Dallas, Texas — As part of Dallas Arts Month 2020, the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) has an open call for artists for the third annual city-wide ART214 Exhibition. This is a multi-venue visual arts project that showcases the works of artists who live in Dallas and the greater North Texas region. Artists can apply now through Feb. 7 at art214.dallasculture.org.
OAC’s cultural centers (Oak Cliff Cultural Center, South Dallas Cultural Center, Moody Performance Hall and Latino Cultural Center) will present the citywide juried exhibition. The Bath House Cultural Center will not participate in the exhibition this year, due to building renovations. Staff from the Bath House will serve as a point of contact for artists, jurors and curators.
This collaborative, multi-venue exhibit draws in new audiences and cross pollinates patrons who may frequent a specific cultural center but have never experienced other venues. More than 350 artists have participated in this exhibition the past two years – the largest of its kind in North Texas. Nearly 400 artists submit entries and about 250 works of art are exhibited.
“Each of the Office of Arts and Culture venues that participates in the ART214 project have individually demonstrated a strong, long-lived commitment to fostering the growth of the Dallas arts community,” said Enrique Fernandez, Bath House Cultural Center Visual Arts Coordinator and Curator. “The dedication of each center to providing support to artists and attracting diverse audiences reflects a persistent desire to serve as a vital connecting point for creators and art lovers. The cultural centers understand that partnerships are an invigorating instrument to promote the arts. That is why, when they join forces in the ART214 exhibitions, they know that the resulting collaboration has the power to amplify, enhance and diversify the impact of the art experiences that they offer.”
Through this exhibition new artists can develop relationships with OAC, exhibit their work for the first time and have an opportunity to show their work at a cultural center.
“I am honored to be asked to curate the Art214 Exhibition.” said Susan Lecky, a Dallas artist and previous ART214 juror. “I was a juror last year and a viewer of the last two exhibitions. I understand the importance for Dallas area artists to have the opportunity to show their work in the various venues. I look forward to the challenge of placing their artwork in the centers.”
ART214 is part of Dallas Arts Month, a city-wide celebration of Dallas arts first launched in 2013. Arts Month is designed to build awareness for and appreciation of the work of Dallas artists and organizations and foster creative learning and activity throughout the city. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the events and programming offered by arts and cultural institutions from all disciplines.