Dallas Art Dealers Association
7 finalists chosen for Edith Baker Art Scholarship

The jury for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship met recently and chose the 7 finalists whose work will be on display in September at Irving Arts Center.

Francisco Alvarado, Brookhaven College

DADA is pleased to  introduce one of the 14 Edith Baker Art Scholarship finalists, Francisco Alvarado of Brookhaven College. Alvarado’s Sonrisahas been selected for the September 25th exhibition at the Irving Arts Center. 

In his self portrait titled, Sonrisa, Alvarado explores gender and the iconography that often defines it.  Alvarado’s work often deals with defining memories of symbols and traditions. The Brookhaven art student works with watercolors, oils, woodcuts, found objects and  photographs to explore the meaning of these rituals. 
Although currently working on 2D and 3D projects, Alvarado says he would like to begin working with large-scale pieces and materials. 

The Edith Baker Art Scholarship and juried exhibition is an exciting opportunity for Alvarado. Since materials can be expensive, this would be a chance  to fund the ambitious side of his work. But, it also allows Alvarado a chance to show his work to larger audience. 

“As a shy art student, I hardly ever have the confidence to seek exposure,” Alvarado says. “Being able to have work displayed in a gallery is already a great achievement for me. I am honored to have been included in this show, alongside many other great artists.”

After completing Brookhaven’s program, Alvarado plans on earning a BFA in printmaking or painting and then an MFA. He would like to teach abroad, most likely returning to his native Mexico.

Two more nominees for the Edith Baker Art Scholarship

Christopher Gonzalez

North Lake College’s Art Department professors have selected Christopher Gonzalez and Pavlina Panova as nominees for this year’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship.

Gonzalez and Panova will join Brookhaven art students Francisco Alvarado and Brian Hauser along with Mountain View students Caitlin Ramsey and Gonzalo Truijillo for the  September 24, 2010 Edith Baker Art Scholarship exhibit. The group exhibit will feature the work of selected DCCCD art students. DADA’s  Scholarship Committee members will jury the show and determine the recipient of this year’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship.

This year’s exhibit takes place September 24, 2010 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd in Irving. And, on September 25 DADA’s Fall Gallery Walk with Panel Discussions and the 25th Anniversary Party will take place. Make note of the October 10th premier of the film looking at the Dallas visual art scene for the past 25 years that is in honor of the establishment of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Endowment Fund. Viewing is Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2 p.m.- 2:45 p.m., the Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 North Harwood Street in Dallas’ Arts District.

For more information or to donate to the Edith Baker Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund go to http://www.dallasartdealers.org/artscholarship.php

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Panel Discussions. A Must-Do!

DADA panelist Kenda North, “Cara”

Now is your chance. No more procrastinating. Whether you are an art lover wanting to start a collection or an artist who needs to photograph your work, this year’s DADA panel discussions have something for you.

For the art lover, DADA’s distinguished panel of noted collectors and artists can help you get that art collection started. Experienced collectors Karol Howard and George Morton will be joined by DCCCD visual art professors and artists Rosemary DesPlas and Eddy Rawlins to give seasoned advice on the fundamentals of collecting and to answer questions to help get you started. Panel 1: “How to Start an Art Collection” is Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bath House Cultural Center.

And for the artist, panel 2 will discuss “How to Photograph Your Art”. In this digital age, it is vital to have images of your work. Taking quality images that capture your work can be a challenge. Three noted photographers, Kenda North, Harrison Evans and Ange Fitzgerald, will discuss how to get the images you need to put your art in its best light. Each bring their unique creative style, valuable experience and insight along with their technical expertise. Panel 2: “How to Photograph Your Art” is Saturday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center.

Tickets ($15) can be purchased online at  www.dallasartdealers.org or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund.

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"Khrys," 2008, painting by Maria Cortes, winner of the 2009 Edith  Baker Scholarship
"Khrys," 2008, painting by Maria Cortes, winner of the 2009 Edith Baker Scholarship

Brookhaven College’s School of the Arts is just one of the Dallas County Community College District’s art programs to be a DADA member. With a diverse art program offering art history, painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking, Brookhaven College’s School of Art’s students have gone on to attend Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt and School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as local universities, Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas.

And for the first time, DADA and DCCCD have partnered to promote the growth and education of young artists. This year DADA will offer the financial award of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development to a DCCCD art student.

The Edith Baker Art Scholarship exhibit will be a group showing of paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture created by DCCCD art students and selected by DCCCD faculty member of the 7 community colleges. DADA’s  Scholarship Committee members will jury the show. In addition to a financial award, the  winner will be given the opportunity to mentor with a DADA member. This year’s exhibit takes place September 24, 2010 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd in Irving. And, on September 25 DADA’s Fall Gallery Walk with Panel Discussions and the 25th Anniversary Party will take place. Make note of the October 10th premier of the film looking at the Dallas visual art scene for the past 25 years that is in honor of the establishment of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Endowment Fund. Viewing is Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2 p.m.- 2:45 p.m., the Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 North Harwood Street in Dallas’ Arts District.

Brookhaven’s membership to DADA enhances its community presence while providing an opportunity to gain valuable networking with other academic & commercial galleries. The Forum Gallery and the Studio Gallery at Brookhaven has been a DADA member since 2003. However,

“The financial award, the opportunity to exhibition as well as the mentorship with a DADA member are of great value to the students,” says David Newman Brookhaven College gallery director & professor.

 For more information or to donate to the Edith Baker Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund go to http://www.dallasartdealers.org/artscholarship.php

Check back to read more about the art students selected for this year’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship exhibition. 

at Barry Whistler Gallery this Saturday

On Saturday, July 17, Barry Whistler Gallery features the work of 17 different artists in the exhibition, Small Abstract Painting.  From paintings to photographs, the small scale works of Toni LaSelle’s 1947 Study for Puritan to Kevin Todora’s images and Johnnie Ross’s meticulous layering of paint along with John Holt Smith’s methodical work on aluminum will be featured. As well as the work of  Scott Barber, Kristen Cochran, Mark Cole, C. J. Davis,  Kirsten Macy, Ruben Neito, Lisa Nersesova, John Pomara, Ludwig Schwarz, Polly L. Sparrow, Lorraine Tady, John Wilcox, and Mark Williams. Don’t miss this show!

Opens, Saturday, July 17, 6-8 p.m. Through August 28 Please call for hours during August- 214.939.0242
 2909-Canton Street. Dallas, TX 75226

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Our goal is to bring about a greater public awareness of the Dallas art scene on the part of the local, state and national communities and build a more cooperative and supportive spirit among the art galleries in the association.
Frank Moss, DADA President 1985

In September 2010, DADA will offer the financial award of the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund to a student pursuing visual art at a Dallas community college. The winner will be given a financial award and the opportunity for a mentorship and internship with a DADA member. Click here to donate to the scholarship fund…http://www.dallasartdealers.org/artscholarship.php