Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas 14th Annual Texas International Concert Guitarist Competition Finals Friday, Mar 6
(8 p.m.)

Join us as the top four finalists compete in the 14th Annual Texas International Concert Guitarist Competition Finals.

Steven Lochbaum
Hetu - Suite
Castelnuovo-Tedesco Caprichos de Goya 
Ponce- Meridional I, Dowland Fantasy

Stephen Lochbaum began his classical training at a late age and achieved much in a short span of time. Within six years he had earned a Master's degree from the University of Victoria under Dr. Alexander Dunn, won the National Music Festival of Canada, had radio and television debuts, and had the immense honor of studying and performing alongside legendary guitarist Pepe Romero. As well as playing classical guitar, Stephen is also an established jazz guitarist. He has appeared in numerous international Jazz, Tango, and Flamenco festivals with the Corbet/Lochbaum duo, as a soloist and ensemble player. Their recordings are heard regularly on CBC national radio across Canada.


Silviu Octavian Ciulei
Girl with flaxen hair -  Debussy
Sonata Giocosa - J. Rodrigo
Sevilla - Albeniz

Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the age of six and attended the High School of Arts in Constanta.  By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. In Romania, Silviu won many prizes including First Prizes in the National Music Olympics, and was First Prize winner and Gold Medalist three times consecutively in the “George Georgescu” International Music Performance Competition.  He graduated at the top of his class and was selected to perform the  Concerto in A major opus 30 by Mauro Giuliani with the Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Celil Refik Kaya​
Gran Sonata Eroica - Mauro Giuliani
Tres Piezas Espanolas - J. Rodrigo

Kaya was born in Istanbul in 1991. Because of his great passion for music, at the age of six he began classical guitar studies with his father, Dr. Mehmet Refik Kaya, and later with Yusuf Doğan Büyüköğüt. Throughout his career, Kaya also studied advanced interpretation with Maestro Raffi Arslanyan and gave his first concert in the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul when he was six years old. Kaya went on to perform for numerous live television and radio programs in Europe and at age 13 went on to win the 2004 Forum Gitarre Wien which is one of the most important guitar competitions in Vienna.

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Mark Edwards
Sevillana - Turina
Aquarelle - Assad
Sonata Meridional Mvt.1 - Ponce(Required)

Mark has been performing concerts since the young age of 14 and competing since 13.  His first concert, performed at Baldwin Junior High School in Montgomery, Alabama, earned for him the Guitar Legend award.   Since then, Mark has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, and Germany.  Recent engagements in the 2008-2009 Season include Trinity Church in New York City, ArtScape in Baltimore, the Guitar Forum Guest Artist Series at Salisbury University, the Piedmont Guitar Workshop in Virginia, the Village Music Series, and the AfterNow Music Series at the Red Room, a venue recently featured in Rolling Stone.  In 2009, Mark joined the Maryland State Arts Council Touring Artist Roster, a program which offers concert presenters funding to showcase Maryland artists.

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Ad Astra Lecture Series: Sophia Roosth Saturday, Mar 7
(2 p.m.) Location: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building Lobby.

Sophia Roosth, assistant professor, history of science, Harvard University, will give talks on synthetic biology as part of Ad Astra, RAW (the Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Association annual conference) and the Arts and Technology Colloquia. Roosth’s research focuses on the 20th- and 21st-century life sciences.

Fabio Montomoli Saturday, Mar 7
(4 p.m.) Location: Alexander Clark Center.

Fabio Montomoli  is recognized by critics as one of the best interpreters of the international scene remarking his beautiful sound, power, penetration and wide variety of timbres.

He's graduates with top votes at “S.Cecilia” Academy of Music in Rome with the Music Master Carlo Carfagna. He attends the regular course “Mozarteum” in Salzburg studying Klassische Guitar with the Music Masters Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch-Diaz and Barockmusik with the Music Master Nicolaus Harnoncourt. He studies counterpoint and composition with the Music Master Francesco Iannitti Piromallo.

First prize winner in 7 of the most important national competitions, winner of  the International  “Mauro Giuliani” Guitar Competition in ’92.

Subsequently he starts his concert career which brings him to play amongst the most important concert seasons all over Italy and abroad, tour in Japan (Tokyo, Hiroshima, Hayama, Kamakura), tour USA  (Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York), tour in Mexico (Morelia, Paztquaro, Zitaquaro, Ixtlauacha, Zamora, la Piedad, Aguascalientes, Messico City, Queretaro, Pachuca). tour in Finland (Tampere, Helsinki, Turku), Tour in Grecia, (Atene,Volos) Tour in Germany (Berlin, Colon, München, Norimberga, Heidelberg, Wolfsburg, Deggendorf) Tour in Spain (Granada, Valencia, Linares, Girona) Mosca, Salisburgo, Vienna, Praga, Pilsen,  Malta, Minorca,  Beirut, Tyro,  Bitola.), Tour in Kazakistan (Astana , Almaty, Karaganda, Kokshetau). Tour in Venezuela (Caracas, San Felipe), Belgrado,Tour in Argentina (Buenos Aires, Rosario, Bahia Blanca, Trenquelauque, Gualeguaychù, San Miguel.), Santiago de Chile, Tour in Camerun ( Douala, Yahoundè), Warsaw, Singapore, Hong Kong.

Fabio Montomoli is frequently invited to some of the most important international guitar festivals “Andrès Segovia Ciudad de Linares” (Spain), Hersbruck guitar festival (Germany), Tokyo guitar festival (Japan), “Volos” Winter Guitar festival (Greece), Turku guitar festival (Finland), Morelia guitar festival (Mexico) etc.

He constantly collaborates with several composers who have dedicated their own  work to him: The Music Master Fabrizio Festa dedicated the suite “Paesaggi” for solo guitar (1997). The Music Master Francesco Iannitti Piromallo dedicated: the concert in A major for guitar and orchestra (2002) the sonata in D major for solo guitar (2007) and the suite “la Porta del sole” for clarinet and guitar dedicated to the duet Giovanni Lanzini- Fabio Montomoli.(2009)

He has been protagonist in many radio broadcasts:  Radio Vaticano with a  live broadcast   on the classical channel, Radio 2, Radio Helsinki “La Rondine” with a live  national concert, Radio Rete Toscana Classical etc.

He records for the record company “SAM classic” in Lari (PI) where his  various first cd recordings as a soloist stand out absolute and transcript for important  instrumental operas (Turina: La oraciòn del torero op.34, Cinco danzas gitanas op. 55 ect) all published in the collection personally directed and taken care by “SAM publications”.

Very active as a teacher, holds Master Classes all over the world in the most important guitar Festivals.

Since 2003, is the artistic director and founder of the "International Guitar Festival Palmiero Giannetti" in Grosseto and of the "International Guitar Festival Alvaro Mantovani" Follonica (Italy).

Fabio Montomoli has been playing a Steve Connor’ s Guitar since 2010 and Antonino Scandurra's guitar since 1990.

"...his repertoire is unusual and his approach is personal and deeply felt...”
Eliot Fisk, guitar University Professor at the  Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria)

Xuefei Yang Saturday, Mar 7
(8 p.m.) Location: Alexander Clark Center.

International sensation Xuefei Yang, admired for her ability to weave Asian and western musical traditions, returns by popular demand to perform the featured concert of this year’s Guitar Competition and Festival.

Born in Beijing, now based in the UK, Xuefei Yang (Fei) is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.

Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era where Western music & instruments were banned, the fascinating story of Fei’s rise to the world stage, is that of a musical pioneer. She was the first ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career. 

Prodigious musical talent was evident at all stages. 

Her first public appearance at the age of ten, at the China International Guitar Festival, received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar. The composer Rodrigo attended her debut concert in Madrid when she was fourteen and in 1995, when John Williams came to Beijing, he was so impressed with her playing that he gave two of his own Smallman guitars to her Conservatory especially for Fei and other top students to play.

As a professional musician, Fei has performed concerts in 40 countries throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. 

The demand for her music sees Fei keeping a busy international schedule including London's major venues (with several sell-out recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall), and concerts at the world’s most prestigious venues including Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, National Auditorium Madrid, Dvorak Hall Prague, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York, plus the main venues across Asia.  Fei gave both the first solo guitar, and first guitar concerto, recitals ever in Beijing's National Centre of Performing Arts.

In 2003 she performed 54 concerts for the “Night of the Proms” Tour, appearing in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, to a total audience of over 800,000 people. 

Fei is regularly invited to perform concertos with leading orchestras. This season sees Fei performing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, China National Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her solo career, Fei regularly appears in collaborations with other musicians. This season sees her performing chamber music with the Elias String Quartet, giving duo recitals with cellist Jian Wang, collaborating with tenor Ian Bostridge in a recital at London's Wigmore Hall, and with flautist Sir James Galway at the Beijing Music Festival.

14th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival Thursday, Mar 5 - Saturday, Mar 7 Location: Locations Vary.

March 6

International Concert Guitarist Competition – 8 p.m., free
Alexander Clark Center
Come listen to the top four finalists compete and pick your favorite.

March 7

Youth Competition – 9 a.m. 
(open only to parents and teachers of competitors)

Fabio Montomoli – 4 p.m., Free
Alexander Clark Center
Italian Fabio Montomoli’s “repertoire is unusual and the approach is personal and deeply felt” (Eliot Fisk).

Xuefei Yang – 8 p.m., $25
Alexander Clark Center
International sensation Xuefei Yang, admired for her ability to weave Asian and western musical traditions, returns by popular demand to perform the featured concert of this year’s competition and festival.

Gustavo Romero Sunday, Mar 8
(2 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

Gustavo Romero will present an all Beethoven piano recital.


Concert pianist Gustavo Romero has a stellar reputation for both the technical brilliance and interpretive depth of his playing, as well as his commitment to in-depth exploration of individual composers.


For the past fifteen years, Mr. Romero has dedicated his focus toward preparing a series of concerts featuring music of one or two composers each year. So far, he has presented works of Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Händel, Liszt, Debussy and Gershwin including complete piano sonata cycles of Beethoven and Mozart.



Mr. Romero has performed as piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, Houston, Boston Pops, Albuquerque, Austin, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, New World Symphonies, English Chamber Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, New Japan Philharmonic, Shanghai Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Liège Philharmonic, a concert internationally broadcast from the United Nations headquarters. He has presented concerts around the globe, and appeared at major music festivals around the world.


With Koch records, Mr. Romero has recorded Chopin, Mompou, Debussy, and the five Beethoven concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.


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School of Arts and Humanities Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, Mar 10
(2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: Founders, Second Floor Atrium .

Attend an open forum  to correspond in a relaxed, informal environment with the dean of Arts and Humanities, Dennis M. Kratz.


Dennis M. Kratz is dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas.

As dean, Kratz has fostered the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum that connects the arts with the humanities, critical with creative thought, theory with practice, and the University with the community. Enrollment in the School has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

Sponsored by the Student Government.

Refreshments will be provided.

Carla Fehr: Overcoming Ignorance About Excellence: Improving the Representation of Women in Science and Engineering Wednesday, Mar 11
(7:30 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

Abstract of the Lecture 

In her talk, Carla Fehr will investigate individual and institutional barriers to advancing diversity and improving workplace cultures, and will offer strategies for overcoming these challenges. Quality of our science, medicine, and engineering institutions can only be improved if cultures of these institutions become supportive of all participants, including those people who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups. These improvements affect the ethical nature of institutions and, just as importantly, foster creative and rigorous research. 

Speaker’s Bio 

Carla Fehr is the Chair of University of Waterloo’s Status of Women and Equity Committee, Director of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS), a founder and associate director of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women Site Visit Program, and an editor of the Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. She works in the areas of socially relevant philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and feminist epistemology. Her research examines the social nature of scientific research, and her main argument is that diversity promotes excellence through creativity and rigor. Dr. Fehr’s research program has explicit and direct, practical and policy implications, from national research priorities, university policies, to departmental climates.

UT Dallas Night at the March 12 Texas Legends game Thursday, Mar 12
(7 p.m.) Location: Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, TX.

UT Dallas Night!
at the March 12 Texas Legends game

Texas Legends vs. Delaware 87ers

in cooperation with the UT Dallas Asia Center
Get to Know YUKI TOGASHI New Guard and Fan Favorite from Japan

For $5.00 TICKETS
1. Go to
2. Search for “Texas Legends”
3. Click on the March 12 game
4. Buy Tickets. Promo code UTD

'Bernie' Screening and Screenwriter Q-and-A Thursday, Mar 12
(7:30 p.m.)

“Skip” Hollandsworth co-wrote the Richard Linklater movie Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine. The film is based on Hollandsworth’s 1998 article in Texas Monthly, titled, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” which depicts the true story of the murder of an 82-year old woman, Marjorie Nugent, in Carthage, Texas, by her 39-year-old companion, Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede. Watch a screening of the movie and participate in a Q&A session with the screenwriter. 

Before joining the Texas Monthly staff, in 1989, executive editor Skip Hollandsworth worked as a reporter and columnist in Dallas and as a television producer and documentary filmmaker. During his tenure with the magazine, he has received several journalism awards, including a National Headliners Award, the national John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, the City and Regional Magazine gold award for feature writing, and the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for magazine writing.

He has been a finalist four times for a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2010 he won the National Magazine Award in feature writing for “Still Life,” his story about a young man who, after suffering a crippling football injury in high school, spent the next 33 years in his bedroom, unable to move. The 2011 movie Bernie, which Hollandsworth co-wrote with Richard Linklater, is based on his January 1998 story, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.”

Love Us for Good Friday, Feb 27 - Friday, Mar 13 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor Gallery .

For the past 14 years, 500X has been the not-quite-official art incubator of Dallas. It’s an artist-run co-op that nurtures new members by providing moral support and a challenging exhibit space, while its old members have gone on to become some off the most prodigious life forms active in the Dallas art scene. — Dallas Observer, Best of Dallas, October 29, 1992

In 1975, Will Hipps moved from Massachusetts to teach at The University of Texas at Dallas and, with Richard Childers, purchased the old air conditioning warehouse and tire factory at 500 Exposition Ave in Fair Park. The rest, literally, is history. Twenty artists filled out the initial roster for the new co-op and the gallery officially incorporated in 1977. Its first show, New Spaces, opened in February of 1978. For the three and a half decades since, through shows like the juried Expo and outside invitationals like X-Select or XXX, to the still-popular Open Show (now aptly called Hot ‘N’ Sweaty as it’s staged in the sweltering summer heat), or the more recently added College Expo and co|action invitational, the members-run space has fostered and encouraged and uplifted and shoved into the Great Big World the next generation of artists. And I should know.

Eager yet unassuming in 2011, fresh off of more life changes than I care to list, I submitted an application to become a member of 500X after making it into the annual juried Expo earlier in the year. At the opening reception, Scott Hilton, 500Xer and fellow photographer, put a small flyer in my hand and said, “You should apply.” I had no idea what I was doing. Thomas Fulmer, 500X member and Director of Educational Programming at Rachofsky House had curated New Texas Talent at Craighead Green that previous Fall, and fortunate to be included in the show, I felt like I knew him well enough to smile and nod if I saw him at a hypothetical grocery store (whether that’s accurate or not, I’m unsure.) But other than these two gentlemen and a few hours spent at an opening reception, I didn’t know 500X. I barely knew which way was up. I was a PhD student trying to make my way toward a relevant dissertation, wanted to make work that people wanted to see, and had nothing to lose. So I jumped right in. 500X felt like the kind of place that could give me somewhere to land.

When the phone rang in May of that year, I felt like I’d been accepted into an elite society. I’d already been in one of those at Baylor in my undergrad years, so the pride and delighted grin was familiar. And it wouldn’t stop. I was giddy with excitement and I didn’t even know all of the whys: the rich history; the traditions; the camaraderie that you hold in perfect tension with the, er, tension; the late nights coming together in true communal fashion to patch and paint walls that once held work by some of your most admired art-heroes; the early mornings patching and painting those same walls because, well, somebody has to do it.

I often talk about how much of an honor it has been to work alongside folks who have become dear friends and art partners and general inspirations. And it’s equally as humbling to note that nearly 40 years later, UT Dallas still has a strong presence in and commitment to the Dallas art scene through its support of and affiliation with 500X. Several UT Dallas students have work in this year’s College Expo juried by Susan Romans Roth and Jordan Roth of Ro2 Gallery, and a myriad have been accepted in years past. Adjunct professor Paul Booker mounted work in the 500X 35th Anniversary Show last December. Greg Metz, former 500Xer, offices just down the hall from me on the third floor of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, which is also home to Joan Davidow’s recently gifted contemporary art collection. In 1992, Davidow juried the first Expo at 500X and her collection includes work by several former 500X members. 

Since its inception, 500X has championed the likes of Tom Orr, Francis Bagley, Nic Nicosia, Vernon Fisher, Vincent Falsetta and others who have gone on to run university art programs, open their own galleries, curate shows that have traveled the country, and simply make money making art. In 1992, The Dallas Observer named 500X Gallery as the “Gallery Most Supportive of Local Artists.” Earlier this month, Darryl Radcliff named 500X number 10 in Canvassing, his power rankings of the top 25 non-museum art spaces in Dallas, which is just as much about the art on the walls as the gallery’s firm foundation in the community itself— another longstanding tradition—from DARE (Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition) and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Gray Matters and Connemara in its first 20 years to present associations with other groups such as Art Conspiracy, aphophenia underground, Deep Ellum Windows, Hatch Show Print, Homecoming! Committee, Performance SW, The Junior Ward, and Wild Pony Editions. Though in its early years many members came from the University of North Texas, today’s members spread over the entire Metroplex working in the community as educators, coaches, professionals, and mentors involved with institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art, UNT, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, Tarleton State University, Collin College, Dallas Public Library, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gallery Project in Detroit, Urban Outfitters, and Transit Bike Company. The gallery itself is also neighbors with CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artist residency on Exposition, and is a member of the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas.

No matter the ups and downs and stresses and challenges of maintaining an artist-run space, 500X endures, and the work on display in Love Us For Good shows how far 500X has come while maintaining firm roots in the raw, honest, gritty rafters of 500 Exposition—of those who have come before. From photography, printmaking, textile and painting, to installation, video, performance, and conceptual art, this new roster of 16 artists continues to embody the spirit of 500X and push visual, political, conceptual and even physical boundaries. Though other galleries and alternative exhibition spaces have come and gone, 500X has found a way to sustain art-life and continue to foster new growth. If you loved us then, love us now. If you loved us at one time, love as again—for goodness sake, for the good of art, love us. Love us for good.

Diane Durant, PhD 
President, 500X Gallery 
Senior Lecturer in Photography, The University of Texas at Dallas


Current members:

Sheryl Anaya (Special Exhibitions), Clint Bargers, Bernardo Cantu, Kate Colin, Diane Durant (President), Thomas Fedele, Jessica Fuentes, Michael Furrh, Laura Garcia, Timothy Harding (Vice President), M. Kate Helmes, H. Schenck (PR), Jennifer Seibert (Secretary), Justin Strickland, John Taylor, and Syd Webb (Treasurer).

Helen Suzman Exhibition Monday, Feb 23 - Friday, Mar 27 Location: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building.

Helen Suzman Forum on Life Under Apartheid
Panelists: Peter Lewin, Warren Harmel, Peter Anderson, Lorimer Arendse, Pradeep Lalloobhai, Harshad Lalloobhai and Dr. Kimberly Hill (UT Dallas)
Moderator: Jill Kelly, Asst. Professor, South African History at SMU

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, Free
6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception & opportunity to view the exhibition
7:30-9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion & Forum

Parking for Forum

For free parking please print a parking permit (print permit) and park on the second, third or fourth levels of Parking Structure 1 (view map). Those wishing to park on the first level may pay for their own parking $2/1st hour, $1/hour thereafter (view map).

The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibition highlighting the inspiring work of Helen Suzman, a former South African Parliamentarian who devoted her life to fighting apartheid laws, earning two Nobel Peace Prize nominations and worldwide respect. Opening Monday, February, 23, at the University of Texas at Dallas. the exhibition will also visit Austin College just north of Dallas in Sherman, Paul Quinn College, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts in collaboration with the Embrey Human Rights Program. 

The “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition showcases four decades of photographs, personal letters, speeches and news articles, which enables attendees to discover the tremendous strength Suzman demonstrated despite facing constant animosity, anti-Semitism and intimidation from her South African colleagues and citizens. 

“The Helen Suzman exhibition vividly shows how the vision and steadfast work of one individual can truly make a difference, and how true leadership can have a multiplier effect for good,” said Jill Vexler, the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition manager. “We look forward to seeing the impact this story will have on conversations about today’s injustices.”

Suzman served in the South African Parliament for 36 years (1953-1989), including a 13-year period (1961-1973) as the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party, and the sole opposition condemning apartheid. The exhibition also highlights Suzman’s enduring friendship with Nelson Mandela, which began in 1967 when the two met at the infamous Robben Island Prison. 

“There is a lot we can learn from Helen Suzman’s unwavering passion and commitment to social justice,” said Leonard Krasnow, president of the M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation. “Our board is very excited to bring this exhibition to four outstanding collegiate campuses in North Texas.”

The exhibition was conceptualized, researched and written by Millie Pimstone and graphically designed by Linda Bester. The exhibition’s U.S. tour is sponsored by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Tolan Family Foundation, and was organized by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, under director Dr. Milton Shain.

For more information about the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition in North Texas, visit 

About M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
The M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation is a private family foundation with a mission to support individuals and families as they build productive and meaningful lives. The Foundation provides grants for education, early childhood development, job training, hunger and homelessness relief, health care, and Jewish culture and continuity in areas where family members live, work, or have interests. 

Whos Afraid of Chuck and George? Friday, Feb 13 - Saturday, Apr 4 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 13, 8 - 10 pm  

A visual arts roast of the artists duo Brian Jones and Brian Scott

“The Brians” as they are collectively known by the Dallas arts community have been living, loving and working together for the past 25 years.  Though they each make art works of their own, when they work collaboratively, they use the moniker “Chuck & George”.  As Chuck & George, Brian Jones and Brian Scott are alternately the protagonists and antagonists in a campy universe of their own creation.  The artists present themselves as sexy and grotesque caricatures sharing real and fabricated misadventures.  Chuck & George are a quirky and unflattering version of the Romantic Comedy.

Individually and separately, Brian Jones and Brian Scott are incredible artists.  They live, breathe and sleep art/music/film and exude a joy de vivre.  And they have legendary Halloween parties.  Their home is a funky nest that they’ve assembled from all things wonderful and wacky, mixing naughty tchotchkes with fine art within the hand-painted walls and furniture.

Recognizing the universally adored “Brians” as enormous and unique talents, curator and Director of CentralTrak Heyd Fontenot had the idea of assembling their friends for an homage exhibition.  Nearly a hundred artists were given the task of immortalizing Chuck & George.  And most have answered the call.  So, this Spring CentralTrak will host the group exhibition “Who’s Afraid of Chuck & George?” (Title borrowed from the Edward Albee play, about another alternative marriage)



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.




Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

SUDARIUM by Reinhold Engberding Saturday, Mar 7 - Saturday, Apr 4 Location: CentralTrak.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 8 - 10 pm  

CentralTrak is pleased to present “SUDARIUM” by Reinhold Engberding.  A past CentralTrak resident, Engberding's installation is the continuation of a series of image "interviews" with the same title, which he started in 2006. Sudarium is the Latin expression for a special textile relic, one that has been used to wipe sweat, or in an intimate fashion.

These 144 drawings are painted with ink on used bed sheets.  Each unique ink drawing was sourced from the Internet; including porn websites, news sources with reports about the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as, semi-official U.S. law enforcement websites. The images utilized from these sources are mug shots of men, all viewed with the same question from the sonless Engberding: Is that my son?  

A project of self-discovery, the artist's feelings transform these static web images into self-portrait transformations as Engberding contemplates the father-son-relationship.  As the artist reflects, “bed sheet(s) take (on) tears, sweat and other body fluids and in this respect it’s predestined for this series of portraits."  These images float on the walls looking down on the observer.  Suddenly the observer becomes the observed.


Reinhold Engberding is a German artist. He studied landscape architecture and fine arts in Kassel, Kiel and The Hague, and has lived and worked in Hamburg since 1982.  Awarded multiple national and international grants to fund his practice, he has been working abroad in Thailand, Switzerland, Norway, the Netherlands and consistently in the U.S., partially connected with a lectureship. He has had several solo and duo shows and has taken part in group shows in Germany and abroad.

Engberding is primarily a sculptor, an object maker, and is concerned with installation works.  Although drawing and painting have not been his chosen medium for quite some time now he is concerned with images of young men, whom he questions whether they could possibly be his sons. Is that my son? is the overarching title of all these series so far. His work involves the topics of identity and intimacy, privacy, longing and desire.


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.



Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

Hours: Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 during exhibitions, tours available by appointment call (469) 232-7298.

Admission: Free

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