C3 Visiting Artist Project

About the C3 Visiting Artist Project

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) Visiting Artist Project (2017–2021) invited artists based in North Texas to create an interactive, visitor-informed installation around a theme related to the works on view in the C3 Gallery. Selected artists worked with Museum staff to develop and facilitate interpretive content, project logistics, and educational programs to help inform their project.

Beginning in December 2021, the C3 Visiting Artist Project will shift to the C3 Featured Artist program.

Current C3 Visiting Artists

What Happens Next (Nida Bangash, Maliha Hassan, and Kinza Zaheer)
–October 2021

What Happens Next is the debut project by a collaborative of artists (Nida Bangash, Maliha Hassan, and Kinza Zaheer) using the same moniker. The group's aim is to collect stories authored by individuals from marginalized communities and present them to a wide audience. What Happens Next seeks to shift paradigms, cultivate empathy and gratitude, and challenge the status quo.

Nida Bangash is an interdisplinary artist born in Iran, raised in Pakistan, and currently living in North Texas. While her work is interdisciplinary, she was formally trained in Persian and South Asian miniature painting. Using intricate patterns and precise details, her works weave in personal identity and experience to investigate the complexities of immigration, colonialism, culture, and race. Bangash earned an MA (Hons.) Visual Arts degree from the National College of Arts in Lahore and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Bangash received the Charles Wallace Arts Fellowship to study at the Princes School of Arts in Lodnon. Her artwork has been shown at venues across the US and in London, Canberra, Dubai, Lahore, and Karachi. She is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas.

Maliha Hassan holds an MBA in Marketing, and her professional experience includes positions related to insurance, advertising, education, and health and wellness, as well as having directed soup kitchens. She passionately champions for underprivileged persons and works to positively impact the lives of those who are less fortunate or marginalized. She currently volunteers for DFW Refugee Outreach Services, which helps relocate and settle refugees in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

Kinza Zaheer is a graduate of the liberal arts program at the University of Houston, where she studied Literary Studies and Marketing. While pursuing her education, she volunteered as a teacher at her local mosque and at a Montessori school. Spending time with children helped her realize the importance of inclusivity, a value that grounds her life's work. "I aspire to create a space that helps people realize that despite our social, economic, religious, and cultural differences, there will always be something that can bind us. We just require the heart to want to seek out what it is."


Recent C3 Visiting Artists

The Stewpot Children, Youth, and Family Program
October 2020–May 2021

The student artists behind El Camino are participants in a local enrichment program. Established in 1975 by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, The Stewpot offers a range of services to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Their Children, Youth, and Family Program provides year-round support for students in 1st-12th grades and young adults pursuing higher education.


My name is Moises Garcia and I go to the School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center. I was born in Laredo, Texas, but I grew up and live in Dallas. I'm pretty laid back and I love to create things.



My name is Lizbeth Flores and I am a high school student, an artist in the making, a skateboarder, and the youngest of my family. Currently, I hope to graduate early from North Dallas High School and get into a good college where I can study graphic design or criminology. I like to improve myself and focus on the good going on. During my freetime, I enjoy playing sports and care very deeply about my Vans (sneakers).


My name is Gissell Chapa. I attend the School of Health Professions at Townview. In the future, I would like to attend medical school and ultimately become a cardiovascular surgeon. I was born, raised, and live in Dallas, but at heart I am a proud Mexican. [My heritage] defines who I am and my values. Determination is the strongest quality that I hold within . . . fundamentally making myself and my family proud.


My name is Valerie Zamarripa and I have graduated high school. I intend to go to Mountain View College to get my associate degree. I grew up in Dallas through the Stewpot's programs. Mexico holds a special place in my heart, and I enjoy going whenever I can because I get to see my grandfather and family. I also get a sense of relief and feel free when I visit. I will always be proud to be Mexican American. I enjoy traveling and seeing new places and spending time with my family, and often I can be kind of extra.