Browse Exhibits (10 total)

Current Works: Faculty and Staff Exhibit Fall 2023


This multimedia art exhibit features works by your favorite art professors as well as hidden talents from staff across the campus.


Shelter in Place

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Shelter in Place is an immersive environment originally created by Adam W. McKinney for Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (2020) with dramaturgy and direction by Daniel Banks. Shelter in Place deconstructs elements of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot to reflect on anti-Black racial violence, historical trauma, and the possibilities of liberation through art and ritual. The work began with McKinney's learning of the 1921 lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse, whose murder at the hands of a white mob in Fort Worth, TX, has largely been forgotten. With few historical images to draw upon, the artists collaborated with photographer Will Wilson (Diné)  to stage tintypes wherein McKinney remembers and re-presences Mr. Rouse in the traumatic sites associated with the lynching.

These images become the locus of documenting injustices of the past and the means for initiating transformational civic change. The viewer witnesses McKinney dancing in Glorious Clouds (2020), a film created in collaboration with Roma Flowers, which manifests the sukkah's protection. He circles and spirals as a representation of Shechinah, the female presence of the Almighty. In another video entitled Unfolding History (2019), McKinney offers insight into the connections between the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the racial terror lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse, by intercutting silent movie text from Charlie Chaplin's The Kid (1921), video footage from an early 1920s downtown Fort Worth Ku Klux Klan parade, and his dance performance of SCAB (2019) in The Fort Worth Stockyards. In celebration of Sukkot, DNAWORKS inverts the sukkah, bringing the secrecy of historical truths to light with photographs, film, text, and dance. A nod to the latticed roof of the sukkah, Shelter in Place gathers a visual archive that feels less like finding shelter and more as a yearning for it. DNAWORKS's multimedia exploration of the life of Mr. Rouse is a Black Jewish response to history, re-embodied as a prayer for justice.

Shelter in Place has shown at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (Portland), Bridge Projects (Los Angeles), and Project Row Houses (Houston).

Concept, Choreography, & Dance Performance: Adam W. McKinney | Dramaturgy/Direction: Daniel Banks | Tintype Photography: Will Wilson | Dance Film Artist: Roma Flowers | Music: Najeeb Sabour

Original funders: Asylum Arts, CANVAS, Mid-America Arts Alliance

Special thanks to The Rouse Family


Black is Black: Invitational


Art Corridor II, Southeast Campus
January 24 - March 4, 2022

Black is Black: Invitational is a group art exhibition guest curated by John Spriggins. It opens January 24 and closes March 4. The closing reception is Wednesday, March 2, 5-7pm and there is a Curator Talk at 5:30-6:00pm. Mr. Spriggins is a working artist and currently the General Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center. He has vast experience as an educator, curator, gallery director, and arts advocate. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas. 



East Fork Gallery, Trinity River Campus
January 31 - March 4, 2022

Tignon, pronounced [teyôN], is a French word that can mean cloth or handkerchief and is used to reference the headwraps of Creole women. The Tignon Exhibition debuted at the Arthello Beck gallery located inside of South Dallas Cultural Center. It has since been exhibited at the Fort Worth Cultural Center, Texas Woman's University, Georgetown Art Center, and The Duluth Art Institute. Together through fashion photography and wearable sculptural turbans a historical period of the 18th century is explored through women of African descent. 

The Tignon Law was an edict of good government dictated by the Spanish government during the late 18th century in New Orleans, Louisiana that force women of African descent to wear the tignon when in public. The focus was particularly on the free women of color population with the intention to oppress their beauty, intelligence, and mobility. 

There is no record of individual women affected by the law, however, there are women of record whose lives illustrate the characteristics of beauty, intelligence, and mobility while living in New Orleans during the 18th century. 

Contemporary photography is explored referencing essays by various scholars compiled in a book titled The Devil’s Lane: Race and Sex in the Early South, combined with historical paintings and drawings featuring women of African descendant wearing turban headwraps nationally and internationally during the 18th century. In addition, the creativity of these women is represented in an installation through over 50 turban headwraps each different from the next explores rebellion through form, color, and texture along with ubiquitous objects. 

The Tignon exhibition is intended to create dialogue around the ideas of liberty, private property, and government policies that affect individual choices. 


Seeing + Being Outside: Visual Responses to the Natural Environment


Art Corridor II, Southeast Campus
October 18 - Decemeber 3, 2021

These seven artists, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Elizabeth Hurtado, Elizabeth Mellott, Rachel Muldez, Catherine Prose, Jane Cornish Smith, and Scott Winterrowd, create work that reflects a deep appreciation for our natural environment. The artworks, though vastly different from each other, all express the beauty and the complexities of human and nonhuman life forms coexisting on one planet. 


Current Works: Faculty and Staff Exhibit


What better way to get to know Trinity River faculty and staff than to peruse the art they create? This multimedia art exhibit will feature your favorite art professors as well as some hidden talents across the campus.


Leah Gose: Transplantations


Art Corridor I, Southeast Campus 
August 23 - October 8, 2021

Artist Leah Gose's exhibition, “Transplantations,” explores our connection to place and her personal journey to find home and stability. This exhibition is a series of photographic collages that Gose says, “uses personal connections to multiple landscapes in my search for a home as it would be defined by my sense of place.”  

Gose holds a B.A. in photography from the University of Colorado, and an M.F.A. in photography from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography and the Chair of the Harvey School of Visual Arts at Midwestern State University.

The opening reception is September 2, 2-4:00pm, with an artist talk at 2:00pm. This exhibition is on view in the Art Corridor I gallery through October 8. 


South of Paradise, Ramon G. Deanda


The East Fork Gallery, Trinity River Campus 
August 2 - October 10, 2021

Imagine, if you will, standing amid a place engulfed by nonsense and chaos. Absurdity reigns here, common sense has long gone from this place; it is an alternative world engulfed with alternative facts. The noise, the craziness is protected by inconspicuousness, either everyone decides to ignore this or there is no interest in seeking the true truth, not alternative truths. These creatures are caught in a place that they do not comprehend. They exist somewhere just South of Paradise and just North of Hell. It may sound familiar, or maybe not. But mentally, these creatures, have trapped themselves to social psychosis. South of Paradise captures the absurdity, the foolishness that contemporary society has been stirred by all that nonsense. In these prints, my intention is to depict moments, or ideas that are relatable to anyone from anywhere by using ranch creatures as human metaphoric characters. Narcissism, corruption, deception, deception, gluttony, egocentrism and isolation are a few distinctive features that have inundated today’s human society and I evoke in this work. These animals are confined to the ranch, caught in an imaginary boundary that does not let them escape their own madness. What I can conclude from all this, is that the imminent danger for all in this planet is not building physical walls, but constructing mental boundaries.


Reflections From the River, Spring 2021

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Students were invited to share their artwork for display in the 2021 Student Exhibit. Artistic media ranged from drawings and paintings to digital illustration and 3D-printed sculpture.


Traveling Book: Pandemic Collaboration


During the Spring semester 2021, TCCD Southeast Campus visual arts faculty and staff particpated in a collaborative multimedia project called Traveling Book: Pandemic Collaboration.

Throughout the course of the project, participating artists will document their processes. This documentation will then be included with the finished works and shared both online and as part of live exhibition.