C3 Visiting Artists

What is the C3 Visiting Artist Project?

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) Visiting Artist Project invites artists based in North Texas to create an interactive installation around a theme related to the works on view in the C3 Gallery. Selected individuals will work with Museum staff for two months prior to installation to develop and facilitate interpretive content, project logistics, and educational programs for their project. Each installation will be on view in the C3 Gallery for a four-month period.

How do I become a C3 Visiting Artist?

The application portal for the 2020 C3 Visiting Artist Project is now closed. To be notified of future opportunities to apply, please email C3@DMA.org with "C3 Visiting Artist Project" in the subject line.

Please read the C3 Visiting Artist Project 2020 Application Overview and Guidelines to review all requirements prior to submitting an application.

Complete applications consist of an information form, project proposal, and all required attachments (CV or resume, images of recent work, artist statement, and project proposal). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

How do I learn more?

Questions can be emailed to C3@DMA.org with "C3 Visiting Artist Project" as the subject line. 

Current C3 Visiting Artists

Shoshana McIntosh & Marie-Claire Valdez
February–May 2020

Shoshana McIntosh is a writer, movement artist, and elementary teacher. Her creative and scholarly work intersects around ideas of embodiment, philosophy, and art. Since 2017 she has trained hundreds of educators on using movement in the classroom to express oneself, and on ways to engage in inquiry and discussion around a subject or issue. In 2017 she was an artist in residence at Sunset Art Studios and has presented her work at national and international conferences. 

Marie-Claire Valdez is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and art educator. She has been teaching art since 2004, holding positions in Chicago, San Antonio, and the Dallas area. Valdez received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MA in teaching from Trinity University, and she will complete her PhD in Art Education at the University of North Texas this year. Her passion for sound art and emerging art practices incorporates poetry, languages, sound, and visual art in experimental forms.  

Upon meeting at the University of North Texas in the art education graduate program, Valdez and McIntosh realized their mutual interest in bringing multisensory and movement-based practices to K–12 classrooms and art museums. Since then, the two friends have been collaborating on workshops for students and teachers that introduce sound, movement, and other sensory experiences into art making and art observation.

Recent C3 Visiting Artists

Spiderweb Salon
September–December 2019

Spiderweb Salon is an interdisciplinary collective based in Denton, Texas. Since 2012 they have worked with hundreds of artists to create showcases, events, recordings, publications, workshops, and experiences. Throughout these projects, Spiderweb Salon encourages collaboration, unity, compassion, and curiosity in their audiences.

The group's most recent efforts are oriented toward social justice, community building, education, and sharing artistic techniques. They're always on the lookout for new opportunities to curate spaces, organize events, and assemble publications to help foster and broadcast creavitiy. 

Learn more about Spiderweb Salon by visiting their website.


Spencer Evans
May–August 2019

Spencer Evans received a BFA from the University of Missouri (2009) and an MFA from the University of Texas at Arlington (2017), where he currently works as an adjunct professor. Evans’s work contextualizes the relationship between the inner and outer selves as a response to their respective environment. His work is research-based but also rooted in his lived experiences. He uses both drawing and painting media to depict moments of tension.

His works have been displayed at various Dallas venues, including Conduit Gallery, George W. Bush Memorial Library and Museum, The Arthello Beck Junior Gallery, Brazos Gallery, and Bivins Gallery. His art has also appeared in shows at the Imago Gallery (Columbia, Missouri) and Sudan University School of Fine and Applied Art (Khartoum, Sudan), as well as in the pages of Arts and Culture, Patron, and BookForum. Evans’s awards and honors include the James S. Barnett Jr. Foundation Ideas in Art Award and 2x Dorothy Aderholt Memorial Scholarship. The McDowell International Research Travel Grant and Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Grant have both supported his work.

Karla Garcia
April 2019

Karla Garcia is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of North Texas. Garcia's work explores the concept of memory through materials such as clay, glass, and corn husks. She uses digital fabrication techniques and processes to create works that spark conversation about culture through the lens of personal family history. Garcia is originally from the border city of Juarez, Mexico. She received her BA from the Unviersity of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and has an Art Museum Education Certificate from the University of North Texas (UNT). She has exhibited work at both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University.


Previous C3 Visiting Artists

2018 JanuaryApril: Timothy Harding
2018 May
August: Ellie Ivanova
2018 September-December: Lauren Cross

2017 January–March: Janeil Engelstad
2017 April–June: Christopher Blay
2017 July–September: Lisa Huffaker

2017 October–December: xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman