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Fall 2020 Contemporary Art Exhibitions: The Must See List for Students

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These ten Dallas-based contemporary art galleries provide a wide range of art. Whether a fan of mixed media or a photography enthusiast, there is undoubtedly something for everyone. Be sure to check out the galleries listed below with friends, family, or even by yourself, for a fun-filled afternoon or weekend this fall.

While many galleries have resumed in-person visits, others are opting for virtual experiences or by appointment only instead. Do not let that deter you — visit the gallery’s website prior to making plans.

1. Erin Cluely Gallery – This Dallas-based contemporary art gallery focuses on vibrant emerging and mid-career artists from both Texas and the East Coast. There are exhibitions ranging in mediums from painting, sculpture, photography, and elaborate installations.

Current Exhibition: René Treviño, Cosmos, July 10 – August 22, 2020, by appointment only, Located at 150 Manufacturing Street Suite 210, Dallas, TX, 75207

To make an appointment, please visit their website.

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Our "Summer 2020" exhibition is up and ready for visitors by appointment. ☀️ Through August 22nd. ___ Every summer we put together a selection of works by the gallery's artists and artists which are new to our program. It's a great way for visitors to see new work coming out of the studios and to get a little preview of exhibitions opening in the fall. This year we we are featuring works by ten artists. ___ TAYLOR BARNES (Austin) SARA CARDONA (Dallas) MARGARET EVANGELINE (New York City) GARY GOLDBERG (Wichita Falls) RILEY HOLLOWAY (Dallas) ANNA MEMBRINO (Dallas) WILL MURCHISON (Dallas) NIC NICOSIA (Dallas) LYNN STERN (New York City) ZEKE WILLIAMS (Dallas) ___ Make an appointment and come by to learn more about Erin Cluley Gallery's program. New collectors, seasoned gallery goers, art enthusiasts, students…everyone is welcome! ___ #summer2020 #groupexhibition #painting #photography #collage #sculpture #textile #taylorbarnes #saracardona #margaretevangeline #garygoldberg #rileyholloway #annamembrino #willmurchison #nicnicosia #lynnstern #zekewilliams #ecgviewingroom

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2. Conduit – Conduit represents a vast majority of contemporary artists, from Jeff Baker to Annabel Daou, and many others, showcasing how works made of different materials and by different artists can communicate with one another in the same gallery space.

Virtual Viewing Rooms: Lance Letscher, a bird flew in through my window and Carrie Marill, wordless communication. Visit their online viewing room, if you would prefer a stay-at-home experience!

3. Cris Worley – Since 2010, Cris Worley has brought thought-provoking works created by a variety of contemporary artists to the Dallas area, highlighting inventive individuals such as William Cannings, Celia Eberle, and Anna Elise Johnson.

Current Exhibition: Patrick Turk, Anthropocosmos, June 20 – August 15, by appointment only, Located at 1845 E Levee Street Suite 110, Dallas, TX, 75207

To make an appointment, please visit their website.

4. Galleri Urbane – In 2001, just two years after its creation, Gallery Urbane pioneered a successful pop-up exhibition in Marfa, Texas. Today, the gallery is situated in the Dallas Design District and draws attention to numerous artists such as Jósef Csató, Stephen D’Onofrio, and Rachel Hellmann.

Current Exhibition: Summer Collective group show, June 6 – August 22, by appointment only and virtual, Located at 2277 Monitor Street, Dallas, TX, 75207

Please visit their website to make an appointment.

5. Talley Dunn Gallery – Representing David Bates, Natasha Bowdoin, Joseph Havel, and many more artists, Talley Dunn Gallery expands the minds of its patrons through its diverse art experience of both sculpture, mixed media, and paint.

Current Exhibition: Multiple Choice group exhibition, July 31 – September 19, 2020, Located at 5020 Tracy Street, Dallas, TX, 75205

Visit their website to learn more about this exhibition and view their hours.

6. Barry Whistler Gallery – With past exhibitions featuring artists such as Otis Jones, Allison V. Smith, and Stephen Mueller, Barry Whistler Gallery is no stranger to displaying thought-provoking works, ranging from installations to photography.

Current Exhibition: Liz Trosper, Dandelion and Rose, July 25 – September 25, 2020, Located at 315 Cole Street Suite 120, Dallas, TX, 75207

Explore this exhibition and others by visiting their website.

7. Ro2 Art Gallery – Whether browsing work virtually on their website or at their Artsy page, Ro2 Art Gallery ensures innovative artworks can be viewed by any individual whose curiosity will only be satisfied by an afternoon spent looking at contemporary art.

Current Exhibition: From a Distance group show, available virtually, visit their website to view and to keep an eye on upcoming exhibitions.

8. Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden – Founded in 1957, Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden serves as a pillar in the Dallas art community. Whether the artist on display is local or international, Valley House prides itself on delivering exhibitions with quality artworks and an exceptional experience for all to enjoy.

Current Exhibition: Lindy Chambers, Oscura and Luke Sides, A Gluttonous Past, June 27 – August 15, 2020, masks required and regular hours, located at 6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX, 75254

Visit their website for hours and more information.

9. PDNB Gallery – Committed to showcasing photo-centered art to the Dallas community, PDNB Gallery focuses largely on creating exhibitions centered around 20th century regional, local, and international artists.

Current Exhibition: Women We Have Known: photographs by women artists, May 16 – August 29, 2020, by appointment only, located at 154 Glass Street #104, Dallas, TX, 75207

To make an appointment, visit their website.

10. The Warehouse – Created by Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, as well as the late Vernon Faulconer, The Warehouse provides a fresh perspective on contemporary art to the Dallas community. The 18,000 square feet of exhibition space not only houses intriguing works by a variety of artists, but is also used to facilitate tours, dialogues, and educational programming for students, families, and individuals alike with a passion for art.

Current Exhibition: Psychic Wounds: On Art and Trauma, February 2020 – 2021, by appointment only, Located at 14105 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX, 75244

Visit their website for more information.

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Opening today, Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma brings together 90 works by a diverse group of artists whose memory of historical trauma has informed their aesthetic development and imbued their art with singular power. The 20th century produced a wealth of important paintings, sculptures, and installations that address wounding, scarring, and healing; in particular, the increased proliferation of violent imagery in art since World War II has channeled consciousness of traumatic events into a potent form of cultural processing. The result is art imprinted with the confluence of innovation, obsession, anguish, and destruction that constitutes the fight for survival. Curated by Gavin Delahunty. ___________ #pyschicwounds #yukinoriyanagi #renéegreen #sigmarpolke #thewarehousedallas #therachofskycollection #contemporaryart

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With all of these great galleries to visit, there will surely be something to look forward to every weekend this fall! Avoid getting caught in busy crowds and try to visit the galleries mid-afternoon. Whether a gallery is offering online tours, appointment-only visits, or walk-ins, make sure to check their website for updated hours and COVID-19 policies, as these are subject to change.

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