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.


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.

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

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 


May 2011 | Day Old Donut!

May 2011 Main MAIN GALLERY

Day Old Donut: Matt D. Clark, Clayton Hurt and Joel Lynn Kiser

Clark A new sculptural work that combines the habit of accumulation, continued interest in transportation and possible extinction.

Hurt A collection of recent works that arose from random sketchbook writings and illustrations. Animals are combined with symbols and signage to suggest the bitter/sweet plight of possible marketing strategies.

Kiser The overture to Joel Kiser's work consist of a careful arrangement of appropriated Americana Kitsch forms entangled with a surface vocabulary of 1980's fan boy culture. Kiser's sculptures recall an elaborate allegory of grotesque figurines, handled typical of adolescent school boy doodles, while exposing the attraction to the "tall tale" element of storytelling.

2011 May Project Rooms

DOWNSTAIRS PROJECT ROOM Famed Dandy Strangler, Heckler's Joy by Scott Hilton and Kelly Wittenberg

Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was first published in 1886 and quickly entered the grand imaginitive public consciousness as a complex, but shorthand metaphor for the complex nature of consciousness, and the complimentary desires regarding codes of human morality. This video installation uses clips from film adaptations of the novel, (many of which are low-budget productions and far more salacious and trashy than the original) to explore issues of narrative structure and the slow "mission creep" of the adaptations of this modern fable.

UPSTAIRS PROJECT ROOM Sew and Sew by Rachel Rodenkirk and Tiffany Wolf A collaboration between Rachel Rodenkirk and Tiffany Wolf, featuring sexy painstakingly sewn drawings by Miss Rodenkirk and cheeky fresh sewn sculpture by Miss Wolf.

April 2011 | Rebecca Carter and Mark Collop

Rebecca and Mark

MAIN GALLERY Roofball Invitational: Mark Collop Roofball Invitational: An 8 person invitational tournament in Dallas, Texas featuring some of the nation's best Roofball competitors. These accomplished players are battling for the Ed Watson Trophy and its $200 cash purse. Following the conclusion of the tournament and the trophy presentation, fans have the opportunity to learn and play on the Official Roofball Court.

For more information about the Tournament, the game, its rules and competitors please

Rebecca Carter A collection of works in diverse media inspired by experiences of home and travel that address various states of familiarity, alienation, anxiety, and longing.

For more information about the Tournament, the game, its rules and competitors please visit

Christine and Kerry

DOWNSTAIRS PROJECT ROOM Happy End: Kerry Pacillio and Baby Requin
UPSTAIRS PROJECT ROOM Small Ideas and Other Stories: Christine Bisetto, Jamie Christenson and Avery Powell A collaborative project inspired by the chance find of two sweaters in need of repair.




Upstairs Gallery: The Real World curated by Leslie MurrellJesse Morgan Barnett, José Emroca Flores, Patricia Hernandez, Skeet McAuley, E. Brady Robinson, Mike Ruiz and Natalia Zamarripa 

Artists in The Real World explore life in hyperreality, a state characterized by consumerism that values spectacle over substance and kitsch over culture. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between the real and the sensationalized copies that proliferate, between reality and "reality TV." This exhibition features work that investigates the digital and physical manipulation of the landscape; the virtual reality of video games; the intersection of art, religion, malls and theme parks; and situations where the real and the representation are nearly indistinguishable.



March 2011 | Shelby Cunningham and Thomas Feulmer

March 5th - 27th, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday March 5th 7-10pm

Shelby Cunningham I am currently rejecting my photography background in favor of working purely from memory. By illustrating and documenting every bedroom I have ever lived in, I am able to collect and catalog parts of my life that are too large and impossible to actually physically collect.

Thomas Feulmer A playful mix of objects poses questions - some direct, some indirect - about the nature of power, masculinity, and sculpture. As in past works, magazines, as a serial dist ributor of male imagery, are used to look at how these ideas are simultaneously shown and hidden in the process of the sale. The show-hide comes up in a number of works for this show. Other works exist as propositions on space, dimensionality, and lightness.

Downstairs Project Room: "Good Neighbors" by Joel Kiser and Todd Hayes



Upstairs Project Room: "The Empathy of Desolate Material" by Clayton Hurt and Jeff Poole



Upstairs Gallery: The Hand That Feeds Me: TCU/MFA/500X


An exhibition by MFA graduate students Shafaq Ahmad, Michelle Brandley, David Cavaliero, Devon Nowlin, Adeniyi Olagunju, Allie Regan, Gregory Ruppe, Christoph Trendel, Zoetina Veal and artist-in-residence Yukari Eda


These artists share a strong emphasis on exploring identity through culture-specific signs and representations, and pose questions that push the viewer to reflect on their position in the physical and psychic world. In a rare instance of multi-culturalism flourishing in a North Texas art school, local, national, and international artists comprise TCU's grad program, and the exhibition includes Yukari Eda, an artist in residence from Japan. Other students in the program hail from Africa, Germany, Pakistan, California, Georgia, and of course, Texas. This mix proves vital and the cultural dynamics are unique. The exhibition not only showcases each student's unique strengths as an artist, but also finds ways of creating dialogue between their works.

February 2011 | Expo with Juror Marty Walker

EXPO 2011 Juried Show

February 12th – 27th, 2011

Reception: February 12th, 7–10pm Juror: Marty Walker, Owner, Marty Walker Gallery Submission Deadline: January 28, 2011

Submit work at

About EXPO

500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, hosts one of North Texas' most anticipated annual juried competitions. EXPO 2011 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment).

About the Juror

Marty Walker

Marty Walker is the owner of Marty Walker Gallery. The gallery is committed to exhibiting contemporary art by mid-career and emerging artists. The gallery's formal program is focused on inventive use of materials and/or process-oriented works as well as outstanding works in video, photography, sculpture and painting. Marty Walker Gallery collaborates with numerous national and international institutions, museums and galleries to bring dynamic and challenging work to Dallas. In addition, the gallery strives to cultivate awareness and education in contemporary art providing guidance and assistance to private and corporate collections, and welcomes individuals new to collecting art. For more information, visit

The Rules

To submit work, please visit

The exhibition is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas.

The entry fee is $30 for up to 5 images [includes details of work]

All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment)

Artists will be notified via email Wednesday, February 2 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 will be rejected, not included in 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.

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.



January 3 to 28, 2011 Submit work online at

February 2, 2011 Accepted artists notified by 8pm

February 5&6, 2011, 2-5pm: Artists drop off work

February 12, 2011: Opening Reception

February 27, 2011 Exhibition Ends

February 28& March 1, 2011 5 to 7pm: Artists pick up work


January 2011 | Scott Hilton & Leslie Murrell

Scott Hilton and Leslie Murrell

January 15th - 30th, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday January 15th 7-10pm

Scott Hilton: Excellent Specimens (in Nines) The tintype is a photograph of unimpeachable physicality. Its process is tangibly demanding, unforgiving, and reverential. It cannot be rushed or it rebels, as the silver salts that form the tintype are "alive," like all Alchemical metals. Excellent Specimens is a speculation on the tintype's chemical and optical carnality.

Imprints: Three Generations of 500X Members curated by Leslie Murrell Imprints: Three Generations of 500X joins the work of three former members of 500X Gallery whose shared interests in line and composition manifest in distinct and intriguing ways. Tom Orr incorporates and abstracts his fingerprint in a large-scale silkscreen; Vance Wingate's drawings investigate the intersection of mathematical ratios and human intuition; and Natalie Macellaio poetically addresses the cracks found on the gallery floor below. Tom Orr was part of 500X, the oldest artist-run space in Texas, at its inception in 1978. He helped construct the very walls of the gallery, and his work here features Fatboy (1978), a readymade included in the first exhibition in this space. A comparison with the recent silkscreen Fingerprint Series #3 (2006), featuring the repeating forms of his fingerprint, reveals a continuous and consistent exploration of themes spanning thirty years. Vance Wingate manipulates a self-imposed set of rules to investigate the tension between rigid systems and intuitive intervention. His drawings investigate the potential permutations to be found in connecting dots located along the golden section of the paper. Each series adheres to a slightly different set of systems and processes, some additive and some subtractive, producing nuanced variations. Natalie Macellaio represents the most recent class of 500X artists. In Imprints, she represents the cracks of the gallery floor in silver on the wall above them. She brings out the formal beauty of these mundane imperfections by mirroring them in precious materials. The transformation of this space's particular scars also brings a heightened sense of focus to the immediate surroundings. This exhibition is curated by current 500X member Leslie Murrell, an art historian, educator and curator.

Downstairs Project Room: "From out of the clouds came forth Bunny God " by Shelby Cunningham and Jessica Nelson

From out of the clouds came forth Bunny God to take his revenge on DJ Huffs-a-lot and his spray paint gang. Can he repopulate the earth with his carrot-shank wielding minions? Or will the street gang prevail? Upstairs Project Room: " TBD " by Nate Glaspie and Zack McDowell

Upstairs Gallery: Bernardo Cantu: Inter-dimensional Relics from the Barrio 2

Bernardo's abstract sculptural paintings act as relics from a twisted sci-fi meets the barrio, alternate reality or imagined space. Bernardo is a third generation Mexican American who was born seven miles from the Tex-Mex border in Weslaco, TX. His body of work delivers a socially significant message as it explores questions of cultural identity, tears through barriers, stretches limits and creates vast new possibilities. Bernardo's work Is a product of a larger decolonizing enterprise, that functions from a mentality of what Walter Mignolo calls border gnosis; knowledge developed at the borderland, that takes form at the margins of the modern Western world. Bernardo Cantu a recent MFA-Drawing and Painting graduate from UNT, is featured in edition #90 of New American Paintings, and an artist in the 2011 Texas Biennial. He will also be included in an as of yet unannounced up and coming artists group exhibition curated by Cris Worley. Come see this artist showcase a recent body of work that may not be shown again in its entirety in Dallas.fkasdjhfkjasdfasd

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