DMA Presents 2008 Awards to Artists

Dallas, TX—May 9, 2008—The Dallas Museum of Art is pleased to announce its 2008 Awards to Artists. The Museum’s annual awards were established in 1980 by The Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund to recognize exceptional talent and potential in young visual artists who show a commitment to continuing their artistic endeavors. The Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund is awarded to artists between 15 and 25 years of age who reside in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona or Colorado, while the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund is open to residents of Texas under the age of 30. The two funds have awarded over $350,000 to artists since their founding.

In 1990, The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant was created to honor the memory of Dallas artists Otis and Velma Dozier, who strongly believed in the enriching influence of travel on an artist’s work. The grant seeks to recognize exceptional talent in professional artists who wish to expand their artistic horizons through domestic or foreign travel and is awarded to professional artists at least 30 years of age who reside in Texas. Since the fund’s development, The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant has given over $110,000.

The 2008 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award recipients:

  •  Cassandra Emswiler is pursuing a B.A. in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She explores the relationship between architecture and memory in her paintings. Cassandra will use the funds awarded to purchase materials and supplies that will enable her to transform her two-dimensional work into three-dimensional architectural models.
  •  T.J. Griffin’s paintings, created using acrylic paint, paint pen and airbrush, investigate the freezing of motion in time. Currently working toward a B.A. in Art and Performance at the University of Texas at Dallas, T.J. will use his award to create larger-scale works that further explore the ideas of abstraction, gesture, time and imagination.
  •  Trey Wright’s black and white photographs feature figures dressed as rabbits in hazy, ambiguous environments. His photographic series portrays a narrative featuring the interaction of his characters with each other and their surroundings, and the funds awarded will help Wright, a photography student at the University of North Texas, further develop this story.

The 2008 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award recipients:

  • •Sterling Allen graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his mixed-media work is the result of re-contextualizing images culled from a variety of sources and from mining his own emotions. He will use the funds to complete a new project – a series of paintings and sculptures originating from his manipulation of letters in the alphabet.
  • Gregory Kachikis’ large-scale installation works employ imagery from Web sites like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, re-created as paintings and as vinyl cut-outs. Kachikis, a student from the University of Dallas, will use his award to fund an installation that will further investigate elements of graphic design and Internet imagery and will be executed with industrial and commercial materials like oil enamels and automotive paint.
  • Dustin Michael Pevey attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and currently lives in Marfa, Texas. His large-scale drawings examine the prevailing attitudes of postmodern culture and the concept of “progress.” Using his award, Pevey will develop a conceptual installation work examining philosophical dichotomies in relation to progress.
  •  Lesli Robertson is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Auburn University whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions across the state. Her multimedia work explores the role of material culture within societies and challenges the notion of objects’ relevance beyond their physical natures and functions. With her award, Lesli will further explore these ideas and prepare materials for a forthcoming exhibition focusing on the many meanings and contexts of bark cloth – a native material used in Uganda.
  • Joshua Smith holds an M.F.A. from the University of Dallas and a B.F.A. from Baylor University. His molded geodes are lined on the inside with cast crystal resin Monopoly houses in formations recalling American suburban tract housing developments. Using the funds awarded to him, Smith will create six large-scale geodes, each standing 54 inches high.
  • Joshua S. Smith is pursuing a degree in photography at the University of North Texas in Denton, and his works are studies of space, light and time. Joshua will use his grant to purchase equipment and materials to create larger-format, exhibition-quality digital and analog photographic prints.

The 2008 Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant recipients:

  • Alice Leora Briggs’ complex and historically rooted images are created with a meticulous method of mark-making called sgraffito, which involves the incision of white marks into a black surface to create her expressive works. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981 and migrated to Lubbock three years ago. Alice received the grant for a journey to Poland, where she will visit historically significant and stirring sites. These locations – which embody conflict and heroism – will be captured through the lens of a camera, on paper, and through memory, which she will later reassemble in her work.
  • Peat Duggins, Austin-based installation artist, received his B.F.A. in Film and Video from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 before moving to Texas to work both as a professional artist and in film. He is the co-founder/co-director of the Austin gallery Okay Mountain, a collective showcasing the work of both emerging and established artists. Peat was awarded the travel grant for a twelve-week primarily bicycle journey from Brownsville, Texas, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. This cross-continent voyage will help him gain a better awareness of the immensity of the American landscape and the propensity for American urban sprawl, a theme currently explored in his work.
  • Exploring the themes of empathy or otherness in society, Margaret Meehan’s inspiration for her work often comes from photographs of children in outdated formats like daguerreotypes, ambryotypes and tintypes. Margaret received the travel grant for a visit to Los Angeles, where she will spend time in the Getty Museum’s collection of photography, focusing on 19th- and 20th-century tintypes, and also visit current exhibitions showing at museums and galleries in the city that explore similarly rooted themes. A writer, lecturer and professional artist, Margaret received her M.F.A. from the University of Washington in Chicago in 1999.

Awards to Artists grants have been awarded to over 200 recipients, many of whom have gone on to be successful artists within the Metroplex and across the country. Over the years, the DMA has acquired works from many of the artists who have received awards from the DeGolyer, Kimbrough or Dozier funds. DeGolyer artists include Jeff Elrod, Robyn O’Neil and Misty Keasler. Kimbrough artists include David Bates, Melissa Miller, Brian Portman, Annette Lawrence, Erick Swenson, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Kelli Connell. Dozier artists include Joseph Havel, Danny Williams, Helen Altman, Ludwig Schwarz, John Pomara and Scott Barber.

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