The University of Texas at Dallas will unveil a new 6,000-square-foot visual arts gallery complex with an inaugural exhibition celebrating the works of noted alumni artists.
“Critical Mass” features 45 artists who received visual arts degrees from UT Dallas and went on to have successful careers in the arts. The show includes works in video, computer-generated graphics, constructed photography, social practice, robotics and installation arts, as well as more traditional studio art disciplines.
The opening reception for the new space will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. The exhibition runs through Nov. 11.
Dr. Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities, said the exhibition highlights diverse works of UT Dallas artists who have achieved recognition in the regional, national and international scenes.
“It is my hope that the retrospective exhibition and the new gallery call attention not only to the success of the visual arts during the past 20 years, but also — and more importantly — to the benefits that a vibrant and varied cultural environment bring to the University,” Kratz said.
The gallery is located on the northwest corner of campus in the Synergy Park North 2 building. The complex consists of two conjoined exhibition spaces dedicated to both student and professional creative research, including two project rooms, a reception area, an office and a preparation space. The gallery also will house the Comer Collection of Photography.
“I look forward to a future when UT Dallas provides not only world-class facilities and support for advanced achievement in the arts by our majors, but also integrates into the education of every student opportunities for active engagement with the arts,” Kratz said.