. The works she so generously has donated will both inspire new young artists and raise the bar of quality for their new work. The prospect is very exciting.”

-Dr. Richard Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair in Art and Aesthetics at UT Dallas




For more information contact:
Lisa Kramer Morgan
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