Artist's Panel Discussion for Women's Work: Chesley Antoinette, Colette Copeland, Rachel Muldez, Libby Rowe

Rachel Muldez, "Aloft", 2016, 2" x 2" x 1.5", polyphemus cocoon, twig, chia seeds, fermented inner mulberry bark Chesley Antoinette, "Lafayette", 2018, 4" x 6", digital print Libby Rowe, "feminization", 2008, 6.5' x 3' x 3", archival digital images, digital video Colette Copeland, "Bearding", 2017, digital video

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: The new SP/N Gallery at Synergy Park North 2
Admission: Free
Season: 2017-18

Address: SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr., Richardson, TX  75080

Reception: Friday, April 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Artist’s Panel Discussion: Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

The discussion will feature Chesley Antoinette, Colette Copeland, Rachel Muldez and Libby Rowe, all of whom are participants in the art exhibition Women's Work.

Chesley Antoinette is a native Texan who arrived in North Texas back in 2010, temporarily settling at Denton while working on her M.F.A at the University of North Texas, and has been a part of the Dallas art community as an educator and artist since 2013, planting roots in Oak Cliff.

She is the creator and designer of Cantoinette Studios, conceptualizing with sustainable practices in forms of sculptural installations, wearable art, and curatorial projects. Her consistency remains being passionate towards supporting, sharing, and building the appreciation for the arts with both North Texas and all of humankind.

She is a recipient of grants from the Nasher Sculpture Center and the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Texas, including solo exhibitions at venues such as WOCA Projects Gallery, Fort Worth; Beefhaus Gallery, Dallas and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas, and in group exhibitions at the African American Museum, Dallas; the Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; the Women’s Museum of Fair Park, Dallas and the Houston Contemporary Craft Center, Houston.

Colette Copeland is a multi-media visual artist whose work examines issues surrounding gender, death and contemporary culture. Sourcing personal narratives and popular media, she utilizes video, photography, performance and sculptural installation to question societal roles and the pervasive influence of media, and technology on our communal enculturation.

In 2011, she relocated to Dallas where she teaches art appreciation, digital video and digital photography at Collin College, and University of Texas at Dallas. From 2002-2011, she taught photography, visual studies and critical writing at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in New York and her MFA from Syracuse University. She is the recipient of a LeewayFoundation Award for Art & Change.

Over the past 16 years, her work has been exhibited in 18 solo exhibitions and 87 group exhibitions/festivals spanning 34 countries. Highlights include the Arad Biennale in Romania, the Museum of Fine Arts in Venado Tuerto, Argentina, the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia, City Nord in Hamburg, Germany, Ars Latina in Macerata, Italy, Mexicali, Baja and Castellon, Spain, Cultural Communication Center in Klapeda, Lithuania, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Scope Hamptons in New York, Kratkofil Film Festival in Bosnia/Herzgovina, and a traveling exhibition throughout India and Bangladesh, including Calcutta, Bombay and Dhaka.

Ms. Copeland writes cultural and arts criticism for Glasstire, and Eutopia. She has also written for The Photo Review, Afterimage Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Ceramics: Art and Perception and Exposure Journal. She is a member of AICA--International Association of Art Critics.

Rachel Muldez is a Dallas based visual artist interested in the changing perspectives on art. She seeks ways to allow her work to progress past the touch of her hand. This requires setting up scenarios and building machines that allow nature to take its course and finish her work. She is a sculptor who strongly believes that all creation is Art. Every thought and action are either product or processes based art. Evolution is simply all created things taking part in the changing of the aesthetic of the created. That is the best one can hope to do having not been the original Creator Artist. She spends her time learning how the nature around her can be collaborated with to achieve her aesthetic objectives.  She exhibits widely at venues such as the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Clay Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, and throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, including Transmission Reentry at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. 

Muldez received her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from University of Dallas, Irving, Texas,  a Master of Humanities from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a BA in Studio Art from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Libby Rowe is an artist working in photography, sculpture, interactive installation, and performance. Her artwork explores ideas of identity and belonging through self-definitions as informed by social and domestic constructs.  Rowe is interested in breaking from traditional presentation strategies for photographs to engage viewers in a more interactive experience as well as the role of the photographic image in relation to other media. Through pink, Rowe explores the sociological, physiological and psychological aspects of femininity using image, object and installations. Rowe’s performances were included in the Vertigo Performance Series at the Waterloo Center for the Arts and Fountain Art Fair New York in 2014.  Rowe’s current photographic series, Inside/Out and the installation (sub)Division were recently exhibited together at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn New York and were exhibited with Like Panes of Glass at Morlan Gallery in Lexington, KY.

Rowe received her BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MFA from Syracuse University. She resides and works in San Antonio, Texas.

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