C3 Interactive Gallery

The C3 Gallery is an innovative participatory space where creativity and experimentation serve as both our methods for developing activities and our goals for visitor experiences. Each month we highlight one of our gallery activities. Read the Gallery Spotlight section below to learn about a work of art currently on view, see its corresponding activity, and read examples of visitor responses. Scroll down to read about past exhibitions in the Center for Creative Connections.  Click here to see works of art currently on view.

Gallery Spotlight

Layers of Color


Currently, the Center for Creative Connections has three prints by Hiroshi Yoshida on view (left: Hirosaki Castle; right: Kameido Bridge; bottom: Fuji San from Yamanaka). Each print illustrates the beauty of significant locations in Japan and was created using traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking tools and processes.

In the C3 Interactive Gallery we developed a printmaking station where visitors can experiment with creating layered prints; however, we had to think a bit outside the box since we could not have paint inside the gallery. Instead we created four carved blocks that visitors can use to create crayon rubbings on paper. Like the traditional Japanese woodblock prints, each carved block corresponds to one color that can be layered with others to create a final image. Inspired by the subject matter in the works of art by Yoshida, our visitors’ final image will have a Texas theme.

Here are a few examples of the creative colorful cacti our visitors created:



  Past Spotlights

 C3 Interactive Gallery Spotlight_Artful Reflections.pdf
C3 Interactive Gallery Spotlight_Drawing to Look.pdf
C3 Interactive Gallery Spotlight_Whats In A Name.pdf
 C3 Interactive Gallery Spotlight_A Web of Wisdom.pdf


Past Exhibitions

Encountering Space
September 25, 2010–Fall 2012
Center for Creative Connections

We take up space. We move in space. We encounter space. Closed spaces and open spaces, full spaces and empty spaces—these can affect us differently, both physically and emotionally. These same reactions can be a part of our experiences with the space of a work or art. 

Artists change space. Just as artists make choices about how they use color, lines, and shapes, they also make choices about how they use space. As you move through this exhibition and view works of art from varying physical distances and perspectives, think about how the artists use space and give you a way into their art. Reflect on your responses to the spaces you encounter in art, as well as those you encounter in your everyday life.

Monitor Wall Visitor Photo Submissions:
TEXAS SPACE - On view in C3 September 2010-February 2011
DESIGNED SPACE - On view in C3 March-September 2011
FILLED SPACE - On view in C3 October 2011-March 2012
PEACEFUL SPACE - On view in C3 April-October 2012
POSITIVE/NEGATIVE SPACE - On View in C3 November 2012 - January 2013

The Living Room
July 27–September 24, 2010
Center for Creative Connections Temporary Location, Tower Gallery, Level 4


During the summer of 2010, the Center for Creative Connections moved into the Museum’s fourth-floor Tower Gallery as construction began on a new exhibition, Encountering Space. To continue to serve visitors and the community, artist Jill Foley was brought in to create a dynamic installation for the Center’s temporary "home away from home.”

Jill Foley is a Dallas-based artist who creates large-scale imaginary-type spaces to host her puppet-like figural sculptures and her paintings and drawings. She has used recycled cardboard to create naturalistic forms and makeshift home furnishings to surround visitors in an active living space. Foley wanted to create an inviting space like that of a living room that reflects the personality of C3. She was also inspired by the DMA's collections and the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection period rooms on Level 3. Throughout the summer, Foley and the C3 staff hosted participatory programs, happenings, and performances in the gallery. Visitors created artwork to contribute to the space, reflecting the involvement of the community.

Materials & Meanings
May 3, 2008–July 25, 2010
Center for Creative Connections

What do the materials of works of art mean to artists? What do the materials of works of art mean to you? Materials & Meanings, the inaugural exhibition of eight works of art selected from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, focused on the materials from which a work of art is made and on the meanings associated with those materials to both the artist and the viewer.

Materials can have powerful meanings for the artist who selects and manipulates them as part of the creative process. You bring your own experiences with materials when you look at a work of art. The works of art in this exhibition were from different cultures and time periods, but all are made from materials that suggest meanings to the artist and perhaps to you.