NEW CROP: 500X College Expo

Opening October 6, 7-10pm

Jurors: Barry Whistler and Allison V. Smith

Submissions Deadline: Sept 23, 2012

About NEW CROP: 500X College Expo

500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students!

Like the annual Expo juried show, NEW CROP: 500X College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to see work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition will offer visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas.


The Rules

  • To submit work, please visit
  • The exhibition is open to all artists enrolled in college-level courses in Texas.
  • The entry fee is $30 for up to 3 images (includes details of work).
  • All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment).
  • Artists will be notified via email Friday, September 28 by 8pm if the work has been accepted into the exhibition. If you do not receive an email, your work has not been accepted.
  • All work must be picked up by October 23. $50 storage charge for work left after this date. 

The Exhibition

  • Work must be exhibition ready (with securely attached D-rings, cleats, etc). Works without hanging hardware- even if accepted by the juror- will NOT be accepted for the exhibition, and there will be no refund of the entry fee.
  • Complex installations will be considered only if the artist is available to install.
  • During drop-off, accepted entrants must show a current student ID and a printout of their Fall 2012 class schedule; there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Securely label each work with your name, title of work, media, dimensions, date of execution, and price. You will be asked to fill out a form with this information for our records again on site.
  • The gallery retains a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition.

About the Jurors   

Barry Whistler is the owner and director of Barry Whistler Gallery. Established in 1985 in Dallas, Texas, Barry Whistler Gallery primarily focuses on Texas artists exhibiting and selling contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photography as well as installation and performance works. Represented artists from Texas include: The Art Guys, Scott Barber, Kelli Connell, Linnea Glatt, Toni LaSelle, Lawrence Lee, Michael Miller, Betsy Odom, John Pomara, Allison V. Smith, Ann Stautberg, Lorraine Tady, John Wilcox, Danny Williams; as well as Bob Wilhite and Skeet McAuley from California, and Johnnie Winona Ross from New Mexico.
The gallery has also exhibited and handles inventory by New York artists Mark Williams and Adam Raymont, Irene Roderick from Austin, Michael C. McMillen from Los Angeles, Darryl Lauster from Houston, and Kirsten Macy from Dallas.
Dallas native Allison V. Smith took her first snapshot when she was 8 years old, and she's been taking pictures ever since. After earning a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University, she worked as a staff photographer for newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and Santa Fe New Mexican. In 2003 she made the decision to become a freelance photographer, yet her photojournalism continues to make itself evident in her portraits, magazine work, and fine art work. Smith's portraits have appeared in a number of publications, including Texas Monthly, The New York Times, Dwell and the Oxford American, and her Marfa, Texas series has been exhibited in galleries in Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles. The photographer wanders the world with her red Hasselblad and her two yellow Labs-Bucks and Daisy. They patiently ride to Marfa with Smith several times a year, Maine once a year, and wherever else the work takes them (37 states so far). Smith's work is in the permanent collection at the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art in Houston and private collections in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Moscow. She is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Texas.


September 1 - September 23, 2012: Submission of work online at

September 26, 2012: Accepted artists notified by 8pm

October 1 & 2, 2012, 2-5pm: Artists drop-off work

October 6, 2012: Opening Reception

October 21, 2012: Exhibition Ends

October 22 & 23, 2012, 5-7pm: Artists Pick-Up Work

OPENING Sept 8, 7-10PM Annual Member's Show

500X Annual Member Show

500X Annual Member's show

Sept 8- Sept 30 2012

Opening Sept 8, 7-10PM

500X is...

Christine Bisetto

Bernardo Cantu 

Colette Copeland 

Laura Doughtie

Diane Durant 

Michael Francis

Nate Glaspie

Tim Harding

Clayton Hurt

Joel Kiser

Shelby Meier 

Bruce Monroe

Chancellor Page 

Elaine Pawlowicz

Jonathan Snow  

John Alexander Taylor 


The Most Enduring Art Gallery Collective in  the State of Texas if not  


FALL 2012 Season-

Sept 8- Sept 30 Annual Member's Show

Oct 6- Oct 21  500X College Expo

Nov 3-25   Bruce Monroe and John Taylor Alexander in the Main Gallery, Michael Francis and Bernardo Cantu in the Upstairs Gallery 

                 Laura Doughtie and Shelby Meier in the Project Rooms

Dec 1-Jan 6   Elaine Pawolwicz and Chancellor Paige in the Main Gallery

                  Johnathan Snow and Clayton Hurt in the Project Rooms

Hot-n-Sweaty open for East Dallas Gallery Day this Saturday, 12-9 PM!

Join us for East Dallas Gallery Day this Saturday June 16th from 12 - 9!

East Dallas Gallery Day is a unified effort by 9 established galleries located in the neighborhoods of Deep Ellum and Expo Park, to kick off the Summer and get people in the galleries. The event will take place on June 16, 2012 from 12-9 PM. The participating galleries include Barry Whistler Gallery, The Public Trust, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Kettle Art, W.A.A.S. Gallery, 500X Gallery, CentralTrak, The Reading Room and Oliver Francis Gallery. From 12-3 and 6-9, gallery goers can grab a bite from Dallas' finest food trucks which will be open for business in front of the galleries. All of the participating galleries will be serving complimentary ice cold beverages, including Brooklyn Lager courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. There will also be 30 gift bags at each gallery which include the official East Dallas Gallery Day T-shirt designed Magnificent Beard, courtesy of Madison Partners, the event's presenting sponsor.


Mama Faye's BBQ food truck will be outside 500X from 12 to 3 pm.


For more information on East Dallas Gallery Day please visit:
Event Website // 
Special thanks to the sponsors of East Dallas Gallery Day:
Madison Partners //
Brooklyn Brewery //
Arts + Culture //
Magnificent Beard // 
Brainfood //

June 2012 | Hot and Sweaty Open Show!!!

The Open Show!!! The HOTTEST art show in Texas!!!
500X brings back our annual non-juried show-
now with EXTRA HEAT!!!
JUNE 9-17 Opening reception June 9 7-10 PM 
Due to popular demand, 500X brings back our long-standing "open door" non-juried survey of artwork in North Texas.   Bring your work to the drop-off June 2 and 3, and 500X's crack staff of art installers will hang it in the gallery.  No muss, no fuss, no pesky rejection slips! 
It's an art free-for- all!
Entry fee- $30 for up to 3 works
Size limitations- 48" maximum on the longest side
Drop-off dates- June 2 and 3, 2 to 5pm

Pick-up dates- June 23 and 24, 2 to 5pm
All work must have adequate hanging hardware- wire or D-rings, works that are not fit for display will not be accepted. Pedestals available first-come first-serve. All media accepted, video/sound/electronic works must have all equipment provided by artist. 30% commission on all sales. All participating artists must sign the contract stipulating the full terms of exhibition in the gallery. 

May 2012 | Christine Bisetto, Tiffany Wolf, Trish Igo and Jill O'Brien

500X Gallery Presents

May 5 - May 27, 2012

Opening May 5, 2012 7-10PM  


In the Main Gallery-

Christine Bisetto and Tiffany Wolf present 




New work by Christine Bisetto and Tiffany Wolf explores infatuations both material and immaterial by focusing on the idea of the crush which brings out insecurities, creates physical power over structure, commands incredible acts of bravery and has the ability to reach the depths of sorrow all with a modicum of lightheartedness and glee.



In the Upstairs Gallery-

Creature Comfort 

Trish Igo and Jill O'Brien


Animal philosophies are rife with contradictions brought about by our childhood idolatry of animals and our societal use and slaughter of animals.  Commixing these extremes, Trish Igo and Jill O'Brien create a dreamlike exposé of our haunted relationships to animals. Igo and O'Brien work collaboratively in mixed media to compose vignettes with animals and coveted objects to construct situations that provoke reflection on the subjective and selective ways that people view animals.



In the Project Spaces-


Tails of the Exotica

Organized by Clayton Hurt and Elaine Pawlowicz

The purpose of the use of the downstairs project space is to promote awareness and responsibility about the personal ownership of exotic animals in the United States.

In response the surreal incident of the mass release and escape of large exotic animals in Muskingum County, Ohio in 2011 and countless other stories in the news about the confiscation of dangerous and illegally smuggled wild animals, artists were invited to submit their visual interpretations of the personal ownership of exotic animals as pets in a 10"x10"x10" format. 



Frame Count

Timothy Harding and Christopher Blay


Frame count is an installation that talks about the construction of images. The appearance is reminiscent of a film editing room and re-contextualizes movies and color slides as a way of talking about how fragile meaning becomes when images are out of context. The viewer is invited to create their own narratives by advancing slides that interact with still frames, which themselves interact with movie posters.


2012-2013 Season May 1 - Deadline for Membership and Upstairs Gallery Applications



Show your work in Texas' oldest artist-run space!



500X members are responsible for maintaining and running the gallery. Member Duties: * Monthly Dues * Working During Show Openings * Gallery Sitting (during open hours) * Attendance of All Member Meetings

Member Benefits: * Monthly Showing in the Members Gallery * 2 or 3 Person Show in the Main Gallery (once per year) * Associating with Fellow 500X Members * DFW Art World Connections

Send submissions to: 500X Gallery 500 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226


Show your work in Texas' oldest artist-run space!


Upstairs Gallery shows are one month long and run concurrently with the Main Gallery. Applicants need to submit a portfolio on a CD-ROM.

Portfolio Contents: * 20 Images of Recent Work (.jpeg) * Resume * Artist's Statement * Proposal of the Show's Theme

Fees: * Rent: $500 * Refundable Deposit: $150

Applications are due May 1, 2011. If the submission is accepted, a contract will be discussed.

We recommend that applicants bring submissions to the gallery in person during regular gallery hours or during an opening reception. Submissions by mail will also be accepted.

Send submissions to: 500X Gallery 500 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226


April 2012 | Joel Kiser, Courtney Brown, Crash Collective, Diane McGurren, Tiffany Wolf, and Kerry Pacillio

500 x Gallery Presents

Opening April 7, 2012 7-10PM  

In the Main Gallery-

Courtney Brown and Joel Kiser present

OBJECT | a series of seven performances


Performance schedule

Artists Courtney Brown and Joel Kiser present a performance art focused exhibition premiering works from nine artists in OBJECT. New original performances will be presented at 500X Gallery each Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the exhibition. Exhibiting artists include Courtney Brown, Shannon Brunskill, Jeff Gibbons, Kimberly Harris, Kevin Ruben Jacobs, Joel Kiser, Rueben Melendez, Alison Starr and Robert Wedepohl.

In the Upstairs Gallery-

Between Hope and Fear

Crash Collective

Ashley Bryan

Paul Bryan

Deborah Falls

Tanner Harmening

Eric De Llamas

Joshua Poole

Sam England

Val Curry

Rachel Lee Stephens

Close geography, friendship and intellectual collaboration have drawn these artists together. Working in imaginative and often whimsical themes, they walk the horizon of the spiritual and physical worlds between hopes and fears in human history.  With the endeavor to capture emotion and reason together inside physical walls, this work plans to release them into the wilds of the viewer's imagination

In the Project Spaces-


"Story #3: At The Speed of Snails," page 122, from 8 Simultaneous Stories to Be Read Simultaneously.

8 Simultaneous Stories to Be Read Simultaneously
Diane McGurren and Erin Shaw
An artist's book by Erin Shaw and Diane McGurren. 8x8x8", 288 pages, installation variable (and simultaneous).
Kerry Pacillio and Tiffany Wolf


Kerry Pacillio and Tiffany Wolf collaborate to construct a playful exploration of apologetic gesture and regret, both sincere and saccharine, in order to explore and understand and the importance of this learned skill and etiquette in our society and perhaps become, in addition, more adept as social citizens.

March 2012 | Scott Hilton, Michael Francis, Laura Doughtie and Nick Hutchings

500x Gallery Presents:

Opening Reception: March 10th, 7-10pm

In the Main Gallery-
On the Nature of Things : Photographs by Scott M Hilton

The words text and texture share a common latin root- TEXO- to weave; to braid together; to construct with elaborate care.

 This surprising, yet intuitively clear bond of meaning, serves as the central metaphor for this suite of photographs. Language and sensation- the textual and the textural- are processes of pattern perception. Meanings are woven from words just as lived experience is interlaced with bodily feeling. To me, the hand-made, physical photographic image is the ideal way to express how concepts have a tactile presence because they are woven...


Mini Retrospective 2002-2012 : Michael Francis

"to see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower,

hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour"

                                                                       -William Blake

I strive for the type of sentimentality that exists in old photos, faded tapestries, and worn out prints.  This literal wear of time acts as a filter, which creates idiosyncratic qualities, transforming the scene while referring to an inner domain of images. Each setting embodies individual qualities, creating a sense specific to the location depicted.  However, the scene is not developed the same way one would if they were actually standing there; instead it is painted to be reminiscent of the experience through various states of one's mind.  Objects approximate their essential tones and surfaces so that their real and abstract properties can coexist.


In the Upstairs Gallery-

(...)  :Laura Doughtie and John Nicholas Hutchings

Heidegger writes, "A space is something that has been made room for--something with boundaries. A boundary is not that at which something stops but is that from which something begins its presence."

In this two-person show the artists Laura Doughtie and John Nicholas Hutchings respond to the conscious awareness of presence within the aesthetic experience.  

Doughtie creates drawings of minimal organic forms. These drawings are constructed with a consuming and meticulous mark, reflecting her inclination toward minimal aesthetics and biomorphic patterns. Her work is set in the process of an obsessive-compulsive movement, elemental in its repetition, until it fills the surface with variations. These variations are created through moments of failure instigated by the pen and fatigue.

Hutchings' work focuses an awareness of the tension within the liminal space between the artwork and the conscious presence of the viewer. Liminality can be defined in the body of work as the threshold or the space of passage. His artistic practice, similar to the Haiku, is to remove the superfluous elements within the work to speak in a more succinct voice. By distilling the aesthetic experience he creates a space where the viewer can be still and reflect on their presence in relation to the artwork and thus the liminal or in-between space is filled with the perception of the viewer.

In the Project Spaces-

Ride, Johnny, Ride: Organized by Alison Hearst and Leslie Murrell of Subtext Projects


Ride, Johnny, Ride features works by Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco, Paula Curran, and Kurt Mueller that each respond to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. It is an event few experienced in person, yet it is an extremely familiar topic to all Americans. Each artwork in the exhibition touches on various responses to this historical tragedy and how individuals choose to position and locate themselves within the event.

Homo Sapiens Saturniidae: Jonathan Snow and Rhiannon Davis

This collaboration is based on the idea of a collective consciousness, achieving a higher level of enlightenment through the cycle of discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. We are all innately drawn to the search for a greater understanding of our existence. Once something new is realized, others will inevitably embrace and expand upon it in their own distinctive ways.

Jonathan Snow: A first year 500X member. Sculptor who works in many different materials including wood, paper pulp and found objects. His work often combines figurative and small-scale architectural elements conveying progress as an endless cycle of construction and destruction. He holds an MFA in sculpture and an MA in art education.

Rhiannon Davis is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. Her work is mostly functional or wearable and inspired by those close to her. Asymmetry and repetition are prominent elements throughout her work.


500XPO 2012

500X Gallery Presents:


Juror: Aaron Parazette

February 18- March 4

500XPO is our annual juried exhibition highlighting the best of up-and-coming artists in Texas.  Here's your chance to discover someone before they are internationally famous!

This year's 500XPO artists are:

John Aasp

Joshua Banks

Willie Baronet

Michael Blair

Jeff Bradley

Lindsey Brown

John Calabrese

Jim Clement

Kristen Cochran

Kenneth Collins

Jack Cornell

Carrie Crumbley

Andrew Currey

Jose Dominguez

Kathleen Donovan

Kathryn Falvo

Cydney Ferguson-Brey

Jessica Fuentes

Jonathan Garcia

Devyn Gaudet

Lori Giesler

Timothy Griffin

Steve Hamilton

Blake Hampton

Jessica Hargrave

Stuart Hausmann

Ayesha Hayat

Lauren Herbst

Amy Herzel

Ronnit Ilan

Shawn Jackson

Alison Jardine

Graham Jones

Kelsey Kilcrease

Matthew Koons

Philip Lambert

Travis LaMothe

Seth Lawrence

Matthew Lee

Tsun-Chuan Liang

Kristin Lockhart

Lucas Martell

Nathan McGuire

Oscar Mejia

Thomas Menikos

Nathan Milas

Ashley Milow

Tiffany Milow

Mark Mueller

Shayne Murphy

Anh-Thuy Nguyen

Brandon Nichols

Irby Pace

Ricardo Paniagua

Alizsha Pennington

Simone Riford

Andrew Riggins

Evett Rolsten

Jessica Sailors

Timothy Seifert

Janan Siam

Kristina Smith

Olivia Smith

Kent Sollenberger

Alison Starr

Frank Tringall

Magan VanGroll

Michael Westfried

Tori Whitehead

Kristen Works

Michael Wynne


About the Juror

Aaron Parazette was born in Ventura, CA and holds an MFA in Painting from the Claremont Graduate University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Houston. Parazette's distinctions include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Artadia Fund for Art and Dialogue Award. His work has been exhibited in numerous national and international venues, including Marlborough Chelsea in New York, Mark Moore in Los Angeles, The Suburban in Chicago, Gregory Lind in San Francisco, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and at the 2009 Armory Show and 2006 Art Basel Miami art fairs. In Dallas, he is represented by Talley Dunn, and recently completed a show of paintings at the Dallas Contemporary.

500x EXPO 2014

The 500X EXPO is a juried exhibition open to any artist within Texas.

Artists may enter up to 3 images/videos (including details) for a total submission fee of $30.

This year’s juror is Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, he assumed the role at the Dallas Museum of Art in May 2012. Gabriel Ritter's full bio is available here

Delivery of work is the responsibility of the artist and must be delivered on the designated dates, unless special arrangements are made. Work can be delivered on Feb. 8th or 9th between 2 PM and 5 PM. You will be notified by email or phone if your work is selected. Please do not try to contact anyone if you do not receive any notice.

The opening will be Feb. 15, from 5-8 PM

The show runs from Feb. 15 - Mar. 2


January 2012 | Clayton Hurt, Kerry Pacillio, Timothy Harding, & Diane McGurren

500x Presents:

January 14 -February 5, 2012

Opening Reception: January 14, 7-10 p.m.


Another Dog and Pony Show

Clayton Hurt

Kerry Pacillio

Timothy Harding

Diane McGurren

The work presented in this exhibition reexamines Clayton Hurt's depictions of animals with humanistic attributes. Figurative animal forms, funny faces and recycled dog toys lean toward the twisted comical side of entertaining. A moment in time is frozen, as you ask yourself, "Why am I in this place surrounded by such odd things and why do they seem to enjoy my presence?"

Kerry Pacillio, inspired by 1980's films, presents new work about the chaos of adolescence, the ceremony of girlhood, and the environments inhabited during the passing of those times, ranging from campy to creepy, from banal to exceptionally abnormal.

New works presented by Timothy Harding find inspiration from the unconventional writing technique of American author William S. Burroughs. Timothy applies Burroughs' techniques to his own process. Through a series of actions including stacking, arranging, and cutting, Timothy is able to explore the notions of chance. The resulting works have a sense of a presence that shifts in and out of focus. 

Diane McGurren's work explores the banalities and eccentricities of the disappearing American landscape through medium format photographs, found text, flat tires, and other road trip ephemera. This summer Diane traveled the space between Cool, Texas and Cool, California and Cool, Iowa. This is what she found there, and then some. 




Brought to you by the Letter W - Collaborative works by Christine Bisetto and Matthew Clark


The Society for Olfactory Preservation- As presented by Chris Tennen and Scott Hilton


December 2011 | Leslie Murrell, Jonathan Snow, Nate Glaspie & Elaine Pawlowicz

December 3, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday December 3, 7-10pm

Recurrence Relation: Three Generations of 500X
Recurrence Relation features the work of three 500X alumni whose works are characterized by captivating repetition of forms in distinct ways. vincent Falsetta's small color studies record the thoughtful experimentation involved in the process of painting. Paul Booker evokes natural phenomena such as fluid dynamics and animal swarms through the vocabulary of pure abstraction. Brian Spolans creates fictional worlds of small creatures undertaking both the monumental and mundane tasks of civilization. The show presents new work by all three artists, and well as two pieces by Falsetta that hearken back to his tenure as a member of 500X from 1978 - 1980.

Jonathan Show - Progression...
I'm fascinated by the idea of a compounding process in motion, this primary structure of formation, the branching nature of everything with small elements forming a larger whole (decisions, knowledge, ideas, cells, bricks, etc.) When I can see that whole or section of a whole with its smaller parts, it feels like I've caught a glimpse into the "machine", a little window into enlightenment. I like the "collective consciousness" idea, as if we are computer programs or cells collecting specialized information--billions of reporters documenting existence from a specific viewpoint, every possible pathway being explored and analyzed to glean bits of knowledge for the whole. 
Nate Glaspie - Untitled
Nate Glaspie's process in creating art begins with found parts that once held in an industrial purpose. In combining former industrial designs with new found parts his sculptures become both aesthetic and functional.

Elaine Pawlowicz - Protection Spells

This exhibition of paintings by Elaine Pawlowicz highlights interconnected work from her participation in recent summer artists residencies in Montana, Wyoming and Iceland. Plein air paintings from all three locations are being shown for the first time with her paintings from imagination. Second comes "Cosmos", an installation of paintings inspired by the open night skies. They describe miniature worlds filled with psychodramas. Last comes a group of magical narrative paintings, "Protection Spells," formed by mystical Icelandic images intermingling with those of personal keepsakes. Icelandic folk teas are charged with invisible elves, trolls, dragurs (ghosts) and Gryla, the Christmas witch who eats bad children. These benevolent spells are used to keep the people and things most loved by us safe. 
Upstairs - TBA Performance
by Courtney Brown
Downstairs - Magic
A duel by Joel Kiser and Luke Sides

So much fun we'll do it again!




Reception Again: Nov 19, 8-10pm

In conjunction with UTD CentralTrak and The Reading Room



Matthew Clark - Golden

Bruce Monroe - Variations on a Theme


Tim Best and Tom Leininger - On Stage



Laura Doughtie and Brian Christopher Glaser

The Workers Can Eat Their Prestige


Nick and Natalie Hutchings
Phantom Umbilicus

November 2011 | Matthew Clark & Bruce Monroe



New work by Matthew Clark explores what is underfoot with an installation of sewn felt works that reference the repetitive nature of road construction, the beauty of utilitarian design, highlights the spaces between pedestrian and vehicular designation as well as lays the groundwork for the viewer's own personal journey in regard to the popular culture of the past. 

Bruce Monroe

Bruce Monroe Variations on a Theme

AIDS forms the core of my being and therefore the core source of much of my work.  In an attempt to dominate the virus while bringing peace, strength and order to my life, I make prints, photographs, and objects about its structure, pathology, and relationship to the human body. Seduced by the beauty of its viral spread throughout the smallest parts, systems, and resulting whole of my body, I envision their symbiosis in my work. My work engages and implicates others, not only through the virus itself, but issues generated from and through it.

Besides its physical impact, AIDS possesses social, political, and financial implications that have become virtually invisible in contemporary media discourse and among the general public. Paradoxically, such misconceptions offer inspiration for my work, particularly in the struggle against the presumed obsolescence of a virus that remains quite real. My work counter-proposes the notion that AIDS art is a late 20th Century genre and I intend to fill a niche that I feel is under explored today by reigniting the ongoing battle with AIDS as a valid and re-examined contemporary subject matter.


On Stage

Tim Best and Tom Leininger - On Stage

Tim Best, a Dallas based artist, stages dramatic emotive scenes. His work presented is from his "making a scene" project that includes photography, video and a book release. The setting is blackness as if it were the mind void of thought. Then a spotlight illuminates a figure doing nothing but expressing emotion, that uniquely human behavior that inspires both constructive and destructive action. The drama is about to unfold but instead of live performance, Tim Best captures this with a still camera.

Tom Leininger is a Denton based photographer whose work is rooted in reality and based on private moments individuals are able to carve out for themselves at public events. The color photographs are found rather than staged. They are part of his ongoing series "Sidelines". The events at which the images were first made may have been staged, but the images are not about the events, rather those on the side who are watching.


Laura Doughtie and Brian Christopher Glaser
The Workers Can Eat Their Prestige

Nick and Natalie Hutchings
Phantom Umbilicus

Member's Show | September 10 - October 2, 2011

Group show featuring new and returning members of 500X:

Christine Bisetto, Courtney Brown, Matt Clark, Laura Doughtie, Michael Francis, Nate Glaspie, Timothy Harding, Scott Hilton, Clayton Hurt, Nick Hutchings, Joel Kiser, Diane McGurren, Bruce Monroe, Leslie Murrell, Kerry Pacillio, Elaine Pawlowicz, Jonathan Snow, and Tiffany Wolf

Open Dates: September 10 - October 2, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.



 the state of Texas, if not


Fresh Meat | 500x College Expo 2011

FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo Opening October 15, 7-10pmJurors: Cris Worley and Erick SwensonSubmissions Deadline: Sept 28, 2011 About FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students! Like the annual Expo juried show, FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to see work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition will offer visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas. 

The Rules 

  • To submit work, please visit
  • The exhibition is open to all artists enrolled in college-level courses in Texas.
  • The entry fee is $30 for up to 5 images (includes details of work).
  • All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment).
  • Artists will be notified via email Wednesday, October 5 by 8pm if the work has been accepted into the exhibition. If you do not receive an email, your work has not been accepted.

 The Exhibition 

  • Work must be exhibition ready (with securely attached D-rings, cleats, etc). Works without hanging hardware- even if accepted by the juror- will be accepted for the exhibition, and there will be no refund of the entry fee.
  • Complex installations will be considered only if the artist is available to install.
  • During drop-off, accepted entrants must show a current student ID and a printout of their Fall 2011 class schedule; there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Securely label each work with your name, title of work, media, dimensions, date of execution, and price. You will be asked to fill out a form with this information for our records again on site.
  • The gallery retains a 40% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition.

 About the Jurors Cris Worley has over a decade of expertise in the field of contemporary art. She has successfully directed two prior art galleries, most recently the Dallas branch of the internationally known PanAmerican Art Projects. In January 2010, she launched Cris Worley Fine Arts, a full-service art consulting and advisory firm, opening an exhibition space in Dallas, Texas shortly thereafter. Cris holds a Master's Degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University and a BFA in Art History from the University of the South. In the last 10 years, Cris Worley has participated in art fairs throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including Scope Basel, Switzerland, The Los Angeles Art Show, and Art Toronto, and has programmed and curated over 70 exhibitions. 

Erick Swenson is a Dallas-based artist who graduated from UNT in 1999 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and he is currently represented by James Cohen Gallery in New York. His work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Shanghai MOCA, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland. His works are in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Fort Worth Modern. In a recent Art Papers review, Felica Feaster writes- "There is heartbreak beneath the gorgeously slick surfaces and the rock-and-roll edge of Erick Swenson's art. This odd combination generates conflicting emotions: enrapturement at all that sexy, juicy technique, then despair at the vast gaping loneliness of existence that the Dallas, Texas-based sculptor summons up with his potent work." CalendarSeptember 1 - September 28, 2011: Submission of work online athttp://500x.slideroom.comOctober 5, 2011: Accepted artists notified by 8pmOctober 8 & 9, 2011, 2-5pm: Artists drop-off workOctober 15, 2011: Opening ReceptionOctober 30, 2010: Exhibition EndsOctober 31 & Nov 1, 2011, 5-7pm: Artists Pick-Up Work